It took a long time to get here, but summer has finally arrived, evidenced by outdoor activities, including the farmers’ market and plenty of activity at The Barnstormer’s house near the Four Corners. There so many events scheduled, it’s hard to attend all of them.

Last Saturday, I went to the Remick Farm and Museum’s “Spring on the Farm” event. I was warmly greeted by the receptionist and the first person I encountered at the event was Carole Felice, the museum’s herbalist. She makes an array of herbal products for various maladies, and I purchased one of her bug sprays in the museum store. I then looked around the exhibits and farm animals which included goats, sheep, calves. and an adorable miniature horse. It was a glorious day, sunny, warm and breezy. There were crafts for children, and a demonstration of butter making. Thanks to the Remick Staff and volunteers for this enjoyable event.

There is another event at Remick Farm and Museum this weekend. On Saturday, June 15, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. you are invited to “visit free.” To express gratitude for year-round support, the museum is offering free admission for New Hampshire residents. Provide proof of year-round residency at check-in, to receive your admission pass. To honor the museum’s dairy farm history, baked, brewed and organically food truck will be on hand from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., selling organic ice cream, sundaes, shakes, ice cream sandwiches, homemade bakery items, locally-roasted coffee and nitro cold brew.

Plan to visit Classic Clutter Farm, just off Route 25 right near the Tamworth/Ossipee boundary this Saturday. The owner Marie Whyte will welcome you, and show you her wonderful selection of antiques, and her yard will feature an open air market on Saturday, June 15, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Whyte says there will be great Father’s Day items and Larry’s Antiques will be there.

News from The Tamworth History Center:

The Barnstormers’ 2019 season opens with “Damn Yankees,” sponsored by the Mt. Washington Cog Railway, on June 27 to July 6.

Barnstormers have collaborated with the Tamworth History Center, Tamworth Distilling and the Art in the Age Café to celebrate the railway’s 150th anniversarey June 28-July 2.

Old Peppersass will reside on Tamworth History Center’s front lawn for the five days before the big celebration up at the Cog. Look for train-related programs and displays. Tamworth Distilling will be tasting-out a special “Cogtail” accompanied by a house-baked Earl Grey shortbread cookie created by our friends at the Art in the Age Café.

Make sure your dinner plans include The Other Store’s Daley Café, launching its summer dinner-on-the-deck season in conjunction with opening night at the Barnstormers. Fresh local ingredients prepared by a local chefs make a perfect pre-theatet and/or post-Peppersass meal. Park once, stroll the village, dine overlooking the Swift River. Three courses, a la carte, $25 for all three. Served 5:30 to 7 p.m. Call (603) 323-8872 for menu details and reservations.

The Preserve in Chocorua will be hosting the annual meeting of the Lakes Region planning commission on June 24. I am very excited that the keynote speaker is Dr. Ben Kilham, the famous wildlife rehabilitator and bear expert. I have been wanting to hear Kilham speak for years. Registration and check in is at 4:45 p.m. with 5:30 p.m. dinner. For reservations, contact (603) 279-5334 or admin@lakesrpc.org.

Cook Memorial Library’s popular free Wednesday “Music on the Lawn “events start on July 10 with The Sandwich Rangers, followed by Mitch Alden on July 17; Bakery Band on July 24; Tammy and John Flanigan on July 21; Mountain Road on Aug. 7; Natalie Hebden on Aug. 14; Taylor Whiteside on Aug. 21. Bring a lawn chair or blanket.

Last Saturday, I met Chocorua Lake Conservacy biologist Lynn Flaccus, for her worksop, sponsored by the Conservancy. No one else showed up and I expected Flaccus to suggest the event be rescheduled, but she invited me to take the nature walk she had planned. She provided me with a clipboard and pencil to take notes and make quick sketches and we set off from the “island” area toward the Tamworth beach.

We encountered several species of trees, including white pine, the conifer with spiky needles and cones. I learned that there is a synchronization of cone production. They produce only every four years and those years are known as mast years, when wildlife proliferates.

Many of us noticed that last winter there was a huge increase in in-house mice, a response to the abundance of food, I was interested to observe a dead pine tree riddled with large holes like Swiss cheese. Flaccus said they were made by a pileated woodpecker searching for insects.

We saw high bush blueberries, white and grey birch and a few flowering bushes . Ground flowers included the delicate bluets, and hawk weed, which belongs to the compositae family and is related to Indian paint brush.

Flaccus also pointed out a location where snapping turtles had laid eggs, evidenced by the marks they had made in the sand. They deliberately make several holes as decoys to confuse predators, We also saw a dragon fly emerging from its chrysalis.

Flaccus pointed out the man-made berms and swales alongside the lake, an effort to cleanse the water of impurities from the road before it enters the lake. She said the system is working as the lake water is clean. I would like to thank Flaccus for the interesting walk and the conservancy for sponsoring it.

On Tuesday evening, I went over to Arts Tamworth, the stunning Chocorua gallery featuring local art for the Greater Ossipee Chamber of Commerce Business Expo, hosted by the Greater Ossipee Chamber of Commerce and Artworks. I enjoyed seeing all the beautiful artwork, which includes paintings, jewelry, blown glass, sculpture, woodturning, fabric art, all tastefully hung and arranged.

Batter Up, the bakery located in The New Hampshire Store just North of Chocorua village, provided delicious sandwiches and desserts. Showcased exhibitors were Owen Contracting, The Tamworth History Center and Bearcamp Valley School.

Michele Longley, representing the History Center, spoke briefly about the new building near the Remick Museum, purchased five years ago, which has been renovated, and has already hosted several exhibits, the current one being Tamworth in the Civil War.

The co-directors of The Bearcamp Valley School Nichole Cotton and Nancy Coville were there. The school needs no introduction to Tamworth residents and it will celebrate its 57th anniversary this year. Cotton spoke about the wonderful programs the school offers, the before and after school program and the summer program.

Lead contractor of Owen Contracting James Owen, a carpenter and designer, said he personally takes the time to work with each and every client on a personal level from conception to completion and is on-site throughout the entire process. I was so glad I waited until the end as I won a door prize: a very welcome crisp $50 bill. Thanks so much to the Greater Ossipee Chamber of Commerce for this great evening and to Arts Tamworth for hosting it.

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

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