Tamworth Town Column: Remick Museum to celebrate Earth Day April 21

Remick Country Doctor Museum and Farm will celebrate Earth Day, April 22, the day prior, on Friday April 21, with two talks. At 11 a.m, join guest presenter Rick Steber for a birding walk and talk. Bring binoculars bird guides and notebooks. If the weather is inclement , the event will be indoors with a slideshow. At 12:30 p.m., Athena Contus of "Wonalancet Honey Bee Company" presents a talk on the fascinating world of bees. The $5 fee includes admission to the museum. No registration is required for either event. For more informationm call (603) 323-7591 or visit www.remickmuseum.org.

With Earth Day in mind, join Maine artist Molly Brown, (www.mollymaps.com). She will guide you to paint a map of your own special place on Sunday, April 23, from 1 to 3 p.m. at Cook Memorial Library. The event features town history, geography and art as well as a group composition of hand-drawn maps of local places. Participants are asked to bring a map of their own favorite places. Copies of contemporary and historical local maps will be available. The workshop, co-sponsored by the Green Mountain Conservation Group, is for adults with all levels of artistic ability, limited to 20 participants. Call the Cook Memorial Library at (603) 323-8510 for more information or to sign up.

Tamworth is fast becoming the arts capital of Carroll County and perhaps New Hampshire. The Arts Council of Tamworth invites everyone to a benefit auction on Sunday, April 23, from 5 to 7 p.m. at The Preserve in Chocorua. The live auction begins at 5:30 p.m. with George Cleveland presiding. Viewing, refreshments — including wine and craft beer, appetizers — and music by the White Mountain Ceili Band will begin at 5 p.m. Bid on decorative and useful merchandise, gift certificates, art work, lessons, passes to events and museums. This will be an opportunity to view The Preserve's restored barn and grounds. For more information, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., call (603) 323-0104 or visit "Arts Tamworth" on Facebook. Proceeds support diverse, affordable .arts programming for the entire community. Check it out at artstamworth.org, and  invite your friends. The Arts Council would like to thank season sponsor The Other Store and sponsors Emerald Tree Experts, Settlers Green, Remick Country Doctor Museum and Farm, Club Motorsports and Cooper Cargill Chant.

Art Works, the gallery on Route 16 in Chocorua, showcases the work of our area's finest artists and artisans. It will be hosting the spring workshops "Furniture Painting" on April 23 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Learn the basics of painting furniture with non-toxic chalk paint. Students need to bring a small furniture piece to paint. The class fee is $50. On April 29, be sure to attend a free introduction to plein air painting from 1 to 2 p.m. to hear renowned painter Laureen Hylka Wondolowski. Please preregister.

Wondolowski will also give two classes in plein air painting on May 6 and 7, from 1 to 5 p.m. For details, including cost, visit www.chocoruaArtwors.com or call (603) 323-8041. The deadline to sign up is May 1. On May 6, Art Works is holding a tent sale, an opportunity to get deals in pieces of art from your favorite artist.

Tamworth Congregational Church, a beautiful and iconic building in the village, is Evangelical and Bible based. Gary Toresson will lead this Sunday's service with the sermon entitled "Be Prepared to Pray" and the hymn will be "Christ the Lord is Risen Today." All are welcome.

The Tamworth Police Advisory Committee, created by the board of selectmen at the request of the 2017 town meeting, is tasked with assembling research and community input for the board of selectmen as they consider the future structure of the Tamworth Police Department. Listening forums have been gathering thoughts, opinions and concerns.

The first listening forum, held on Monday at Runnells Hall, was attended by about 40 people. Nancy Sheridan, in a preamble to the event, emphasized that the purpose was for the committee to gather opinions , comments and suggestions, not to provide an opportunity for discussion. Accordingly, all the comments were relevant, respectful, and covered many important points Most people appeared to believe that a strong Tamworth Police Department needs to be created, that one officer cannot provide the coverage needed.

A police officer from a neighboring town alluded to a recent instance in which a domestic violence incident almost ended in tragedy because of a long response time. A mother mentioned that her child had been approached by a stranger, and when she called Tamworth Police Department could only access an answering machine. Other comments indicated that townspeople feel their lives are in jeopardy because of slow response time, and people no longer feel safe. We need all the public safety organizations: rescue squad, fire department and a police department. The idea of a Neighborhood Watch Group was suggested. A state police officer, said that criminals are well aware which towns have little or no coverage and plan their activities accordingly.

I would like to thank the members of the Police Advisory Committee, led by Chris Canfield, and Nancy Sheridan for leading the meeting.There is one remaining opportunity on Sunday, April 23, at 3 p.m. at Union Hall in South Tamworth. Your input will influence the committee's recommendations.

Come to Cook Memorial Library on Wednesday, April 26, at 7 p.m. for a talk by Athena Contus on "Honeybee Democracy." Contus will focus on New England biologist Tom Seeley's journey to discover the secrets of the swarm. Despite perils facing the American Honeybee, its own decision making techniques allow it to move forward and continue to astonish and challenge apiarists and scientists.

From May 8 to 13, the Tamworth Visitors Council will transform our picturesque town into an outdoor painting studio with a vision of becoming one of the East Coast's most prestigious plein air art events. Some of America's foremost plein air landscape painters plan to participate alongside emerging artists. Painters will display their talent in a 6 day plein air celebration including public paint-outs, complimentary daily receptions, demonstrations, educational events and activities at participating local businesses.

The week begins with a kickoff party at The Tamworth Lyceum ending with a "Collectors Mixer" where everyone is able to view original art created throughout the week for award consideration. The Mixer is hosted by businesses and non profits in Tamworth Village. Stroll through the quintessential village of Tamworth. Start at The Other Store and along to the Historic Remick Farm Museum, and stop at each reception to view samplings of the work created during the previous six days. Visit the website Tamworthmade.com for more information.

Bird walks continue each Wednesday through May 17. Meet at the Town House parking area at 7:30 a.m. to carpool or drive independently to a local birding area announced by the leader. Dress according to the weather, and bring notebooks and binoculars.

Now the snow has departed, it's time to think about gardening. When dividing perennials remember the plant sale held annually by the Friends of the Cook Memorial Library and Carroll County Altrusa to support their respective organizations. Your plants will help to beautify Tamworth and support great caused. This year's perennial sale will be on June 3. For drop off locations, call Diane at (603) 387-7395.

The celebration of life for Jennifer Buzzell (Grammy Gordon), who recently died aged 52 after a period of failing health, was very well attended. We heard about Jennifer's early life, marriage, waitressing jobs and how she moved to Tamworth with her husband and reinvented herself as the baker and gourmet cook so many of us knew and loved. Jennifer loved and was loved by everyone: her customers, and especially local children and was famous for making food to order. Rev Mary Edes, leading the event, invited stories about incidents and encounters with "Grammy" as she was often called. Her father movingly remarked how Jen was his best friend. Ellen Keith told the hilarious story of how her son's wedding was catered entirely with Grammy's pies. I have never seen such a spectacular potluck luncheon: lasagnas, Jen's signature dish; salads; all kinds of casseroles; lots of delicious sandwiches; and an array of mouth-watering desserts, with plenty leftover for folks to take home. This festival of food was a fitting tribute — a way of saying goodbye to Jennifer in our own way — and to give thanks for the life of this remarkable, talented and generous woman. Thanks to Jo Anne Rainville and The Tamworth Nurses for sponsoring the event and to the board for setting up the food and arranging the clean up. Condolences to all of Jennifer Buzzell's family and many friends.

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