ANTRIM--What do Antrim gardeners do after planting 5,000 daffodil
bulbs? Throw a party and invite everyone to come.
Antrim Daffodil Day on Saturday, May 2, celebrates the beautification
project started three years ago by the Antrim Chamber of Commerce
which planted daffodil and narcissus bulbs in and around the downtown
area. Bulbs have been donated by local gardeners & businesses and
have been planted by over 50 volunteers from different groups in town.
"We just wanted to have a feel-good celebration of spring," said
Brian Beihl, Antrim Chamber of Commerce member and organizer of the
event. "Our volunteers have put so much work into planting the
daffodils, it's great to be finally able to share it with visitors," he said.
Starting with the May Breakfast at the First Presbyterian Church, 7
to 9:30 a.m., an array of activities continues throughout the
day. At 10 a.m. at Tuttle Library will be a reading of a
proclamation sent by Governor John Lynch, who cannot attend the
event, followed by the ceremonial "daffodil cutting." The first of
four free gardening clinics begins at 10:20 a.m., starting with
author and former host of the long-running PBS show "Victory Garden,"
Roger Swain, who will speak on spring bulb planting and care.
Following Swain, Crista Tenney from Tenney Farm discusses gardening
with kids, including making a Mother's Day flower arrangement with
all kids who attend. Tenney's clinic takes place on the Tuttle
Library lawn at 10:40. The clinic venue then moves to Tyler's Small
Engine, 20 Concord Street. where a representative for Mantis Tiller
demonstrates "Power Gardening" at 11 a.m. Tyler's is also
offering free tee-shirts to the first 25 people visiting the store on
Saturday. The final clinic of the day takes place in front of
Edmunds Ace Hardware, where local gardeners Linda Bryer and Mary
Allen will demonstrate organic and conventional pest control techniques.
Concurrent with the gardening clinics will be an Antrim tradition,
the annual fishing derby on the mill pond adjacent to Memorial Park
from 8 a.m. to 9:30. The derby is free, open to kids 15 and under,
and the pond is stocked by New Hampshire Fish & Game specifically for
the event. Prizes donated by Antrim hunting and fishing store Place
in the Woods, will be awarded.
During the morning's activities, the Antrim Grange will be accepting
photographs for a daffodil photo contest. Finished photos will be on
display at town hall from 9 to noon, and photographers can drop off
digital files for the contest during that time. Photos will be
judged and awarded the following week.
Throughout the day, Antrim Chamber of Commerce members have created a
"DaffoDeal" coupon which offers special discounts for the festival
day only, including free gifts and special discounts. Laconia
Savings Bank, Tenney Farm, Trend of Fashion, Contoocook Valley
Insurance, Tyler's Small Engine, Place in the Woods, Edmunds Ace
Hardware, Rick & Diane's Pizzaria, Bakery 42, Antrim Computers and
Cutter Flooring are all participating in the coupon promotion. The
coupon is available from local merchants but is also available online
at the event's website.
Even the Tuttle Library is participating, offering a "No Fines Day,"
an amnesty for overdue materials to be returned. Friends of the
Tuttle Library are encouraging visitors to donate a heat-tolerant
plant for the library's outdoor planters on May 2 as well.
Two additional events sponsored by the Antrim Recreation Department
are available for families during the day. From 1 to 3 p.m. at the
Great Brook Middle School parking lot is a bike rodeo, which teaches
young riders the rules of the road and personal safety. Following
this event from 3 to 5 p.m. will be a free family movie upstairs at
Antrim Town Hall, where a movie projection system was recently
installed by the town.
With the exception of the May Breakfast at $6.00, all events for the
day are free admission. Most events are rain or shine. For a
schedule of the event, the DaffoDeal coupon, or for additional
Beihl at 588-3014.