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A Fair Day!

Nelson in Common Update June 29, 2022

Nelson Loses an Icon

Barry Tolman left Nelson, and the world, on Monday night, after a decline in health. The best tributes to Barry are the memories you may have, which for many of us are substantial. If you did not know Barry, you can catch a glimpse of his character from a profile written for this website and published a few months ago. His passing truly marks the end of an era, which included such luminaries as his cousin Renn, Frank Upton, and his amazing and lovely wife Karen.

Read the profile .  .  . 

A Fair Weather Day

Indeed, it was good weather for a fair. The Artisans Craft Fair was at capacity for vendors, and even into the afternoon there was robust attendance. Vendors were greeted with breakfast treats, which got things off to a good start, and put smiles on everyone’s faces. Those smiles remained and were contagious to customers and browsers. Old friends got to see each other again, and new friends happened as introductions were made. It was a day of creativity, commerce, and community.

This annual event is held as a benefit for the Nelson Congregational Church. It is organized by Joy Birdsey and Mike Blaudschun. You can write to them with any feedback or ideas, or just to say “Thanks for making this happen.”

Email Joy ||  Email Mike

Pink Panties on the Berm

An observation from a recent Friday night “gathering”

It happens when the heat rises and the kids want adventure.
It happens when there is a full moon, or when the stars are all out showering the heavens.
It happens near lakes when water cools the hot bodies and glides water side.
Then the pink panties are off and on the berm.

And in the morning, squeals and murmurs of voices high and low are but memory.
Loons are no longer hollering their ancient night songs.
The headlights on and off and on quickly scattered,
Then the pink panties on the berm remain the only witness.

~ a local poet who wishes to remain anonymous. 

Food Pantry

In the entryway between the Town Hall and the Library, a wooden bookcase has been stocked with food and personal items that are available to anyone, no questions asked, any time the library or town hall are open. Hope Lothrop donated the bookcase, and Martha Collins will be restocking the shelves with items from donations and the Nelson Congregational Church food pantry. Please help pass the word. For anyone needing more substantial help with food staples or other needs, please call Rev. Eliot Fay at the church, 603-847-3280, or Edie Drinkwater in the  town office, 603-847-0047.

Turf’s Up

As part of the restoration of the ball field (see last week’s article), there’s a need for a tedder or dethatcher to purge the turf of its dead components, and provide a better environment for re-seeding. Might you have such a piece of equipment that could be used for this? Mike Blaudschun is spearheading the project: contact him at 603-547-5502.

Will Carlisle In Keene High Academic Top Ten

Congratulations to Keene High School 2022 graduate William Carlisle, who was in the academic top ten in his class! Will is the son of Don and Heidi Carlisle of Nelson and Kerri Monteiro of Keene. He also is a proud alumnus of Nelson Elementary School. At Keene High, Will participated in Interact and National Honor Society, and played varsity soccer for three years.

Help Propel Summer Events

Nelson In Common would love to see some modest donations to help offset costs associated with Old Home Day, and Munsonville Market Day. These projects do not require a lot: this is not a request for big money, but a nice bunch of contributions in the $10 – $25 range will provide a good foundation for this year, and confidence that future years will be supported. When you click on the Paypal button here, you’ll be given the option to target your donation to specific purposes. Thank you for your consideration.

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