Last Saturday, the 10th annual Chocorua Day Festival was blessed with a background of perfect summer weather.
President of the Chocorua Community Association, John Gotjen, introduced State Representative Susan Ticehurst, who read a Chocorua Day Proclamation from Gov Maggie Hassan, followed by Sate Senator Jeb Bradley who presented the governor's proclamation honoring the 125th anniversary of the Chocorua Public Library. Chuck Henderson delivered greetings from U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen. Librarian Marion Posner narrated the pioneering work of Frank Bolles who gathered the first subscribers and books in 1888. Ranger Mike Martin of Saco District White Mountain National Park presented the new quarter dollar issued this year depicting the view popular of Chocorua Lake and Mountain. Everyone had the opportunity to win a quarter by tossing pennies into a miniature pool representing the lake or answering questions based on Tamworth Historical Society's display of early Chocorua then known as the Tamworth Iron Works. The library held a book and bake sale while the Chocorua Community Church provided a delicious barbecue lunch. Art Works, the new artists' co-op on Route 16 displayed fine paintings, quilts and photography. The Dixieland Dandies played toe-tapping music. Marc Stowbridge's solar telescope gave an amazing glimpse of the sun, and people enjoyed balloon animals by Lee Custer and guessed how many candies were in Peg Huddleston's jar. At 1 p.m. John Gotjen presented the Citizen of the Year award to Rev. Kent Schneider. Kent and his wife Betty came to Chocorua from New Orleans shortly after Katrina and Kent became minister of The Chocorua Community Church retiring in 2012. He is admired for rebuilding the church community and for his outreach efforts. His talent as a jazz musician, influenced by formative years in Chicago, and later in New Orleans brings pleasure to all who hear him. Congratulations, Kent!
Remick Museum's Historic Arts, Crafts and Trades Series continues Thursday, Aug. 8, 7-8 p.m. with Family Art Night. Spend an evening at no charge, exploring silhouette painting with Cynthia Towle of Wakefield and Kathy Johnson. Materials will be provided. The museum is located at 58 Cleveland Hill Road, Tamworth. Call (603) 323-7591 for more information or visit www.remickmuseum.org .
"Ten Nights in a Bar Room and What I saw There" first appeared as a temperance novel by Timothy Shay Arthur in 1854 and helped demonize alcohol in the eyes of the ante bellum American public. The timeless theme, that of suffering due to alcohol, and transformation attained through rehabilitation and sobriety resonates through the centuries and is particularly relevant today. Artistic Director Bob Shea directs a stellar cast of actors in this week's musical version of the drama of the same name by William W. Pratt at The Barnstormers. Returning favorites include Penny Purcell, Scott Severance, Jean Mar Brown and Doug Shapiro as well as Martina Vidmar, Ryan Malyar, Frank Wells, Amanda Huxtable, Joe Longthorne, George Piehl and Rachel Alexa Norman. Also on board are Chelsea de Lacey, Hayley Farrell, Greg Pike and Pim van Amerongen. Joining The Barnstormers this summer is 14-year-old Daniel Schmidt from St. Louis, Missouri who plays Tommy. The musical numbers are mostly familiar , and professionally executed under the direction of musical directorJill DeLeault and the choreography of Pim Van Amerongen.Thanks to Indian Mound Hardware and The Other Store for sponsoring this wonderful production. Call the box office at 323 8500 to reserve tickets.
Next week,The Barnstormers presents the iconic "Steel Magnolias" (Aug. 6-10). Most of the plays this season show that love conquers all, at least some of the time. This is true of this play as well, in which a mixed-age group of southern women share their trials, joys, successes and sorrows with each other, while keeping up their looks, fine hairdos and manicures, and keeping the men in the background
The Arts Council of Tamworth and The Community School offer a song-writing workshop with Scott Baston of the band Saint Francis, on Aug. 9 from 4-5 p.m. at The Community School in South Tamworth. This workshop will focus on basic song structure, composition, lyrical content and presentation. Beginner to experienced songwriters of all ages welcome. Workshop is free; donations welcome. More info: artstamworth.org or 603-323-7000.
Cook Memorial Library in Tamworth will host Nickelodeon award-winning children's performer Mike Bent in his new magic show for children aged 9-14 on Saturday, Aug. 3, at 12:30 p.m. Mike will hold his "Top Secret Magic Class" at 2 p.m. the same day. Learn to perform really cool but easy-to-learn magic tricks. Funding for these programs was provided by the Friends of Cook Memorial Library, the Byrne Foundation, CHILIS, the Cogswell Benevolent Trust, the NH Library Association and the NH State Library, as well as a grant from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services.
The Tamworth Lyceum will host author, mycologist and ethnographer Lawrence Millman on Friday, Aug. 2 at 6 p.m. for a reading of his newest book "Hiking to Siberia: Curious Tales of Travel and Travelers." He will sign copies. For information go on: http://lawrencemillman.com/. The Lyceum is donating part of its proceeds from coffee sales to Tim Mountain Conservation Center.
A reminder to all alumni, former teachers, and board members, parents, grandparents, of Bearcamp Valley School and Children's Center. There will be a celebration of the school's 50th anniversary on Aug. 17 in a field close to Tamworth village. Please call 323-8300 if you can help with the event, or if you plan to attend, and spread the word to everyone who might be interested. You can also go on Facebook: htpps//www.facebook.com/BVSNH/events.