Published DateLACONIA — Outdoor concerts, museum tours and fascinating gallery artwork highlight the many summer events at the Belknap Mill on Beacon Street East in downtown Laconia.
"We have been planning new exhibits for the Mill's first floor gallery and we have something for everyone," says Belknap Mill executive director Andre Paquette. "If you like photography and motorcycles, or boating in the Lakes Region or quilts or the Laconia Airport, we have something for you."
The gallery schedule kicks off in June with "A View From the Porch", which presents color and black and white images by Lakes Region photographer Judith Rothemund. The exhibit represents 15 years of photography by Rothemund, who used the porch at the Handy Landing at Weirs each as her vantage point for photographing motorcycle scenes. This exhibit will highlight the best of her many images of the iconic event, including some large color photos. The exhibit runs through June 30 and is free and open to the public Mondays through Fridays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
From July 5 through 31, the Mill will present "Boating Through the Lakes Region," sponsored by Proctor's Lakehouse Cottages and The Laker.
"We have on loan from many businesses and individuals some wonderful objects related to boating. We have water-skis, old boating photos, signs and much more," explains Paquette.
An exhibit of Art Quilts by Sue Harris runs from August 13 through September 1. Harris, a Gilford fiber artist, will showcase some jaw-dropping, colorful quilted pieces, all her original designs.
"Flying High: History of Laconia Airport and Lakes Region Aviation" comes to the Mill's gallery from September 5 through 25. The exhibit is coordinated by the Laconia Airport.
The Belknap Mill Rotary Park Outdoor Concert Series features Wednesday night concerts which start at 6:30 p.m.
This year's series get underway on Wednesday, June 19 with the Michael Vincent Band,
presented by Belknap Landscape Company. The band is among the hottest and most talented around and blends a unique combination of blues and rock.
On July 3, the Belknap Mill brings the popular New Horizons Band of the Lakes Region back to Rotary Park for a concert featuring patriotic music.
Bluegrass music will be featured on July 10 when Bow Junction bluegrass band concert. The band is a NH favorite and takes part in many bluegrass events.
Acoustisaurus brings acoustic rock music to the concert series on July 24. This concert also is presented by Belknap Landscape Company.
"Sponsoring the two Rotary Park concerts is a natural for Belknap Landscape, since they did the landscape and design of the park when it was created," adds Paquette. "They have been good friends of the Mill for years and we appreciate their support of our programs."
On July 31 Moulton's Band, NH's oldest continuous band since the late 1800s, returns to the Belknap Mill for a rousing band concert.
Lakes Region Child Care presents a fun family concert with children's musician Wayne From Maine on August 7. The show is for the young and young at heart.
The season ends with a special concert featuring the 39th Army Band on Thursday, August 22 at 7 p.m.
The outdoor concert series is sponsored by Irwin Motoros, Belknap Landscape Company, WEMJ, MacDaddy's Rollin'Smoke BBQ and Lakes Region Child Care Services.