Club Notes: Bedford Garden Club; Stratham Historical Society; Sandown Garden Club

March 08. 2018 8:07PM
Kevin Martin, author of “Big Trees of New Hampshire” and a wooden boat builder, will speak to the Bedford Garden Club on Monday, March 19. He's standing on a tree at Morningside Flight Park in Charlestown, near the Connecticut River. (courtesy photos)

BEDFORD — “Big Trees of New Hampshire” will be the subject of the program at Bedford Garden Club’s meeting Monday evening, March 19, in Bedford Public Library’s McAllaster Meeting Room, 3 Meetinghouse Road.

Kevin Martin, author of “Big Trees of New Hampshire” and a wooden boat builder, will provide a virtual tour through New Hampshire’s woods and into cities to find the biggest trees in the state.

A horse chestnut in Portsmouth (planted by a signer of the Declaration of Independence in 1776) and the state’s largest northern white cedars in Clarksville will be highlighted along with New Hampshire’s seven national champion big trees. Martin also will discuss tree history, management and stewardship.

Martin’s book, which contains 28 short hikes to 85 giant trees, will be for sale.

Guests are welcome. To attend, RSVP to The evening will begin with a social at 6 p.m., then a business meeting at 6:30 and Martin’s program at 7 p.m.

For more about the club, its programs and public service, visit

African-Americans in NH in 1700s focus of program

STRATHAM — The Stratham Historical Society and Stratham’s Wiggin Memorial Library will jointly sponsor a program at 7 p.m. Monday by the Rev. Deborah Knowlton, a pastor in Hampton and author of “Color Me Included.”

Knowlton will discuss her research on Seacoast African-Americans in the 1700s, including 10 enslaved and free blacks living in Stratham.

Her book is a result of three years of research, during which she transcribed clergy records from the archives of the First Congregational Church of Hampton. In these handwritten, primary source documents from 12 ministers, she discovered details of the lives of African-Americans spanning more than 156 years.

She read the documents during the church’s 375th anniversary year, she said, and was inspired by what they revealed. The book tells the stories of 32 African-Americans who were part of the church, as well as about 70 others who attended churches in surrounding communities including North Hampton, Hampton Falls and Exeter. Most of the stories in the book occur between 1730 and 1776.

The program will in the Stratham Fire Department’s Morgera Community Room, 4 Winnicutt Road. The historical society will have a business meeting at 6:30 p.m. The presentation at 7 p.m. is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served. The snow date is Monday, March 19.

For more about the program, call Tricia or Pam at 772-4346 or go to

Public invited to club’s gardening open house

SANDOWN — The Sandown Garden Club is inviting the public to its annual Spring Gardening Open House at 6:30 p.m. Monday, March 19, at the Sandown Recreation Center on Pheasant Run Drive.

The club will celebrate its 10th anniversary at this free event, where guests can enjoy refreshments, meet members, learn about the club’s programs and activities, and view a variety of mini-demonstration tables. Exhibit topics will include seed starting, how to build nesting boxes, the story of monarch butterflies and using native plants to benefit pollinators.

Anyone who brings seeds may participate in a seed swap. Decorated nesting boxes also will be for sale.

Free literature on topics such as soil testing, mulching, herb and vegetable growing, invasive species and native plants will be available. Four Master Gardeners also will be there to answer gardening questions.

The club says it is a great resource for both experienced and novice gardeners as well as a way to meet new people and get involved in the community.

The nonprofit club meets on the first Monday of the month from March to November. New members are always welcome and being a Sandown resident is not required. For more information on membership and upcoming events, go to

Salvation Army auxiliary selling chocolate bunnies

MANCHESTER — The Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary is selling chocolate Easter bunnies for its “Take a Bite Out of Hunger Campaign.”

All proceeds will benefit the Salvation Army Kids Cafe, which offers children and teens meals and recreational activities four evenings a week.

The cost is $8 for an 8-ounce solid milk, dark or white chocolate bunny, which are made by Granite State Candy Shoppe.

The deadline to order bunnies is Monday, March 26. To place an order, call Sylvia Crete at 624-0265.

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