NH Club News: Somersworth association's holiday craft fair Saturday

November 29. 2017 11:29PM
DD Warren, far right, of the Mountain Garden Club sits next to Susan Miner, first vice president of the New Hampshire Federation of Garden Clubs, during an NHFGC Executive Board meeting last month in Conway. They were listening as John Bruno, also of the Mountain Garden Club and Warren's husband, as he showed a video of their club in review from 2016. (COURTESY)

At the Woman’s Service Club of Windham’s meeting Nov. 1, Bryant and Carolyn Tolles discussed the history and architecture of the state’s grand resort hotels and hospitality tourism in the White Mountains from the pre-Civil War era to now. The talk was a New Hampshire Humanities’ program. For more on the club, go to www.womanserviceclubofwindham.org. (COURTESY)

SOMERSWORTH — The Somersworth Festival Association is sponsoring its 25th holiday craft fair Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Somersworth High School, 11 Memorial Drive.

The fair will feature more than 150 New England crafters. Breakfast and lunch will be available from association volunteers.

The association, formerly known as the Somersworth International Children’s Festival, was formed in 1981 by residents and community leaders to promote civic pride and to stimulate residents’ involvement in the city’s revitalization. For more information, call 692-5869 or go to nhfestivals.org.

NH garden federation board meets in Conway

The New Hampshire Federation of Garden Clubs’ Executive Board met off-site last month at Granite State College in Conway’s Technology Village. It was part of NHFGC President Joyce Kimball’s plan to bring these meetings to locations around New Hampshire and include more clubs in the process. This meeting was the first in a series.

The Mountain Garden Club hosted the meeting, which was attended by presidents and members of NHFGC District I garden clubs, including Ashland, Littleton and New Hampton.

The agenda included discussions of the problem of invasive Japanese knotweed, future state meetings and the 2018 Farm and Forest Expo. Kimball spoke about changes to National Garden Clubs’ awards; Pat Mulone, Life Members chairman, addressed the next Life Members luncheon; and Sue Miner, first vice president and membership chairman, gave an overview of the NGC website.

The Executive Board usually meets every other month in Bow. For more information, visit www.nhfgc.org .

Concord parade organizers announce winning entries

CONCORD — Concord Grange member Dick Patten, chairman of the Concord Christmas parade, has named the winning floats and decorated vehicles and fire department awards.

Float (noncommercial): Concord Christian Academy, first; Concord Boys & Girls Club, second; Church of Jesus Christ, Latter-day Saints, third.

Float (commercial): NV Dance, first; Caves, second; One Main Financial, third.

Decorated vehicle (noncommercial): Restoration Foursquare Church, first; Granite State Baptist Church, second; Grace Capital Church, third.

Decorated vehicle (commercial): Concord Dance Academy, first; Heritage Harley-Davidson, second; Vibes of Style, third.

Best of show float (noncommercial): Concord Christian Academy.

Best of show float (commercial): F.W. Webb of Concord.

Fire department awards: Canterbury Fire Department, newest; Pembroke Fire Department, oldest in service; Webster Fire Department; farthest travel; Loudon Fire Department, decorated fire truck.

Patten is retiring next year after 46 years as parade chairman and will serve as honorary chairman. James Cusano will step in as chairman. The Concord Grange has been organizing the parade for more than 40 years.

For more on the Grange, call Patten at 496-2917 or go to concordgrange.org.

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