Dont Miss The Annual Benefit Craft Fair

Dates: Friday, November 20th and Saturday, November 21st, 2015.

Venue: The Walpole Town Hall, Walpole, NH

Shop Local: Building and Celebrating a strong local economy

October 28, 2015 E. Alstead, NH: The Orchard School and Community Center is a place where children are encouraged to express their individuality through the arts. Because the arts are so deeply valued by the community, it’s no surprise that The Orchard School Benefit Craft Fair is their biggest fundraiser each year. This year, TOS is proud to be organizing the twentieth occurrence of the beloved fair. The craft fair is juried for the highest quality vendors so local residents feel good about supporting the school and local artists; all while getting their holiday shopping done early.

The fair will be held at The Walpole Town Hall, Walpole, NH on Friday, November 20, from 6-8:30pm and Saturday, November 21 from 9:30am-3:30pm.

A sampling of the crafted work includes: silver jewelry, wool items, handmade wooden toys and crafts, pottery, fine beaded jewelry, traditional straw ornaments, flannel & wool shirts & dresses, woodwork, metal work, carvings and more – and all of it made within 40 miles of our Fall Mountain Region! Vendors include some favorites from previous years as well as some exciting new talent. For a complete list of vendors, visit community-events/crafts-fair-and-cafe/

All your holiday shopping needs can be met with locally produced goods in one day! The Orchard School’s mission is to be an accessible place of learning that nurtures a sense of community, respect for individual differences, the land, lifelong learning, and a connection between the cultural life of our rural community and that of the world beyond. We are a proud United Way agency. Call 603-835-2495 for more information about the school or the Craft Fair. You can also visit our website at Shop local and support a healthy community economy this holiday season!

New Craft Fair Ad

Art With A Heart

If you know The Orchard School, you love The Orchard School. You may have given back to the school – time, money, materials, or good will. These gifts have allowed the school to bring great joy to many children. One of those children just happens to be the granddaughter of artist, David Howell and he has chosen a unique approach to giving back to The Orchard School that we think people who love us want to know about!
The Walpole Inn, normally closed to the public, is hosting a benefit reception for David Howell where he will have at least 20 paintings on display and for sale. He has generously offered to donate a full 50% of his proceeds to The Orchard School. Not only for the art he sells at the benefit – but for the entire month his paintings are on display! Paintings on display will be priced between $300-500.

Ram2 The Orchard School is thrilled to have the opportunity to receive this kind of gesture and to share our love for a local artist with this level of talent. David Howell has been painting for fifty years and has had exhibitions in Europe, California, New York and now almost exclusively in New England. He lives on a small working farm with his wife (Susan) and dog (Phoebe). His most recent paintings are inspired by the sights surrounding him in Walpole and throughout the Connecticut River Valley. To see some of David’s work:
If you love The Orchard School and you love high quality art, please consider attending the event and building your art collection by purchasing some Art With A Heart.
The Walpole Inn
297 Main St
Walpole, NH
Wednesday Oct. 28th, 5 to 7PM
*Cash Bar $5/beer and wine

TOS Announces New Executive Director, Jocelyn Goldblatt

October 1, 2015

Dear Parents and Friends of The Orchard School,

It is with great joy that I am writing to you to announce the hiring of a new Executive Director for The Orchard School & Community Center. We were fortunate to receive several applications from highly qualified candidates. This allowed us to choose the best candidate to fill this position: Jocelyn Goldblatt, who is well known as a parent at The Orchard School, and comes to us with a wealth of relevant experience. Her expertise will serve us well. In addition to her business background, Jocelyn’s greatest asset is her love for TOS as a parent. She has a strong heart connection to the school and a brilliant mind to bring TOS into the future. Please say hello, and welcome Jocelyn when you see her around the school.

Jocelyn’s official starting date is October 19 after a two-week training period with Sonia, the current Executive Director. Jocelyn demonstrated during her interview that she has actively started to think about how she can best bring TOS into the future. We are very fortunate to have Jocelyn joining TOS!

While Jocelyn is preparing to start, Sonia is still hard at work every day doing what she can to leave things in ship-shape for Jocelyn. So much needs to be done this time of the year to secure grants, start fundraisers, and do the day-to-day administrative work, which never slows down. Sonia is working overtime to get all these things done with the same love and commitment we have seen during this past year. It is with sadness that we say goodbye to Sonia. We can only do this if she promises to come visit us often in the summer! As many of you already know, Sonia and Matt are returning to Maryland to be closer to family and friends. Sonia will be sorely missed. On behalf of the Board of Trustees, I thank Sonia for all she has done for TOS, and I know I speak for the entire community as well.

It is with confidence that we move forward. School enrollment is encouraging. Teachers and children are wonderful, as always. The Board is proud to serve this organization.

Thank you all for being part of this nurturing place for families and children.

Hanneke van Riel
Chairperson of the Board of Trustees of The Orchard School


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