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The Sawyerville Community Garden specializes in the best sense of having dirty hands - getting up close and personal with gardening. That's what 55 students from the Sawyerville Elementary School did on June 22 at said garden. They investigated fruit trees, squash plants and vegetables. They got their hands dirty planting various kinds of flowers.
The seed-saving club called COSMOS has taken over two beds in the Sawyerville Community Garden, says Chantal Bolduc, the Garden's president. Their second-year onions, beets and carrots will be going to seed this year - and that's not pejorative, either. The dozen members of COSMOS are learning how to harvest their own vegetable seeds, mentored by seed-saver Brian Creelman.

Planning ahead, as good gardeners do, the Sawyerville Community Garden is preparing now to open a market in Sawyerville next summer. Interested? Come to a rendezvous this Thursday, July 9, at 7 p.m. at the "Parc du Barrage" in Sawyerville, and give your contact information to Chantal Bolduc at

Yvan Perrault will offer a workshop on creating forest-farms dedicated to the permaculture of edible wild northern plants. It will be in Sawyerville on Friday and Saturday, July 17 and 18, starting at 8:30 a.m. Info and reservations:

Would you like to participate in the Sawyerville harvest festival and public market on September 26? Info:

The summer Hymn Sing is in the old Congregational Church at the Eaton Corner Museum on Sunday, July 19, 2:30 p.m. All are invited to join Sharon Moore in singing Old Time Hymns accompanied by the Museum's harmonium. Hymns will be selected by theme, but audience members can make their own requests. Admission is free, but in true church-style, participants will have a chance to give a free-will donation. Light refreshments will be served. Info:,, or 819-875-5256.

Orford Arts Centre music is coming to Cookshire! It's the Orford On The Road 2015 Concert at the Trinity United Church, 190 Principale West, on Wednesday, July 29, at 8 p.m. It's billed as the "best of Orford Arts Centre Academy of Music students," with students from all over the world. Admission is free. All are welcome. Info: 819-875-3796.

A Tale of the Townships is open for the summer in the old Congregational Church at the Eaton Corner Museum, 374 Route 253, in Eaton Corner. It's a stunning visual and audio display that shows life in Eaton Corner and the surrounding rural region, dating back to the early 1800s. The exhibition tells the story of the first settlers from New England and from the British Isles. Reserve collections are on display in the Academy across the road, and artwork by Denis Palmer and a display about farming in the 1800s are exhibited in the Foss House.

The exhibits are open Wednesday to Sunday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., until August 30. From September 5 to October 4, they'll be open weekends only or by appointment. Admission is $8 for adults, $6 for seniors, $4 for youth, and $20 for a family of four, including one or two adults and two or three children. Info: 819-875-5256, or

Old Fashioned Day at the Eaton Corner Museum is planned for Sunday, August 9. This annual event offers demonstrations and displays of heritage crafts and skills. "Our area has a rich cultural heritage, and the Museum encourages an interest in the skills that used to be passed on from generation to generation, but are now sadly disappearing. Old Fashioned Day gives visitors an opportunity to watch how to do things that our great-grandparents used to do, such as quilting, wool spinning, weaving, needlepoint, chicken scratch embroidery, blacksmithing, timber frame construction, knife-making, wood-carving, basket-making, and much more," said Jackie Hyman of the Museum's board of directors. "We hope to have exhibits of many kinds of antique tools and machinery, and demonstrations of sustainable gardening techniques, horse and wagon rides, and other surprises."

Info: visit email or call 819-875-5256.

Last call: The Cookshire-Eaton Vacation Bible School is at the Cookshire Fairgrounds on July 13 to 17, from 9 a.m. to noon, for children aged 4 to 12. Cost: $5 per child, or $10 per family, for the whole week. Info: 819-889-2608.

United: On July 12, the Sunday service is in Bishopton. On July 19, the service is in Cookshire, and the staff and children will present highlights of the Vacation Bible School that just finished. On July 26, the service is in East Clifton. On August 2, the service is in Brookbury, with a potluck following the service. On August 9, the service is in Cookshire. All services are at 10:30 a.m. Info: 819-889-2838 (verify time and place by listening to the message).

Anglican: On July 12, the Sunday service is in Brookbury. On July 19, the service is in Bury, and on July 26, in Canterbury. On August 2, the service is in Cookshire, and on August 9, in Brookbury. All services are at 10:30 a.m. (Info: 819-239-6902).

Baptist: In Sawyerville, the worship service is at 9 a.m. in French, and 11 a.m. in English. Sunday school is at 10 a.m. in English and French.

A mechoui is planned for Saturday, July 18, at 3 p.m. at the Sawyerville Baptist Church. Country gospel singer Jacques Boulianne will sing and play guitar, accompanied by his wife Jeanne Boulianne on "a stringed instrument that's a few hundred years old," said Pastor Michel Houle. The bilingual program includes music and testimonies, and is free of charge. All are welcome. Info: 819-239-8818.

Do you have news to share? Call 819-300-2374 or email by August 3 for publication August 12, and by August 17 for August 26.

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