The Snowvillage Inn with Max’s Restaurant and Pub in Eaton is pleased to invite everyone to an artists’ reception celebrating the work of Joyce Desmarais and Laura Thomson om Wednesday, June 5, from 4 to 6 p.m. Their art is in the gallery for the months of May and June. This event is free and open to the public. An artisan cheese-and-cracker plate will be provided by the artists and beverages will be available for purchase.

These “Partners in Paint” title their show “Picture This!” Mount Washington Valley Arts Association juried artists, Thomson and Desmarais met in 2006 and clicked immediately. Desmarais is a member of the Eaton community (currently residing in Albany), and Laura resides in Freedom. Both put family first but also had common interests in food, travel and art. And both wanted to improve their painting skills. These artists paint whenever they find the time and inspiration. Thomson paints mostly in a studio in San Miguel de Allende, and Joyce, wherever the mood strikes.

Over the years, though their mediums and styles are vastly different, each’s work complements the other’s. They have had several joint exhibits in the valley, including inns, libraries, hospitals and galleries. Presently, their work can be enjoyed in North Conway at the arts association’s Main Street Gallery at Norcross Place and at the Met Coffee House on Main Street and Settlers Green.

“We are delighted to have Joyce and Laura to return to show their work in the gallery here at the inn,” said Jen Kovach, owner/innkeeper at the Snowvillage Inn. “They each have their own style which complement the inn so well.”

The inn is in its sixth year of providing a beautiful space for local artists to display and sell their work. Art work is on display for two months with rotating displays every two months. Snowvillage Inn is located in Eaton at 136 Stewart Road (off Brownfield Road) a mile up from Crystal Lake. For more information, call (603) 447-2818 or go to

The July yard sale for Eaton’s Little White Church steeple is going to be Saturday and Sunday, July 13 and 14, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Drop off for items for sale is July 11 and 12 from 1 to 6 p.m.

All sales’ proceeds will go toward the considerable cost for rebuilding the outside of the church steeple, which has always required periodic maintenance, but this last winter sustained considerable water damage on the north side. Fortunately, the water damage did not affect the sanctuary ceiling like it did 12 years ago. A local contractor, Tom Costello and his crew, will begin work on the steeple very shortly.

This yard sale is part of a larger fund raising project that will include a public appeal starting shortly, but if people want to donate now, go to and donate online or mail donations to the Little White Church, P.O. Box 31, Eaton, NH 03832. Donations 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. Please support this beautiful edifice in our valley.

This is a timely reminder that a memorial Mass will be held for Elaine Hennigan on June 21 at 11 a.m. at Our Lady of the Mountains Roman Catholic Church in North Conway. Burial will be at the Snowville Cemetery in Eaton in accordance with the wishes of the family. So many times I think of Elaine and her sunshiny attitude and happy demeanor. She will remain in all of our hearts, Paul. I’m looking forward to seeing Paul Jr., Susie and Grace around Eaton this summer.

I cannot possibly write this week without mentioning that on June 6, 1944, D-Day and the Battle of Normandy took place 75 years ago. Some of you know that Judy and I just got back from a scenic river boat cruise that went along the Seine River in Paris to the Normandy Beaches. The cruise was fabulous in all ways, but standing on Omaha Beach was something I’ve never experienced before. I closed my eyes and tried to picture those brave soldiers landing there, coming in wave after wave and it took my breath away — such heroic young men, many losing their precious lives right there. Please, on June 6, think about those sacrifices and give thanks to all our veterans — past, present and future — for their honored service to preserve our Freedom.

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

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