Chris Pappas (D-Manchester) will be holding a town hall meeting, hosted by the Tamworth Community Nurse Association, today at 4:30 p.m. at Tri County Cap on Route 16 in Tamworth. The congressman will take questions and comments. The town hall will be open to the public. While the town hall will focus on the issue of prescription drugs and healthcare, constituents are encouraged to bring up any issue important to them.

A celebration of life will be held for the late Donald Wood, known as “Woody” at The River’s Edge on Aug. 17. He was known locally as the bartender at the former Tamworth Inn.

The community was saddened to hear of the death of Rick Sanborn on July 19. He was often seen at the Chocorua Church Mug Club where he is deeply missed. He grew up in Colorado and Minneapolis and later, after serving in the Air Force as a lieutenant, he moved to San Diego, where he became a real estate entrepreneur. He retired to Chocorua with his wife Jan in 2001. Condolences to Jan, his large family. and many friends.

The Barnstormers 2019 auction on Aug. 18 at 5 p.m. is a special occasion, an opportunity for all of us who love the Barnstormers to raise funds for our beloved iconic theater located in the heart of Tamworth Village. Enjoy a marvelous evening with open bar, hors d’oeuvres, silent and live auctions. Items include travel opportunities, gift certificates, gift baskets, Red Sox tickets, collectibles and works of art, including unique, collectible marquee posters. Tickets are $35 at the box office or at barnstormerstheatre.org.

Barnstormers is currently presenting Agatha Christie’s “Spider’s Web” through Aug. 17. No glorious Tamworth summer is complete without a Christie classic at The Barnstormers Theatre. “Spider’s Web,” directed by Clayton Phillips, delivers all the ingredients: a few aristocratic types, a beautiful ward (Madeleine Maby) and a cranky gardener (Penny Purcell) who has seen better days, but retains her horsy, guffawing personality and isn’t quite what she seems. Purcell gives one of her best performances. Of course, there is the obligatory down-to-earth police inspector who investigates the duplicitous statements of meddling Clarissa (Maby, stealing the show with grace, delivery and a perfection depiction of a fringe aristocrat) attempting to protect her stepdaughter. The lines are all delivered in believable upper-crust British accents. I loved the performance of Robert Bates as Sir Rowland Delahaye. Buddy Haardt’s Jeremy Warrender was brilliant and duplicitous in a bad way. Congratulations to Phillips and the entire production crew and cast for a great show. Thanks also to Chocorua Camping Village KOA, Wabanaki Lodge and season sponsor The Haynes Family Foundation. Order tickets at barnstormerstheatre.org or call (603) 323-8500.

The Tamworth Foundation supports our community by supporting local non-profits in the areas of arts and culture, education, recreation, civic and community responsibility, local infrastructure, health and safety. Over the past year, the Foundation has been able to lend support to a diverse group of organizations, all of which combine to make Tamworth a unique and special place. Recipients include The Arts Council of Tamworth, The Barnstormers Theatre, Chocorua Lake Conservancy, Chocorua Public Library, Cook Memorial Library, Runnells Memorial Hall, St. Andrews in the Valley, Tamworth Community Nurse Association, Tamworth Fire and Rescue, Tamworth History Center, Tamworth Swim Program, Tamworth Town House and The Community School.

Several beneficiaries of grants from the foundation were represented by board members. The Rev. Caroline Hines described how grateful parishioners were to be able to have deferred maintenance done to their iconic church building. Tamworth Fire and Rescue received a grant to replace outdated equipment to help remove victims from vehicles. The Arts Council of Tamworth is able to continue its amazing selection of programs benefiting the community.

The meeting took place at The Farmstand and was hosted by proprietors Kimball and Neysa Packard, who generously prepared and served a delicious light supper of sandwiches, mushroom wheels and hors d’oeuvres. Afterward, most people lingered to eat, and enjoy the ambience of the old barn and wonderful company. It was a joyous occasion. Thanks to the trustees of The Tamworth Foundation for all you do for our town and to the Packard family for all you do for our community.

Thanks to The Friends of Cook Memorial Library, passes are available for library members for the following: Remick Country Doctor Museum and Farm; Squam Lakes Natural Science Center; NH State Parks Day Pass; and the Libby Museum of Natural History in Wolfeboro, donated by the museum. To borrow any of the passes, call or stop in to the library and say what time you would like to go to the museum. You may pick up passes up to three days ahead of time. A library card is needed to borrow the NH State parks pass.

On Sunday, I attended one of my favorite summer events: an outdoor concert behind The Other Store. The featured band was The Heather Pierson Trio, as I arrived they were belting out a familiar New Orleans jazz song. This group has stunning musical talent and the lawn and deck were filled almost to capacity by people clearly enjoying both the old and new melodies. Thanks to The Other Store for arranging this wonderful event.

On Monday afternoon, accompanied by our grandson Daniel, I attended a presentation on nocturnal animals by Tin Mountain biologist and educator Dexter Harding. He and children's librarian Amy Carter described some night time animals using puppets and imaginary conversations. Animals included bats, badgers, and owls. He displayed a stuffed barred owl, a wing and several feathers. The 13 children present listened intently, as Harding passed around small bags containing objects for the children to guess their contents by touch. Harding emphasized the importance of senses other than vision to nocturnal animals , which include highly developed hearing, and smell. To conclude the event, Harding played a banjo and taught the children a song featuring bats. The children clearly enjoyed this presentation and learned a lot. Thanks to Dexter Harding and Cook Memorial for hosting and arranging it.

The first event at The Tamworth Street Fair was a pet parade: pets and their owners strutted down Main Street to the sound of kazoos. If you missed it, go on Tamworth Community Nurse Association's Facebook page to see a video posted by The Barnstormers actor Doug Shapiro. I arrived at the Tamworth farmers' market in time to hear live music before heading down Main Street in the direction of the History Center. The bridge over the Swift River that flows through town was adorned with bright red balloons, and several representatives of businesses and non-profits lined the street. I noticed Geoff Burke had a couple of his stunning hand crafted boats, and Cook Library was hosting a magic show.

Baker Erika Boynton was selling her scrumptious home made cakes from her stall, and newcomers to the street fair were doing a brisk trade selling Thai food from their food truck. I stopped to ask Carol Felice, herbalist at Remick Museum, for advice regarding a recent hornet sting and she recommended dandelion salve, which appeared to work almost immediately. I finally arrived at The Tamworth History Center’s beautiful village green. Board members and volunteers were serving hot dogs,lemonade and cookies by donation, and I sat in the shade with some delightful members of the Tamworth community. This was a lovely occasion for which I would like to thank the Tamworth Economic Development Council which sponsored and arranged it.

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