Barnstead NH News

October 11, 2017


The Barnstead Parade Congregational Church will be holding its annual FALL FAIR on Saturday, November 4th from 9 am to 1 pm. Please note the change in the date. We will be having some new items this year-We look forward to seeing you on November 4th! 



On Saturday, October 21 the Barnstead Community Grange presents its Stargaze and Bonfire Blaze event. This free, adults-only evening will feature a bonfire, marshmallow roasting, music and raffles.  There may even be a telescope or two on hand.  Please feel free to BYOB.  Come share an enjoyable fall evening with your friends and neighbors, and make new friends while building community spirit.  This event will run from 6:00-9:00 pm, at Sticks and Stones Farm on White Oak Road.  Take the drive up to the designated parking area, and follow the lighted path to the party.  Rain will cancel the event.



Barnstead Adventure Zone

Submitted By Jean Richards, Program Director


On October 26 our afterschool program will be participating in the annual Lights On Afterschool, a nationwide celebration of afterschool programs.  We will be one of more than 8,000 sites across the nation sending the message that afterschool is key to children’s success, and that we must keep the lights on and doors open after school.  Parents, media, employers, neighbors, school officials and others have been invited to help us rally support for safe, stimulating afterschool programs.


All are invited.


Thursday, October 26th At Barnstead Adventure Zone at the Barnstead Elementary School, 91 Maple St, Barnstead, NH.


Our celebration will:

• Feature tours of our program

• Show work from BAZ kids

• Show our gym Glowing in the Dark and

• Offer Refreshments and our Pumpkin Patch.


The benefits of quality afterschool programs are clear.  They support working families by ensuring that children are safe and productive when the school day ends.  Quality afterschool programs make our communities stronger by involving students, parents, business leaders and volunteers.  Quality afterschool programs give children the opportunity to discover hidden talents as they grow academically and socially.  


All may join us for Lights On Afterschool.  Just look for the glowing pumpkins and head into the Old Lobby. We will see you then!



Oscar Foss Memorial Library News

The Capital Crime of Witchcraft


On Saturday, October 21 at 4pm at the Barnstead Town Hall there will be a presentation on “The Capital Crime of Witchcraft: What the Primary Sources Tell Us”. On first impression, the witchcraft trials of the Colonial era may seem to have been nothing but a free-for-all, fraught with hysterics. Margo Burns explores an array of prosecutions in seventeenth century New England, using facsimiles of primary source manuscripts, from first formal complaints to arrest warrants, indictments of formal charges to death warrants, and the reversals of attainder and rescinding of excommunications years after the fact; demonstrating how methodically and logically the Salem Court worked. This program focuses on the Salem witchcraft trials of 1692 and 1693, when nineteen people were hanged and one crushed to death, but also examines a variety of other cases against women in New Hampshire, Massachusetts, and Connecticut. This program is sponsored by the Oscar Foss Memorial Library and the Barnstead Historical Society with funding by NH Humanities


OFML Celebrating 100 Years!

Join us on Saturday, October 21 for our Centennial Celebration! Festivities begin at 10am and will continue throughout the day for the whole family. Come help us celebrate our 100th anniversary with cake, a history walk, special activities, raffles, and more! We will be unveiling our used book store and our Little Free Book Exchange. Children’s book characters will also be visiting and available for pictures throughout the day. 


Please call the library (269-3900) or visit our website ( for more information about any of our programs or events. There is always something happening at the Oscar Foss Memorial Library! Library hours are; Tuesday and Wednesday: 10am-6pm, Thursday and Friday: 12pm-8pm, Saturday: 10am-1pm, Sunday and Monday: closed.



Calling all Barnstead Residents!


What’s happening to our water and what can we do about it?


Given weather extremes and the vulnerability of our water supply, Barnstead faces unique challenges as Locke Lake residents are dealing with significant water shortages.


Residents who have been involved with the Barnstead Water Protection Ordinance invite all residents of Barnstead to a public forum. 


This will be an informational opportunity to discuss ideas for continuing to protect our water and assure that all residents have access to the water that they need.


Barnstead Town Hall


October 18, 2017

6:30 pm


Contacts:Diane St. Germain, or Doug Darrell,













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