Check out the postmark below... Center Sandwich, February 14, 1916. Postage 1¢. The last 100 years have brought many changes to Sandwich, and to the world, but the desire to love and be loved is constant, timeless, immune to the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune.
Valentine Cupcake Challenge
All cupcake entries are in the display case (top of the stairs) at the Samuel H. Wentworth Library where they can be seen and enjoyed. Library patrons were the judges. Categories: children (through Grade 6); youth (grades 7-12); Adult: Family. The winners in each category will be announced on Valentine's Day. If you can't get to the library to see these creations, here are some photographs!
By Alyssa Floyd and Willow Strother
Bringing together skiers from all across the state, the Sandwich public trail system is a great way to experience nature, improve fitness, and have fun with friends and family in a beautiful setting. Located in the Sandwich fairgrounds, they are easily accessible and free to anyone who wishes to use them.
The Inter-Lakes High School and Middle School Nordic Teams practice here daily, coached by Steve Olafsen and Lynne Hart, respectively. Sandwich resident and business owner Steve Olafsen has been coaching the ILHS team for twenty years —since his daughters were on the team. He is beloved by his team and was named 2016 NHNCA Coach of the Year. He also coaches the ILHS Cross-Country running team in the Fall. When asked about the use of trails, Coach Olafsen said “[The trails are] being used more and more… Some are back country classic only, and others like [the Sandwich Fairgrounds trail] are maintained for racing.”
Over the past few years, several Nordic skiing races have been held in Sandwich. Three years ago, the NHIAA series race (the largest Nordic skiing race in New Hampshire) was conducted on the Sandwich Fairgrounds trail with 800 skiers in attendance. For the past seventeen years, the NHIAA Middle School Nordic Skiing Championships has also been held in Sandwich. Throughout the winter, there are several Citizens races and high school competitions hosted on these trails.
For questions or more information, contact Ole Anderson, Sandwich Parks and Recreation Department, 603.284.6473, email@example.com
Off the Dock Players
Rebecca Cole writes: About 5 years before I bought my little house in Sandwich (25 years ago) I left a theatre career I had spent a decade training for and working in. I was fortunate to work professionally in my twenties but, as it often does... real life, real bills and real needs caught up and nudged me in a different direction.
Then one warm day this past summer, on a dock on Squam, my dock mates suggested we put on a play. And ‟Off the Dock Players" were born. We chose Love Letters by A.R. Gurney for our first play and asked the Taylor Community in Laconia to let us perform this Pulitzer nominated play for their residence. We had 3 or 4 ‟previews" on porches throughout Sandwich prior to opening (and closing) night where we were led to believe (by our friends and family) we had a real hit on our hands.
We approached ATTP and Don at the Corner House for advice on the potential of mounting the show in Sandwich. They were super encouraging and suggested we do something for Valentine's Week.
So I hope you will join us for Off the Dock Player's Sandwich Premiere! Hank Offinger, a Sandwich resident, who spent years acting in NYC, will be my spectacular co-star. Nancy Blaine, a fellow townie, is our brilliant director. And our wonderful Corner House has made this a true Valentine Event with a delicious Dinner/Theatre offering (3 course prix fixe & show) Saturday, February 11 & 18 (dinner 5:30, show 7 PM, $28) and Sunday, February 19 (brunch 12:30, show 2 PM, $18) or just come to the show for $12. For dinner/theatre reservations call 284-6219. Show at the Arts Center, 12 Main St: show tickets only www.offthedockplayers.com.
We would LOVE to see all our neighbors there! Living the dream, Rebecca Cole
Hey folks, please consider volunteering for one of these positions.
Your town needs you!
In accordance with RSA 669:19 the filing period for candidates for the following positions in the March 14 Town Election opens Wednesday, January 25 through Friday, February 3, 2017.
1 Selectman - 3 year term
1 Trustee of Trust Funds - 3 year term
1 Cemetery Trustee - 3 year term
1 Sewer Commissioner - 3 year term
1 Library Trustee - 3 year term
1 Library Trustee - 2 year term
The Town Clerk's office is open to receive filings Tuesdays and Thursdays 8 am - 5:30 pm and the office will be open Friday February 3 from 3 - 5 pm (for candidate filings only) Sharon Teel, Town Clerk
Rhea York, Office Manager of the Sandwich Fair Association writes: The winners for the Sandwich Fair Photo Contest have been selected. We had a number of excellent entries this year but the judges were able to select three winners. The First Place winner was Amanda Royce from Conway, Second Place went to Jolee Chase from Brookline, NH and Third Place went to Ernie Landry from Portsmouth, NH.
To find out more about the Sandwich Fair, please visit: www.thesandwichfair.com, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call 603-284-7062. Office Hours: Tuesday & Thursday 9 AM to 3 PM.
Diane Johnson writes: The Community Christmas Tree Party has been a Sandwich tradition since at least the Great Depression in the 1930s. Even the oldest folks in town can't remember a year when this party didn't happen. In the thirties and forties, the local girl scouts under the direction of Helen Ingles and others decided to make gifts, put on a skit, sing carols, and have a party for all the children in town. Over the years many individuals and groups have kept this tradition alive. The Kenyon Club at the Federated Church sponsored it for a while. Timmie Nolan and Charlotte Paddleford organized it in the early 1980's. Lee Webb was the Head Elf for many years; and she convinced the Sandwich Woman’s Club to sponsor the annual party.
As you read this, elves are active in our community. Thanks to their efforts, all children from birth through grade three will receive mesh bags of fruits, cookies, candy canes, and gifts of hand-sewn clowns, and/or a small toy or book from Santa. Older kids (grades 4-6) at the school will find gift baskets in their classrooms on Monday. Older kids wishing to attend the party may volunteer to sing, dance, serve as elves, or be reindeer.
If you know of a family who has moved into Sandwich, or who has had a new baby or child come into their lives in the last year, please let Head Elf, Diane Johnson (284-7168) know the names and years of birth so that correctly labeled gifts will be in Santa’s bag. Children who live in Sandwich on the weekend are also invited. Grandchildren can be accommodated.
Families who do not celebrate Christmas may request that the gifts not be wrapped or wrapped in something other than Christmas paper. They can even make arrangements to pick up the gift after the party if they wish. It is the intent of the committee to include all children who are in town in this event of hospitality and good will. Gift bags will be delivered to those unable to attend the party.
The Sandwich Woman’s Club is a civic and social organization that serves the women and children Sandwich. Members meet four times a year for lunch, an interesting speaker or program, and a short business meeting. The ladies raise funds for book and supply money for college students from Sandwich and sponsor the annual holiday party for all children in Sandwich. Woman of all ages in Sandwich and environs are welcome to join. The club is run by a membership of nearly 80 women and an executive board. Regular meetings, programs, and luncheons in are held on Wednesdays in March, May, September and December at local restaurants.
Funds are raised by a summer raffle held during Old Home Week, a snack bar during the Old Home Week Art Show, and by dues and donations. Annual dues are $10. Donations are always welcome (Sandwich Woman’s Club, PO Box 48, Center Sandwich, NH 03227).
We are happy to announce that two Sandwich students, Willow Strother and Alyssa Floyd, will be contributing blog posts to the Discover Sandwich blog as part of the Career Partnership Program, a collaborative effort between the Greater Meredith Program and the Inter-Lakes High School.
Willow Strother is a current Sophomore at Inter-Lakes High School who spends her free time running and Nordic skiing. She enjoys reading, and is excited for this writing opportunity. Willow has also had two poems published in a national poetry collection book.
Alyssa Floyd is a 15-year-old Sandwich resident who enjoys playing tennis, reading Harry Potter, and taking photos. She attends Inter-Lakes High School, where she is a motivated student. Alyssa is excited to develop her writing skills by blogging about her hometown.
Allison Duffield, the Executive Director of the Career Partnership Program, acts as a liaison between the local community and the Inter-Lakes High School to arrange job shadows and internship opportunities for the students. She organizes community service for the students and guest speakers to come into the school to share their experience and career paths in order to bring the "real world" into the classroom. She also hosts employment workshops and a job fair for students and the local business community in the spring. The program benefits the students and the community by strengthening networks and creating bonding opportunities for both parties.
We look forward to reading Willow and Alyssa's reports on all things Sandwich in the weeks to come.
This is the final week of the Sandwich Historical Society's 2016 exhibit, Old Highways: North Sandwich to the Notch. If you haven't seen the exhibit, be sure to stop in this week Wed. - Sat, 10 - 4. View the Durgin Covered Bridge model complete with oxen team, find out where Millard Fillmore's house was, and see a slide show of houses then and now in the North Sandwich/Mt Israel Road area. And in the theme of this year's exhibit....
On Saturday, October 1 at 9 AM, join the Sandwich Historical Society on an outing along the North Road (now Tappan Trail) that ran from Mt. Israel Road over Guinea Hill to the Sandwich Notch Road. Over 200 years ago this area was settled and then abandoned but remnants of life lived there remain, hidden in the underbrush. Historian Jim Mykland will lead the gentle to moderate walk, arriving back by noon. Park at 711 Mt. Israel Road at the Jonathan Beede House Bed & Breakfast; plan to arrive about 10 minutes early.
After the walk, the Jonathan Beede House B&B will be open for light refreshments with hosts Susan and John Davies and people are encouraged to tour this historic centuries-old house. The place was first settled in 1787 by Jonathan Beede. Timbers from his original small house are said to form the ell of the big house. Three of his daughters were Quaker preachers and Mehitable (1800-1867) was the most remarkable as a scholar, preacher, teacher and anti-slavery advocate. Mehitable and husband, Richard, had the house as a stop on the North Star Route of the Underground Railroad until 1855. In 1864, Jonathan Tappan and wife Julia Nute bought the place and for many years kept it as a flourishing summer boarding house, known as the Tappan Farm. Along with the other nearby boarding houses, Tappan Farm had the reputation as the neighborhood of the rowdy boarding houses, hosting guests from Irish South Boston. (More on the Tappans and the house are in the 2016 exhibit).
Post contributed by Diane Johnson
Elaine and Nick Vazanna, owners and operators of the Village Green Café and Market at 25 Main Street in Center Sandwich Village, have revitalized a gathering place in the heart of town. Enjoy the relaxing and friendly atmosphere as you sip a cup of coffee, read the paper, and enjoy something to eat. Quick stops for a snack or essentials are fine too. They are open 7:30 to 5 daily (Sundays until 3).
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