030814 Belknap Mill Society to host a Business After Hours Event on March 13

LACONIA — The Belknap Mill Society will host a Business After Hours Event with the Lakes Region Chamber of Commerce on Thursday, March 13 from 4-6 p.m.

This event will be fun filled with opportunities for the whole family to enjoy. Both the Knitting museum and the Wheel House museums will be operational with volunteers on hand to answer questions about how the Belknap Mill Corporation was at the center of the Industrial Revolution providing socks for soldiers during the civil war and both World Wars.

The Belknap Mill Galleries will also be open. Our feature for the month of March is our school program "Arts Alive." Students from local schools exhibit their works of art in a variety of mediums throughout the building.

"Along with food and beverages and a lot of time to network with other community leaders, we will have a scavenger hunt for those that are interested in participating," states Denise Sharlow, Executive Director of the Belknap Mill Society.

Sharlow and the Board of Trustees wanted an opportunity to have an open house for the business community to see how the Belknap Mill encourages education. "The Arts Alive program is organized by very talented local educators from area schools," states Sharlow. We are fortunate to have Kim Valpey, elementary arts educator from Gilford, as the main coordinator, and visionary of the program. Kim has worked with other community art teachers to exhibit the children's art here at the Belknap Mill annually. Each year it just keeps getting better and better."

Sharlow invites everyone to meet our new Trustees at the event. "We have succeeded in engaging six new members to serve on our Board of Trustees this year. None of them will be a stranger to the business community as they have been active in supporting other organizations and we are very happy to have them direct our future at the Belknap Mill. We have added Rick Crocker, Laconia High School history educator, Sandra Marshall, Director at LRG Healthcare, Allison Ambrose, Attorney at Wescott, Dyer, Fitzgerald, & Nichols, PA, Caroline Rolfe, Assistant Manager at Franklin Savings Bank, Kaye Anderson, retired educator, and Donna Harris, Manager at Bank of New Hampshire."

The Belknap Mill also will feature raffle items from our group of very talented consigners.

Donated raffle items and their generous contributors are:

Joanna DeCesare: Specialty Note Cards

LeeAnn Fay-Ellis: Hand Made Smittens

Jim Hallene: Hand crafted Wine stopper

Jill E Mahan: $25 Gift Cert with Package of Scenic Note Cards

Cat Magnant: Hand painted Birch Tree Artwork

Karen Schweizer: 2 jars of mustard and jam

Angela Stewart: 2 packs of note cards (value $14.95 each)

Judi Taggart: Handcrafted Jewelry

Jackie Bonafide: Photography note cards

Eileen Story: Stoneware bowl with maple products

This event is open to the business community, chamber members and the public. For more information, contact the Lakes Region Chamber of Commerce at 524-5531. Registration is now open on the Chamber's website at www.LakesRegionChamber.org.

The Belknap Mill is the oldest, unaltered brick textile mill in the country. It has a permanent exhibit that interprets the history of the textile industry in Laconia, and has changing monthly exhibits focusing on the arts and history, as well as educational programs for all ages. For further information on the mill and its events, visit www.belknapmill.org or call 603-524-8813.