South Down Shores on Lake Winnipesaukee

Home and Garden Club

Co-Chairwoman: Marty Alexander and Laura Polakowski

Treasurer:  Barbara Shea

Secretary: Kathy Hammel

Beautification Committee: Mary Lou Anderson, Barbara VanUden, Nancy Washburn and Nancy Barth, Barbara Shea

Program Committee: Marty Alexander and Barbara Shea

Hospitality Committee: Barbara VanUden, Bev Gilchrist and Moe O’Donnell

Sunshine Committee: Rose Hansford

Publicity Committee: Alice Wolf, Judy Radley and Mary Lou Anderson

Welcome Committee: Moe O'Donnell and team

2015-2016 South Down Shores Garden Club
Officers and Committees

Note:  If you are interested in contacting Susan, please refer to your Southdown Homeowners’ Directory

The South Down Shores Home & Garden Club is a group of South Down and Long Bay residents who have an interest in gardening, landscaping, home décor, home design trends, crafts...but most of all like to have fun.  The club’s mission is to participate in enhancing the beauty of the common areas of the communities and villages.  The club meets on the 2nd Thursday of the month at 6:30 pm., at the South Down Beach House during the months of April through December.  A variety of programs are offered at our monthly meetings.  In June we have our annual Business Meeting where we approve the budget, elect officers, and determine dues.  In December we hold our annual Christmas party with Yankee Swap, which is always fun.

We also have community outreaches through some of our committees.  Our Welcoming Committee provides Welcome Bags with community and area info to new owners.  This outreach has also attracted several new Home & Garden Club members.  Our Sunshine Committee sends cards to ill or bereaved members of the club and/or family, and also notifies members who may want to send cards.  And, through our Giving Pail collection, a Holiday Season donation is made to local charities.

We currently have 53 members.  The annual dues are $20.00 and are payable no later than May 1st.  We are happy to take New Members at any time.  There may also be a small cost share for some programs.  When that is deemed necessary, members will be notified in advance.  Below is a list of programs planned for 2017.  Click here for a summary of 2017 programs.

Details of 2017 meetings are posted

as they are finalized


Meetings are generally held on the second Thursdays of the month, April to December, at 6:30PM in the Beach House unless otherwise notified.

  • April 13th:  Pot Luck Dinner

     Meeting to review planned programs for 2017. Everyone will be asked to bring a dish to share.   Also flower seed planting.  Doreen will coordinate.  Members need to bring small pots for planting seeds.  Something like a small yogurt cup will do.  Club will provide seeds and potting soil.

  • May 11th:  Flower Arranging and plant pick up

    May 11th  Flower Arranging and plant pick up (Doreen) Doreen will give a demonstration on decorative flower arranging. (Reminder – Officer nominations are due for June meeting vote)

  • June 8th:  Annual Business Meeting

    Election of Officers

  • July 13th:  Emma's Perennials

    Field Trip to Emma’s Perennials, Hill, NH (Barbara V)   Touring of the beautiful gardens followed by a visit to her lovely gift shop.

  • August 10th:  Squam Lake Cruise & Kirkwood Gardens

    Squam Lake Cruise & Kirkwood Gardens  (Laura) A private cruise of beautiful Squam Lake, which is where the movie “On Golden Pond” was filmed.  The cruises are run by the Squam Lake Science Center.

  • September 14th:  TBD (Guest Speaker)

    TBD (Guest Speaker)  (Marty)  (Investigating speaker from Belknap County Extension Program or Colonial Theater Restoration)

  • October 12th:  Painted Pine Cones

    Painted Pine Cones  (Doreen) We will collect pine cones and paint them. When you turn them bottom up they look like zinnia flowers.

  • November 9th:  Wine Glass Candle Holders

    Wine Glass Candle Holders  (Barbara V) We will make decorative a candle holder from a basic wine glass.

  • December 14th:  Annual Christmas Party

    Annual Christmas Party  (Nancy Barth)  (we may want to adjust date to earlier in December)

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