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Barnstead NH News

September 14, 2016

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Barnstead Old Home Day is looking for food vendors on September 17th.  Email contact [email protected]  or you can send a SASE and mail it to the town hall for an application.





Barnstead Old Home Day is looking for yard sale vendors for September 17th.  Please contact BJ Loan at 520-1141, if interested.





Barnstead Community Grange Home Food Preservation Workshop Ann Hamilton is a field specialist in food safety with the food and agriculture team for the University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension in Carroll County.  She will be the featured speaker at the Barnstead Community Grange Meeting to be held at the Oscar Foss Memorial Library in Barnstead on Monday night, September 19 from 6:30 – 8:30.  There is no charge for this workshop and finger foods will be provided.






The Suncook Valley Sno-Riders snowmobile club is holding it’s annual Fall Mum Sale Fundraiser!


When: Saturday Sept 17 & Sunday Sept 18 (9am - 3pm)


Where: EXIT Reward Realty’s field (Corner of Rte 28 & River Rd) in Pittsfield.


For more information see the club’s Facebook page:



Happy Belated Birthday to Leon Bly who celebrated on September 13.



Happy Birthday to Amber Allen, celebrating on September 15.



Dinner Plans For The September “Indian Summer Concert”


On September 24th, doors of the Barnstead Town Hall will open at 6:00 for a full “SOB” dinner of “Stew on Biscuits” before the Indian Summer Concert begins at 7:00 p.m.  The meal will include gluten free Chicken Stew, Beef Stew, Ham Stew in a pumpkin gravy, Scottish Beef and Potatoes, veggie dishes, gluten free meat balls, meatless gluten free zucchini lasagna and assorted salads. The concert, featuring Don Smith, his son and brothers, will begin at 7:00 p.m.  At 8:00 p.m. there will be a half hour intermission when desserts of cookies, cupcakes, cakes, pies and brownies will be served.  Please feel free to bring a dessert donation if you like.


An intimate show not to be missed, Don and his musical family will entertain us with an eclectic sweep of their favorite music from 60’s through 80’s including folk, rock, Motown and country music – all personalized by Don Smith’s reflections on his musical life.


Tickets are of a modest suggested donation and may be purchased or reserved in advance by contacting Chris Bonoli at 603-340-1468 or emailing [email protected].  Tickets may also be purchased from John Moore at Bantu Hair at 211 Main Street in Alton.  All proceeds support the Congregational Church of North Barnstead’s summer camp program which sends children to Horton Center in Gorham, NH. Call Chris with any questions, or if you would like to donate or volunteer at 603-340-1468.



Oscar Foss Memorial Library News

Children’s Programs


Our Toddler Time and Story Hour programs have begun at the Oscar Foss Memorial Library. Toddler Time is Tuesdays at 10:30am for children up to 3yrs and Story Hour is Wednesdays at 10:00am for children 3yrs and older. These programs run weekly throughout the school year, with some exceptions during holidays. Please check our online calendar at for a full schedule. Come join us for some stories, music & movement, and arts & crafts fun!


OFML Writers Group

Beginning on September 15, 2016, Danielle will be hosting a monthly Writers Group at the library! At the first meeting, the group will view the Ted Talk “Your Elusive Creative Genius” presented by Elizabeth Gilbert, then discuss how they would like to format sharing their writing at future meetings. The group will meet on the third Thursday of each month from 6:30pm-7:30pm. Meetings will consist of one of the following:


• Discussion and exercises on topics like; story mapping, character development, research, genres, sources of inspiration, how to publish your work, etc.


• Viewing of Ted Talks by authors or related to writing • Author visits This will be followed by 20-30 minutes of discussion and feedback about material written by group participants. Short stories and poems can be submitted at each meeting for the OFML Writer’s Journal.  The group will decide which submissions should be used and it will be published quarterly and shared by the library. This group is geared towards adults, the library will also be offering a separate group for teens.


Please call the library (269-3900) or visit our website ( for more information about these or any of our other programs or events. There is always something happening at the Oscar Foss Memorial Library! Library hours are Mondays from 2 to 8 p.m., Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thursdays from 5 to 8 p.m., Fridays from 2 to 5 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to noon.



Barnstead Brings Back Old Home Day With A “Homegrown” Theme


On Saturday, 9/17 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., much excitement will be found at the Barnstead Elementary School.  Over a year ago, Lisa Carazzo and her daughter Hope, began gathering a small group to envision a fun-filled day where neighbors can come out and chat, get to know each other and join in some old-fashioned fun and games, along with home grown food and festivities.


Starting at 8 a.m. with a classic car show, (bring yours even if you haven’t contacted us!), followed by the opening of yard sale tables and the farmer’s market, and at 10, a parade that will feature several floats, the PMHS and Elementary School Bands, classic cars, fire trucks, police cars and much more!  The parade will start at Combustion Motor Works and end at the Elementary School.  At 11, at the flag pole, there will a tribute to veterans.  Free games will be featured in center field including, a football toss, corn hole, bean bag toss, potato sack races, ring toss, balloon darts, giant jenga and giant connect 4!  There will be several vendors and each one has donated a basket that will be raffled off.  Also at center field, you will find a big box for donations of canned goods and non-perishables to support the Barnstead food pantry.



Be on the lookout for the Quilt Raffle!  There will be 100 tickets sold for $5 each for a chance to win a beautiful hand-made (home grown) quilt that features Old Home Day t-shirts from years past.


Throughout the afternoon, there will be a bike parade competition with prizes, cake walks (still could use some cake donations), a crock pot contest (need entrants!), and raffles.  A DJ throughout the day, two bands and Man in Motion will be on hand for entertainment.


The White Buffalo will be selling food and our new Police Chief will be out for a meet and greet while manning a hot dog cart to raise money for charity.  There will be face painting and a craft table.


The more people that come out to participate in the different events, volunteer to help, or even just to watch the parade, the more successful it will be!  Do your part and come out!  Sincere thanks to the committee and all individuals who have put forth time, energy and financial support to make this day great fun!  Please note, we are still looking for volunteers, so if you’re a high schooler that still needs community service, come down to the school just before 9 a.m. and we’ll put you to work.



Barnstead Gathering On The Green

Photos by Jennifer Hamel, ImaJenAtion Photography














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