LANCASTER -- In 1974, a group of parents started Sunnybrook Montessori School in the little yellow schoolhouse on Lost Nation Road in Groveton, N.H. Forty years later the school, now a non-profit organization, continues to thrive, providing high quality preschool and kindergarten to students of the North Country.

On Oct. 4 from 1-4 p.m., Sunnybrook will begin its 40th year celebration with a bring-your-own-picnic in the yard at the school, now located behind the Lancaster Congregational Church at 142B Main St. in Lancaster, N.H. All current and alumni students, parents, grandparents and the wider Sunnybrook community are welcome to come visit with old friends, meet fellow Sunnybrookers, and explore the original materials in the new classroom.

The picnic will be followed by a concert at the Lancaster Town Hall at 6 p.m. The concert, free and open to the public, will feature the Islay Mist Ceilidh and Bill Tobin on harp. Islay Mist Ceilidh is a group of North Country musicians who play traditional music from Scotland and Celtic countries. Sunnybrook alum Bill Tobin is a well-known, award-winning harpist who plays classical, Celtic, popular, and original music.

Finally, Sunnybrook alumni and current students are invited to march in Lancaster's 250th anniversary parade on Oct. 5 at 1 p.m. Participants will meet in the parking lot of the old Courier Building around 12:30, and are encouraged to wear Sunnybrook T-shirts and carry signs designating their years of attendance. Fortieth anniversary Sunnybrook T-shirts will be available to purchase at both the picnic and the concert, and sign-making materials will be at the picnic. Go to www.sunnybrookmontessori.org for more information about these events or about Sunnybrook Montessori School.

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