A Yummy Re-skill-ience Workshop

Time for Homemade Sauerkraut!

December 11th
5:30-7:30 pm
At the Tamworth Town House

The next workshop, Making Sauerkraut, takes place on Monday, December 11th from 5:30-7:30pm at the Tamworth Townhouse located at 27 Cleveland Hill Rd.

Joanne Ducas has been growing Certified Organic Vegetables at The Farm by the River in Effingham since 2015. Her business, Mountain Heartbeet Veggies, operates on leased land at the farm, and is part of a unique multi-generational farm collaboration. The Farm by the River has a long history of land conservation and stewardship that Joanne is honored to be a part of. Mountain Heartbeet offers veggies to the community through a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) Program that runs for fifteen weeks in the summer as well as three “stand alone” optional fall bulk vegetable shares, one in October, another right before Thanksgiving and new this year – one more in December. Mountain Heartbeet is also a vendor at the Wolfeboro and Tamworth Farmers’ Markets, and provides veggies to a few area restaurants. For more information please visit http://www.mountainheartbeet.com/

Joanne believes that WE ARE WHAT WE EAT, and that by providing the community with local organic food she is making the world a little bit of a healthier, yummier place. Feeding people feeds her soul, and she is excited to be a part this G.A.L.A. workshop! We will start the workshop with a brief introduction to fermentation – how it works and why it is good and helpful. Then we will all get right down to business. At this workshop you will learn how to prepare, care for, and dine with your own homemade sauerkraut! This is something you will be able to always have on hand in your kitchen. Help your tummy and help your table by learning how to ferment! As you get more experienced, you will figure out your own edits and additions to your special kraut recipe.

G.A.L.A. will provide the cabbage, carrot, and garlic. If you would like to add any other vegetables or spices such as ginger, hot pepper, onions, dill, cilantro, or caraway, please bring your own. Please bring to the workshop a quart sized mason jar, a bowl for mixing, cutting board, sharp and large knife, a quart sized ziplock bag, and a clean dish towel.

This workshop takes place from 5:30-7:30pm at the Tamworth Townhouse at 27 Cleveland Hill Rd. The cost to participate in the workshop is $20. Pre-registration is specifically requested for this event to be sure enough supplies will be provided. Please register with the link on the right, or by calling 603-539-6460.

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Free Program for Children

A free Wilderness Skills Workshop for Children
Sunday, December 10th

10am – 2pm
At 3 Pork Hill Rd, Ossipee, NH

Global Awareness Local Action (G.A.L.A.) is excited to announce the next workshop in a new Youth Track of their popular Re-skill-ience Workshop Series.  The youth track will be geared toward six through twelve year-olds in the same homesteading, sustainable living, and traditional bushcraft skills that have defined G.A.L.A.’s ongoing workshops. These hands-on classes are designed to help participants develop skills and knowledge that strengthen personal and community resilience, this time with a focus on youth! The next workshop in the series is titled Wander and Wonder – a Wilderness Skills Workshop for Kids, and will be led by Tom Belluscio, certified Maine Wilderness Guide and Certified First Responder. Also, this class is free!


Grab your coat and other winter attire along with water and a packed lunch, because on Sunday, December 10th we’re hitting the woods with Tom Belluscio for four hours of adventure, fun, and learning!


Tom will kick things off with a crackling campfire and a brief chat on how to prepare for being outdoors in the winter. From there we will explore the surrounding woodland for animal tracks as we gather natural materials for the next portion of the class — shelter building! Tom will teach about just what it takes to spend a comfortable night in the woods. Once our proper shelters are built, Tom will wrap things up with a bit of a challenge. Can you get a fire going if you only had one match? The workshop will end with a recap of the day, a cup of hot cocoa and s’mores!


This free youth track class takes place on Sunday, December 10th from 10am-2pm at 3 Pork Hill Rd in Ossipee, NH. This workshop is being offered for free thanks to the generous support from an anonymous donor advised fund of the NH Charitable Foundation. Space is limited to 15 participants. And the age range for this class is children 6-12. Pre-register HERE or by calling 603-539-6460. Also, keep up to date with our Facebook Event. 



Let’s Dance Again!

November 25th
Community Contra Dance

7pm – 10pm

The Community Contra Dance Series hosted by Global Awareness Local Action (G.A.L.A.) continues on Saturday, November 25th at the Wolfeboro Town Hall’s “Great Hall”.  Dances run from 7:00 to 10:00pm, with the first half hour dedicated to a brief overview of the basic steps of New England contra dance, and neither experience nor a partner is required. Dances are a fun and energizing night out for all ages and abilities, even if you simply prefer to cheer the dancers on from the sidelines and enjoy the live music.

Many first-time dancers are planning to return for another evening of great music and fun.  Don Stratton will be calling the dance.  Don is a dance caller who brings a welcoming and relaxed style to the mic.  From Bristol, Vermont, he calls primarily in Vermont and surrounding states.  His repertoire includes modern New England contras as well as southern squares and big circle dances.  Through it all he strives to lead interesting dances that will bring smiles to experienced dancers and novices alike.   Don also plays fiddle for the contra dance band Red Dog Riley.   When he is not calling or playing for dances, he teaches biology at the University of Vermont.

Tom Moreau and David Moore will be providing live music to accompany Don’s calls.  Tom is a contra dance fiddler from Candia, NH.   He plays a wide variety of styles including Old Time, Quebecois and Eastern European tunes.  He also enjoys playing for couples dances. He fiddles for the contra dance duo Gypsy Minor.  He primarily plays in New Hampshire and often performs at NEFFA and the DownEast Contra Dance Festival. Tom is also an avid contra dancer and works as a software engineer.

David Moore is a piano accordionist based in Lee, NH. He primarily plays with the gypsy jazz and contra dance band Through the Culvert. David Moore has been playing music since he was 8 years old.

Dance admission fees are as follows:  $8.00 for adults, $5.00 for 6yr-18yr olds, and 5yr and under free.  Anyone experiencing financial hardship or large families are welcome to pay as able.  In an effort to protect the newly refinished wood floor in the Great Hall participants are encouraged to bring an extra pair of shoes for dancing that do not have a black sole.  If you are unable to bring extra shoes there will be a brush at the door for you to remove dirt and snow before entering.

G.A.L.A. is also looking to fill a few volunteer shifts for the dances this year if you are interested.  Attendees and community members are also encouraged to bring a snack to share for the snack table for it turns out that dancing can build an appetite!  If you do bring a snack, G.A.L.A. asks you to consider healthy options with little or no processed sugar, such as nuts, crackers and cheese, fruit, or chips and salsa for example.

For more information about this event or to sign up to volunteer visit their website at www.galacommunity.org, call the office at 603-539-6460, or email josh@galacommunity.org





The name “Contra Dance” refers to partnered folk dance styles, where couples dance in two facing lines. Contra dance is a hybrid of English country dances and French court dances. At the end of the 17th century, French dancers began to incorporate the English country dances with steps from their own court dances and in turn called these dances contra-dance, or contredanse. Many of the moves called out during the dance originate from the French terminology.

The contra dance was very popular throughout America from the 1700’s well into the 1800’s, but with the arrival of the square dance, waltz, swing, and other forms of dance it’s popularity was mostly confined to rural areas. It is interesting to note that before the contra dance’s revival it was not known to be called a night of “Contra Dancing.” Rather it had other names such as: Barn Dance, Kitchen Junket, Old Timers Ball, and The Dance. These dances were held in church halls, grange halls, town halls, barns, and even places like kitchens and living rooms. There was a time in New England when contra dances were so popular that one band might be booked 6 nights in a single week!