NH Club News: Somersworth group readies for annual Pumpkin Festival

October 10. 2018 9:31PM
The Buntin-Rumford-Webster Chapter of Daughters of the American Revolution in Concord created displays at local libraries for Constitution Week, which was celebrated Sept. 17 to 23. Among the members working on the project were Janet Anderson, above, at Pembroke Public Library, and Irene Muir, at right, at Bow Public Library. (COURTESY)

SOMERSWORTH — Somersworth Festival Association is sponsoring the city’s 16th annual Pumpkin Festival, which is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, rain or shine, in front of Somersworth Plaza on Main Street.

Activities will include carving, smashing, bowling, painting and catapulting pumpkins along with pumpkin putt-putt golf, pumpkin basketball-shooting and Halloween pumpkin storytime.

“We really seek to have parents and their kids do things together, rather than the adults standing in the background watching their kids have all the fun,” the association wrote in a news release. “In this light, families can carve a pumpkin together, make a scarecrow together, take a hay ride together, get a meal from our food court and eat together, enjoy the live music, get a family photo taken to remember the day.”

The group emphasized that activities are for kids of all ages.

Festival bracelets are $12 per child; adult admission is free. Kids in costume will get $1 off. The bracelets opens access to all activities except the food court.

The group’s mission is to foster civic pride in the community’s cultural and historic heritage, to promote community identity and to encourage residents to get involved in community activities. For more about the festival, email co-director Anna Houde at annahoude@yahoo.com.

Ancient Order of Hibernians plans annual Mass, breakfast

MANCHESTER — The Ancient Order of Hibernians’ annual Communion Mass and breakfast will take place Sunday at St. Raphael Church, 43 Walker St.

The event, co-sponsored by the Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians, will feature columnist, author and historian John Clayton as guest speaker.

The Mass will begin at 9:30 a.m., followed at 10:30 a.m. by the buffet breakfast in the downstairs parish hall.

The Manchester AOH/LAOH urges members to attend, participate in the opening ceremony and wear their appropriate organizational attire. Walter “Skip” Hebert, a bagpiper, will lead the entrance procession. Participants should arrive at 9:15 a.m.

Anyone interested is welcome to attend, especially those who are Irish, part Irish or wish they were Irish. The nonprofit AOH is a Catholic, Irish-American fraternal organization. The local AOH and LAOH sponsor a number of fundraisers to support charitable programs in the Manchester area.

Guided mushroom walk to highlight proposed forest

Moose Mountains Regional Greenways is hosting a guided mushrooming walk from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday on private property in New Durham.

The public is invited to join in “Mushrooms at Merrymeeting: A Fungi Foray,” the second in a series of outreach activities designed to inform the community about the proposed Birch Ridge Community Forest.

Mushroom expert Jason Karakehian will lead the walk. He will suggest what to look for and teach proper fungi collection techniques. As people gather mushrooms, beginners may follow him to ask questions and get help.

MMRG is hosting the event on behalf of the Partnership for Birch Ridge Community Forest, which includes MMRG, Southeast Land Trust and Merrymeeting Lake Association. The partners are raising money to purchase and conserve the more than 2,000-acre forest.

Preregistration is required. To sign up and learn what to bring, contact MMRG education coordinator Kari Lygren at 978-7125 or info@mmrg.info. There is no charge for the walk, but a $5 donation per household is suggested. The severe weather date is Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m.

More details about the forest and the partnership are available at www.seltnh.org/birchridge.

Amherst Garden Club accepting names for annual Memory Tree

AMHERST— The Amherst Garden Club is continuing its tradition of a Memory Tree on the Village Common, which will be illuminated during the holiday season with white lights to enable people to honor those they have loved and lost.

This year, a new tree donated by the Amherst Garden Center has been planted. The Baby Blue Eyes Spruce, still in its infancy, is a gift to the town from the garden club, and the town has agreed the tree will be a permanent Memory Tree.

Anyone may have a loved one commemorated on the tree for a donation of $10 to honor an individual or $25 to remember a family. The tree will be lit during the Amherst Tree Lighting Festival on Dec. 7. Names of those being remembered will be posted on a large sign beside the tree.

The money donated is used to fund community causes that align with the club’s mission, which to provide education, resources and networking opportunities to promote the love of gardening, civic landscaping and environmental responsibility.

For more information, call Barb Dalrymple at 345-7101, Deb Curran at 673-6339 or Andrea Maniglia at 801-7532.

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