Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Stratham Fair Great American Bake Sale

Come enjoy the Stratham Fair and stop by my stand to grab a baked good to help end childhood hunger! I have been going to the fair since I was a kid and love everything about it! I am looking for bakers and volunteers so if anyone wants to help out I would be so grateful! My bake sale is this Friday the 24th! It is the same day as the Miss Stratham Fair Pageant as well. I will be moving my stand to the show around 5pm. I hope to see you there!

Cape Cod week of July 13th

I went to the Cape with my Nanny last week and we had a great time! When I was a kid my entire family would go every year because my Grandparents owned a house on the Cape! We have so many wonderful childhood memories and I remembered the area pretty well. My Nanny and I lived it up for a week...we had amazing food while we were there. We went to Seafood Sam's, Salty's, Giraldi's, The Egg and I, Cape Cod Creamery and just really had great food. We went parasailing together which was something I have always wanted to do! OH DEAR! We even got our palms read - that was interesting. We did a lot of relaxing at the beach which was amazing and we went into Chatham one day to shop. I am happy she asked me to go with her. We both really enjoyed our time together.

Monday, July 13, 2009

I have beans!!

I am so excited! My scarlet runner beans survived the month of rain. I got them from cat nip acres when I worked at the farmers market. Wendy gave me a scarlet runner bean plant and a yellow pear cherry tomato plant. I have a few flowers that have started on the tomato plant. I am so excited, the beans are bright red and are supposed to attract humming birds and butterflies. I put both in a pot right outside my apartment window. I sit at my kitchen table as I work every day and I can't wait until I have a little humming bird friend!

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Miss Winnipesaukee 1st Runner Up


Today was a lot of fun! My day started out at Fun Spot with a cup of tokens and a lot of arcade games! We went across the street to ride the go-carts too! Tonight I was first runner up at Miss Winnipesaukee! I won a $700 scholarship which will be at least 3 loan payments.......they start in November EEEK! I'm really thankful for the scholarship money. Tina and Gary (the directors) work really hard to raise the scholarship money for all of the contestants.
Thank you so much!

Saturday, July 11, 2009

My First Casting Call

Friday the 10th was my first casting call! I went to Boston and really had no idea what to expect. The movie is called "The Town" and is directed by Ben Affleck. He is also the lead actor! I got to the open call where I met a guy named Kevin. He was really helpful and clued me in on what I was getting myself into! Oh...and he was really cute too! We waited in line for about an hour and just talked with the people around us. Then we got to the door and received our lines that we needed to memorize. It was a great experience and it would be nice to be picked! There were over 100 people there and the call was from 1:00-7:00. I was there right at 1! So I am assuming hundreds of people will be seen. I am hoping to at least get some extra work! That would be really cool, Ben is one of my favorite actors...and no matter what I got some experience and met a really nice person, so the day was a success!

PS...I did get lost on my way there though...typical :)

Jess had a bike race! The Granite State Quest

We followed Jess for 50 miles today! She had a bike race that started at Timberland that was "a ride to conquer cancer". The bike race has raised over $600,000 in the past 6 years. Jess did pretty well and was in the beginning of the pack! We drove along the coast in the Hampton and Rye area and then went back to Timberland for a break and then she was out for her second loop which was in the back roads of the Exeter/East Kingston area. It was a fun day but very long! She finished in 3.5 hours and we stayed for a BBQ afterwards.

Friday, July 3, 2009

Timberland Boot Company Garden Project

A note from Cheryl Rossman, a member of the garden committee explaining what the Timberland Garden is:

Ah the Timberland Garden…a place to relax, chat with friends, get some sunshine and give back to the community.

As a group of avid gardeners, it is somewhat hard for us to believe that everyone doesn’t have a garden of some sort in their own yard. We have determined we are among the minority which makes us so successful at recruiting. Currently we have 31 volunteers who plant, maintain, and harvest under the guidance of seasoned veteran gardeners only too happy to share their knowledge.

On harvest day, a company wide email is sent; the veggies and flowers are placed in a community area along side of the donation jar. All proceeds are donated to the New Hampshire Food Bank which is in part why we “sell” out everyday. Lettuce, carrots, squashes and herbs along with many other items are grown in the garden. Timberland families are becoming fans of swiss chard, beet greens, and brussel sprouts which are our most “unusual” offerings.

Taste of the Nation Volunteers - THANK YOU!

From:Ed Draper (edraper)


What more can we say? Actually….a bit more. You rock! As volunteers you have a reason to be proud. On Wednesday June 24th your help with the Taste of the Nation event made this night the best we have ever had. We raised over $115,000 that will go directly to local groups that ensure that no kid goes hungry.

Putting this event on was no small task. With over 1000 people under the tent, 50+ restaurants, wine, beer & spirit companies and a rockin’ band it was important to have a dedicated group of volunteers to help set up starting early in the morning (8 AM), to work the many different position during the event and to finally help break down and close up the event late into the evening (Midnight!).

We are proud of the hard work that each and every one of you put in that day. Your efforts did not go unnoticed…the feedback we have received all rave about how smooth the event went and how well run it was… a testament to you hard work.

We do appreciate the effort that all of the volunteers put in. Some folks deserve an extra pat on the back.

Recycling Pods – Our volunteers were particularly challenged this year. Our goal was to have a “zero trash” event but that was not the case. They had to work extra hard to keep the compostable items, non compostable items, and reusable trays all going in the correct bins. This is an area that we are reviewing and making changes to for the event next year.

Break Down & Clean Up – Their task was to leave the tent and grounds in the same condition that we started with at the beginning of the day. Lots of tables, chairs, lines, trash, recyclables, signs etc to be broken down and readied to be taken away. It is quite a bit of work, especially at the end of the evening when it would be more desirable to just go home. In addition to this they started their shift out doing gate duty, recycling pods, bussing, front entrance etc.

Pictures of the event can be found on our Share Our Strength Seacoast Facebook page http://tinyurl.com/mwcmak . Don’t have Facebook? Now is the time to sign up!

Ending the way we began….THANK YOU for a successful Taste of the Nation event. We are going to take a bit of a much needed rest but will be back at it again next year. Be on the lookout for emails when we out the call out for volunteers once again.


Ed & Karen


Check out some fun fishing pictures of my dad and me!