Barnstead NH News

October 18, 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.



Letter To The Editor


The same issues that worry us (and often divide us) as a nation can be seen right here in NH. My list of concerns includes voting rights, public education, health care, healthy environment, civil rights, jobs and wages.  These are issues being debated right here in NH with laws being drafted and voted on – and, in turn, affecting our state and local communities, affecting you and me. On all of these issues, you and I have a chance to be heard, to have our concerns addressed, right here in NH. But we must speak, act, call, fax, text, write letters, sign petitions, show up at the statehouse (Concord is not far and most sessions are open to the public). At least we must get to know our elected officials, how they are voting, and what kinds of bills they are proposing. You don’t need to do it all, just pick one area of special concern to you. 


But if you do nothing else, please vote. And more important, be an informed voter. The 2018 mid-term elections are not that far away. Every single vote counts. Get ready. Begin now to understand where your representatives and senators stand on the issues you care about. Vote them out if they do not represent you and your community’s best interests and vote in those who do. Chances are you have a state representative living within a few miles of you. Talk to them, write to them.  Tell them what is important to you. To find your representative, their voting record, or to follow a bill in Concord, go to 


For weekly updates on what is happening in Concord, see the NH American Friends Service Committee’s newsletter:


To ensure our representative democracy – “government of the people, by the people, for the people” – be informed. Then vote. Thank you.


Suzanne Allison

Barnstead, NH



Annual Church Fair in Barnstead


Save Saturday November 4th for our charming, country church fair!   There will be fun, food and treasures at the Congregational Church of North Barnstead, 504 North Barnstead Road in Barnstead.   Bring family and friends, jump start your holiday list with unique gifts and join with others for delicious breakfast and lunch in the café.


The fair has many favorite features including:  jewelry, collectibles, gift baskets, made in NH items, baked goods,  kitchen items and hand-made items from Ghana, Africa.  Several raffles will be held as well as a Door Prize Drawing.   


The silent auction with unique new and vintage items is always a popular part of the fair.    The list goes on – come see for yourself and go home with a treasure.


Any questions can be directed to April Ellis or Ken LeGrow



Oscar Foss Memorial Library News

Josh Judge Comes to Barnstead!


On Saturday, October 21 Josh Judge will be at the Oscar Foss Memorial Library to share his new children’s book, “Be Nice to the Weather Guy” at 11:00 am. Signed copies of his book will be available to purchase during the event. 


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. 


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.


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.



The Gallery At The League Of NH Craftsmen Headquarters Hosts North Country Studio Workshops Exhibition

Through December 22nd, 2017


In celebration of the 25th anniversary of the founding of North Country Studio Workshops (NCSW), the League of NH Craftsmen is presenting a multi-media exhibition of work by artists that have attended workshops over the years, many of whom are juried members of the League. Visitors will see a wide variety of handcrafted art, including sterling silver and beaded jewelry, clay and wood-fired stoneware, mixed media art and functional vessels, ash splint baskets, textile and found object wall hangings, silkscreened prints, and more. This exhibition is open to the public through December 22nd at the Gallery at League Headquarters, 49 South Main Street in Concord, NH. All items are available for purchase. 


“North Country Studio Workshops is honored to collaborate with the League of NH Craftsmen, giving participants from our workshops an opportunity to exhibit inspired and new works in the League’s beautiful gallery. This exhibit highlights what can happen when an artist is recharged by ideas and techniques within a community of like spirits,” said NCSW Executive Committee President Teresa Taylor.


“Our juried members who have participated in North Country Studio Workshops have taken their skills and creative approach to the next level,” said League Standards Manager Catherine Green. “The League is thrilled to be recognizing this wonderful education program and its commitment to helping artists and craftsmen explore, expand, and create.”


The Grodin Permanent Collection Museum 

Visitors can also enjoy fine craft displayed in the League’s Grodin Permanent Collection Museum. The Permanent Collection features craft from the League’s early years to the present, including pieces made by some of the world’s renowned craftspeople. The permanent collection pieces on display rotate on a regular basis. Admission to the museum is free.


For information about the Gallery exhibitions or the League of NH Craftsmen, call 603-224-3375, email, or visit


Local Participants in North Country Studio Workshops Exhibition:


Barnstead, NH: Teresa Taylor

Chichester, NH: Andy Hampton

Northwood, NH: Russet Jennings 













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