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.
On May 27th and 28th the Village Green Cafe and Market in Center Sandwich is celebrating its first year in business. To mark this successful milestone the Cafe will have balloons for the kids and five dollars off gift cards for the adults.
Can you believe that it has only been a year since Elaine and Nick Vazzana opened the Village Green Cafe and Market? It has been a wonderful, friendly, and vibrant addition to the village and community. Stop by and wish them a Happy Anniversary and enjoy some delicious food and convenient sundries. We want to keep them going!
The store now has an expanded home goods and decor market featuring new products ranging from fine art to gifts and toys to hiking supplies. Convenience items such as tooth paste, Advil, bicycle tubes and kitchen supplies are also carried by the expanded market. For further information please call the Village Green Cafe and Market at 284-7776.
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 email@example.com, 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, firstname.lastname@example.org or visit dragonflyogabarn.com.
Author Alyssa Floyd, currently a junior in high school,
is one of Discover Sandwich's intern reporters.
April is Dog License Time
Attention all Sandwich Dog Owners: It’s that time of year again to license your dogs at the Town Clerk’s Office. Pursuant to RSA 466:1 every owner or keeper of a dog 4 months old or over shall annually, cause it to be registered, numbered, described and licensed for one year in the office of the clerk. The rabies vaccination must be current in order to proceed with licensing. Last year’s licenses will expire on April 30. Please notify the office if you no longer have a dog that was licensed last year as we are required to follow up on all expired licenses. Town Clerk office hours are Tuesdays & Thursday’s 8am to 5:30pm. You may also license your dog by mail. Please contact the office for instructions.
For dogs that need an updated Rabies Vaccination, Dr. Julie Dolan, Sandwich Animal Hospital, will be holding her annual rabies clinic on Saturday, April 8th from 10am to 12pm at the Sandwich Central Fire Station. .___
Dr. Julie Dolan of the Sandwich Animal Hospital will be holding a Rabies Clinic at the Center Sandwich Fire Station from 10 AM - 12 noon on Saturday, April 8. A Rabies shot, certificate and tag for a dog or cat will be $14.00. Dogs must be leashed and cats must be in carriers. No appointments are needed; vaccinations are given on a first-come, first served basis. Clients do NOT need to be from Sandwich to attend this Clinic. The Sandwich Town Clerks' office will also be present to license Sandwich residents' dogs. For more information, please call 284-6206 or email email@example.com.
Martha Carlson wants to know if she can see climate change in her backyard. Her study begins in her own forest on the south face of the White Mountains of New Hampshire. Sugar producers, skeptical of science and sure that climate change can’t be real, join her search and share their keen observations of the change they see in maple trees, sap and syrup.
Carlson’s journey takes us to classrooms and laboratories at the University of New Hampshire where scientists teach her the facts of climate change and the scientific method for asking her question.
Carlson peeks inside sugar maple cells, learns how trees turn sunlight into sugar, and watches as her trees respond to drought, changing seasons, forest fire smoke, heat waves and cold so deep one tree explodes. She coaxes scientists to focus their tools on the sugar maple, to help her examine the trees with satellite imagery, scanning electron microscopes, and high performance liquid chromatography.
Carlson asks intriguing questions. What makes the sap run up a tree? How come the maples don’t blow up when they break water molecules apart to make sugar? And what is putting black goo on the syrup filters in sugar houses all across maple country? Carlson doesn’t offer any easy answers. Her writing and photographs are extraordinary.
10 graphs and images, 30 photos
$9.95 on Amazon.com
Dr. Carlson is a member of the New Hampshire Maple Producers Association. In 2017, 24 sugar producers are collecting sap for her ongoing study of stress in sugar maples. Carlson lives in Sandwich, NH, with her husband Rudy, Teddy the black Labrador sap retriever, and Phineas the cat, all of whom join this story of science and sugar.
Contact Carlson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Post and photos by Alyssa Floyd
Filled with thousands of stories across different genres and a cheerful staff ready to help in any way, the Samuel H. Wentworth library is just one of many attractions you will find in the rural and peaceful town of Sandwich, NH. With a wide selection of books, movies, magazines, music and other items, the library attracts both locals and vacationers with its abundant resources, charming atmosphere and beautiful architecture. Take a step inside and you’re guaranteed to leave with a novel or two.
The Samuel H. Wentworth Library offers countless options for people of all ages. From nonfiction to young adult fantasy, the selection of stories is endless. Dedicated to pleasing townspeople and visitors, the library has an extensive array of children’s books as well. “[My favorite part about working at the library is] being able to influence the town’s children, as far as opening them up to different worlds and areas of interest,” says Katie Wonders, the youth librarian.
After recent renovations to its interior, the library offers a warm and cozy place to curl up next to the stone fireplace with a good book, or even get some work done with its free wireless internet and computers. Over time, the library has remained a comforting place for visitors from near and far. “I’d say we’re one of the mainstays in Sandwich,” Wonders says, “people come here to communicate with each other. Before we had the coffee shop, [the Sandwich Wentworth Library] was pretty much the centralized chatting, meeting, and talking to your neighbors point. It’s very welcoming and warm."
Monday: 12 noon - 6 pm
Tuesday: 12 noon - 6 pm
Wednesday: 12 noon - 6 pm
Thursday: 12 noon - 6 pm
Friday: 10 am - 6 pm
Saturday: 10 am - 1pm
The Samuel H. Wentworth Library
35 Main Street
Center Sandwich, NH 03227
Online Library Catalog: http://shwlibrary.booksys.net/opac/shwlib/
Sandwich Town Meeting took place on Thursday, March 16th this year, a day late, due to the Great Blizzard of '17 that left so much of the town without electricity.
Some excerpts from https://www.nhmunicipal.org/TownAndCity/Article/49
Town Meeting in History
Town meeting—the act of a group of individuals gathering together to make decisions—can be traced to the 1630s. Town meeting finds its roots in the earliest New England settlements, when towns people assembled to discuss and decide upon all matters that impacted the community. Records show that town meeting was a serious matter: attendance was mandatory—not only was it expected and required, failure to attend was punishable by a fine.
In New Hampshire, town meeting dates to the earliest settlements of Dover and Portsmouth in 1623. Records of the time are scarce, but there is little doubt that the business of the town was discussed collectively by settlers and likely in the town meeting style of gathering. The first formal town government in New Hampshire did not appear until 1639, in Exeter, followed by Dover and Portsmouth in 1641.
As settlements grew larger and evolved into more formal government structures, residents opted for fewer meetings. Evidence exists to show that in the early days, towns people gathered at regularly scheduled weekly meetings, gradually moving toward a monthly or as needed schedule. Zimmerman cites that Cambridge, Massachusetts records show that on December 24, 1632, participants established the monthly meeting as the standard. The concept of annual meeting evolved not long afterwards, and in 1663, Watertown, Massachusetts was the first to move to an annual meeting.
As town meeting evolved and colonists became more empowered by their government, it was increasingly seen as a threat to Britain. Town meeting fueled the spark that ultimately led to the American Revolution, and was lauded and studied for more than a century to follow. Elevated by the great writers and scholars of the day, town meeting represented the best of American government. Henry David Thoreau called it “the true Congress … the most respectable one ever assembled in the United States."
How fortunate we are in this small New Hampshire town, to be able to participate in our town's governance through traditions that extend back to the very beginning of the American experiment in democracy and self-rule.
Jane Horn writes: Using nature as a classroom is central to the mission of Sandwich Children’s Center, and SCC friends love being outdoors. They regularly bundle up in the winter to play in the snow, and exploring the natural world continues year round. As for school buses to get places, who needs them?
Sandwich Central School kindergarteners (“morning friends”) take a noon “walking school bus” – an SCC teacher meets them at the school and walks with them back to the Children’s Center for the afternoon. Preschoolers walk to the library on Friday mornings for story time, and even the infants and toddlers join in the fun on May Day when the children deliver potted flowers to neighbors’ houses. So when it was time for the preschoolers to go on a field trip to the post office, I knew to wear my snow boots!
As Valentine’s Day approached, the preschoolers wrote love letters to family members. Actually, they dictated their letters to scribes, then signed their names and drew pictures. What’s the #1 activity that the children love doing with their parents and relatives? Playing, of course! (“I love to play with you night and day.”) They also love to color with markers, make snow angels, and bake cookies. Who doesn’t?
On Tuesday, four very patient SCC teachers (Sarah, Christina, Chanda, and Tawnya) helped the children into their snowsuits, boots, hats and mittens, and led them up the road to the post office. The children took turns sliding their letters into the mail slot and then peering through the opening to try seeing where the disappearing envelopes went. (“I can’t see anything!”) The mystery was cleared up when Postmaster Deb Lindsey invited the children through the door into the workroom where mail is received, sorted, and sent out.
They were introduced to the giant orange rolling bins (called “pumpkins”) used to transport letters and parcels to and from the loading dock. (One friend declared, “That’s a bed. I could sleep in it!”) And they were fascinated by the lift used to move the pumpkins in and out of delivery trucks.
Postmaster Deb welcomed questions (“Do you know where my cousins live?”), and the children were encouraged to write to Santa, as the letters are actually sent out. This suggestion caused quite a stir, as you can imagine, and one child helpfully volunteered that she knows how to get to the North Pole: “You take a train and there are coyotes.” Sounds dangerous!
The preschoolers seemed less than enthusiastic about the walk back to the Children’s Center until one teacher assured them, “We’ll have time to play in the snow when we get back.” With a resounding chorus of “Yay!” off they went. No bus needed.
The Sandwich Home Industries Board is pleased to announce that they have hired a new Gallery Manager. Julie Deak had requested to retire in 2017 after a decade of work growing and nurturing our historic gallery.
The new Gallery Manager is Martha Nichols - a long time resident of Sandwich who raised her family here, has taught in local schools and is well known throughout. She and Julie will act as “partner managers” for April and May until our major opening event on May 27th. Save the date and join us to celebrate both Julie and Martha!
Martha says, "I am very pleased and excited for this new opportunity to learn about and reach out to our arts community while continuing the wonderful traditions of SHI!"
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