Jaffrey Civic Center

40 Main Street, Jaffrey, NH 03452
603-532-6527 - info@JaffreyCivicCenter.com

Jaffrey Civic Center seeking vendors
for Summer Flea Market

The Jaffrey Civic Center is currently seeking vendors for its Summer Flea Market. The Flea Market will be held in conjunction with our Farmer's Market on the spacious Civic Center front lawn, in the heart of Jaffrey at 40 Main Street. Located in the center of Jaffrey at the corner of Main Street and route 202, we offer high visibility for local and weekend shoppers.

The market will be held every Saturday, from June 17th through October 14th from 9am to 1pm. The fee for the season is $100. (Half-season rates are available upon request.) In addition to our vendors, there will be food available, pony rides and outside story time and crafts courtesy of the Jaffrey Public Library. Space is limited, so reserve your space early! Our vendor applications may be ~Downloaded~ or contact us at 603-532-6527. Come celebrate summer with us!

~Download PDF Application~

Photography Exhibit on The Villi Pony Farm
by Rich Damboise at the Jaffrey Civic Center

The Jaffrey Civic Center will host a photography exhibit on The Villi Pony Farm by wildlife and portrait photographer, Rich Damboise from May 13th through June 19th in the ground floor Display Case Gallery. The subjects of the exhibit are the Newfoundland ponies who have been rescued by The Villi Pony Farm in Jaffrey.

Mr. Damboise is a native of New Hampshire and grew up exploring nature all his life and now captures the beauty of New England from behind the lens. His love of animals and the outdoors has brought him from his backyard to the edge of the Grand Canyon, shooting from hiking trails, helicopters, kayaks, and drones. He has donated his time to help endangered animals such as the Newfoundland Pony and Kerry Cattle. His work has been featured in publications and magazines throughout Canada and New England and his artwork was also used for the movie poster for "Where Once They Mattered," a documentary about the plight of the Newfoundland Pony. Rich lives in Goffstown, NH with his wife Jody and their 2 dogs, Mikki and Reese. Once a champion motocross racer, Rich still loves action sports. He has done national shoots for the Ironman competitions, snowboarding and BMX.

There will be a special Opening Reception for this exhibit held on Founders Day on Saturday, May 13th from 12 noon to 2 pm. Refreshments will be available and a few resident ponies of the Villi Pony Farm will be on the lawn at the Civic Center to greet visitors. All are welcome.

Farmer's Market

The Jaffrey Civic Center is accepting applications for our summer Farmer's Market. We are accepting applications for a variety of vendors including agricultural produce, in addition to handmade crafts and foods. We are centrally located on Main Street in the scenic town of Jaffrey and our spacious lawn can offer high visibility to visitors and residents alike. The Jaffrey Public Library will partner with the Jaffrey Civic Center throughout the summer season providing crafts and outdoor story time.

We will plan to open our summer market on Saturdays from 9 am to 1 pm beginning Saturday, June 17th through October 14th. For an application or more information, download our Farmer's Market Application or contact us at 532-6527.

The deadline to apply is June 1st, 2017.
-Download Application PDF-

Jaffrey Timeline Murals on display
at the Jaffrey Civic Center

The Jaffrey Civic Center presents the annual display of the Jaffrey timeline murals which depict the history of Jaffrey from the time of the Native American occupancy of the region up to 1992 and the final decade of the 20th century. The display will open on Friday, April 21, 2017 in the Auditorium Gallery and run through Saturday, May 20th.

It was in 1992 that DD Bean and Sons observed the 100th anniversary of the paper book match. The "Match Company" sponsored the production of the panels. Other activities in the centennial celebration included a golf tournament at the Shattuck Golf Club, "Americana - Yesterday and Today", a giant parade in downtown Jaffrey, and a grand fireworks display.

Karen Becker, renowned Vermont muralist, was retained to direct the creation of the murals. Art directors of the region's public schools helped select a core group of students to work as apprentices, and community members from all age groups participated in the project. Over a dozen young people researched and assisted in planning the project. Painting commenced on July 15 and was completed by August 15, in time for the golf tournament, parade and fireworks events.

The murals were unveiled at the Annual Meeting of the Jaffrey Historical Society on August 18, 1992. From the initial conception of creating the panels it was determined that the end product would be donated to the Historical Society so that the murals would be permanently available for public display.

Jaffrey Civic Center looking for Contributors to our Pollinator Garden Project

The Jaffrey Civic Center is looking for interested volunteers to be part of our Pollinator Garden Project. Our plan is to designate an area of our front lawn to a few raised beds so that we can plant a pollinator garden. We are looking for contributors who are willing to volunteer both their ideas and a little time to the garden. The first meeting of this group will be held on Wednesday, April 19th at 7 pm at the Jaffrey Civic Center. All are welcome.

Jaffrey Civic Center hosts
Annual Young Person's Art Exhibit

The Jaffrey Civic Center is excited to announce that once again we will be hosting the Annual Young Person's Show which showcases the artwork of Jaffrey and Rindge school age children from Kindergarten through grade 12. The exhibit is open to all youth in the district and includes home schooled children as well as children from the schools in the district including the Jaffrey Grade School, Rindge Memorial School, Jaffrey-Rindge Middle School and Conant High School. The exhibit will be held in the upstairs Cunningham Gallery and opens Friday, April 21st. The Opening Reception for this show will be held at our annual Founder's Day Celebration, on Saturday, May 13th, from 12 to 2 pm. Founder's Day commemorates Marion Mack Johnson, the Founder of the Jaffrey Civic Center, who was a local teacher dedicated to community service. The exhibit runs through May 20th.

We hope you can come celebrate with us at this very special event. As always, the reception is open to the public and admission is always FREE.

Beginning Yoga Class at
The Jaffrey Civic Center

The Jaffrey Civic Center will be offering a weekly Beginning Yoga class on Tuesdays at 4 pm starting Tuesday, April 4th. The class will be taught by Lynn Heckathorn, who is a certified fitness instructor from The Bond Wellness Center at Monadnock Community Hospital. Lynn has been an instructor for over 25 years. The cost of the class is $5. Walk-ins are welcome. Just bring some water and a mat.

Pilates Classes offered at
The Jaffrey Civic Center

The class will be held in the Auditorium Gallery and will run from 6 pm to 7 pm. Keeping with the teachings of Joseph Pilates, the creator and visionary of the Pilates Method of exercise, the class will be exploring the fundamentals of Mr. Pilates and those of Stott Pilates. Joseph Pilates searched for body perfection. We will strive for re-awaking dormant muscle cells along with dormant brain cells. The body & mind work together making you acquire a natural rhythm and co-ordination allowing the body to become stronger and longer.

Pilates will be offered every Monday and Wednesday evening at 6 pm for $10 per class. Long term rates are negotiable. Walk ins are welcome. Lynn is a certified Stott Pilates instructor at The Bond Wellness Center at Monadnock Community Hospital and has many years of experience training and teaching fitness courses. Just bring your exercise mat!


Our new monthly gathering for quilters and crafters and anyone who wishes to try out a new handicraft is expanding its hours to 9 a.m. to noon on the second Thursday of the month. Join friends and neighbors for a drop-in morning of working creatively in the Civic Center's sun-filled Auditorium Gallery. Bring your own project along with the needed supplies, tools/machines. Enjoy coffee, tea and light refreshments on us in a congenial social settling surrounded by our fine art exhibits while working on your quilt or craft project such as needle, fabric and paper arts, scrap-booking, basket-making, beading, carving/whittling etc. We will also offer featured crafts with experienced instructors.

Our May meeting will feature fine hand-crafted greeting cards for Mother's Day. If you don't have a project of your own you wish to work on, try out this fun and rewarding craft to make a unique card for someone special. Supplies provided; a small donation to help cover their cost is appreciated but optional.

Additionally, we will have a demonstration of beautiful fabric wreaths for summer and fall. Material and supply lists will be handed out, and a workshop with experienced instructors will be offered at our June 8 meeting.

For more information contact the Jaffrey Civic Center ~ 532-6527.

Mixed Media Exhibit by Mary Denise NiConnor
at the Jaffrey Civic Center

The Jaffrey Civic Center extends a warm welcome to Mary Denise NiConnor, who will exhibit a mixed media show beginning April 14th through May 11th, 2017 in the Display Case Gallery at the Jaffrey Civic Center. The exhibition includes a group of mixed media pieces on canvas and paper. The show features reflections on house, home and familial connections together with a group of retrospective work. Please stop by to see the show. As always, our exhibits are free and open to the public.

A Shakespeare Sonnet Slam

In celebration of National Poetry Month: On Sat April 15th @ 7:30 PM Matchbook Players and Paige Lussier Johnson will be producing a SHAKESPEARE SONNET SLAM at Jaffrey Civic Center

JAFFREY, New Hampshire (March 1, 2017) The Matchbook Players and Artistic Director Paige Lussier Johnson will present A Shakespeare Sonnet Slam on Saturday, April 15th at the Jaffrey Civic Center in downtown Jaffrey, New Hampshire.

All actors, all ages, and all performance backgrounds are welcome to perform one of Shakespeare's Sonnets and "compete" in the slam. Audience will crown a winner at the end of the performance and winner will receive a huge round of applause and bragging rights. This is a fun, community performance event and all are welcome. If interested in performing please contact Matchbook Players and request a sonnet #, if your sonnet is not already chosen you are confirmed to perform, if there are duplicate sonnets we will arrange the program accordingly.

Tickets for the April 15th performance are $5 by donation at the door, but please feel free to call Jaffrey Civic Center to reserve your seat ahead of time as seating is limited.

The Jaffrey Civic Center is co-producing this fun theatrical community event with Jaffrey's newest community theatre group, The Matchbook Players. Paige Johnson, founder and Artistic Director of The Matchbook Players, is a familiar participant with local theatre groups in the area as an actor, director, designer and house manager. She founded The Matchbook Players this past October with the sold-out "24 hour play-fest: Monadnock!" as a fundraiser for the up and coming Park Theater in Jaffrey, NH.

"I think there is a performer in all of us and sometimes we all need to come out and play. A Slam is a great way for anyone and everyone to come out and play. All you have to do is memorise the sonnet and show up" said Matchbook Players founder, Paige Johnson.

"We are so excited to be involved with such a new and exciting community event. Paige taught adult improv workshops here at The Jaffrey Civic Center in 2015 and we received wonderful feedback. We are so happy to see her return and look forward to a new and fun event for our town both as a performer and as an audience member" added Regina Vorce, CEO of The Jaffrey Civic Center when asked about their collaboration.

"It is fun to be involved in an event like this. I call it a theater happening- weather you are on stage or in the audience it is a once in life-time event and that makes for fun times" replied Ms. Johnson, who will not only be performing in the event herself but will also be offering individual coaching for those that want to try to participate in the event but are nervous. She has also scheduled a number of movement based ensemble workshops for those that may want to participate but prefer an ensemble for support and direction that are open to the community and will be led at The Jaffrey Civic Center in Jaffrey, NH.

"My Shake-sploration workshops are open to everyone. Our mantra is everyone can dance, everyone can act, and everyone can perform. By 'using your feet to find your voice' we help everyday people explore performing arts- and in this case we will use Shakespeare's Sonnets- as our inspiration. During the class we will look at the text in a whole new way. In the workshop I will be using movement and physical theater exploration to help the class breath life and movement into and choreograph a sonnet during the workshop which will be presented at the slam.... All physical abilities welcome. If you can walk, wheel or crawl you can do this!"

The SHAKESPLORATION SONNET WORKSHOPS will be Monday, Wednesday, Friday 7:15-8:45pm. On April 10, 12, 14 at Jaffrey Civic Center, Jaffrey NH. Classes are $15 each drop in or $40 for 3 workshops. She will also be hosting a weekday adult/senior Shakesploration workshop on Monday April 10th 11am-12:30pm - ($15 drop in rate) and a weekday home-school student workshop on Wednesday April 12th 11am-12:30pm ($10 1 student drop in, $25 2+kids (all ages welcome) for questions or to reserve your space in a workshop please call Paige Johnson at 603-532-8189 or email matchbookplayers@gmail.com

The one night only performance of A Shakespeare Sonnet Slam will be at 7:30pm on Saturday, April 15, 2017 at the Jaffrey Civic Center, 40 Main Street in downtown Jaffrey. Tickets for the single performance are a suggested donation of $5.00 each. Seats can be reserved by calling The Jaffrey Civic Center at (603) 532-6527.