Eaton, NH

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Welcome to Eaton, NH!!! A small town built around a mountain lake that will not only take you back in time, but will take your breath away. Outside of it's natural beauty, we have some wonderful Inns and businesses that will leave you warm & cozy and wanting to come back for more.

From a piece of heaven,,,,,,,,



EATON column by Nancy E. Williams 10/15/19 447-5635


The Eaton Town Beach has been looking like a hot summer day with all the cars and people, not swimming but taking leaf pictures. I think the leaves have been stunning this year, and the local roads around here (though busy) have come with some beautiful views. How lucky we all are to live in this paradise? Keep leaf peeping, everyone. I hope fall lasts for a long time.

The Eaton Community Circle will be holding their meeting on Wednesday, October 16 at 12 noon at Jeanne Hartman’s home. If you are new to town or if you are interested in getting involved in this community-oriented group, we’d love to have you come and check us out. Bring a sandwich and come join us. We will be planning our next fundraiser, our Christmas Craft Fair. Hope to see you there. If you have any questions, call Jeanne at 447-4821. Getting involved in your community can be very enlightening and informative. You can start this Wednesday.

Imagine getting this invitation in the mail: “Bounty Hunter Attention. Wanted. Birthday man on the loose Billy Boy. He’s armed and 80. $5000 reward dead or alive.” After I completely collapsed in laughter seeing my friend Bill Perk on the invitation, I turned it over: “If found report to Sheriff Carol Perk” (you know, the one who brings you cookies at the Post Office at EVS?). Last Sunday about 55 people met at the American Legion Hall in Conway to celebrate Bill’s big birthday, and everyone had a wonderful time eating, laughing, reminiscing, and meeting new friends. Of course, Carol made almost every dish (two meatball items, kielbasa stew, four different kinds of stuffed sandwiches, potato salad, cole slaw, fresh salad, breads, and tons of those favorite cookies she is famous for. Family and friends came from all over, even California, to celebrate together. What a great time. (Oh, the invitation, made by their granddaughter, ended with “Please no gifts or else you’ll be arrested.”) I love people with imagination.

The Inn at Crystal Lake’s second Music Dinner of the season is this Thursday, October 17. Titled “A Jazzy Schukis,” the evening features Opera Dinner favorite, mezzo-soprano Vanessa Schukis, returning for a night of Jazz standards. Joining Vanessa will be guitarist Frank Dibussolo. Since 1965, Frank has worked with Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Diana Ross, Diane Carroll, Vicky Carr, Bob Hope, George Burns, and Dom DeLouise. As a soloist he has been featured with the bands of Buddy Rich, Dizzy Gillespie, Art Blakey, Bucky Pizzarelli, Howard Alden, and Lester Lannin. $65 per person includes a four-course dinner and an evening’s entertainment from the world of Jazz. Guests arrive between 6 and 6:30 p.m. and dinner starts at 7. Call the Inn at 447-2120 for reservations. You will not want to miss Vanessa’s dynamic voice.

Innkeepers, Bobby and Tim, from the Inn at Crystal Lake, recently purchased a house in Freedom that had formerly been dubbed the “Republican Hideaway.” Bobby and Tim have renamed it “Cold Brook Cottage,” and they will be having a FREE Open Barn “Sale.” The previous two owners left a lot of stuff behind (furniture, dishes, glassware, tools, etc.) and Bobby and Tim invite you down to take away some interesting treasures - for free. The house is at 14 Cold Brook Road (following Horseleg Hill Road near Purity Spring Resort all the way to Freedom) and the Open Barn will be on Sunday, October 27th from 2 to 6 p.m. and on Monday, October 28th from noon to 4 p.m. Call the Inn for more information. I, for one, can’t wait to visit this amazing house.

The Cider Pressing 2019 at the Jenkins’ Uplands Apple Farm takes place on Saturday, October 26th from 10 a.m. on until finished, including the famous Pot Luck Lunch. All are welcome to watch, work, converse, clean up, drink cider, bring food to share, and in general carry on with convivial spirits. Eleanor Jenkins’ farm is located at 381 Towle Hill Road in South Eaton. You can e-mail her at or call at 986-5968. If you have ever tried Eleanor’s cider, you will definitely want to buy some gallons or half gallons. Delicious!

I hope you have all picked up your copy of the Little White Church’s “The Eaton Bell” over by the newspapers at EVS. Joyce Blue has produced a work of art in this newsletter, updating all the church news, the steeple progress, and even added quotes from people who donated and added their own words of love about our church. You can see pictures off the 1400 lb. church bell, our grand Steinway piano, the belfry, the latest dates for church events, and our favorite picture of the church in fall with the fog on the lake. Please pick this up soon and read all about our treasured church.

Please stop by the Eaton Village Store this week and see all the new merchandise, from cool new mugs, to plush soft animals (oh those bears), to all sorts of magnets, new t-shirts, and so many other items. EVS/Eaton/New Hampshire rock on. Make sure to have breakfast or lunch while you’re there, too.

Also, I want to remind people that the Town Hall is also selling t-shirts to benefit the Eaton Steeple Fund. These are $15 each and say Recycle, Repurpose, and Reinvent, which is what we are doing at the Church, too. There should be one hanging there from Suzanne for you to see. See Suzanne to buy one of these.

I know everyone is tired of all the redirected traffic onto Rte. 153, but I have an insane story to share. Coming south on Rte. 16 by the Conway Public Library, you can get in the right lane to continue straight through Conway, or like we do who live in Eaton, you get into the left lane. The painted line in that lane at the traffic light is short of the corner, so that if a big rig is turning right to get on Rte. 16, it can make the turn. I’m there where I was supposed to be, and some lady behind me gets out of her car, taps on my passenger window, to tell me to move up to the corner! I couldn’t believe it. I live here and know where to stop. Obviously, I stayed where I was trying to tell her about the trucks turning, but she was so mad, she didn’t listen. Please, people.

Every time I am in front of the library at the lights, I see what a fantastic job the Mountain Garden Club does in putting beautiful flowers and plants alongside the road. Wonderful job all of you. My next columns will be Tuesday, November 5th and 19th.




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