Monsters Ball Benefit Will Aid Freight Room Recovery

LACONIA — Over the past several years, Connie and Dick Mitchell have hosted hundreds of events at Pitman's Freight Room: Jazz, blues and folk concerts, theatrical productions, comedy shows, barbecues, dances and private parties, providing gigs for entertainers and enriching the arts and culture of the community.

Located at 94 New Salem Street in Downtown Laconia, Pitman's is a former warehouse lovingly refurbished, furnished with antiques, and transformed by the Mitchells for use as a function room and performance space.

Now musicians, actors and community volunteers are coming together to show their appreciation and raise funds to help offset the Mitchell's losses resulting from a recent fire at the Freight Room.

Monsters Ball, a day-long benefit concert event and Halloween-themed costume party, will be held at the Freight Room on Sunday, October 27. Starting at noon, the show will be directed and hosted by legendary bluesman Nick David (of Mr. Nick & The Dirty Tricks); the concert will feature performances by the Brian Templeton Band, Brickyard Blues, Dan Bartenstein, Kid Jazz, Lakes Region Chordsmen, Lisa Marie, Mr. Nick's Blues Mafia, Paul Hubert, Peter Brunette, Racky Thomas, Toni Lynn Washington, Tyler Road and the Wharf Rats.

Prizes will be awarded for the most original or interesting costumes and there will be tons of potluck food and beverages. (Kids are encouraged to come in costume for trick-or-treat fun from noon to 2 p.m.; (Adult Werewolves, Vampires and Zombies will overrun the premises later on.)

Donations to the Fire Fund will be accepted at the door and solicited at various times throughout the day. To volunteer, contribute, reserve a table, or for more information, call Pitman's Freight Room at 603-527-0043, Peter at 603-393-7875 or send a private message on The Pointless Forest Facebook page. Pitman's Freight Room is a BYOB venue and handicapped accessible.