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Two Signs of Spring Celebrated at Shepherd's Hut Market

GILFORD — The season has been a challenge for most maple producers in New Hampshire, and Shepherd's Hut Market is no exception.

"When I finally got a whiff of maple sap boiling I immediately knew that the taste of real NH Maple Syrup wasn't far behind," market owner Joyce Keyser stated. Located at the picturesque Ramblin' Vewe Farm in Gilford, maple season is the second sign of spring. Joyce's husband, Ramblin' Vewe shepherd, Jeff Keyser, has been putting in more taps to assure that as much sap as possible can be collected, but most the time he is busy with the first signs of spring – a crop of beautiful lambs.
Born this year in the frigid coldness of February and March, the lambs have had to learn early how to deal with the cold. "This year we have had lambs warmed up in the kitchen quite a bit, and they don't smell nearly as good as the maple boiling in the evaporator."

Today the evaporator is running with what sap is being collected, and from the evaporator you can clearly look into the barn and see the many little faces looking back.
Jeff and Joyce Keyser invite the public to come to a special spring celebration on Saturday, April 12 between the hours of 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.  and Sunday, April 13 between the hours of noon – 3 p.m. to see their small maple operation and visit the lambs. If the sap is still running, the evaporator will allow guests to smell the delicious aroma of maple syrup. "The Maple season is probably going to be a short one, so we are eager to share this time with our friends around the Lakes Region."

There will be an educational display and coloring sheets for the children, and tastings of several maple products and Two Sisters Garlic Jellies. There will also be a demonstration of use of the spinning wheel.
The celebration is located at 637 Morrill Street in Gilford. For directions or more information, contact Joyce Keyser at 527-1873.

Last Updated on Friday, 11 April 2014 07:41

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Senior Moment-um painting birdhouses on Monday

GILFORD — The Gilford Parks and Recreation Department will be sponsoring a Senior Moment-um program on Monday, April 14. In honor of spring we will meet at the Gilford Community Church, Fellowship Hall at 12 noon to paint decorative birdhouses.

We will provide the birdhouses and paint. Participants are encourages to bring their lunch and creativity. All interested participants are asked to RSVP by April 11th.

For more information or to RSVP call the Parks and Recreation Office at 527-4722.

Last Updated on Thursday, 10 April 2014 11:08

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Weirs Times 'Flatlander' to talk at Taylor Community

LACONIA — Brenden Smith will speak as part of the Flatlander Chronicles program on Wednesday, April 16 at 6:30 p.m. in the Taylor Community’s Woodside Building.

Brendan Smith was born and raised on Long Island, N.Y. In 1985 he unexpectedly found himself moving to central New Hampshire. Over the next 10 years he worked hard at adjusting to life in New England. Since 1995, Smith has been recounting these humorous adventures weekly on the pages of The Weirs Times. From learning to rake his roof, to buying firewood for the first time, to trying to fit into the social setting of a morning at the dump, he found these, and many more adjustments wouldn’t be very easy for this Flatlander.

The event is free and open to the public but RSVPs are requested to ensure seating. Please call 524- 5600 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Last Updated on Thursday, 10 April 2014 11:06

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Nature Journals for Mother's Day workshop at chi-lin

MEREDITH — The lakes gallery at chi-lin will be offering workshops on making nature journals on Thursday, April 17 and Saturday, May 10.

These charming little books are fun and easy to make. They make beautiful diaries, summerhouse recipe books or travel journals, and are unique gifts for weddings, graduation, or baby and wedding showers, and the "perfect" gift for Mother's Day. Make a special one for your Mother, or give a workshop to her and make them together.
The journals are created using beautiful hand-made rice papers, exciting combinations of natural dried leaves, your own hand block-printed ginkgo and Japanese lace leaf prints, a unique form of fabric collage or pieces of old sketches & paintings. Add small treasures.....a special small shell, ticket stub or partial photo.
No previous experience is needed. Great way to use for all those wonderful fabric and natural scraps you've saved forever if you choose, but workshop includes all materials for a finished book. (One will not be enough, but easy to do additional on your own after the first.) Thursday,
April 17 and Saturday May 10 from 11:30 to 3:30 pm. Cost is $55. or with your Mom, $95. for both. Bring your lunch & we'll serve the tea.

Last Updated on Thursday, 10 April 2014 11:04

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