Free Peeps Diorama Open Studio at Library Arts Center

PEEP_Chick with R (1) authorized for publicationEvent: Peeps Diorama Open Studio at The Library Arts Center in Newport, N. H. Open to the public free of charge.

When & Where:  Tuesday, March 5 and 12 from 5 to 7 p.m. The Arts Center is at 58 N. Main Street, behind the Richards Free Library in Newport.

What to bring: A shoebox, Peeps, crafting supplies if you have them and your ideas.  Basic crafting supplies, ranging from paints to glue guns and “googley” eyes will be available.

For more info: phone (603)-863-3040 or visit

The Library Arts Center is preparing for its second annual Peeps Diorama Challenge that will take place March 22 – 30 in the gallery.

Community members are invited to create dioramas out of Peeps Easter candy to enter into the challenge and  are welcome to drop into the studio to work on their Peeps Dioramas!  Artists, individuals and families are welcome to stop in for these free and Peeps Open Studios.

Attendance at the open studios is not necessary to participate in the Peeps Diorama Contest. Visit for contest details.

Library Arts Center: Summer art classes for children


Noell Bergeron, of Sunapee (left), and Mikaela Gilbert, of Newport, show off progress on their nature weavings made during the “1960s 101” class at the Library Arts Center in Newport, N.H.  The Center’s summer studio program offers a number of art classes for children from infants to age 13.  Visit the Center’s website for a full schedule of classes and workshops. Go to:

A garden party for Richards Free Library July 21

The Richards Free Library in Newport, New Hampshire, is having a summer garden party on Saturday, July 21, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. This event, sponsored by the Friends of the Richards Free Library, will take place at 98 Elm Street in one of Newport’s most lovely gardens.

“Sip delightful wine, taste creative delicacies, and listen to beautiful music while surrounded by the sweet smells of a luscious summer garden!” the invitation reads. Also, if your wear an elegant hat, or one you creatively or humorously design, you may win a prize in the hat contest.

Music will be provided by Jet’M.

Tickets ($25 per person) can be purchased at the library or at the door. You must be 21 or older to attend. For more information call Marty Lovely, secretary of the Friends of the RFL, at 603-863-1387.

UNH Cooperative Extension: Its programs and services

By Sherrie LaClair

Being a 4-H leader for “Creative Clovers 4-H Club” in Claremont, I was only vaguely familiar with Sullivan County’s Extension office.

When mentioning 4-H to people, we forever hear the comment: “Oh, 4-H? I remember that from when I was little. We raised cows and canned food we grew in our gardens.”

This made me realize how many people really don’t know what 4-H is all about, let alone what else Cooperative Extension has to offer.

Now that I work as a member of the support staff at the Extension Office in Newport, I too, am becoming more aware of other programs, workshops, resources, and educational materials which may not be widely known to the residents of Sullivan County.

Sullivan County UNHCE is located at 24 Main Street in Newport.

Our five Educator’s areas cover: Agriculture, Forestry, Nutrition, Family & Consumer Resources, and of course 4-H.

When  Educators are not in our office answering and assisting with questions from calls and visitors, they are out in the County teaching workshops, holding programs, or making home visits to assist with various needs.

The Cooperative Extension has publications that cover a wide array of topics…how to balance a checkbook, how to care for tree seedlings, how to choose topsoil, how to find healthy food for seniors, and how to identify trees and shrubs. There are fact sheets to help in choosing a type of blueberry bush suitable for a home garden or a commercial farm; and there is information about rodents and how to raise backyard poultry. There are warnings to watch for invasive plants. And we also can guide you on safe food handling and nutritious eating for your children.

Managing Money

As the economy continues to grab our attention, the Managing Money link on our website is a resource that can assist people of any age, family dynamic, and household size.

In May, a three-part series of financial education seminars, sponsored by Lake Sunapee Bank and UNH Cooperative Extension, will be held in Newport. Because of limited space, registration is required. The workshops will be held at Lake Sunapee Bank on Main Street in Newport, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. The seminars are:

“Managing Money in Tough Times” – Wednesday, May 11
 “Debt Management Strategies” – Wednesday, May 18
“Developing a Spending/Savings Plan” – Wednesday, May 25

For more information and to register for one or more of these workshops, call 603-863-9200 or email:

Upcoming articles will focus on various areas of interest. Meanwhile, view our website to find out about events, fact sheets, publications, workshops, programs, and much, much more!

The Sullivan County UNHCE office is located at 24 Main Street, Newport, New Hampshire. Phone 603-863-9200. To receive UNHCE mailings, go to their sign up form. Sherrie’s email is:

Gallery of Gifts at Library Arts Center open thru Dec. 18

The Gallery of Gifts at the Library Arts Center in Newport is on display one more day…through Saturday, December 18th. The hours are 11 am to 4 pm.

This is an annual event. Each holiday season the local art center offers a boutique-style show  of fine, hand-made crafts.


“It’s been the most successful Gallery of Gifts to date,” said Kate Niboli,  LAC executive director. “We’ve had lots of support from the community, and every sale helps to support our creative economy.”

“And there are a great selection of gifts still to choose from,” Niboli added.





In 2009, the Gallery of Gifts generated over $20,000 in overall sales.

Photos courtesy of the Newport Library Arts Center

Newport holds holiday farmers market Dec. 19

Here’s another opportunity to shop locally…

The Newport Farmers Market will hold a holiday market at the Newport Opera House this Sunday, December 19 from 10 am to 1 pm.

Rocky “Cannoli” Saccento, president of the farmers market, expects 25 to 30 vendors in attendance. A varied selection of locally made goods will be available including many hand crafts for holiday shoppers. Vendors will be selling prepared foods, canned goods, and breads including Italian and Parmesan cheese bread from Rocky “Cannoli’s” Red Barn Farm Bakery in Newport. Bread from other bakers will also be available.

This is the first holiday market organized by the Newport market, Saccento said. A DJ will be playing holiday music and there will be hot coffee and café seating…so folks can shop, then sit back and relax.

During the season, the popular Newport Farmers Market routinely attracts 40 to 45 vendors and operates June to October, on Friday afternoons on the Newport Town Common.

“Considering the economy, the 2010 season went well,” Saccento said. “More and more people are into buying locally and knowing the people—your friends and neighbors—that grow your produce.”

This Sunday offers the opportunity to shop a local farmer’s market and, considering the season, shop directly from some of the area’s favorite local vendors.

For more information, visit the Newport Farmers Market.

Author John Walters Travels to Newport Nov. 18

Author John Walters, the creator and former host of  The Front Porch on NH Public Radio, will talk about his book: “Roads Less Traveled: Visionary New England Lives” on Thursday, Nov 18 at  7 pm at the Richards Free Library in Newport. “Road Less Traveled” tells the life stories of some truly remarkable people — people whose lives are full of passion and purpose. All are residents of Vermont or New Hampshire and likely include people you know…

  • Father Andrew Tregubov of Claremont, NH. Russian emigre, Orthodox priest, and renowned iconographer (painter of icons used in Orthodox worship).  He was Alexander Solzhenitysn’s priest during the writer’s years of exile in Vermont.
  • Dudley Giberson, a glass artist and inventor from Warner whose devices are essential fixtures of the modern glass-art studio.
  • Courtney Haase of Sutton, a former Catholic nun who left the convent and became a goat farmer and maker of artisan cheese.
  • Kim Christiansen of Sunapee, an artist who makes Braille jewelry — flat silver pieces with Braille messages imprinted into the surface. His pieces have resonated strongly with many of his customers; as one person put it, the jewelry presents Braille as a thing of beauty rather than a functional tool.
  • Bruce Cronin (Newport) and Babe Sargent (New London), two lifelong friends who made a pair of comedy films, The Wild Goose and Henry Phipps Goes Skiing.

Capital Comments: The Election Results and the Legislative Process

By State Senator Bob Odell

Legislators have often worked to impose mandates on local schools to teach civics.  It is natural that politically active people would want to make sure that public schools engage and motivate students to become good citizens.

And while school work is important, the power of an idea to pay respect to the staff and graduates of a high school who are serving or have served in our military seemed to this writer a very powerful addition to our attempts at civic engagement for students.

With the support of Stevens High School principal Paul Couture, substitute teacher Carol Thebarge’s idea for a Veterans Day ceremony for the students and staff to honor alumni who have served in the military was a new approach for involving students in our annual Veterans Day holiday.

An American flag, which had been saluted by our fighting men and women, and sent to Carol by Stevens High School graduate Army Sergeant David Carrier now serving in Afghanistan, was raised during an emotional ceremony.

I was at the ceremony to read a letter of support and congratulations to Stevens High School from Governor John Lynch.  Standing during the ceremony at the top of the stairs at the entryway to the school, I could see the attentiveness and respect the students showed during the program.

The highlights of the program were the reading of names of staff and alumni who have served and the raising the flag that so recently had flown in Afghanistan by Stevens High School teacher and nearly 40 year veteran of the Coast Guard, Tom Liveston.

I saw no texting, no cell phones in use and general student appreciation as all of us learned a new way to show our respect and to honor our men and women who have served or are serving our nation in the military.  Congratulations and thanks to Carol Thebarge for implementing a wonderful idea that is as good as any civics mandate from Concord.

While the majority in the new Senate has decided that Peter Bragdon (Milford) will be the Senate President and the House majority will determine the next Speaker of the House this week, there are hundreds of decisions on standing committee appointments, committee chairmanships, assignments of office space and parking spaces to be made.

There are dozens of statutory committees, commissions and councils that have members appointed by the House Speaker or the Senate President.  I canceled a meeting last week of the legislative subcommittee of the State Parks System Advisory Council. There are two Senators on the subcommittee and one was defeated in the election.  There are three House members; one was defeated, one did not seek re-election.  Only two of the five legislators are left on the committee.  Subcommittee work will have to await new appointments.

The Commission to Study Business Taxes has been meeting weekly to insure that we meet our statutory obligation to submit an interim report by December 1. The final report is not due for two years.  Business taxes are a complicated subject on the best of days and the input of veteran legislators with professional tax experience is important.

There are four House members on the commission; two were defeated.  One is a CPA and the other is a lawyer and CPA.  Three members are from the Senate.  One was defeated. And she is an experienced attorney with a practice involving general business and real estate matters.

The ripple effect of the decisions of voters on Election Day is forcing change throughout the legislative process. The new House Speaker and Senate President will need to move quickly to fill dozens of vacancies on study commissions and other committees.

The new leadership teams in the House and Senate will have full court presses put on them by members seeking appointments to favored committees.  A letter has been circulated to all newly elected House members asking them to submit their three choices for committee assignment.  The process in the Senate is no less deliberate, just a bit more subtle.

Our local Chambers of Commerce provides many services to our small business community. We all know it is those small businesses that are at the core of our successful regional economy.

Twice a year, for example, the Newport Area Chamber of Commerce hosts a “salute” breakfast to recognize businesses being established, moving into the area or changing location.  It is an opportunity to have chamber members see what is going on and to encourage and possibly help the new or expanding businesses.

The new businesses in the area recognized last week at the Fall Salute Breakfast included People’s United Bank, a mortgage lender; Watts Bakery, a new Main Street store; City Auto Sales, a trailer and used cars dealer; Pinnacle, a bait and tackle shop that will also sell hunting and fishing licenses; and, Northwood Power Equipment, a new location for a major regional dealer of tractors, backhoes and other power equipment.

The Community Alliance has a new volunteer driver program which will match volunteer drivers with people who need rides to go shopping, to get to medical appointments and other daily tasks that require transportation.

Two businesses were recognized as they expand and move to new locations.  Lake Sunapee Plumbing and Heating has relocated to their newly renovated building on Sunapee Street.  NAPA Auto Parts has also moved to their new location on Sunapee Street.

Newport Arts Center Opens Gallery of Gifts Nov. 12

Intricately decorated coffee scoops by local artisan Jennifer Berube will be on display Nov. 13 - Dec. 18 at the "Gallery of Gifts" at Newport Arts Center in Newport, NH.

The opening reception for the Library Arts Center Gallery of Gifts will be Friday, November 12 from 5 to 7 pm, and it is open to all free of charge.

The “Gallery of Gifts: Exhibit & Sale of Fine Craft”—on display Nov. 13 – Dec. 18—will include work from 75 local artisans and a variety of crafts such as woodworking, blown glass and ceramics.

The Library Arts Center is located across the street from the Newport Town Common, adjacent to the Richards Free Library in Newport, NH. Gallery  hours: Tues.—Sat., 11 am to 4 pm.  Thursdays until 6 pm. This show is sponsored by Carroll Concrete and McCrillis & Eldredge Insurance.

For more information:

Library Notes from the Lake Sunapee Region

Nov. 13: The Pillsbury Free Library in Warner will be hosting a game day for all ages on Saturday November 13, from 10-1. The library will provide traditional and new board games for groups to play such as Wits and Wagers Family version, Hula Hippo and lots of others, as well as video games for Play Station 3 including Guitar Hero 3, Beatles Rock Band,  Little Big Planet and others; and games on the Wii, such as Wii fit, Wii Play, Wii Sports and Super Mario Bros. This is the third annual National “Gaming at Your Library Day,” writes Library Trustee Laura Milliken. “Come see our newly redecorated meeting room.” Call 456-2289 for more information. Pillsbury Free Library

On-Going: Sunapee’s Abbott Library is now making an Apple IPad available for use at the library. “If you are interested in using the IPad just drop in, email us or call ahead to reserve an hour of time in order to explore all the features the IPad has to offer. A variety of content will be pre-loaded and it will have Internet access via the library wireless network,” reads the announcement on the Abbott Library website.

Nov. 18: At Richard’s Free Library in Newport, Roads Less Traveled: Visionary New England Lives with author John Walters will be presented on Thursday, Nov 18th at 7 pm. Roads Less Traveled tells the life stories of some truly remarkable people — people whose lives are full of passion and purpose. They have devoted themselves to a career, an art form, an idea, or a cause,” reads the announcement. “They have literally taken their own ‘road less traveled.’ Their stories  testify to the breadth of human creativity, and the strength of the human spirit. All are residents of VT or NH.” 

Walters writes about people you know including: Continue reading

Newport Historical Society: “Wild Goose Waters From Above”

Fly back in time and see Lake Sunapee as few have seen it. The Newport Historical Society will present a slide show, photo selections from Wild Goose Waters From Above, with Babe Sargent and Ron Garceau on Monday, Nov. 8th at 7 pm at the Sugar River Community Room, at the rear of 10 N. Main Street, Newport.

From a Piper Clipper in 1949 and 1950, John A. Sargent and his son John W. “Babe” Sargent used a surplus military camera to take hundreds of aerial photographs around Lake Sunapee. In 2009, SooNipi Publishing released a coffee table book with over 200 of these amazing black and white images. Guests will be able to learn about the project. Signed books will be available.

Newport’s South Church Hosts Concert Nov 7th

Sonata for single violin #1 in E minor BWV 100...

Image via Wikipedia

“Let me point the way to a wonderful concert to be held at South Congregational Church in Newport, Sunday afternoon from 2-4 pm on November 7th, 2010,” writes Steve White, Sunapee.

“The performers are a mixture of those talented folks from South Church, where music is as close to heaven as we can make it, and some invited professionals…. Remember, [it's] an eclectic repertoire from rag-time and jazz to Bach and Haydn. Hope to see you all there.”

The afternoon will also include a choral piece by local composer David Chaves, and Mark Lutton will “jam” on the organ with Fats Waller’s Rusty Pail Blues.

For the event flyer (PDF 102kb), click here.

A Workshop for Beginner Maplers

Have you thought about making your own maple syrup? Do you want to know what is needed and learn how to do it? Then, here’s your chance to learn about all the steps from the tree to the table and the equipment needed. There will be a backyard Maple Sugaring Workshop geared to first-time and beginner maplers having less than 75 taps on on Thursday, March 4 at Richards Free Library, Newport, from 6 to 8 p.m. Continue reading

Newport Winter Carnival is Underway

The 94th Newport Winter Carnival is underway and runs through Sunday, February 14. Today’s events include the Queens pageant finale at the Newport Opera House at 7 p.m. and the 15th annual Midnight Skate on the Common from 10 p.m. to midnight. For a listing of events, visit the Newport NH Chamber of Commerce website. Continue reading

Selections Exhibit Opens Friday at Newport Arts Center

Library Arts Center director Kate Niboli hangs a colorful painting by artist Rebecca Gottesman as she prepares for this year’s Selections Exhibit that opens February 5 in the Library Arts Center Gallery in Newport. The opening reception will be Friday evening from 5 to 7 p.m. Exhibits and openings are free and open to the public.  Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to  4 p.m. The Selections Exhibit will be on display through March 18.

Artists selected for the show include:

  • Sally Wellborn, Cornish, NH – collage and gouache
  • Susan Lirakis, Center Sandwich, NH – black and white photography
  • Robert O’Brien AWS, NWS, Perkinsville, VT – watercolor
  • Judty Laliberte, Quechee, VT – watercolor
  • Betsy Derrick, Hanover, NH – oil painting
  • Tom Pirozzoli, Goshen, NH – oil painting, interior and exteriors scenes
  • Rebecca Gottesman, Norwich, VT – paintings
  • Phyllis Hofman, Canterbury, NH – mixed media sculpture

The Library Arts Center, which has served the region as a community cultural center since 1967, is located at 58 N. Main Street in Newport, New Hampshire. The gallery is located in the former carriage house of the historic mansion occupied by the Richards Free Library, across the street from the Newport Town Common. For more information, call (603)-863-3040 or visit


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