Stop by the green in front of the Tamworth History Center located at Main Street and Great Hill Road on Saturday, Aug. 24, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and experience the life of a New Hampshire soldier in camp from 1861-65. As part of its season-long exploration of the Civil War, the Tamworth History Center welcomes the First NH Light Battery and its authentic replication of a Union Army Encampment. The center will be open with an extensive exhibit on Tamworth in the Civil War. Admission is by donation (suggested: $2 to $5 for adults.) There will be free refreshments. Visiting the encampment is free; donations are welcome. The Tamworth History Center would like to thank Jim Sutherland, Tamworth native son and longtime member of the First NH Light Battery Reenacters, for loaning many exhibit items, and coordinating the encampment.
Members of the North Conway Taoist Tai Chi Society will enjoy a social pizza event at White Gates Farm on Wednesday, Aug. 28, at 6 p.m. White Gates Farm is located at 2153 Cleveland Hill Road in Tamworth. Everyone will be invited to join tai chi members and receive instruction from specially trained instructors on the farm’s lovely lawns. This event is open to the public. Local classes are taught in Tamworth, North Conway and Bridgton, Maine. For more information, call Ann Albrecht at (603) 323-7578.
On Sept. 1, Chocorua Lake Conservancy will be hosting its annual Picnic in the Grove by Chocorua Lake, followed, at dusk, by the Parade of Lights. Bring-your-own picnic, drinks, chairs, flashlights or headlamps. Then, decorate your canoe or kayak with lanterns, lights or candles to participate in the parade, or watch from the shore or the Narrows Bridge. This year’s parade will incorporate paper lanterns made with visiting artist Gowri Savoor in a partnership project with the Yeoman’s Fund for the Arts. If you’d like to make a lantern with Gowri on Aug. 30 or 31, go to chocorualake.org/lantern-signup.
The Parade of Lights was started in the 1960s by painter and landscape designer Sam’l Newsom, a longtime Chocorua resident and his friends. Newsom, who designed landscapes as disparate as the Japanese Tea Garden at Golden Gate Park in San Francisco and the Remick Park in Tamworth, was inspired by Japanese festival celebrations he witnessed during his life in Japan. Boats will put in from the Grove at the Route 16 end of Chocorua Lake Road.
The last of five productions opened on Aug. 22 at The Barnstormers Theatre proclaimed by Kate Thompson’s striking marquee poster bearing the words “Things my Mother Taught Me,” by Katherine DiSavino, a Los Angeles-based writer has been a story editor for the CW’s “Nancy Drew” and “The Outpost” and a writer’s assistant for NBC’s “The In Between.” As well as the current Barnstormers’ play, she has also written one with the intriguing title, “Nana’s Naughty Knickers,” sure to be a hit in senior centers everywhere.
The plot of “Things My Mother Taught Me” centers around three couples. Olivia (Melanie Beck) and Gabe (Jordan Ahnquist) are in the process of moving into their new apartment in a Chicago neighborhood undergoing gentrification. Both sets of in-laws unexpectedly descend on them, provoking hilarious comedy. Healing takes place between Olivia and her mother Karen (Donna Sorbello) who ais an uptight lawyer. Their issues that festered for decades are resolved when Olivia brings to light the things her mother taught her, hence the title. I particularly enjoyed Frank Ridley’s performance as the middle-aged overweight father, and his intoxicated romps with his son’s future father in law, nerdy Carter, played by Jordan Reeves. This play is a wonderful way to spend a summer evening, and you are sure to emerge from the theater laughing. Performances are through Aug. 31.
Last Sunday, I greatly enjoyed The Barnstormers auction, an opportunity to socialize with theater enthusiasts, and mingle with some of the actors: I spotted Madeleine Maby, Penny Purcell and Buddy Haardt. Board members had prepared an array of spectacular hors d’oeuvres, and everyone appreciated the open bar. I particularly enjoyed being under a large event tent by the river behind The Lyceum. There were two auctions: silent and the live one conducted by George Cleveland. The first item on the block was a handcrafted model of The Barnstormers Theatre, by the late Mark Staples. It fetched well-over $1,000 and this set the tone for the evening. Thanks to everyone who worked hard to make this wonderful event possible.
There have been several important events in Tamworth recently, including a visit by N.H. Congressman Chris Pappas (D-Manchester) to address the problem presented by unaffordable prescription medication costs. The congressman spoke about the issues and how many people are affected and unable to pay for their prescriptions and high deductibles. Several people mentioned their personal situations, including one woman with a disorder that can be treated with a prescription medication and cannot afford it despite working two jobs.
Pappas took questions and suggestions from the audience, which included importing drugs from Canada, asking physicians to prescribe inexpensive comparable drugs instead of the highly advertised ones; mandating advertisers to disclose drug prices in their advertising. I would like to thank the congressman for holding the town hall and Tamworth Community Nurse Association for promoting and arranging it.
Another event hosted by Tamworth Community Nurse Association was its annual meeting , which included a luncheon. When I arrived, Runnells Hall was already crowded and a bus was arriving from Mountain View. The first item on the agenda was a sumptuous lunch catered by Kimball and Neysa Packard of The Farmstand Bed and Breakfast, followed by blueberry ice cream that the association traditionally serves at the annual meeting.
Head nurse JoAnn Rainville welcomed everyone and thanked all the board members and nursing staff. She outlined the many services provided by the association. They include blood draws, vaccinations, baby care, pre-natal care, visiting people recently discharged from hospital and a host of other services. They also administer the Meals on Wheels program, relying on volunteers to pick up food from Ossipee Concerned Citizens in Ossipee, drive it to Tamworth and deliver it to the assigned recipients. Although the town provides funding through a warrant article much of its support comes from the Whittemore Foundation and fundraising. The association arranges for speakers to give talks on a range of health related topics throughout the year. I would like to thank JoAnn and her staff for all their dedicated work. Unbelievably, no one availing themselves of the services of the nurse association ever gets a bill.
I recently attended a member’s picnic hosted by Chocorua Lake Conservancy at the Wheeler Field by Chocorua Lake. It was well-attended, and I enjoyed meeting some of the members of this organization, of which I am a new member. I also recently attended the conservancy’s annual meeting at Runnells Hall. The keynote speaker was from UNH Extension Service, and the topic was what landowners can do to make their property more attractive to wildlife. The event included a delicious meal prepared by members.
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