Town crier Contoocook for August 22, 2021
■ The Bow Garden Club will meet in person for the first time since 2019 to hold a meeting of its members on September 13 at Old Town Hall. Doors will open at 6 pm for refreshments and socializing, followed by a presentation from Dr. Pamela Hunt, avian conservation biologist at NH Audubon, entitled “The State of the Birds of New Hampshire”. Dr. Hunt will report on the status of our birds in New Hampshire with regards to bird population trends and the major threats facing our birds and their habitats today. Dr Hunt will also brief us on conservation strategies that we can all do something about. This presentation is free and everyone is welcome. A brief business meeting will follow the presentation. Please contact BGC President and Membership President Keryn Anderson at (603) 856-8563 or [email protected] with any questions or to request a Membership Information Form, or simply come to the meeting ! Unvaccinated people should wear a mask.
■ The 4th Annual Dunbarton Police Bike Rodeo is scheduled for August 29 from 2 pm to 4 pm at 20 Robert Rogers Rd. Check out free bike helmets, tune-ups and more. For more information contact Sargent Christopher Remillard at [email protected]
■ The first day of school is August 30. No school on Labor Day (September 2).
■ This month, the DCC Book Club reads “In The Slender Margin” by Eve Joseph. The book will be discussed on September 2 from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Zoom.
■ The library will be closed on September 4th. Library opening hours will be adjusted from August 24 to September 14, Tuesday to Friday (10 a.m. to 4 p.m.) and Saturday (10 a.m. to 2 p.m.). The curbside collections for everyone will continue indefinitely!
■ This month the library’s book club will read “When Books Went to War,” by Molly Guptill Manning. “When America entered World War II in 1941, we faced an enemy who had banned and burned 100 million pounds. Indignant librarians have launched a campaign to send free books to US troops, garnering 20 million hard-bound donations. A discussion on the book is scheduled for September 15 at noon around the bandstand, weather permitting. Bring your chair and your lunch. If the weather forecast is bad, the meeting will be virtual. Copies of the book are now available for pickup!
■ The free Tucker Library presents Lindsay & Her Puppet Friends at 2 p.m. on September 18 as part of Henniker’s Music on Main Street.
■ Weare has an outdoor market every Saturday from 10 am to 1 pm, rain or shine, May through November, at 65 North Stark Highway.
■ The Henniker Summer Concerts end with two other performances. This Tuesday from 6.30 p.m. to 8 p.m., the group of nine musicians Groove Alliance performs.
■ Music at the Henniker Farmer’s Market will continue until the fall. This Thursday, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., it’s Beechwood.
■ August. 30 new school days for all students of Henniker and Weare public schools.
■ The Warner Historical Society is looking for volunteers on August 22 at 10 am to help with the annual clean-up of the Lower Warner Meeting House. Contact us at (603) 456-2437 to help with this special program or to find out more about other volunteer opportunities.
■ Discover the monarch butterflies on August 26 at 10:30 am on the terrace of Jim Mitchell Park. Webster author and photographer Sharon Rask-Huntington will read her wonderful picture book about the life cycle of monarch butterflies, “Mirabelle’s Metamorphosis”. This special story time is sponsored by MainStreet BookEnds and promoted by Pillsbury Free Library’s weekly Thursday story time. The books will be available for purchase and signature.
■ Join us at MainStreet BookEnds on August 28 at 4 pm for the launch party for LR Berger’s latest book of poetry, “Debted to the Wind”. LR Berger’s work has been supported by the National Endowment for the Arts, the PEN New England Discovery Award, and the NH State Council on the Arts.
■ The Warner Historical Society’s Lower Warner Meeting Room will host a special worship service by Warner United Church on August 29 at 10 am. The meeting room will be open to visitors later today from 1 pm to 3 pm, providing a rare opportunity to view the interior of an 1840s meeting house. The exterior is freshly painted and the windows and shutters are beautifully restored by Jason Labbe. For more information, contact the Historical Society office at [email protected] or (603) 456-2437.
■ Come to an Orchid Care workshop on August 29 at 2 p.m. at Blue Moon Farm. George Crozer, owner of Midvale Tropicals, formerly of Crozer and Crozer Orchids in New London, will give a talk on basic orchid care and repotting, followed by a question and answer session. Bring your orchid for advice on best growing practices. The price is $ 20 for the conference, $ 50 includes an orchid to take home.
■ Free meals for children 18 and under are available July 1 through August 30 through the Kearsarge School District, which participates in the USDA exemption from eligibility. Pick up two days of breakfast and lunch on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at area schools. Visit www.kearsarg.org for more information and to complete a meal order form.
■ The Warner Historical Society Barn Sale is open Saturday 9 am to noon, and Tuesdays 1 pm to 4 pm in August. Donations can be deposited on weekdays.
■ Registration is open for the Warner Fall Foliage Festival 5K Road Race, taking place on October 9 at 9:30 am Visit the WFFF Facebook page, www.wfff.org, or go to https : //www.racemenu.com / events / 203212-Warner-Fall-Foliage-Festival-5K-Run-Walk? rm = 1733600 & to register.
■ Registration for fall youth soccer is open! Football takes place from September to October and is open to children aged 4 to 12. The football program is organized by the Merrimack Valley Soccer League with volunteer coaches. Visit our website at http://www.mvsl.org for more information or register online at https://go.teamsnap.com/forms/276592. Or visit us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/wysayouthsports.
■ The Nature Discovery Center is open on Fridays and Sundays (12 pm to 4 pm) and Saturdays (10.30 am to 4 pm), or by appointment for a group. There is a small entrance fee (cash or check only.) In addition to activities for children, the Nature Discovery Center offers a large and varied collection of nature exhibits. Also come have fun and win prizes! Call (603) 822-2334 for more information.
■ The Warner Fall Foliage Festival Board of Directors would like to inform the community of plans for the Warner Fall Foliage Festival October 8-10. We will still have many artisans, musical events, rides and the traditional oxen and lumberjack competition. However, out of excess of caution, we are canceling the Grand Parade, the Children’s Parade and the Children’s Race. We monitor national and national guidelines and have made those decisions to help participants stay safe and healthy. Hope to see you in October! Visit wfff.org for more information or follow us on Facebook.
■ Take advantage of free yoga in the field at Pumpkin Blossom Farm, Fridays, 9 am-10am. Details and registration on our website pumpkinblossomfarm.com/yogar.
■ Are you looking to pick fresh fruit? Find area farm stalls and picking locations in the 2021 Merrimack County Local Food Guide, now available online at merrimackccd.org, or in print at the library!