Talk of the towns

Published: 10-14-2023 11:00 AM

Concord/Penacook

■Love to solve a mystery? Join the WICX Players as they present a classic Poirot Radio Play with sound effects, refreshments, raffles, prizes and family fun! Bring your magnifying glass to Immaculate Heart of Mary, 180 Loudon Road on Saturday, Oct. 28. Doors open at 5:30 p.m.; curtain at 6:15 p.m. Free will donation at the door but you need to reserve your spot at wicxradio.org/reservations-giveaways-wicx-items/ or 603-224-4393 X8.

■ Fiddlers from the Scottish, Irish, and New England traditions join Oct. 28 for the fifth Fall Fiddle Festival. It’s open to teens and adults and includes workshops on a variety of topics and levels. In the evening, they will present a toe-tapping concert of fiddle music open to the public. The $100 participant registration fee includes a full day of workshops and group playing and evening concert. Space is limited and pre-registration is required. Concert-only tickets are available at $20/adult, $15 students and seniors. For more information or to register, visit ccmusicschool.org or 603-228-1196.

■ On Wednesday, October 25 at 6:30 p.m., Gibson’s Bookstore, 45 South Main St. presents author David Goethel, a commercial fisherman of 55 years on the Northwest Atlantic and a biologist. Hear sea stories, science, and management from Endangered Species: Chronicles of the Life of a New England Fisherman and the F/V Ellen Diane! Can’t make it? Order a copy through their website and leave your signing/personalization request in the order notes!

■At the Pierce Manse on Wednesday, Oct. 25 hear “Founding Fathers: What Were They Thinking?” Enjoy tours on Thursday, Fridays and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more info check out their website, piercemanse.org.

■The Met: Live in HD: Dead Man Walking will be presented on Saturday at 12:55 p.m. at Bank of NH Stage, 16 S. Main St. Get tickets at: ccanh.

■A Virtual Genealogy Workshop: Know Your Neighbors will be presented on Wednesday at 7 p.m. by New Hampshire Historical Society. This one-hour virtual workshop describes the tools and techniques for using information about neighbors to solve family history mysteries. Register at eventbrite.com/e/virtual-genealogy-workshop-know-your-neighbors-registration-685079470137.

■ On Thursday, it’s a Barn Dance & Party with the Merrimack County Farm Bureau at 6 p.m. at The Barn at Bull Meadow, 63 Bog Road. The Club Soda Band will play a wide variety so you can dance the night away. Registration includes a Smoke Show barbecue buffet, great music, and a cash bar. Register at eventbrite.com/e/barn-dance-party-tickets-690525900557.

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■Go to Red River Theatres, 11 S. Main St., for a free screening and panel of “No Time to Fail” on Thursday at 6 p.m. With the New Hampshire Municipal Elections and Presidential Primary coming, now is the time to learn how to support election administrators ahead of 2024. The event will entail a free night of education and advocacy around election administration and volunteering at the polls.

■The Wild Kratts Live! come to the Chubb Theatre at the Capitol Center for the Arts, 44 S. Main St, at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday. Lyle Lovett with John Hiatt also perform at the Chubb on Friday. Enjoy their music at 8 p.m.

■Matt Andersen plays Blues Music on Oct. 22 at 7 p.m. at the Capitol Center for the Arts, 44 S. Main St. For more information go to: ccanh.com.

■ The library presents Speculative Fiction Book Talk on Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. in the Auditorium. Join them for a discussion of Exhalation by Ted Chiang. Print copies will be available at all Library locations now.

■In the Library Shakespeare Room, ils commencent le French Club on lundi (Monday), 23 octobre a 6 p.m. Parlez-vous français? Join us every other week to get re-acclimated with your French fluency!

■Recreation and Parks Monthly Advisory Committee Meeting (RPAC) is on Thursday at 5:30 p.m. at the City Wide Community Center. The Public is always welcome.

■Concord Parks and Recreation will be showing A Nightmare Before Christmas at Keach Park at dusk (6 p.m.) on Friday.

■ All ages are invited to experience the Scriptures in an enjoyable, creative and kinesthetic way! Have an encounter with the author! Walk thru the Bible! takes place on Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, 180 Loudon Road. Cost: $20 for adults, $10 for 18 and under (includes workbook). Pay at the door. Great for Adults, Teens, and Children! Info: walkthru.org or ihmnh.org.

■ The Woman’s Club of Concord is holding their “All In” Online Auction through Friday. The goal is to install storm windows to tighten up in the Chamberlin House, 44 Pleasant St. and to start renovating the first floor of the House for accessibility. Make your bid at 32auctions.com/wccnh2023. The Woman’s Club provides housing for 3 women, scholarships for high school seniors and incarcerated women who are involved in life skills training. Go to wccnh.com.

■There will be a Storytime in the Park at Rolfe Park on Wednesday, October 18, from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m., recommended for ages 0 to 5. You can RSVP to Concord Public Library at concordnh.gov.

■The United Church of Penacook Food Pantry, serving Penacook residents only, is open every Tuesday from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. year-round. (If Penacook Elementary/Merrimack Valley School District is closed due to weather, the pantry will also be closed.) Visitors coming to the pantry are allowed two bags of groceries and one bag of personal care items every two weeks unless extra food is available or an emergency situation comes up.

CHERYL STINSON

news03303@aol.com

JEAN VER HOEVEN

jeanann@voicenet.com

Allenstown

■The Allenstown Historical Society is sponsoring an 1850 Vintage Baseball Game on October 22 at noon at Pine Haven Boys Center, 133 River Road in Allenstown. This is a Free event. The Allenstown Fire Auxiliary will be cooking hamburgers and hot dogs. Please bring your chairs or blankets and enjoy the game. A Spooktacular Contest is the Annual Halloween Lighting Contest that runs til Oct. 18 to register your house decorations at economic-development@comcast.net the award ceremony will be held on Oct. 28 at 4 p.m. at the Allenstown Town Hall with prizes and trophies.

■St. John the Baptist Parish Nurse program will not be open on Tuesday, Oct. 17 and will see all on the 24. The Penny Sale will be held from Oct. 20 from 5 to 8 p.m., Oct. 21 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Oct. 22 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. there will be children’s carnival, bake sale, candy shop, snack bar, vintage jewelry, used books and puzzles, door prizes and specialty raffles. The Knights of Columbus will host a spaghetti supper on Saturday, Oct. 21 starting at 5 p.m. the cost is $10 per person or $30 per family, 2 adults and children under 16. All proceeds will be donated to the Penny Sale.

■Suncook Senior Center Affordable Hearing will be held on Oct. 16 at 12 p.m. where you can come in for a free hearing test or cleaning for your hearing aides. Please sign up. Call 603 485-4254 for more information. Arts and Crafts on Wednesday, Oct. 18 at 10 a.m. will be making Fabric Pumpkins.

CLAUDETTE VERVILLE

cverville2@comcast.net

BOSCAWEN

■Join the fun at the Boscawen Public Library’s Halloween Party, Monday starting at 6:30 p.m. Award-winning Children’s Entertainer, Steve Blunt will perform fun, upbeat songs that tickle the funny bone, warm the heart and delight the imagination at the party. Come in Costume! Treats will be served.

■Enjoy an evening of laughter on Oct. 23 at the Boscawen Public Library’s presentation “The Funniest Moments in Film” by Marty Gitlin, Award-winning journalist and pop culture historian. The interactive show starts at 6:30 p.m. highlights the best of the best films from the silent era to the modern era. It will include challenging and fun trivia questions followed by a question and answer period.

■Author Jenna Chow, will host a Special Storytime on Oct. 25 at the Boscawen Public Library starting at 10:30 a.m. She will read from her new book “The Perfect Best Friend”. Be sure to wear your Halloween costume!

■Don’t Miss Drug Take Back Day on Oct. 28 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Boscawen Police Department. This is a great opportunity to safely dispose of your medications.

■Registrations are being taken for the UNBOUND Conference to be held at the Boscawen Congregational Church on Saturday, Nov. 4 from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The conference includes worship, teaching and personal prayer ministry. Refreshments, water and beverages will be available and be sure to bring a bag lunch for mid-day break. Pre-register at bit.ly/UNBOUNDBCC or register at the door at 8:30 a.m. Fees are $40 per person or $60 per couple and proceeds benefit the House Of Mercy.

MARY ALLARD

boscawenpl@gmail.com

BRADFORD

■Road Agent Steve Hall informed the Select Board that the road to the Transfer Station should have about a 1½ inch pavement in the upcoming year or so, for approximately $38,000. Hall also advised he is checking into the feasibility of using brine material for winter road maintenance as well as controlling summer dust. He also indicated the Highway Department will be using some treated salt this winter on a trial run basis. This could be a little more expensive, but hopefully the end results will be economical.

■On Oct. 28 Brown Memorial Library will be hosting a Halloween Craft program with Anne Kratz at 11:00 a.m.

■Parks and Recreation requested closing West Main Street with barricades on Halloween, Oct. 31 from 5 to 7:30 p.m. The Selectmen did approve this request. On Oct. 18 at the Bradford Area Community Center there will be a Wellness Clinic at 9 a.m. followed by a Foot Care Clinic at 11:30 a.m. There is also a new event at the Community Center: on Monday at 10:00 a.m. there is Bingo and the fee is $5 for five cards.

MARGE CILLEY

mgcilley@gmail.com

CHICHESTER

■The Winding Wicks Farm, the Hromis family of Chichester were incredibly honored to receive Supreme Champion Ewe on their natural colored yearling at the BIG E. It is a rarity to have back to back supreme with the same sheep. In 2022 showing as a fall ewe lamb and then defending its Supreme title as a yearling in 2023.

■Chichester Police Department has announced the retirement of John Martell after serving the Town of Chichester for 35 years as a police officer. Oct. 20 will be his last duty day. Congratulations and thank you to John.

■The Board of Selectmen are looking for volunteers to be appointed to the newly formed Space Needs Committee. The BOS are working to put together a plan for the next 25 years on the needs of the town. Contact Town Hall to volunteer. The Road Agent has announced culvert replacement for Hutchinson Road may cause temporary road closures as needed. Mason and Ferrin culverts are planned in the next few months.

EVELYN PIKE

broomtailfarm@hotmail.com

DUNBARTON

■“Hiking the NH 48” author Visit with Keith Gentili at the library on Oct 19 at 7 p.m. in the Upper Town Hall. This is a down-to-earth, everyman story for anyone with an interest in hiking and mountain climbing. Keith succeeds in highlighting both the trails and challenges of the New Hampshire 48 as well as the deep satisfaction and accomplishment that can result in finishing the list. Keith is a local author and publisher of the New Boston Beacon newspaper. He will bring books to sell. For more information, contact the library.

■On Oct. 21, enjoy the entertainment at the Spireside Coffee House Open Mic at the Congregational Church, 6 Stark Highway North, Dunbarton. Donation $5. Doors open at 6 p.m. Performers please sign up as you enter. Show starts at 6:30 p.m. and ends at 10:30 p.m. Snacks available to purchase. FMI Lizz@dunbartonucc.org.

■Dunbarton Historical Society presents NH’s Long Love-Hate Relationship with its Agricultural Fairs by Steve Taylor on Oct. 25, at 7 p.m. at the St. John’s Episcopal Church Hall, Dunbarton, 270 Stark Highway North, Dunbarton. Steve Taylor will discuss the ups and downs of the fairs down through years and how public affection for rural traditions helps them survive in contemporary time free. Open to all, thanks to NH Humanities Council.

NORA LEDUC

noleduc2000@yahoo.com

EPSOM

■Epsom Fire Department will host an open house on Saturday at 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. check out the ambulance on display, learn about the Fire Dept, equipment demonstrations and fire prevention information available! Meet & Greet our town heroes and say thanks for all they do.

■ECS Halloween Extravaganza on Oct. 28 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., rain date Nov. 4. The ECS Haunted Walk and Trunk or Treat hosted by the Epsom Eighth grade to benefit their trip to Washington, DC will be Oct. 27, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m outside at ECS, the first hour will be somewhat spooky, the second hour will be scarier. The walk will begin by the modular buildings to the right of the school. Please park in the upper staff parking lot off of Black Hall Road. Cost: $5 per person or $25 per family

■The library will be holding the 2nd Annual Pumpkin People Contest! Patrons are invited to decorate a pumpkin to look like their favorite book character! Pumpkins of any size are welcome, as well as gourds. The only rule is that there is no carving allowed. Pumpkins can be dropped off at the library now until Oct. 20; they will be displayed for the month and patrons can vote on their favorite ones from Oct. 23 to 26. The winner will be announced October 30th. All ages are encouraged to participate. There will be a winner chosen for a Youth category and a Family/Adult category. Pumpkins will be on display and our winners will be announced at our Fall Festival!

TERRY RIEL

rielt397@gmail.com

FRANKLIN

■Pumpkin Carving & Family Fun at Waterhorse Irish Pub, Sunday, Oct. 15 at 2 p.m. A fun family afternoon of pumpkin carving, special food, and storytelling. Enjoy some family time and take your pumpkin home with you. Safety carving tools will be available. Please make reservations so we can have the correct number of pumpkins on hand - one per family.

■Day of Caring at the Twin Rivers Food Pantry, Saturday, Oct. 21 from 10 a.m.- 2 p.m. The Twin Rivers Food Pantry has a great line-up for this event: Music, Hugs, Dogs to pet, Free pizza, Clothing distribution, Food Pantry selections, and free hair cuts. Head on down for a day of fun, rain or shine.

■Franklin Fall Fest at Marceau Park, Bessie Rowell, & Downtown, will be Oct. 21 from 1-5 p.m. Fun activities all around Franklin! There will be a craft fair and food vendors along Central Street. For more information or to register, visit franklinnh.org. Earn free tickets to all the events. Halloween Party will be from 1-2 p.m. at Bessie Rowell Community Center. A Costume Parade will be 2-2:15 p.m. from BRCC to downtown Franklin. Souupfest and Trunk or Treat will be 2-5 p.m. at Marceau Park. Lakes Region Witches from 3:30-4 p.m. at Marceau Park

AMY and ANDREW DUGUAY

franklintowncrier@gmail.com

Henniker/Weare

■NH author Ann Melim visited Mr. Ward’s kindergarten class at CWES in October, her book, “Smokey Finds His Spark” was a hit with the kindergarteners. They also loved that an actual author came to visit them. Ann is the niece of Joey Slatem, who was affectionately known as Mrs. S to thousands of Weare students.

■The Little Free Library at Weare Middle School is now open. This Little Free Library was built by recent John Stark Regional High School graduate Sophia Pollard’s Capstone Project from material she recycled. Please swing outside the Cafe at WMS and leave a book/take a book.

■An integrated arts approach that brings learning alive for students is at the heart of the Artist-in-Residence program for 6th-grade students at the Henniker Community School. This year’s AIR program will focus on Africa and features an evening performance on Oct. 26 at 7 p.m. with the 6th-graders. This event is free and open to the public.

■The Town of Weare is seeking applications for a part-time maintenance person/handyman.

TOM DUNN

dunn.t@comcast.net

Hillsborough/Deering

■Wednesday, Oct. 18 is right around the corner. The Harvest Supper at Smith Memorial Church, 30 West Main St. will be a welcoming & fun place to be. Join your friends and neighbors for a wonderful home-style meal of turkey with all the trimmings, finished off with slices of home-baked pie. Take out begins at 5 p.m., and the buffet begins at 5:30 p.m. Adults $12, Children ages 4-12 $5, children under 3 are free. Call 603-464-3529 to make your reservation!

NANCY SHEE

nshee71@gmail.com

Hopkinton

■HYSA basketball evaluations will take place Oct. 23–26, at Hopkinton High School. Please note players must be registered before attending the evaluation session. Third and fourth grade girls on Oct. 23 6–7:15, third and fourth grade boys on Oct. 24 6–7:15, fifth and sixth grade boys on Oct. 25 6–7:30, , fifth and sixth grade girls on Oct. 26 6–7:30 . Visit HYSA’s website to register via Google form or download a printable PDF at hysasportsnh.com/forms-payment.

■The AARP Smart Driver Course teaches valuable defensive driving skills and provides a refresher of the rules of the road. Plus, one may qualify for an automobile insurance discount by completing the course (check with your auto insurance agent for details). This is a 2-day course on Oct. 16 and 17 from 9-noon. Register by calling the Slusser Center at (603) 746-8265. There is a fee for this course ($20/AARP members, $25 all others). For more details visit our website - HopkintonRec.com

■St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church is hosting a Red Cross Blood Drive on Oct. 18 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Go to redcrossblood.org/give.html/find-drive and enter Sponsor Code: HOPKINTONNH to schedule your appointment.

KATHLEEN BUTCHER

kathb123@comcast.net

Pembroke

■Penny Sale & Harvest Bazaar at St. John the Baptist Church Parish Hall, Suncook is on Oct. 20 from 5 to 8 p.m.; Oct. 21 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; and Oct. 22 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Come and join the fun! Bring your appetite for a Knights of Columbus Spaghetti Supper as part of the Penny Sale weekend on Saturday (Oct. 21), 5 p.m. (spaghetti, meatballs, sausage, garlic bread, salad ad dessert, coffee, soda.) $10 per person or $30 per family (2 adults and children under 16). All proceeds to be donated to the Penny Sale.

■The Pembroke Town Library in conjunction with the Pembroke Historical Society will sponsor a Zoom presentation by Historian and Storyteller Jo Radner on “Family Stories: How and Why to Remember and Tell Them” on Thursday, Oct. 19 at 7 p.m. Since this will be a virtual presentation, participants must register online to get directions for logging on, by visiting the Library’s website pembroke-library.org.

■The Turning Pointe Center of Dance, under the direction of Lisa Drouin Goff, held auditions for the “Nutcracker” in early September and the cast has been set for their Dec. 9 performance at Concord City Auditorium. Clara - Norah Lawrence, Fritz - Elaina Boisvert, Sugar Plum Fairy - Angela Lemieux, Dew Drop Fairy - Marina Breton, Arabian Coffee - Ava Kennedy, Spanish Chocolate - Ella Krochmal, Ballerina Doll - Kaylin Caza, Jester - Rylee Lambert, Harlequin Doll - Gwen Orf, Forest Fairy - Ava Margolis, Maid - Gabi Lampman and the King Mouse - Emmie Holt. Congratulations to all the dancers!

JOCELYN CARLUCCI

taihi@comcast.net

Pittsfield

■ Community Supper at the First Congregational Church on Oct. 16 at 5:30 p.m. Cost is donation only. All are welcome to attend. At the Josiah Carpenter Library, a class, “Crochet Basics” will be held on Oct. 16 at 6:30 p.m. Call 435-8406 to register. Supplies will be provided.

■The Pittsfield Parks and Recreation Commission is planning Harvest Fest for Oct. 21 from 12-3 p.m. (Rain date Oct. 28) at the F.B. Argue Recreation Area on Clark Street. Cookout, wagon rides, Face painting, Costume contest and a chili cook off are planned. The first 10 people to register will be included in the Chili Cookoff. The public will purchase a $1 ticket and will receive a voting card and then sample all the chilies and vote for their favorite. Prizes will be awarded. For information and/or to register for the Chili cookoff, Contact Minni Plante 603–290-4068 or minnibump@gmail.com.

■The South Pittsfield Community Club (SPCC) Turkey Supper will be held on Oct. 28 from 5-6:30 p.m. at the Clubhouse, 444 Dowboro Rd. All you can eat – Turkey, Stuffing, Butternut Squash, Mashed Potatoes, Coleslaw, Rolls, Drinks and Homemade Pies. Eat in or take Out. Adults $12, Children ages 6-12 $8 and under age 6 free.

ANDREA RIEL

pittsfieldtowncrier@hotmail.com

Warner

■Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum hosts Bead Stringing 101 on Sat., Oct. 21, from 1-3 p.m. Nulhegan Abenaki Tribe Citizen and Trustee Madeleine Gosselin Wright will guide participants through the process of stringing a unique bead necklace. Bring your own beads or choose from the Museum’s beads. All materials included; $30 for members and $35 for non-members. Ideal for ages 10 and up. For more info and to register, visit Bead Stringing 101 Registration.

■Main Street Warner, Inc. continues its work on The Lodge, the renovation of the former Baptist Church and Masonic Lodge. Most recently, they received a grant to support the development of a commercial kitchen, which will provide space for a variety of uses including food preparation for functions, food pantries, farmers, and entrepreneurs. In addition, the space may be used for chefs, cooks, and bakers to teach students of all ages. To learn more and donate to the effort, visit mainstreetwarnerinc.org/projects/lodge.

■The Buttonwood Shop, a new artisan gift shop in downtown Warner, will offer “An Introduction to Oracle Card Reading” on Oct. 18, from 6:30-8:30 p.m., led by Michelle Motuzais. Suggested donation is $10. To learn more or sign up, visit buttonwoodshop.com.

ELIBET CHASE

warnertowncrier@gmail.com

Webster

■The Church is offering a pork roast dinner and penny sale on Oct. 28 from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Tickets for this dinner are $12 (adults) or $6 (under 12) and can be purchased at the door.

■It’s Take Back No. 25! On Oct. 28 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Webster Public Safety Building, you can drop off your unwanted prescriptions and OTC medications at the Webster Police Department (851 Battle Street).

■ The Town of Webster seeks an individual to shovel out the Town Hall after and sometimes during snowstorms. The responsibilities are to shovel out the Town Office entrance, the Library entrance, the Handicapped ramp, and the front steps to the Grange Hall. The pay is $50 per storm. If interested, please contact Dana Hadley, the Town Administrator at 603-648-2050 or stop in the office.

NANCY PICTHALL-FRENCH

webstertowncrier@gmail.com