Piano & clarinet trio at Taylor Community Sunday

LACONIA — A piano and clarinet trio is the next program in the Taylor Community Music Series. The program is scheduled for Sunday, May 31 at 3 p.m. in Taylor's Woodside Building, 435 Union Avenue. The event is free and open to the public.

The concert will feature Capriccio! with Nicholas Graham and Matthew Marsit on clarinet and Scott Smedinghoff, piano. The trio will feature music from Gerald Cohen, Leonard Bernstein and Felix Mendelssohn among others. 

Graham made his national debut in 2006 on "From the Top!" the NPR broadcast program showcasing America's young, talented musicians. He was chosen from hundreds of musicians to perform on the first taping of the show's 13-part television special. Recently, Graham won Grand Prizes in the 2014 and 2015 Culley Concerto Competitions at Dartmouth, and the 2012 LIU Post Concerto Competition in New York.

Marsit is currently on the artistic staff of the Hopkins Center for the Performing Arts at Dartmouth College as Director of Bands. He's led ensembles and performed as a solo, chamber and orchestra musician throughout the U.S. In addition to his current work at Dartmouth, Marsit was recently named Artist in Residence in Winds and Music Director of the Williams College Wind Ensemble.

Smedinghoff is in his third year of graduate studies in mathematics at Dartmouth. He currently serves as organist for the Lyme Congregational Church in Lyme, N.H. Before moving to the Upper Valley, he was the pianist for the Bennington County Choral Society and other groups and soloists in the Bennington area. He was also active in the music department at Williams College, where he earned a B.A. in mathematics and physics in 2009.

The event is sponsored by Nan and Ron Baker and also by the Bank of New Hampshire.

 Visit www.taylorcommunity.org, or call 366-1400 for more information.


Sandwich gallery to hold exhibit of illustrator's works

SANDWICH — The Patricia Ladd Carega Gallery will open for the season with a retrospective exhibit of the works of New England illustrator Philip Brown Parsons.

The opening reception will be Saturday, June 13, from 5 to 7 p.m. at which his son, Philip B. Parsons Jr., will reminisce about his father's life in a talk beginning at 6 p.m.

Patricia Ladd Carega gallery is located at 69 Maple St. in Center Sandwich. Gallery hours are from 10 to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and from 12 to 5 p.m. on Sunday. For more information about the gallery visit our website at www.patricialaddcarega.com or call 284 7728.

Parsons lived in Lexington, Mass., from 1934 until his death in 1977. During this time his work included book illustrations for Houghton Mifflin, Little Brown and other Boston publishers. His illustrations also appeared on many covers for such magazines as Hunting and Fishing, National Sportsman, Outdoors and Youth's Companion. One painting, "The Country Store," was used on the LL Bean catalogue several different years, as it was a favorite of Mr. Bean. During this time, Parsons was active with the Lexington Arts and Crafts Association and the Boston Watercolor Society. He did a series of work on historic Lexington. He also found time to teach art in both Lexington and Boston schools.


Alton Masons hosting chicken barbecue dinner on Saturday

ALTON — The Alton Masons of Winnipesaukee Lodge will hold a chicken barbecue on Saturday, May 30, from 4:30 to 7 p.m.

A half-chicken, cooked over the outdoor barbecue pit, together with potato salad, corn, dinner roll, dessert, and a beverage, will be served for a $10 donation.

 Those who prefer can get the meal in takeout containers.

The Lodge is located on Rte 28, a quarter mile south of the Alton traffic circle. Tickets can be obtained at the door. For more information, go to www.winnipesaukeemasons.com, or contact Frank Alden at 859-8881.

Talk Friday about creating habitat for native bees

CANTERBURY — Canterbury Shaker Village will host "Creating Forage and Nesting Habitat for Native Bees" on Friday, May 29 from 7-8:30 p.m.

NH is home to several hundred species of native bees. Amy Papineau, UNH Cooperative Extension Field Specialist, will discuss the roles and importance of native bees in New Hampshire's natural ecosystems and agriculture and will discuss what you can do to support native bees on your property by protecting, creating, and enhancing forage and nesting habitat. Papineau will discuss the steps involved in creating perennial wildflower meadows and guidelines for creating bee gardens and nesting sites.

Papineau is a Field Specialist in Food & Agriculture with UNH Cooperative Extension, Merrimack County and is Co-Director of the Northern New England Pollinator Habitat Working Group. Papineau works with the county's agricultural and horticultural industries, providing research-based education and information to help farmers, growers, and others solve problems, make informed decisions, and strengthen businesses while conserving natural resources. Amy is a graduate of the University of New Hampshire, with degrees in Environmental Horticulture and Plant Biology.

Other upcoming events at Canterbury Shaker Village include Shaker Roots—In Celebration of Simple Living and the Shaker Legacy, the annual dinner and auction benefiting Canterbury Shaker Village on Wednesday, June 24. To view the complete 2015 calendar of events and workshops visit www.shakers.org.