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Winni Museum features talk about the Shaker legacy

LACONIA — The Lake Winnipesaukee Museum is presenting "The Shaker Legacy" featuring Darryl Thompson on Saturday, June 28 at 11 a.m.

In their more than two and a half centuries of existence, members of the United Society of Believers in Christ's Second Appearing, commonly known as Shakers, made ingenious contributions to diverse fields: agriculture, industry, medicine, music, furniture design, women's rights, racial equality, craftsmanship, social and religious thought, and mechanical invention and improvement. Darryl Thompson explores some of these contributions in his lecture and shares some of his personal memories of the Canterbury Shakers.
Daryl Thompson has an M.A., American History, University of New Hampshire and was tour guide at Canterbury Shaker Village for over 30 years. Thompson studied historic plant varieties that were developed by Shakers in various villages throughout the 19th and early 20th centuries. His father, Charles Thompson, co-founded Canterbury Shaker Village Museum with three Shaker sisters. Darryl lived among the Shakers for many years and served as a consultant to Ken Burns in his documentary film The Shakers: Hands to Work. Hearts to God.

This event is free and is made possible by a grant from the New Hampshire Humanities Council. The museum is located on Route 3 in Weirs Beach, next to Funspot. RSVP to 366-5950.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 25 June 2014 09:25

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‘Every Sunday’ program at Mountonborough library

MOULTONBOROUGH — The Moultonborough  Library on Monday, July 28, 7 p.m. will feature a program ''Every Sunday'' with Donna Dearborn

Every Sunday is a daughter's tribute to her father, the story of a man who lived life with extraordinary kindness and humility. Their Sunday letters stop—after 32 years—when he suffers a stroke and can no longer walk, care for himself, or voice his needs.

Determined to connect with him and focus on their good memories, she shares stories of Long Trail hikes, Springfield College days, birthday ski adventures, White Mountain summits, childhood moments, and more during Sunday nursing home visits. Every Sunday is a memoir about a revered recreation director and an inspirational father-daughter bond—a story of faithfulness, hope, and love.

Donna Dearborn grew up in an active family in Brattleboro, Vermont, where her adventurous spirit and love of the outdoors emerged at an early age. Degrees in math, environmental science, biochemistry, and exercise physiology led to a diversity of jobs—algebra and trigonometry teacher, Outward Bound wilderness instructor, English teacher in Korea, fitness director, tennis pro, tax preparer, ski instructor, field hockey coach, New Zealand hut warden... She is happily settled in the familiar, rolling green hills of Vermont with her husband, Wally, and their yellow Labs, Ella and Eva.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 25 June 2014 09:19

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Rey Center announces summer programs

WATERVILLE VALLEY — The Margret and H.A. Rey Center in Waterville Valley has just released its summer programming schedule with lots of fun-filled art, science and nature activities that the whole family can enjoy. The Margret and H.A. Rey Center, located on the second floor of Town Square is a non-profit education organization with programming modeled after the interests of Margret and Hans Rey, the authors of the Curious George characters, and former summer residents of Waterville Valley.
This summer's nature programs include Valley Nature Nights and Nature Nights in Blair Woodlands. Both programs are held every week from July 2 through August 21. Valley Nature Nights is for families with youth ages seven and up who want to explore the Valley floor listening and looking for local wildlife guided by one of the Rey Center naturalists. A different topic will be discovered each week. Nature Nights in Blair Woodlands is a similar program held at the Blair Woodlands Natural Area on NH Route 3 in Campton just south of the Blair Bridge.
Both programs are free and open to the public. Waterville Valley Nature Nights is generously supported by Town Square Condos and Waterville Valley Realty, while Nature Nights in Blair Woodlands is sponsored by the Campton Conservation Commission.
Other kids and family activities this summer include Curious George Story Time and Popcorn every Friday from July 4 through August 22, Art Smart Kids every Thursday from July 24 through August 28, and Dark Sky Stargazing.
For the adults this summer we have lectures, yoga hikes, a wine tasting and auction fundraiser, literary discussion group and environmental stewardship opportunities. The Rey Center summer lecture series entitled Tales and Trails from the Wilderness includes The Adventures of Buffalo and Tough Cookie by Dan Szczesny on July 11 at 8 pm. August 1 brings us Mike Dickerman's Hiking History of the White Mountains followed by True Wilderness: The Adirondack Mountains & The Trans-Adirondack Route on August 29 by Erik Schlimmer. Lastly on October 10, Nancy Sporborg and Pat Piper share their experiences as two women over 50 climbing the 100 tallest mountains in New England in Its Not About The Hike.
Mark your calendars for Saturday July 12 from 3–6 p.m. for the Rey Center's Fourth Annual Art, Wine and Cheese fundraising event. Rain or shine, under the tent in Town Square, you can taste wines from the lists of local vendors and bid on art generously donated by local artists and non-artists. All proceeds support the art and science education programs at the Margret and H.A. Rey Center. Tickets are only $20. You must be 21 to enter.
For more information on these and other Rey Center programs, visit the Rey Center website at THEREYCENTER.ORG or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .
Margret and H.A. Rey, authors of the Curious George children's books series and former summer residents of Waterville Valley, New Hampshire, were artists and adventurers, historians and naturalists, gardeners and stewards. Today their spirit lives on in the Margret and H.A. Rey Center, a non-profit organization dedicated to honoring the Reys' legacy through art, science, and adventure programs for all ages. For more information please contact the Margret and H.A. Rey Center at 603-236-3308 or visit www.TheReyCenter.org or visit us on the second floor of Town Square in Waterville Valley.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 25 June 2014 09:13

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Edible, medicinal plants programs scheduled at the Castle in the Clouds

MOULTONBOROUGH — In the natural world, we are surrounded by species of plant and fungi (including lichen) that have been used as food and medicine by those who walked these lands before us, and continue to be used by the modern forager for their potent nutritive and medicinal compounds.
There will be two programs next month at The Castle in the Clouds in which participants will explore, learn, study and harvest many of these species through guided excursions.
On Monday July 14, The Castle in the Clouds is hosting a Walk and Talk with professional foraging instructor, herbalist and nursing student, Andrea Marshall. The walk will begin at the Carriage house at 10 a.m. During this walk and talk, we will explore the abundant fields and forests. Focus will be given to sustainable harvesting techniques, ecological awareness, plant ID, safety, history and modern biochemistry. Participants will gather specimens and following the walk participants will have the opportunity to sit in the shade and learn about study and preparation techniques. The cost is $8 per person, Free for Friends of the Castle. Space is limited. Call the Castle at (603) 476-5900 to reserve a space or for more information.
On Saturday, July 19, Lakes Region Conservation Trust is hosting a guided excursion on the Castle in the Clouds conservation lands. LRCT land stewardship director, David Mallard, and Andrea Marshall will be leading this excursion that will be focused on invasive plant ecology and the sustainable harvesting of wild food and medicine. Grab a big basket (or two) and join us in the ethical wild harvest of culinary Wild Mountain Thyme, Saint Johns Wort, medicinal Yarrow, Staghorn Sumac and more, from the abundant wildflower fields. Participants will then move into the forested area surrounding Shannon Pond where Barberry has filled so much of the land. Barberry is a plant native to the Eurasian continent that is considered invasive to the North East American ecosystems.

We will be digging out as much of this plant as we happily can, and learning how to utilize its anti-microbial and immune enhancing effects safely in the home environment. If the plants have set berries by that time, we will also be gathering those for a delicious anti-oxidant food source. You will go home with lots of nutrient rich plant material to use fresh and preserve, plus a page of recipes to get you started. This educational event is being hosted LRCT and is free. Space is limited. Register by calling (603)-253-3301 or E-Mail at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 25 June 2014 09:09

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