NH Club Notes: Bedford Rotary changes course of road race

August 08. 2018 11:16PM

The Manchester Artists Association presented a scholarship to Jacqueline Perry, a 2018 Keene High School graduate, during an exhibition of MAA members' work at Jupiter Hall in Manchester two weeks ago as part of Manchester Trolley Night. (COURTESY)

BEDFORD — For 43 years, the annual Bedford Rotary Memorial Road Races were a spring morning run through the streets of Bedford, but the club has changed the race this year to a summer evening run through the woods of Bedford.

The inaugural Bedford Rotary “Trails to Ales” will begin at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 23, along the trails of Legacy Park, near the corner of Wallace and New Boston roads.

A beer tasting will be available after the race.

The club says the changed nature of the event responds to the changing nature of runners — from competitors to participants. Competitors are not necessarily elite runner, but they take their performance seriously, trying to achieve a personal best or goal. Participants — though they may run for fitness — see races as fun, social events, the club says.

The course itself is a novelty, according to the club. Though entrants can register for either a 2K or 5K trail event, a giant posted “Fork in the Trail” will allow a mid-course mind change, enabling 2K runners to complete a 5K, or 5K registrants to take the shorter 2K route to the beer garden.

The $25 registration fee gives adults free entry to the beer, wine, cider and mead tasting garden at the run’s conclusion. The fee is $10 for those 19 and younger. All ages will have access to water, soft drinks, hamburgers and ice cream. Those who don’t want to run can purchase a ticket to the beer tasting garden for $15.

To enter the race, go to www.rotarytrails2ales.com. For more about the club, go to https://portal.clubrunner.ca/2908.

The race’s proceeds will fund the club’s charitable and service work.

Manchester artists group presents scholarship

MANCHESTER — Founded in 1966, the Manchester Artists Association was established to provide fellowship, education and incentive to artists who are engaged or interested in the pursuit of fine art. Each year, the MAA awards a $500 scholarship to an outstanding high school senior who is pursuing a post-secondary education and a career in the fine arts.

This spring, MAA received 22 applications from seniors attending 21 high schools across New Hampshire. The students’ work was judged on their artistic expression, unique depiction of subject matter, creative ability, composition, use of color, detail, technical ability and overall presentation. The Scholarship Committee, whose members said they was very pleased with the quality of the work from the applicants, selected six closely rated finalists for a portfolio presentation and review.

The members said one artist stood out — Jacqueline Perry, a 2018 Keene High School graduate who plans to attend Connecticut College.

The MAA presented its 2018 New Hampshire High School Senior Scholarship to Perry on July 26 during a pop-up exhibition of its members’ work at Jupiter Hall as part of Manchester Trolley Night.

Zachary Drouin of Campbell High School in Litchfield and Marie Bonefant of Winnacunnet High School in Hampton were awarded honorable mentions for their artwork.

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