Contoocook river region town crier for the week of Dec. 11, 2022

Published: 12/9/2022 8:07:13 AM
Modified: 12/9/2022 8:06:53 AM
BOWLibrary fundraiser

■Baker Free Library Foundation’s primary annual fundraising campaign began on Nov. 29 - “Giving Tuesday.” This global movement encourages charitable giving during the holiday season. Please see for more information.

■The Bow Brawlers is hosting a comedy fundraiser on Dec. 16 at the Bow Community Building. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the show starts at 7:30 p.m. Bring your own booze plus snacks. There will be a 50/50 drawing and an auction. Tickets are $25 and attendees must be at least 18 years old. For tickets, to donate or sponsor, visit and for more information email



■You’re invited to Maker’s Mornings, a series of four collage workshops. Sessions will be held on Tuesday mornings at the Dunbarton Congregational Church Vestry across from the town hall. Create your own art piece or collaborate on a community collage. No experience is necessary. Joyce Ray, author and poet, will facilitate: 9:30 to 11 a.m. on Dec. 13 and 20.

■The Library’s Book Group will hold their No Book Party on Dec. 21 at noon. For more information, email Toddler Story Times with “Stay and Play” afterward will now meet inside the Vestry across the street from the library on the first floor on Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. Please check the Library’s Facebook page for any updates/changes.

■The library’s pick-up bin was moved into the Town Offices at 1011 School St., to keep materials dry. Call 774-3546 for assistance. Pick-up is only until 4 p.m., when Town Offices close. On Saturdays, the bin will be outside next to the Book Drop. Library hours were modified for safety of patrons and staff: Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (pick-up until 4 p.m.); Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

■Please stay back and away from the Town Hall.



HENNIKER / WEARECultural week

■It is a cultural week in the twin towns thanks to our area schools. On Dec. 14 is the You Go, Goddess! play at 7 p.m. at HCS; Dec. 15 at 6:30 p.m. is the JSRHS Holiday concert, and Movie Night at John Stark; Dec. 16, come watch The Grinch (in PJs if you like!), doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the movie starts at 7 p.m. in the Cafe.

■Weare Finance Committee 2022 to 2023 schedule: Dec. 21 at 7 p.m. WSD and JSRHS Budgets, then Jan. 4 at 7 p.m. is the Town Warrant meeting.

■Job Openings in Weare just in time for the holidays: Administrative Assistant Fire Department (part-time) and Fire Chief (part-time).

■HCS held a walk after school on Nov. 28 to raise $1,000 to fund one scholarship for a student to do the April Washington D.C. trip. Teachers and staff members participated by walking, finding sponsors, and donating and they made their goal with a wearing jeans to school day.


HOPKINTON / CONTOOCOOKCommunity art show

■Come see the Hopkinton Town Library’s second annual community art show. The show will be up through January. There are works of all kinds form 25 local artists.

■Once again you can find beautiful antique sleighs and carriages around Contoocook collecting nonperishable food items for the Hopkinton Food Pantry. Sleighs can be found inside Storms Fitness, Merrimack County Savings Bank, Riverside Pizza, Slusser Center and Hopkinton Town Library for your viewing and donation drop-off.

■Hopkinton Booster Club Fundraiser. Join us for a cooking class with Chef Nick on Dec. 18 from 3 to 5 p.m. at Camp Methodios. The cost is $40 per person (snacks and drinks are provided). Sign up by Dec. 12 at

■The Two Villages Art Society annual Winter Member Show is open. Gallery hours, Thursday through Sunday from noon to 4 p.m.

■The Merrimack’s Annual Mitten Tree Drive is officially underway. Drop off new handmade or store-bought mittens, gloves, hats and scarves at any of our locations and for every item we collect we’ll donate $2 to local food pantries! The Contoocook branch of Merrimack County Savings Bank is located at 35 Kearsarge Ave. Lobby hours are Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

■Hopkinton residents in need of assistance with heat, food, housing, and medication should contact Human Services Director Alicia Presti at (603) 746-8244 or email

■On Dec. 21 the Hopkinton Rotary and Hopkinton Interact Club will host the 10th Annual Senior Holiday Luncheon at the Slusser Center. The luncheon will begin at noon. Find information at (603) 746-8263 or Feel free to stop in the Slusser Center Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

■This month’s Hopkinton Town Library Book Group selection is The Book of Longings by Sue Monk Kidd. The Book Group discussion will be held on Dec. 14 at 1 p.m., in the Local History Room and via Zoom.

■The Winter Parking Ban is in effect through April 15 between the hours of 11 p.m. and 7 a.m.



WARNERHoliday barn sale

■Donate blood on Dec. 9 from 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the United Church of Warner. To sign up or for more information, visit

■Join the monthly craft circle at Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum on Dec. 10 from 1 to 3 p.m.

■Warner Historical Society’s Holiday Barn Sale will be open on Dec. 11 and 18 from 9 a.m. to noon, at the Upton Chandler House Museum.

■Warner Connects NH Food Pantry and Community Resource Center is a distribution site for the Toys For Tots program, which allows clients to shop at WCNH from Dec.12 to 22. Appointments are required and may be made by calling (603) 456-2246.

■Join the Warner Groundwater Protection Committee for a public meeting on Dec. 13 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the Warner Town Hall’s Lower Meeting Room. Visit the Warner Groundwater Protection Committee website at for more information.

■On Dec. 14 at 1:30 p.m., the Pillsbury Free Library Book Group will discuss Thanksgiving by Janet Evanovich and/or The Nest by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney. Join us!

■Take yourself off to see The Wizard of Oz, presented by the Kearsarge Conservatory of the Performing Arts on Dec. 16 at 7 p.m. and Dec.17 at 2 p.m. at Kearsarge Regional High School. Tickets are $20 for adults and $18 for children, and will be available at the door or may be purchased online at For more information, visit

■The first annual Children’s Holiday Shopping Program is scheduled for Dec. 17 and 18 at the Warner Connects NH Food Pantry. The program offers children a chance to select gifts for their parents/family members/teachers at no cost. Gift wrapping is included! Hours are as follows: Dec. 17 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Dec. 18 from noon to 2 p.m., or by appointment by calling (603) 456-2053. Masks are strongly encouraged!

■Pillsbury Free Library is having a yard sale, and everything is free! For more information, call (603) 456-2289.

Elibet Chase


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