Strawberry Festival Brought Sunny Day of Fun to Pelham Senior Center

July 11, 2014

by Lynne Ober

Summer strawberries always bring out strawberry festivals and one of the best is held right in Pelham.  Entertainment, raffle baskets, a craft fair and great food with good conversation was rolled into one happy day on the grounds of Pelham’s Senior Center on June 28.

This event raises money for the Pelham Council on Aging, which, in turn, offsets the cost of the annual senior Christmas party at Harris Inn.

Sara Landry, director of the Pelham Senior Center, and her smile were everywhere throughout the gorgeous day.  Hot dogs were on the grill under the tent; the table with strawberry shortcake with whipped cream had a long line of customers.

Doug Thompson kicked off the entertainment with his mellow guitar and musical presentation.  Following him was a magician who captured the audience’s attention.  BJ Hickman drew audience members, young and old, into his magic show.  For the last hour of the festival, the Granite Statesmen, who belong to the award-winning Nashua Chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society, sang for the audience.

Inside the senior center, there was also entertainment of a different kind.  Free popcorn was available, and who can resist the smell of just popped corn?  A large table filled with interesting raffle baskets drew a lot of attention while others looked at the various crafts for sale.

Pelham resident Susan Boucher was selling rediscovered glass products.  “Many of these bottles originally held liquor and would have been discarded.”  Instead she recycled them into beautiful one-of-a-kind pieces.  “I’ve learned a lot about glass etching,” she smiled.  “Most of it through trial and error.”

Leslie Kennedy raved about Boucher’s work.  “She’s also made Relay for Life pins for me and I’ve raised about $160 with those pins.  I give them away and people make a donation.  Susan is a great asset in our community.”

Another long line formed for hand-drawn caricatures.  Hudson resident S. Lianne Brown, who describes herself as a “self-taught southpaw” said she has drawn all of her life.  She’s always studied faces, their character lines and relationships among faces.  “I was approached to draw caricatures at an event,” she said about how she got started.  Today she draws light-hearted interesting caricatures of people.

“I love my caricature,” said Anne Davis.  “I wanted one with my red hat.”

Girl Scout Troop 10880 painted faces and made hand-knitted necklaces between customers.

Most people sat at shady tables long after they finished eating, enjoying the entertainment, the gorgeous summer day and conversation with friends and family.  If you missed it this year, look for it next year.