NH Club News: DAR to hold September meeting in Nashua

September 06. 2018 11:36PM

NASHUA — The Matthew Thornton Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) will meet at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 15, at The First Church, 1 Concord St.

The program will be sharing “War Stories” by members to show and tell of their family stories from any American conflict. Members are reminded that September is Harbor Home Veterans First Donations month.

All are welcome. If you are interested in attending or learning more about the Daughters of the American Revolution, visit www.dar.org or visit the chapter’s website at http://matthewthornton.nhsodar.org.

Queen City Quest & Trivia night set for Sept. 29

MANCHESTER — The Queen City Rotary Club will present its annual Queen City Quest & Trivia Night at 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29, at St. George Greek Orthodox Cathedral, 650 Hanover St.

Formally known as the Queen City Road Rally, the Quest is a scavenger hunt on wheels, according to Lisa Lally, president of the Queen City Rotary Club.Teams compete against each other to figure out clues and puzzles to find their next destination in the quickest time with the most correct answers.

“It’s also a neat way to explore Manchester and its history,” Lally said.

The event, which is part of the club’s ongoing mission to support youth in need across Greater Manchester, has been held for more than 30 years. Many teams return each year to take part.

The cost to participate is $120 per car. Early registration deadline is Saturday, Sept.15 ($140 after that). Registration includes the Quest, post-event buffet dinner, prizes, silent auction, raffles and a trivia contest hosted by John Clayton, executive director of the Manchester Historic Association.

Tickets will be available for $20 in advance, $25 at the door, if someone only wants to attend dinner and the trivia contest.

The Queen City Rotary Club meets Thursdays at 7:30 a.m. at the Puritan Backroom in Manchester.

For more information on the event and registration form, visit www.queencityrotary.org.

Stratham Historical Society hosts meeting, program

STRATHAM — The Stratham Historical Society will kick off its 2018-19 season Monday, Sept. 17, with a business meeting at 6:30 p.m. in the Stratham Firehouse’s Morgera Community Room, followed at 7 p.m. by a program, “Poor Houses and Town Farms: The Hard Row for Paupers.”

The program, which is sponsored by New Hampshire Humanities, the historical society and Wiggin Memorial Library, will be presented by Steve Taylor, an independent scholar, farmer, journalist and longtime public official.

Taylor served for 25 years as N.H. commissioner of agriculture. With his sons, he operates a dairy, maple syrup and cheese-making enterprise in Meriden Village. He also was the founding director of the New Hampshire Humanities Council and is a lifelong student of the state’s rural culture.

His program will focus on early Northeastern colonies and their use of England’s 1601 Poor Law, “which imposed compulsory taxes for maintenance of the poor. It made no distinction between the ‘vagrant, vicious poor’ and the helpless, and the honest poor. This confusion persisted for generations and led directly to the establishment in most of the state’s towns of alms houses and poor farms, and later, county institutions which would collectively come to form a dark chapter in New Hampshire’s history.”

The discussion also will include the Poor Farm in Stratham, which dates from 1831 to 1877.

The presentation is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served. The firehouse is located at 4 Winnicutt Road. For more information, call Tricia or Pam at 772-4346 or visit Library.strathamnh.gov.

The historical society also has set the date for its fall Appraisal Day, which will take place from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 14, in the Morgera Community Room.The fee is $5 to have one item appraised; $8 for three appraisals; and $14 for five, the maximum allowed. All proceeds will benefit the historical society. For more about the appraisals, call 778-0434.

NH Federation of Garden Clubs plans Fall Meeting

MANCHESTER — The New Hampshire Federation of Garden Clubs, Inc. (NHFGC) will hold its 85th Fall Meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 19, at the Puritan Event and Conference Center, 245 Hooksett Road.

The meeting will be hosted by the District 2 garden clubs of Bow, Goffstown, Hooksett and Manchester.

The theme of the meeting, which will have garden club members from across New Hampshire, is “Harvest the Love.” Special guests include Suzanne McCance, 2017-19 state president of the Garden Club Federation of Massachusetts, Inc., and Blakely Szosz, 2017-19 state president of the Rhode Island Federation of Garden Clubs, Inc.

NHFGC President Joyce Kimball will host the meeting and report on her term to date. The theme of her presidency is “Plant New Hampshire, Plant Today for Tomorrow.” Susan Miner, first vice-president and chairman of the federation’s current Blue Star Memorial Project, will provide an update on the project; Patricia Mulone, life member chairman, will announce the new recipients of NHFGC life memberships; NHFGC and Awards Chairman Jane Goodwin will present the flower show and attendance awards for the previous year. The slate of nominees for the 2019-21 term will be presented by the Nominating Committee and the nominees will be ratified by the membership at the organization’s next annual, which will be held in Jackson on May 23, 2019.

The NH Judges’ Council, an organization of National Garden Clubs, Inc., accredited flower show judges, will sponsor a Standard Flower Show titled “Opposites Attract” in the morning.

Division 1: DESIGN will feature seven classes of members’ design entries and Division 2: HORTICULTURE will include nine classes of horticulture entries. A mini-presentation, “Taking the Mystery Out of a Standard Flower Show,” will be presented by NH Judges’ Council members Fern Doucette and Dorothy Cole. They will discuss the basics of putting on flower shows in terms of the elements and principles of design, design types and how to create and enter floral designs, as well as how to select and display horticultural specimens.

For more information, visit www.nhfgc.org or contact membership@nhfgc.org.

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