NH Club Notes: Hollis Strawberry Festival planned for Sunday

June 20. 2018 10:21PM
Penny and Natalie Bryant of Nashua try the strawberry shortcake and ice cream at last year's Hollis Strawberry Festival. This year's festival is set for 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday on the Hollis Town Common. (Deb Gracy)

HOLLIS — The annual Hollis Strawberry Festival sponsored by the Hollis Woman’s Club and the Hollis Town Band Association is set for 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday on the Hollis Town Common.

The festival will feature local strawberries, hand-whipped cream, homemade biscuits and ice cream, along with entertainment by the Hollis Town Band.

The family event also will offer games, face painting and craft vendors.

The festival, which has kicked off the summer season for more than 70 years, is an all-volunteer event with more than 150 residents contributing their efforts to continue the tradition. The strawberries are grown in Hollis at Lull and Brookdale farms, which the club says represents the town’s farming history.

Proceeds from the festival support both academic and music scholarships.

The rain location is Hollis/Brookline Middle School, 25 Main St.
Master gardener Gary Sheehan, second from left, is presented with a $400 check by, from left, Crystal Chen, Judy Smith and Sarah Warren of the Amherst Garden Club’s Charitable Fund. The grant is for the N.H. Master Gardener Free Seed Program. The group is standing in front of Joshua’s Park gardens, which is a project supported by a prior garden club grant. (COURTESY)

Amherst club’s grant to help Free Seed Program

AMHERST — The Amherst Garden Club has awarded a $400 grant for to the N.H. Master Gardener Free Seed Program. 

The program started last fall with master gardeners collecting expired seeds from garden centers, big box stores and individuals with the goal of promoting gardening and habitat enhancement, including with butterfly-loving flower seeds. 

The master gardeners then volunteered to package 16 free seed packets and mail them to nonprofit organizations. Starting in January, Master gardener Gary Sheehan oversaw the mailing of more than 230 packets to schools, youth groups and nonprofit organizations. Postage expenses were covered by donations.

In the spring, Strawbery Banke in Portsmouth donated heritage and heirloom seeds. 

Postage expenses of $860 are expected for the 2018-2019 year. The Amherst Garden Club along with the Portsmouth Garden Club have donated funds for the 2018-19 Free Seed Program. 

To learn more about the program, go to extension.unh.edu/blog/2018-free-seed-program. 

Shannon Croteau, left, regent of the Molly Stark Chapter DAR, presented Sara Kellogg Meade with the DAR Outstanding Women in American History award at the chapter's recent annual spring meeting. (COURTESY)

Molly Stark DAR presents women in history award

MANCHESTER — The Molly Stark Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution presented the Outstanding Women in American History award to Sara Kellogg Meade during its annual spring meeting at the Derryfield Country Club. 

The DAR honors women who have made a contribution or a difference in their communities, specifically those who are intellectual, educational, social, religious, political, scientific or cultural innovators.

Meade’s career spanned 40 years of nursing in women’s and children’s services. She served in nursing administrative roles at Elliot Hospital in Manchester, Monadnock Community Hospital in Peterborough and Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon. She is active with the Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses, and the New Hampshire Nurses Association. During her retirement, she has been doing women’s health advocacy work. 

Meade also was the keynote speaker at the DAR dinner, where she presented an overview on the changes in maternity and newborn care practices as well as how women’s lives have changed during that same time period, 1976 to 2016. 

For information about DAR membership, contact chapter registrar Julie Morrow at julielynnford@yaho.com or (517) 927-4686.

Manchester Rotary grants to fund summer activities

MANCHESTER — The Manchester Rotary Club has awarded 11 local agencies with $1,000 grants to provide summer camp experiences for deserving youth. 

At the club’s June 11 meeting, Rotarians Walter Milne and Donna Erhler presented checks to representatives of Camp Allen, the Boys & Girls Club, the YMCA, Camp Mayhew, Camp Spaulding, Easterseals, Special Olympics, SNH Health and the Palace Theatre. Checks also went to the Manchester Music School and the Girl Scouts

These awards bear the name “camperships” as they originally were given to sponsoring agencies to subsidize young people whose families couldn’t afford the cost of attending camp. Even as the definition of camp has expanded to embrace other summer learning experiences, the title camperships remained; the annual awards have helped hundreds of Manchester youngsters participate in character-building summer activities, the club says.

The Manchester Rotary Club believes in community service, and the funds for these awards come primarily from its annual “Cruising Downtown” classic car show, a Labor Day weekend fixture in Manchester. This year “Cruising Downtown” will be on Saturday, Sept. 1.

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