Announcements for March 3, 2021

Published: 3/3/2021 9:55:56 AM
Gardner symposium to be held online

The public is invited to attend the N.H. Master Gardener Alumni Association’s virtual gardening symposium “A Fresh Start, A New Year in the Garden” via Zoom on March 19 and 20. Registration is $30 for one day or $50 for both days. On Friday, UNH professor Serita Frey will present ways to enhance soil health. Afterwards, Doug Tallamy, award-winning author of “Nature’s Best Hope” will share how to use yards to enhance natural ecosystems. On Saturday, garden designer and author Jana Milbocker, author of “The Garden Tourist’s New England” and lecturer Joan Butler will speak about spring ephemerals, such as spring beauty, trout lily and marsh marigold. The symposium ends with Page Dickey discussing sections of her book “Uprooted: A Gardener Reflects on Beginning Again.” Books by these authors and other garden-related books are available at MainStreet Bookends in Warner. Tell them you’re attending the N.H. Master Gardener Symposium and you’ll receive a 20% discount on your books. The N.H. Master Gardener Alumni Association will hold a silent auction of garden-related items from March 15 to 21. Funds raised will support UNH Extension Master Gardener projects including educational and community gardens and garden education outreach throughout the state. Preview items and place bids a Learn more and register for the symposium at

Lakes Region Winni Dip goes DIY

Geography has always played an important role in the Special Olympics New Hampshire Winni Dip events. The “Winni” being short for Lake Winnipesaukee. It’s still too soon to be considering any gatherings on the shores of the Big Lake but the Winni Dip events are important fundraisers for Special Olympics New Hampshire and will be held this year in a socially-distanced manner. Like the Dip’s big brother fundraising event The Penguin Plunge, this year’s Dips will be “DIY” events leaving the “when” and “where” of participants’ Winni Dip completely up to them. Winni Dip events include the Community Winni Dip, the Cool Schools Winni Dip for middle and high school students, the Law Enforcement Winni Dip for police and public safety personnel and the 24-Hour MEGA Dip event that requires one dip an hour for 24 consecutive hours. Registration is open now online at and most fundraising is done via website and individual social media channels. SONH launched a new online fundraising platform this year and those who used it for the plunge event report that it was fun and easy. Most people can meet fundraising minimums in just 2-3 days. While there are no in-person training or sports activities right now, we continue to keep our athletes as active as possible with online and remote initiatives like our just-launched Hope Challenge One” according to SONH President and CEO Mary Conroy. “Our athletes score points towards virtual walks around three of New Hampshire’s lakes through at-home activities both physical and social” she continued. Funds raised from the Winni Dip events will go towards programs like the Hope Challenge and eventually for returning in-person programs. All funds raised from the Winni Dip stay in the Granite State. SONH will deliver a “Dip Tank” to all participants. The tank will include the participant’s brand-name incentive item along with other items to help complete the Winni Dip experience. The theme this year is “Oh, The Places We’ll Go” and it is up to each dipper to determine where they will find water and safely take the plunge. The Dip window is March 3 through 7. Participants are asked to always keep safety in mind. Follow all state and local guidelines regarding Covid-19 for wherever you may be while dipping. If you get any pictures or video, please post to your social media using the #sonhdip. More info about all events can be found at

Concord Black Heritage Trail extended

The Black Heritage Trail of New Hampshire releases “I was a slave, even here in New Hampshire”: The Concord Black Heritage Tour. The 45-minute video presents sites and notable African Americans from Concord’s founding until recent times. It tells the story of the first meeting of the legislature in the new capital in 1782, at the Rev. Timothy Walker’s house and warehouse, where Governor, Governor’s Council, and legislature, were served by Prince, Violet, and Luce, enslaved in his household. It includes stories of enslavement, emancipation, the underground railroad, abolitionism, and the visits of Frederick Douglass. In more recent times, the tour tells the story of renowned African American illustrator, Mel Bolden, and concludes with an interview with Sen. Melanie Levesque. The tour is part of BHTNH’s mission to expand statewide, and the video will be a resource for teachers and for community learning and discussion. Tour co-host and writer Sen. David Watters remarked, “African American history is New Hampshire history, and this is especially true in the capital city, since actions by the legislature determined the course of racial relations from the beginning.” BHTNH Director JerriAnne Boggis said, “By reintroducing these stories of New Hampshire’s early Black citizens, we create a space for dialogues around race, diversity, and inclusion. These corrective narratives make it possible to decrease barriers of misunderstanding and decrease people’s racial anxiety.” The video can be accessed at and there soon will be a guide to resources to accompany the video.

Concord Walker Lecture

The Walker Lecture Series invites you to join them on Zoom for “Psychics, Mediums, and Mind Readers: How Do They Do It?” with Mark Edward. Edward is a professional mentalist who specializes in magic of the mind. He has spent more than 35 years in world-class venues from high-end nightclubs and theaters to hundreds of private party and corporate events. He travels internationally as a skeptical activist, using his skills as a mentalist to teach and promote critical thinking. The segment will be held March 10 at 7:30 p.m. The event is free. Everyone on the Walker Lecture e-mail list will get a Zoom invitation before the event. To sign up, visit

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