Gilford Community Band to perform holiday concert

GILFORD — The Gilford Community Band will present its annual holiday concert at 3 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 17, at the Gilford High School Performing Arts Center.

With the first snowfall of the season, the Gilford Community Band's annual holiday voncert is sure to follow. Perhaps "A White Christmas" will be one of the selections as they try to get into the spirit of the holiday with hot cocoa and sleigh riding. It will definitely not be a "Silent Night." Musical selections will include traditional as well as contemporary seasonal music, and  band hopes to bring "Joy To The World."

The band consists of a full range of brass, woodwind, and percussion instruments. And there will definitely be "Jingle Bells" to listen to. Musicians of all ages, middle school to retired, from throughout the Lakes Region participate in what professionals and educators have declared to be one of the finest community bands in the state. The band is directed by Lyvie Beyrent, Gilford Middle and High School director of instrumental music.

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The Gilford Community Band getting into the holiday spirit. (Courtesy photo)

Survey of Historic Barns Underway in Center Harbor

CENTER HARBOR — New Hampshire's history is inextricably tied to its agricultural past. For decades, innumerable barns dotted its landscape; now, our state's historic barns are being lost through neglect or actual tear-downs at the rate of nearly one every day.

Earlier this year, the Center Harbor Heritage Commission joined with the New Hampshire Preservation Alliance in its 52 Barns in 52 Weeks campaign to increase awareness of preserving historic barns. With the expert help of volunteer Rick Kipphut, who has a masters degree in Historical Preservation from Plymouth State University, the Commission launched a townwide effort to identify and survey barns built at least 50 years ago.

The Heritage Commission is very proud to announce that 15 historic barns have been surveyed so far. These include the 1770 Mead Farm barn on Center Harbor Neck Road, which is one of the oldest barns in town, the iconic 1876 Longwood Farm barn on Route 25 and the 1903 Keewaydin dairy barn with its unique tile silo on Route 25B. Over 20 barns are on the waiting list to be surveyed!

When completed, the barn survey will be added to Center Harbor's “Cultural and Historical Resources Inventory” as part of the process to update the Town's Master Plan.

Kipphut spends about three to four hours visiting each barn, making notes, taking photos and answering the owner's questions about the barn's construction, use, and history. Kipphut then compiles all of this information into a written report, which is shared with the barn owner. He also tells the owner about resources available to help with maintaining an historic barn, such as RSA 79-D. Created in 2002, RSA 79-D authorizes New Hampshire towns and cities to grant property tax relief to barn owners who can demonstrate the public benefit of preserving their barns, and agree to maintain the structures during a minimum 10-year preservation easement.

Over the next few weeks and weather-permitting, Kipphut will be out and about town, searching for more historic barns and knocking on the doors of their owners to introduce himself and talk about the barn survey. There is no cost for the survey and it is strictly voluntary.

If you own an old barn and would like additional information or to participate in the survey, contact Rick Kipphut at 603-726-0925 or via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Community Christmas Service set for Center Tuftonboro

TUFTONBORO — The Old White Church of Center Tuftonboro will celebrate the season with a traditional Community Christmas Service on Sunday, Dec. 17, at 4:45 p.m. The public is invited to join their Tuftonboro neighbors and enjoy this annual event. The service is a public event and donations help maintain the historic building for community events.

The service will include the singing of carols, the reading of verse, a meditation by Rev. Kent Schneider and special music will be performed by an ensemble of local musicians. The call to worship will be announced by the tolling of the steeple bell at 4:30 pm, and the musical prelude will begin at 4:45 pm. This year's prelude will feature selections from the cantata "The Shepherd's Pipe: Songs from the Holy Night." All attending are invited to stay for light refreshments following the service.  The church is 5 miles north of Wolfeboro on Route 109A across from the Tuftonboro General Store and parking is available. For more information call 603-569-3861.

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The historic Old White Church in Center Tuftonboro. (Courtesy photo)

Etta Jo's angel

Etta Jo’s Angel

One pine cone approximately 5 inches tall
One acorn with the top
2 milkweed pods
I wooden golf tee
Gold or red ribbon
Thread for hanging on the Christmas tree

Glue the acorn to the top of the pinecone
Glue the milk pods to the side of the cones for wings
Glue the golf tee to the bottom of the acorn
Attach a string to hand the angel on the tree

Spray with gold or silver paint

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