Out & About: Yard Sales, Family Events, Fun Runs and More

  • People walk around the booths set up on the Canaan Town Common at the Mt. Cardigan Fish and Wildlife Club's annual townwide yard sale in Canaan, N.H. (Courtesy photograph - Helen Rocke)

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Canaan — The weather on Mother’s Day may be unpredictable, but one thing is not: the annual Canaan Townwide Yard Sale.

What began more than 15 years ago as a fundraiser for the Mt. Cardigan Fish and Game Club has morphed into an event that includes other organizations such as the Methodist church, the senior center and the Lioness club.

The Canaan Town Library also holds a book sale. The event runs from 9 a.m.-2 p.m.

“It started small and it just keeps getting bigger,” said Helen Rocke, one of the event’s organizers. A second sale is held on the last weekend in September. “It’s our main fundraiser.”

Residents can hold yard sales at their homes and pay to be put on a map that the fish and game club puts together. The nonprofit provides participants with signs.

“Some of our vendors come from out of town and set up on the common,” Rocke said. As of May 1, 80 people had signed up.

The proceeds from registration fees go toward hunter-safety courses and maintaining the organization’s clubhouse.

“We use it like a community center for different organizations,” Rocke said.

While weather can affect turnout, it doesn’t stop people away from attending.

“If it rains a little, no one seems to care,” Rocke said. “At least the diehards stick with us.”

Canaan isn’t the only town holding a townwide yard sale this Saturday. More than 30 residents of Hanover and Etna have signed up for the townwide yard sale, sponsored by Sustainable Hanover and held from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. A downloadable map of locations is available at hanovernh.org.

Talented Kids, Family Events

Students in Strafford, Orford, White River Junction and Hanover are starring in school productions. Sixth-, seventh- and eighth-graders from the Newton School in Strafford finish up their run of Excalibur! The Story of Young King Arthur at 9:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. today, at Barrett Memorial Hall, 248 Route 132, South Strafford. Admission is by donation, with the proceeds going to a charity that the students choose. For more information, call 802-765-4351.

The Rivendell Academy Players are performing The Wizard of Oz today at 6 p.m. and Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. Tickets are $5-$17 and, while they’re available at the door, reservations are recommended. All performances are held at Rivendell Academy, 2972 Route 25A, Orford. To reserve tickets, call 603-353-4321, ext. 1225.

Hartford Memorial Middle School students will put on a production of Shrek the Musical Jr., today, Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. in the Hartford High School auditorium, 37 Highland Ave., White River Junction. Tickets cost $8. For more information, call 802-295-8640, ext.104.

Students at Hanover High School will perform Into the Woods, Sondheim and Lapine’s musical retelling of the Grimm fairytale classics, today, Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. at the high school at 41 Lebanon St. Tickets are $8-$12. Call 603-643-3431 for more information.

Dancers of all ages from the White River Junction dance studio Dancers’ Corner perform ballet, jazz, hip hop and more during two performances on Saturday. The first performance will be at 11 a.m. at the Hopkins Center for the Arts, 4 E. Wheelock St., in Hanover, followed by a 3 p.m. show at CSB Community Center in Claremont, 152 South St. Both performances are free. Call 603-646-2422 for more information.

Kids might also enjoy participating in the free Mousetrap Car Challenge at Home Depot, 451 Washington St., Claremont, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on Saturday. Join other young engineers to design and build a mousetrap-powered car and compete in a distance challenge. Open to ages 8-18. Pre-registration encouraged by emailing RogueRobotsof4H@gmail.com or call 603-863-9200 for more information.

The annual Cow Pie Bingo event returns to the Hampshire Cooperative Nursery School, 104 Lyme Road, in Hanover on Saturday from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. The event includes music, crafts, games, lunch, ice cream, live music, touch-a-truck and a silent auction. The $10-$25 admission cost benefits the preschool and its scholarship fund. The rain date is May 14. For more information, call 603-643-4640 or email hampshirecoop@gmail.com.

You don’t have to be a child to participate in the Marble-Rolling World Record Attempt in South Strafford on Saturday at 7 p.m. “Team Marbleous” will try to smash the Guinness world record for Longest Marble Run, currently set at 4,221.16 feet. A raffle offers a chance to be the one to roll the marble, which will start near the top of a hill in South Strafford village and end at the Newton School playground. The free event is free. For more information, email dsray2@gmail.com.

Tunbridge Town Hall, 279 Route 110, will host a family contra dance Friday night from 7:30-10 p.m. Live music with all dances taught; beginners welcome. Refreshments at intermission. Admission is $8. For more information call 802-436-1152 or email clydo46@gmail.com.

Local talent of all ages take to the stage for a variety show at the historic West Newbury Hall, 219 Tyler Farm Road, on Satruday from 7-9 p.m. Admission is by donation. Call 802-505-5279 or email tombkidder@gmail.com for more information.

Pack a dinner and enjoy citizen science on the Norwich green, featuring art, music and multimedia displays on Saturday from May 13, 5- 8 p.m. The free gathering is presented by the fifth- and sixth-grade students from Marion Cross School. For more information, call 802-649-2039 or email norwich.conservation.commission@gmail.com.

Etna/Hanover Center youth prepare a community supper with pasta, salad and dessert to raise funds for children in need on Saturday from 5:30- 7 p.m. at Trumbull Hall Etna Baptist Church, 195 Etna Road, Etna. Admission is $5-$8, with children under 5 free. Call 603-643-7684 or email marjorie.b.rose@dartmouth.edu.

Penny Sales, Farmers Markets

The penny sale at Congregational Church, 145 Main St., in Bradford, Vt., on Saturday, from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. features a food sale and silent auction, as well as a $100 money tree raffle. Proceeds benefit the nonprofit Bradford Fair. For more information, call 802-222-4034.

The Newport Rotary Club also has a penny sale on Saturday from 6 p.m.-10 p.m., at Newport Middle High School gym, 268 N. Main St., Three hundred prizes will be given away, plus several grand prizes and two cash prizes. Tickets for the cash prizes available now; others on sale at the event. Tickets are $1 apiece. Call 603-863-4105 or email ejas@nhvt.net.

In addition to the townwide yard sale, a farmers and artisans market will take place on Saturday from 9 a.m.-1 p.m., across from the Canaan town common, at 1192 Route 4. Products available include baked goods, eggs, chicken, beef, pork, sausage, lotions and body products, jewelry and leather goods, pasteurized milk, fresh prepared meals, homemade breakfast sandwiches and more. For more information call 603-523-4943 or email fieldacresfarm@gmail.com.

The Enfield farmers market runs from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. on Saturday at Huse Park, 308 Route 4, and includes vegetables, meat, cheese, honey, eggs, maple syrup, bread, jams, jellies, pickles and other items by local artisans and crafters. Call 603-632-5001 or email enfieldmarket1@gmail.com for more information.

More than 50 vendors offer vegetables, meats, eggs, cheese, baked goods, prepared foods and crafts from area farms and businesses, with live music and special events at the Norwich farmers marketon Saturday from 9 a.m.-1 p.m., at the Norwich Farmers Market Grounds, 281 Route 5. Call 802-384-7447 or email manager@norwichfarmersmarket.org for more information.

It’s not a penny sale or farmers market, but the spring craft fair at the United Congregational Church of Orford, 617 Route 10, on Saturday from 9 a.m.-2 p.m., will feature quilted items, jewelry, bath and body products, baked goods and more by local artisans. Admission is free and bag lunches are available for $5. Call 603-353-4364 for more information.

Go Ahead, Get Outside

There are two 5K races that support worthy causes this weekend.

The “Easy-As-Pie” 5K and Fun Run in Norwich in on Saturday beginning at 10 a.m. The 5K race is at 11 a.m., followed by a fun run at 11:15 a.m. There will also be Mother’s Day-themed craft tables, raffles, bake sale and more. Proceeds benefit the Child Care Center in Norwich and race registration required. Prices run from $15 - $25 and the festivities take place on the Norwich green. Register at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/easy-as-pie-5k-and-family-fun-run-tickets-32608929185. Call 802-649-1403 for more information.

In Hanover, the Tuck Run for Veterans starts Saturday at 8:30 a.m. A 5K fun run/walk and 1K kids race to benefit the Veterans Education and Research Association of Northern New England. Register at https://www.runreg.com/tuck-runs-for-veterans. Registration is $20 - $30. Kids run is free. It starts at Tuck Circle, 100 Tuck Mall, Hanover. For more information, check out http://clubs.tuck.dartmouth.edu/afaa/.

Not a fan of running? Not a problem.

Join members of the Mascoma Watershed Conservation Council to explore the Harris Brook Scenic Area and site of the historic Enfield Reservoir on Sunday from 2 p.m. - 4 p.m. Meet at the Harris Brook parking area on Maple Street for the free event. Call 603-632- 7375 for more information.

Beginning Friday, admission to The Fells Historic Estate and Gardens, at 456 Route 103A in Newbury, N.H., will be free in honor of National Public Gardens Day which the organization will celebrate Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Bring a picnic and enjoy spring blooms. Call 603-763-4789 or visit thefells.org for more information.

Annie Janeway will lead a Mother’s Day hike in Killington, Vt., on Sunday, on behalf of the Ottaquechee Section of the Green Mountain Club. The moderate hike will be followed by lunch at an area pub. Call 413-374-0988 or email ajaneway@gmail.com for details and to sign up.

Learn Something New

Princeton professor Paul Frymer will discuss “Building an American Empire” today from 5-6 p.m., at the Rockefeller Center at Dartmouth, room 003, 2 Webster Ave., Hanover. Topics include politics of 19th-century American expansion, conflicts over race and the role of the federal government in regulating settlement patterns. Free. Call 603-646-2207 or email Joanne.b.needham@dartmouth.edu.

Also on Thursday, historian Carrie Brown discusses the role of American women who entered the war industries during World War I in “Rosie’s Mom: Forgotten Women of WWI,” from 7-8:30 p.m. at the Bradford Academy auditorium, 172 N. Main St., Bradford, Vt. For more information on the free lecture, call 802-222-4423 or email lccoffin@charter.net.

Mohsen Mehdawi, 26, of Wilder, will share stories about growing up as a third-generation resident of a refugee camp on the Palestinian West Bank and offer his perspective on the Israeli occupation on Friday from 7-9 p.m., at the Bugbee Senior Center, 262 N. Main St., White River Junction. Admission is by donation for the event sponsored by The Center for Transformational Practice. Call 802-295-9068 for more information.

Tomorrow: Learn about upcoming plant sales.