MEREDITH —The spring season in New Hampshire is a short one; so pull out your gardening gloves, sunscreen, and a wide brim hat and get ready to spend time playing in the dirt. Our local libraries stock great resources to help you plan, design, and create your garden. The UNH Co-Operative Extension Service offers an extensive menu of services; many at no charge. Some local farms, nurseries, greenhouses, and landscape businesses offer free classes to whet your appetite. Gardening has been linked to improved health, increased memory retention, and positive outlook. Connects with nature and enjoy the beauty as you plant and tend. Whether you are a Budding Genius or a novice, the Community Garden Club of Meredith welcomes you to sample a great list of seasonal programs.
The Community Garden Club of Meredith's first gathering of the season is Thursday, May 15 to The Remick Country Doctor Museum and Farm located at 58 Cleveland Hill Road in Tamworth. Members and guests are invited to meet at the Meredith Community Center parking lot to carpool at 11:15.
The Remick Museum and Farm is an example of more than 200 years of self-sustained living preserving the agricultural way of life in New Hampshire. The mission is to educate a broad and diverse public to the value and significance of the medical practice and agricultural way of life of the Country Doctor and to preserve and interpret the Remick property and collections for the benefit of the public. For more information visit: www.remickmuseum.org. Members will have the opportunity to follow the museum guide for a tour of: the Well, a Working Woods Exhibit, the Hands-On History Room, The Swift Gallery, The Doctor's Office, the Remick Family Living Quarters, the Working Hearth, and the Cottage Industries Exhibit as well as exploring the outside, meeting the farm animals and walking the Binsack trail.
Museum volunteers will prepare a delicious luncheon at noon which will offer a choice of: lasagna with beef and pork, quiche with cheddar cheese and asparagus or spring vegetable stew as well as seasonal greens with balsamic dressing, blue cheese and dried cranberries, fresh baked rolls, vanilla cake with strawberry-rhubarb sauce and whipped cream and lemonade, tea or coffee. $20 is the cost for the lunch, tour, and program.
After lunch, there will be a brief presentation on the historic use of plants and how they are used in the present day on the farm and in the gardens. There will be plenty of time to explore the grounds and garden.
The Community Garden Club of Meredith, a volunteer community organization, was planted in 1951. The club's mission promotes horticultural education, civic beautification and conservation. Guests are welcome at all programs. Members help with committees such as: Weed and Feed, Publicity, Telephone, Bake Sale, Scholarship, Yearbook, Scrapbook, Website management, Membership, and Hospitality. The Garden Club has supported: the Inter Lakes Elementary School Living Classroom, Greenhouse Project, the annual Altrusa Festival of Trees, Interlakes Community Caregivers, the Circle Program, the Community Center Garden Project, the First Congregational Church of Meredith, Lakes Region Conservation Trust, the Center Harbor, Meredith, and Moultonborough Libraries and Page Pond and Forest conservation campaign effort with donations from club fundraisers.
Dedicated members have tended gardens in and about Meredith. Enjoy the results of their hard work and creativity at the Meredith Town Hall, the Chamber of Commerce, the triangle at the corner of Pleasant Street and Route 25, the Meredith Community Center Upper Garden, the Meredith Center Fire Station, Childs Park, and Flurries.
Membership is open to all who are interested in learning more about gardening and sharing their time and talents to help beautify our community. Dues are $20. Meetings are held on the third Thursday of the month from May to September and the first Thursday of October.
For membership information, program details, and to make a reservation for the opening luncheon, please call 253-3120 or visit the club website www.meredithgardenclub.org.
Last Updated on Friday, 02 May 2014 09:31
GILFORD — More than a dozen 4-H Youth recently participated in the Belknap County 4-H Activities Day. This event is founded on the premise that all our youth have something to say and to share with others. Through this event individuals were able to share their ideas in a safe, supportive environment while also honing critical communication skills and developing self-confidence.
Entries were made in a variety of categories from posters and photography to demonstrations, public speaking and action exhibits. Presentations were evaluated by a panel of adult volunteers who offered guidance and feedback to help the youth improve their skills. 4-H participants 12 years old and older with the tops scores in their categories were invited to participate in the Statewide 4-H Activities Day held on the UNH campus at the end of May.
Representing Belknap County 4-H at the State Activities Day will be Lauren Emond of Gilford, Liam Donohoe of Meredith, Cheyenne Longley of Northfield, Savannah and Madisyn Garrity of Alton, and Daisy Burns of Sanbornton.
For more information on the Belknap County 4-H program call 527-5475.
Last Updated on Friday, 02 May 2014 09:26
ASHLAND — Well known New Hampshire writer and humorist Rebecca Rule will present "Moved and Seconded: Town Meeting in New Hampshire", based on the research for her book of the same name, at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, May 14, in the Ashland School Cafeteria.
She will tell stories of the rituals, traditions and history of New Hampshire town meetings, including the characters, the humor and the wisdom of this uniquely New England institution. The free program is largely funded by the N.H. Humanities Council and is sponsored by the Friends of the Ashland Town Library, who will serve refreshments. The Cafeteria is located in the wing of the Ashland School, at 16 Education Drive, off School Street in Ashland village.
Last Updated on Friday, 02 May 2014 09:22
MOULTONBOROUGH — Castle in the Clouds will open for the 100th anniversary season on May 10.
The season kicks off on May 9 with Inspired by Nature, an Ikebana Luncheon. Space is limited for this flower arranging demonstration and lunch. Tickets may be purchased online or by calling 603-476-5414. Inspired by Nature is sponsored by Spiderweb Gardens.
On May 10 the Castle opens and it is also Moultonborough Appreciation Day, sponsored by New Hampshire Electric Co-op. All Moultonborough residents, with proof of residency, are encouraged to come enjoy the property and tour the mansion for free. Also opening is our first art exhibition "Paperwasp", sponsored by White Mountain Subway.
Moms tour Lucknow for free on Mother's Day Sunday, May 11 and our popular Mother's Day Brunch also returns . Reservations for brunch are required; $32 for adults and $16 for kids 5-12. Reserve a table by phone at 603-476-5414.
The Castle will be open, weekends only, including Memorial Day Monday, May 26, until June 7 when the Castle opens daily for the rest of the season.
Castle in the Clouds is located off Route 171 (455 Old Mountain Road), Moultonborough, New Hampshire. Take Route 25 into Moultonborough, then south on Route 109 to Route 171 and follow the signs to the Castle entrance. Castle in the Clouds is a not for profit organization owned and managed by the Castle Preservation Society and dedicated to the interpretation and preservation of the historic Thomas G. Plant Estate, this year celebrating its 100th year. For information about Castle in the Clouds visit the website at www.castleintheclouds.org or call 603-476-5900.
Last Updated on Friday, 02 May 2014 08:44
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