Contoocook River Region town crier for the week of July 3, 2022

Published: 7/1/2022 1:26:45 PM
Modified: 7/1/2022 1:24:11 PM
BOWSummer concerts

■The Bow Rotary Club invites the entire community to join our friends and neighbors for the Rotary Club’s Free Summer Concert Series. All shows are from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Bow Bandstand. In the event of inclement weather, the shows will be performed in the Community Building unless the artist elects to postpone to the optional rain date of Aug. 21. On July 10 is Kid Pinky. Kid Pinky is a retro-style four-piece band that is both authentic and unique. Led by local Steve Prisby, the band pays homage to blues, N’Awlin’s funk and jazz. On 17 is the Honey Bees. Equal parts 30’s era Jazz, Western Swing, Folk-Rock, and oddball Americana. The Honey Bees, with chanteuse Mary Fagan, present chestnuts, standards and favorites with flair, fun and a hint of mischief.


DUNBARTONRead to dogs

■The Dunbarton Public Library Summer Reading Program “Oceans of Possibilities” is being held from June 28 to July 29. Due to the Town Hall construction at the entrance side of the library, all programs will be held outside on the Town Common, or bandstand. Some may be virtual. You may pick up reading logs at their front porch entrance on the Route 13 side of the building. For questions, check out the library website or email

■Read to Dogs at the library is scheduled for Thursday on the bandstand at 10:30 a.m. Call the library about scheduling a time at 774-3546

■This month the DCC Book Club is reading “At Home in Midford” by Jan Karon. The discussion is scheduled for Thursday at 7 p.m. For any questions and for the Zoom link, call Barb at (603) 496-3253.

■The Town Offices will be closed on Monday for the holiday. Town Offices will have special hours on July 12: the town offices will be closing at 3 p.m. for staff training. The Town Library will be closed on Monday to observe the July holiday and will close on July 12 at 3 p.m. for the Active Shooter Training with the police department.

■Thanks to the Dunbarton Library for Mr. Aaron Live on the bandstand on July 13 at 10:30 a.m. Count on a thrilling musical adventure with award-winning musician M. Aaron. Recently awarded Best Children’s Performer from New Hampshire Magazine, Mr. Aaron never fails to delight audiences of all ages. Kids and adults alike dance and laugh along to hits from his latest release, “Intergalactic Music Spectacular.” Come join in for kid classics, pop favorites and much more.

■Town Hall construction update - in the next few weeks, construction work will advance and break into the library’s walls. Due to this major impact, please be aware that some adjustments to the library’s hours/services will be necessary. Thanks for your patience and your support. Remember the construction site is active and dangerous. Please stay behind the cones at all times for your own safety.



HENNIKER / WEARECelebrate with concert

■The Henniker Concert for Independence Day Celebration is with Freese Brothers on July 5.

■Also, on July 7 Music at the Marketplace in Henniker is the Danny Savage Band.

■Mission Sale to benefit the mission work of Claire Aucoin in Columbia at the “farm” at 170 Baker Road in Henniker on July 9.

■In one of the last official acts of the school year, Abe Foote and Nash Hubbard (as well as the rest of their classmates), released the trout they raised in their 5th Grade classroom into the Contoocook.



■Happy July 4!

■On Tuesday is How To’s Day: Learn How to Use Your Cricut at 6:30 p.m! Join Debbie K. as she guides you through the use of the Cricut machine. Bring your own, or come to see how one is used. The event is at the Fuller Public Library, call to reserve a spot at (603) 464-3595.

■On July 5 the Hillsborough’s Town Band is back! Bring your own chair to Fuller Public Library’s front lawn for a free concert of American music, marches and patriotic tunes.

■On Thursday, make a sea creature from salt dough at 10 a.m. Fuller Public Library’s Summer Reading Program for kids starts today! Every Thursday at 10 a.m. through July. Return next Thursday to paint and decorate your creature. Registration is requested so we have enough supplies. The program theme is “Ocean of Possibilities.” Call the library to reserve your spot at (603) 464-3595.

■On July 7, the Fuller’s Book Group will meet at 6:30 p.m. to discuss “Miss Benson’s Beetle” by Rachel Joyce.

■On Friday is What’s Cooking?” Fuller Public Library’s cooking program for teens, Grades 5 and up, will meet at 1 p.m. Call to register at (603) 464-3595.



■Are you looking for something fun for your child this summer? Join us at Pathfinders Nature Preschool at Owen Farm. The summer session classes are held on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday mornings from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Parents can enroll their children for the summer, or choose the weeks they would like their children to attend. In the fall, registration for Pathfinders Nature Preschool will be for the full school year. Pathfinders accept children ages three to five who are fully potty trained. For more information, contact Deb Follansbee at (603) 228-9592.

■Calling all gardeners and local farmers - please share some of your fresh garden produce and local eggs in support of those in our community who rely on the Hopkinton Food Pantry. The drop-off dates for this summer’s Shared Harvest and egg donations are July 6 and 20; and Aug. 3, 17 and 31. Details will be posted before each donation date on our Facebook Page - Shared Harvest of Hopkinton. Thank you! Plant. Grow. Share. End Hunger.

■The annual July 4 Tooky Cookie contest and Family Fun Day is just around the corner! Details are online at: The new location is in downtown Contoocook.

■The Hopkinton Town Band will be performing at the Jane Llewellyn Bandstand behind TD Bank in Contoocook every Wednesday at 7 p.m. through Aug. 3. Bring your chair or blanket to the gazebo and enjoy the Hopkinton Town Band’s free concert. Selections include: “the Washington Post March,” “Jersey Boys,” “Doors in Concert,” “Beer Barrel Polka,” “Armed Forces Salute,” “God Bless America,” and more.

■Check out the Facebook page of the American Legion E. Roger Montgomery Post #81, Contoocook, New Hampshire. Together we will work to achieve better and greater things for our soldiers, veterans and their families. Closed Mondays. Open 2 to 8 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays, and noon to 8 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. Some events are open to the public. Call (603) 746-4495 for more information.

■There’s a new story on the Story Walk™. Take the path behind the playground for an outdoor adventure! The story follows the Hopkinton Town Library summer theme “Oceans of Possibilities.”

■Storms Fitness has a Summer Special just for students! No commitment, no enrollment fee. For three months the cost is $185, two months is $135 and one month is $75. To be eligible, you must be a full-time student under the age of 24.

■The Recreation Department is offering kayak and canoe rentals at Kimball Cabins. View the details at Available at specific dates and times.

■Kimball Pond swim lessons registrations are open for Hopkinton residents. Register online at

■To learn more about our 50+ Active Living Programs, call the Hopkinton Rec Department at (603) 746-8263 or visit us online at Feel free to stop in the Slusser Center Mondays through Fridays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. for a tour, and to pick up a full list of programs.

■The Slusser Center offers in-person dining for Wednesday Senior Lunch. For details please call the Slusser Center at 746-8265 or drop in at the Center Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. A $5 donation is requested.

■The Police Officers Association of Hopkinton and Contoocook of Commerce announces the revival of the fireworks show, at Elm Brook Park on Sept. 24. Admission is free, donations are welcome. If you would like to make a donation to the fireworks show, you can send the donations to: Police Officers Association of Hopkinton, PO Box 499, Contoocook NH 03229 or Contoocook Chamber of Commerce, PO Box 174, Contoocook NH 03229. Write “fireworks” on the memo line and your donation will go directly to the fireworks funds.

■Many camp options are available on the Hopkinton Website: Hopkinton Rec Camp (weekly through Aug. 12), Boys Lax Camp (July 12, 19 and 26 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., register by July 8 for players six to 14), Box Lax Camp (10U-14U, ages eight to 14 on Thursdays from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., July 14 and 21 offensive clinic, July 28 faceoff and goalie clinic), Girls LAX Clinic (Aug. 1 to 4 for 8U-10U and 12U-14U), Summer Art Camp (the week of Aug. 8), and British Soccer (the week of Aug. 15 at Houston Park). Information and registration is at

■Writing Camp is a time for students entering Grade 3 up to high school to spend a week reading, writing and sharing their literacy experiences with others. The last session is the week of Aug. 15. We have full-day and half-day options. Please contact Trish Walton ( or Joan Follansbee ( for more information and registration materials.

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

■The Contoocook Farmers’ Market is open Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon at the Gazebo behind the Contoocook Train Depot. Stay up to date by visiting the Facebook page Contoocook Farmers’ Market. SNAP/EBT gladly accepted. The Farmers Market now has seafood available through a fishermen’s cooperative. Community Supported Fishery (CSF) orders for next Saturday’s Farmers Market need to be placed by the posted deadline. In addition to preorders, Blakeney’s will be bringing limited quantities of retail fish to the market.

■Wild Ones Farm is now open on Friday, Saturday and Sundays from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Local cheese available, long-aged hard cheese and classic soft cheeses.

■Beech Hill Farm and Ice Cream Barn is open every day from noon to 8 p.m! We have delicious ice cream, adorable baby farm animals, colorful flowers, and exciting new products in our farm stand store. We are incredibly excited to announce that we are now serving all of our frappes with fresh local milk from Contoocook Creamery! You can also find their flavored milk for sale in the farm stand store!

■Located in West Hopkinton, Duston Country Club is a scenic nine hole par 32 golf course. We are open to the public seven days a week. Walk-ons are accepted, but tee times are strongly encouraged. Call the pro shop (603) 746-4234 or go online to to schedule a tee time! Come try out our new and improved restaurant, the Tenth Tee Tavern. We offer a wide variety of comfort food and a breakfast menu. Dine inside or outside on the patio. Join us at the Tenth Tee this Friday evening from 6 to 9 p.m. for live music with Micky G.

■Reserve your time to Read with Zeke at the Hopkinton Town Library. He loves sitting and listening to a good story. Register for 15 minutes of reading at -

■Hopkinton Town Library’s Summer of Fun 2022! “Oceans of Possibilities” runs through Aug. 12 (six weeks of programs with a one-week break in the middle). The Summer Reading Program is a fun way to include reading and related activities in summer family time! And, it helps children maintain and improve reading skills when not in school. Weekly programs are for children entering 5th Grade and younger. Sign up online from home or at the library to reserve a space for each program. We can show you how to sign up, too.

■Summer Day camp at Back in the Saddle Equine Therapy Center for ages five to 12 is weekly. Call 746-5681, email info@bitsetc.Hopkintonorg. or visit for more information.



WARNERPick some lavendar

■Family Closet is loaded with summer clothes, many with discounted prices. Also, there is a gear corner with hiking boots, bathing suits, tennis rackets, baseball gloves, new backpacks (50% off retail), and more at 49 W. Main Street, Warner.

■Warner Connects NH Food Pantry and Community Resource Center is accepting applications for the 2022 to 2023 fuel assistance program. Applications are available in the CAP or Warner Connects offices at 49 W. Main Street, Warner. For questions, call (603) 456-2246.

■Warner Connects NH Food Pantry and Community Resource Center will be closed from July 4 to 8, opening again on July 11.

■On July 6, Pillsbury Free Library’s Summer Program begins! The summer theme, “Oceans of Possibility,” is open to children in Kindergarten (completed) and up. Special activities are scheduled for Tuesdays at 9:30 a.m. and Wednesdays at 1:30 p.m. To sign up and for more information, call (603) 456-2289 or visit the library website.

■From July 6 to 24, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily – pick your own lavender at Pumpkin Blossom Farm. For more information and to confirm hours, visit

■On July 9 at 7 p.m., Tory Hill Authors Series with playwright Eugenie Carabatsos. Meet the playwright, learn about playwriting and see a staged reading of her short play “Seven Minutes in Heaven.” And, enjoy dessert! Warner Town Hall. Tickets are $10 and available at MainStreet BookEnds and online at

■On July 9 and 10, Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum’s 21st Annual Powwow! Music, dancing, food, vendors, and more! Gates open at 10 a.m. with Grand Entry at noon each day. Admission for adults is $12; members and children six to 12 years old is $6. Children under six and Native Americans are free. Volunteers are needed for various shifts and jobs. Free admission when you volunteer. Sign up at For more information, visit or call the Museum at (603) 456-2600.

■July 9 at 10:30 a.m. at Jim Mitchell Park - Pirate Guild Show featuring music and games. The show is free, and all ages welcome. Sponsored by Pillsbury Free Library.

■Save the date for July 10, noon to 4 p.m. at Riverside Park for the Warner Community Meet and Greet Potluck. Catch up with old friends, meet new residents and have a great time. Hot dogs and hamburgers are provided; bring food to share or just your own if you prefer. Donations of paper plates and utensils are welcome. Please contact Dee Sargent to help at (603) 568-0692 or

■On July 10 at 4 p.m., MainStreet BookEnds BookGroup will discuss “Pilgrim at Tinker Creek” by Annie Dillard. Gather on the terrace of the Jim Mitchell Community Park. A Zoom link is available at

■On July 13 at 1:30 p.m., the Pillsbury Free Library Book Group will discuss “The Ride of Her Life” by Elizabeth Letts (copies available at the Library). This non-fiction book tells the amazing story of Annie Wilkerson, a 63-year-old farmer who rode her horse across the country in 1954. Held at the library; masks required.

■On July 13 from 6 to 9 p.m. at Foster Farm, 22 Loud Lane, the Warner Public Market will present “Intro to Printmaking: Tea Towels.” This class teaches the basics of linoleum block printing, and participants will make their own tea towel. Led by artist Monica Rico and is limited to 20 participants. Registration is $60. For more information and to register, visit and click on Workshops + Events. Direct questions to Sarah Hansen at

■Want fresh local garden produce? Check out the produce cart every Thursday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., at Warner Connects NH Food Pantry and Community Resource Center, 49 West Main Street. Open to the public and offered to anyone in need. Home gardeners with bumper crops are welcome to donate their extras.

■MainStreet Warner is pleased to announce this year’s recipients of the annual Jim Mitchell “Local Hero” Book Award, given to two Simonds School fifth graders chosen for exemplary acts of kindness with no expectation of recognition. This year the recipients are Lillian Powell and Maximilian Reed. Congratulations!

Elibet Chase


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