Following a glorious summer our community is looking forward to a brilliant foliage season with plenty of activities. Coming up this weekend, on Saturday, Sept. 21, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. is the popular Remick Country Doctor Museum & Farm’s harvest, an event for families with children of all ages. There will be demonstrations, wagon rides, farm animals, contests, exhibits, games and food. Admission costs $10 for ages 11 and up, $5 for age 5 to 10 and free for ages 4 and under. Check out the enormous scarecrow sign made with hay bales at the corner of Depot Road and Route 113. For more information, go to

South Tamworth’s United Methodist Church will be holding a yard and bake sale on Saturday, Sept. 21, from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. There will be something for everyone.

Cook Memorial Library and the Tamworth Town House are two of my favorite locations. Owing to renovations, including installation of new carpets, the library is closed until Wednesday, Sept. 25. There is a pop-up library with several computers, a printer and a selection of books and videos on the first floor of the townhouse, a very pleasant location in which to read and work. On Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 21 and 22, the pop-up library will be closed; on Monday, Sept. 24, it will open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 24, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Cook Memorial Library reopens on Wednesday, Sept. 25, at its usual location. I would like to thank Mary Cronin and her staff for all the extra work involved in facilitating the carpet installation while making services available during the transition.

An Evening of Film on Wednesday, Sept. 25, at 7 p.m. will feature “Screaming Queens: The Riot at Compton’s Cafeteria,” at Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of the Eastern Slopes Meeting House at the Four Corners in Tamworth Village. The 2005 film, directed by Victor Silverman and Susan Stryker, paints a vivid portrait of the transgender scene in 1960s San Francisco.

Three years before the famous uprising at Stonewall, the oppression of the LGBT community in San Francisco’s Tenderloin District produced violent, collective resistance at Compton’s Cafeteria, a one-time haven for marginalized communities. Through archival footage, period music and interviews with those involved, this one-hour documentary situates the riot at Compton’s within the broader questions of urban renewal, anti-war activism, civil rights and policing characteristic of the time. This event is co-sponsored by the Cook Library.

Light refreshments will follow the film, with time for questions and answers with presenter Laura Hodgman, professor emerita of history at Eastern Washington University who moved to Tamworth about 18 months ago and is Sunday morning regular at Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of the Eastern Slopes. Her work includes oral history interviews and publications on LGBT history.

As part of One Book One Valley’s events in September and October, Hodgman will present “No Cinderella Story: Friends Remember Ben Scott ‘Benderella’ Rae” at the Cook Library on Oct. 23 at 7 p.m. about the life and death of a developmentally disabled transgender woman murdered in 1967.

Many of us routinely travel South on Route 16 to Ossipee, and need to be aware of the following: beginning at 6 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 27, Route 16 will be closed to all traffic at the Bearcamp River area between Newman Drew Road and Nichols Road. This closure is necessary for the demolition of the existing bridge, the slide in of the new bridge, and all additional work required to re-open the bridge and roadway. The scheduled target time for bridge and roadway to re-open is Tuesday, Oct. 1, at 6 a.m. To accommodate this road closure, there will be a detour. Details are available at

Route 16 will be open to all local businesses and residents and for motorists traveling to destinations in the immediate area of the road closure. The second section of roadway rehabilitation on Route 16 begins on Saturday, Sept. 28. Work includes reclaiming, grading and paving from Lovell River to Newman Drew Road and will be accomplished using one-way alternating traffic through the work area. Additional information can be found at the project website at Reed and Reed General Contractors of Woolwich, Maine, is the contractor for the $16.9 million project.

One of my favorite September happenings is The Friends of Cook Memorial Library’s Annual Meeting and Luncheon on Saturday, Sept. 28, beginning at 11:30 a.m., featuring keynote speaker Terry Farrish, New Hampshire Humanities Connections Adult Literacy Program Coordinator. “New Voices” helps students learning English to develop their own stories. Through this program, American writers meet immigrant writers, exploring how bilingual writers bring new creativity to English express.

Artists of all abilities and ages are invited to share their art for a community art show planned for October-November with the theme of trees. All types of media are welcome, including paint, print, collage, photography, poetry, fiber art, etc. as well as two-dimensional work or small three-dimensional work (1 cubic foot or less). If you would like to participate in the art show contact (603) 323-9994 or Deliver artwork to library Oct. 1 to 2, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. The show will be hung on Oct. 4. The Gala “Trees” Art Show will open on Tuesday, Oct. 15, from 5:30 to 6 p.m.

Last Saturday, I was honored to be present at the memorial service of a beloved member of our community, Rick Sanborn, who died aged 89 on July 19. The service took place at the lovely Chocorua Community Cburch.

The Rev. Jim Smith began the service with a greeting, and the Lord’s Prayer. Pastor Dan Mitchum read from Psalms, and the Rev. Janet Lovejoy led the mourners in prayer. Accomplished pianist Bob Kroepel began the service with a prelude, and accompanied the hymns, including Rick’s favorite “Amazing Grace.” Rick would have loved this uplifting service, attended by members of his immediate and extended family and many friends.

Afterwards, his widow, Jan, invited attendees to a luncheon at the couple’s lovely Chocorua home where we talked about Rick and his faith filled life. Again, condolences to Rick’s family and friends. Rick was a member of the Church’s Mug Club. We all miss him.

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