March is frustrating. Warmer temperatures make us yearn to garden, but it's still too wet. Buck up! What better time to plan this summer's horticultural projects? On Monday, March 17 at 6:30pm the Conway Public Library begins a series of garden- and plant-related programs. Michel Delucia of Sunshine Daydream Farm kicks things off with "Be Seed Wise." Learn from a Master Gardener when, how and what seeds to start early. Get tips on which seeds yield the best bumper crop or which can provide seed for next year. Michelle is also a Master at landscape design. Get her advice on projects after the seed presentation. Don't forget your notebook!
Last Updated on Tuesday, 11 March 2014 03:24
The ladies first annual Cabin Fever dinner and talent show outdid themselves with the dishes for supper and the talent was great. Carolyn Carter acting as Emcee for the talent show started off with Nancy Wilson who read some original poetry she had written over the years. Then she was followed by three much younger girls first Mona Wilson who showed her toe dancing, The Littlefield sisters showed their stuff with Lizabeth showing how to twirl that baton and Haley singing a song and doing a cheerleader cheer, both girls were impressive. Oh I forgot Ezra Wilson, not to be outdone, gave a wonderful demonstration of erasing the entertainment line up off the black board. Then the adults took over. Dave Mason, going on 97, still can do those magic tricks. He had the audience ohing and ahing after each trick. Dave still has that wonderful smiling presentation. Sorry, but what really brought the house down was Ruth Mitchell's imitation of a mother frog. The tone of her voice and the expressions on her face were hilarious. I'm still laughing. Then we had John Ramsey on his guitar. playing that hand clapping foot stomping music. I think all of us that were there owe thanks to Norm Hodgkins who suggested the event. He told a hooting laughing true story about getting lost on part of the Appalachian Trail on of all things his honeymoon. Guess that didn't worry Ruth because they've been together for a long time with Ruth still smiling. Last but not least Fred Mitchell accompanied by Nancy Gardner played his musical carpenters saw. It was amazing the tone he got out of that old saw. I think that all the laughter prepared all attending for that race toward spring and summer.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 11 March 2014 03:15
Last week, we celebrated my grandson Iver's first birthday. On Wednesday, March 12, we will celebrate my granddaughter Hallie's first birthday. She is a tiny little person with a big personality, beautiful hazelnut brown eyes and a huge smile. Happy first birthday Hallie girl.
On Saturday, March 15, local Fryeburg Girl Scout Troup No. 832 will hold a Girl Scout cookie sale from 10 a.m. to 2:00pm at Trumbull's Hardware on Portland Street. For those of you who haven't had a chance to buy your cookies yet, this is your chance. Cookies include my favorite: Thin Mints, as well as Samoas, Peanut Butter Patties, Trefoils (shortbread), D-si-dos peanut butter sandwiches, Lemonades, Savannah Smiles (lemon cookies with powdered sugar), Thanks-a-lot (shortbread with fudge on the bottom), Dulse de Leche, Cranberry Citrus Crisps, Chocolate Chip Shortbread, and Thank You Berry Much (cranberry with white chips). I may have to rethink my favorites. All of them sound awesome!
Last Updated on Tuesday, 11 March 2014 03:12
Make sure to get out to vote today at the Eaton Town Hall, between the hours of 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. You can get a copy of the town report at the Town Hall to see what is on the agenda for the Town Meeting which begins at 8 p.m. The school meeting begins at 5 p.m. Bring some money with you to buy the delicious baked goods, made by our famous Eaton bakers. There are always great goodies like breads, cookies, brownies, cakes, or pies. All the proceeds go to the Eaton Community Circle Scholarship Fund, which helps support all Eaton students. It is our privilege to vote in this free country, so please take advantage of your freedom.
Chester Eastwood had great success at the Special Olympics this past week in Waterville Valley. Kristin, Willie, Chester, Karli and Kee Lyn enjoyed the hospitality at Black Bear condos, and thoroughly enjoyed their time at the slopes. They had an Opening Ceremony, a dance, all the winter events, so they were kept busy the whole time. It was very cold at times, but what the heck, it's winter. Chester earned silver medals in Slalom and Super G, and on his last run, earned a gold medal in Super Slalom. He hasn't had a gold in a while, so he was super excited. Congratulations to you, Chester; we are all so proud of you!
Get ready for the Taste of the Caribbean Week at the Snowvillage Inn from March 11th to the 15th. Chef Brian's menu includes Coconut Shrimp, Drunken Mussels, Jamaican Jerk Chicken, Baja fish Tacos, and of course, A Cheese Burger in Paradise. Get out your favorite tropical shirt or grass skirt and get ready to celebrate warm breezes, Kevin's special tropical drinks and Caribbean music. It will warm you right up and make you smile. Call for reservations at 447-2818.
Try to vote in the New Hampshire Magazine for the "Best of NH" for our local businesses. Alice Spears' boutique, "It's Her Girlfriend's" is in the running again as our many businesses in our Valley. Go to their website and vote.
Does anyone else thing this is the worst winter for frost heaves and potholes? Unbelievable. You just cannot drive over 25 mph, or it shakes up your vehicle. I hope everyone turned the clocks ahead an hour on Saturday night. Now we will all be on time.
In the University of New Hampshire Magazine for Winter 2014, on page 33, you will find a great article on Xochi Blymyer, who is presently an assistant director for the Arnold Schwarzenegger film "Red Heat." Xochi grew up in the movie industry as well all know, with her dad Patrick a well-known gaffer, and her mom Ginger, a hairdresser to the stars. Xochi has been using her math skills on this new job. "Her role is essentially that of a general contractor, figuring out each day's shooting schedule based on actor availability, crew overtime, location availability, equipment, weather, and a million other details." When the Blymyers bought the Snowvillage Inn years ago, everyone loved the family and they enjoyed running an inn in the White Mountains. Xochi worked on "Welcome to the Family," and "The Fosters," and is now working on "Red Heat." She definitely would like more stability in the industry, but with Xochi's skills and expertise, I know she will be working for a long time. Way to go, Xochi.
The Upper Saco Valley Land Trust presents the fifth annual opening of art celebrates place on Friday, April 4, from 5 to 7:30 p.m. at Tin Mountain Conservation Center in Albany. This artists' reception will have locally sourced refreshments, a raffle and performances of place-based music and poetry starting at 6 p.m. Donations appreciated. The show will run from April 4 to May 17 from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. Monday to Friday. Celebrate good art, good entertainment, and good food.
The next Opera Dinner at the Inn at Crystal Lake will take place on Thursday, March 20th, featuring Lerner and Loewe's "Camelot." This musical about the love triangle of King Arthur, Guenevere, and Lancelot will feature soprano Catherine Verrilli and pianist Sarah Bob. This will be an extra special evening as it celebrates the 30th anniversary of innkeeper Tim Ostendorf and Catherine Verrilli performing the roles of Arthur and Guenevere in high school. $55 per person includes discussions, demonstrations, performances, a four-course dinner and a glass of wine. This does not include other alcohol, tax or gratuity. Dinners start at 6:30 p.m. For reservations, call 447-2120.
Nancy E. Williams can be contacted at 447-5635.
Last Updated on Monday, 10 March 2014 05:06
Freedom Town Column: Deadline to submit photos for the 2015 historical society calendar contest April 1
April first is the deadline to submit your photos for the 2015 historical society calendar contest. This years theme is "Freedom Gardens." Go to: freedomhistoricalsociety.org/the-latest-at-fhs/freedom-historical-society-2015-calendar-photo-contest for all the information you'll need. This is a great way to support the society and showcase your talent.
Last Updated on Monday, 10 March 2014 05:00
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