PLYMOUTH — Author and former Plymouth resident Jennifer Wixson will read from her newest book at a reception on Friday, Aug. 1, from 4-6 p.m. at the Pease Library.
Wixson's new novel, "The Songbird of Sovereign," tells the story of the town's most popular person, the retired music teacher Miss Hastings, age 88. The book weaves back and forth from the 1940s to the present day revealing how the self-centered teenager, Jana Hastings, becomes a small town's most beloved resident.
Wixson writes about small towns, something she knows a lot about after having lived in Plymouth (and several other small New England towns) from fifth through 12th grades. She left Plymouth in 1976 and eventually settled in central Maine, where she now lives with her husband tending her Scottish Highland cattle in the spring and summer and writing books in the winter. To date, she's published three books in a series of novels that celebrate small-town living. The Sovereign Series will eventually number four novels, all set in the fictitious farming community of Sovereign, Maine.
"Sovereign is a combination of all the small towns I've ever lived in," Wixson says, "including Plymouth. Small towns taught me the true caring nature of people, and the importance of looking out for one another."
The public is invited to attend the Pease Library reception. Autographed copies of all Wixson's books will be available for purchase.
For more information on the Plymouth event visit http://www.peasepubliclibrary.org/pease/. Those who are unable to attend the Aug. 1 library reading and discussion you can purchase autographed copies of all Wixson's books and learn more about The Sovereign Series at http://www.thesovereignseries.com/
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LACONIA — Local artisans are being encouraged to apply for the opportunity to show and sell hand-made goods at the first Belknap Mill Art Bazaar in Rotary Park in downtown Laconia. The Mill is currently seeking participating vendors for the outdoor bazaar which is scheduled to premiere on Saturday, Aug. 9.
The bazaar being organized by the Belknap Mill in an effort to support local artists and artisans in the Lakes Region area. This juried market will feature handmade and locally produced products, including fine art, jewelry, ceramics, crafts, apparel, accessories, and fair trade/eco- friendly products.
"The idea of an open arts market is to encourage people to support local artists and showcase the Mill as a cultural arts center. Bazaar times coordinate with the Laconia Farmer's Market," says Beth San Soucie, program director of the Belknap Mill.
The bazaar will take place from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on various Saturdays during August, September, and October. Parking and admission is free.
Any local artist interested in participating must complete application with the inclusion of a small vendor fee. Ten-foot by 10-foot spaces are allotted on a first-come-first-served basis. Artists must provide their own tables, chairs, tents, etc. Items for sale must be original.
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The event will offer opportunities for job-seekers interested in entry-level as well as skilled or professional positions. "Events like the Franklin Job Fair, which connect New Hampshire's talented workers with employers looking to hire, are a critical part of our efforts to strengthen our innovative economy," Governor Maggie Hassan said. "By sponsoring this job fair, New Hampshire Employment Security is helping to support a strong middle class and a stronger, more innovative New Hampshire."
"Job creation has been the number one priority of New Hampshire Employment Security since day one when I arrived nearly two years ago and with each job fair and with all of our re-employment programs provided at each of our twelve local offices located across the state, we are delivering on our promises to connect our residents with real opportunities," said New Hampshire Employment Security Commissioner George Copadis.
Commissioner Copadis continued, "The job fair is a great opportunity for employers to gain access to a local ready and willing workforce. Hiring employees from the communities where the business is located strengthens your business and makes our communities stronger. We encourage employers to attend and hope anyone looking for employment will take advantage of this free event."
Last Updated on Tuesday, 29 July 2014 10:13
GILFORD — Michael J. Tougias, co-author of "Rescue of the Bounty," will give a dramatic visual presentation about this harrowing event of 2012 at the Gilford Library on Tuesday, Aug. 12, at 6:30 p.m.
The tall ship Bounty sank during Superstorm Sandy in 2012. The captain and a crewmember perished in the accident but the Coast Guard performed harrowing helicopter rescues to save the other 14 sailors. Tougias will use slides of the storm, the survivors, and the rescue during this illustrated program.
The story of the Bounty begins on Oct. 25, 2012, when Captain Robin Walbridge made the fateful decision to sail the Bounty from New London, Conn., to St. Petersburg, Fla. Walbridge was well aware that a hurricane was forecast to come up the Eastern seaboard. He explained to his crew of 15 that the ship would fare better at sea than at port, and that he thought he could sail "around the hurricane." He told the crew that anyone who did not want to come on the voyage could leave the ship and there would be no hard feelings. No one took the captain up on his offer, and this decision would have fatal consequences.
Four days into the voyage Superstorm Sandy made an almost direct hit on the Bounty. The captain issued a Mayday explaining that the vessel's pumps could not keep up with the incoming water. A few hours later, in the dark of night, the vessel suddenly heeled over, sending the crew tumbling into the ocean filled with crashing 30-foot waves. Some were swept far from the ship, others found themselves tangled in the rigging, while others were trapped below the surface by the masts and spreaders.
"I enjoy doing these programs," says Tougias, "because I like to transport the audience into the heart of the storm so that they ask themselves 'what would I have done.' It's like watching a movie with the author giving behind the scene details."
Tougias says that besides focusing on the voyage and the disaster he will recount the heroic rescue attempts by Coast Guard rescue swimmers and pilots.
A book-signing will follow the program, and the presentation is suitable for all ages.
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- Rock band King Chrome performing at Laconia VFW Post on Saturday
- Tammara Sigler Monoypes Exhbited at Carega Gallery
- Stinson Lake boat ramp closed for repairs
- Release celebration for picture book at Innisfree Bookshop on Saturday
- Two events today at Gilford Public Library
- Wine & Design tonight at Belknap Mill