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 email@example.com 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).
What kind of apples grow on that gnarly old tree in your back yard or woodlot? The Sandwich Apple Project will try to identify those apples at Discovery, October 1, 1 to 5 PM at Range View Farm, Sandwich, NH. Ben Watson, author of Cider, Hard & Sweet, will demonstrate how experts identify apples by shape, color, taste, texture and even fragrance. Watson will bring several heirloom apples for tasting.
The Project began last spring when members of the Sandwich Agricultural Committee met at Range View to graft a few twigs from an old tree at Lower Corners, the first settlement in Sandwich, and another from North Sandwich. Today, John Pries and Martha Carlson have launched the Sandwich Apple Project with the goal of finding lost heirloom apples. Next spring, twigs from Discovery trees can be grafted onto new rootstock so the apples can be brought back into production.
The first settlers who arrived in Sandwich in 1776 planted orchards as soon as they cleared the forest. Sandwich once produced enough apples to fill a dozen railroad cars that left Ossipee Junction each fall for Boston markets.
The Sandwich Apple Project invites anyone to bring a dozen or more apples from a mystery tree. The apples will be classified and photographed. Then each apple finder (or Discoverer) will hand around samples for tasting and tell any lore he or she knows about the apple.
Discovery is open to the public and is free. Anyone who wishes to bring apples should harvest the apple tree as soon as the apples ripen. Keep the apples in a cool place, away from bears, until October 1. Participants are invited to help Rudy Carlson make cider. Bring a peck or a bushel of apples and jugs for that. Participants are also invited to bring apple desserts for general tasting. For more information and to let us know you are coming, contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Range View Farm is at 342 Vittum Hill Road, Sandwich. Apples and apple Discoverers from other towns are welcomed.
Diane Johnson writes: The galleries of Sandwich will once again be open after hours from 5 to 7 PM for the final gallery walk of the summer season. Join Patricia Ladd Carega Gallery, Sandwich Home Industries, Surroundings Gallery, The Village Green Café & Market, Advice to the Players and the Corner House Inn for an evening of culture and cuisine. Stroll around Sandwich on a summer evening taking in the rich arts and crafts that our businesses exhibit. We will have refreshment for you at each stop. A dining discount will be offered by the Corner House Inn for those who visit each gallery.
Patricia Ladd Carega Gallery will be featuring an exhibit of paintings by artist Anna Jeretic entitled the Language of Branches. A printmaker and a painter, Jeretic’s work is delicate and exact while not without whimsy. This exhibit is about her fascination with the shapes of branches and the script that those branches create. In her paintings and etchings she endeavors to bring out their various expressions.
Also on view are Everywhere Bags by Katy Clark with paintings by CC White, sculpture by Cecily Clark and sketches by Philip B. Parsons. We look forward to seeing you Friday evening, August 19th.
Surroundings Art Gallery will be at 12 Main Street through August 31st. Works from many of your favorite artists adorn the walls. New to Surroundings this year is Craig Pursley whose paintings of northern New Hampshire capture the natural beauty of the area. We also have Folk Art, Wood Carvings, and Stained Glass panels available. It has been great to be back in Sandwich for the summer.
Be sure to visit the Village Green Café & Market, Sandwich’s newest business. Owners Nick and Elaine Vazzana have created a wonderful atmosphere where clients can sip espresso, cappuccino or cafe latte in the company of their friends or laptops. The coffee machine itself is a work of art. On the walls, Nick Vazzana’s paintings give the place the feel of an art gallery.
Sandwich Home Industries is busy as ever this summer with a new collection of traditional and contemporary crafts from over 150 juried artists. Pottery, glass lamps and shades, furniture and jewelry are all on view. Fiber items such as handwoven scarves, table linens and sweaters are also part of their large collection. A mainstay of Sandwich shopping, it is always fun to see what is new at SHI.
Finally after an evening of art and craft step into the Corner House Inn for a cool drink and delicious dinner prepared by the Corner House staff. The atmosphere is warm and welcoming in the pub, in the dining room or on the terrace. Friday evenings live music in the pub is an added attraction to all that the CHI has to offer.
The galleries of Sandwich and The Corner House Inn look forward to welcoming you on Friday, August 19th!
This August, Advice To The Players (ATTP), Sandwich’s Shakespeare Company, is bringing William Shakespeare’s The Tempest to their summer home at the Sandwich Fairgrounds Stage for the first time. Returning to join the cast are ATTP’s Founding Artistic Director Caroline Nesbitt, and founding company member Robert Bates.
“The opportunity to return to my old company as an actor and work with this new generation of creative thinkers and their exciting ideas for the future is a treat,” said Nesbitt, who plays Gonzalo. “Of course I would love to say I taught them everything they know, but I'd be lying. In fact, I've learned far more from their example!”
Andrew Codispoti and Jessie Chapman are the company’s current Artistic Director and Managing Director, respectively. Together they are helming this, the company’s 15th Summer Season in Sandwich. So far the season has included a production of The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) [revised], which played at The Winnipesaukee Playhouse and at the Sandwich Town Hall Theatre in July, as well as the company’s popular Wednesday night Summer Concert Series, which will continue through August, and several play readings.
The Tempest will serve as the season’s capstone. “When it came to planning this Summer’s season there was really only one choice,” said Codispoti, the show’s director. “This is the 400th year since Shakespeare’s death in 1616, and we’re celebrating his legacy all year long. It seems appropriate to produce The Tempest, possibly the last play he wrote.”
Robert Bates will be playing Prospero, the banished Duke and magician who speaks the words many have interpreted as Shakespeare’s farewell to his career in the theatre. But when ATTP produced The Tempest the first time round, at The Barnstormers Theatre in 2005, Nesbitt played Prospero, and Bates played a very different character.
“Now that I am playing Prospero instead of Stephano, the drunken butler, I will have to learn many more lines, be not funny, and I suppose stay sober,” said Bates, tongue firmly in cheek.
Indeed, Bates has been with the company since the very beginning in 1999. “This has been a joyous, educational and challenging ride through Shakespeare's literary world since playing Iago (my favorite role by the way) in our first production, Othello. My greatest pleasure during these many years since has been to play with, observe and get to know so many smart, energetic, hard working and talented young people, and to have the privilege of watching them grow both on stage and in life on their journey to adulthood.”
“It is an honor,” said Codispoti, “to be working again with Caroline and Bob, who’ve been mentors to me ever since I joined this company fresh out of college.”
You can see Bates and Nesbitt in ATTP’s The Tempest at the Sandwich Fairgrounds Stage, August 4th – 7th, 10th, & 11th, at 5:30 PM, and at the Sandwich Town Hall Theatre, August 12th – 14th, Friday & Saturday at 7:30 PM, Sunday at 2:00 PM. Information and tickets: www.advicetotheplayers.org, or call 284-7115.
Geoffrey A. Burrows, a well-known community servant, assumed the position of an Alfred Quimby Trustee on July 1. This appointment to the Trust comes with the recommendation of the current Trustees and the Ninth Circuit Probate Court. Mr. Burrows, a life-long citizen of Sandwich is no stranger to community service. He has accumulated the equivalent of well over 100 years of volunteer time serving many community organizations, including Sandwich Historic District, Sandwich Historical Society, Rural Cemetery Association, Sandwich 250th Committee, Sandwich Concord Coach Council, and Sandwich Cemetery Trustee. Following his early vocation in the building trades, he served more than three decades as a rural carrier in Sandwich for the U.S. Postal Service. After graduating from Inter-Lakes High School in 1968, Mr. Burrows continued his education at Keene State College and later took post-graduate courses at Plymouth State.
Mr. Burrows a respected lifelong learner, historian and a member of the earliest families of Sandwich was born into a family where service was common. He brings remarkable knowledge of the community and the Quimby legacy. His parents were affiliated with the Quimby School. His father was a graduate and served on the school board for 15 years. His mother was a Home Economics teacher at Quimby School. His brother Jere served as the town Recreation Director for 30 years.
As the 19th Trustee of the Alfred Quimby Fund Mr. Burrows replaces Susan Wiley who served as a Trustee for 25 years. He assumes the responsibility of overseeing the Trust with Trustees Peter Pohl and R. Kirke Read. Alfred Quimby, a part-time Sandwich resident created the Trust and left in his will probated on February 15,1918, the sum of $244,000 to the Town of Sandwich. Over the past century the volunteer Trustees of the fund have followed the direction of Quimby, funding innumerable programs and projects “for the good of the Town, its institutions and inhabitants.” Those interested in learning more about Alfred Quimby will want to attend a special presentation on Friday, August 12 at 7:00 PM at the Benz Center. The life of Alfred Quimby, while in residence in Manchester, will be discussed by Ed Brouder, from the Manchester Historical Society.
The Sandwich Historical Society officially opens all its buildings for the summer season on Saturday, June 25 at 10 AM. The Marston House and Lower Corner School House will be open 10 AM - 4 PM, while the Grange Hall and Quimby Barn Transportation Museum will be open until 2 PM.
The 2016 Exhibit in the Wentworth Room at the Elisha Marston House Museum is titled, “Old Highways: North Sandwich to the Notch.” It features then-and-now videos, photos, and stories from those two sections of town. Come see a model of Durgin Covered Bridge, a Civil War drum, discover the Quimby family of North Sandwich, Sandwich’s Poor Farm, the girls camp on Diamond Ledge, and the Beebe River Railroad.
They will have another busy season of events to offer to the public including walks, hikes, and a return of the popular House History Workshop. For a complete calendar and updates, visit www.sandwichhistorical.org or call 284-6269.
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