Photo of the Day

Since we are all getting vaccinated and venturing out a little, we thought it would be nice to stay in touch by posting pictures. Many thanks to the members who have shared their adventures and hobbies by submitting photos for the PHOTO OF THE DAY PAGE! If you have a photo that shows what you’re doing to keep busy and stay healthy, Stay connected by sharing your photo with your ARA friends. Email your pictures to Linda Benton, ARA Technology Director, at . Please include “ARA photos” in the subject line of your email. Linda will post new photos as received Click here to view the pictures already submitted!

Back To Theatre

ARA stagecraft Pod and friends ventured to the theatre for the first time since COVID.  The attended Moonglow at The Players' Ring (proof of vaccination required) and then ajourned to Rosa for refreshments and conversation.

Keay Brook Nature Preserve

23 ARA hikers enjoyed the great outdoors on Friday.

Brave Boat Headwaters Preserve

While spring programs come to an end Friday hikes continue.

ARA Friday Hike - College Woods

21 people on Friday's walk at College Woods. Dotty was the first to arrive, and spotted deer as she was waiting for the rest of the group.

ARA member Anne Melvin love’s big trees.

Northwood Meadows State Park

Interesting Trail Markers for today's hike.


Dover Community Trail

YAH, snow for the snowshoe hikes!

Suport Ukraine

Like many of us Nancy Walker and her family are doing what they can to support the people of Ukraine in any small way we can!

ARA Social Walking POD

ARA Social Walking POD

ARA Social Walking POD enjoying the UNH campus last week (standing on the bridge that connects the back of Hamilton Smith Hall to the Thompson Hall parking lot): Patti Mouser, Penny Drooker, Karl Zembrusky, Mike Drooker. Photographer: Kate Hofstetter.

ARA Fall Tour to Mount Washington Hotel

ARA members journeyed north through the White Mountains, ablaze in their autumn splendor, to the historic Mount Washington Hotel.  They enjoyed a guided tour of the grand hotel hearing about its history and many facilities. They enjoyed a splendid Harvest Luncheon Buffet in one of the hotel’s many elegant dining rooms. 

They then headed south through the scenic Lakes Region to the Hermit Woods Winery in Meredith, NH.                                                                                                                                                                                    

                                                                                                                                                    Left to right: Members: Lynn Delicio, Nancy Salka, and Jane Brown

Photo taken by Catherine Schirmer

Fall Hikes Continue


Group grows as ARA Hikes continue!

East Foss Farm


Negutaquet Conservation Area

ARA FOOD PANTRY DRIVE-THROUGH 2021 Another Great success!


 (ARA) recently conducted a successful drive-up food drive among its members for the benefit of several local organizations. As boxes and bags of non-perishable food and personal products piled up at the collection site, ARA volunteers sorted the donations to equally distribute the bounty to: Parish of the Assumption in Dover, NH; Gerry’s Emergency Food Pantry in Rochester, NH; and Cornucopia Food Pantry in Durham, NH. In addition, monetary donations were collected for the Table of Plenty serving nutritious meals to Kittery and Berwick, ME. 

ARA board member and food drive organizer Gayle Hylen commented, “It’s nice to see people who have, being generous in giving to people who do not.”

Kneeling: Gayle Hylen, Deborah Forster, Kathy Kowler. Standing left to right: Ismini George, Bruce Jolin, Fran Houlihan, Anne Marie Jones, Pat Pine, Bob Hylen, Henry Machri, Bill Mahoney, and Anne Kisil. ARA courtesy photo by member volunteer Cathy Schirmer.


Many ARA members meet for Fall Hikes

UNH MacDonald Lot

Social Walking POD resumes weekly walks!

Greg Goodwin and Mike Drooker peer down at the Oyster River in College Woods on the UNH campus, during a Social Walking POD Tuesday afternoon adventure. Photo by Kate Hofstetter.

Successful Spring Food Drive-through 2021

Thank you to all who volunteered and donated. You have provided desperately needed help for many people in need. Volunteer ARA drivers delivered a car full each to Gather in Portsmouth, the Newmarket Community Church Food Pantry and Footprints Food Pantry, in Kittery, ME. 
Volunteers also collected monetary donations during the drive for the Table of Plenty who offers free community dinners. Our grand total of $1,325.00 was delivered this week to T.O.P. president Diana Marzinizik by food drive organizer Gayle Hylen and ARA President Bob Hylen.

ARA Friday Hike

ARA group enjoyed another lovely Friday hike at Piscassic Greenway.  Thank you Dotty Lavoie for the great pictures.



Bruce and Nancy Walker enjoy all forms of New England Spring


Bruce and Nancy enjoyed hiking the Stonehouse Pond trails on a fine spring morning.



Snowfall on the Oyster River a few days later.  There are wood ducks in there someplace!


ARA Spring Hikes Continue

Another great spring hike was enjoyed by ARA members dispite the snow!  Was there a snowball fight involved??

Evelyn and Albert Morse Preserve Pine Mountain New Durham/Alton, NH.

ARA Friday hike/walk

A large Group of ARA members had a wonderful day hiking at Blue Job Mountain State Park On Friday.

ARA Friday hike/walk

Spring is coming and social distancing is getting easier.

ARA Group enjoyed another great hike at Orris Falls Conservation Area in Sorth Berwick, ME

ARA Friday hike/walk at SATWaSR West in Barrington

 ARA hikers reached it to the top of Mount Ripley 432 feet on their SATWaSR West outing today.  Everyone is sure to practice good “social distancing” on these ARA excursions.

COVID Getaway

Linda Benton and Richard Kirkpatrick found a little getaway cottage in Plymouth this week to do a little snowshoeing and look at different walls .

First Winter Hike at The Urban Forestry Center

Pat Degrandpre took these beautiful shots last Friday During the ARA outing at the Urban Forestry Center.

Creek Farm and Carey House Restored

A few ARA members had an oppurtunity to visit Creek Farm in Portsmouth.  We got to see some of the office space in the newly restored Carey Cottage.  This beautiful cottage was saved from demolition and is now the home to multipule non-profits with appartments upstairs for those working for non-profits! Thank you Kathy Rockwood for showing us your new cozy headquarters for Seacoast Village Project.

Hiking Doe Farm



ARA kayakers took to the woods on New Years day instead of the water to do some social distancing.  Doe Farm in Durham has a lot to offer for history and hiking.




Calef East Hike

Thank you Denis Beaulieu for providing us with pictures every week of these excursions.

ARA Friday Morning hike brought out 16 hearty folks to enjoy the great outdoors.  The rain was kind enough to hold off until they completed their adventure.


Stonehouse Forest Hike

On a Beautiful fall day Friday, 24 ARA hikers enjoyed a great morning social distancing in the woods!

Penny and Mike Drooker

Last week Penny and Mike found this table and chairs had appeared in the corner of a large cellar hole at Durham’s Oyster River Forest natural area. Nice place to “eat out”!   (photo by Mike Drooker)

Sweet Trail Friday's Hike

Well, winter approaches and we have to adjust to the winter conditions.  A smaller ARA group of hearty souls vintured out Friday for the scheduled Sweet Trail hike, they enjoyed the first snowfall!

Drive-Through Food Drive Enjoyed by All!

ARA’s first Drive-Through Food Drive on October 19 yielded 3 SUVs packed with boxes and bags of food and personal care items (as well as $463 in cash and gift cards) that were dispersed to the Dover Food Pantry, Crossroads House in Portsmouth and Saint Thomas More Church Food Pantry in Durham in Durham.

Thanks to Jan Phelps, she captured some great pictures.






There were many "Air Hugs"!

ARA Friday hike/walk

Another successful Friday morning ARA hike/walk at Stonehouse Pond.

Joanne Boyle

Joanne, Judy and Miss Daisey enjoyed a rest at Dover Henry Law Park, after walking the Dover Community Trail.

Summertime Blues

Nancy Walker spent time this summer picking 28 pounds of blueberries!  We all love the fresh produce we get in the summer and fall months!

Season's end by the salt marsh

Nancy also likes to take pictures and we are thankful for her lovely contributions to out photo-of-the-day.

First Fall Hike with ARA

22 ARA members enjoyed a beautiful Friday morning hiking the Winnie-The-Pooh trail in Barrington.

Kayak for RGB


A sad day to paddle and float a flower wreath, in gratitude, on the out going tide of the Salmon Falls and Cocheco Rivers carrying the memory of RBG to the Atlantic. Such a large footprint for one so small. Pat DeGrandpre

Joanne Boyle

Joanne has spent some of her isolation time writing poetry. Writing is always a good outlet during challenging times. Anyone journaling their COVID experiences?

Angela Bell

Angela likes Rye Beach early in the morning

Friends social distancing










More friends Jan Phelps, Pat DeGrandpre, and Joan Harlow, soical distancing while kayaking and having lunch on an island in the Great Bay!

Yoga on the Beach

Jan Phelps caught a picture of an early morning Yoga class social distancing on York beach.

Pat DeGrandpre

Pat DeGrandpre participated in the ARCH history tour of Salmon Falls River today where water lilies were magnificent and the loosestrife and pickerel weed were glowing a purplely/magenta Backdrop.

Beautiful pictures Pat!

Penny and Mike Drooker

Meadow Lake in Northwood Meadows State Park is often cited as the source of the Lamprey River, but a very good case can be made for nearby much-smaller Demon Pond, at a higher elevation, as a better candidate. We greatly enjoyed hiking around both of them last week!

Friends Kayaking













ARA friends Jan Phelps, Pat DeGrandpre, Cheri Bach, and Linda Benton did their social distancing from Kayaks. 

 Beautiful morning paddle on the Salmon Falls River.