The three-month long festival of art, music and gastronomic events, aka summer in Tamworth is well underway with a background of sizzling heat, and our village has many visitors.

Chocorua Day is Saturday July 27, starting at 10 a.m. in the park at the intersection of Route 16 and 113. There will be stories both children ad adults plus music for all ages before and after lunch, served outside Runnells Hall by library volunteers. The Chocorua Citizen of the Year will be announced at that time and the Boy Scouts will serve free s'mores. Another highlight is the rubber ducky race at the dam beginning at 2:45 p.m. Winners will receive prizes. Before the race, the public can do "fun run" with the duckies from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Everyone is invited and there will be something for everyone.

On an important note, Hazardous Waste Collection takes place on Saturday, July 27, in Belmont, Franklin, Gilford and Meredith and on Saturday, Aug. 3, from 8:30 a.m. to noon in Bristol Center, Ossipee, Laconia and Moultonborough. For more information, go to lakesroc.org.

Attention, parents of young children. Bring your toddlers to the History Center in Tamworth Village for Baby Games at 10 a.m. on Saturday, July 27.  Bring a baby for a playful time with bubbles, balls and more. Solar viewing will be at 11 a.m. South Tamworth astronomer Marc Stowbridge will bring solar telescopes and show you our amazing sun.

The Community School in South Tamworth invites you to its fundraiser on Saturday, July 27, from 6 to 10 p.m. There will be a fabulous dinner, including a relish platter, pasture-raised roast beef, new potatoes, grilled wedge salad, followed by berry pie. There will also be dancing with Mountain Road, Madeline Moneypenny and guests: swing, folk jazz. rock, country. All this for only $30. For reservations, call (603) 323-7000.

Tamworth Village Handcrafters hosts craft sales every Saturday at the Tamworth Town House during July and August from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. After shopping at the Tamworth farmers' market on Saturdays, take a leisurely stroll down Main Street to the Town House.

The Tamworth History Center celebrates summer with several events including participation in Tamworth's annual street fair on Aug. 3 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The History Center hosts events on the Village Green and an attic treasures sale. On Aug. 12 starting at 7 p.m., The History Center presents booths and activities on the Green and an attic treasures sale. On Aug. 12 from 7 p.m., the History Center sponsors "The Lucy and Ira Blake Diaries," the story of a Tamworth couple during the Civil War, read by Peggy Johnson and Dexter Harding. On Saturday, Aug. 24, come along for "Civil War Encampment Day." Go to tamworthhistorycenter.org.

I have met many interesting people at the Tamworth farmers' market, including local politicians and actors. On Saturday, I was introduced to an international world figure: Daniel Mulhall, the Irish Ambassador to the United States, who was spending a few days with friends Ted Smyth and Mary Breasted in Wonalancet. He was very gracious and mentioned that he would be reading Irish poetry at Cook Memorial Library later that day. When I arrived in the downstairs meeting room, it was already full to overflowing with poetry lovers and others interested in what he had to say.

Smyth introduced the ambassador as a longtime colleague and friend. I sat with his wife, Greta, Australian by birth. Mulhall began by explaining that he tweets poetry to a wide audience and has found it has become a wonderful way to connect with people all over the world. Reading Irish poetry in community settings is also a way of connecting to people in local communities and spreading Irish culture. He read from well known poets, including William Butler Yeats and James Joyce and others less-known such as Austin Clarke and Eva Gore Booth.

The poems reflected contemporary events including the famine, and emigration . He also read a poem in Gaelic. After the reading, the ambassador invited the audience to ask questions. He answered my question which was "Will Britain's departure from the European Union (Brexit) effect Ireland's economy in a positive or negative way?" He gave an in depth answer mentioning first that Ireland was one of the poorest countries in the EU when it first joined in 1973. Since then, the country has become prosperous. During the time when both Britain and Ireland were members of the EU the border has been open. This will change, and there will also be ramifications for Ireland owing to tariff changes. He said that he expects Brexit to be bad for Ireland.

Another question related to Ireland's health service revealed that the country has a combination of publicly funded health care, and private. He feels that its neighbor Britain's National Health Care service provides better care for everybody. In answer to a question on immigration, he responded that that immigrants represented many different countries, in particular Eastern Europe. I would like to thank Mulhall for his interesting readings and the Cook Memorial Library for hosting the event. Thanks also go to Ted and Mary Smyth Breasted for providing sandwiches .

I recently attended a fascinating talk by Mary Ellen Lepionka on the history of Native Americans in our region. The presentation was preceded by a crankie by talented students from Kenneth A. Brett. A testimony to dedicated teachers and the student's curiosity, it vividly represented the creatures that live in Lake Chocorua and was accompanied by guitar music by a student.

Using a PowerPoint presentation featuring contemporary photographs and art work, Lepionka illustrated the lives of some of the local tribes, who included the Abenaki. Their activities focused on the seasons, available food in season and their families. We learned how hard they worked,  how organized the work schedule was and there was an amazing amount of natural food available from plants, trees, lakes and wild animals for food and medicine. Food available in the environment was supplemented by crops, Thanks to Lepionka for this very interesting talk, and Cook Memorial Library for hosting it.

On Sunday, I enjoyed another Concert by the River behind The Other Store, sponsored by the generous folks at Tanna Farm, Hope and Nate Winship. The featured band was the Sandwich Rangers. Known for their melodic renditions of folk music they bravely played for two hours in oppressive hear as the audience sat in the shade on the deck and on the grass, many consuming rapidly melting ice cream. The remaining performances will be The White Mountain Ceili Band on July 28, The Heather Pierson Trio (folk/blues) on Aug. 11; The Al Hospers Quartet  and on Aug. 11: Young Musicians Showcase, hosted by Thomas Stafford.

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