NH Club Notes: Strawberry festival set for next week in Litchfield

June 14. 2018 12:40AM
The public will be able to tour the Litchfield Historical Society, which has antiques and artifacts from the town, during the Litchfield Strawberry Festival Saturday, June 23. (COURTESY)

LITCHFIELD — The Litchfield Strawberry Festival is planned from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, June 23, rain or shine, on the Litchfield Presbyterian Church grounds at 259 Charles Bancroft Highway.

For years, the Litchfield Naumkeag Grange sponsored a strawberry festival. When the building burned in February 1980, the festivals, ham and bean suppers, dances and plays ended. In 2005, church members Candace Hale, Roz Calawa and Gail Barringer suggested their church sponsor a strawberry festival, which has since become an annual event that draws increasing crowds. 

The festival will feature strawberry shortcake with Litchfield-grown strawberries, sausage grinders, burgers and hot dogs, as well as a homemade bake sale. Activities for children, vendors selling handmade wares and live music also are planned. The Litchfield Historical Society, which has Litchfield antiques and artifacts, will be open for tours.

‘Petals 2 Paint’ exhibit to feature NHFGC members

AMHERST — The 15th annual “Petals 2 Paint” exhibition on June 27 and 28, will feature 20 members of the New Hampshire Federation of Garden Clubs, who will create floral designs interpreting pieces of art from the East Colony Fine Art’s members’ collection.

Each garden club member will make a selection from a large grouping of original artworks for their inspiration and will interpret it in flowers and organic materials. It is an event in which floral mimics art.

The exhibition of flower arrangements and art will take place at LaBelle Winery, 345 Route 101.

An opening reception is planned from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, June 27. Labelle Winery will host a complimentary wine tasting with light hors d’oeuvre from 5 to 6:30 p.m. The show will continue Thursday, June 28, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. The exhibition is free and open to the public.

The “Petals 2 Paint” exhibition was started by the East Colony Fine Art group to inspire both floral designers and artists to create companion works of art, complimenting each other for the public to enjoy.

Sandown club schedules flower pot recycling day

SANDOWN — The Sandown Garden Club will host a flower pot recycling day from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday, June 23. Club members will collect the pots at the Sandown Train Depot, which is across from Sandown Town Hall off of Route 121A.

After their successful plant sale, the club members are asking anyone with used flower pots to drop them off for recycling. The pots will then be cleaned and stored for next year’s sale.

The club also is making plans for the summer, including field trips to the N.H. Audubon Center in Auburn and Bedrock Gardens in Lee, plus its annual barbecue in August.

New members are always welcome, and you do not need to be a Sandown resident to join. Meetings are held the first Monday of most months from March to November at 6:30 p.m. in the Recreation Center on Pheasant Run Drive. For information on the club and membership, visit www.sandowngardenclub.org.

Hooksett Garden Club behind flowers on bridge

HOOKSETT — Flowers line Memorial Bridge in Hooksett once again thanks to the work of 12 Hooksett Garden Club members, who met last month at the home of Mike and Doris Sorel to plant 52 flower boxes with magenta Supetunias and a varigated ivy.

The Hooksett Parks and Recreation staff placed the boxes onto the bridge in time for Memorial Day.

In 2011, Doris Sorel and Betty Mae Parnell developed the concept of the garden club putting flowers on the bridge and had to get permission from the state to attach the boxes to the state-owned bridge. Marcel Mercier of Macy Industries in Hooksett designed and produced the stainless steel holders that secure the boxes to the bridge according to state specs and then donated them to the club. That initial year, eight boxes were placed on the bridge, and each year the project gets bigger. In 2016, a self-irrigation system was added and last year, a self-fertilizing system.

The bridge project, still under the chairmanship of Sorel, continues to be a joint town beautification venture between the garden club and the town of Hooksett.

The club meets the last Wednesday of every month at the Hooksett Public Library, 31 Mount St. Mary’s Way. Social time begins at 6 p.m., followed by a program at 6:30 and a meeting about 7:30 p.m. The June 27 program, titled “Mechanics,” will be presented by Fern Doucette of the N.H. Federation of Garden Clubs. She will give some of the basic rules of structuring a good floral design.

The garden club is a member of the NHFGC, New England Garden Clubs and National Garden Clubs.

Manchester club presents student art, music awards

MANCHESTER — Each year during a May luncheon, the Manchester Women’s Club presents art and music awards to students from Manchester public high schools.

This year, Carol Bednarowski and Sally Sederquist, co-chairmen of the Art & Music Awards Committee, presented awards to:

Manchester High School Central: Rylee Ducharme, art; Jayda Regas, music.

Manchester Memorial High School: Jordon Bussierre, art; Timothy Dukeshire, music.

Manchester High School West: Ashley Thompson, art; Alexander Whitcomb, music.

Selections, made by each school’s department chairman, are based on ability, growth and participation in school activities. Student art portfolios were on exhibit and musical performances were presented.

Marilyn Cashin, chairman of the Cash Calendars Program, also held the annual drawing. Those who participate have 31 chances to win cash or gift certificates. When purchasing a ticket, club members are donating toward the awards program, as well as getting a chance to win a prize. Some women win several times. The Cash Calendar Program is one of the many ways the club earns money to put toward the awards and scholarships given to students each year.

For more information about the club, go to www.manchesterwomensclub.com.

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