LACONIA — A lot is happening at the Belknap Mill this summer. From concerts in Rotary Park to welcoming new staff and a new trustee president, the Belknap Mill is on a roll.
Says interim executive director Andre Paquette, "We are excited to welcome Denise Sharlow as our new Development Director. Denise brings a wealth of experience to the job and she is already, after one week on the job, offering new ideas and setting fundraising goals. Denise will be writing grants, working with the local business community to secure sponsorships for events and much more "
A long-time Lakes Region resident, Sharlow is well known in the business and arts communities. She was the executive director of the Franklin Business & Industrial Development Corporation and branch supervisor of Franklin Savings Bank, as well as acting as grant writer and office manager for the Franklin Opera House. She also developed a needed project called Franklin Collaboration Project that involved over 38 organizations and 45 volunteers to create civic pride and positive public relations for Franklin and she was named 2006 Citizen of the Year in Franklin.
Paquette also said that Laconia resident David Stamps has been appointed president of the board of directors of the Belknap Mill Society.. Stamps is a longtime Belknap Mill member, trustee and volunteer.
Stamps digitized the entire image collection of the Belknap Mill and prepared same for the Knitting Room Story Boards; he played Mr. Morin in 2003 for the fourth grade Mill history project; he presented digital photography exhibits culminating in a Father/Daughter (with his daughter Kathryn) photo/video/art show in 2004. (The video, "A Story about Laconia and the Belknap Mill" is for sale in the Mill's gift shop.) As President of Laconia Main Street, he worked with Mary Boswell (former Belknap Mill executive director) to found the Riverwalk Action Committee. Stamps served as the treasurer of the Belknap Mill before stepping into the position of president.
Plans are underway for 2013/2014 events, including fall and winter concerts, the 190th Anniversary Dinner, summer 2014 outdoor concert series and many other happenings.
Denise Sharlow, new Development Director of the Belknap Mill (Courtesy photo)