Believe it or not, it is almost the Fourth of July. There will be a big barbecue picnic at the Eaton Beach beginning at noon. Our two chefs, Tom Head and Dan Robins (Chris Kennedy is meeting his son in California), will be grilling up burgers, hot dogs and veggie burgers for everyone. A huge thank you from me to you both.

I will supply the plates, napkins, utensils, cups, trash cans, wet naps, onions and the ketchup, relish and mustard. Bring whatever beverage you want to drink and a side dish (hors d’oeuvre, salads of all kinds and wonderful desserts) for everyone to share.

This is always a super fun event and open to Eaton people and their families and guests. The food is always delicious and provided with love by our talented townspeople. There is always a 50/50 raffle with two lucky winners, so bring some money to purchase your tickets. I still need two people to sell raffle tickets that Thursday. Bring your bathing suits and enjoy our beautiful Crystal Lake with family and friends.

We would love to have a lot of strong people Wednesday, July 3, at 5 p.m. to put up the tent. John Hartman can do this with his eyes shut by now, but he needs a lot of help. How about some younger men or women? We will bring in the tables, too. I will provide some cold beverages for the workers.

Thursday morning, I will need some assistance setting up the tables, starting around 10:30 a.m. Then Friday, July 5, will be for taking the tent down and moving it to the Little White Church for their yard sale coming up on July 13 and 14. Again, 10:30 a.m. sounds just about right. Please come join us to reminisce with your neighbors. See you there.

Have you been doing your spring cleaning by going through your attics, garages and houses to bring to the Little White Church yard sale on Saturday, July 13 and Sunday, July 14, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on both days? I hope so, because all of the proceeds will go toward the considerable costs of rebuilding the outside of the church steeple, which has always required periodic maintenance, but this past winter the steeple sustained considerable water damage on the north side. Thomas Costello and crew are already working on it. Bring your drop-off items for sale to the Little White Church on July 11 and 12 from 1 to 6 p.m.

This yard sale is part of a larger fundraising project that includes a public appeal, already out. You may mail donations to the Little White Church, P.O. Box 31, Eaton, NH 03832. These are tax deductible. The Little White Church is non-denominational, non-profit and non-political where numerous services, weddings, memorials, concerts and fun community activities occur throughout the year. Help support this beautiful building.

Please pick up your beach passes and/or stickers at the town hall this week. You may also mail in your request to Lianne, P.O. Box 88, Eaton, NH 03832. You cannot be on the beach without a pass or a sticker, so give the beach guards a break and pick yours up at the town hall.

Don’t forget to thoroughly enjoy Peter Blue’s Cards and Letters Clothesline Show at the Conway Public Library through the end of July. He explains it “piggly, wiggly, bird, bath, pie, cat, hips, fish, lips, poke you in the eye.” This should definitely intrigue you, but you’ll understand once you see it for yourself.

There is an opening/vacancy right now on the EatonSchool Board for the rest of the term. Write a letter to Chris Kennedy c/o me, and I will get it to him. Consider joining one of our most important boards.

Thank you to the Hennigan family, especially Paul Sr., Paul Jr., Susie and Grace, for the lovely service at the Mass of Christian Burial for Elaine C. Hennigan on June 21 and for the generosity and family outpouring of love at the Shannon Door Restaurant in Jackson. Elaine would have loved every minute.

Come see a Marionette Puppet Show presented by the White Mountain Waldorf School on Tuesday, July 9, at 10:30 a.m. at the Cook Memorial Library in Tamworth or on Thursday, July 11, at 10:30 a.m. at the Conway Public Library. The early childhood teachers will perform a tale from Brothers Grimm. Storytelling with marionettes helps develop the imagination, and is a loving way of communicating values, principles and challenges.

Activities in Waldorf early childhood education take into consideration the age-specific developmental needs of young children, from a focus on will-oriented physical activity in the first three years, then on imaginative play in the middle years of early childhood and later a more cognitive approach to learning after the child enters school. Go to whitemountainwaldorf.org to learn more about this special school and what it has to offer.

Nancy E. Williams can be contacted at (603) 447-5635.

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