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Lorie McClory

July 1, 2010


Bistro Nouveau presents Jason Cann

Jason Cann is back from 6 to 9 p.m. tomorrow July 2 in the Tavern at Bistro Nouveau in The Center at Eastman. Make reservations as this is a holiday weekend and Jason is still one of the most popular acoustical musicians in the Upper Valley: 863-8000.


John Lovejoy at Canoe Club

If you’re looking to get out of town for a few hours, don’t miss Grantham’s own John Lovejoy at the Canoe Club in Hanover tomorrow July 2. John plays plenty of standards and pop tunes and you can sing along if you choose.


Grantham Old Home Day

Get ready for an entire weekend of events to celebrate our great town! They’re here in order of occurrence.

• The Grantham Parent Teacher Group are sponsoring a "carb-load, pre-race dinner" at Pizza Chef from 3 to 7 p.m. July 3. Dine between those hours, and you could win a door prize, including a free meal, drink or gift certificate. (More details on the race below.)

• Come to the new recreation park for an outdoor movie – ET: the Extraterrestrial – beginning at 9 p.m. July 3. Bring blankets, lawn chairs, whatever you want to relax in/on and enjoy the movie on a state-of-the-art, 16-foot, inflatable screen with an outdoor sound system. (You may want to bring bug spray, too… you never know.) Donations will benefit the recreation park.

• The annual Pancake Breakfast will be held 7-9 a.m. July 4 in the downstairs of the Grantham United Methodist Church. Donations accepted. (If you’re interested in staying, church services begin at 10.)

• A one-mile Family Fun Run will begin at 8:30 a.m. July 4 at Grantham Village School. Only three times around the loop and you’re done! Strollers are welcome. Cost is $5/child; $8/adult; or $20/family. Register online at or register that morning beginning at 7:30.

• The parade begins at 11 a.m. from Yankee Barn Road and proceeds down Route 10 and up Dunbar Hill Road, ending at the Grantham Town Hall. (Line-up begins at 10:15.) This year’s theme is "Celebrate New Hampshire." Anyone who would like to join in is welcome.

• Immediately following the parade, proceed to the Grantham Recreation Park on Shedd Road (off Route 10 South) for loads of family fun, including games, prizes, a petting zoo, the library cookie walk, antiques display, the Jim Hollis Band, Mo-Fun balloon artists, bounce house, Curious Creatures, exhibits, an old-fashioned photo booth, pony rides, touch-a-truck event, craft fair, pie eating contest, sack and three-legged races, an egg toss, and more. If all that leaves you hungry, you’re in luck: hot dogs, burgers, sausage, fries, chicken barbecue (put on by the Grantham Fire Department), shaved ice, pizza, ice cream, kettle corn and fresh-squeezed lemonade will all be available.

• Have you noticed the beautiful afghan in the display case at the Dunbar Free Library? It was made by Terri Heepe and donated to the Friends of DFL for a raffle. Tickets are available at the library for $2 each or 3 for $5. The winner will be drawn at Old Home Day.


Fireworks in the area

July 3 in Sunapee Harbor, or at the Brown Chaddick Field in Bradford; both begin at dusk.

July 4 behind the elementary school in Andover at dusk; at the Storr’s Hill Ski Area and Colburn Park in Lebanon at 9:30 p.m.; or Monadnock Park in Claremont at 9:30 (see Classic rock listing below.)


Classic rock with The Flames

John Lovejoy and friends are The Flames. Don’t miss them at the following outdoor locations. Bring blankets, chairs and dinner and have a fantastic night!

July 4: Monadnock Park, Claremont for pre-fireworks music at 6:30 p.m. Listen to rock'n'roll classics until the fireworks begin around 9:30.

July 21: Sunapee Bandstand in the harbor from 7-9.

July 22: The rocking of Lake Sunapee continues at the Newbury Harbor Bandstand, 7-9 p.m.


July 5 closings

Because July 4 is a Sunday, the federal government recognizes July 5 as a holiday. The Dunbar Free Library, Grantham Town Offices, banks and post offices will be closed.


July specials at Eastman Golf Links

For the month of July, EGL is offering 18 holes of golf with a cart for $49 between 1 and 4 p.m. daily. After 4, pay $30, walk or ride. Eastman wants everyone to see what great shape the course is in as it prepares for the 2010 NH Men's Amateur Golf Tournament, being held July 12-17. Book tee times at 863-4500 or The course will be closed July 12-13 due to the state amateur championship.

P.S.: Good luck to EGL Members Wayne Arsenault, Justin Bitler and Tyler Silver, who will compete in the state am.


Wine and Health program offered

Adventures in Learning, Colby-Sawyer College's lifelong learning program, is for the first time offering a course at Grantham. Dr. Gene Lariviere’s course, "Wine and Health: A Physician Examines the Evidence," begins July 20 and continue the following three Tuesdays in the Draper Room at The Center at Eastman. More information and registration forms can be downloaded at, or contact Janet St. Laurent to register, 603-526-3690.


Make a SPLASH… Read!

The Dunbar Free Library has started its summer reading program for all ages… even us adults! Stop by to sign up and get your copy of the program guidelines.

In addition, Storytime will start this week: Wednesdays July 7-Aug. 4 at 10 a.m. for children ages 4 and younger with an adult; and Thursdays July 8-Aug. 5 at 10 a.m. for children entering kindergarten through grade 4.


ILEAD offers weekly lectures on Middle East

"Perilous Triangle: Afghanistan, Pakistan and Iran" runs Wednesdays July 7 through Aug. 18 from 9 to 11 a.m. in the Spaulding Auditorium at the Hopkins Center in Hanover as part of ILEAD (Institute for Lifelong Education at Dartmouth). The program is open to the public. Cost is $20 per lecture. July 7: Geographer Harm de Blij will speak on "Afghanistan, Key to the Future of South Asia"; July 14: Hedayat Amin-Arsala, senior minister, Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, will speak on "My Country. My Concern. My Vision." Visit for details on all the speakers and topics.


Soccer for the little ones

Toddler-Preschool Summer Soccer will be held from 5 to 5:45 p.m. Thursdays, July 8 through Aug. 12 at the Grantham Athletic Fields on Shedd Road. For details and registration information, visit


Friends exhibit paintings

The art exhibit "Friends across the River" will feature Grantham’s Paula Dorr and her friend Karen Gouchberg. Paintings will be on exhibit July 9 through Aug. 12 at the Quechee Inn at Marshland Farms on Main Street in Quechee. The opening reception will be held 3-5 p.m. July 11; wine and appetizers will be served.


Apple Jam for music lovers

King Blossom Guitars presents the second annual Apple Jam from noon to 10 p.m. July 10 at Mount Sunapee Resort in Newbury. There will be performances by Last Kid Picked, Little Memphis, Samuel Bowen, Dan Lawson Band, YouTube’s Riffguy and special guest Sal "Gonzo" Gonzalez. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the gate. Proceeds benefit the Wounded Warrior Project.

Local sponsors include ProMania Tent Rentals, Stearns Septic Service, 65 Roses Foundation, Sugar River Bank, Sugar River Flooring.

To purchase tickets or for more information, including a complete list of sponsors, visit You may also purchase tickets by mailing a cashier’s check or money order to King Blossom Charitable Association, 834 Dunbar Hill Rd., Grantham, NH 03753. Tickets purchased in advance will be available at the will call table at the event. All ticket purchases are non-refundable. The gate opens at 11 a.m.

Food and beverages available for purchase all day by Mount Sunapee Resort. No outside food or coolers are allowed.


Vegetarian barbecue?

That’s right, Folks. The next Vegetarian Dining Club will feature a three-course, barbecue-themed dinner beginning promptly at 6 p.m. July 15 at Bistro Nouveau at Eastman. The menu will include roasted vegetable antipasto pizza with goat cheese; vegetarian-style mixed grill with marinated seitan kabobs and seared soy sausage with mashed cauliflower and balsamic-glazed squash; and a homemade summer berry tart. Cost per person is $25, which includes tax and gratuity. Beverages are additional. Take-out is available. Reservations are required by July 10 to Carol Moses at or 603-863-3263. Please mention any dietary restrictions and vegan option, if desired, when making your reservation.


Annual vocal concert

Caren Calafati will present her yearly vocal concert beginning at 7:30 p.m. July 21 at The Center at Eastman. The program will include songs by various classical and contemporary composers, including favorite Broadway and standard tunes, and new contemporary theater songs. The concert, which is free and open to the public, will also feature traditional Ragtime music for piano by Will Ogmundsen.


Kearsarge Magazine wins 2010 Apex Award

Kearsarge Magazine has been awarded an APEX 2010 Award for Publication Excellence in the Feature Writing category for Editor Laura Jean Whitcomb’s fall 2009 article on autism, entitled "Building Bridges."

This is the fifth consecutive year Kearsarge Magazine has received an APEX Award. Information about Kearsarge Magazine can be found at The summer 2010 issue is on stands now, including at Rumbrook Market.


Grantham Farmers Market!

New this year, the Grantham Farmers Market and Craft Fair will be held 3 to 6 p.m. July 27 through Aug. 17 at the Grantham Recreation Park. This is a special four-week pilot event for Grantham.

The Grantham Farmers' Market is organized to provide a marketing venue for local farmers, growers, bakers, prepared food providers, and craftspeople, while offering the general public access to high quality, fresh products. Vendors may sign up for one or all four weeks.

If interested, please contact Laurie Field at 863-9143 or


Bricks, pavers and benches for "sale" 

The Grantham Playground Committee has extended its "Buy-A-Brick" fundraiser through the month of July.  Since the Town of Grantham’s spring 2010 newsletter was mailed out, they received orders for another 21 engraved bricks, three engraved pavers and one engraved bench. To date they have sold 64 bricks, 22 pavers and 3 benches, but they’d still like to reach their goal of 100 bricks.

Forms are available at the Grantham Town Hall or at

This is your last chance to place an order before the installation of the shade garden patio in September at the Grantham Recreation Park.



• The DFL Trustees and the Friends of the DFL provide free or discounted passes to the following attractions: Billings Farm & Museum, The Fells, The Currier Museum of Art, the McAuliffe/Shepard Discovery Center, Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum, Squam Lake Science Center, Vermont Institute of Natural Science (VINS) and the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. Contact the library at 863-2172 for more details on how you can use these passes.

• Children entering third through seventh grades are welcome to Camp Invention from July 12 through 16 at the Grantham Village School. Cost is $119 per child. The program funs from noon to 4 p.m. each day. To sign up for "In The Wild Blue Y’Under™," contact Stacy Hogsett at 603-236-9084 or For more information about Camp Invention, visit

• Selectmen meet at 5 p.m. the second and fourth Wednesdays each month.

• The Grantham School Board will meet at 6:30 p.m. July 12 in the GVS cafeteria.

• Grantham United Methodist Church offers Sunday service at 10 a.m. each week.

• The town has a food collection box in the town hall foyer. Food donations are brought alternately to The Listen Center and the Newport Food Pantry.

• Burn permits are required for any outdoor burning. For a permit application, visit Click on departments, click on fire, and click the link for the application. It takes a few seconds to download.

• Visit for official minutes, meeting dates and more.

• Find news and events for Grantham and surrounding towns at PS: All the Grantham Sunacom columns are still active. They can be retrieved on the Archives page.


Don’t forget to send your news or events at least two weeks in advance to Let your neighbors know what’s going on.

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