Okimono Ivory Fisherman at Auction, Plus American Antiques

Yes, the eclectic mix of wonders keeps coming in for your bidding delight!  This Saturday, from 7-9:30, you’ll be tempted by an intricately carved ivory happy fisherman in the Okimono style.  This figurine is in excellent condition.  Antique Americana more your thing?  You’ll want to peruse our collection of carnival glass, including some exceptionally interesting large fluted and footed bowls, pewter, and crystal. We have collections of antique tools that are decorative or useful, depending on your outlook.

If you have a narrow foot–size 71/2 N or AA–you will not want to miss this event, as we have been given several pair of brand new shoes and boots by Cole Hahn, Ralph Lauren and LL Bean.  You’ll be walking the dog in style with these on your feet and a new Burberry or Ralph Lauren coat on your back.​

Bid on a collection of fine wines, along with a nifty Savino carafe to save your opened bottle for the next day’s tipple.

We have gift certificates galore, ranging from pedicures to Gen Gold certificates from Meredith Village Savings, restaurants to water parks, vacations to farm stand dollars.  Something for every interest in every price range.

Don’t think you have to be made of money to support this fundraising event.  We’ll have items ranging from $10-$2000, and every dollar you bid makes all the work we do at The Community School–from educating kids and adults to growing veggies or stewarding the land–possible.  Can’t wait to see you Saturday night!  Come ready to nibble, rub elbows with your friends and neighbors, and bid loud and often.
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Celebrate Community Auction Teaser

We hope you’ve got The Community School’s annual Celebrate Community Scholarship Auction date emblazoned on your calendar:  This Saturday, April 11, from 7-9:30pm on Bunker Hill Road in South Tamworth.  The ever-lively George Cleveland is donating his services as master of ceremonies, and will keep the night moving right along, with the perfect amount of innuendo, anecdote, and cheerful ribbing, ensuring that we all dig deep and bid often!  We’ll offer delicious food and libation as you peruse the silent auction and anticipate the live auction.  There is no entrance cost to this important fundraiser for the TCS scholarship fund.

New items keep coming in, and you won’t want to miss out on even one. 

The most exciting tidbit of the day is a rare camera, circa 1932, in very good shape, a Dr. Nagel Pupille with Schneider & Co. kreuznach xenon lens f:2 4.5cm. Rarity with “Kodak” engraving instead of “Nagel”. On winding knob: Kodak Aktiengesellschaft Dr.-Nagel-Werk”. Feet scale.  This also includes an E Leitz (Leica) Wezlar Range Finder and a Voigtlander Focar 2 32mm lens, all in the original leather case. A gem for any serious photographer or collector.

Rather look at someone else’s photos than take your own? TCS alumna, Kim Hamilton donated three original photos for our auctioning delights.  She’s learning bunches at art school, and you’ll be tempted by her talent.

Original creations abound, with a striking pendant of silver, diamond and gold, honoring the White Mountains with a silver background and layered gold hills and mountains, overlooked by a diamond moon.  Gorgeous, handmade at North Country Fair Jewelry.

Perhaps jewelry isn’t your thing, but sitting in a cozy arm chair, gazing out your window is.  Then bid on a handsome deep blue-black arm chair with classic lines and a handcrafted crewel foot stool; to go with this, you’ll want a hand-blown teal and clear glass disc to hang in your window, bending sunbeams beautifully.  The birds will be chirping away just outside as they nibble at one of their new feeders or bathe in a glorious cast cement birdbath. 

After a day relaxing to birdsong, take yourself out to dinner with a gift certificate to Jake’s Seafood and Grill or Flatbread, both will offer a scrumptious meal and you won’t have to do the dishes!  Rather cook yourself?  Bid on the Farmers’ Table cooking lessons or pick up one of the cookbooks donated by Innisfree Book Store and do it yourself.  You could use your gift certificate for the TCS farm stand to pick up some fresh produce at market or our stand.  Greens are coming in, so you’ll want this!

We have an eclectic and original collection of antique ephemera, including a group of bath and beauty aids, in antique bottles, records, magazines, advertisements, an interesting set of vintage oil or gas cans, a sterling and leather shaving mirror, and more.  For information on more auction items, check us out on facebook or at www.communityschoolnh.org.

This is the tip of a grand collection of auction items; the only way to get the full effect is to plan your date night, friend night, family night at The Community School this coming Saturday!  For more information, call 323-7000.
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Music Camps for Teens and Adults, July and August 2015

Songwriting Camp
Monday, July 27 — Friday, July 31, 2015   9am-3pm, with lunch available 
Have you ever wanted to write songs? We will explore the craft of songwriting, making songs about what is important to us. Our emphasis is on writing songs that express who we are, that tell meaningful and universal stories, and that build connection with others. Throughout history, music has been an integral part of daily life. People sing while working, to spread news of current events, to rally for political protests, for ceremonies, and for entertainment. Learn how to write effective lyrics and singable melodies. Songwriters of all levels are encouraged to attend, beginners are welcome! Instruments aren’t required, however do bring them if you play them. There will be plenty of hands-on writing during this weeklong workshop, participants will emerge from this with at least one new song, and have opportunities to share them with others.

Roots Music Band Camp
Monday, August 3 — Friday, August 7    9am-3pm, with lunch available
American acoustic music styles such as delta blues, bluegrass, Appalachian folk, old time country and gospel are at the root of many modern rock and country styles. Many contemporary artists draw heavily from these timeless roots styles while forging their own unique sounds. We will explore various roots styles including traditional blues, ragtime, slide guitar, Carter-style, Appalachian fiddle tunes, New England contra dance melodies, bluegrass, swing, jazz, country, rock and more. These genres are inter-connected, often songs from one style were played in other genres. We’ll discuss theory of scales and modes often used in this music. The workshop is hands on, participants will learn to play some songs from the repertoire of influential artists such as Robert Johnson, Bessie Smith, Mother Maybelle Carter, Johnny Cash, Woody Guthrie, Pete Seeger, Leadbelly, Bill Monroe, Doc Watson, Mississippi John Hurt, Elizabeth Cotten, and more. All music will be taught by ear, however some sheet music can be provided. We will learn to play these songs as a group, how to create our own parts on our instruments and voices, how to listen to each other and play cohesively as a group. There will be a performance opportunity at the end of the week. Attendees should have foundational playing skills on their instruments, instruction is geared towards multiple levels from beginner to advanced. Instruments can include guitar, fiddle, mandolin, banjo, ukulele, bass, dulcimer, harmonica, however not limited to these instruments. Singers are welcome! Recording devices are encouraged, they can greatly facilitate the by-ear learning process.

About Our Instructor

Shana Aisenberg plays various acoustic string instruments including fiddle, mandolin, guitar, 5-string banjo, ukulele; and diverse styles including Appalachian Old-time, Celtic, New England contradance, Eastern European Klezmer, blues and jazz. Shana performs regularly with various groups in the area; has recorded numerous albums as soloist and session musician; has written music instruction books for guitar, mandolin and ukulele; teaches at workshops and festivals nationwide, at The Community School, and various other locations in the area. Shana loves teaching players of any level. Visit Shana online at shanasongs.com.

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Community Auction!!

2015 poster

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Plan for Summer Learning and Fun: Sign Up for Camps Now!

For more than ten years, TCS has extended its playful learning opportunities into the summer, offering several camp opportunities for children ages 3-12.  Four camps combine the best elements of guided nature and farm study, outdoor play, creative and expressive arts or the elements of soccer.  Out and About Camp gives 8-12 year olds plenty of time for rambles in the wild, creative expression via the building of a week-long project, and opportunities to meet new friends or reconnect with old.  Messing About Camp allows 5-7 year olds guided outdoor exploration connected to artistic projects, with lots of loving and fun attention.  For the littlest of our camping community, Playing About offers 3-4 year olds a first-time camp experience, with interactive story and craft time, walks and play in our fields and gardens, and a safe and loving place to explore the world.  Soccer players, ages 8-12, rise to the challenge of stretching their abilities to new lengths, under the adept coaching of a veteran varsity soccer coach.  Kids get plenty of exercise while building strength and deeper understanding for strategy and technique.

For more camp info, or to register, download forms from the website or call us at 323-7000.  Scholarships for Tamworth campers are available through TCS.  Campers from Freedom, Ossipee, and Effingham  can apply  to the Ossipee Children’s Fund for camp fee support.  Campers from Sandwich can apply for support through the Quimby Fund.

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Hello TCS Community!

Hello TCS Community,

First, I want to introduce myself if we have not met yet. My name is Hannah Fleischmann and I am the new farm manager here. I worked with John, the former manager, and his partner, Emma, last season and am looking forward to another prolific year! This is my first blog post and I’m using it plug to plug our CSA and to ask for your help. Our CSA (community supported agriculture farm share) information is updated for 2015 and on our school website! Check out the new CSA page here: http://www.communityschoolnh.net/news/22-2

What is a CSA, you ask? In short, customers pay upfront for a weekly share of our certified-organic produce during the growing season. All of the details you need are on our website, including dates, cost, pick-up sites, etc. Help us reach our goal of 35 full-share members this year! CSA members support our farm AND our school. Please consider this a fundraising effort and share this info with friends, family, neighbors, and anyone else you can think of. It is amazing how many people you can reach with a quick Facebook post or e-mail. Word of mouth is our best form of advertising. Please let me know if you have any questions or if you would like to sign-up!

Thank you!


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We’re Seeking An Assistant Grower

The Community School Farm, a 2 ½ acre certified organic vegetable farm in South Tamworth, NH, is seeking an Assistant Grower for the 2015 season. Our farm employs a full-time, year-round Farm Manager who oversees our growing, planning, and marketing throughout the year. Work is plentiful during our main growing season and the Assistant Grower is an essential part of making things run during this busy time. Our farm is a part of The Community School, a non-sectarian, co-educational day school serving 30 students in grades 6 to 12.

The Assistant Grower is a full-time, seasonal position running from mid/late-April to late-October. The Assistant Grower will work under the supervision of the Farm Manager and will be a part of all aspects of growing produce on our 2 ½ acre farm. We grow a wide variety of vegetables and some fruits for an established CSA, the Tamworth Farmers’ Market, a couple of wholesale accounts, and for school meals.Growing food for our community is very satisfying but fun, but it is hard work, especially on a small-scale, mostly human-powered farm! The ideal candidate will have experience working on a small-scale vegetable farm and a love of the work.

Some of our daily tasks will include: seeding, transplanting, harvesting, weeding, irrigating, spreading compost/manure, setting up the CSA, delivering, and selling at farmers’ market. A valid driver’s license is required. Experience using a tractor and/or walk-behind tiller is preferred, but not necessary. We use the machinery on occasion for tillage, bed preparation, mowing, harrowing, and moving heavy things. The majority of the work is done by hand using tools such as hoes, shovels, and rakes. The ideal candidate will be a hard worker willing to work in all weather conditions!

Although the farm is mostly run by the Farm Manager and Assistant Grower, we will sometimes be lucky enough to work with our students, school staff, CSA members, and/or community volunteers. The ideal candidate will be comfortable supervising helpers and facilitating a positive experience. The Assistant Grower must be comfortable working on their own for long periods of time as well.

The tentative schedule is Tuesday-Saturday, 40 hours/week. The Farm Manager will often work longer days and the Assistant is encouraged, but not required, to stay late or adjust their schedule when work is plentiful. The pay rate is $9/hr plus all of the vegetables you can eat! We are not able to offer housing at this point but would be happy to help you look for a place. Weather will determine much of our work schedule and the ideal candidate will be flexible.

To apply for this position, please e-mail a resume and cover letter to our Farm Manager, Hannah, at communityschoolfarm@gmail.com. Feel free to be in touch with questions as well. We look forward to hearing from you! Application deadline is February 15th.

The Community School
1164 Bunker Hill Rd.
South Tamworth, NH 03883


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Hands On, College Bound: Admissions Open House 2/18

With a 100% college acceptance rate over the past seven years, experiential education must be working at The Community School. 
Combining a college preparatory curriculum with regular forays onto our 340-acre property, into the neighboring communities, around the country or even the world, learning at The Community School is as exciting as it is challenging.  Teachers and students work together to tackle real life problems using academic and social skills, a vast array of information, collaboration, and problem solving.  While The Community School does not offer therapeutic or special education services, classes are small so all students are known and worked with as individuals.
To learn more about how The Community School can challenge your 6th through 12th grader to slow down and dig deep, and to reconnect to the joy of being a teen exploring the world for the first time, plan to spend all or part of Wednesday, February 18, at our mid-winter Open House.
The day will include guided tours of the school, opportunities to sit in on classes, a delicious lunch from food grown on our farm, and time to talk with administrators, teachers, and students about what makes The Community School an invigorating, nurturing, and accessible education choice.  Plenty of financial aid is available for both mid-year transfers and for the 2015-16 school year.  Buses run daily from the Mount Washington Valley, Wolfeboro, and western Maine, with opportunities for routes into other regions, as needed.The Community School is fully accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC).  Now celebrating its 25th anniversary, TCS is a day school accepting full and part time students, grades 6-12, engaging them in the real work of learning and growing.
For more information or to schedule a tour and visit, please call Tracy at (603) 323-7000.  Check us out on facebook and at www.communityschoolnh.org.
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Risengrot at Farmers’ Table Lunch Thursday 2/4

lunchLars Fossum, one of our parents, will be working some kitchen magic this week.  He’s cooking up a big batch of his blue ribbon vegetarian chili.  At our holiday fair in December, Lars’ chili was the first pot to be emptied, with many people coming back for more…and more!
This dish blends flavor and texture just the way you want a meal in a bowl to do.  Using a variety of dried beans grown in Tamworth and Sandwich–on TCS, Booty, and Windover Farms–as a nutty, nuggety base, Lars will layer vegetables that will have flavorful and colorful appeal:  corn, tomatoes, carrots, onions, green peppers, and even squash for a little sweet to offset a little heat.  These veggies were raised by our own farmers, by Paul King (beautiful heritage varieties),  and by Kirke Read at his gorgeous and prolific Stanton Brook Farm, and preserved in our freezer for this mid-winter repast.  Lars is Norwegian, so his culinary sensibility runs to deep and rich flavors with mild heat.  Those who want to ramp up the zowie factor can add a Scoville hit with my chili garlic sauce, made with a mix of Dan Kusch’s habaneros, Steele Farm cayennes, and Windover jalapenos, along with lots of TCS and Booty garlic.
A side of cornbread drizzled with Community School honey, from bees nurtured by friend and neighbor Will Robinson, helps you to soak up every tasty drop.
Because it is mid winter and we all need a little cozy comfort, Lars is also cooking up a big batch of Norwegian risengrot (rice porridge or pudding), sweet and creamy, for dessert.Don’t miss out!  You’ll need the calories after two weeks of shoveling.
As always, give a call or send an email to let us know if you can join us.  We had a lovely crowd of 50 last week, with just enough to feed all, thanks to the rsvps!  Served by donation.  See you Thursday at noon, at The Community School.
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What exactly are we studying at The Community School?

What are we studying at The Community School right now? Biology I; Wilderness in the American Consciousness; Hawai'i: Sailors and Kings; Textiles and Handicraft; A People's History of the Americas; visual arts and watercolor painting; folk music traditions; English, maths, Spanish, skiing and snowboarding.

What's coming up this spring? Remember the Ladies: American Women from the Pilgrims to the Suffragettes; Branches of Government; Forestry; Our Neighbors to the North; Spain and the Americas; Land Stewardship; Pirates; New England and Maritime Life; Marine Biology; plus a whole array of stewardship classes including boat building, orchard care and pruning, market gardening, mountain biking, singing, and more.


Lianne Prentice

Director of Outreach and Operations
The Community School

South Tamworth, NH 03883
(603) 323-7000


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