Grantham
Lorie McClory

June 29, 2012

 

Music at The Center

Dont miss Trent Larrabee in his return to The.Fix@6 in the Tavern at Bistro Nouveau at The Center at Eastman from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, June 29. No cover charge, but reservations are recommended, 863-8000.

The.Fix@6 continues every Friday through Labor Day weekend. Jason Cann continues the Independence Week celebration July 6, and Dan Walker makes his Bistro debut July 13.

Humane society supply drive ends Saturday

The Upper Valley Humane Society supply drive has been held throughout June at both Grantham Town Hall and the Eastman South Cove Activity Center. Items most appreciated include cat & dog toys, peanut butter, wet dog food, bleach, fabric softener sheets, laundry & dishwasher detergent, paper towels and garbage bags (30- and 50-gallon size). For more items, visit UVHS website: www.uvhs.org.

A Midsummer Nights Dream

Children's Stage Adventures, together with the children of the Grantham community, will present CSAs "Midsummer Dream," an adaptation of Shakepeares "Midsummer Night's Dream," in two performances Friday, June 29. This live theatre experience, sponsored by the Grantham Parent-Teacher Group, will take place at the Grantham Village School Gymnasium at 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.  Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for ages 5-18 and free for ages under 5.

Alas, the camp is already filled, but dont miss the performance!

Fireworks galore for Independence Day Week!

Lots of options to see fireworks beginning this weekend.

June 30 at 9 p.m. on Pleasant Lake in New London (best viewing is probably from Elkins)

July 4
at dusk at the Canaan Speedway (moved this year from Cardigan Mountain School)

July 4
at 9 p.m. at Storrs Hill in Lebanon (events begin at noon at Colburn Park, AKA: the Common)

July 4
at 9 p.m. at Monadnock Park in Claremont (also, enjoy music by The Flames featuring Eastman's John Lovejoy beginning at 6 p.m. and lasting through the fireworks)

July 7 at 9 p.m. in Sunapee Harbor (Note: The MV Mt. Sunapee II is offering a fireworks cruise this year, 763-2212. $20/adult and $12/child age 12 and younger)

July 7 at dusk at the Brown Chaddick Field in Bradford, NH

For more information about other displays in New Hampshire, visit www.nh.com/fireworks; in Vermont, visit www.vtliving.com/events/4thofjuly/index.shtml.

Town closings for July 4

The Grantham Town Hall, Transfer Station and Dunbar Free Library will be closed for Independence Day on July 4. Please plan accordingly.

Old Home Day: Farm & Garden

Old Home Day is Wednesday, July 4 with some new events mixed in with the traditional.

First up is the Pancake Breakfast, 7:30-9:30 a.m. at the Grantham United Methodist Church. All donations will go to the Perriello Childrens Trust Fund at Lake Suanpee Bank. Be generous!

This years parade theme is Farm and Garden. The parade, which begins at 11 a.m. (line up at 10:15 at Yankee Board Road), is open to anyone who would like to build a float, ride a bike, walk or show their vehicle in the parade. To participate, contact Laurie Field at field83@comcast.net or 863-9143.

New this year is a softball game beginning at 11 a.m. Contact David Armstrong (armstrd@comcast.net) for more information.

Following the parade, head to the Grantham Recreation Park for a full day of activities, including Curios Creatures noon-1 p.m., the GPTG Fun Run at 12:30 p.m. (cost is $8/person; register on-line here ), a performance by the new Eastman Family Singers intergenerational singing group, sack races, 3-legged race, pie eating, balloon toss, childrens games, face painting, a petting farm, bounce houses, music by Jim Hollis, pony rides, antiques display, exhibits and food, food, food!

That food will include Grantham Fire Departments Third Annual BBQ! Price is $8 for half a chicken, coleslaw, baked beans, roll/butter and a cold drink. You cant beat that price with a stick!

Additionally, Old Home Day is looking for anyone in the farm and garden business who would like to promote or sell what they do under the Grantham Chamber of Commerce tent. This year's tent will house farmers market vendors as well.

This whole day does not run without volunteers, people to park cars, set -up tables and chairs, and clean up. Please contact Laurie at the above email or telephone number.

Speaking of Farm & Garden

The North Grantham Farm Stand is open on Route 10 North. Operated by Cindy Dyer, stop by to purchase (honor system!) carrots, lettuce, basil, rhubarb, zucchini, fiddle heads, beans, radishes, cukes, peas, summer squash, dill, mint and more as the produce ripens. These great products are produced right here in Grantham. Special orders can be placed by calling Cindy at 863-6413.

 

Summer Reading Program: Dream Big, Read!

Weekly Storytime at Dunbar Free Library at 10 a.m. every Wednesday and Thursday through July 18 (with the exception of July 4 and 5) at Dunbar Free Library; Wednesdays for ages 4 and younger; Thursdays for ages 5 through 9.

Up All Night in New Hampshire, 11 a.m.-noon Thursday, July 5 at Grantham Town Hall, Lower Level. Pre-registration is required for this event limited to 50 participants. A museum educator will lead children ages 4 to 9 years as they study specimens such as owl talons, examine animal tracks, experiment with night vision, explore animal hearing and listen to nights sounds, smell scents from nature, dissect owl pellets and create an artsy owl.

Teens have their night as well, with Comic Drawing & Pizza, 6:30-10 p.m. Thursday, July 12 in the library. Pre-registration is required at least one week prior to the event.

`Tweens (ages 9 and older only) are invited to a campfire from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, July 18 at the library. Pre-registration is required at least one week prior, 863-2172.

Bedtime Story Hour, 7 p.m. Monday, July 30 & Monday, Aug. 27 at the library. Open to all ages. Bring Teddy, wear your pajamas and come listen to stories by Miss Dawn.

Community Luncheon

The next community luncheon will be held at noon Tuesday, July 10 at the Grantham United Methodist Church. $2 donation.

Volunteer opportunities

The town doesnt only run on paid staff and elected officials. Many committees are populated by appointed volunteers. The town is currently seeking members for the Capital Improvement Program Committee and someone to serve on the Transportation Advisory Committee for the Upper Valley Lake Sunapee Regional Planning Commission. If interested, please contact the Selectmens Office, 863-6021 or mwhite@granthamnh.net.

Elisabeth von Trapp comes to Newport

The Episcopal Church of the Epiphany is pleased to host Elisabeth von Trapp, granddaughter of the legendary Maria and Baron von Trapp, whose story inspired The Sound of Music. Von Trapp will perform outdoors under the tent at The Old Courthouse Restaurant in Newport at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, July 14. No tickets are required for the performance, but donations are encouraged. First-come, first-choice of seat.

Reminders

Grantham United Methodist Church worship service at 9 a.m. each Sunday, with Pastor Patricia Williams. Everyone is welcome to attend.

The library trustees are looking for people interested in helping to raise funds for the Dunbar Free Library building expansion project. If interested, please contact any of the trustees: Susan Mellow, Ed Jenik, Wendi Grant, Kevin Hughes or Lorie McClory; or stop in at the library and leave your name and contact information.

The Grantham Food Pantry at 65 Roses in Rum Brook Plaza is open for food pick up from 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesday through Friday and 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturdays. For more information, visit www.granthamfoodpantry.org or call Caitlin at 603-361-2604. Donations of non-perishable food, toiletry and baby items can be dropped off at the Dunbar Free Library and Grantham Town Hall. Cash donations go to the Grantham Community Crisis Fund.

The Grantham Mountaineers Prouty Team is now recruiting cyclists, walkers and rowers to participate in the 31st annual Prouty and Prouty Ultimate Friday and Saturday, July 13-14 in Hanover. Participants can cycle, walk or row the Prouty. It is not a race. If you enjoy any of these activities, mark your calendar and join the fun! To join our team, visit the Prouty website at www.TheProuty.org and follow the instructions, or contact Susan Mattson at 863-0746 or susancmattson@gmail.com; or Merle Schotanus at 863-2293 or schot@comcast.net.

Registration for Colby-Sawyers Adventures in Learning summer courses has begun; it ends July 3. AIL is an enriching, learning experience for those with a vigorous interest in the world of ideas and who wish to continue their intellectual growth in an informal setting. To view the summer course offerings and to register online go to www.colby-sawyer.edu/adventures. For more information or to request a catalog, call Janet St. Laurent at 526-3690.

Lebanon Crew is participating in the Prouty this year. For every individual donation made to the Friends of Lebanon Crew for the Norris Cotton Cancer Center, Chicago Soft, Ltd. will make a matching donation (up to $500) to Lebanon Crew. If you would like to make a donation to Friends of Lebanon Crews Prouty team, use the link below. You can make it as a general team donation or choose a team member that you know here

2012 Summer Hikes

The Sunapee Ragged Kearsarge Greenway has planned a series of summer hikes.  The purpose of the hikes is to get outdoors, have fun and meet some like-minded people. Check out the list below and see what fits your fitness and interest levels.  Dont forget to bring water, lunch or a snack and hiking poles if you want. Call or email the hike leader at least the day before to find out details of the hike - where to meet and times. That way youll be on a list to be notified if there is a cancellation. Enjoy your summer!

June 23 (Sat) Hike up Bog Mountain from Stearns Road. This hike is for families with small children. Enjoy the beautiful views and amazing summit. 2 mi. M Andy Hager andrew@hagerinvestments.com 526-2846 

June 30 (Sat) Woodland Walk on SRK Trail 14: Chalk Pond to Fisherfield in Newbury. 4.4 mi. M Nathan Richer nricher@ruger.com 763-2127 

July 14 (Sat) "The Road Less Traveled Trip" Hike to the Pillsbury/Sunapee Highlands in Goshen and Newbury. We will be hiking the Goshen Historical Society trail to the historic Franklin Pierce lead mine, then continuing on to the highlands along an infrequently used path until intersecting the Sunapee State Park snowmobile trails, finally joining the Five Summers Trail to the Monadnock/Sunapee Greenway and terminating at Lucias Lookout. 6+- miles M/D. Tom Lawton telawton@yahoo.com  477-1995

 

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