Here’s what’s happening in the Exeter NH area

Poco Amare will perform at the Exeter Public Library

EXETER – Exeter Public Library will host Poco Amare, a sub-group of the Seacoast Amare Cantare Chamber Choir, on Tuesday July 20.

The event, with an unaccompanied choral music program, will take place at 6:30 p.m.

The performance includes selections ranging from Renaissance madrigals to part-romantic songs to works by living composers.

This program is free and open to the public. The Exeter Public Library is located at 4 Chestnut Street in Exeter. For more information, contact the library at 603-772-3101.

Stratham Republicans reorganize City Committee

STRATHAM – Stratham’s Republican town committee recently reorganized as 23 participants came together to elect leaders and set bylaws.

Those elected were Patrick Abrami, president; Denise Bowdidge, Vice President; Erik Herring, secretary; Jim Scamman, Treasurer; Eric Flaim, membership director; Bob Valeri, Director of Communications; Frank DePeters, director of fundraising; and Brenda Towne, director of voter registration.

State Representative Pat Abrami

The committee plans to hold monthly meetings to discuss policy regarding federal, state and local laws and regulations as well as current and future election candidates.

Annick Bouvron-Gromek art demo at Seacoast Artist Association

EXETER — The Seacoast Artist Association will relaunch its Second Sunday events next week with a demonstration by gallerist and award-winning artist Annick Bouvron-Gromek.

Bouvron-Gromek will present “What is a Monotype?” from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. on July 11.

"Blue Hydrangea, Lupine, Poppies #9" by artist Annick Bouvron-Gromek

“A Monotype is a one-of-a-kind ‘hand-drawn’ print, an original, not a reproduction,” Bouvron-Gromek said. “The image is created using etching ink applied to a smooth plexiglass plate and then transferred to paper with a printing press. This process allows for textures that cannot be painted directly on paper. Monotypes are a very experimental art form because you never know for sure what the result will be until it comes off the press.Making monotypes allows for exploration.The artist can try almost anything. It’s funny !”

For this demonstration, Bouvron-Gromek will explain and show examples of the different processes and demonstrate the Stencil process.

Bouvron-Gromek was born in Brittany, France and now resides in Exeter, New Hampshire. Bouvron-Gromek’s interest in art came later in life. She began to take painting lessons with Doris Rice in 1997, then became interested in monotype by participating in workshops with Pam Lawson.

You can see more of Bouvron-Gromek’s work in his virtual gallery at and by visiting the SAA Art Gallery at 130 Water St., Exeter. The gallery is open Wednesday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Route 125 will be dedicated to the slain Brentwood police officer

BRENTWOOD — U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan, Congressman Chris Pappas and Gov. Chris Sununu will be among those taking part in a ceremony Saturday, July 10, dedicating the Brentwood portion of Highway 125 as Officer Stephen Arkell Memorial Highway.

Officer Arkell was shot and killed in 2014 after responding to a domestic dispute. He had served with the Brentwood Police Department for 17 years and was survived by his wife and two daughters.

Officer Stephen J. Arkell

The 6 p.m. ceremony at Swasey Central School (355 Middle Road) is open to the public. The event will include a flyover by State Police, remarks from Senator Hassan, Rep. Pappas and Governor Sununu, and the unveiling of signs indicating the Arkell family’s designation of the highway. Former state senator Jon Morgan of Brentwood will be the emcee.

“We encourage residents of Brentwood and other Granite Staters to attend this special ceremony, honoring a true hometown hero,” said Brentwood Police Officer Joshua Turner, a friend and former colleague of Officer Arkell who will also be speaking at the event.

Purchasing Hannaford Recycling Bags to Benefit Exeter Library

EXETER – Exeter Public Library has been selected as July’s beneficiary of the Hannaford Helps reusable bag scheme.

When you purchase a Hannaford Helps Community blue reusable bag in July from the Hannaford located at 141 Portsmouth Avenue in Exeter, $1 will be donated to the Exeter Public Library. Bags can be purchased inside or through Hannaford-To-Go. Buy reusable bags and help raise funds for the library.

For more information about the library, call 603-772-3101 or For more information on the Hannaford Helps reusable bag program, visit

Free Fisher Cats tickets available at Newfields Library

NEWFIELDS – The Friends of Newfields Public Library is thrilled to offer Newfields residents a limited number of free tickets to New Hampshire Fisher Cats home games for the 2021 season.

These undated ticket vouchers can be redeemed for tickets at the box office on game day or in advance by calling the box office at 603-641-2005. Be sure to bring the vouchers to the box office to receive the tickets with assigned seats.

There is a limit of four tickets per household.

Call or drop by the Paul Memorial Library to reserve and pick up your tickets.

All guests will be required to follow New Hampshire Fisher Cat Stadium COVID regulations. This information, along with a full season schedule, is available at

If you would like more than four tickets, please contact Friends of Newfields Public Library at [email protected]

Summer programming at the Exeter Public Library

EXETER – Children, teens and adults will all have fun and engaging programs this summer.

Tails and Tales is the theme of the four-week Children’s Room program. Preschoolers and up can set a weekly reading goal and receive a prize for reaching it each week. Book Blast provides fun for rising fourth and fifth graders as they all read the same book and then come to the library for a fun activity. This year’s Teen Summer Reading Program, open to students in grades 6-11, is all about nature.

Plant flowers in the Teen Scene windowsill garden, make crafts from recycled materials, and take part in the nature art and photography challenge. Pick up your free book and activity kit starting July 6 and attend the launch event July 8 from 3-4 p.m. Read. Participants will choose what to read from a list made up of suggestions from community members collected throughout June. Prizes and fun abound during this six-week program. Customers can borrow a staff pick to receive a special price. High school students and older can also enter to win a weekly prize upon checkout.

These programs are free and open to the public. For more information, call 603-772-3101. The Exeter Public Library is located at 4 Chestnut Street, Exeter.