Family Day, July 4 was hot and sunny as my grandson and I waited at the Four Corners for the first sirens of the parade approaching from Depot Road. The day began with musicians on Ordination Rock, volunteers supervising road crossings, cheering on runners and passing out water, setting up race signs , writing down racers’ times and cheering. Throughout the day they put up tents, parking signs, ping pong tables, made bubbles, painted faces, organized games, set up chairs, told fortunes, set up badminton and collected trash.

There was lots of work still to be done. Volunteers prepped and cooked food. Parade entrants made floats and costumes. Businesses and organizations donated space, time and treats. In a departure from the tradition of recent years, the parade reversed direction and its destination was not the school but the area on the grounds of the Tamworth History Center: a wonderful town party. After enjoying food from the eighth grade sponsored food stand, we went over to the concert in front of the Tamworth Distillery.

White Gates Farm was cooking up their amazing pizza and children played on the lawn. The day wasn’t over, of course: many revelers went over to the school grounds for a terrific fireworks display and preceded by music by the very popular Jonathan Sarty Band.

On Sunday I was enjoying ice cream on The Other Store’s beautiful deck listening to The Starlight Honeys, a popular local folk group performing live and sponsored by The Remick Museum. I shared the table with Cynthia Lamont, a former resident of Tamworth who now lives in San Diego.

Following are the remaining concerts of the summer: The Coughs (funk/jazz/blues) on July 14; The Sandwich Rangers on July 21; White Mt Ceili Band (Irish Instrumental); July 28; Al Hospers Quartet on Aug. 11. Note the different time: 2-4 p.m., and Young Musicians’ Showcase, hosted by Thomas Stafford.

The musicians who will be playing this summer for Cook Memorial Library’s Music on the Lawn concerts on Wednesdays, 6:30-7:30 p.m. are as follows: July 17, Mitch Alden; July 24, Bakery Band; July 31, Tammy & John Flanigan; August 7, Mountain Road; Aug. 14, Natalie Hebden; August 21, Taylor Whiteside. If it rains, the concerts are canceled.

July 20 marks the 50th anniversary of the Moon Landing. Most of us recall what we were doing on that momentous occasion. South Tamworth astronomer Marc Stowbridge will bring along telescopes to Cook Memorial Library on July 16, and give a tour of our solar system. To continue the theme of space exploration, Cook Memorial Library presents “Make and Launch Rockets” with Claus Thelemarck, UNHCE’s 4-H Science Guy. The series starts on July 15 with “Straw Rockets for ages 5-8; July 22: Stomp Rockets for ages 8-13; July 29: Bottle rockets for ages 9+.

Lakes Region Planning Commission recently held its annual meeting at The Preserve in Chocorua, with 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 looking very professional in coordinated black uniforms.

The feast included salad, chicken and pasta and followed by incredible cheesecake desserts. 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, Jo Ann mentioned that the TCNA is celebrating its 90th year of providing free health care to Tamworth residents and is a role model nationwide for its excellence. Congratulations to Jack Waldron, Jo Ann and the TCNA.

Kilham was 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. Over the summer, he was caring for over 70 young bears.

Some of the bears 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 hope I will never have to use that information. He has learned to distinguish the various sounds that bears make and what they mean.

His findings conclude 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. I was so happy to have the opportunity to hear Dr. Kilham’s fascinating talk and meeting him briefly. Thanks to Lakes Region Planning Commission, and a special thanks to Mary Phelps who generously donated the use of The Preserve’s Barn for the event.

On Tuesday, July 16 at 7 p.m., join Chocorua Lake Conservancy for “Algonquian Lifeways in the Lakes Region,” a talk and slideshow by historian and anthropologist Mary Ellen Lepionka at the Cook Library in Tamworth Village. Who were the Abenaki, how were they organized and led, and what was their life like day to day and season to season around Chocorua, Ossipee and Winnepesaukee? For more information visit chocorualake.org, the CLC’s Facebook Events page, or call (603) 323-6252.

A reminder to senior citizens: Ossipee Concerned Citizens serves a nutritious and balanced lunch each week day at noon at their headquarters in Center Ossipee. The charge is a free will offering, and the lunches also provide opportunity for older people in our community to socialize. A kind volunteer delivers meals to the Tamworth Townhouse on Mondays where lunch is also served at noon. If you know of anyone who would like to attend, please let them know or better still offer a ride to the Townhouse or to OCC.

The Community Food Center (CFC) serves Tamworth and Sandwich and is located at St. Andrew’s in the Valley Church, 678 Whittier Road, in Tamworth. It’s open Tuesdays and Fridays from 10-noon, weather permitting. Call (603) 960-4067 for information. The CFC offers a full line of canned goods, baking items, eggs, cheeses, frozen meats and fresh seasonal vegetables when available. If you or anyone you know could benefit from what the Community Food Center offers, please come to St Andrews on Tuesday or Friday mornings.

On Wednesday, July 17, at noon, Cook Memorial Library is hosting a livestream Grow with Google workshop on “Digital Skills for Everyday Tasks.” It will be a one-hour livestream session with a Google trainer who will teach how to use Google’s tools, including Gmail, Drive, and Calendar, in more productive and efficient ways. Participants will learn how Google’s office productivity tools — including Gmail, Calendar, Drive and other apps — can boost productivity, tips and tricks for how to use them most efficiently, and creative ways to accomplish a variety of tasks for your professional and personal projects.To register, go to: tinyurl.com/y3yyuwrr

Dannie and Betty Wasson thank all friends, neighbors and local businesses who 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, raised in Tamworth, now lives in Ossipee. Each athlete is required to raise his/her own funds for the event, and Betty and Dannie have been reaching out to friends and neighbors for contributions.

The Tamworth History Center hosts its second annual Vintage Car Show and Rides on Saturday, July 13 from 10 a.m-2 p.m., starting at the Village Green in front of the Center. Owner/drivers will take passengers for a short spin around town in various old buggies: a Ford Model A or two, a a 1923 Pierce roadster, and maybe more. Sign a release form and off you go!

The History Center is located at 25 Great Hill Road, across from The Barnstormers Theatre and the Tamworth Distillery. Contributions are gratefully accepted towards the center’s programs, exhibits, and its ongoing renovation of its center, the historic Hall-Dyer house. Lemonade and cookies will also be available by donation as well. The History Center welcomes additional antique or classic vehicles and drivers.

Attention, artists! It’s time to get ready for the 2019 Summer Art Show and Sale at Runnells Hall, Chocorua, featuring: paintings, photography, prints, fiber, glass, jewelry, pottery, wood, and sculpture.

The show is open to all skill levels 18 years and older, from advanced beginner to professional. Applications are available at Art Works Gallery, its Facebook page or website: chocoruaartworks.com. The Opening and Artists Reception is on July 26, 6-8 p.m.

The show continues on Saturday and Sunday, July 27 and 28 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m..

If you are have Irish ancestry and love poetry, this is for you! Daniel Mulhall, Irish Ambassador to the United States will read his poetry and talk about Irish-American relations at Cook Memorial Library from 4-6 p.m. on Saturday July 20. He says: “My job in this country as I see it is to tell Ireland’s story, and to listen to America’s story, and to connect the two stories. Our story is very multifaceted, but I’ve found that telling our story through history and literature is a great door-opener for Ireland.”

Please send items for this column to annmcgarity@yahoo.com or phone (603) 323-7065

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