Saturday, February 2, 2019

Library encourages "Blind Date" with books

"Blind Date with a Book" is a fun way to discover new books. Choose a wrapped book from our display at random or based on the "personal ads" attached that describe the book inside. Each time you check one out in the next two weeks you can enter your name for a drawing for a $25 gift certificate to The Local restaurant. The winning name will be drawn on Thursday February 14 at 5 pm at the library.
There are "dates" for all types, and all come recommended by local readers. Take a chance! You may "meet" an Author you really like and want a second "date"!

Thursday, January 31, 2019

United Church of Warner Public Meals for 2019

United Church of Warner Public Meals for 2019

Date                              Meal                              25% of proceeds Support                                                                                                   these   Missions

February 9                    Lasagna                       KREM

March 9                        Corned Beef                Warner Food Pantry

March 23 + 24              Maple Weekend Breakfast

April 13                         Chicken ’n Biscuit        Camp Scholarships

May 11                          Pot Roast                     Heifer International

June 8                           Meat Loaf                     WYSA

July 4                            Pancake Breakfast

July 13                          Summer Salads           Simonds School Snacks

August 10                     Roast Turkey               Community Fuel Assistance        

September 14              Pork Loin                      Homeless Resource Center

October 12+13             FFF Breakfast

Dinner is served from 5-6:30pm  Breakfasts are served 7:00- 10:30am             
 Meals are $10.00, 5.00 for children 5-12, under 5 free.   All are welcome!

Thursday, January 24, 2019

Snow Train Dinner and Talk

Enjoy a turkey shortcake dinner and a talk about America’s first snow train.

Warner Historical Society and School House Cafe are recreating the dinner provided to the hundreds of skiers who came by train from Boston on the “Snow Train.”  Beginning in 1931 ski clubs from Massachusetts and Dartmouth came to ski on the hills of Warner.  By the late 1940s Boston area businesses were enticed to bring their workers to ski, skate, slide, and dance in Warner for their annual employee outings.  The John Hancock Life Insurance Company alone brought over 1,400 employees north during the winter of 1955.  Organizations, school and church groups all pitched in to host these large events. 

Turkey shortcake dinners with biscuits, potatoes, squash, Warner River coffee, and apple pie were served at various locations around town.  This same dinner will be served at the Warner Town Hall.  After dinner, local historian Rebecca Courser will regale the diners with the history of the “Snow Train, “ Warner’s ski slopes, the local businesses who got involved and of the people who pitched in to make the weekends successful, from kids to grandparents.

The dinner and talk are Saturday February 16th, 6pm at the Warner Town Hall, 5 East Main Street.  Snow date February 23th.  Tickets for dinner and talk are $15 and are available online, at the Main Street Office or at the door.  Seating limited to 150 so reserve your spot today!

The Warner Historical Society formed 50 years ago to preserve, educate about and keep alive Warner’s heritage.  The Society has yearly exhibits and programs in the Upton Chandler House Museum on Main Street and maintains the Lower Warner Meeting House which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Thursday, January 17, 2019

Dawnland StoryFest in Warner

 On Saturday, February 2, 2019, the MKIM will host the Dawnland StoryFest for the very first time.  The Dawnland StoryFest was begun five years ago by its original creator/producer – storyteller Papa Joe Gaudet - and was held at the Mariposa Museum and Cultural Center in Peterborough, NH for its first four years, growing its audience size every year.  This year, the Dawnland StoryFest is celebrating its 5th anniversary in a new location and under new sponsorship.  As the only Native American Museum in New Hampshire, the Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum in Warner, NH is the perfect location for New Hampshire’s only Native American Storytelling Festival.  In its 26+ years of existence, MKIM has become a vital cultural and educational locus of activity and support for the Indigenous people of New Hampshire
There is a traditional storytelling season for the Native Peoples of the Northeast.  From the first frost in of autumn until the last frost in springtime, winter is the cozy storytelling time of year.  The purpose of the Dawnland StoryFest is to share traditional Native American stories during the heart of the Winter Storytelling Season in an atmosphere that invites audience members to not only listen to these ancient and wonderful stories, but to also have the opportunity to learn about the traditions associated with Native American storytelling while also learning more about Native American cultures. There will also be opportunities for attendees to get up and practice telling a traditional Native American story in a warm and supportive environment, if they come to the Dawnland StoryFest prepared with a story to share.  In a way, the Dawnland StoryFest is a hybrid event:  it is a storytelling festival meant to entertain while also being a storytelling conference meant to educate.  This is actually typical of Native American cultures.  Because of the strong oral traditions that developed in Native American societies over the millennia, storytelling became the primary method for educating the next generations.  And stories needed to be engaging in order to capture the attention and imagination of the listeners, so they would learn the lessons that were embedded in each story.  And sometimes a story has to be heard many times over the years in order for the lessons to be learned - good thing they’re entertaining stories!
In addition to new sponsorship in a new location, there is another first for the Dawnland StoryFest this year – the featured storyteller for the day is a woman.  Anne Jennison is a New Hampshire-based storyteller who comes from countless generations of folks who have lived in the Northeastern Woodlands. But Anne’s worldview - and voice as a storyteller – has also been shaped by having lived in many far-flung places around the world as well as the New Hampshire Seacoast. While Anne is a dyed-in-the-wool New Englander with both European and Abenaki heritage (Metis) who comes from a family with a strong oral tradition, she has also had rigorous training in her art form. With Master’s degrees in both Storytelling and in History, Anne brings a wealth of knowledge - polished by 30 years of experience as a performing storyteller - to her retelling of timeless Native American stories.  Additionally, six other experienced storytellers will also be featured at this year’s Dawnland StoryFest:  HearsCrow (Narragansett), Darlene Kascak (Schaghticoke), Angela Klingler (Cherokee), Sebastian Lockwood, Papa Joe Gaudet, and Simon Brooks as the MC.   The very modest admission fee for this event is $5.50.  Free admission for Native Americans.  For an additional $4.00, you can do a self-guided tour of the Museum. Additionally, farm-fresh fare will be sold in the lobby by Lewis Farm or you are welcome to bring a bag lunch with you. Contact Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum for more information at (603) 456-2600.
Please note: The Dawnland StoryFest 2019 is geared toward adults, including young adults, who are interested in learning more about Native American Storytelling traditions. This event is not really suitable for young children as there will be no specifically child-oriented activities - or childcare - provided during this one-day storytelling conference and festival.  This event is funded, in part, by a grant from the NH Humanities.
Anne Jennison (photo credit Simon Brooks)

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Knitting Class registration is open


Double Knitting - design and knit a reversible hat (warm and beautiful)
5-6 Weeks; Thursdays starting January 24 
9:15-11:15 am 
at the Sugar River Bank, Warner, NH
$50 (includes 12 hours instruction, pattern, design resources, private help!)

This is a wonderful technique that few knitters know how to do. It involves two color knitting and attention to detail but the results are beautiful and practical.
1. In class one: we will discuss materials and design. You will design your own picture pattern from resources I will bring or a color design you have seen that you would like to incorporate.
2. Then you will shop for your materials, which will include two contrasting yarn colors. I will supply the pattern.
3. In class two: we will learn the technique of double knitting on a swatch.
4. Class three: We will begin your own, one of a kind hat.
We should be able to complete the project in 5 weeks but have an extra class built in if needed.

This class is limited in size.

This is a fun class that will challenge and increase your skills! You can carry the lessons in design and the double knit technique to future projects.

Contact Patty Anderson


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