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Shattuck to host free fireworks show

Portion of proceeds of month-long event and Oct. 20 festival to benefit Shelter From the Storm

Tony Haigh wants everyone to know: Shattuck Golf Club isn’t just about golf.

Haigh, who lives in New Ipswich and is director of Public Relations and Special Events at the Jaffrey golf club, is collaborating with Manager Tina Nutting to open up Shattuck to the wider community.

All throughout the month of October, the golf club will play host to 22 local business displays placed around the golf course that people may see by cart ride. “I want people to see these wonderful displays, some simple, some elaborate, and I also want people to enjoy the foliage, mountains, fields and wetlands you can see from our golf course,” said Haigh.

Anyone can make a reservation for a cart ride anytime this month.

The Shattuck is also hosting a one-day festival in October that everyone is invited to. On Oct. 20, the golf club will be holding “ShattuckFest,” a family event beginning at 2:30 p.m. and lasting until about 6 p.m. “I’d like this to be something that people want to come to every year,” Haigh said.

During the day, ShattuckFest will offer pumpkin carving, face painting, more cart rides around the golf course, bobbing for apples, and other “old fashioned games,” according to Haigh. Each activity will cost a small fee, and 20 percent of the proceeds will go to Shelter From the Storm, a Jaffrey organization that supports the homeless. “We have a goal of raising $1,000 for Shelter From the Storm,” said Haigh, who is hoping to collect some of that amount at ShattuckFest and is preparing to put on other events for further fundraising. Shelter From the Storm has several matching grants worth $25,000, which Haigh pledged to help with. “We’re trying to do something really positive,” he said.

Linda Harris, who lives in Jaffrey and has been executive director of Shelter From the Storm since 2005, is grateful for Haigh’s efforts. “It’s great to have different groups in the community partnering together,” she said. “It’s just fabulous.”

ShattuckFest will close in the evening with free fireworks put on by Atlas PyroVision Productions, based in Jaffrey.

When asked about security concerns the group might have after threats the town of Jaffrey received two years ago in connection with the Jaffrey Festival of Fireworks, Atlas CEO Steve Pelkey seemed unconcerned. “The size of the Jaffrey Festival two years ago created a security demand that just wasn’t within our budget,” he said. “This is a smaller community event we can have on the golf course, where we do weddings six to seven times a year.”

Pelkey added, “We just want to give something to the community.”

He, Haigh, and Harris all seem to be on the same page.

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