NH Club Notes: Somersworth group plans craft fair on Saturday

October 19. 2017 12:51AM
Hooksett Garden Club members at the club’s booth at Hooksett Old Home Day are, from left, Nancy Berardi, Carolyn Taylor, Nancy Barrett, Doris Sorel, Nan Veilleux, Shirley Girard and Rachel Sweeney. (COURTESY)

SOMERSWORTH — The Somersworth Festival Association will sponsor the 24th Harvest Craft Fair from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Somersworth High School, 11 Memorial Drive.

More than 150 crafters are participating, and space is available for more vendors. Festival association volunteers will sell both breakfast and lunch. For more information, call 692-5869 or go to nhfestivals.org.

Concord tree-lighting planners seek donations

CONCORD — Planning is underway for the 31st annual Concord Christmas tree-lighting celebration, scheduled for 3:30 to 6 p.m. Friday, Nov. 24, at the State House Plaza.

Concord Grange 322 is the celebration’s main organizer, overseeing the tree and lights, and along with the Concord Council Knights of Columbus, the Nativity scene. WJYY 105.5 will sponsor the Skip Houle memorial fireworks display, which will begin after the spruce tree is lit at 6 p.m.

The Concord Fire Department will bring Santa Claus by ladder truck to the plaza at 5 p.m. where he’ll meet children and accept their Christmas letters.

People are encouraged to bring canned goods for local food pantries and toy donations for Toys for Toys and the Concord welfare office to an ambulance that will be parked on the plaza from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. to accept donations.

Grange member Dick Patten, who has coordinated the holiday scene on the plaza for 45 years, says the tree-lighting activities depend on donations from businesses, organizations and major corporations. He said $8,000 is needed to pay for horse-drawn wagon rides, pony rides, music by a band, a petting zoo and a new magic show, if enough donations are received.

Justin Spencer of the band Recycled Percussion has donated 20 sets of 100 lights to replace lights that had been damaged by vandals last year.

A small Hanukkah menorah also will be on display for those who observe the Jewish Festival of Lights, which this year is from Dec. 12 to 20.

To donate to the nonprofit event, go to donate.concordgrange.org or send a check to Concord Christmas Tree Lighting Celebration, c/o Dick Patten, 30 Pinewood Trail, Concord, NH 03301. For more information, call Patten at 496-2917.

LaValley Farms to present Hooksett club’s program

HOOKSETT — The Hooksett Garden Club’s meeting Wednesday will feature a program at 6 p.m. by LaValley Farms of Hooksett after a 4 p.m. business meeting.

The program, which is free and open to the public, is co-sponsored by the Hooksett Public Library. The club’s meetings are held at the library, 31 Mount St. Mary’s Way.

Last month, the club participated in Hooksett Old Home Day. The club has a booth at this town event each year, with posters and brochures showcasing what the club does and members on hand to answer questions. Two raffle prizes, a wooden tea box and a large mum, were won by Rob Veilleux and John Zigra.

Also in September, the club celebrated its 20th anniversary with a luncheon and held a meeting that featured a program on “Putting the Garden to Bed” by member Ron Trexler, a Master Gardener and speaker with the UNH Cooperative Extension Master Gardener Program.

For more information about the club, a member of N.H. Federation of Garden Clubs and National Garden Clubs, go to www.hooksettnhgardenclub.org or email hooksettnhgardenclub@gmail.com.

Windham club focuses on a hit parade of music

WINDHAM — At the Woman’s Service Club of Windham’s meeting Oct. 4, Cal Knickerbocker presented videos and spoke about “Your Hit Parade — 25 years of Presenting America’s Top Popular Songs.”

The club said the New Hampshire Humanities’ program was a trip down memory lane, recalling singers and their music from 1935 to 1950.

For more about the club, go to www.womanserviceclubofwindham.org.

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