This summer was a three-month festival of joyful activity: swimming and kayaking in rivers, lakes and ponds; concerts hosted by The Other Store and Cook Memorial Library; The Barnstormers; the Tamworth farmers’ market; The Tamworth History Center’s civil war exhibit; educational and exploration events hosted by Chocorua Conservation; The Tamworth Nurses’ annual meeting; a visit to Tri-County Cap by Congressman Chris Pappas, all against a background of mainly glorious weather.

Because of the Labor Day holiday, the Chocorua Community Association will meet on the second Monday this month, Sept. 9, at 7 p.m. in the Chocorua Public Library.

The Tamworth Outing Club hosts contra dances at the Tamworth Town House from 7:30 to 10 p.m. on the second Saturday of each month. The next one will be Puckerbrush with Eric Rollnick on Sept. 14. Admission is $8 for adults and $3 for under 15.

Everyone enjoyed the Chocorua Public Library’s ice cream social celebrating Tamworth’s summer reading. The people of Tamworth read and recorded 1,532 books between Cook Memorial and Chocorua Public libraries. The librarians have asked me to mention that on Sept. 15 Chocorua Library celebrates the publication of “Horse Museum,” a new Dr. Seuss book, with a raffle for the book. Entry slips are available at the Chocorua Library.

Beginning on Monday, Sept. 16, Cook Memorial Library will be closed while two big projects get underway. It will reopen on Wednesday, Sept. 25, but check back. It may remain at the Town House on Wednesday and reopen on Friday, Sept. 27, if the new carpet smell is too strong. Projects include carpeting the entire main level; painting the exterior of the oldest section of the library. Rather than close up for nine to 10 days, there will be a temporary library down the street at the Tamworth Town House at 27 Cleveland Hill Road. The Town House Pop-Up Library hours start on Monday, Sept. 16, at 1 to 5 p.m. and Tuesday, Sept. 17, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Outdoor story time with Amy will be at 10:30 a.m. A complete schedule of open times from the library front desk or the library’s website (cooklib.org).

The Tamworth Recycling Project meets at the town offices conference room on Tuesday, Sept. 17, from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

The Remick Country Doctor Museum and Farm will celebrates its 15th annual Harvest Festival on Saturday, Sept. 21, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Events include wagon rides, contests, opportunities to view farm animals and farm equipment; exhibits, games and food. For details, go to remickmuseum.org. Entry costs $10 for ages 11 and up; $5 for ages 5 to 10 and free for ages 4 and under. Members get $2 off admission.

Chocorua Lake Conservancy programs are held throughout the year to encourage people of all ages to enjoy Chocorua Lake and its surrounding trails and woods and to learn more about our natural world. Upcoming events include “Wonders of Wetlands,” an exploration of the wetlands north of the lake where Chocorua Lake Conservancy land and Runnells-Bowditch State forest meet, on Saturday, Sept. 21, from 10 a.m. to noon. Knee-high boots are needed. Wednesday, Sept. 25, is Stewardship Day. Conduct a stewardship visit on one of the Conservancy’s properties and learn about stewardship programs. Come along for a Stewardship Day at the Charlotte C. Browne Memorial Woods. Chocorua Lake Conservancy board member Sheldon Perry will work with two Student Conservation Association AmeriCorps volunteers and Chocorua Lake Conservancy volunteers to care for the fruiting shrubs planted last summer to improve wildlife habitat. Meet at 9 a.m. at the CC Browne Woods on Washington Hill Road in Chocorua. Bring water, a snack, gloves and your favorite clippers and shovel if you have them.

Chocorua Conservancy recently celebrated the end of summer with a parade of lighted kayaks and boats on Chocorua Lake. This year’s parade featured paper lanterns made with visiting artist Gowri Savoor in a partnership project with the Yeoman’s Fund for the Arts. 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 aspects of the Japanese festival celebrations he witnessed during his time living in Japan. If you missed this year’s Parade of Lights, check out Chocorua Conservancy’s Facebook page to see stunning photographs of this lovely event.

The annual Friends of Cook Memorial Library meeting is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 28, at 11:30 a.m. at the Tamworth Town House. There will be a brief business meeting from 11:30 to noon, followed by a light lunch from 12 to 12:30 p.m. Keynote speaker Terry Farish, author of “The Good Braider,” will talk about her project with NH Humanities on refugees in New Hampshire from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.

The Friends of Cook Memorial Library is a 501 (c)(3) independent non-profit group filling the gap between the library’s basic expenses, covered generously by Tamworth voters and stretched as far as possible by library staff, and the projects and services that don’t fit within the budget. They do it with contributions, two major fundraisers each year and run the Annex Book Sale the first Saturday of every month. Your contribution enrolls you for the following year and entitles you to vote at the annual meeting.

If you want to try something a little different, check out the food truck selling ready-to-eat Thai food appearing regularly at different locations. Recent venues have been Tamworth village, Tuckerman’s and the Tamworth farmers’ market. There are plans to attend the Sandwich Fair.

Chocorua Public Library still has a few “School Supply Starter Kits” for young patrons attending local schools. Come into the library and get one. These are available on a first come, first served basis, and the student needs to come to the library to pick up the kit. If you don’t have a Chocorua library card, this is your opportunity to acquire one. These kits have been generously donated by Joe and Donna Coco of wjoe.com.

The Other Store has yellow plastic “No Hunting with Bear Dogs” signs, available at $3 each, ready for your signature and tack hammer.

Cook Memorial Library is seeking submissions for a community art show in celebration of trees and forests during October and November. People of all ages are invited to share their art: paint, print, collage, photography and fibre art are all welcome. Any two dimensional work or small three dimensional work are accepted. To contribute, RSVP by Sept. 20 to Lucy at (603) 323 9994 or lucygatchell@gmail.com. The artwork will be hung on Oct. 4 and the gala opening will be on Tuesday, Oct. 15, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.

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