NH Club Notes: Audubon accepting entries for wildlife photo contest
The garden is below the Altar of the Nation at Cathedral of the Pines in Rindge, where Ann McEntee was the former lead gardener. McEntee, a garden design consultant, master gardener and teacher, will give a talk on “Aging Gardens, Aging Gardeners” at the Amherst Garden Club's morning meeting on Thursday, Sept. 6. (COURTESY)
AUBURN — The New Hampshire Audubon Massabesic Center’s 12th annual Wild New Hampshire Photo Contest is underway, and submissions will be accepted until Saturday, Sept. 8.
The contest is open to all amateur photographers of any age who would like to submit nature photos taken in the state.
To enter, go to www.nhaudubon.org and look for the link under Events and News. The submission fee is $10 per photo for adults and $5 per photo for youths 17 and younger. Proceeds will help support the Massabesic Center’s wildlife programs.
Photos will be judged by Sept. 15. Winners will be invited to display photos during the center’s Wild New Hampshire Photo Exhibit from Oct. 17 to Nov. 24. An awards ceremony and reception is planned from 3 to 5 p.m. Nov. 3 to honor the winning photographers.
For more information, contact the center at 668-2045 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Amherst Garden Club starts new year Sept. 6
AMHERST — The Amherst Garden Club is launching its 48th club year with morning and evening meetings and programs on Thursday, Sept. 6.
Ann McEntee, former lead gardener at Cathedral of the Pines in Rindge, will be the speaker at the early gathering, which will begin with a business meeting at 9:15 a.m., followed by refreshments and her program at 10:30 a.m. This will take place at Messiah Lutheran Church, 303 Route 101.
McEntee’s topic is “Aging Gardens, Aging Gardeners.” She says many older people love their gardens, but not the seemingly endless hours of maintenance they demand. She will share strategies for gardening more wisely; taking care of yourself as you garden; assessing your home landscape; prioritizing garden tasks; managing mature plants; and creating smaller, simpler gardens.
After a career in higher education, McEntee returned to school to earn a master of landscape architecture as well as certification as an advanced master gardener. She now works as a garden design consultant and speaker and also teaches landscape history and garden courses at Keene State College’s Cheshire Academy for Lifelong Learning.
The evening meeting, which will feature club member Anne Krantz talking about “Invasive Plants in New Hampshire,” is scheduled from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Parkhurst Place, 11 Veterans Road.
The club says this will be a good opportunity for people to put a name to their invasive plants and learn some up-to-date methods of control. Those who attend are welcome to bring a sample plant from their yard, but no poison ivy, please.
Krantz says that after completing the University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension’s tree steward and master gardener programs, she became aware of the irritation and frustration invasive plants can cause home gardeners. She learned more about invasive plants in Amherst through various Conservation Commission efforts, her own volunteer projects and by participating in workshops.
The public is welcome at both meetings, which are free. For more information, visit amherstgardenclub.org.
Bedford Women’s Club plans new member coffee
BEDFORD — The Bedford Women’s Club will begin its new club year with a coffee for prospective members from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 6, in the McAllaster Room at the Bedford Public Library, 3 Meetinghouse Road.
The coffee is a chance to learn more about the club, which is open to women who live in Bedford, and meet some of the members.
Established in 1905, the club provides an opportunity for women to meet socially and pursue many interests. The club also hosts multiple fundraisers throughout the year to provide scholarships to Bedford residents and to support local charities.
General membership meetings are on the fourth Thursday of the month from September through May and typically feature a guest speaker. The club’s annual dues are $50.
The club also has more than 20 interest groups that meet separately.
Some interest groups play Bunco, mah jongg, bridge, Rummikub, Scrabble and poker, and newcomers unfamiliar with the games are welcome. Some groups hike, kayak and snowshoe while others go out to museums, cultural events or the theater. There are painting, crocheting, knitting and genealogy groups as well as a book group. The club also has a couples Sunday brunch group, a couples dinner group, a lunching out group and small cooking groups that meet monthly at a member’s home, with the hostess planning the menu, the members arriving to cook and everyone enjoying the creations. Members also are welcome to start new interest groups.
Prospective members may send questions to email@example.com and a membership committee member will respond. More about the club also is available at www.bedfordwomensclub.org.
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