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Epsom NH News

September 9, 2015

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Evergreen Lodge #53 and Ivy Green Rebekah Lodge #36 are sponsoring another great Dinner/Cabaret Show on Friday, October 2nd and Saturday, October 3rd at the American Legion Hall. The dinner/show begins at 6 pm and includes appetizers, turkey, roast beef and all the fixings, beverages and dessert! The show, directed by Elizabeth Lent features all local talent! Tickets are $25.00 per person or a table of 6 for $125.00. Reservations are required. Call Vickie at 736-4707 to reserve tickets or for more info. Plan to join us for a great night of good food and entertainment. Proceeds will be used to continue Hall restoration and community outreach projects.





The Suncook Valley Sno Riders snowmobile club is holding its 4th annual Fall Mum Sale fundraiser!


When:  Saturday Sept. 12 & Sunday Sept. 13 (9am-5pm)

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


We will also be selling fall decorative items like hay bales and corn stalks.


For more information see the club's FaceBook page:



Epsom Bible Church AWANA Clubs


Awana Clubs at Epsom Bible Church will begin our 2015-2016 season on Thursday night September 17th. This will be our 29th year of having Awana Clubs and we are thankful for the things God has accomplished through this program in previous years.


For those of you who may not be familiar, Epsom Bible Awana Clubs are a branch of Awana International which started in the early 1950’s in a Chicago church and has grown into a worldwide program teaching boys and girls the Word of God in unique ways. Awana Clubs offered at Epsom Bible include Cubbies for girls and boys ages 3 and 4, Sparks for girls and boys in school grades K-2, as well as Truth and Training for girls and boys in grades 3 through 6.


Each Awana night consists of a game time, handbook time, and council time. Once or twice a month we plan a special theme night. We try to make our clubs as fun and exciting as possible. During Council time one of our leaders or a special guest speaker presents a message from the Bible, and awards are presented to those clubbers who have earned them for completing handbook work.


Our Clubs are open to all children in the Epsom area, and we would love to have your children attend. You do not need to be a member of, or attend, Epsom Bible Church, for your children to attend. Come to Club on the 17th or any Thursday evening thereafter between 6:15 and 6:30 PM. Club starts at 6:30 and we end the evening at 8:00. Epsom Bible Church is at 398 Black Hall Road, approximately 3/4 mile past the Epsom Central School on the same side of the road (look for the big sign out front). If you have any questions or would like more information call Kim or Paul Sanborn at 798-5050 or email at: [email protected]



A New Season At Epsom Public Library


The Epsom Public Library is pleased to announce an upcoming photography exhibit by Chichester artist, Gail Laker-Phelps.  A New Season is a collection of images about farming, plowing and the fruits, or blooms, of those efforts, and will be on display from September 12 through October 24.  The exhibit may be viewed during regular library hours, Monday – Thursday, 10 am to 7 pm and Saturday, 9 am to 1 pm.  The public is cordially invited to meet the artist at a reception on Friday, September 18 from 5:00 to 7:00 pm in the library gallery space.


Gail Laker-Phelps has lived in Chichester, New Hampshire since 1983 with her husband Richard. She retired from the Concord School District where she taught art for 29 years, including photography at Concord High School. She studied and worked in traditional color photography for a number of years and more recently has focused on fine art digital images and printing.


Gail exhibited annually with the Concord School District art faculty and has organized solo shows of her work in Concord and, more recently, at the Chichester Library. She is a member of the New Hampshire Society of Photographic Artists and participates each winter in its annual Exeter, NH exhibit as well as NHSPA special events. Gail is a member of the Chichester Photo Group. This is a group of local folks who share an interest in photography and who meet regularly to share knowledge and skills, plan activities such as group exhibitions, and who sometimes collaborate with other town organizations.



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With funds from a Promise Grant approved by The Elks National Foundation and received by The Concord Epsom Elks Lodge, the lodge sponsored a trip to Canobie Lake  Park for the Suncook Boys and Girls Club. Thirty four kids were given admission tickets and lunch vouchers. Several Chaperones and Elks members joined them and had a fun filled day. Above Exalted Ruler, Kenneth H. Pennell, is shown with a group of the kids.


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Exalted Ruler, Kenneth H. Pennell, with the Director of the Suncook Boys and Girls Club, Justin Smith.





To My Constituents:

Due to my health, I will not be able to attend the Budget Committee meetings anymore. I thank all of you who voted for me and of course the committee itself. Thank you for allowing me to serve my community to the very best of my ability. May GOD Bless You All.


Herb Bartlett



Valley Artisan of the Month Cheryl Geerdes

Submitted by Alison Parodi- Bieling

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For many years, Cheryl Geerdes has enjoyed the “crafty world” from dried florals to lead glass, knitting, painting and now creating one-of-a-kind jewelry designs into earrings, bracelets and necklaces.


Cheryl enjoys the challenge of constantly looking for interesting and unusual beads and recycling vintage jewelry. Creating jewelry is not only a relaxing pastime but a lot of fun. One of the nice things about making jewelry is it’s portability. Whether at home in NH or FL or RV’ing cross country, she is able to continue her craft anytime or anywhere, finding inspiration wherever she goes.


Cheryl has been a long time member of Valley Artisans and she invites everyone to come and see her designs and to peruse the three rooms of craft items by the many local talented members and consignors of Valley Artisans.


Cheryl has generously donated one of her Regaliz style bracelets of European leather with hand made bead accent for our monthly drawing. 


Valley Artisans is conveniently located off Rte.4E at the first traffic light from the Epsom Circle.  We are open Wed. thru Sunday from 10AM - 6PM.



Epsom Public Library Youth Programs


“Touch A Truck,” Saturday, September 12th 10am-1pm: Get on board with vehicles of all kinds! Join us for a hands on opportunity to explore different community vehicles including a fire truck, police car and many construction vehicles. Play in the “Bounce House” and enjoy “popscorn!”  Raffle tickets will be on sale for some great “Lego” building sets and a Tonka 4x4 T-Rex Truck. Refreshments will be provided! Breakfast for the drivers begins at 9am. Rick Belanger is once again coordinating the vehicles! If you have a truck and want to join this event call Rick or call Vickie at the library at 736-9920.


CHILDREN’S COOKING CLASS, Monday, September 14th at 3:30pm: This hands-on  cooking and food preparation class for children in Grades 2-4, will introduce new food combinations and tastes! Heather Bowes will teach the class. To sign up call the library.


STORY TIME:  Mondays at 10am, Tuesdays at 1:30pm and Thursdays at 3:30pm. Join us for stories, songs and crafts!


LEGO CLUB is Thursdays at 3:30pm. The library has a wonderful Lego collection. Children make a creation and can display it in the library!


TODDLER TIME: Will be changing to Thursday mornings at 10 am beginning September 10th!



Find Your Bliss At Rustique On Route 4

By Meggin Dail

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Two separate pieces used to create a hutch.


Recently I had the opportunity to talk to Bridget Remare of Rustique in Epsom. Despite the fact that she lives down the road from me and I’ve been following her shop on facebook, this was the first time I had stopped to get to know her and find out more about her upcycled furniture and home accessories shop.


If you haven’t yet been in, Rustique is located at 1022 Dover Road (Route 4), Epsom, NH. Next door are Rustic New England Furniture, specializing in rough hewn wood furniture (you should see the bed in their showroom, it’s amazing!); and Bob’s Granite (countertops and the like) which makes this a one-stop shopping spot for your fall home improvement needs.


When I spoke with Bridget,I first had to get the important question out of the way...why “Rustique?”


Rustique was born from looking around at the furnishings Bridget was making; taking everything from antiques, yard sale treasures and quite frankly, “junk,” and making it new again. Rustique is taking things and putting them together in an unexpected way. Taking the rusty or the antique and giving it it’s own style, helping it evolve. The word “evolve” came up a lot as I learned from Bridget what her style was and how she attained it.


After studying graphic design and working in that field for several years, then starting her own graphic design company, Bridget decided it was just too stressful. Her mother then asked her if she wanted to run her antique store with her and Bridget did that for awhile until she just felt it wasn’t enough to fulfill the creative side of her and the urge to paint “everything.” From graphic design, to antiques and home furnishings, Bridget was feeling the need to evolve again and so Rustique was created, a funky mix of old, new, creativity and function.


Sitting at a table made from an old “found” door that Bridget actually decided not to paint and instead seal in its aged green, red, and grey loveliness (seriously, I love this table!) I ask her where her inspiration comes from. Not usually at a loss for words, Bridget struggles for a few minutes and then carefully looks at me with my pen on paper and says, “I’m not sure I should say this but… my inspiration is… junk.” Of course, looking around her shop you don’t see junk. You see a wall of old windows or repurposed doors; a chunky wood slab atop a dainty floral cast iron stand; an antique trunk with table legs you could envision at the end of your bed to hold extra blankets and pillows (yes, I want that too.) “I don’t want (to make) anything that anyone else has,” says Bridget, “I like decorating with the unexpected. I’m constantly changing out the shop and my own house, whether it’s different pieces or different placement.”


Though Bridget makes things to suit her own tastes, she makes sure that most everything in the shop is a neutral color so it will get along with anyone’s color pallette. “If you look over there, (at a couple of painted chairs upholstered in burlap) you can see that was part of my ‘paint everything dark grey’ phase.” She likes to mix feminine and masculine looks to achieve an even more neutral flavor to her work; like the frou-frou lamp she took apart and added gears to, to give it a new life.


“Where do you get your “stuff” that you work with?” I ask. Bridget tells me, “I’m very frugal. I can’t say no to free stuff especially. And people who know me give me stuff all the time. Everything that comes into the shop gets my own stamp on it, whether it’s paint or changing out hardware or adding extra pieces.” What many may see as junk Bridget sees as potential; “If   I   throw it out, then you KNOW it’s garbage.” She and her friends joke that Rustique is where the misfit furniture comes to get a new life, much like the island of misfit toys in the Rudolf the Red Nose Reindeer movie. 


Bridget also offers classes at Rustique; currently she is offering a “Transform your furniture” class for $150.00. It’s BYOF (bring your own furniture) and Bridget provides the rest; the space, the paint and the expertise. 


“So how did you learn how to do all this,” I ask, “the vision, the painting, the woodwork, the repurposing?”


“Honestly, it started from necessity; if I didn’t have  it and needed it, I made it.” Bridget learned how to use power tools and power saws when she restored the little vintage camper that she bought. “It needed a complete overhaul, so I just did it.” She does get by with a little help from her friends like Steve Bailey who gives her advice on the woodworking and occasionally lends a hand in the power tool department, but for the most part it’s all Bridget.


Whether you’re moving into a college apartment or dorm, need to update a boring living room or want to add a one-of-a-kind piece to your house or garden, you need to stop in and take a look around Rustique, located at 1022 Dover Road in Epsom, open 12-5 Sunday & Monday; closed Tuesday; open Wednesday through Saturday 10-5. Tell her you saw her ad in The Suncook Valley Sun! 



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Good advice on Route 4.






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