CONWAY — The Kennett High School drumline presents its last performance of 2014: "A Drum Odyssey" Saturday, March 15, at 7 p.m. in the Kennett High School Loynd Auditorium.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 11 March 2014 04:16
INTERVALE — The Believe in Books Literacy Foundation is hosting an Earth Day writing contest for students, kindergarten through grade six. The contest, part of the Foundation's fifth annual Earth Day Celebration with Dr. Seuss' "The Lorax" runs March 17 to April 10.
Entrants are required to write about what Dr. Seuss' story "The Lorax" means to them. Children may make up a story, relate a true experience or write a poem. Only single-author stories written by a child only are eligible. Inventive spelling is encouraged and accepted in honor of Dr. Seuss. There is a 500-word limit and text must be printed or written legibly. The story must have at least one original, clear and colorful illustration.
The entries will be judged as follows: Category 1: kindergarten and first grade; Category 2: second and third grades; and Category 3: fourth, fifth and sixth grades. Entries will be judged on originality, creativity, storytelling, imagination and integration of artwork.
Winners will be announced on Friday, April 14, 2014. A ceremony honoring the winners will be held as part of the Earth Day Celebration with Dr. Seuss' "The Lorax" on April 19 at 10 a.m. at the Theater in the Wood at the 100 Acre Wood in Intervale.
Visit www.believeinbooks.org or call (603) 356-9980 for more information about the writing contest or the Foundation.
Last Updated on Monday, 10 March 2014 04:54
'Raise the Bar' launches, aims to make Carroll County food 'Locally Grown, Nationally Known'
FREEDOM — On Saturday, February 22, nearly 50 Carroll County farmers, chefs, Cooperative Extension Service and Chamber of Commerce representatives met at Laura and Maynard Thomson's Freedom residence to launch "Raise the Bar," a project to increase earnings and opportunities for what the project's founders call the "Carroll County food chain."
"There's huge demand for locally-grown food," said Maynard Thomson, a project founder along with Laura Thomson and Beverly Bruce of Tuftonboro. "Family farms across the country are also serving the market for exceptional, high-margin foods agribusiness can't produce. High-end restaurants and deep pocket consumers buy food from all over the country, and pay top dollar for it. 'Raise the Bar' is our effort to help local food producers identify niche opportunities and earn more for their hard work. The more our farms and restaurants prosper, the more we'll be able to hold and attract the bright, ambitious people who will build the 21st century economy New Hampshire needs."
The Thomsons and Ms. Bruce are working with other interested parties to identify specific measures to improve the returns for farming and food delivery in Carroll County. For example, Laura Thomson announced plans to promote a "Raise the Bar" restaurant week next fall, during which local restaurants would feature menus of locally produced foods. "'Local' isn't enough, though," Ms. Thomson told the group. "'Exceptional' has to be the new benchmark for everything we do in New Hampshire. We have to 'Raise the Bar' across the state."
Last Updated on Thursday, 06 March 2014 01:29
The Believe in Books Literacy Foundation's Sugar Shack will be open Saturdays and Sundays 11 a.m.-4 p.m. during maple sugaring season. The Sugar Shack features maple syrup and other maple products made at the Foundation's 100 Acre Wood property. Net proceeds benefit the Foundation's fundraising efforts toward a new Storybook Bus.
The maple sugaring season usually begins in late February or early March when the sap begins to flow with warm days and cold nights, and ends when Mother Nature says so.
Guided tours through the Sugar Bush are offered weekend afternoons. Visitors can enjoy a wagon ride through the bush, learn about the history of sugaring, how to identify maple trees, tap for sap, collection and sample tasting. The tour is approximately one hour. Suggested donation: $10 per adult and $5 for children younger than 12 years. If there is steam rolling out of the Sugar Shack, visitors are welcome to step inside for a firsthand look at the historic and innovative process of turning sap into maple syrup.
The mission of the Believe in Books Literacy Foundation is to enhance the quality of life through exposure, education, and the engagement of reading by bringing stories to life. The Foundation office and its 100 Acre Wood property including the Sugar Shack are located on Observatory Way in Intervale directly across from Town Hall Road on the west side of Route 16. Call (603) 356-9980 or visit www.believeinbooks.org for more information.
Last Updated on Friday, 07 March 2014 06:54
The Conway Historical Society presents New Hampshire historian George Morrison who will discuss "Vanished Veterans: An Illustrated Introduction to New Hampshire's Civil War Monuments & Memorials" on Tuesday, March 11 at 7 p.m. at the Salyards Center for the Arts in Conway.
Morrison, a high school teacher for 27 years and a longtime historian, researcher and photographer, will examine New Hampshire's diverse Civil War commemorations including obelisks of the 1860s and remastered works of the 21st century. From Seabrook to Colebrook, Berlin to Hinsdale, New Hampshire is dotted with a fascinating assortment of memorials to the "War of the Rebellion'' erected by towns, individuals and veterans organizations.
The program is free and open to the public, and is made possible through a grant from the New Hampshire Humanities Council's Humanities-to-Go Speakers Bureau. The presentation follows a short Conway Historical Society business meeting at 7 p.m. Light refreshments will be served after the presentation.
Last Updated on Friday, 07 March 2014 06:31
- The Community School highlights local foods and talent at annual Soup, Story and Song Evening March 8
- American History and Environmental Science Programs for Area Homeschoolers starts March 11
- Cooper Cargill Chant Sponsors Sled Dog Races in Tamworth March 1-2
- Church Returns to the Streets for Ash Wednesday
- Farmer's market March 1
- Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper at St. Andrews March 4.