Be sure to come along to the Tamworth Town House on Saturday, Feb. 29, for a traditional arts fest. Celebrate the singing and dancing traditions, part of Tamworth for over 250 years. From 9 to 11 a.m., there will be a shape note sing: a New England hymn style popular in the 1700s, still employed in Tamworth today. Beginners are welcome.

From 11 a.m. to noon, there will be a song circle. At every farmers’ market this winter, singers gather upstairs to share songs they’ve been working on. From noon to 2 p.m., there will be a community dance, featuring local musicians playing their favorite tunes, while Lucy Gatchell calls easy dances for all to participate in. Admission is by donation, $5 to $50. Proceeds will be donated to the Arts Council of Tamworth. Thanks to the sponsors: Sunnyfield Brick Oven Bakery, Tamworth History Center and Tamworth Farmers’ Market.

Candidates’ night this year is, as always, sponsored by the Chocorua Community Association. Come along and hear this year’s candidates for town office, show your support, and listen to what they have to say. The event will be on Monday, March 2, at 7 p.m. at the K.A. Brett School cafeteria. The Tamworth town clerk/tax collector’s office will be closed on Tuesday, March 10, for the town/school elections, to be held at the Tamworth Town House. Polling hours are 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. The office will reopen on Wednesday, March 11, at 9 a.m. The town meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, March 11, at 7 p.m.

For something completely different, consider attending a monthly Kirtan gathering on Wednesday, March 4. Kirtan is a call-and-response style of devotional singing/chanting led by the brilliant and multi-talented musician Shana Aisenberg. This practice quiets the mind and no religious belief or musical knowledge is required. Meetings are on the first Wednesday of each month. For the location, email Aisenberg at shana.aisenberg@gmail.com.

The Friends of the Library’s annual Cabin Fever and Book Sale with lunch and silent auction will take place on Saturday, March 7, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Soup or chili will be available for $6 for a bowl or $4 for a cup, including Sunnyfield bread or cornbread. You are invited to have lunch and buy homemade baked goods to take home; shop at the Friends monthly book sale and bid on something special at the silent auction. The Friends fund many programs for our library, as well as the library directors’ wish list items.

Mountain Top Music Center has several musicians who play in its orchestra or give instrumental instruction. If you would like to support this educational/performance center, come along to Tin Mountain Conservation Center in Albany at 1245 Bald Hill Road for “The Magic of The Orchestra,” conducted by Dr. Julia Howell, on Saturday, March 7, at 4 p.m. This is an interactive introduction to the world of the orchestra for all ages and features music from “Harry Potter,” Pixar films and great classical composers.

The Preserve at Chocorua is my favorite local venue, and I’m excited it will be hosting Green Mountain Conservation Group’s 22nd annual meeting on Saturday, March 14, from 1 to 4 p.m. Featured presenter will be renowned artist, writer and naturalist David Carroll. And lunch will be provided by The Farmstand. Tickets cost $25. Reserve by calling (603) 539-1859 or email gmcg.com.

Attention seniors over 60: Here’s an easy way to improve your life, eat well and save money. Did you know that Ossipee Concerned Citizens offers a tasty and nutritious meal, lovingly prepared by a professional chef and dedicated assistants, from Monday to Friday starting at noon? It always includes a salad bar, an entree and a choice of vegetables and often features soups, stews and chowder. The cost is a free-will offering (suggested amount, $3). Ossipee Concerned Citizens also offers social events, including bingo. Call (603) 539-6851 for more information.

Every Monday, weather permitting, food is transported to the Tamworth Town House where a group of friends and neighbors eat and socialize at a congregate meal. Ossipee Concerned Citizens also prepares Meals on Wheels which are transported to the elderly and disabled by volunteers. I have been both a volunteer and grateful post surgical recipient of this wonderful service. The Tamworth Nurses Association organizes the volunteer drivers and if you would like to be a driver, call (603) 323-8511.

Plans are underway for “Wet Paint Tamworth” a unique and very affordable opportunity for local artists to paint together and be inspired by visiting artists from around the country. It will take place this year from April 27 to May 3. “Wet Paint” is dedicated to preserving the rich artistic legacy established by many early plein air artists. Scheduled events include a reception and spaghetti dinner at The Preserve, a public reception, with a wet walls art sale at the Farmstand, another public reception and stroll in Tamworth village, a collectors gala, culminating with a farewell dinner and art show. Artists who would like to participate are encouraged to go on wetpainttamworth.com for a sign-up form and instructions on how to reserve a place.

The Tamworth Recycling Project is a group of residents who educate themselves about responsible new solutions for the management of our collective and personal waste disposal. It also manages a Facebook page that includes activities and concerns of the group and articles about the successes of other municipalities and countries in their efforts to reuse, recycle and dispose of plastic waste and other garbage.

I attended a recent meeting, and was impressed by the wide range of achievements, which include collaboration with other municipalities and discussions with government representatives and lobbying efforts. Kudos to Barb Bloomberg, who has been instructing a group of students in the after-school program on such topics as reuse and disposal of plastic products and composting. Composting by individuals can radically reduce the volume in the waste stream and needs to be encouraged. One issue that was discussed was the possibility of pay-per-bag at the Transfer Station, others included pending legislation and letter writing to legislators. If you are interested in learning more about the Tamworth Recycling Project, go on its Facebook page or contact bigskycook@yahoo.com.

Last weekend, two winter-related events attracted visitors from near and far. I first visited one of my favorite locations, The Tamworth History Center, and was greeted warmly by board member and docent Norma Grasse at the front desk in the entry room. I was very interested to see the exhibit of newspaper articles and artifacts relating to Admiral Byrd’s Antarctic expedition and the important role played by the famous sled dog, Chinook, whose progeny formed the basis of dog teams used in the transport of equipment and supplies.

Michelle Longley, president of the history center, had done an amazing job of organizing the exhibit. Outside on the snow-covered front lawn, members of the Chinook Owners Association socialized with their beautiful yellow Chinooks , and the dogs enjoyed romping with their cousins and giving sled rides around the snowy lawn. I spoke briefly with former Remick Museum Directors Bob and Debbie Cottrell, who are Chinook fans and “between Chinooks” as their last one passed away recently.

Meanwhile, the Remick Farm and Museum’s popular winter festival featuring ice harvesting, sled rides, oxen hauling, and farm animals and maple syrup making was underway. It was quite chilly, but sunny, and the snowy grounds were filled with families observing idyllic scenes, and trudging through snow around the museum grounds.

I stopped by the frozen pond and observed huge blocks of ice being sawed from the pond and transported by oxen to an insulated ice house. Before modern refrigeration, pond ice was a commodity transported to restaurants and hotels. Home owners had ice boxes in their homes to preserve food. Long, jagged saws were used in the the ice-cutting process and a couple of young children were trying their hand with these implements, providing a photo op for their parents.

Please send items for this column to me at annmcgarity@yahoo.com.

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