ASHLAND — Christmas Night in Ashland will be held Friday, Dec. 5.
The Community Council of Ashland coordinates the efforts of several local organizations, businesses and individuals to put on this holiday family event. This year's celebration will include children's workshops and scavenger hunt, a storybook giveaway, pictures with Santa, face painting, a model railroad display, food sales, storyteller Rusty Locke, letters to Santa, Christmas cards for the military, the lighting of the new town Christmas tree, and a Santa's Gift Bag Raffle to benefit the local food pantry.
Most events will take place between 5 and 6:45 p.m. on Main Street and Highland Street. The Friends of the Ashland Town Library offer Pictures with Santa for a $1 donation at the Library, 41 Main St. Also at the Library, the the Pond and Peak Reading Council, a non-profit group that promotes literacy, will give away storybooks. Each child can choose a storybook of his or her liking.
Next door at the American Legion Hall, the Dupuis-Cross Post will provide an opportunity to remember our military, past and present, during the holidays. Visitors can fill out Christmas cards to send to wounded warriors and those now serving overseas, or help make decorations for the veterans in the N.H. Veterans Home in Tilton.
Children can get their faces painted for free. They can also write letters to Santa that will be sent to the North Pole through Macy's, which will give $1 to the Make A Wish program for each letter. The Legion Hall will be the last place to buy tickets in a raffle to raise funds for Christmas decorations and lights for the village. The raffle features two attractive homemade items, a wall hanging depicting a Christmas tree, complete with battery powered lights, and a fabric wreath. Tickets are $1 each or seven for $5, with the two winners to be drawn the same evening. The Legion Post will also sell coffee, hot chocolate and snacks. Across the street in Memorial Park, the Ashland Area Recreation Association will give away free popcorn.
The Meredith Village Savings Bank will sponsor a free Christmas tree ornament workshop for children in its Ashland branch, at the corner or Riverside Drive and Highland Street. Next to the bank, at 12 Highland St., is the Ashland Community Center with its Bread Basket Raffle and the popular Cookie Walk, featuring cans of cookies, mostly home-made, for sale at $3 per can. Buyers get to choose their own cookies. The Community Center is also the site of Santa's Gift Bag Raffle to benefit the Ashland Food Pantry. Non-perishable food items can be brought to the Center between noon and 6 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 4, and Friday, Dec. 5. One raffle ticket will be given for each qualifying food item that is donated to the Food Pantry. The raffle prizes are gift bags for both adults and children (12 and under). The winning tickets will be announced at the tree lighting at the end of the event.
A corn chowder supper to benefit the Food Pantry will be served at St. Mark's Church parish hall, next to the Community Center. The supper, including chowder, crackers and beverage, costs $3. Horse-drawn hay rides, sponsored by the Community Center, will load up in the Town Hall parking lot, at 20 Highland St. next to St. Mark's Church. Donations will be appreciated, but are not required for the hay rides, which will be given from 5 to 8 p.m. The hay ride can be taken up Highland Street to the Cheney House at 82 Highland St., where the popular Lionel model train display by Anthony Hoerter will be on display.
Returning to Main Street, the Ashland School eighth-grade class will be selling hot dogs, drinks, and $5 tickets for a raffle of a gift package, including gift cards, lift tickets and hand knit items, in front of the former Ashland Insurance Center. The winning raffle ticket will be drawn and announced that evening. Art on the theme of Winter designed by members of the Ashland School Student Council and the National Junior Honor Society will be displayed in the windows of the Shepard Block at 48 Main St.
At the Ashland Baptist Church dining hall at 57 Main St. the Ashland Area Recreation Association will give away free coffee and hot chocolate. The Ashland Rebekahs will sell cider and doughnuts. The Ashland Historical Society will display historic photos of transportation in Ashland. The Parks & Recreation Department will hold a Little Ones Workshop on making pine cone bird feeders. The dining hall is also the starting place for the Scavenger Hunt for children, organized by the Parks & Recreation Department. The children will search through downtown for clues that will help them win prizes.
The Community Council and the Friends of the Town Library are sponsoring storytelling with Rusty Locke, featuring holiday tales, songs and music of storyteller, writer and musician George Locke of Meredith. The performance, suitable for all ages, will begin at 7 p.m. in the sanctuary of the Ashland Baptist Church. (Donations will be appreciated, but are not required.)
The celebration concludes at 8 p.m. in Memorial Park, at the corner of Main Street and Riverside Drive. The prize winners of the Gift Bag Raffle and the other raffles will be announced. And, with the help of Santa, the new Town Christmas Tree, donated by the Baker River Nursery of Wentworth, will be officially lit for the first time.
For more information, call Sue Longley at 536-3141.
Last Updated on Friday, 21 November 2014 10:37
MEREDITH — The Inter-Lakes White math team placed 2nd out of 10 small school teams in their November 12 meet at Merrimack Valley High School. Tilton School won the small school division with 127 points, Inter-Lakes followed with 124 points, and Belmont was third with 108 points.
After two meets Inter-lakes is still first with 256 points, Tilton School is second with 216 points and Belmont is third with 207 points. Top scorer for the White team was Johnny Cox with 18 out of 18 points. Johnny had perfect scores in Algebra I, Algebra II, and Advanced Math. Allison McCann was second with 14 out of 18, and scored perfect in Algebra II. Ariana Lopez, Isabel Cunningham, and Liam Donohoe each scored 12 out of 18 points and Jonah Steiss earned 10 out of 18 points. Parker Caswell, John Schmalle, Cam Daly, and Maitland Merrill also contributed to the White team's second place finish.
The Inter-Lakes Blue team with only 4 members finished 10th. The team was led by Elijah Lopez with 10 out of 18 points. Ambrose Bean, Angelo Burgess, and Cammy LaBonte also competed on the Blue team. The teams are coached by Diane Mega and Bob Marcoux.
Last Updated on Friday, 21 November 2014 10:29
LACONIA — Lakes Region Holiday Craft Fair will be held at the Opechee Conference Center on Saturday, Nov. 29, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 30, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The fair will feature a variety of handcrafts and art including designer metal art, pillow quilts, wood turned items, Ben's NH maple syrups, skincare products, glass art, soy candles, primitive and country wood decor, goat milk soap, American Girl doll clothing & accessories, decorative & functional pottery, keepsake boxes, stained glass, seasonal decorative wall hangings, soft sculpture, seasonal floral arrangements, seasonal greens, ceramics, cedar wood furniture, homemade soups, acrylic paintings, photographic notecards, crochet hats/scrarves/blankets, glass art, fine jewelry, bat & bird houses, Lakes Region photographic calendars, birch wood creations, home made toffee, quilts & quilted table decor, fabric fairies, and more.
Craft demos include jewelry making, crochet patterns, and quilting. Music of Tim Janis will play throughout the day. Free Admission. For more information contact Joyce at 528-4014 or www.joycescraftshows.com.
Last Updated on Monday, 24 November 2014 09:54
LACONIA — The Soda Shoppe in Laconia will be offering free Thanksgiving Dinner on Thursday, November 27. Seatings will be held from 11 a.m. to noon, 12:30-1:30 p.m., 2-3 p.m., and 3:30-4:30 p.m.
For tickets or more information contact a local pastor or Mike at the Soda Shoppe. Tickets must be reserved by November 26.
Last Updated on Friday, 21 November 2014 10:16
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