A cow moose was spotted near Teacup Lake.
If you have any questions or comments please let us know! 603-284-6428 or 603-848-6807, ChapmanSanctuary@gmail.com
Words by Sue Rowan, photos by Trish Bushmich
Early winter brought several snowfalls of a light powder that made for excellent snowshoe and ski travel. The woods after a light snowfall are beautiful, and it is always fun to try to identify the foot prints that woodland creatures leave in the fresh snow. Since then heavy rains and extremely cold weather have changed trails to ice with several washouts. We hope we get some more good snow.
A cow moose was spotted near Teacup Lake.
The birds are still flocking to our feeders. We welcome you to come and see them. As part of our wildlife habitat program there are small clearings in the woods with standing dead trees for perching or drilling for woodpeckers and nuthatches. They come to the feeders, too, along with goldfinches, juncos, and a few chickadees.
Established in 1955, Chapman Sanctuary and Visny Woods (CSVW) operates as a not-for-profit nature, bird, and wildlife sanctuary in Center Sandwich, NH. It is a place for children, families, and adults to connect with nature and explore wildlife in their natural habitat across more than 160 acres of woodland trails, meadows and streams, of which CSVW owns 114 acres. CVSW is open to the public year round from dawn to dusk free of charge, and depends on individual donations and grants for financial support. 740 Mt. Israel Rd. Center Sandwich, New Hampshire.
If you have any questions or comments please let us know! 603-284-6428 or 603-848-6807, ChapmanSanctuary@gmail.com
Ole Anderson writes: Hi All, Sandwich Winter Carnival will be Saturday 1/27. This is always a fun day for folks to break up their cabin fever. We hope to see you at some or all of the events.
The day will start with a cross-country skiing and waxing clinic at 9:00am on Quimby Field hosted by Inter-Lakes Varsity ski coach, Steve Olafson. If you are interested in Nordic skiing, but don’t have the gear. Contact Ole Anderson by Wednesday 1/24, and we may have some equipment for you to try on Saturday. There will be an all ages, all abilities cross country ski race at 10:30am starting on Quimby Field. Prizes and awards for skiers. Costumes are encouraged!
The chili cook-off will take place in Sandwich Elementary school 12:00-1:30 pm. There are lots of talented chefs in our community, we encourage you to all to bring your best pot of chili. Please bring your chili in a crock pot so it will stay warm throughout the contest, and we ask that you provide a ladle or serving spoon. We will provide everything else.
We are also asking local artists to bring one art piece to put on display. We are hoping for a variety of pieces from artists of all ages. School aged theme is snowless snow man. Get creative!
A cardboard sled derby will start at 1:30pm on the hill at the back of Sandwich Elementary School. Prizes for all participants. Bring a sled to enjoy the hill once the sled derby is finished.
Come up to Remick Park in North Sandwich between 3:30 – 5:00 pm for family ice skating, hot chocolate, and hot dogs. We will have marshmallows for roasting over the fire. This is a family skating time, so please leave your hockey sticks home.
Looking forward to seeing folks at some, or all, of these events. We may add more to the day, so stay keep an eye on the sandwichboard, follow us on Facebook at: Sandwich NH Parks & Recreation, or visit the Parks and Recreation page on the town website: sandwichnh.org. Please contact me if you have any questions. Thanks, Ole Anderson, Sandwich Parks and Recreation Director(603) 284-6473 email@example.com
By Alyssa Floyd
When the leaves start to change color and the winds begin to blow, autumn is just over the horizon. Filled with warm sweaters, pumpkins, and vivid forest walks, fall brings feelings of homely comfort. Not only that, but fall brings one of the most exciting events of the year to the town of Sandwich: The Sandwich Fair.
The Sandwich Fair takes place every year in October on Columbus day weekend, and is one of the town’s most tourist drawing events. From riding rides on the midway to viewing the gorgeous quilts in exhibition halls, there is a variety of activities to do and participate in.
Saturday, October 7th, is Children’s Day at the fair. There are antique auto parades, fan favorite children’s tractor pull, and a variety of other youth suited activities sure to bring a smile upon any child’s face.
Sunday, October 8th, is Family Day. Many animal shows and family oriented performances are scheduled for this day, not to mention Woodsmen’s Field Day starts at 9 a.m. Sunday is also the day of the famous Grand Street Parade throughout the fairgrounds and center of town, filled with all kinds of floats and bands to suit people of all ages.
The last day of the fair, Monday, October 9th, is Seniors, 4-H & Military Day. 4-H shows, from horses to dog demonstrations, are taking place all throughout the day and the pickup truck pull is taking place in the tractor pull area.
The midway and exhibition halls are open on all three days, so make sure to check them out! Children and adults alike both enjoy the livestock events that take place throughout the weekend, which happens to be the last fair of the season in New Hampshire.
The Sandwich Fair has been a mainstay in the town for over a century, adding modern twists while still maintaining its rustic charm. Whether it be a fun day for the family, a time to indulge in the delicious choices of foods available, or simply a moment to reflect on the nostalgic quality of the past, the Sandwich Fair is an event catered towards people of all ages and will surely not disappoint.
The first performance on August 3rd at 5:30 pm is a special preview show,
and all tickets are only $10!
Andrew Codispoti, Artistic Director of Advice To The Players writes: First off, let me say a special thank you to all of those who came out in impressive numbers to see our production of Wittenberg. We really enjoyed performing for you!
And now the time is ripe for outdoor Shakespeare, a Sandwich tradition since 2002! This is our sixteenth Summer of Shakespeare at the Fairgrounds Stage, and we're presenting an adaptation of Henry IV Parts 1 & 2, which we're calling Henry IV (all the good bits), adapted and directed by our company's founder, Caroline Nesbitt.
This show features the return of Chris Boldt's Falstaff, though this is definitely a different side of Falstaff from that seen in Merry Wives of Windsor. You'll find many other favorite company members in the cast, as well as some new faces. Numbering 21, they are truly an impressive company!
The first performance on August 3rd at 5:30 pm is a special preview show, and all tickets are only $10! Tickets for all performances are on sale right now at our website: advicetotheplayers.org.You can also call 284-7115, or stop by the Arts Center at 12 Main during open hours, 11-4 Tuesday through Saturday, and Sunday 12-4. Regular tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for seniors, $10 for students, $7 for 12 and under (in the Town Hall, free for children 12 and under when performed outdoors)
Other performances are: Friday 8/4, Saturday 8/5, Sunday 8/6, Wednesday 8/9, and Thursday 8/10 from 5:30 to 7:30 pm on the Fairgrounds Stage. Friday 8/11, and Saturday 8/12 from 7:30 to 9:30 pm on the Sandwich Town Hall Stage. The final show will be Sunday 8/13 at 2pm on the Town Hall Stage. Actors will perform excerpts of the play from 12:30 to 1:00 pm on the Green during the Artisans on the Green Event, Thursday, 8/10.
Andrew Codispoti, Artistic Director ATTP writes: I'm very excited to personally invite you to join Advice To The Players this weekend for our production of Wittenberg by David Davalos, playing July 21-22 at 7:30 pm, and 23 at 5:30pm, at the Arts Center at 12 Main.
This modern "tragical-comical-historical" is near to my heart, and I very much hope that you have a chance to see it. Two years ago we did a reading of this play at the Arts Center at 12 Main, and have wanted to do a full production ever since. Now that's happening, and it's also our first attempt at a full production in our Arts Center, another milestone.
In this play, young Prince Hamlet (which role I have the honor of returning to) is an undergrad in his final year at Wittenberg University. His favorite professors & personal mentors are Father Martin Luther (played to fiery perfection by new company member James Luse) and Doctor Faustus (who else but Dennis Patella, who captured the role so perfectly two years ago in our reading).
Also joining our cast is local favorite & ATTP veteran Lauren Hansen, who will be playing the role set down in the script as The Eternal Feminine, which actually consists of no less than four diverse characters of the female persuasion.
You might have some doubts about a comedy/drama which is full of rich references to Elizabethan theatre & 16th-century Catholic doctrinal controversies. But I believe that this play will make you chuckle, guffaw, & perhaps also weep over the course of its two hours. Perhaps the best way to think of it is as the perfect prequel to Shakespeare's Hamlet, Marlowe's Doctor Faustus, and the entire Protestant Reformation -- all at once! I sincerely hope you'll join us. Tickets & details are (as always) on advicetotheplayers.org! See you in Wittenberg!
And a testimonial from someone who has seen the show:
How much do I love Sandwich ...let me count the ways. To have access to provocative theater with talented neighbors and stunning professionals from my other home ...NYC...HEAVEN! I saw ATTP's Wittenberg on Saturday and Wow!!! What a feat. The play is profound...literally. And though I felt moments of regret that I nodded off in philosophy and comparative religion classes the performances carried me through. There are 4 performers in this epic play. They are all amazing. Our two wonderful locals, Andrew, born to play Hamlet, was wonderful. Lauren, the eternal feminine, and the only woman, playing numerous roles (as we so often do) was great. Luse was an amazing Martin Luther. Truly amazing! Had I only met him in college when I was trying to make sense of things.
And then the GLORIOUS Dennis Carlo Patella, (Faustus). Because I live half my life in NYC, I get to see a lot of live theater..Broadway, off Broadway. And I have to say, Dennis is one of the best stage actors I've ever seen. The privilege of sitting 5 feet from him, 1 mile from my home, surrounded by my neighbors, in a beautiful barn, in my little home town, in NH... What a privilege. Don't miss him! And all the other gems of this show. Thank you ATTP for bringing this to us. R.C.
Sandwich Home Industries League of NH Craftsmen Gallery is pleased to have award-winning jeweler, Michela Verani, in Sandwich for the first time, teaching an Introduction to Metal Clay workshop on July 12-13 from 10 am - 4 pm. In this 2-day workshop, students will be shown the tools and techniques required to work with silver metal clay. Texturing, stamping, hollow forms, and setting stones will be demonstrated. After firing, students will be shown how to finish their pieces and add color by both patina and a few alternative color techniques.
Verani works in metal clay, felt and fused glass. Since 2004 she has worked extensively with metal clay, which has become her passion. She has achieved Art Clay Level 1/Senior Certification, Rio Rewards Certification, is a juried member of the League of New Hampshire Craftsmen and is the 4th person in the world to pass jurying for the Metal Clay Master’s Registry III. Her work continues to win numerous awards, most recently in the 2015 Jewelry Designer’s Award in the Metals category from Fire Mt. Gems & Beads.
See examples of metal clay below:
Michela has authored articles for Fired Arts & Crafts, Art Jewelry, Bead Trends, Metal Clay Today, Metal Clay Artist, The Art Clay Society Quarterly and Bead Unique. Her work has been featured in a number of PMC Guild Annuals and other books on jewelry, as well as many gallery shows in the New England area.
Tuition for the workshop is $175, materials included. Call 284-6831 to register or visit centersandwich.nhcrafts.org to print out a registration form to send in with the tuition. For more information call or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Sandwich Home Industries is a non-profit organization supporting the arts, artists, and education in the community for over 90 years.
By Alyssa Floyd
The sun is streaming through the branches draped with new green foliage as you drive down the dusty dirt road. After turning around a corner, a big slate grey barn comes into sight situated near a beautiful big house with stunning views of mountain peaks. Scattered across the property are sculptures of bronze and steel, brought to life by gentle hands. The place you have come to is none other than the Field Fine Art studio in Sandwich, NH.
Located near Squam Lake, Field Fine Art is owned and run by Kathryn Field, a lifelong artist dedicated to her passion for all different types of art. After growing up in New York City, Field attended multiple art schools, first focusing on jewelry making and glasswork, then later switching to sculpture. “I just always found as a kid that [art] is what I did for fun and relaxation,” Field says. “I think it’s the only thing I’ve ever wanted to do.”
Field first started teaching art at Ohio University at age 26, then taught at the Holderness School in Plymouth, NH. This was around the time Field found herself teaching more painting and drawing skills, and she began to focus more on those concepts. After leaving the teaching job at Holderness four years ago and traveling to Australia for a year, Field returned to Sandwich and was asked to teach a group class, which planted the seeds to open her own studio. “I’ve been a practicing artist always, but I’ve also been an educator. I’ve always seen it as dual role. I’ve always loved teaching, I’ve always seen it as a way to connect with others and share what I really love.”
In addition to teaching children’s classes at the Sandwich Children’s Center, Kathryn Field teaches a diverse array of workshops, from drawing and sketching to watercolors and painting. Classes are kept small, under six people, in order for Field to connect with her students. With students ranging in age from five all the way up into their eighties, there are class for people of all skills and abilities. As for Field, art is an area where there is always room to discover and improve. “My thought is that as an artist, you have a lifetime to create, and I think that’s really true. I’m sixty-two now, and I still feel there is so much to learn about my field. You’re always learning.”
For more information on classes, contact Kathryn Field, Field Fine Art, 603.986.2900, email@example.com or visit www.fieldfineart.weebly.com.
New season, new sign, new manager. L-R SHI board members Peter Gross, Diane Garfield, Martha Nichols, and PJ Blankenhorn prepare to hang the new sign next to the Sandwich Home Industries League of New Hampshire Craftsmen Shop located in Center Sandwich at the Intersection of NH Routes 109 and 113. Martha is the new manager of the shop which held a Grand Opening and Celebration of the Artist last weekend. The SHI shop will be open Mon - Sat 10-5 and Sundays noon to 5 through mid-October. For more information on the shop, classes and demonstrations, please visit www.centersandwich.nhcrafts.org or call 603-284-6831.
Martha Nichols writes: On Saturday, May 20th, the Sandwich Home Industries opens its doors for our 91st season with fine NH made crafts and a full slate of arts and crafts classes for adults and children.
This year is one of transition for the “Home Industries”, as locals call it. We say goodbye to gallery manager, Julie Deak, who has provided dedicated expertise for nine years and we welcome incoming manager, Martha Nichols. The board of directors and staff have been busy sprucing up the shop with a fresh look, painting inside and out, and making plans for a summer of sharing this historical resource in our community.
The new look continues with our recently redesigned website - easy to use on your computer or your phone. Here you will find complete information about our shop, craftspeople, and classes. Please check us out on www.centersandwich.nhcrafts.org.
Sandwich Home Industries is the birthplace of the League of NH Craftsmen, and our mission is to inspire and educate the broader community as well as to preserve traditional and contemporary craft. This season, we have a wide selection of classes scheduled June through August. In June, we start with a 5-day weaving intensive by Sara Goodman. In July and August, a variety of children’s classes includes felting, clay, collage, drawing, and making garden stakes. Adult and teen classes are offered in fabric dyeing, knitting, felting, watercolors, kiln fired glass and jewelry making. Our website has more details and you may call or email for registration information.
Stop by to see our wide selection of fine handcrafted items. From May 20th through mid-October, we are open Monday through Saturday 1-5 and Sunday 12-5. Also, please join us for our OPENING CELEBRATION on May 28th, 1-4 for demos and free mini classes. Please contact 284-6831, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit www.centersandwich.nhcrafts.org
Story and photos by Alyssa Floyd
Situated at the edge of the White Mountain National Forest with majestic views of famous New Hampshire peaks sits the Dragonfly Yoga Barn, a yoga studio and retreat so quaint and peaceful that visitors never want to leave. With a charming rustic appeal and beautifully arched, wooden ceilings, this studio offers the perfect blend of homely comfort and peaceful tranquility.
Dragonfly's owner, Katie O’Connell, first took an interest in building a studio when she was an English teacher at Inter-Lakes High School in Meredith, NH. “I think [my English students] were my first real group of people who were validating me as a yoga teacher outside of my regular adult students,” says O’Connell, who was already teaching some yoga classes locally at the time. “I had mostly juniors and AP students, and they would come into class and say, ‘Mrs. O’Connell, could we start with a little breathing exercise?’ or ‘Could we start with mediation?’. They were very stressed out, all thinking about colleges and getting good grades in school, and they didn’t have time to relax or decompress from their studies. Those kids, I remember, made me realize how much people really need yoga, and so I got interested in having a studio.”
After moving a house and a barn up to their property in North Sandwich on Bennett Street, Katie, along with husband Declan O’Connell, began looking for another barn to become the studio. After some searching, they found one about to be burned down due to land subdivision. After talking to the owner, they moved the structure up to their property, and with some restorations the pre-1780s barn was perfectly situated for visitors to take yoga classes while enjoying the beautiful view of Mount Whiteface.
A variety of classes are offered at Dragonfly Yoga Barn, from gentle and beginner’s yoga to more vigorous and restorative classes. “There are classes for every level, every age,” O’Connell says, “sometimes I have students that are high school age come in and take classes, and I have students all the way up into their seventies, and so they pick and choose the classes that are right for them.”
In addition to classes, the yoga studio offers a variety of restorative retreats as well. Katie offers retreats as the yoga teacher, and has had other yoga teachers bring their classes up, often from urban communities, to experience the serene nature of the region. “They create their own retreat, and then Declan and I help facilitate the retreat. They might be teaching most of their classes, and I might teach one public class while they’re here. And then we also feed them, and there’s a hot tub on the back porch where they might spend time, or they may go hiking. There’s lots of different kinds of retreats.”
To people of all ages, the Dragonfly Yoga Barn in North Sandwich, NH offers an enjoyable and relaxing way to experience yoga at its best. No matter the level, visitors of all skills and abilities are welcome to participate in the classes and retreats. “I would like people to know that there is something here for people of all ages and all levels,” Katie says. “Whether they're new to yoga or really experienced, there is a class that would suit them.”
For more information on classes or retreats, contact Katie O’Connell, Dragonfly Yoga & Ayurveda, 603.707.7529, email@example.com or visit dragonflyogabarn.com.
Author Alyssa Floyd, currently a junior in high school,
is one of Discover Sandwich's intern reporters.
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