Celebration of Life: Joan Ayer Casarotto

Joan Ayer Casarotto, 85, of Tamworth, NH, passed on Sept. 13, 2015, at her home.

A celebration of life will be held on Saturday, June 18, from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Tamworth Town House at 27 Cleveland Hill Road in Tamworth.

Lord Funeral Home is handling the arrangements. If you wish to express condolences or leave a fond memory, please visit www.lordfuneralhome.com.

Bob Marley returns to the Leura Hill Eastman Performing Arts Center

FRYEBURG — Maine's own Bob Marley is coming back to the Leura Hill Eastman Performing Arts Center at 18 Bradley St. in Fryeburg, Maine, on Thursday, April 14, at 7 p.m.

From getting his own special on Comedy Central to appearing on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," "The Late Show with David Letterman" and "Late Night with Conan O'Brien" (to name a few),  Marley has become one of the most sought after comedians in the country.

Tickets are $23. All proceeds will benefit the Fryeburg Academy Class of 2016 Project Graduation. Tickets can be purchased online at www.fryeburgacademy.org/pac or by calling the box office at (207) 935-9232.

Conway Public Library 'goes to seed'

CONWAY — Last Thursday, March 31, the Conway Public Library seeded its Youth Garden Project for a second year.

Herbalist/educator Carol Felice from the Remick Country Doctor Museum & Farm helped the kids get their hands dirty right away preparing the soil and planting seeds for the new garden. Assisting her were members of the Smith family, including Angel, Misty, Brayden and Nirvana.

Tara McKenzie, head of youth services at the library, created the garden last year in the company of many partners and hopes to continue some of those partnerships this year with agencies such as 4-H and the Mountain Garden Club.

"It was such a fruitful garden last year, and I look forward to another one this year," said McKenzie.

"The young people of the area built the raised beds, squared them out, planted and tended the gardens last year with help from the UNH Co-operative Extension," she said.

"When harvest time came, it was so exciting to see all the vegetables and flowers and herbs. We had tons and tons of cherry tomatoes."

This year’s garden includes some cooking and slicing tomatoes, along with other vegetables and the addition of jalapenos.

More herbs also have been added.

The Youth Garden Project meets every Thursday starting after Memorial Day from 4-5 pm. Club activities include a garden activity or craft, and then work in the gardens.

The library is hoping to get a good group going this summer to enjoy gardening with them.

"I hope to do more cooking with fresh herbs and vegetables this year," McKenzie added.

Stop by the Conway Public Library, 15 Greenwood Ave. in Conway for more information or just to see the progress in the garden beds. You can also call McKenzie at (603) 447-5552 to find out about this and other youth programs.



The Snowvillage Inn showcasing artists Joyce Desmarais, Laura Thompson


EATON — The Snowvillage Inn will be displaying the work of local artists Joyce Desmarais and Laura Thompson at the inn through May 31.

"We are delighted to have Joyce and Laura return to display their art here at the Inn," said Jen Kovach, owner/innkeeper at the Snowvillage Inn. "Each artist has a desire to share what they create with paint. Their work promises to stimulate the sense of sight and to explore each artist's individual aesthetic."

Desmarais, a watercolor artist, is a juried artist and board member of the Mount Washington Valley Arts Association. Her art is exhibited in the association's gallery as well as The Met Coffee House in North Conway. During 2014, she organized, and was one of four artists presenting work at The Snowvillage Inn and at The Darby Field Inn in Albany.

Thomson, an oil painter, is a juried member of the arts association. Her work can often be seen in the Chamber Gallery or the Met. She now works at Gerardo Ruiz's studio, where materials and advice are freely available. Freedom Village Store has many paintings and prints on display and her cards are in many places around the MW Valley.

In 2015, she exhibited work at Memorial Hospital, Ellis River/Group 8 Gallery, Darby Field Inn, Inn at Crystal Lake, The Gibson Center, M&D Productions and several local libraries. Thomson's paintings are in private collections across the country and can be viewed on her website (www.laurasthomson.com).

The Snowvillage Inn is located at 136 Stewart Road (off Brownfield Road), a mile up from Crystal Lake in Eaton Center.

For more information about the Snowvillage Inn, visit www.snowvillageinn.com or call (603) 447-2818.


Community School to have annual auction

TAMWORTH — Saturday, April 9, marks the 10th anniversary of The Community School's annual Celebrate Community Auction, begun years ago at Horsefeathers Restaurant to raise money for the Tamworth school's scholarship fund. It is now hosted at The Community School, located at 1164 Bunker Hill Road in Tamworth.

The evening, hosted by George Cleveland, begins at 7 p.m. with a silent auction with a live auction at 8 p.m. The majority of the downstairs is lined with tables laden with goods and coupons for services, everything from antique silver jewelry to tickets to the Squam Lake Science Center; men's roller skates in their carrying case from the 1940s sit side-by-side with a statuesque pink salt lamp, known for its cleansing properties.

Antique mink hats and fox-trimmed gloves adorn one table, while gift certificates for local restaurants — like Jake's Seafood and the Corner House — line another. Need doodads for your phone and other devices? There is a basket of accessories for phones and other devices, worth $180. The breakfast basket includes a pound of Mad Hen Farm organically raised bacon, a loaf of Sunnyfield Bakery bread, a dozen Mad Hen Farm organic eggs, a jar of three-citrus marmalade made with ripe fruit from former Tamworthies' Arizona trees, and a gorgeous cutting board made by Annie Burke.

Other tables carry handcrafted jewelry, gift certificates for book stores or amusements, spa treatments or oil changes. There are shoes and wool coats, bags, and baskets. There are baked goods and syrups, and a half case of wines, chosen by John Cleveland from his cellar.

A iron and wood book stand holds an 1872 dictionary. There are two remote-controlled boats; a 50-inch plasma screen TV; a child's schoolhouse desk; cooking lessons; a CSA share for the The Community School farm; and a night out in a 1972 Pontiac Granville convertible (you get to borrow this prize for 24 hours of fun).

All proceeds will benefit students who come to learn in a challenging, active environment that focuses on the whole child.

For information, call (603) 323-7000.