, Derry, New Hampshire

February 6, 2014


Derry News

---- — Strap on your snowshoes

Go Green Derry presents its annual snowshoe event Feb. 8 from noon to 3 p.m. at Broadview Farm off Young Road.

There will be snowshoes to try, hiking, hot cocoa and a bonfire. All are invited to come out, snow or not, to enjoy this town-owned property.

Visit for information.

Used books for sale

Friends of the Derry Libraries host a book sale Feb. 8 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Derry Public Library, 64 East Broadway.

Many children’s titles will be available. Proceeds will support library programs and be used to purchase museum passes for library patrons.

Learn about the Underground Railroad

Derry Public Library presents a talk and slide show on the history of the Underground Railroad Feb. 8 at 1:30 p.m. The presentation will be given by Eleanor Strang, retired director of Kelley Library in Salem.

Strang has strong interests in American history and has presented this event at many libraries and other venues.

Admission is free and the public is invited. Call 432-6140 for information.

Library hosts Robert Frost event

Derry Public Library presents “The Day That Made Robert Frost,” featuring town historian Richard Holmes, on Feb. 10 at 6:30 p.m. at the library.

Holmes will be joined by local poet Robert Crawford for a program on the famed poet, who lived in Derry for a decade and taught English at nearby Pinkerton Academy.

Holmes is writing a new book on Frost and will offer participants a look into his life. The library also has an art exhibit by area artists based on Frost poems.

The program is free. Call 432-6140 for information.

Free spaghetti supper planned

West Running Brook Middle School offers a free dinner as part of the community’s free meal network. The meal is Feb. 22 at 5 p.m. at the school’s cafeteria.

Other dinners are planned for March 20, April 17 and May 22.

Frost Fest offers weekend of fun

The 15th annual Frost Festival is Feb. 14-16 and offers a full schedule of weekend indoor and outdoor activities.

The festival begins Feb. 14 with a free senior citizens dinner at 5 p.m. at Gilbert H. Hood Middle School, hosted by the Derry Village Rotary Club.

Events on Feb. 15 include an indoor program from noon to 2 p.m. featuring a puppet show and wild animals. On Feb. 16, activities include sledding, ice fishing demonstrations, a chili contest, arts and crafts, ice sculptures and a bonfire. Activities are held at a Alexander-Carr Park, Gallien’s Town Beach, Hoodkroft Golf Course, and Veterans Hall.

Call 432-6136 for a complete schedule of events and times.

Local seniors enjoy games

Marion Gerrish Community Center offers a full schedule of weekly games at the center, 39 West Broadway.

Games offered include bridge, mahjongg, Uno, bingo, cribbage and Forty-Fives. The center also offers a free monthly movie.

The next movie is Feb. 28 at noon and is “Lily of the Fields.”

Call 434-8866 for information or visit

Listen to ‘Banjos, Bones and Ballads’

The Amoskeag Mills Questers presents a N.H. Humanities Council program, “Bangos, Bones and Ballads,” March 5 at Derry Public Library.

The event features Jeff Warner and includes a look into songs like tavern songs, banjo tunes and 18th-century New England hymns. Admission is free.

Indoor craft fair scheduled

The Derry Chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star will hold an indoor craft fair and yard sale on March 29 at the Masonic Temple, 58 East Broadway.

Hours are from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Tables are available on a first come, first served basis at a cost of $20.

The public is invited to attend and browse the tables to find unique crafts and yard sale items. Call 432-4845 for information.