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.
MUM SALE FUNDRAISER
Suncook Valley Sno Riders snowmobile club is holding its 4th annual
Fall Mum Sale fundraiser!
Saturday Sept. 12 & Sunday Sept. 13 (9am-5pm)
EXIT Reward Realty's field (Corner of Rt. 28 & River Rd) in
also be selling fall decorative items like hay bales and corn
more information see the club's FaceBook page: www.facebook.com/groups/svsnoriders/
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 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
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.
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.
Valley Artisan of the Month Cheryl Geerdes
Submitted by Alison Parodi- Bieling
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
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
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
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
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
Two separate pieces used to create
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
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
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!
Good advice on Route 4.