Talk of the Towns

Published: 10-21-2023 1:00 PM


■This Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. at the City Auditorium, The Walker Lecture Series presents “Southern Rail Bluegrass Band” with free, high energy acoustic fun with harmonies, humor, banjo, guitar, and mandolin.

■ The Walker Lecture Series presents a free Evening of Yankee Humor with Rebecca Rule and Fred Marple on Nov. 1 at the City Auditorium, 2 Prince St. For a complete season schedule, visit

■On Monday at 6:30 p.m., the Abbott-Downing Society and the City of Concord will firm up stable restoration plans. All are welcome. For information, call 603-225-5991 or online at

■On Thursday 7 p.m., enjoy the Concord High School Concert. A celebration of talented students featuring the Jazz Band, Chamber Singers and the String Orchestra. It’s free, no tickets. Information is at

■On Nov. 1 at 6:30 p.m. at Gibson’s Bookstore welcomes Derry author Rev. Dr. Deborah Roof and her book, “Words, Wonder and the Divine in You.” She finds God in the wonder of the created world and scriptures she has come to love.

■ Then on Nov. 4 at 11 a.m. at Gibson’s, it’s story time as New England author/illustrator Matt Tavares shares his new picture book, “Dasher Can’t Wait for Christmas,” a follow-up to his modern-classic “Dasher!” Order a copy and leave your signing/personalization request in the order notes.

■Intown Concord needs volunteers during Halloween Howl! Events can’t happen without your help. Click to find available opportunities for Friday at 5:30 p.m.

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■ Get ready for a spooktacular night of costumes, cocktails, and UNO fun at the UNO-Ween Costumes & Cocktails Party, 15 Fort Eddy Road! Join them for a wickedly good time on Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m. Tickets are $20 and include a costume contest, Flight of 4 Fall Libations, trivia and giveaways!

■Kids Halloween Costume Fun Run at Halloween Howl is Friday at 5 p.m. at Bicentennial Square. It’s free and brings awareness for Fellowship Housing Opportunities’ mission to provide decent, safe, affordable housing with support for those with mental illness. It’s a one block run. Prizes for all runners. For those wanting a 5K run, go to Masonic Temple, 53 Iron Works Road, on Saturday at 9 a.m. for the Halloween Howl Hustle!

■Get your costumes ready for downtown’s Halloween Howl on Friday from 5:30 to 7 :30 p.m. There’s trick-or-treating, costumes and decor, and plenty of ghoulish games and activities for the whole family to enjoy! Please review the Vehicle and Vendor Guidelines for Trunk or Treat! Go here for more information:

■Join a fun-filled event of pumpkin decorating at the Concord Community Center, 14 Canterbury Road, on Saturday at 1 p.m. They’ve got supplies. Get ready for a spooktacular time. Hurry and reserve your spot today!

■The NH Furniture Masters and League members are embarking on a collaborative journey in a mixed-media exhibition, Connecting Through Craft. Visit on Saturday at 5 p.m. at 49 S. Main St. and see how these renowned artisans transform raw materials into extraordinary fine art and furniture. Tickets are $50. Connecting Through Craft will be on display Tuesday to Dec. 14.

■New England Half Marathon is on Tuesday from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. North Main Street will be closed from Center St. to School St., and Park St. will be closed from North Main St. to North State St.

■ Go while you can to Concord Farmers Market on Saturday on Capitol St. from 6 a.m. to 1 p.m.

■Thanksgiving 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., Thursdays 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Saturdays 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. You will need proof of residency; sign-ups will be accepted until Nov. 2. 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 Open Door Community Kitchen, housed in Fellowship Hall 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.




■The Allenstown Historical Society will be hosting a Vintage Baseball Game with 1860 rules on Oct. 22 starting at noon. This is a free family-friendly event located at Pine Haven Boys Center, 133 River Road. The Allenstown Fire Auxiliary will be selling food for this event. Please bring chairs or blankets to enjoy the game. Donation are welcomed. The Spooktacular Halloween Lighting Contest Awards Ceremony will be held on Oct. 28 at 4 p.m. at the Allenstown Town Hall with prizes and trophies. The Allenstown Police Dept. will hold their Annual Halloween Open House on Oct. 31 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Allenstown Police Department. A lot of Halloween fun for everyone.

■Penny Sale and Harvest Bazaar at St. John the Baptist Parish Hall will open Oct.22 from 10 to 3 p.m. and the drawing begins promptly at 4 p.m. Good luck St. Therese Rosebush will meet on Oct. 25 at 6 p.m. at the Parish Hall.

■The Suncook Senior Center on Oct. 25 at 12:30 p.m. will present Cooking Matters by NH Food Bank. This is a free store pop-up tour. All attendees will receive a $10. grocery gift card. They will share tips and tricks for shopping and budgeting, and reading food labels. Please sign up with Carol at 603 485-4254. Arts and Crafts on Wednesday at 10 a.m.



■Enjoy an evening of laughter with your friends, tomorrow, at the Boscawen Public Library’s presentation “The Funniest Moments in Film” by Marty Gitlin, Award-winning journalist and pop culture historian. The interactive show starts at 6:30 p.m. highlighting the best of the best films and includes challenging and fun trivia questions. Author Jenna Chow, will host a Special Storytime will be held at the Boscawen Public Library on Wednesday starting at 10:30 a.m. She will read from her new book “The Perfect Best Friend.” Be sure to wear your Halloween costume!

■Drug Take Back Day is on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Boscawen Police Department. Boscawen is hosting three Trunk or Treat opportunities on Gate Night, Oct. 30. The Police Department will be handing out goodies from 5 to 8 p.m. in the Boscawen Elementary School parking lot. Head to Congregational Church for their treats from 4 to 7 p.m. Continue up the road to Elektrisola for their activities from 5 to 8 p.m.

■Celebrate the 5th anniversary of Friday Night Coffee House on Nov. 3 with the featured group, Starlight Trio. The doors at the Boscawen Congregational Church open at 6:30 p.m, and the music begins at 7. Email to register for the open mic period. Admission is free, donations appreciated and refreshments can be purchased. Registrations are being taken for the Unbound Conference to be held at the Boscawen Congregational Church on Nov. 4 from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The conference includes worship, teaching and personal prayer ministry. Refreshments, water and beverages will be available and be sure to bring a bag lunch for mid-day break. Register at or register at the door at 8:30 a.m.



■What a wonderful event the Fall Festival was, hosted by and at 5 Acres on Route 103 and attended by approximately 1,000. For the children, there was face and pumpkin painting, and pony rides. Another popular feature of the day was Pet Adoption where all the cats and dogs were adopted. A fun day for all who attended.

■Parks and Recreation is planning their annual Halloween event at the Bradford Community Center in front of the building on East Main Street. This will be on Oct. 30 from 5 to 7:30 p.m.

■On Nov. 9 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Community Center, Parks and Recreation will host a Community Involvement Fair . There will be Board Members from different groups available to discuss their aims and goals as well as to answer questions.



■The Chichester Library is ready for fun from Oct. 23 to 31 and celebrating Trick or Treat week. Come in costume to receive a free book and a goodie bag. Join the library for two movies on Oct. 28 at 10 a.m. “It’s a Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown,” and on Oct. 30 at 6 p.m. “Ghostbusters.”

■Wreaths Across America is coming back to Chichester for its third year. Sponsorship is needed for the 218 wreaths to show our thanks to the 218 veterans that are buried in Chichester. Brenda Boswak is the local coordinator announcing that Dec. 16 at noon will be a brief ceremony and wreath laying continued.

■Come to Carpenter Park on Oct. 29 starting at 4:30 for Trunk or Treat sponsored by the PTO. The Haunted Trail begins at 5:30. Come early and stay late.



■Halloween Fun! On Oct. 31, 1:45 p.m. to 2:25 p.m., the elementary school will hold its traditional costume parade into the center of town and back, followed by classroom parties to celebrate Halloween.

■NH Humanities Council and the Dunbarton Historical Society present two programs: “NH’s Long Love-Hate Relationship with its Agricultural Fairs” by Steve Taylor on Oct. 25, at 7 p.m. at the St. John’s Episcopal Church Hall in Dunbarton. Admission is free and open to all. Also, a “Taste of the Old Country in the New: Franco-Americans of Manchester” will be presented Oct. 26 at 6:30 p.m. in the Upper Town Hall. Robert Perreault will share his stories about life in one of American’s major Franco-American centers. Free and sponsored by the library.

■Granite VNA offers a Public Flu Clinic at the Dunbarton Congregational Church on 6 Stark Highway North, on Nov. 1, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Immunizations are offered at no charge with an ID card from Medicare B, Medicare Advantage, Medicaid, Harvard Pilgrim, Tufts, or Anthem. $30 (cash or check) for all others. Published rate is $45.. For ages 3 and older. For more information, please visit or call (603) 224-4093, ext. 85815.



■ECS Halloween extravaganza on Oct. 28 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., rain date Nov 4. ECS Haunted Walk and Trunk or Treat hosted by the Epsom 8th grade to benefit their trip to Washington, DC on Oct. 27, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m (6 to 7 p.m. spooky, 7 to 8 p.m. spookier) The walk will begin by the modular buildings to the right of the school. Please park in the upper staff parking lot off of Black Hall Rd. $5 per person or $25 per family.

■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! Thursday is “The Great Library Mystery,” put your new forensic science skills to the test! Help Miss Hannah solve a library mystery by using fingerprinting, ink chromatography, and powder analysis to find out who the culprit is. Movie Matinee on Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. with “The Way.” The Knitters Group will continue to meet on Tuesday evenings at 6:30 p.m. Crochet, quilting, and fabric crafters of all sorts are welcome. Mahjong Tuesday at 10:15 a.m.

■The Board of Selectmen will meet on Monday at 6:30 at Meetinghouse

■. Happy birthday to my son Jackson on Wednesday! Happy 39th Wedding Anniversary to my hubby and I on Friday! Cheers to many more!



■Lights on After School Harvest Celebration at Bessie Rowell Community Center, Oct. 26 from 4:30-6 p.m. This is a free event! Join in on this fun family evening highlighting Lights on After School! Magic Show is from 4:30-5:30 p.m., and dinner is from 5:30-6:30 p.m.

■Polter-Heist at Franklin Elks Lodge will be Oct. 27 and 28 at 7 p.m. Murder Mystery Dessert Theatre! Take a walk on the spooky side when Franklin Opera House and Franklin Footlight Theatre present this audience participation murder mystery. Tickets: Reserved table seating includes appetizers, dessert, and non-alcoholic beverage. Cash Bar available.

■Lights of Memory at Peabody Place will be Dec. 3 at 4 p.m. This annual event includes a short ceremony, reading of the names of our deceased loved ones, and light refreshments. Forms are available in the lobby of Peabody Place and by emailing All forms are due by Nov. 10.



■An assembly by TIGER from Plymouth State University was held for Henniker Community PreK to 4th grade students last week. The program focuses on important social/emotional skills and empowering young people to make good choices.

■Gather to listen; gather to heal. Go to St Theresa’s on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. to hear and participate in a Seminar with a Panel Discussion. It is free but register at or 603-496-7138.

■Center Woods Elementary’s summer reading bingo challenge was a huge hit! Students entering grades 1-3 spent many minutes reading this summer and received an ice cream certificate from Ilsley’s in Weare.



■Meet the Horses today 1-4 p.m. at Changing Lives Equine Center at 64 Stumpfield Rd. No charge! Rain or shine. Performance at 1:30 p.m. Warm food available for donation. Drop off your clothing & textile donation for the Savers fundraiser. Accepting: clothing/shoes/boots, textiles (towels, sheets, blankets, pillows, curtains, tablecloths), accessories (hats, mittens, scarves, ties, socks, purses, wallets, backpacks). All items should be in good, clean and sellable condition. Drop off at the farm or contact Kath at (603) 724-3452 or to arrange for pick-up of donations.

■Bring your carved pumpkin to Houston Park Green Gate (behind Slusser Center) on Oct. 28 from 2-4 p.m. for the Pumpkin Walk Party. Contest & prizes to Riverside Pizza! Bring your Jack-o-Lantern and place it on the wall of Veterans Memorial Park in Hopkinton (the park is at the intersection of RT103 and 202 across from the First Congregational Church) to be displayed Oct. 29 to Oct. 31. Include a single battery operated votive candle in your Jack-o-Lantern and the Recreation Dept will light each night. Trick or Treating is Tuesday 10/31 from 5-7 p.m.

■Contoocook United Methodist Church Rummage Sale Nov. 4 from 9 to 12, bag sale at 11.



■Penny Sale & Harvest Bazaar at St. John the Baptist Church Parish Hall, in Suncook is on Oct. 20 from 5 to 8 p.m.; Oct. 21 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; and Sunday, Oct. 22 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Bring your appetite for a Knights of Columbus Spaghetti Supper as part of the Penny Sale weekend on Oct. 21, 5 p.m. $10 per person or $30 per family.

■Allenstown Historical Society is hosting a Vintage Baseball Game (1860s rules & uniforms), at noon, Oct. 22, at Pine Haven Boys School, Allenstown. This is a free family-friendly event.

■Pembroke Historical Society will host a Cemetery Tour at the Pembroke Street Cemetery on Oct. 28 (rain date: Oct. 29,) from 1-3 p.m. The topic is Pembroke’s Revolutionary War.

■“Walking in the Woods with Robert Frost: Seeing Nature through the Words of America’s Most-Loved Poet” is the topic being presented by NH writer and poet Jeffrey Zygmont at the Pembroke Public Library on Oct. 27 at 7 p.m. For more information, call 603-566-1031.



■Soups On! – Community Dinner at the First Congregational Church will be held on Oct. 23 at 5:30 p.m. Cost is donation.

■The South Pittsfield Community Club (SPCC) Turkey Supper will be held on Oct. 28 from 5-6:30 p.m. at the Clubhouse. All you can eat – Turkey, Stuffing, Butternut Squash, Mashed Potatoes, Coleslaw, Rolls, Drinks and Homemade Pies.Adults-$12, Children ages 6-12- $8 and under age 6 free.

■The PES PTO will be sponsoring the 10th annual Trunk or Treat on Oct. 28 at the Globe/MSA parking lot. Set up time from 4-4:30 p.m. and Treating starts at 6:30-8 p.m. (There is an Invite Only Sensory free time from 5-6pm). For Trunk Entry please contact PTO at Please consider bringing a donation for PES Food for Kids. Baked goods and drinks will be available for a donation. PES PTO will be seeking donations for candy (the last event was nearly 500 children). Cash prize for best costume.



■Want to help your community? Come to the Parks and Recreation Department’s Adopt-A-Highway Trash Pickup on Oct. 23 from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. Meet at Bagley Field rain or shine. Or, join others at a wood stacking event to support the Warner Wood Bank on Oct. 28, 10 a.m., at the Warner Transfer Station.

■ Kearsarge Conservatory for the Performing Arts will hold Community Outreach Week Oct. 24-30. Dress up in your favorite Halloween costume and try out any class. KPCA teaches all levels and ages in ballet, pointe, acrobatic arts, tap, jazz, modern, and hip hop. Preschool and kindergarten classes include music, ballet, tap, and acrobatic arts. For more information and to reserve a spot contact KPCA Director Angela Tarleton at

■Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum hosts An Afternoon of Native American Books on Oct. 29, from 1-3 p.m. Author Daniel Boudillion will discuss his book “History of the Nashobah Praying Indians: Doings, Sufferings, Survival, and Triumph.” The event is free and includes the presentation and book signing.



■The Church is offering a pork roast dinner and penny sale on Oct. 28 from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Tickets for this dinner are $12 (adults) or $6 (under 12) and can be purchased at the door. The Penny Sale, which is always a fun event, will go from 3 p.m. until 7 p.m. when the winners will be drawn.

■On Oct. 28 from 10-1 at the Webster Public Safety Building, you can drop off your unwanted prescriptions and OTC medications at the Webster Police Department (851 Battle Street.)

■The Town of Webster seeks an individual to shovel out the Town Hall after and sometimes during snowstorms. The responsibilities are to shovel out the Town Office entrance, the Library entrance, the Handicapped ramp, and the front steps to the Grange Hall. The pay is $50 per storm. If interested, please contact Dana Hadley, the Town Administrator at 603-648-2050 or stop in the office.