Peterborough Folk Music Presents Suitcase Junket

Matt Lorenz is a one-man band. The guy injects just as much energy, life and vibrancy into his songs as any multi-person act.  See him in action, Saturday, January 6th.

Amherst Village House Tour Returns This Year

This popular Tour will take place Saturday, December 16th from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and will showcase five unique homes, decorated for the holidays.

Christmas House Tour is a Seasonal Treat!

reparations for the Christmas House Tour in Amherst Village, a Tour of Five Village Houses have begun.  The tour of five historic village homes will be Saturday, December 16th, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.  Tickets are $30 pre-ordered and $40 on the day of the tour.

How many times have you driven up Mack Hill Road and not noticed  the white cape at number 15.  This is the Hobson-Chickering House purchased two years ago by Tim and Lee Kachmar and their family.  It is one of the oldest homes in Amherst and is situated in the original center of town circa 1770.  The property is rich with history.  Owners have included Capt. Jeremiah Hobson, a veteran of the Battle of Bunker Hill and a Tory, Zaccheus Cutler who departed Amherst to join the King’s forces in Boston.  Cutler’s property was confiscated and auctioned off.

So many stories packed into one house where seasonal hospitality and merriment abound. The Kachmars have preserved the history and bones of the house while at the same time accommodating a young family’s needs. The bones of the house are original with a stone foundation and an addition off the back.  The beams, wide pine floors and nails are all original.   Some interior walls have come down and new walls added.  The trap door to the cellar is untouched.  A two hundred year old maple tree graces the yard with a long view of the wetlands from the kitchen/family room.  It is a treat to see!  The home says “welcome” and beckons you to gather with family and friends.

Lee Kachmar describes the décor of her home as traditional farmhouse with an industrial twist.  For Christmas she shuns anything that is too contemporary.  “The holidays are not about commercialism and bling.  We bring back the origins of Christmas with nativities,” she says.  “I like simple and beautiful with a lot of light,” she continues.  She opts for white lights throughout the house and lighted trees and a pergola to welcome guests.

Lee displays an enthusiasm that’s catching as you talks about her home and her excitement about sharing it with others.  Enjoy this home with its spirit of Christmas and as Lee mentioned as you walk the halls and rooms of this old house you will feel you’re walking with  spirits from a previous era.  History is all around you.

I’ve heard it said that restored Colonial Williamsburg is “delightful at any time of year but during the holidays it becomes positively enchanted.”  The same sentiment describes Amherst with one exception – Amherst is the real thing!  Windows glow with candles and doorways shine with wreaths and greenery.  Amherst is a place of grace and balance with architecture from the 18th and 19th centuries clustered around small commons.  Amherst shows a reverence for its history and the house tour gives us an opportunity to enjoy what we have.

Tickets are available online through the church website ( at Amherst Garden Center, Black Forest Café, Moulton’s Market and Toadstool Bookstore. Questions? Call 673-3231, ext. 10.


WEBSITE UPDATED: December 12, 2017 – 10:08 am

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