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3.27.2021

 Hello Bloomers                                                                            March 27,2021

Hope everyone is doing well and handling our "new normal" life with Covid.  I'm including meeting notes of events the bloomers have had since Oct of 2020 to get up to date. 

October 21,2020- Karolina led us in a leaf printing class held at the Community House on Lois Lane in Barrington. We had 7 members in attendance, wearing masks and social distancing. Different ferns, feathers collected and different papers, notecards to print on were used. Great time, thank you Karolina. We held a short meeting before doing the leaf prints. Officers changed and were voted on and we discussed upcoming events. Changes to officers are;  Margery Sheppard- President, Lydia Cupp- vice president, JoAnn Pearson- treasurer, Cindi Harrington- secretary.

November 21,2020- Bloomers met at JoAnn Pearson's for wreath making. Everyone brought their own wreath rings and ribbons and shared different greens, berries, grasses and dried plants to decorate with. There were 11 happy wreath makers including JoAnns family. Picture is on our web page

December 12,2020- Holiday Yankee Swap/cookie exchange held in the rec center parking lot. 9 members attended and the weather held out for us. We also donated to the Food Pantry with personal care items from each member. The director was there and took the items and was very pleased. Even wrote us a beautiful thank you note we received later. There were no cut-throat exchanges during the Yankee Swap so everyone was pleased with their picks. The cookie swap had some fabulous cookies bagged and ready to exchange. Great fun and I think it was a very creative idea with the covid situation to hold it in the trunks of our cars outside.

Jan 20.2021- Held a zoom meeting. Discussion of up coming projects including paint projects, pop-up garden tours starting in the months of April/May through Sept/Oct. 

February 17,2021- Zoom meeting,  7 members Maureen Sawicki and Karen Towne did a discussion about the use of the library, and was looking for feedback as to ideas for getting people involved in all the things the library does for Barrington and its residents. List of some mentioned; notary, community center, tech support help with Covid issues, tax help, meetings, classes plus so much more.

March 17,2021- Zoom meeting, 5 members in attendance. TinyTileMosiacs.com  worked on by those that had purchased ahead of the class. Items discussed date for "Books in Bloom" now will be held in August or Sept, more info to come.

Dates/events to come 

Alfalfa Seed growing kits are available compliments of the Barrington Bloomers for the Make and Take at the library.            

 April 17 spring garden cleanup, 9 to noon

 April 21 Wednesday 6:30 to 7:30 zoom demo with Meg Herndon on  starting annuals and spices from seed. pre-order her kits from mherndon.com Kits can be picked up at Margery's, 97 Birch Lane, Barrington the week of April 12th. If need assistance contact: Margery at Oddjobsmom@gmail.com

  April/May pop up garden tours. Show us your beautiful gardens in the spring time 

 May23 Sunday at 3pm meet at Liz Riordan's Lilac Garden, 64 Brown Rd, Hampton Falls, 100 lilac varieties.

More will be posted on a 2021 calendar update coming soon

                                                                       Thanks to all our Bloomers                                                                                                                            Cindi Harrington

9.04.2020


Hi all. it's been an interesting summer with social distancing. My favorite part was definitely the Bloomers Garden Tours. We had a total of 13 beautiful garden tours covering from Barrington, Portsmouth and Strafford. Thank you all who participated. Looking to continue this next year.

 It is membership dues time. We are looking for you to join the Bloomers for only $10 from Sept 2020 to Sept 2021. You can send checks to Margery Sheppard, 97 Birch Lane, Barrington NH 03825. This will help us with planned projects for the town garden (need to replace bulbs, etc.) and for member paid field trips we are looking into. Become a member today, thanks
Upcoming Event- Sept 16th at 6pm at the town rec center parking lot. We will have a Trunk Plant/Seed Swap. Bring seeds, bare root or potted divided perennials that you want to share.and we will shop out of the trunks for this unique event. If you are looking for something specific respond in email for plant requests.  Donations are welcome.  You can also bring your membership dues and receive your member card at that time. 
Town Garden cleanup date is Oct 3rd from 9am to 11am. bring your garden tools to help us put the garden to bed for the winter. More hands we have the quicker we get it done. Please help us with this annual chore! Will if time permits do the library gardens also.
Oct meeting- looking to do a zoom demonstration. Will update when we have it finalized
Nov meeting- Outdoor wreath making at Joann Pearsons. Date TBD. bring your own wreath wire, tools, and decorating ideas. There will be assorted greens to use.
Dec 16th meeting- Our annual Christmas party/ Yankee swap. Will do an outdoor trunk yankee swap and also a bagged cookie exchange. There will be hot toddies and snacks to have. More details to follow with times. This will be another unique event for us.As always we will collect personal care item donations for the food pantry in Barrington.
Let's hope that 2021 is a better year for all of us! Looking for ideas for speakers, demos, classes etc..starting in January. Let us know your thoughts and please join us for some of these meetings.I will be sending out a separate note about this years meetings we have had and what we couldn't have because of the Covid 19.
Remember, become a Barrington Bloomer. We will have special events for members only coming up for 2021.Look forward to seeing you all
Cindi Harrington

2.05.2020

Happy 2020 everyone! Our next meeting is Feb 19th at the library at 6:30pm. Our speaker Julie Coleman will do a talk about "Caring for your garden tools" Hope to see lots of bloomers there.
On the 4th of February the officers of the bloomers met at the First Seacoast Bank to change over treasurer from Coleen Smead to Margery Shepard. Coleen has been treasurer for the entire time the Bloomers has existed, so for 13 years. Thank you so very much Coleen for all you do for the bloomers. Margery Shepard will take over the position, and we welcome you as an officer of the bloomers. JoAnn Pearson is President, Lydia Culpp is vice president, Cindi Harrington - secretary.
Past meetings
Dec 4th- Xmas gathering at Cindi's. had 8 members attend. Yankee swap was very polite, no exchanges. Thanks everyone for your contribution to the meal, everything was great. Thank you to Kim for bringing the donation items to the food pantry for us.
Jan 15- Julie Coleman did a presentation of "Insects and Diseases in the garden". Great job Julie, very informative. we had 5 members attend at the library. Julie will be back this month for care of garden tools.
Coming up in March is the annual " Books n Blooms" event, co-sponsored by Friends of the Library and the bloomers. We will be making arrangements that reflect a book, and both items will be auctioned off in a silent auction. Making arrangements date is March 18th, will be on display through the 21st. Local florists will also contribute, always beautiful displays.  On the 21st the actual event, there will be voting for best arrangement/book and the bids on them. Come join the fun at the library. Light refreshments will be served.
Cindi Harrington
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