Spring into Warner, Jump into the Arts

Warner, N.H. — The Warner group of the Kearsarge Area Chamber of Commerce welcomes spring with a family oriented arts festival in Warner on Saturday, May 18, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Art, music, and crafts will fill the town.

Local artists will demonstrate and musicians and dancers will perform at venues along Main Street.

  • See performances by Click Horning at Main Street Bookends, Marek Bennett at BeezInk and Walking Bear Singers at the Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum tent at Sugar River Bank.
  • Watch dance demonstrations and workshops by the Kearsarge Conservatory for the Performing Arts in Town Hall.
  • Help create a group mural at BeezInk. (There will be lots for kids to do with crafts and activities throughout downtown.)
  • Look for barn and book sales at the Warner Historical Society, the Pillsbury Free Library and Main Street Bookends.

Rollins State Park will be open that day so plan to include a hike up Mt. Kearsarge in your days’ activities.

For more info, visit www.kearsargechamber.org or email: siw@kearsargechamber.org.

Native American containers on exhibit in Warner NH

"Gourd Basket Full of Dream"

“Gourd Basket Full of Dream” by Judy Dow

A new exhibit of Native American containers is on display in the contemporary art gallery at the Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum in Warner, N.H.

Bark, marsh-plant fiber, ash splint, gourd, cattails – these are  some of the materials that have been skillfully and artfully twined, woven, carved, folded, or sewn into the containers.

“Containers” will focus on connecting the works of art to the plants from which they have been made,  as shown in Judy Dow’s “Gourd Basket Full of Dreams” and Vera Longtoe Sheehan’s “Five-color Twined Bag.”

The exhibit also features works from artists Jeanne Kent, Liz Charlebois, Lina Longtoe, Jennifer Lee, and Julia Marden.

“Containers” will be on display through July 14.

For more information, including hours and admission, visit: www.indianmuseum.org.

Five-Color Twined Bag by Vera Longtoe Sheehan

Five-Color Twined Bag by Vera Longtoe Sheehan

Warner hosts cooking demos: Eat Fresh with the Market Chef

The Warner Area Farmers Market has scheduled outdoor cooking demonstrations Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. The series — “Eat Fresh with the Market Chef” — focuses on local foods in season and continues for most Saturdays until October 13, 2012. The farmers market is held on the Town Hall lawn, 9 to noon.

Presenters include chefs from:

  • local restaurants
  • presenters from local organic farms
  • a market that features NH made food products and
  • the UNH cooperative extension office.

“We have an amazing line-up with a variety of topics,” said Suzanne Bohman,  manager of the Warner Area Farmers Market.

Topics include summer salads and salsa, family menus using fresh ingredients, healthy cooking, mozzarella cheese from local milk, and tamales using local corn.

There is something for everyone—from the gourmet foodie to the busy mom wanting a simple but healthy meal. Our presenters will focus on fresh ingredients put together in creative ways. In most demos, recipes will be available and samples will be given away. – Suzanne Bohman from the Warner Area Farmers Market

For more info and schedule updates, check Facebook or email: suzbohman@gmail.com.

>>> Download/view the event poster (197KB): Eat Local Eat Fresh with the Market Chef.

The series is a result of the Warner Area Farmers Market participating in a project funded by the Capital Area Wellness Coalition, a collaborative volunteer organization in Concord dedicated to creating a healthier community.

The goal of the Healthy Foods Subcommittee in 2012 is to increase community access to healthy locally produced food.

This project has been supported by Kearsarge Area Eat Local (KAEL), a group of volunteers dedicated to increasing accessibility to local foods by cultivating relationships between farmers, growers and consumers and by the Warner Area Farmers Market, a source of fresh local products since 1974.

Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum hosts Intertribal Powwow

Takara Matthews is this year’s Head Lady Dancer.

For the first time, the Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum in Warner, N.H., will celebrate its annual intertribal powwow with a drum competition.

MKIM‘s 13th Annual Intertribal Powwow begins on July 14 at 10 a.m.and runs to July 15 at 4 p.m.

Two host drums will supply music for the weekend and other Native American drums are invited to enter the competition.

“Most people don’t realize that the event is about more than competitions. It’s really a way for Native American participants to socialize with one another. Non-native visitors get the chance to learn about new cultures through music, dance, arts, crafts, and food,” says the museum’s Executive Director Lynn Clark.

The museum welcomes the entire community to spend the weekend and enjoy activities for the whole family.

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Admission is $8.50 for adults and $6.50 for children with discounts for families, students, and seniors. Museum members are admitted free. Those who become members at the Powwow will receive free admission as well.

For event and program information, visit www.indianmuseum.org.

Photographs from last year’s powwow by Steven Daigle.

“Susan B. Anthony, the Invincible!” comes to Warner May 20th

“Susan B. Anthony, the Invincible!” will be presented at the Warner Town Hall, 5 East Main Street on Friday, May 20 at 7 p.m. The program is open to the public free of charge. All ages welcome. For more info, call Pillsbury Free Library, Warner, 603-456-2289.

Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum offers Home School Day

Home School families are invited to the 3rd annual Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum Home School Day for a day of learning and fun on Tuesday, May 17. Education Coordinator Edie Daigle, MKIM, said activities include guided tours of the museum galleries and the Medicine Woods Trail and a Medicine Woods Scavenger Hunt.

Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum is a natural resource for home school parents said Daigle.  “If your curriculum includes the study of American Indian history and culture, the relationship between people and their environments, or elements of indigenous art and crafts, then a visit to Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum is the perfect way to enhance your students’ learning.”

The Indian Museum and Cultural and Educational Center is located at 18 Highlawn Road in Warner.

For more info and admission fees, contact MKIM, phone  603-456-2600 or email education@indianmuseum.org.

Kearsarge Area Eat Local announces January events

A community potluck supper and contra dance with Dudley and Jack Laufman and a program featuring Newbury’s  Marc Moran from Hopewell Farm highlight fun and farm-friendly events being held in Warner this January.  The potluck supper and dance will be held at the Warner Town Hall on Saturday, January 22. People are invited to bring a dish and are encouraged to use local ingredients. (See below for more info.)
The Kearsarge Area Eat Local committee supports sustainable agriculture and the local sourcing of food.  Their January meeting and programs, including the community potluck, are open to all. Newcomers are welcome.
  • January 5 – Wednesday – Monthly Kearsarge Area Eat Local meeting, 7 pm, Pillsbury Free Library.
  • January 14 – Friday – The film TAPPED: The Story of Bottled Water 7 pm, Pillsbury Free Library. Donations accepted.
  • January 20 – Thursday – Farmer Presentation by Marc Moran, Hopewell Farm, Newbury: “Fish Farming, Permaculture and Homesteading in the 21st Century” 7 pm, Pillsbury Free Library. Free.
  • January 22 – Saturday – Community Potluck Supper, Warner Town Hall, 6-7:30 pm. Bring a dish to share; local ingredients encouraged. Free. —– At 7:30 pm, contra dance featuring nationally known Two Fiddles, Dudley and Jackie Laufman, from Canterbury, NH. Cost: $7 donation to  musicians.

These events are collaboratively sponsored by local groups, businesses and town entities including KAEL, Warner Area Farmers Market, Pillsbury Free Library, Warner Connects, Warner Time Bank, Warner Energy Committee, and MainStreet Bookends. For more info, call the Pillsbury Free Library at 603-456-2289.

Black Mountain gets boost from Fish and Game

The New Hampshire Department of Fish and Game is working with the United States Fish and Wildlife Service to obligate $150,000 of Wildlife Restoration Funds to the NH Forest Society land protection project on Black Mountain. This contribution will come from US Fish & Wildlife Service’s Pittman-Robertson Act funds. The NH Department of Fish and Game will hold a conservation easement on the land.

“We are so close to reaching our goal,” said Forest Society President/Forester Jane Difley. “We are so grateful to all the many individuals and businesses that have contributed to the Black Mountain conservation campaign so far. Thanks to them, if the Fish and Game funds come through, we will be just $14,000 away from ensuring that this land remains intact.”

Fish and Game is pleased to work with the US Fish and Wildlife Service to bring funding from the Federal Aid in Wildlife Restoration Program to the Black Mountain Forest project,. The project will protect a large section of Mount Kearsarge, a defining landscape feature in central NH, and conserve significant fish and wildlife habitat resources for all the state’s citizens. — Charlie Bridges, habitat/wildlife diversity programs administrator at the NH Department of Fish and Game Continue reading

LCHIP Grants Go To 24 Projects Including Black Mountain

Mount Kearsarge and Black Mountain together form a picturesque and historic backdrop to several communities. View from near NH 11 and NH 114 in Sutton. Photo by Jerry and Marcy Monkman, EcoPhotography.

The Land and Community Heritage Investment Program (LCHIP) this week announced the award of matching grants to 24 projects including an  initiative to protect 1025 acres on Black Mountain in Sutton and Warner.

“LCHIP announced a $150,000 grant for Black Mountain, bringing the campaign over the $1 million mark,” said Forest Society Vice President for Development Susanne Kibler-Hacker. “Today’s total is $1,035,360. We have December 15 to raise the remaining $165,000.”

Read the Forest Society announcement.

Read more about the Black Mountain initiative.

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Warner Hosts Holiday Farmers Market Dec. 11

Warner is hosting a holiday farmers market Saturday, December 11 from 10 am to 2 pm at the Warner Town Hall on Main Street. Organized by the Kearsarge Area Eat Local Committee and co-sponsored by the Warner Area Farmers Market, the holiday market will offer a festive array of healthy choices “to fill stomach and stocking,” said Linda Burdick, a volunteer for KAEL.

Download/view the event flyer here: Warner – Eat Local Holiday Farmers Market (pdf 155kb )

The Gift of Healthy Eating

We really wanted to offer a variety of items, said Burdick. There will be eight vendors from Warner and others from Newbury, Sutton, Newport, Bristol, Hopkinton, Springfield and Henniker. Amongst those in attendance will be Hopewell Farm (Newbury), Dancin’ Apple Farm (Warner), Kearsarge Gore Farm (Warner) and Vegetable Ranch (Warner). Small producers and large CSAs will be represented.

For the holiday table there will be local seasonal vegetables (with recipes) and salad greens; fresh bread and baked goods and gluten-free choices; local beef, pork, lamb, chicken and turkey; sauces and marinades; eggs, whole milk and goat cheese; and maple syrup and jams.

Gift selections will include lip balm, skin smoothers and candles; chocolate truffles and cookies; and wreaths, fresh greens and gift baskets.

A café will offer coffee, tea and hot food; music will add to the holiday spirit.

Kearsarge Area Eat Local

Although the Warner Area Farmers Market has been around for years, KAEL formed about six months ago, Burdick said. In September, it organized Warner Eat Local Week with farm tours, an extended farmers market, educational programs, cooking demonstrations, and a community potluck dinner.

“It [the potluck dinner] truly was a community-building event,” Burdick said. “It was very warmly received.”

KAEL supports healthy food and shopping choices, our area  farmers, sustainable systems and the local first economy.

After meeting with local farmers and consumers earlier in the year, KAEL discovered that people want (1) more information about local sourcing and year-round buying and selling opportunities and (2) information and education about how to buy, prep, cook, and preserve locally produced foods.

The group meets at the Pillsbury Free Library (on the first Wednesday of the month at 7 pm) and welcomes new members, volunteers interested in helping with events and programs.

Other Holiday Events in Warner

On December 11, Warner Village will hold its Fourth Annual Shopping Tour sponsored by local businesses and the Kearsarge Area Chamber of Commerce. There will be horse and carriage rides, displays by local artisans at the Upton Chandler House Museum, a Santa parade and much more. Also, on display at the Warner Town Hall, is the Festival of Trees.

Visit http://Kearsargechamber.org for details and a printable schedule.

A community calendar provided by Pillsbury Free Library also has helpful information.

Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum: Scholarships Available for Native American Arts Classes

New Hampshire teachers and low-income residents can receive scholarships to attend the Native American Living Arts Program at Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum, Education and Cultural Center in Warner.  The program offers a monthly hands-on class designed to promote understanding and appreciation of how the artifacts in the Museum were made and used and to help preserve and promote traditional Native arts and skills for future generations. Classes are appropriate for ages 12 and up.

Classes meet the first Saturday of each month through June and include beadwork, pottery, porcupine quillwork, twined basket making, star quilt making and its historical/cultural significance, flute making and playing, and hand drum making.

Fees range from $25 – $75 and financial assistance (50 to 100% of class costs) is available for first and second year K-12 teachers and low-income state residents.

Next class: Twined Basketry with Julia Marden, Aquinnah Wampanoag, is December 4 at 9 am.

Twined Basketry once widely practiced throughout the northeast, declined in the 19th century due to the widespread adoption of wood splint basketry. Twining is known from only a small sampling of surviving baskets and archaeological fragments. The traditional materials used included corn husks, grasses, rushes, bark fibers, and cordage made from native plants such as milkweed, dogbane (Indian hemp), and false nettle.

Twining has seen a limited revival amongst the Wampanoag and Narragansett. Most of those who create twined bags and baskets use commercial fibers such as hemp, jute, linen, and cotton. Occasionally traditional fibers are used. Julia Marden is one of the more talented artists. She uses designs derived from northeast woodland cultures. Her work is noted for the particularly tight quality of the twining. In addition to twined basketry she also twines sashes and garters for ceremonial dress.

For more information, class schedule, registration form and financial assistance application visit www.indianmuseum.org or contact the Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum at 603-456-2600. Class sizes are limited, preregistration is strongly recommended.

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

Forest Society Hosts Black Mountain Events

The mountain’s streams and cascades drain to the Blackwater and Warner Rivers. Photo by Jerry and Marcy Monkman, EcoPhotography.

This autumn, the legacy of conserved forest land surrounding the open summit of Mount Kearsarge could see a new chapter as the Forest Society works to purchase 1,025 acres on Black Mountain in Sutton and Warner adjacent to Mount Kearsarge.

Learn more about the conservation project at these upcoming events:

• A hike of Black Mountain on Saturday, Oct. 23 from 10 am to 4 pm. Preregistration is required. Call 603-224-9945 or email signup@forestsociety.org.

• Informational sessions—Wednesday, Oct. 27 at 7 pm at Tracy Memorial Library, New London, and on Thursday, Oct. 28 at 7 pm at the Sutton Town Hall. Continue reading

NH Forest Society Seeks to Protect Black Mountain

Earlier this month, the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests announced it is working to purchase 1,025 acres on Black Mountain, a secondary peak of Mount Kearsarge in the towns of Sutton and Warner. If successful in raising $1.2 million by Dec. 15, the Forest Society will manage the property as one of its Forest Reservations.


Mount Kearsarge and Black Mountain together form a picturesque and historic backdrop to several communities. View from near NH 11 and NH 114 in Sutton. Photo by Jerry and Marcy Monkman, EcoPhotography.


Just two years ago, the land was advertised as a promising site for a residential subdivision. Today, the landowner has agreed to sell the parcel to the Forest Society, but the $1.2 million must be raised by Dec. 15. To date the Forest Society has identified funding sources for approximately $650,000 of the total.

For more information about Black Mountain or to contribute to the project, visit www.forestsociety.org/blackmountain, email skh@forestsociety.org, call 603-224-9945, or look for “Black Mountain, NH” on Facebook.

The Black Mountain project continues our century-long commitment to protecting the area around Mount Kearsarge, one of New Hampshire’s iconic peaks. We know that it will be a challenge to raise the funds in the short time frame, but we need to take advantage of this opportunity. – Forest Society President/Forester Jane Difley Continue reading

No Impact Man Comes to Warner Friday Night

No Impact Man

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Tonight, Friday, March 12, the Warner film series continues with the screening of “No Impact Man.” The Warner Energy Committee, Pillsbury Free Library, MainStreet Bookends, and Warner Connects are sponsoring the movie that will be shown at MainStreet Bookends at 7 p.m. Author Colin Beavan began the No Impact Project in November 2006.

Newly self-proclaimed environmentalist who could no longer avoid pointing the finger at himself, Colin leaves behind his liberal complacency with a vow to make as little environmental impact as possible for one year. No more automated transportation, no more electricity, no more non-local food, no more material consumption . . . no problem. That is, until his espresso-guzzling, retail-worshipping wife Michelle and their two-year-old daughter are dragged into the fray. – Warner library event announcement

Refreshments will be served and discussion will follow the screening.  For more information call MainStreet Bookends, 603-456-2700, or visit: curiouslylocal.com.


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