EATON column by Nancy
E. Williams. 7/13/21 447-5635
What a difference a
day makes, thats for sure. Indeed, Monday, July 5th was
the only really nice day of the weekend and that is the day we
had for our July 4th picnic. Nine dedicated and loyal tent put-er-uppers
showed on Saturday in the pouring rain: Chris Kennedy, Tom Head,
Dick Eldridge, Ed Reilly, Stan Dudrick, Phil Lavori, Tom Irving,
Dave Bailey and John Hartman. We all decided - NO NO NO. On Sunday,
when it actually only rained on us from 5 to 6, we added Frank
Holmes, John Hedden, Jacob MacGregor, and a bit later, Michael
Callis and Peter Klose. A huge thank you to my loyal men once
again. Thanks to Kate and Justin at EVS for donating bags of
ice, beer, water, and soda to the tent people.
Sunshine and cool breezes
smiled down on the set-up crew on Monday morning: Judy Fowler,
Alice Williams, Ellie Gaudet, Barb Holmes, Cindy Hall and husband
John, Patricia McMurry, and Nancy and Bob Malvesta. Tablecloths,
plates (large and small), napkins, silverware, all condiments,
cut onions, chips and pickles were all checked off. A big thank
you to all of you. Johnny Edge and Alana provided the rubbish
barrels. Speaking of the tables we covered, miraculously thanks
to Dick Fortin and his crew, five brand new beautiful tables
appeared. Like I always have said, it takes a village.
Now to the food: Huge
Kudos to Chris Kennedy and Tom Head, who cooked up all the burgers
(regular, turkey, and veggie), hot dogs, with or without cheese,
and they provided all the rolls. Chris had this awesome new grill
perfect for the picnic. People all brought delicious sides to
share: hors doeuvres, green salad, baked beans, Mac and
cheese, pasta and potato salads, and delicious desserts to melt
in your mouth. Big thanks to everyone for sharing your special
dishes. Almost everything was gone.
Dana Cunningham announced
the big music event coming up on July 24th (see below in column).
I spoke before the raffle (many thanks to Sandy Thoms and Lolly
Cooper for selling the tickets), and I thanked Sunni and Ralph
Wilkewitz who started this traditional party in 1992 at the Grove.
It was then moved to our Eaton Beach and continued for another
22 years, creating wonderful camaraderie, togetherness, family
and friends, super food and so many memories. Sunni and Ralph
opted out after all those years and decided to enjoy rather than
put on the picnic. In 2014, the Eaton Community Circle took over
and provided some great food for us all, and as good as it was,
people wanted burgers and dogs. Okay, then I came in. I get the
big plates and napkins from Sams Club and then the whole
village does the rest. I love you all and this would not go on
without the fabulous people of Eaton. (I did find a watch with
one side broken, an old fashioned one with an oval face. Let
me know if you think it belongs to you.) Dana Cunningham and
Debbie Bryant won the raffle (about $150 each), and both ladies
donated it to the Little White Church, which was greatly appreciated.
On Saturday, July 24th,
our Little White Church is reopening with a multi-musical celebration
featuring the fully restored piano, played by Dana Cunningham
and Ellen Schwindt and the sultry Caribbean tunes of the Mango
Groove Steel Band. The event will begin at 2 p.m. with a short
presentation from the NH Preservation Alliance honoring the steeple
restoration, followed by piano music in the sanctuary. At 3 p.m.
Mango Groove will play as attendees enjoy and ice-cream social
on the side lawn under the tent. All are welcome. Masks would
be appreciated for non-vaccinated individuals. Donations will
continue the work of maintaining our beautiful church. See you
of Eaton has just installed an art show at the Cook Memorial
Library in Center Tamworth, NH, The show will be up for all of
July and August. If you are able, make a trip to Tamworth and
take a look at her artwork. Many of the pieces relate to books
and were completed during the pandemic. There are a variety of
pieces from paintings to abstract installations of conceptual
art. If you have any thoughts about the work, Kristy would be
happy to hear from you. Plan to go soon.
Just a reminder, Potter
Road in Eaton from Rte. 153 to Greeley Road will be closed from
July 12 through October 31 for bridge construction.