The Doris L Benz Community Center

Center Sandwich, NH

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January 14, 2016 - Free computer help by appointment

Posted by Jenny Vierus on January 7, 2016 at 8:10 AM Comments comments (0)

Free computer help available at the Benz Center.

By appointment only: Free half-hour tutorials, January 14 from 2:00-5:00 

 Don Campbell, “PC Handyman” will meet with you to help you with your computer or hand-held device. To make an appointment call June at 323-7242 or email at [email protected]

 Don is familiar with Windows, Apple, and Android systems, lost files, forgotten passwords, and connectivity problems. There is no charge for his service, though any donation to the Benz will be welcome.

2016 International Dinners

Posted by Jenny Vierus on November 21, 2015 at 5:50 PM Comments comments (0)

2016 International Dinners

Come to the Benz Center for a delicious evening meal and a talk which will take you out of the midwinter chill and off to a sunny, warm and interesting corner of the world.

 January 29th: Northern Ireland by Roger & Debbie Plimmer

View gorgeous coastlines, beautiful green countryside with mountains that take your breath away, Explore museums, immerse yourself in mysterious gardens and take a walk through history to see historic houses and castles.


February 12th: Italy: Rome & Tuscany by Susan Weeks


February 26th: Vietnam & Cambodia by Peggy Longley


March 11th: Patagonia by Dick & Ruth Stuart

         Each night:

  • 6:00—6:30—Social Time—Appetizers—You May BYOB
  • 6:30—7:15—Program
  • 7:15—Dinner

 As always, Don Brown and his Corner House crew will be creating meals which reflect the countries’ cuisines.

 To reserve your seat (s), send a check for $25.00 per person per dinner (please make sure you specify which dinner (s) you are reserving for) to: the Doris L. Benz Center, PO Box 52, Center Sandwich NH; attn: Erin Hoag. To pay with cash, please contact Erin Hoag at 284 7211. Your reservation is not confirmed until paid for. We are not equipped to deal with credit card payments.

 We look forward to seeing you there!

Dollhouse Show April 25, 26 & 27, 2014

Posted by Jenny Vierus on March 27, 2014 at 8:45 AM Comments comments (0)

Dollhouse Show - Our Village:

a community collection for the benefit of our community

Stunning collection of treasured toys:

Antiques to Contemporary

including a working diorama of a steam factory.

Friday April 25, Saturday April 26, Sunday April 27; 10:00 - 4:00

Admission $10, children under 12 free with adult admission. Proceeds to benefit the Doris L. Benz Community Center.

Intrepid Preschoolers Tromp through the Snow to the Benz

Posted by Jenny Vierus on February 28, 2014 at 7:45 PM Comments comments (0)

February 19, 2014 - The youngsters of the Sandwich Children's Center visit for lunch with the Wednesday Senior Meals diners.

Rebecca Sykes writes "Close to a foot of fresh snow greeted Sandwich Children's Center snowshoe-ers and walkers for our 7th annual trek through the woods to the Doris L. Benz Community Center! Four teachers, a parent, a volunteer and nine preschoolers made the trip through the snowy woods. Two of the adults broke trail through the deep snow. The children managed wonderfully, though they sank to their waists if they got off the trail! They had fun with that and also enjoyed pulling snowy branches down along the way to make snow showers. At the Benz, the children sang "You Are My Sunshine" and "Wading Through the Water" to the assembled seniors, accompanied on guitar by long-time SCC volunteer Nan Russell. A hot lunch and some chat with the seniors finished out our visit, and we bundled back up and went back through the woods to SCC."

To see pictures, check out the Sandwich Children's Center's home-page scroll or click on "Events" on the menu bar at

2014 International Dinners

Posted by Jenny Vierus on January 16, 2014 at 10:00 AM Comments comments (0)

January 31, Susan Blake, Northern Japan

Please join Susan Blake for a road trip through the very north end of Honshu, where few Americans visit. We will experience the seasons and get a chance to explore Hakkoda National Park, agriculture, fishing villages, festivals, snow walls and many surprises along the way.

Susan Blake lived in a Japanese community for ten years while serving as a school counselor for Misawa Air Base, Misawa, Japan. A lifelong N.H. resident, she sold her home in Acworth, N.H. while overseas and moved to Sandwich in June 2012


February 28, Bob and Glynis Miner, Roundtrip from Barcelona : Pisa, Florence, Rome, Monaco, Nice, Naples, Kotor, Venice, Dubrovnik

March 14 , Robin Dustin and and Judy Ryerson, Myanmar and Laos

March 28, Deb and Roger Plimmer, Isle of Mull, Scotland

Each night:

6:00—6:30—Social Time—Appetizers—You May BYOB



As always, Don Brown and his Corner House crew will be creating delicious appetizers, dinner & dessert which reflect the countries’ cuisines. We have been wanting to do a cookbook of Don's menus. Over the years they have been eclectic and extraordinary, and maybe this will be the year we get started!

 To reserve your seat (s), send a check for $25.00 per person per dinner (please make sure you specify which dinner (s) you are reserving for) to: the Doris L. Benz Center, PO Box 52, Center Sandwich NH; attn: Erin Hoag.

 To pay with cash, please contact Erin Hoag at 284 7211. Your reservation is not confirmed until paid for. We are not equipped to deal with credit card payments.



December 2011 and Winter 2012

Posted by Jenny Vierus on November 19, 2011 at 4:35 PM Comments comments (1)

Benz Center Lecture Series

 The next program is on Saturday, December 3 at 2PM

Jeff Warner  “Banjos, Bones & Ballads”  (New Hampshire Humanities program)

This is a 1 houreducational music program for all ages with audience interaction. Bring the kids! No Charge – refreshments served.


International Dinners for 2012

All International Nightsare on Fridays, beginning at 6:00 PM with appetizers and social time (BYOB). 6:30-7:15 is the presentation followed by a wonderful meal catered by Don Brownof the Corner House Inn. The menu is always in keeping with the traveldestination of the evening. By reservation only.

January 20       “Iceland”by Joan Merriman

February 3       “Ireland”by Deb Plimmer

February 17     “Nepal: Treking the Remote and Seldom Visited Mustangand Dolpo Wild Area by Helen Gingras

March 2           “Mexico’s Yucatan Pennisula - Rising from theRuins: Mayan Culture Yesterday & Today” by Betsy Leiper and Nancy Baker


A Chat with the Coordinator and the Directors

Posted by Jenny Vierus on July 15, 2011 at 6:00 PM Comments comments (4)

July, 2011     Summer Activities at the Benz Center

Chris Nourse, of Mountain Top Music, continues with student violin lessons once a week through July and August. Additional information: Mt. Top Music: (603) 447- 4737

Candice Graham, of Wolfeboro Academy of Music, teaches piano lessons Thursday and Friday during July and August.. A student recital will be held on Saturday, August 20th at 10:00 am. Additional information: (603) 651-9116

Colleen McDermott, of White Mountain Fitness, holds an exercise class for seniors three mornings a week. This group enjoys dancing, stretching, weight training and other low impact activities. Sometimes they enjoy a game of ping pong or socializing with brunch. Additional information: (603) 651-8229

Two nice new ping pong tables have been donated by individuals. A ping pong group meets once a month for a potluck supper and a games. Last month, they had 21 people turn out for this activity! Additional information: (603) 284-6328

In-the Round On Sunday mornings from 8:30-10:30, this open-to-all community group will be discussing a selected topic of the week. Additional information: Contact Connie Crooker (603) 284-7106 or [email protected]

Senior meals are held every Wednesday at the Benz Center throughout the year at noon. Anyone over the age of 60 is welcome, and a younger person may accompany a senior. Senior meals are open to everyone, regardless of income. Donations are accepted in a plain envelope (whatever you feel you can give). Reservations are not necessary. Delicious meals are served with the help of Ferne Tilton and Barbara Bryant, two of Sandwich’s favorite cooks. A monthly menu can be picked up at the Benz Center.

VNA/Hospice conducts a free blood pressure screening on the second Wednesday of the month from 11-12.

The recent addition to the Benz Center is a home theatre system used for education and entertainment for our visitors. The Alfred Quimby Trust and a private donor provided grants to acquire this equipment: the Blu-ray disk player and sound / projection system which allow for movies and power point presentations. Our future dreams include satellite and internet connections which would allow for web-based programs and televised special events.

Movie Nights:   To see the movie schedule, information and brief film previews, click on our website link, Movies at the Benz. Our motion picture license requires that you become a member in order to view information about the movies. It’s easy to do. Sign in with your email followed by a password for this site. Remember to keep the password available for your next visit. You do not need to become a member to view the rest of our website.

Fundraising:   The Benz Center Board of Directors mailed the annual fundraising appeal to residents of Sandwich in July, 2011. We must raise approximately $12,000 for operating expenses for the community center. Your generous support is greatly appreciated. Donations may be made by checks payable to Doris L. Benz Community Center and mailed to P.O. Box 52, Center Sandwich, NH 03227.

Volunteers:    Volunteers are always welcome to assist with building and grounds maintenance, movie nights, fundraising efforts, and other projects, as needed. Without our volunteers, the Benz Center could not function. Our officers, Board of Directors and Coordinator devote many long hours in keeping the building and grounds maintained, the calendar and usage monitored, programs planned, policies developed for building use as well as planning for the future.

A great big “Boo-yah!” goes out to David Vierus, Peter Pohl and David Cox. Thank you for climbing the rafters to clean the fans, shampooing the carpet, and being on call. Thank you to outgoing chairman of Building & Grounds committee, Ted Stanier, for many years of devoted service. And thanks to incoming Building & Grounds chairman, Dale McKay, who already has volunteered many hours to maintain and protect our valuable community resource.

Thanks go to the Sandwich Perkins family who have spearheaded our movie project—planning for and acquiring the movies, then faithfully showing them. John, Anne and Ellen Perkins have spent many hours working on the selections, making certain that we are legal to show them, and greeting the visitors and guests. Thank you all!

Our 2011 board has been active with revising by-laws and the annual fundraising appeal; planning future programs; feeding the town election workers; and dreaming up ways to make the Benz Center truly a community center for all of the residents of Sandwich.

If you haven’t been to the Benz Center lately, drop by for a movie on Saturdays; come for Seniors’ lunch on Wednesdays; take a piano lesson or an exercise class. We’re available for private parties or your organizational meetings. In June the Benz Center was very busy with baby and bridal showers and parties celebrating anniversaries, graduations and birthdays. Thanks for your support and your generous donations.

News Release: July 2011 

Barbra Carroll, Secretary       Pam Elliott, Coordinator       603 284 7211