This summer, Cook Memorial Library offers a chance to read and relate your own road trip stories in a two-part series facilitated by Nathanial Winship. The introduction will be on June 28 at 7 p.m., where you are invited to borrow a road trip book from a collection at the library, read it during the summer, and discuss how you would create your own road trip narrative. The follow-up meeting will be on Wednesday, Aug. 30, at 7 p.m., where participants will share reviews about the books they have read, share your own experiences and listen to those of others.
The Barnstormers opens next week with the acclaimed Monty Python hit “Spamalot” Thursday, June 29, through Saturday, July 8. The original production was nominated for 14 Tony awards, and hailed by The New Yorker as a “no-holds-barred smash hit.” There is some mildly suggestive behavior and one swear word. Get your tickets by calling the box office at (603) 323-8500
The rest of Barnstormers season includes “The Ghost Train” by Arnold Ridley from July 13 to July 22; “My Three Angels” by Samuel and Bella Spenack from July 27 to Aug. 5; “Towards Zero” by Agatha Christie from Aug. 10 to 19; “Driving Miss Daisy” by Alfred Uhry from Aug. 27 to Sept. 2. For more information, visit www.barnstormerstheatre.org or call the box office.
Registration for the Tamworth Swim Program will be held at White Lake Beach on Thursday, June 29, from 1 to 3 p.m. If you need additional information, call (603) 986-7873. The Tamworth Swim Program has a Facebook page.
Staying active is a key component for the health and well being of seniors. On Thursday, June 29, from 10 to 11 a.m., The Mug Community Cafe at Chocorua Community Church presents guest speaker Dr. Jack Haddam, owner of Lakeside Physical Therapy and Fitness Center of Route 16 in Tamworth, who will address this timely subject. The public is welcome and refreshments will be provided. For more information, call the church at (603) 323-7186.
The Tamworth summer contra dance series begins at the Tamworth Town House from 8 to 10:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 1, and continues every Saturday through Sept. 2. The cost is $7 for adults and teens and $3 for children under 13. Events are family-friendly and all dances are taught. Following is a list of scheduled musicians: July 1, Gale Wood and String Equinox; July 8, Dudley Laufman and friends; July 15, Gale Wood and String Equinox; July 22, Dudley Laufman and friends; July 29, Gale Wood and String Equinox; Aug. 5, Byron Ricker and Puckerbrush; Aug. 12, Gale Wood and String Equinox; Aug. 19, Byron Ricker and Puckerbrush; Aug. 26, Dudley Laufman and friends; Sept. 2, Eric Rollnick and Puckerbrush.
There’s still time to sign up for Cook Memorial Library’s summer reading program, beginning July 1. There will be popsicles for weekly prizes this year and grand prizes for those who finish the program and enjoy six weeks of fun reading.
A reminder that Concerts by the River, the always popular summer series of musical events behind The Other Store in Tamworth village, starts up on July 2 with The Starlight Honeys, followed on July 9 by Hans and Tom and the Stafford kids. On July 16, hear the lively Celtic sounds of the White Mountain Ceili Band; on July 23 Cindy Duchin and the Yankee Swap entertains; on July 30 there will be the Bangkok Disco Jazz Band; Aug 6 is the Mango Groove Steel Drum Band; and lastly on Aug. 13, High Range. The concerts are free with donations gratefully accepted. Concert goers laze on the lawn on their own blankets or folding chairs or sit under umbrellas on the store’s spacious deck, with a great view of the stage. Drinks and ice-cream are available inside the store.
The Tamworth Recreation Department hosts a new Facebook page with details of sponsored events, including the always spectacular Family Day on July 4. The times are as follows: 10 a.m., parade registration at The Town Office; 11 a.m., parade from Town House to Brett School; noon, music, games, food and activities; 7 p.m., The Jon Sarty Band, food and games; 9:30 p.m., fireworks. Plan to support this one-day event by participating in the parade with a float representing your business, non-profit or family. If you can’t participate in the parade, join in the post-parade activities at the Brett School or watch the parade from the roadside. Remember to post your pictures of the parade on the Tamworth Recreation Department’s Facebook page.
Cook Memorial Library’s seventh annual fun race in Tamworth Village celebrates Independence Day starting at 8:30 a.m. at Ordination Rock on Cleveland Hill Road. Pick up at forms from Cook Memorial Library or downloaded them from the website at tamworthlibrary.org. Runners may register prior to the race beginning at 7 a.m. at the Brett School. Participants must check in at the school between 7 and 8 a.m. on race day. Proceeds from the $15 registration go to the library. Thanks to The Tamworth Lyceum and Tamworth Distillery and Mercantile for donations of commemorative bandanas for the participants.
Remick Farm & Museum presents a “Summer Thyme Herbal Retreat” on Saturday and Sunday, July 8-9. This is an immersive learning experience led by the museum’s herbalist Carole Felice. Learn the many ways of bringing herbal medicine into your life; practice methods of harvesting and drying; make infusions, tinctures and salves. The event includes instruction materials; products made during the workshop, time to explore, two farm-to-table lunches and Saturday dinner. The cost is $275 or $225 for museum members. For reservations and information, call (603) 323-7591.
The Chocorua Public Library presents an olive oil tasting event on July 13, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Library Director Marion Posner says: “We will enter the sunny groves of Italy, Greece and beyond, learning about the age old art of tasting and the subtleties that influence the flavors and taste and contemplate upon the new diversity of oils from various countries.”
If you would like some wicker for your home or camp, I hear that there are several items available at the U-Used Thrift Store in the basement of the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of the Eastern Slopes Church.
The store, which displays many items of both useful and decorative items for sale, will be open during the Tamworth Farmers’ Market on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.