Full moon snowshoe hike offered March 1

GILFORD — The Gilford Parks and Recreation Department is sponsoring a full moon snowshoe hike on Thursday, March 1 for all ages. Participants will check in at the Gilford Elementary School Cafeteria at 7:15 p.m. before heading out on the nature trails at 7:30 p.m. Following the hike, participants will return to the cafeteria to enjoy some hot cocoa. Although it is hoped that the moon will be bright, participants are encouraged to bring a flashlight or head lamp. A limited supply of snowshoes are available on a first come-first served basis by calling the Parks and Rec Department office in advance. All interested participants are asked to RSVP ahead of time. For more information or to RSVP, please call 603-527-4722.

Wolfeboro Library to host talk, exhibit on NH photographer's project on immigration

WOLFEBORO — An exhibit of photographs by New Hampshire artist Becky Field will be on exhibit at the Wolfeboro Public Library for the month of March. She will give a talk about her project at the library at noon on March 21.

In a state known for low cultural diversity, Field has used her camera to document and celebrate the lives of new Americans. Since 2012, she has been welcomed into homes of recent immigrants and refugees, and invited to photograph traditional and sacred celebrations throughout the Granite State. Her work shows that, while we are different in many ways, we all have the same desires for safe homes, good jobs, a strong future for our children, and freedom to practice our traditions.

“Cultural and ethnic diversity has been an important part of New Hampshire’s history, and continues to make our state a more interesting place for all of us,” said Field. She gives talks and displays her photos at museums, schools, churches, libraries, businesses, government offices, community groups, and conferences. In 2013, one of her photographs won an award in a photography magazine. In 2014, her work was selected for a juried exhibit at New Hampshire Institute of Art. In 2016, she was the Charles Sanborn Visiting Fellow at Derryfield School in Manchester. Recently her photographs have been added to the permanent art collections at the New Hampshire Institute of Art and the Mariposa Museum. Her project has been highlighted in New Hampshire Magazine, WMUR’s New Hampshire Chronicle, and several other area media.

A book of her photographs, "Different Roots, Common Dreams: New Hampshire's Cultural Diversity," includes an introduction by Maggie Hassan, former New Hampshire Governor, and stories by New Hampshire immigrants. The book has won two national awards.

Having seen the high value placed on education among immigrant families, Field partnered with the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation in 2017 to start the Different Roots, Common Dreams Scholarship Fund, to help refugees and immigrants complete a four-year undergraduate degree. Field holds a Certificate in Photography from the New Hampshire Institute of Art, and has studied at
photography centers throughout the Northeast. She also sits on committees and boards of organizations that support immigrants and refugees in the state. She lives in Concord. Field's talk at the Wolfeboro Public Library will be at noon on Wednesday, March 21. Copies of her book will be available for purchase after the talk. The photo exhibit is sponsored by the Governor Wentworth Arts Council. For more information, call 603-569-2428.

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Becky Field with young friends in Concord, whose family was originally from the Democratic Republic of the Congo. (Courtesy photo)

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A young bride celebrating her wedding in Manchester, originally from Burundi, is featured on the cover of Becky Field's book, "Different Roots, Common Dreams: New Hampshire's Cultural Diversity." (Courtesy photo)

LRPC Transporation Technical Advisory Committee to hold public meeting March 7

NEW HAMPTON — The Transportation Technical Advisory Committee of the Lakes Region Planning Commission will meet at 2 p.m on Wednesday, March 7, in the Fire Station Training Room at the New Hampton Public Safety Building at 26 Intervale Drive (off NH Route 104).

The meeting will include an outdoor demonstration (in the parking lot) by NHDOT Winter Maintenance Program Specialist David Gray on the use of GPS technology on highway trucks.

The LRPC TAC encourages all members of the public who are concerned about any aspect of transportation to attend and provide input. For additional information, call 603-279-5337.

Anthony Geraci and The HipNotics to perform at Pitman's March 3 (231).

LACONIA — Anthony Geraci and the HipNotics will perform at Pitman's Freight Room on Saturday, March 3, at 8 p.m. Admission is $20 in advance, $25 at the door.

Pianist, Hammond organist and composer Anthony Geraci was born in New Haven, Connecticut, in 1954. His interest in playing piano began at age 4 when he told his parents “I want a piano!” His parents soon bought a Kimball Grand Piano that his mother paid $4 a week to own. Lessons at the Neighborhood School of Music, which was affiliated with Yale University, soon followed. At the age of 16 he befriended a fellow musician, Ed Cherry, at high school and one day Ed played a Jimmy Rogers recording, "Chicago Bound," that literally changed his life. Ed went on to be Dizzy Gillespie’s guitarist for many years.

Anthony graduated from Berklee with a B.A. Degree, and an M.A. from Skidmore College. He continues to perform worldwide with the HipNotics; Sugar Ray and the Bluetones; as well as a new music venture, The Redeemers, that features Kid Ramos; Willie J. Campbell; and Brian Templeton. He has performed with Muddy Waters; B.B. King; Otis Rush; Chuck Berry; Big Mama Thornton; Big Joe Turner; Jimmy Rodgers; and many more. Anthony has recorded with Big Walter Horton; Ronnie Earl; Big Jack Johnson; Zora Young; and Sugaray Norcia.

Pitman's is a BYOB venue located at 94 New Salem St. in Laconia. For more information, call 603-527-0043.