Who loves chocolate? Now that I have your attention, the Chocolate Club is back in full swing, and Beth Griffin’s handcrafted organic dark chocolate is sure to brighten your spirits as the sunlight wanes and the days get shorter. November’s Chocolate Club share includes these deliciously original confections: spiced cranberry and candied walnut, turkey tails (dark and white chocolate swirl), sweet and dark and dark orange. Each flavor selection is gluten-free, dairy-free and is naturally sweetened with local maple syrup or local raw honey. You can find out more and order your share online at livingtheplantbasedlife.weebly.com/order-monthly-chocolate-share.html.
Griffin is also happy to announce that her chocolate is now available for sale at The Valley Vegan, located at 3425 White Mountain Highway in North Conway across from Moat Mountain Smokehouse and Brewing Co. What a great way to keep your Thanksgiving holiday happy, healthy and sweet. Chocolate that not only tastes good but is healthy? Way to go, Beth. Here are a few health benefits of raw cacao, according to Griffin: Reduces appetite and helps in weight loss, helps with cardiovascular health, dilates blood vessels and reduces blood clotting, assists in regulating heartbeat and blood pressure and reduces the risk of stroke and risk of heart attacks. More facts next week.
We will have a Volunteer Work Day on Foss Mountain on Sunday, Nov. 10, at 9 a.m., meeting at the Foss Mountain parking lot. Bring clippers if you have them. We will cut the encroaching saplings out of the Brooks Pasture blueberries and haul them off into the woods. They are small enough for kids to help, too. A few brush saws would be welcome for field edges. Call Marnie at (603) 447-3877 with any questions. Thanks.
The Snowvillage Inn and Max’s Restaurant and Pub are pleased to welcome the artwork of Kate McGreavy for the months of November and December. The opening reception for the artist is on Wednesday, Nov. 13, from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Inn. This event is free and open to the public. An artisan cheese and cracker plate will be provided by the artist and beverages will be available for purchase. Kate is an intuitive painter living in Midcoast Maine. Kate uses flowing, bold layers of color, often producing works with and ethereal quality. Painting is her way of expressing a visual language while tuning in, connecting and remaining present. Each painting begins without a plan and emerges naturally through intuitive guidance. Kate is inspired by all things wild and finds wonder and awe in the details of nature.
A dine-to-donate event will take place at the Snowvillage Inn on Wednesday, Nov. 20. A portion of your dinner cost will go to the Little White Church steeple fund. There will be wonderful items to bid on. It will include a great silent auction, and you can buy 50/50 raffle tickets as well. Help benefit the Little White Church and dine locally at a special place with a beautiful view and great food and beverages. Definitely see you there. Call (603) 447-2818 for reservations. It will probably be very busy.
The South Eaton Meeting House is pleased to announce the annual Thanksgiving service at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 24. The service will be led by the Rev. Mary Edes, and we are fortunate to have Shana Eisenberg playing the Woods & Co. reed organ. Donations are greatly appreciated; we look forward to a wonderful seasonal gathering in one of our area’s hidden treasures. The South Eaton Meeting House is located at the junction of Towle Hill Road and Burnham Road in South Eaton. From Route 153, just south of Purity Spring Resort, turn onto Horse Leg Hill Road (which soon becomes Towle Hill Road). The Meeting House is approximately half mile up the hill.
In 1840, William B. Towle donated a plot of land for the express purpose of establishing a house of worship. Also donated was a “goodly stand” of timber. Trees were “felled and hauled to the Blaisdell Mill” in carts driven by teams of oxen where they were milled into lumber and then returned over the steep incline known as “Horse Leg Hill.” Stephen Allard was appointed leader and oversaw construction of the church by area neighbors.
Completed in 1844, the South Eaton Meeting House opened its doors as a member of the Free Will Baptist Society. It stands in pristine condition, maintained as it was in 1844 by local neighbors. Non-denominational services, weddings, concerts and local actives are still conducted in Eaton’s only structure listed on the National Historic Register.
This month’s opera/music dinner at the Inn at Crystal Lake in Eaton is a 4 p.m. matinee on Sunday, Nov. 24. Voice professor William Cotten from the Boston Conservatory returns with a lecture/presentation on the art of great singers on television. This is a special price of $45 per person and includes an early four-course dinner served before the lecture.
I hope many of you attended the recent opening of the new Cassidy Gallery located at 28 Main St. in Conway (in the Majestic Theatre Block). This fine art and craft gallery features over 50 local and New England fine artists and artisans.
We were also allowed to tour the Mountain Top Music studios and revisit the “old” movie theater. Even without the seating that is soon to come, just standing there brought back many fond memories of weekend movies back in my high school days. I am so glad that the Bolduc Block is being recreated for so many of us to enjoy. What will they add next? Stop by the gallery on Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Sundays, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. It was nice to see Eaton represented by Don Gemmecke’s paintings and Linda Sorensen’s jewelry.
I hope that everyone will take some time on Nov. 11, Veterans Day, to give sincere thanks to all our veterans for putting their lives on the line to allow us to live with the freedoms we have in this country. They deserve our respect, our attention, and our deep thanks now and forever. Thank a vet today and every day.
Nancy E. Williams can be contacted at (603) 447-5635.