Group Events

Sleigh Bells Marketplace Coming November 10th
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      AMHERST – Fans of the Holiday Fair at the Amherst Congregational Church will be happy to know that a substitute event, necessitated by pandemic concerns, will provide excellent shopping opportunities and holiday fun during November! The Sleigh Bells Marketplace is an online auction organized by the church's Woman's Association which will run from November 10 through November 30. The proceeds will go to support church programs and local charities.

      Some Holiday Fair favorites will be part of the auction, including quality crafts, themed gift baskets, Amherst memorabilia, jewelry, toys and games and decorated permanent wreaths. Other auction items include gift certificates to local businesses, a special golf opportunity, a week at a lakeside cottage and many more!

      The link to the auction website will be available on the church website ( and on social media on November 10. Bidding is easy and fun and will continue until November 30. 

Amherst Memory Tree 2020

The Memory Tree: A Living Tribute to Honor our Loved Ones

      AMHERST - A tree planted in someone's memory is a living tribute that benefits present and future generations, and is perhaps the most fitting memorial gift of all and since trees provide so many natural benefits, it is a gift that keeps on giving.

Sweet Baby Blue Eyes memorializes our loved ones who have passed yet are still so present in our minds and fill our hearts with love.The lovely blue spruce will be illuminated for the 2020 Holiday Season on December 11th and will be adorned with hundreds of


tinywhite lights, each light representing someone near and dear that has passed. Each light is a powerful reminder that we can include those who have passed in our holiday celebration, though in a different way.

      For a small donation, $10.00 to an individual or $25.00 for a family, you may have a loved one remembered.  The deadline this year is December 4th.  Names of the remembered are posted on a large board beside the tree, as well as listed in the Amherst Citizen.  

      Donations are placed in the Amherst Garden Club Charitable Fund ( and proceeds are awarded to a community project that aligns with the mission of the AGC. 

      In this era of Covid 19, we’ve made it easy.  You can participate electronically.  We have created a site that is user friendly, easy to access and is securely serviced by WePay, a BNY Mellon company.  Sign up instructions are clear and simple to follow. Online access will be available from October 1 through December 4th. Please click here to learn more The Memory Tree.

      You can also find the Memory Tree signup on the Amherst Garden Club Facebook.  Look for the Memory Tree.  

      For further inquiry, please contact Barbara Dalrymple  at

The Regional Gardening Guide

      AMHERST – Do you need a present for a friend/gardner? Do you need a reminder of WHAT to do WHEN in your garden? Whether you are an experienced gardener or new to the scene, The Amherst Garden Club’s “Regional Gardening Throughout the Year” is an invaluable guide. Hundreds of helpful hints, facts, and gorgeous photos are categorized by month in a 12” x 9” calendar format that can be used over many years. This guide was developed as part of the upcoming 50th anniversary celebration by the Anniversary Calendar Committee which included gardening gurus Meg Clemens, Nancy Hokinson, Diane Merrithew, Judy Smith, Sue Spiess and Karen Woodbury and the brilliant guidance of Nancy Head.  Together, they created a document you will treasure. 

      The Guide is now available for $17.50 including postage. Guides are available on line at or at the Amherst Garden Center, Rte 101, Amherst.

      The guide is not attaced to a specific year so it can be used year after year, wih places to record your own notes. Each month includes hints for garden design, flowers and lawn, fruit, vegetables and herbs, houseplants, trees and shrubs and general hints. The garden photos have been gathered from our members’ gardens and are guaranteed to inspire you to get out in your own garden.


Amherst Junior Women’s Club

Ready .... Set ..... GO!

      We are SO EXCITED to have you and your family join us for the Amherst Junior Women’s Club 20th Annual Trot Off Your Turkey 5K and 1 Mile Fun Run, the 4th race in the 2020 Toyota of Nashua Gate City Series!  This year we are going virtual. Our Turkey is taking a GAP YEAR in 2020 and all racers will run or walk on the day of their choosing in November. That’s right!!  Covid-19 may have narrowed some of your choices but for this race, this year it means more choices. You pick your day (in November), you pick your 5K course and you pick who’s running within 6 feet of you.

      This event is family friendly and sure to be a great time for all.  On-line registration is open.  Starting November 1st, you can return to this page to enter where you are running and your net time.

      We hope to see your pictures and your times posted on our FaceBook page.

Wigwam Garden Memorial Walkway

Remembering Those Who Have Passed

      AMHERST – As a way to honor those who have come before us, the Historical Society has created a Memorial Walkway in the garden behind the Wigwam. Engraved bricks can be purchased and placed in memory of deceased Historical Society members, or for those who resided in Amherst for at least a portion of their lives.

      Thanks to the efforts of the Amherst Garden Club, the walkway is surrounded by historic and beautifully maintained plantings – a serene spot to remember the many who contributed to preserving Amherst’s past and to making it the wonderful community it is today.

      The Historical Society kicked off this walkway project by placing bricks for the last five Board members who have passed - Charlie Duval, Bonnie Struss, Dick Martini, Helen Rowe and Bill Wichman. We hope you’ll consider memorializing someone special with a tax-deductible gift of $100 per brick. All proceeds will go toward the maintenance and preservation of the Historical Society’s two museums and the artifacts they house. Engraved bricks will be installed in groups throughout the non-frozen year. 

      To order by mail, complete the Brick Order Form and send it to the address on the form with a check made payable to HSANH. To order electronically, email the pertinent information on the form (or attach a scan) to, and pay with the link below. Your order will be acknowledged, and you will be notified when your brick is placed.

      Thanks for helping us in our mission of remembering those who have passed.