Talk of the towns

Published: 09-30-2023 11:00 AM


■The Walker Lecture Series invites you to The Southern Rail Bluegrass Band on Wednesday, Oct. 25 at 7:30 p.m. The band brings high energy acoustic fun with stunning harmonies, good humor, and sparkling banjo, guitar and mandolin. The show is free at the City Auditorium, 2 Prince St. For the season schedule, visit

■On Thursday Oct. 12 at 6:30 p.m. at Gibson’s Bookstore, 45 South Main St., New Hampshire author Thomas Fisher presents Gifts from Prometheus, a true journey into his family’s past. A moving and compelling personal story of discovery concerning his family’s roots and his recounting of his grandfather’s life as a Black man “passing” in mid-century Boston.

■ On Sunday, Oct. 15 at 2 p.m. at Gibson’s Bookstore, grab your garlic and sharpen your stakes (and quill pens!). Matt Kirkland from Dracula Daily is visiting! In 2020, Kirkland started an email newsletter that sent pieces of the classic horror novel Dracula to readers, with prose landing in inboxes on the date the action happened in the book. The wildly popular email newsletter that has been described as an “internet sensation” and “the coolest book club on the internet” is breathing new life into Bram Stoker’s classic vampire novel. Now, the internet phenomenon can be experienced in this deluxe hardcover book that includes hilarious commentary and artwork from Dracula Daily readers. Can’t make this event? Order a copy of Dracula Daily through our website and leave your signing/personalization request in the order notes!

■ Drive your Chevy to the Chubb Theatre at CCA, 44 S. Main St. and hear Don McLean of American Pie fame and hear all his great songs on Saturday, October 14 at 7 p.m.

■ It’s Game Time Trivia at Cheers Bar & Grille, 17 Depot St. every Friday at 7 p.m. Also, themed trivia at 7 p.m. on Thursday Nights!

■ Every fall on the first Wednesday of October, the Crisis Center of Central New Hampshire hosts Walk a Mile in Their Shoes (WAM). WAM is a light-hearted event to raise awareness about the very serious issues of domestic, sexual and gender violence. We walk to show solidarity, support survivors, and to raise awareness of domestic and sexual violence in Merrimack County. Friendly, furry friends are welcome! Go to the State House Arches on Main St. for Registration at 4 p.m., do the walk and enjoy the afterparty at 6:30 p.m.

■ This Super Stellar Friday is themed Everything You Need To Know About Eclipses launches on Friday at 6:30 p.m. at the McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center, 2 Institute Drive.

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■ Come enjoy some family fall fun at The Children’s Place! This event will be fall-themed and include local fall food and treats, games, arts & crafts, and raffles & prizes. All proceeds will go towards supporting The Children’s Place (TCP). TCP is a childcare and family resource center that promotes early childhood development through a comprehensive program of education and support for children and families. If you prefer to donate online, please contribute at the link below:

■Join the Annual Trunk or Treat Event. There will be free candy, music, dance performances and much more! Get your Costumes early! If you would like to participate in Trunk or Treat ? Please call 603-491-2153 To reserve your spot. Join them at The Movement Box Dance Studio, 40 Thorndike St.

■ There are several events for the Get to Know NH Weekend on Sunday, Oct. 8. Field Day is at 12:30 p.m. Come with the kids and play in the field. Drinks and outdoor seating provided. Lawn games all day. The Family-Friendly Hike is at 2:30 p.m. Take a hike around the Beaver Pond. It is a little over a mile and a very easy walk. It will take about 20 minutes. The Meet Other Movers BBQ & Cookout starts at 5 p.m. for burgers, hot dogs, and sides. Plenty of table space and conversation to be had. The day concludes with a S’mores & Conversation by the Campfire at 7:30 p.m. Join us for s’mores and great conversation in the lower meadow. Please bring an outdoor chair if you have one. The exact location will be emailed prior to the event. Registration is required at

■ Becoming Wolf: The Eastern Coyote is Wednesday, Oct. 11 at 6 p.m. in the Library Auditorium, 45 Green St. Chris Schadler, M.S. Conservation Biology, will discuss coexistence strategies with coyotes, whether you farm, hike or garden. Chris will demonstrate that “knowledge is power” when it comes to living with coyotes. Register at .

■ City offices will be closed on Monday, Oct. 9. Trash and recycling collection will not be postponed. Collection will follow its regular schedule for the entire week.

■Street closures will detour you this week! The 9th Annual Walk A Mile In Her Shoes Event is Wednesday from 2 to 6:30 p.m. at Main St. will be closed from Centre St. to Pleasant St.; as well as Capitol St. at Evans Lane; and Warren St. at the entrance to the School Street/Durgin Block Parking Garage.

■Concord Farmers Market is on Saturday and will close Capitol St., from Green St. to North State St. from 6 a.m. to 1 p.m.

■ Cars and Coffee on Capitol St has a street closure at Park and Capitol Sts. between Main and State Sts. from 6 a.m. to Noon on Sunday, Oct. 8.

■Christmas sign-ups have started at Friends of Forgotten Children. If you reside in Merrimack County and are in need of holiday help, you can stop by the office, located at 224 Bog Road, to sign up; no requests will be accepted by phone. Sign-ups are being held on Tuesdays 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Wednesdays 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., and Saturdays 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. You will go to the office to pick up your paperwork and complete at home. Proof of residency/guardianship for each child you are signing up is needed. Children age birth to 18 are eligible. Christmas sign-ups will be accepted until November 18. Dates and times are subject to change at the discretion of the director, it is best to call the office at (603) 753-4801 before stopping by the office.

■The Open Door Community Kitchen, housed in Fellowship Hall (rear parking lot entry) at United Church of Penacook, serves free hot and nutritious meals every Monday and Wednesday from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. All are welcome.




■Allenstown residents can get their Car Registration at the Bow Town Office on Tuesday only from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 10 Grandview Road, Bow, and in Hooksett Town Hall on Wednesdays only from 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. at 35 Main Street, Hooksett. The Allenstown Economic Development Committee is planning to hold a Halloween Lighting Contest. Stay tuned for more information.

■St. John the Baptist Church holds its Community Table on Tuesday at 5 p.m. at St. John the Baptist Parish Hall, 10 School Street. A fee of $5. is requested and take out is available. The Penny Sale will be held from Oct. 20 to 22 at St. John the Baptist Church and the Parish Office will be open from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m to receive your helpful donated items for penny sale prizes. Raffle tickets are also available of the office.

■The Suncook Senior Center will present Dr. Jennifer Mackenzie who is a Family Medicine Specialist at Pembroke Wellness Center, who will discuss health related issues and their solutions on Oct. 2 at 10 a.m. Arts and Crafts on Wednesday, Oct.r 4 at 10 a.m. will be making Pizza Pan crafts. Caregivers Support Group is held on Tuesday from 1 to 2 p.m



■Friday Night Coffee House returns on Oct. 6 to the Congregational Church sanctuary. Lou Antonucci, opens the evening with his original music that can be streamed on social media platforms. The coffee house is an “Open Mic” venue welcoming musicians, poets and comedians to take the stage for two songs or two minutes. An array of refreshments will be for sale. Admission is free but donations are welcomed. For more information, contact Chris at 603-520-9196 or to sign up for open mic, email Liz at

■Got a craving for a Chicken Barbecue Dinner? The Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary is hosting one on Saturday from 4 to 6 p.m. The cost is $15 per person. For information on tickets, call Deb Petrin at 603-724-3724. It will be held at 15 High Street (Route 4W).

■Join the Fun at the 1st Annual Pumpkin Ride and Walk on Saturday, Oct. 14 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Jamie Welch Park. The activities include a costumed bike ride and bike repair workshop are at 10, and a pumpkin painting and scarecrow craft workshop at 11. A rail trail history at noon is followed by the kids costumed rail walk at 1 p.m. culminating in a tail gate party at 2 p.m. Vendor booths will be available from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Be sure to stick around for the 2nd annual Police Versus the Fire Softball game from 4 to 6 p.m. It will be held rain or shine. Wear blue (police) or red (fire) (or both) in support of the teams. Food truck will be available for purchases.



■The Supervisors of the checklist will hold a public session on Friday, Oct. 6, from 7 to 7:30 p.m., downstairs in the Bradford Area Community Center on East Main Street.

■The Bradford Fire Department scheduled a boater certification training program the end of September. They had year-to-date 147 incidents, an increase of 28 since August 14. There were two Mutual Aid calls to Warner. There are scheduled meetings at the Mason Hall (now Town owned) on West Main Street, and there are on-going inspections of the Town Hall which is being renovated. There is also a mutual aid meeting coming up with Henniker. Currently the Fire Department is preparing the station for energy improvement. As of August 31, the Fire Department had 49.85% funds remaining in their budget and 69.59% remaining in the rescue squad budget. Steve Hansen was recognized for his 40 years as a Forest Fire Warden.

■Now that the paving has been completed on Jones, Center, and Fairgrounds Roads, the Highway Department is grading the edges of the new pavements, and grading dirt roads in preparation for winter.



■The Board of Selectmen will meet Oct. 3 at 6 p.m. for a regular scheduled meeting. The Planning Board will meet at the fire station on Oct. 5 at 6:30 to review a site plan on Map 3 lot 32 at construct a maintenance and service garage at Campers Inn RV. Town Office will be closed on Oct. 9 for Columbus Day.

■Chichester Central School will be closed on Oct. 6 for a Teachers Professional Day and closed on Oct. 9 for the holiday. Pizza with the Principal is back for the school year. Students are nominated by their teachers for being “Caught Being Kind” and will enjoy pizza with the principal. Band and chorus is coming back to CCS. Mrs Sherburne is the contact at and needs authorization slips back by Oct. 3.

■The Supervisors of the Checklist will be in session on Oct. 6 from 7 to 7:30 at the Grange Hall Town Office to register voters, and make corrections, additions and deletions to the checklist. This is the last day for registered voters to change party affiliations prior to the Presidential Primary. The date for the presidential primary has not been set. New Voters may continue to register until election day as permitted by law. Please bring photo ID and proof of residency.



■The Congregational Church’s Book Group: Beyond the Book will read “Infinite Country” by Patricia Engel. Discussion will be, Oct. 5, 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. This book is a Reese’s Book Club Pick, Instant NY Times Bestseller, Winner of the 2021 New American Voices Award, Long listed for the 2022 Andrew Carnegie Medal, 2022 Dayton Literary Peace Prize Finalist, and a National Endowment of the Arts Big Reads’ selection, For meeting location or questions, contact

■Supervisors of the Checklist will be in session on Friday, Oct. 6 at 7 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Town Office for corrections and additions to the Checklist. This is the final date to change your party affiliation prior to the Presidential Primary Election in January. You can also change your party with the Town Clerk up to that date. If you are registered undeclared you can choose your party on Primary Election Day. New registrations can also be received any time at the Town Clerk’s office.”

■Dunbarton Garden Club will hold its monthly meeting on Monday, Oct. 9, at 6:30 p.m. at the Town Hall’s 2nd floor, 1004 School St., in Dunbarton. Refreshments will be served, and the public is invited. Contact if you have any questions.



■Epsom Supervisors of the Checklist will meet Oct. 6, at Epsom Town Hall, 1598 Dover Road, Epsom from 7 to 7:30 p.m. The Supervisors of the checklist will be in session for correction of the checklist. Additions and corrections to checklist may be made: RSA 654:27. This date will be the last time registered voters may change their party affiliation prior to the Presidential Primary. New voters may continue to register until election day, as permitted by law. No additions or corrections shall be made to the checklist after this session, until election day, except as provided in RSA 659:12. RSA 654 RSA 654:8,11.

■Mondays at 3:30 p.m. the LEGO’s will be joined by other building materials to try out! Duplex, Plus-Plus, and jumbo cardboard building blocks will also be available Morning Story Times are Monday and Wednesday at 10 a.m. and feature books, movement, snacks, and crafts! Themes for this month will focus on transitioning to fall and visiting the library to celebrate Library Card Sign Up Month. Mahjong lessons every Tuesday at 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The Knitters Group will meet on Tuesday evening at 6:30 p.m. Movie Matinee on Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. with “Finding Normal.” The Board of Selectmen will meet on Monday and Tuesday at 6 p.m. at the town office. The ZBA public meeting will meet on Wednesday at Epsom Central School at 7 p.m.

■Evergreen Lodge 53 & Ivy Green Lodge 36 otherwise known as the Oddfellows & Rebekah’s are having their annual Dinner Shown On Oct. 6 and 7 at the American Legion Hall on Short Falls Road in Epsom. For reservations call Vicki at 603-736-4707 or 603-496-1877. The event benefits our continued restoration of the Historic Odd Fellow Hall and other Lodge projects. Get your tickets!



■EBike Foliage Tours at Lakes Region eBikes will be held today, Sunday, Oct.1 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Join us for a guided two-hour loop to explore the Northern Rail Trail and back roads during NH’s prettiest season! Call to reserve your spot: 603-630-8960 Sundays in Oct. 1, 8, 15, 22, and 29.

■“Gone” Slideshow at Franklin Historical Society, will be Thursday, Oct. 5 at 7 p.m. The Society’s October event features a slideshow of local buildings lost or currently condemned to be razed.

■FHS Homecoming Weekend at Downtown and Franklin High School will be Oct. 6 and 7. Welcome back to our Franklin High School alumni! Come support our graduates and current students. Parade (Oc.t 6 at 5 p.m.) and Bonfire(7 p.m.) and Dance (9 p.m.) On Oct. 7, the games include soccer (9:30 a.m.), volleyball (10 a.m. and 11:15 a.m.), field hockey (12:30 p.m.), and football (3:30 p.m.)



■On Saturday, Oct. 7, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., rain or shine, there will be a Yard Sale at the Quaker Meetinghouse, 529 Quaker St, in Henniker. Decades of quality items for sale with all proceeds going toward women’s work in East Africa (led by a woman from Hillsboro) For further information, call 478-5650.

■Wednesday, Oct. 18 is right around the corner. Call 603-464-3529 to make your reservation for The Harvest Supper at Smith Memorial Church, 30 West Main St. A wonderful home-style meal of turkey with all the trimmings, finished off with slices of home-baked pie. Take out begins at 5 p.m., and the buffet begins at 5:30. Adults $12, children ages 4-12 $5, children under 3 are free. All are welcome!



■The exhibit, “Images of Life Re-Envisioned” features the work of Barbara Morse, an Amherst artist who specializes in graphite drawings, is at Two Villages Art Society’s gallery in Contoocook. The exhibit’s opening reception, on Oct. 14, 12-2 p.m., is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be available and live flute music will be provided by artist Dan Dustin. Two gallery is open to the public free of charge Thursday through Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. The exhibit closes on Nov. 11. For more information -

■Hopkinton Fire Department will hold an open house on Saturday, Oct. 7, 10 a.m. to 1 pm. Meet firefighters & EMTs, touch a truck, tours, food, T-shirts for sale.

■The HYSA Board is looking for a parent to volunteer on Saturday mornings to help with coordinating the Biddy Ball program and transporting equipment. Biddy Ball is designed for children in pre-K through second grade. There are seven Saturday sessions December through February. All sessions take place at Harold Martin’s gymnasium. Typically, the pre-K and kindergarten session is 9 to 10 a.m., first grade is 10 to 11 a.m., and second grade is 11 to noon. HYSA is also looking for community members to assist with opening and/or closing the Hopkinton High School gymnasium on HYSA basketball game days. Games are generally played on Saturdays. To volunteer with HYSA, visit or email



■Friday, Oct. 6, is the last day that registered voters in Pembroke may change their party affiliation prior to the Presidential Primary. Voters can check their party affiliation at Pembroke voters can change their party with the Town Clerk during regular business hours through close of business on Oct. 6, or at the Supervisors of the Checklist meeting on Oct. 6, 7 - 7:30 p.m. at Town Hall. No changes of party can be made for registered voters after this date until after the primary.

■Penny Sale & Harvest Bazaar at St. John the Baptist Church, Suncook will be held on Friday, Oct. 20, from 5 to 8 p.m.; Saturday, Oct. 21 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; and Sunday, Oct. 22 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. If you would like to help by donating prizes (new items only), cash donations, gift cards, gift certificates, used books, puzzles, vintage jewelry, please bring your donation to the Parish Office between 8:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., Monday to Friday. Deadline is Oct. 10.



■The public is invited to an Open House at MSA/GLOBE, 37 Loudon Rd, Pittsfield, on Thursday, Oct. 5 from 9 to 12:30 p.m. Come tour the facility and learn how MSA/GLOBE helps protect our Firefighters & Military Personnel (closed heel and toe shoes are required for factory tour). Door prizes and refreshments!

■Free movie night at Joy Church on Friday, Oct. 6 at 6:30 p.m. Come join us and watch “The Lego Movie 2” and enjoy some snacks and drinks. All are welcome to attend and all is free.

■Auditions for “A Very Pittsfield Players Christmas” will be held on Saturday, Oct. 7 from 9 a.m. - 11 a.m. at the Scenic Theater! Please prepare a Christmas Carol of your choosing to sing at auditions. You may bring and use sheet music if you’d like. There will also be a cold reading from the “Little Match Girl” script during auditions. We are looking for all ages and vocal types; families are welcome! Rehearsals are on Thursday evenings beginning. Oct. 19 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Scenic Theatre. Show dates are Dec. 9, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. and Dec. 10, p.m. matinee.



■Support Pillsbury Free Library with two upcoming events. At Warner Wednesday at Reed’s North on Oct. 4, from 5 p.m. on celebrate Banned Books Week (Oct. 1-7) with portion of profits benefiting the library. And on Oct. 7 and 8 during the Warner Fall Foliage Festival, the library will hold a Book and Bake Sale at the library. To volunteer to help prepare, sell, or pack up, sign up at Donation of boxed books, audio books, or DVDs will be accepted Oct. 1-5.

■Be sure to visit the Warner Fall Foliage Festival Oct. 6-8! Featuring road races, crafts, oxen, live performances, a Midway with rides, an ice cream eating contest, a Grande Parade on Sunday, and much more. The full weekend schedule can be found at Volunteers are needed. Visit to sign up.

■Reduce plastic waste with the NexTrex Recycling Program’s collaboration between Pillsbury Free Library and Simonds Elementary. If 500 pounds of plastic is collected in six months, Trex will recycle it and award the school with a new Trex bench. Find collection bins for plastic waste at the library (lower level) or in the school’s main entrance. To learn what to recycle, visit



■The Town Clerk’s office will be closed on Wednesday, Oct. 11 when she will be attending the Annual Conference. Hours that week will be held on Monday, Oct. 9 from 8:30 to 12:30 p.m. and from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. The office will also be open on Tuesday, Oct. 10 from 8:30 to 1 p.m.

■The Webster Congregational Church will hold a Fall Yard Sale from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the church on Oct. 7. The Webster Fire Department will hold a chicken barbecue on Oct.14 to benefit the church. Dessert will be apple crisp. Tickets are available at the Town Hall. Finally, on Oct. 28, there will be a pork roast supper and a penny sale. All meals are $12 for adults and $6 for children.

■In honor of Halloween, the Free Friday Film on Oct. 20 (at 7 p.m.) will be “Young Frankenstein.” After inheriting his grandfather’s castle in Transylvania, young Dr. Frankenstein sets off in an attempt to reanimate a dead body himself to prove his grandfather wasn’t insane. Gene Wilder, Peter Boyle, Madeline Kahn, Cloris Leachman, Marty Feldman, and Teri Garr are in this over-the-top outrageous comedy by Mel Brooks.