My neighbors the Tamworth Mushroom Co. on Gardner Hill Road are presenting a class on mushroom identification on June 30 with the very knowledgeable and highly regarded Dr. Rick Van De Poll. The cost is $50 for an introduction, field time and lunch. When I went on a mushroom walk a few years ago with Van de Poll, we located dozens of different fungi, and participants were able to bring home the edible ones for culinary use. For reservations, call (603) 323-0097.

Concerts By the River behind The Other Store are a beloved component of a Tamworth summer and will be held on Sundays from 3 to 5 p.m., starting with Mango Groove (steel drums) on June 30, followed by The Starlight Honeys on July 7; The Coughs (funk/jazz/blues) on July 14; The Sandwich Rangers on July 21; White Mountain Ceili Band (Irish instrumental) July 28); Aug. 11: Al Hospers Quartet. Note the different time: 2 to 4 p.m. and Young Musicians’ Showcase hosted by Thomas Stafford. Enjoy a shady location, river sounds and ice cream and beverages from the store. If you are able to sponsor a concert, contact Katy Thompson or Belle Stafford at The Other Store. Sponsorship of one concert costs $100.

The Chocorua Community Association will meet Monday, July 1, at 7 p.m. in the Chocorua Library. Everyone with an interest in Chocorua is invited.

July 4, Family Day in Tamworth, starts with a 5K race. Sign in from 7 to 8 a.m. at The K.A. Brett School. The race starts at 8:30 a.m. at Ordination Rock. Sign in for the parade starts at 10:30 a.m. at the town office with the parade starting at the junction of Depot Road and Route 113 and heads toward Tamworth Village. Route 113 will be closed to traffic for the duration of the parade.

Main Street will be closed from 11:15 a.m. between Great Hill Road and the Townhouse. At 11:45 a.m., there will be music by “Even Better Medicine” behind the Distillery. From 11:45 to 2 p.m. enjoy Family Fun, including ping pong, badminton, corn hole and art opportunities.

Come to Remick Park for an obstacle course, nature games, bubbles, face painting, art projects, and water play. In front of Remick Park food including burgers, sandwiches and hotdogs will be available. Behind the distillery find group games, egg toss silly races and ultimate frisbee. Outside the Barnstormers, have your fortune told and buy pizza. At 7 p.m., the Jonathan Sarty Band will play at the Brett school and there will be food vendors. At 9:30 p.m., fireworks begin. It’s going to be a wonderful day, so get your floats ready.

On Friday, July 5, at 8 a.m. meet Lynne Flaccus with your canoe or kayak for a paddle around Little Lake. This is a Chocorua Lake Conservancy event. For more information, go to chocorualake.org.

“Time to Write” is a writers group for ages 11 to 15, led by Louise Wrobleski, will be on Fridays at 10:30 a.m. on July 12, 19 and 26 at Cook Memorial Library. Bring your notebook, journal, laptop or tablet.

Cook Memorial Library announces its ever popular Music on the Lawn on Wednesdays, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Concerts are cancelled when it rains. The dates are July 10, Sandwich Rangers; July 17, Mitch Alden; July 24, Bakery Ba; July 31, Tammy & John Flanigan; Aug 7, Mountain Road; Aug. 14, Natalie Hebden; Aug. 21, Taylor Whiteside. There will be some seating available, but you may wish to bring a folding chair or a blanket.

On July 13 at 8:30 p.m. South Tamworth resident astronomer Marc Stowbridge will bring telescopes to Cook Memorial Library and guide you around the planets in our solar system.

The Tamworth Transfer Station is again accepting glass beverage and food containers for recycling. Accumulated glass will eventually be taken by Waste Management to its Rochester site, and crushed to produce Processed Glass Aggregate. Please remove metal caps, corks, and any liners from your containers and any attached plastic. Rinse clean but there is no need to remove labels. Metal lids can go into the metal (non-aluminum) receptacle. Mirrors, window glass, Pyrex need to go into the compactor.

Dannie and Betty Wasson would like to thank all the friends, neighbors and local businesses who have helped sponsor their grandson, Joseph as he represents the State of New Hampshire in the Down Under Sporting Tournament, to be held in July, in Australia. Joseph will compete in the cross-country event. Joseph was raised in Tamworth and now lives in Ossipee. Each athlete is required to raise their own funds for the event. Betty and Dannie have been reaching out to these friends and neighbors for contributions.

On Monday evening, Lakes Region Planning Commission held its annual meeting at The Preserve in Chocorua. I decided to attend to hear the keynote speaker Dr. Ben Kilham, a noted wild life biologist, and most famously a black bear rehabilitator.

The talk was preceded by a sumptuous meal provided and served by Rosie's Restaurant. The caterers did a fantastic job, and appeared very professional in coordinated black uniforms. The feast included salad, chicken, pasta, followed by an incredible cheese cake.

I was delighted that two Tamworth residents received awards for service to the Town of Tamworth: Jack Waldron for working tirelessly for decades on various committees and Jo Ann Rainville, head nurse of the Tamworth Community Nurses Association. In her remarks, Rainville mentioned that the nurses association is celebrating its 90th year of providing free health care to Tamworth residents and is a role model nationwide for its excellence. Congratulations for the well-deserved tributes for Jack Waldron and Tamworth Community Nurses Association.

Leynote speaker Kilham is a compelling speaker, with an easy manner, and a powerful voice. He led us through the process which led to his becoming a wildlife rehabilitator. His father was a rehabilitator and the family lived for a while in Uganda, and experienced having exotic animals in their care, One of Dr Kilham's challenges is dyslexia and he had to make special learning adaptations to acquire his education.

He is currently caring for over seventy young bears. Some of them arrived in poor or starving condition because of the lack of available food last fall. The cubs are housed together in a building and learn to play with each other. He takes them for walks and allows them to climb trees.

He showed videos of Squirty, the matriarch female bear on which much of his research on ursine behavior is based. He explained what false charging is and how to behave when charged by a bear. I am hoping I will never have to use that information.

Kilham has learned to distinguish the various sounds that bears make and what they mean. He spoke about his findings that bears are essentially social animals and communicate with each other in several ways with urine traces and hair and body scent on trees and trails.

As he was signing his book "Among the Bears" for me afterwards, I blurted out, "I always think of you as the Diane Fossey for bears." He responded, " The big difference is that I'm still alive."

For more information on Dr Kilham's work see kilhambearcenter.org. There you will also find videos of his work in China advising and overseeing the rehabilitation of pandas. Thanks so much for LRPC, Rosie's Restaurant, Kilham and especially to Mary Phelps for donating the use of her beautiful wedding venue for the occasion.

The Mug Club at the Chocorua Congregational Church has been celebrating summer this week, with treats including cold drinks and ice cream. I stopped by on Wednesday and was delighted to find that Lynn Flaccus was giving an informal talk on turtles.

I recently attended one of Flaccus' turtle presentations at Cook Memorial Library and took the opportunity of brushing up on my knowledge. Turtles and dinosaurs coexisted at the same time. There are several turtles in New Hampshire including snapping, box and painted.

If they are crossing roads, it's usually because they need to access ponds or wetlands. They lay their eggs in soft ground or sand cover them up , and rely on the warmth of the sun for incubation. Many species are endangered because of rising sea levels which reduces the coastal locations suitable for egg laying and as sex determination is affected by temperature change, an imbalance of the sexes results, Other factors include predation, the pet trade and the use of turtle meat and eggs for human consumption. I would like to thank Lynn for this timely talk, and the Mug Club for arranging it.

I was excited to attend "Damn Yankees," the first performance of Barnstomers Theatre's 89th season. "Damn Yankees" is a story of obsession and redemption with Mephistophelian overtones. Director Bob Shea welcomed the audience and warned us that there was likely to be a fire drill. Moments later a piercing sound had us all leaving the building to gather in front of the History Center, an impromptu opportunity for the actors, stage crew and audience to mingle for a few minutes.

I had never seen this musical before and was surprised by how many well known songs are featured, in particular "Whatever Lola Wants" "Goodbye Old Girl" and "A Man Doesn't Know." George Piehl, archetypal villain, plays the diabolical Applegate with great energy. Becca Gottlieb's Lola is unforgettable, executing dance moves with style, grace and finesse, moving in character from vampish seductress to Applegate's remorseful victim (It's hard to believe she was once the ugliest woman in Providence, R.I.) One of my all-time favorite actors, Doug Shapiro plays an ordinary guy who sold his soul for a chance to be metamorphosed into a young baseball star version of himself (Alexander Molina). I Always enjoy Cheryl Mullins' powerful voice and dynamic stage presence, and she didn't disappoint as the bossy Gloria.

The cast is huge, packed with talent, and the dancing is amazing, full of energy and the songs, backed by the talented live orchestra are all memorable. I left the theater and walked through the village through the evening air, heavy with the intoxicating aroma of flowering trees, grateful that I had seen this riveting performance. Don't hesitate to say buy tickets by calling (603) 323-8500 or go to barnstormerstheatre.org.

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

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