Friends of the Samuel Wentworth Library are pleased to present local author Mj Pettengill, discussing her recent book, The Angels' Lament, in the Community Room of the library in Center Sandwich on Tuesday, July 23, at 4:00 pm. This event, free and open to the public, also features light refreshments. Autographed books will be available for purchase.
The Angels' Lament is Book Two in the Etched in Granite Historical Fiction Series.
For the Hodgdon women, 1872 is a year of reckoning. Alone and determined, 17-year-old Sarah Hodgdon boards a train, trading farm life in New Hampshire for the textile mills of Fall River. Woefully disillusioned, she finds herself trapped in a brutal factory and living in a filthy tenement.
She is tormented when she learns the fate of her family. Returning home is no longer possible. About to drown in a sea of spindles, she meets lamplighter, August Wood, who illuminates the gap between the affluent and the undesirables that dwell in the murky shadows.
Stripped down to her bare instincts, she retreats into a secret world, that if revealed, would shatter all that remains. Everything collides when Bess, the captivating woman across town, emerges, navigating the dense world of the local elite, offering a glimpse into an era when women were beginning to take the stage. Survival, a resilient thread of music, interweaves their compelling stories, binding them together, unveiling grievous misdeeds from the past.
Mj Pettengill is an author and social historian with a focus on cultural narrative and traditions, collective and intergenerational trauma integration, ancestral healing, and social welfare development.
She is a cellist and has a background in Civil War Musicology and trumpet performance. Before transitioning to the world of writing, she performed as a soloist and with various musical organizations featured in numerous Living Histories, Reenactments, and Historical Events throughout the Northeast.
Mj works and creates in her woodland studio and lives on a farm in North Sandwich, New Hampshire. In addition to writing and music, she is a wildcraft herbalist, aligned with her passion for nature and the ancient healing traditions, customs, and folklore of her ancestors.
Jenn Elliot writes: Please join the Sandwich Friends and Fiber Group, this Saturday June 8, 11am - 1pm, as they join thousands of other knitters around the world all gathered to knit in public. The group will be outside the Sandwich Home Industries, on the grass or under the the porch is case of rain at 32 Main Street, on the Green Center Sandwich, NH.
Bring your knitting, finished items for show and tell, and lawn chair. Crocheters, spinners and fiber artists of all kinds are welcome to join in. Or just stop by to meet and greet us and see our knitting. Bring your own snacks or swing by the Village Cafe for coffee and a pastry or sandwich. Many thanks to Martha Nichols, manager of SHI for graciously hosting us.
WKIPDAY is unique in that it’s the largest knitter-run event in the world. Each local event is put together by a volunteer or a group of volunteers. For more on World Wide Knit in Public Day, see http://www.wwkipday.com/
"Better living through stitching together"
Why was Pablo Picasso so inspired by printmaking that he bought his own etching press? Many other artists, including Rembrandt, Matisse, and Winslow Homer, have used printmaking to express their artistic visions. Learn the characteristics of hand-pulled prints and why they have captured the interest of so many famous artists. On March 24th, Peggy Merritt, a Sandwich printmaker, will talk about her craft at the Benz Center in Sandwich.
Peggy will describe various printmaking techniques, including etching and lithography, using images from well-known artists and from her own work. The audience will have an opportunity to examine these prints closely, as well the plates and tools used to produce them. She will also talk about current practices and modern materials that reduce hazards in the printmakers’ studio and increase the breadth of artistic expression.
“I love to express my imagination in hands-on work,” says Peggy. “The technical details of printmaking also appeal to my background as a chemist.” She hopes that her talk will remove some of the mysteries about her chosen medium.
The printmaking talk takes place on Sunday afternoon, March 24th, at 4 o’clock at the Benz Center on Heard Road in Center Sandwich. It is part of a series of free Sunday afternoon seminars offered this winter and spring by the Sandwich Home Industries. The final talk in this series is scheduled for April 14 when Rebecca Goodale will talk about art books, including her “Illuminated Autobiography.”
This year Sandwich's annual Winter Carnival was held on the first Saturday in February. The carnival is a daylong event for locals to have some fun at the coldest, gloomiest time of year. The first main event is the all ages, all abilities, Costumed Cross Country ski race.
Over the course of several hours, Brian Stockman created one of his masterful ice sculptures. This one was a fox, in honor of the Sandwich Central School's mascot.
And the Chili Contest! While Brian was busy carving, anyone who wanted to could go into the school and sample a great variety of chilis, all made by local cooks, with chips, sour cream and grated cheese as add-ons. What a fun way to eat lunch. And then you vote for your favorite.
The Cardboard Sled Derby is another Main Event of the Winter Carnival. There are prizes for all participants in a variety of categories, including best design, longest ride, shortest ride, most colorful, and more.
The day ended with family ice skating, hot chocolate, and hot dogs at Remick Park in North Sandwich. A great time was had by all! Hope you see YOU next year. Thanks to Ole Anderson and the Sandwich Recreation Department for so many activities and events that make this town the wonderful place it is. email@example.com
Advice To The Players Presents William Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew in Sandwich, March 15th – 24th.
Advice To The Players, Sandwich’s own Shakespeare Company, is starting their 20th Anniversary season with one of the Bard’s famous comedies, The Taming of the Shrew, directed by ATTP founder Caroline Nesbitt, and presented by an all-star ATTP cast, including Carsey Walker, Jr., Kimberly Miller, Rebecca Mansfield, Dennis Sullivan, Frederick Bickford, Luke Haskell, Corey Trask, Ellie Bartz, Andrew Burke, and Vicky Dworkin, along with Amelia Nudd-Homeyer, Kat Sugar, CJ Dall, Andrew Sugar, and Ginger Priestman. This production is sponsored by Meredith Village Savings Bank.
A play within a play, The Taming of the Shrew tells the story of a Lord’s trick on a local drunkard, in which he convinces the drunk that he is, in fact, a lord and has his servants put on a play to entertain him. The play they perform is the main story of The Taming of the Shrew – where an Italian noble, out of their wits with their eldest daughter Kate, a mean-spirited and independent woman, decrees that Kate must marry before her sweet, gentle, and beautiful younger sister Bianca can. Bianca’s suitors, of which there are many, despair; but it is her suitor Hortensio who comes up with the scheme to marry Kate off to his strong-willed and determined friend Petruchio.
Petruchio is enticed by Kate’s dowry, and decides to accept the challenge of ‘taming her’. Meanwhile, a young student named Lucentio has also fallen in love with Bianca and secretly woos her while the others are distracted with Kate and Petruchio’s tumultuous courtship – making The Taming of the Shrew a hilarious comedy from start to finish.
Performances will be at the Sandwich Town Hall Theater, March 15th, 16th, and 23rd
at 7:30 pm and March 17th & 24th at 2 pm. Tickets are available online at advicetotheplayers.org or by calling 603-284-7115.
Sandwich Home Industries Lecture Series
What could a fourth century Italian pavement possibly have in common with the New York City subway? Mosaics! Mosaics are everywhere! Explore the past and present of this glittering art with Cindy Stanton, who has studied and practiced mosaic art for many years. Cindy, who lives in Moultonborough, will show how mosaics have evolved, and how they have decorated spectacular churches, elegant homes, and today even subway walls. Some mosaics are used to tell stories. Cindy will demonstrate common mosaic methods, tools, and materials, and show where mosaic collections can be found in New England and elsewhere. After the presentation, participants will be invited to handle some of the materials.
“I’m planning a hands-on mosaic workshop for later this year,” says Cindy. “Participants will work with a variety of materials and create their own 4 inch by 4 inch mosaic.”
The mosaics talk takes place on Sunday afternoon, March 3rd, at 4 o’clock at the Benz Center on Heard Road in Center Sandwich. It is part of a series of free Sunday afternoon seminars offered this winter and spring by the Sandwich Home Industries. On March 24th Peggy Merritt will discuss the art of printmaking, and on April 14 Rebecca Goodale will talk about art books, including her “illuminated autobiography.”
One highlight (among many) at Sandwich's annual Winter Carnival, is the transformation of a block of ice into a beautiful, cold, short-lived sculpture by Brian Stockman. This year he made a fox to represent Sandwich Central School's mascot.
Off the Dock Players is proud to announce an upcoming run of A Doll’s House, Part 2, by Lucas Hnath, at Sandwich Town Hall from February 15th through February 24th.
Do you have to know A Doll’s House to enjoy A Doll’s House, Part 2? The short answer is NO, but we feel that knowing the Ibsen classic is worthwhile on its own and provides a better understanding of Hnath’s sequel. They are separate plays written at very different times—1879 and 2017—by very different people. They exist independently from one another but together are sure to spark lively discussions about how some things change....and how some things stay the same.
Here’s some theater history:
When the door slammed shut at the end of Henrik Ibsen’s 1879 play, A Doll’s House, critics began referring to it as 'the slam heard around the world.' Heated discussions about the role of wife, mother and the institution of marriage took center stage in late 19th Century European discourse. Some theaters would only produce it with an altered ending, but Ibsen called that a travesty and held to the original as the central message of the play.
Fast forward to 2017 when a young, emerging writer named Lucas Hnath (pronounced NÃTHE) wondered what would happen if Nora returns to her family after 15 years away. A Doll’s House, Part 2 launched on Broadway to great critical acclaim and multiple Tony nominations and wins.
On February 15th, Off The Dock Players present A Doll’s House, Part 2, by Lucas Hnath, at the Center Sandwich Town Hall, 8 Maple Street starring Rebecca Cole (Nora), Hank Offinger (Torvald), Lisa Lovett (Ann Marie) and Jacquelyn Henken (Emmy). The show will run through February 24th and information and tickets can be found at www.offthedockplayers.com
About Off The Dock Players
Nancy Blaine writes: Off the Dock Players is a theatre company formed in Sandwich, NH, by founding members are Rebecca Cole, Hank Offinger and Nancy Blaine. We spent so much time “on the dock” talking about plays we wanted to produce, that we decided to get “off the dock” and do them. Our first production was A.R. Gurney’s Love Letters in winter of 2017.
That summer we produced Bakersfield Mist in conjunction with The Sandwich Players and directed by Ben Bullard. In Summer of 2018 we produced, Mother of the Groom in conjunction with The Corner House. The play was set in a Manhattan restaurant so we decided to set it in the dining room at The Corner House. The one act was performed in between the main course and dessert.
Our current production is A Doll’s House, Part 2, by Lucas Hnath. Our goal is to bring intimate and serious drama to the area. We love Sandwich and thought we could bring a different angle to the great theater companies we already have. Both Advice to the Players and the Sandwich Players have been welcoming, helpful and collaborative in our pursuit. We are so very grateful to them.
Tappan Chairs are a New Hampshire ladder-back design first crafted in Sandwich, NH in the early 1800s. They continue to be crafted in Sandwich to this day. Seven generations of makers, using a medley of modern and historic machinery dating as far back as the 1850s, have contributed to the story of this historic business.
A Brief History
The first Tappan Chair was crafted by Abraham Tappan in the year 1819. Abraham was a resident of Sandwich his entire life, having been among the first settlers of the town in 1768. Abraham’s son Daniel, along with his wife Rhoda, raised 15 children in Sandwich as well, and each had a hand in the chairmaking business. Sons Walter and Winthrop continued the business after Daniel’s passing in the 1880s, and rather than end the family tradition when he retired in the 1930s, Walter chose instead to sell the business to Doc Quinby and Al Hoag, who continued the trade for two decades in affiliation with the Sandwich Home Industries—the original incarnation of the League of New Hampshire Craftsmen.
The business changed hands in the 1940s, passing to Sandwich resident Cy Blumberg after his return from WWII. Cy made other furniture, and even cut hair, alongside his chair work. When Cy passed away in the 1960s, Tappan Chairs nearly vanished as a business when his estate went to auction. But rather than letting the equipment and patterns be parted out, again a Sandwich resident intervened, purchased the lot, and stored the business until Gunnar Berg, a Sandwich cabinetmaker, discovered it and brought it back to life in the 1980s, becoming the first maker to establish a national market for the chairs.
In 2013, coinciding with Sandwich’s 250th anniversary, Gunnar continued the tradition of passing on the business to yet another Sandwich resident, Adam Nudd-Homeyer, making him the seventh generation in Tappan Chairs’ line of craftsperson-stewards. It is under Adam’s tenure that Tappan Chairs now celebrates its 200th anniversary—a celebration which had an early start in 2018, with Tappan Chairs’ move into the former, historic, and long vacant Sandwich General Store building, turning it into an open workshop, showroom, and history exhibit, and marking the first time in the business’s long history that it has had its own free-standing building.
Under its current ownership, the business launched a successful 2014 Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign which was designated a Kickstarter global “Project of the Day.” On the heels of that effort, Tappan Chairs developed a national markeng partnership with Chilton Furniture of Maine, and through that connection Adam became introduced to the last living Shakers who reside in Sabbathday Lake, ME. As a result of that introduction, Tappan Chairs has become the only commissioned chairmaker in the world for the living Shaker Community, and crafts a number of models on their behalf annually.
Adam has also continued a tradition begun over previous generations—that of using Tappan Chairs to help raise money for a number of local, regional, and national nonprofits. Since 2013 alone, donations of Tappan Chairs have raised over $50,000.
Bicentennial Events and Celebratory Activities
With the beginning of 2019, Adam is announcing a number of celebratory activities for this important year, the first one being the most significant. In celebration of the generations of townspeople who have supported and nurtured the business, making it what it is today, Tappan Chairs is donating 10% of all retail chair sales this year to be divided among the Sandwich Historical Society, Sandwich Home Industries, and Sandwich Children’s Center, thereby celebrating the stewards of the “History, Heritage, and Future” of Tappan Chairs in town.
Adam also intends to use this occasion to challenge other businesses in the community to match Tappan Chairs’ contributions this year, so that together they can contribute to as many important cultural and social nonprofits and charities which serve the town and its population as possible.
As the year progresses, many more events lie in store. Tappan Chairs is currently seeking a formal celebratory proclamation from the Governor of NH, and has invited him to attend the official “Tappan Chairs Birthday Celebration” on August 3 in Sandwich, kicking off Sandwich’s renowned Old Home Week.
Also in store is the publication of a “Spotter’s Guide to Tappan Chairs,” the expansion of the museum exhibit to feature biographies and photos from the many generations of Tappan Chair makers and their helpers, as well as historic chair examples and patterns from the different periods of their manufacture. Finally, Tappan Chairs looks to release an all-new chair design to symbolize and and celebrate its many generations of makers.
We at Tappan Chairs not only invite you to join us in this special year, but encourage you to help us share this special story of what we have become, which deepens with every year!
For further inquiry and information, please contact:
Adam Nudd-Homeyer, owner-steward and craftsperson
Tappan Chairs, LLC
Community Christmas Tree Party
The Sandwich Woman's Club Community Christmas Party will be Sunday, December 16 at 3:30 pm in the Sandwich Town Hall for all Sandwich (includes all children at the Sandwich Children's Center and Sandwich Central School and siblings) children birth through grade 3 (and older if they still believe in magic). If you are new to Sandwich, have a new baby or child in your home, or if you have a new little neighbor please let Head Elf, Diane Johnson (284-7168 call/text) know the name(s) and year of birth so that all children will have a gift. Visiting children and grandchildren of Sandwich folk can be accommodated as well. This is not a need-based or religious party; it is a celebration of all the children in our midst to enjoy the season, be entertained a little, and to receive a small present.
Entertainment this year will be a "You are Special" multi-cultural trip around the world with 100 + interactive puppets and singing.
The Community Christmas Tree Party has been a Sandwich tradition since at least the Great Depression in the 1930’s. Even the oldest folks in town can't remember a year when this party didn't happen. In the 30's and 40's, 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.
Timmy Nolan and Charlotte Paddleford (1980's), and Lee Webb (late 80's to mid 2000's) were among the Head Elves. In 2017, the Sandwich Fair added their sponsorship. 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 items, hand-knit hats, 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.
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 can be delivered to those unable to attend the party. Gifts not given out at the party can be picked up under the Christmas Tree in the children's area of the Samuel H. Wentworth Library. Santa will be at the library from 3-4 on Monday, December 17, to visit with children who may have missed the party and/or for those who need to add something to their list.
The Sandwich Woman's Club
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 a meal are held on a 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).
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