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.