The annual perennial plant sale will take place on Saturday, June 1, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Plants are donated by local gardeners. This event, organized by the Friends of Cook Memorial Library and Carroll County Altrusa is a fundraiser for their organizations. Raffle calendars are also for sale: each calendar offers a chance to win a prize every day in June. Purchase calendars at the plant sale, the library or The Friends’ table at the farmers’ market on June 1. The monthly book sale organized by Friends of Cook Memorial Library will take place at the same time as the plant sale. Come stock up on summer reading. The sale will be in the Annex in the lower level of the library.

Reminders and news from Tamworth Recycling: aluminum beverage cans and corrugated cardboard are still separated and recycled. Since May 1, the transfer station has been collecting metal food cans, including pet food cans for recycling. Place cans (clean, free of food contaminants and lids) loose in the labeled container at the transfer station. Labels may remain. As of June 1 the transfer station provides a container for glass bottles and jars. Current facility stickers, available at the town office, are needed to use the transfer station. Separating aluminum and metal cans will reduce the amount of trash by about 4 tons per year, which saves Tamworth taxpayers money. Separating glass jars amounts to saving about 70 tons per year, and a reduced rate on hauling. Volunteers will be at the transfer station for the first two weeks in June to assist with glass recycling. If you would like to volunteer for a few hours at the transfer station in June, contact ellenlynnfarnum@gmail.com or call (603) 986-6620. The Tamworth Recycling Project thanks Glenn Johnson, the transfer station staff and the Tamworth Select Board for their help in introducing these changes. Thanks also to Ricker’s Salvage who hauls our cans of waste free of charge.

On Sunday, June 2, The Farmstand will kick off its 2019 concert series in style with local favorite Sam Tracy and Friends. Tracy is part of the Starlight Honeys and was the lead vocalist on their 2016 WMWV award winning Song of the Year. Tracy has been performing on stage since she was 13 years old. As a self-taught picker, Tracy plays a variety of instruments including acoustic and electric guitar, and banjo. Tickets are only $15 and as always, doors are at 6 p.m. with food available for purchase. The menu for Sunday will have ribs and chicken from the smoker, veggie chili, homemade barbecue beans, mac and cheese and coleslaw, with prices ranging from $7 for individual items to $14 for combination platters. All shows at The Farmstand are BYOB. Tickets for this and all shows are available in person at the Farmstand or online at thefarmstand.net.

The sixth annual Celebrate Life Cancer Survivor Network’s Walk for Cancer to be held at Club Motorsports on Sunday, June 2. Club Motosports will offer “hot rides,” a high-speed lap around the 2.5-mile track for a $20 donation. Rides are also available on a BMW S1000RX motorcycle for a $100 donation. Go to clsn.org and donate. On Sunday, registration begins at 8 a.m. and the walk starts at 9 a.m. Club Motorsports is on Route 25 in Tamworth. Anyone who can walk 2.5 miles may participate.

Arts Council of Tamworth will present The Afro-Semitic Experience in concert on Thursday, June 6, at The Barnstormers Theatre at 7 p.m. Tickets available now at artstamworth.org. Choose-your-own ticket price admission supports free community arts workshops and multi-day artist residencies with kindergarten through eighth-grade students at Tamworth’s K.A. Brett School. The Afro-Semitic Experience will spend three days sharing music with students, exploring Jewish-American, and African-American jazz, soul, funk and world music. A free community workshop focusing on vocal music and the band’s message of unity in the community takes place at Runnells Hall in Chocorua on Wednesday, June 5, from 6 to 8 p.m. The Afro-Semitic Experience was co-founded by jazz pianist Warren Byrd and jazz bassist David Chevan in 1998.

The Barnstormers Theater is gearing up for its 89th season starting on June 7 with “Damn Yankees,” by George Abbott and Douglas Wallop music and lyrics by Jerry Ross. Neil Simon’s “Laughter on the 23rd Floor” follows from July 11 to 20; “The Man Who Came to Dinner,” by George Kaufman and Moss Hart runs from July 25 to Aug. 3. No Barnstormer’s season is complete without an Agatha Christie production, and this year “Spider’s Web” runs from Aug. 8 to Aug. 17 and “Things My Mother Taught Me” from Aug. 22 to Aug. 31. For more information, email tickets@thebarnstormerstheatre.org or go to barnstormerstheatre.org.

Our town is truly blessed to have The Other Store, a fully stocked hardware store, lunch counter and cafe, with an array of groceries including frozen and refrigerated items and vegetables from local farms. Each time I go there, I receive a warm welcome from the helpful staff. Our grandson enjoys going there frequently for ice cream prior to a visit to the Cook Memorial Library. We are looking forward to the Sunday Summer Concerts by the River, presented by the Other Store, featuring local artists.

The popular Lyceum Store and Coffee House has been closed for several months. I understand from its Facebook page, that it has opened with a new name Art in the Age Cafe. Store hours are Wednesday through Sunday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The cafe is located at 85 Main St. in Tamworth. They can be contacted at info@artintheagecafe.com.

Memorial weekend weather was beautiful: sunny and breezy. Judging by heavy traffic, many visitors enjoyed the great outdoors and everything our area has to offer. Tamworth was humming with activity on Saturday, with a well attended Farmers Market in front of the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of the Eastern Slopes Meeting House, and Classic Clutter Farm’s open air market on Route 25.

On Monday, the UUFES Meeting House hosted events to coincide with the Raising of the Flag at the nearby Veterans Memorial. First, I participated in a mindfulness meditation group led by Diane Johnson, and enjoyed refreshments in front of the church which included baked items donated by Sunny Field Brick Oven Bakery’s Peg Loughran. At noon, a group of citizens, including veterans and their families gathered beside the Veterans’ Monument to observe the raising of the flag, and sing the National Anthem. Thanks to veteran Annie Provenzano for arranging the event.

Later, I visited Tamworth History Center to view a new exhibit featuring Tamworth in the Civil War era There were many interesting artifacts, including a representation of a meal to be consumed by a soldier. Contemporary articles,letters, illustrations and displays including contempory uniforms vividly portray that divisive time in our nation’s history. Thanks to the Tamworth History Center and all who created this very interesting and emotive exhibit.

On Wednesday, I attended a talk at Cook Memorial library by Lynn Flaccus, biologist of the Chocorua Conservation Commission. The title of the presentation was "Why Did the Turtle Cross the Road?" Those present learned about all things turtle. There are about 300 species of turtles around the world: sea, freshwater, and land turtles. They inhabit marshland, deserts, oceans and have characteristic protective shells which is in fact their ribs and back bones fused together; they are reptiles: cold blooded with a long life span. They lay their eggs on land , and have survived for 200 million years. Turtles do not care for their young, but lay their eggs, usually in sand or dirt, and leave them to hatch. The hatchlings have an amazing instinct which enables them to find water, and that's why they are often seen crossing roads. There are seven species of turtles in New Hampshire, including painted, snapping, musk, or "stink pot" and painted. They "breathe" underwater through vascularized tissues in their tails. They are omnivores. Unfortunately many turtles sustain deadly injuries from vehicles running over them, but some survive and have an amazing ability to heal. Other issues facing them include loss of habitat, the proliferation of plastics in the environment, climate change and the international trade in turtles for pets and and aphrodisiacs. Fifty percent of turtle species face extinction. Flaccus concluded the presentation with a short video set to music: "Snappers in the Garden" by Giuseppe Barthe. I would like to thank Flaccus for her enlightening presentation and Cook Memorial Library for hosting it.

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