Town of Tamworth Chronicle: Chocorua Community Church to Host ‘Cards, Carols and Cookies’ December 15 | City columns

With Chinese lanterns, Christmas carols, babies in strollers and Christmas lights, families in Tamworth made their way to the annual Christmas tree lighting this past weekend. The Carolers first met at the Tamworth History Center, stopped by the Cook Memorial Library, and proceeded to the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Eastern Slopes where bonfires warmed the revelers.

We watched from our car as the tree was lit. This year was different without Santa and the cookies, but everyone enjoyed the event and the Christmas spirit ignited in Tamworth. Thank you to everyone who helped make this evening special.

Chocorua Community Church Director Erica Boynton recently organized some festive activities starting with the “Flannels and Flapjacks Christmas Party”. The group decorated the Christmas tree, listened to Christmas carols and enjoyed a delicious breakfast with friends. Thank you to everyone who contributed food, helped cook, spent time decorating, and donated supplies. On December 15th, meet at the community church of Chocorua for “Cards, songs and cookies”. Listen to and sing traditional Christmas carols while making cards and munching on Christmas cookies.

Each week, the Mug Club collects essential personal care items for the Community Food Center serving the residents of Tamworth and Sandwich. Items such as toothpaste, deodorant, shampoo, soap razors can be placed in the Narthex box on Sundays or brought to church during regular office hours. There are also envelopes if you prefer to donate financially. The Mug Club Community Café welcomes everyone and is open every day except holidays from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

This week, the Tamworth Farmers’ Market takes place on Sunday, due to inclement weather forecast on Saturday. The place is the same, KA Brett School.

Join the Friends of Cook Memorial Library in the spacious ground floor meeting room for coffee, tea, and snacks, and spend some time visiting neighbors. Plan to wear a mask until you are seated. There will also be a mini book sale to browse each week. Everyone is welcome.

We just received the very impressive fall and winter newsletter from the Tamworth History Center. It’s a great read and begins with a description of the water-powered industries with dams and mills and a reel mill that defined the village in the 1800s.

He concludes: “And each winter, the villagers spent their free time skating on Big Mill Pond, above the dams, warming themselves around bonfires on each shore. The article includes a photo from a contemporary postcard showing the current Hubbard House against the backdrop of Mount Chocorua.

The newsletter reports on the accomplishments of the past year, including a grant from the Tamworth Foundation to fund a part-time executive director for one year. The Foundation will extend funding for a second and third year if it is clear that the Executive Director is successful in increasing funding and awareness for the Tamworth History Center. The search for the CEO is underway.

The beautiful lawn of the Tamworth History Center has been well used: croquet sets, ultimate frisbee, auctions, street fair stalls, cookie sales, vintage car shows and baby games. In 2020 it became an open-air gallery for the “Women of Tamworth” exhibition.

There is much more to read in the newsletter, and on a sad note, the board of directors of the Tamworth History Center says goodbye to Michelle Longley, who has given 3.5 years of dedicated service, first as Treasurer, then as President, from October 2019. She coordinated the ongoing renovation of buildings, led fundraising efforts, organized parts of the centre’s collection, wrote newsletters and appeals and organized several exhibitions. Many thanks to Longley and his family for all of their work for the Center.

The Chocorua Conservancy Fall / Winter Newsletter is out. If you haven’t received one and want a hard copy, you can find them at the two Chocorua Lake kiosks in Grove and Island or download a digital version from their website (

The theme for the fall issue is “Interconnections”. It includes historical news and information about the Chocorua Lake Basin, news from the Chocorua Lake Conservancy, paintings and photographs, all kinds of interconnections and a winter story.

Many thanks to all the contributors, Charles Colten, Lynne Flaccus, Susan Goldhor, Kathy Greenough, Christopher Hadden (images by Charles G. Loring and Katherine Loring), Pen Hallowell, Henry Hodgman, Juno Lamb, Alex Moot, Kit Morgan, Sheldon Perry and newsletter creator Vanessa Valdes.

Timely Suggestions for Giving Chocorua Conservancy Gifts:

“Ditch the single-use plastic with a reusable insulated water bottle or handy jute tote bag or pick up copies of ‘Timeless Chocorua’ for all family members, especially grandchildren – learn about the science and art, history and culture of this place we love – at a special reduced rate of $ 10. Your purchases help us protect the Lake Chocorua basin and provide public access to local residents and visitors – thank you for your support. “

Norma P. Rex