Contoocook Town Crier columns for Oct. 17, 2021

Published: 10/16/2021 12:00:01 AM
BOWIsland garden film

■The Bow Rotary Club was looking forward to hosting its annual Foundation Auction again this fall. Unfortunately, our usual live and silent auctions that were scheduled for Nov. 6 at the Bow Community Building, have been canceled due to COVID-19 concerns. However, this year, our auction is going online as a silent auction with all of the same great items our donors generously donate to this cause. The auction will run from Nov. 3 to the evening of Nov. 6 (exact start and end times are to be determined). Any potential bidder will be able to view items online and will have item viewing hours at the Old Town Hall Friday and Saturday. An online auction link is coming soon. For more information, logo on to or contact Bob Couch at

■The educational program that was intended for the Bow Garden Club’s next membership meeting on Oct. 18 has been changed due to COVID-19 concerns. The meeting begins at 6 p.m. with social time and refreshments and will be followed by a short film by New Hampshire native, Peter E. Randall, entitled “Celia Thaxter’s Island Garden.” Celia was a 19th century Isles of Shoals poet and author who wrote tirelessly about her beloved gardens and had close friendships with artists such as Childe Hassam, who illustrated her last book “An Island Garden.” A brief membership meeting will be held for garden club members, however, the program is open to all. For additional information, please contact Club President Keryn Anderson at or 603-731-6425.


DUNBARTONSpooktacular fun

■The Dunbarton Library Book Group will be discussing “The Glass Castle” by Jeannette Walls on Oct. 20 at noon. If the weather holds, the group will meet outside around the band stand for discussion. Please bring a chair and lunch if you want it. If interested in joining, please contact the library.

■Chair Yoga will be held outside the library on Oct. 21 at 11 a.m. If the weather is poor the program will be via Zoom. For more information contact the library.

■Dunbarton’s National Drug Prescription Takeback Day will be Oct. 23 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Dunbarton Police Department. Residents can turn in their unused, unwanted, or expired medications, no questions asked. The police cannot accept needles or liquids. For more information contact Sergeant Chris Remillard at or (603) 774-5500.

■Halloween on the Common is scheduled for Oct. 31 from 4 to 7 p.m. Enjoy the “Trick or Treat Spooktacular” presented by the Dunbarton Garden Club. This fun is for all Dunbarton Families and includes treats, witches, popcorn, and music videos.

■This month the DCC Book Club is reading “The Heart of a Woman” by Maya Angelo. The book will be discussed Nov. 4 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Zoom.

■New Hampshire Humanities recently launched a book group initiative called Perspectives. Congratulations to our library that was awarded two grants to host these wonderful facilitated virtual events in 2022. Limited copies of both books will be sent to us from NH Humanities and are due to arrive in a few weeks. Perspectives Book Groups are made possible in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities through the 2021 American Rescue Plan.



HENNIKER / WEAREStorywalk returns

■The Friends of Tucker Free Library are the recipients of the 2021 Sue Palmatier Award for Outstanding Support. An award ceremony will take place on Oct. 20 at 4:30 p.m. To accommodate the public, the Colby Hill Inn has donated the use of their barn. Please RSVP by Oct. 18.

■The Weare School Board Meeting will be held Oct. 19 at 6 p.m. in the Middle School Cafeteria. Meetings are available via live stream at Public comment may be made in-person during the meeting, or by email at

■Tucker Free Library’s StoryWalk is back! Begin reading “The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything” at the front entrance of the library. Take a picture of the map there and walk and read along in windows around Henniker’s downtown!

■Henniker Family Dentistry has daily activities planned for Halloween Week. For details go to



■On Oct. 18 the GHSS Quechee Vermont Outing Bus will leave Shaw’s at 9 a.m. for Quechee, Vermont with lunch at Applebee’s in West Lebanon. Marvel at the work of Vermont artisans at Deirdre Donnelly Jewelry Art and Green Mountain Blacksmith Shop. Find a special item to take home from the Vermont Antique Mall, Quechee Home, Artifactory, the Vermont Alpaca Store, and Vermont Toys & Games Gift Shop. Relive your childhood at the Vermont Toy Museum and take a tour with the founder of this amazing museum. For information or reservations contact Marie at 724-5272, or Lou Ellen at 464-5138.

■Oct. 22 is the GHSS Monthly Shopping Trip to The Heights in Concord. Leaving Shaw’s at 9:30 a.m., we will be stopping at Walmart, Target with lunch at Makris Lobster and Steak house. Makris is a Family owned restaurant with sandwiches and seafood. For information or reservations contact Marie at 724-5272, or Lou Ellen at 464-5138

■Chair Yoga on Tuesday and Thursday at 10 a.m., If you are not a regular attendee, please call Janett at 478-3544. A fee is charged for sessions that goes to GHSS.


HOPKINTON / CONTOOCOOKVolunteers for art society

■Halloween Holler will be held Oct. 23 at 11 a.m. at Harold Martin School. A kid costume parade line up is at 10:45 a.m. at HMS. Games and activities follow the parade. A hot cocoa and cider bar and snack station, and a Spirit Wear pop-up shop will be hosted by the Hopkinton PTA. The event will be held outside. For more information visit

■The Town of Hopkinton is recommending that trick-or-treating take place on Oct. 31 during daylight hours (5 to 7 p.m.).

■The Story Walk behind the Slusser Center and the playground presents “And Then Comes Halloween,” written by Tom Brenner and illustrated by Holly Meade.

■Contoocook Dance and Gymnastics have re-opened. Call Yvonne Bossi at 746-3282 for class information.

■Two Villages Art Society is a nonprofit run by volunteers. New volunteers are being accepted, for more information email

■The Hopkinton Food Pantry is looking for volunteers to assist in local deliveries of food boxes. Please call (603) 746-6448 and leave a message.

■Congratulations on the retirement of Chief Stephen Pecora. A retirement reception will be held on Oct. 28 from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Slusser Center.

■Drug Take Back Day is Oct. 23 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Hopkinton Police Station.

■Story Times at the Hopkinton Town Library will be held on Tuesdays at 1 p.m., and Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m., for children three to five and a caregiver. Lap Time is held on Fridays at 10:30 a.m. for children under 3 and a caregiver. We’ll be outside under tent!

■Twice a month, the Hopkinton Town Library Community Room will be open from 10 to 11:30 a.m. for families to gather and play. Toys will be set up and families are invited to drop in and stay for as long as they wish. This is a time when your children can socialize, play, and meet other children in a casual, unstructured environment. The following days have been scheduled: Oct. 21, Nov. 11, 18 and Dec. 9 and 16.

■Dial A Ride is open for rides to medical appointments and any other errands such as shopping, banking, barber, or hairdresser appointments. The office hours at the Slusser Center are Monday, Wednesday and Friday 10 a.m. to noon. Call (603) 746-4357 to schedule an appointment or to volunteer.

■The Contoocook Farmers Market is every Saturday at the Tooky Gabezo through October. Stay up to date by visiting the Facebook page Contoocook Farmers’ Market. On Nov. 6 we’re moving indoors to Maple Street School. The market will be every Saturday, 9-Noon through the winter - MASKS REQUIRED. Thanks for supporting local!



WARNERPlay at the farm

■Theatre in the Field presents “In Defense of Dandelions,” a workshopped collaboration by friends, thespians, farmers, and all, and directed by Abigail Bower, Oct. 16 at 4 p.m. at Kearsarge Gore Farm. The rain date is Oct. 17 at 4 p.m., potluck dinner in the field to follow. Please let us know what you’ll be bringing. Tickets are free, cash donations are welcome! Please confirm a reservation by emailing Abigail Bower at or through eventbrite at Please note how many will be in your party.

■The Warner Fall Foliage Festival Board of Directors is meeting on Oct. 18 at 7 p.m. at the bank. If you are interested in joining the Board, or would just like to be involved, please come join us!

■The New Hampshire Telephone Museum will host a beer tasting featuring “Party Line Porter” at Reed’s North restaurant on Oct. 20 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Our new fun collaboration is with the fine folks at Polyculture Brewing Company and Krystin Watts, a local illustrator, graphic designer and fellow beer enthusiast. If you want a sneak peak, Polyculture will be sharing their newest telephone history-related beer with guests at their Beer Garden in Croyden on Oct. 9., but plan to come to the beer tasting at Reed’s North (not yet open) on Oct. 20! For more information, contact us at or (603) 456-2234.

■Last Chance this week to see “All Aboard! Economic, Social, and Environmental Change During New Hampshire’s Railroad Era,” as well as an exhibit on Women’s Suffrage at the Warner Historical Society’s Upton Chandler House Museum. Visit Tuesday (1 to 4 p.m.), Friday (6 to 8 p.m.), or Saturday (10 a.m. to 1 p.m.). Free train whistles for all kids. The exhibit ends Oct. 23.

■Join Jackie Germain and Jody Sloane of the Warner Conservation Commission for an Autumn Nature Scavenger Hunt, on Oct. 30 at 10 a.m. at Silver Lake. Come enjoy storytime and treats for the kids after the hunt. Participants are encouraged to wear Halloween costumes.

■Reed’s North Restaurant (opening soon in the former Local building) is now hiring: servers, bartenders, line cooks and dishwashers. They are training staff at Flannel Tavern in Chichester and are looking for a few more people to round out the team. You can call or text Steve Reddy at (603) 406-0783, or email

■Free business workshops from SCORE are a great source of advice for business startups or current business owners. Find details and register for these free workshops at

■Did you know that the disappearance of milkweed across the U.S. has contributed to the 80% decline of the eastern monarch butterfly population over the last 20 years? Now there’s a way for you to help! The New Hampshire Fish and Game and the University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension needs you to help collect common milkweed pods and drop them in collection bins from now through Oct. 30. The pods must be dry, grey/brown, and if the center seam pops with gentle pressure, they can be harvested. Learn more at, or The Library can be a drop-off for pods if a volunteer will take them to a collection site.

■The Nature Discovery Center will be open Saturdays (10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.), and on Fridays and Sundays (noon to 4:30 p.m.), through Oct. 31 when the center closes for the season. Wear a jacket if the weather is cold outside since we have no heat in the building. We are looking for volunteers to assist in planning some winter nature programming. Please call Director, Sandra Martin, at 822-2334, if you can help.

■Find great products and produce at the Warner Area Farmer’s Market on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the Warner Town Hall lawn.

■The Warner Historical Society Barn Sale is closed for the season, but we are still accepting donations. Look for the holiday sales at the Upton Chandler House in November and December.

Elibet Chase


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