Strafford’s Cabin Fever University programs are back

Valley News Staff Writer
Published: 3/20/2023 9:01:37 AM
Modified: 3/20/2023 9:01:34 AM

STRAFFORD — If you’ve ever been curious about what town treasures Scott Moore has uncovered with his metal detector, consider attending his Cabin Fever University program.

The community led-and-driven educational series is back, after its 2020 season was interrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Some programs have already taken place but there are others are coming up, including Moore’s “What’s Lurking Underground: Treasures Dug Up and Recovered,” which is scheduled to take place 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, March 29, at the Newton School.

“It’s sort of word of mouth,” said Leslie Berger, who is the “Campus Agitator” for Cabin Fever.

In 2020, Berger and the rest of the board had been looking forward to Cabin Fever’s 25th anniversary. The centerpiece was supposed to be a “Cabin F’Eva Dance Party” — named after its founder, the late Eva Behrens.

“Eva was a friend of not just me, but so many people in our community,” Berger said. “She loved to connect people. She loved her neighbors.”

Berger and the other board members have tried to carry on that tradition. Most programs are free or have a small cost, like $30 for a needle felting workshop Erin Yunger’s is scheduled to teach Saturday, April 1. This year’s programs have been well attended: Around 40 people attended Shannon Varley and Luke Miller’s slideshow presentation about hiking the Long Trail, Berger said.

“It’s so nice to see people engaged,” she said.

Other upcoming events include “Your House, Your Energy,” by Matt Christie at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Newton School.

“We don’t take ourselves very seriously. We do it for fun,” Berger said. “It’s done for the love of the community.”

Editor’s note: For more information, visit Liz Sauchelli can be reached at or 603-727-3221.

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