On Saturday, Nov. 9, from 9 to 11:30 a.m., join Chocorua Lake Conservancy Stewardship Director Lynne Flaccus for a hike along the trails of the Scott and Bolles Reserve. Fall is a wonderful time to explore fields and forests around the lake. Plants and animals are preparing for the snow and cold to come, or are already dormant. The group leaves from the Hammond Trail parking area at the end of Scott Road, and will take the Heron Pond trail to Heron Pond/Lonely Lake and on to the shore of Lake Chocorua. The trails are moderate, passing through mixed forests, eskers and wetlands. Comfortable hiking shoes, dressing in layers, bringing water and a snack are suggested. The hike is about 2.5 miles round trip from the parking area to the lake and back. Participants are asked not to bring dogs. Meet at the Hammond Trail parking lot at the end of the Scott Road, north of the lake. For more information, call (603) 323-6252 or email Flaccus at lflaccus@chocorualake.org.

Everyone is invited to celebrate Veterans Day on Nov. 11. The ceremony begins at 11 a.m. at the Veterans Memorial at The Four Corners in Tamworth village. Afterwards, there will be a reception at the Town House. Donations of sandwiches or baked goods may be dropped off at the Town House on Sunday from 3 to 4 p.m. or Monday 9 to 10 a.m.

On Thursday, Nov. 14, from 9 to 11:30 a.m. join Chocorua Lake Conservancy for a Stewardship Day at the “island” public access area on Chocorua Lake. Regular maintenance is required to protect the lake shore from the intensive use of the public access areas. If you enjoy spending time at the lake, please help us care for these public spaces.

I love Chocorua Lake and over the years have enjoyed swimming, kayaking and canoeing, picnicking or simply parking by the lake to enjoy the amazing views . If you use the Chocorua Lake public access areas the Chocorua Lake Conservancy provides free of charge to the public please consider giving back to the lake and land that gives so much to us by becoming a member of Chocorua Lake Conservancy.

Everyone is invited to K.A. Brett School’s 10th annual harvest dinner on Thursday, Nov. 14, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. As well as great food, there will be dancing and live music. You are invited to bring pot luck sides, and salads, but this is not required to attend.

On Tuesday, Nov. 12, at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of the Eastern Slopes, there will be an evening of Native American storytelling, featuring Anne Jennison, a professional storyteller of Abnaki and European heritage.

The Preserve in Chocorua is holding a pre-holiday mixer on Saturday, Nov 16, from 6 to 8 p.m. RSVP by Nov. 11 by calling (603) 978-0682 or email info@reservethe preserve.com.

The popular Tamworth farmers’ market is now being held indoors for the winter, and the scheduled dates are: Nov. 9, 16, 23; Dec. 7, 14, 21 and 28; Jan. 4 and 18; Feb. 1, 15 and 20; and March 14 and 18. You will find most of your favorite farmers at these events.

Our community is deeply saddened by the death of beloved resident Richard Smith aged 90 on Oct. 28 at Mineral Springs North Conway. He is fondly remembered for his volunteer work, which included being a deacon at Chocorua Community Church, a volunteer with the Chocorua Community Association, and a docent at Castle in the Clouds, and a member of Kiwanis. Smith leaves his beloved wife Susan Staples Smith of Chocorua, five daughters, 11 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren and several cousins. Donations in his memory may be made to the Conway Area Humane Society, 223 E. Main St., Conway, NH 03818 Condolences to his family and many friends.

On a recent Saturday, Tamworth village was buzzing with activity. The farmers’ market had plenty of customers, enjoying the last outdoor market of the year. A crowd at The Ordination Rock Cemetery suggested a funeral was in progress. It was, however an event sponsored by N.H. Humanities, Cook Memorial Library and the Tamworth History Center.

Speaker Glenn Knoblock was leading a tour around the cemetery, discussing the changes in grave stones over the years and their meaning. He mentioned several tragic facts: the early settlers were often preceded in death by most or all of their children owing to disease outbreaks. The Civil War was also responsible for the demise of many Tamworth residents, including Ira Blake, whose wife, Lucy, immortalized their marriage in letters published in the book “Dearest Ira.” Peggy Johnson poignantly stood beside Lucy Blake’s tombstone, dressed in period costume, and spoke about Lucy’s life.

The History Center served a hot buffet lunch after the event, in its new partially renovated meeting room set up restaurant style. Everyone enjoyed a wonderful selection of home made soups and desserts donated by the board, The History Center members and friends. One of the downstairs rooms is occupied by a Civil War exhibit, and I noticed that the unappetizing remains of a soldier’s meal is displayed along with his plate and utensils. This made me grateful for the delicious hot food I was eating. Amy Berrier and Chris Nourse played “Music for a Historic house.”

After lunch, the annual meeting of The History Center took place. President Kate Thompson gave an overview of the events of the past year. The center worked closely with Cook Memorial Library, using its meeting room for various events as well as its historical resources. The History Center hosted annual events including Chinook Day, plein air and Old Cars Day in July. It also participated in the Tamworth Street Fair with “Attic Treasures.” Thompson made a special mention of the wonderful work of volunteers, coordinated by Norma Grasse.

After the meeting, those remaining were invited to watch a video about the events and accomplishments of the year. Thanks to everyone who worked hard to support the The History Center in any way and transformed a tired old house into the vibrant location we are all learning to appreciate. I would like to thank Betty Wasson for coordinating the lunch and everyone who contributed in any way.

A group from The New Hampshire Preservation Alliance, led by Director Jennifer Goodman, Program Director Beverly Thomas and Field Service Rep Andrew Cushing, visited the Tamworth History Center on Saturday, and enjoyed a discussion with members of The History Center board and Tamworth residents.

The event began with coffee and cookies in the new meeting room. Then several people spoke about Tamworth Village, its history and ongoing community projects, successes and challenges. Afterwards, the visitors explored the village, visiting the farmers’ market in the Town House, The Distillery, Remick Farm and The Barnstormers. This was a good chance to consider local efforts in a regional/state/preservation context to make contact with a great organization and learn about possible renovation grant sources. Thanks to everyone who participated in this interesting event.

Send items for this column to annmcgarity@yahoo.com or call (603) 323-7065 or (603) 307-4770.

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