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'Getting Ready to Grow' workshop at Moulton Farm on March 21

MEREDITH — Although the fields and gardens are covered with snow, the team at Moulton Farm is already getting ready to help people have great gardens in 2015. John Moulton, owner of the farm, and his team are offering two free gardening workshops to help people get the information they need to have a great garden when the warmer weather arrives.

"Our free 'Good Gardening' workshops have been popular in the past few years," says Moulton. "After the weather of the past month or so, I expect many gardeners are more than ready to talk about growing plants."

The first workshop is on Saturday, March 21, from 10 am to noon. The first half of "Getting Ready to Grow" will cover important steps in caring for soil, correcting issues, and how to feed the soil. "Caring for our soil is a key part of our sustainability plan at the farm," explains Moulton. "It is also very important for a home gardener, but they often don't give it the attention they should or have questions about what they should be doing."

The second part of the workshop will feature breakout sessions focusing on different types of gardens and plants. Moulton, with his decades of farming experience, will cover issues related to vegetable gardening. Annual and perennial flower issues will be covered by Sue Dail and Rob Stephens. Dail is the lead greenhouse grower at the farm and has a wealth of experience. Stephens, the retail manager of the farm, has years of experience and a degree in horticulture and landscape design from the Thompson School at the University of New Hampshire.

The second "Good Gardening Workshop" will be on Saturday, April 18, from 10 am to noon. "Planting Tips and Techniques" will cover important information for getting seeds and plants off to a good start. "What happens in the first few weeks of the plant or seed being in the ground makes a big difference later in the season," according to Moulton. "We'll be talking about protecting plants from the challenges of spring weather, planting seeds to maximize germination, and how to reduce transplant shock when you put plants into the ground." The workshop will include a preview of the different varieties of plants, including heirloom vegetables, which will be available from the farm's greenhouses a little later in the planting season.

The farm is also offering a "Plant 'N Grow" package that Moulton designed for both beginning vegetable gardeners and more experienced gardeners. "In addition to plants, seeds and soil amendments, the package includes a detailed gardening plan that maximizes the amount of vegetables a person can grow in just 400 square feet. Plus it comes with ongoing advice from our experienced farm team. That's really important," explains Moulton. "It's something you can't get from many places." The deadline for signing up for the package is May 1.


Last Updated on Tuesday, 10 March 2015 07:12

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Gunstock Mountain Resort to Host SoulFest, New England's Premier Christian Music Festival

GILFORD — Gunstock Mountain Resort will host SoulFest, New England's premier Christian music festival on August 6-8.

The three-day event, now in its 18th year, features world-renowned and Grammy winning Christian artists representing all musical genres on four separate stages, guest speakers and authors from across the globe.

Gunstock provides an idyllic setting for this one-of-a-kind celebration gathering over 13,000 attendees and more than 100 artists and speakers.

Gunstock boasts one of the longest zip line canopy tours in the continental United States. It's also home to New England's largest aerial obstacle course and even offers GoPro Camera rentals, so people can capture their  vacation adventures. Guests can also take advantage of guided off-road Segway tours, scenic lift rides, plenty of hiking trails, fishing and camping and a variety of other attractions.

This year's festival boasts an impressive lineup featuring numerous Grammy winning artists and some of the biggest acts in Christian music including Newsboys, Casting Crowns, Third Day, For King & Country, Big Daddy Weave, Tenth Avenue North, Brad Corrigan (of Dispatch), Family Force 5, Sanctus Real, Peter Furler and many more.

Tickets are now available. Multi-day Ticket (3-day full event ticket): March pricing: $100, April pricing: $105, May pricing: $110, June pricing: $115, July pricing: $120, August pricing: $130.
Multi-day Ticket (3-day full event ticket): For orders of 10 or more tickets, receive $10 off each 3-day Multi-day ticket.
Youth/Senior Multi-day Ticket: $65.
Weekend: June/July pricing: $75, August pricing: $80.
Single Day: June/July pricing: $40, August pricing: $45.
Youth/Senior Single Day Ticket: $35.
Adult Evening Pass: $35.

To preview the full artist lineup, event schedule, or to purchase SoulFest tickets and upgrades - visit www.TheSoulFest.com. Discount and group ticket deals are available in advance online or by calling New Sound Concerts at (978) 346-4577. Tickets will also be available at the gate. For more information on Gunstock Mountain Resort, including their winter activities, visit www.Gunstock.com.


Last Updated on Tuesday, 10 March 2015 06:56

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Irwin Toyota Scion named a '5 Star Dealer' by Edmunds.com

LACONIA — Irwin Toyota Scion has been named a winner of the prestigious annual 2014 Edmunds.com Five Star Dealer Award given to only the top 1% of all car dealers nationwide for best overall customer service based on actual customer reviews.

Edmunds.com has quickly become one of the most trusted, on-line review sites because it proactively takes steps to ensure its website user-generated content is authentic and as trustworthy as its professional car reviews, dealership inventories, and consumer advice. 18 million visitors a month use Edmunds' shopping tools to connect with over 9,500 dealer franchises across the United States.

"We work hard to give our customers the best car buying experience and want to thank all of our customers who have honored us with their business and have taken the time to write a positive review at Edmunds.com about your buying experience here at Irwin Toyota." said Chris Irwin, Vice President of the Irwin Automotive group.

Irwin's was founded in 1951 by Robert H. Irwin, as a Lincoln Mercury dealership in Laconia. Irwin added the Ford Franchise in 1955. Peter, Irwin, second generation, added Toyota in 1979, and then added Scion in 2002. Irwin's Used Car Center was built in 1994 and was located at 446 Union Ave in Laconia. In 2009 the Irwin's completed a 12,000 square foot expansion of their Bisson Avenue location, which now totals 72,000 square feet on more than 15 acres and 600 vehicles. Laconia Quicklane Tire and Auto Center was started in the late fall of 2010, and in 2011 the Irwin Automotive Group expanded to include Hyundai. The Used Car Center was converted into a brand new state of the art Hyundai Facility during the winter of 2012. In the spring of 2013 NH Car Credit, a division of Irwin's, was founded.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 10 March 2015 06:26

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Women in the Blues performance at Pitman’s Freight Room on Friday night

LACONIA — Pitman's Freight Room at 94 New Salem St in Laconia will host Women in the Blues featuring Diane Blue, Lisa Mann, Kathy Burkly and Lydia Warren on Friday, March 13, at 8 pm.

Admission is $15 and Pitman's is a BYOB venue.

Diane is a soul-stirring vocalist, skillful harmonica player and a crowd pleasing entertainer. She is a soulful and sassy performer with a strong and energetic delivery, serving up her own spin on soul, blues and R&B.

Lisa Mann has been nominated for a Blues Music Award for her mighty skills on the bass guitar. This nomination falls hot on the heels of her win for Blues Blast's Sean Costello Rising Star Award. Mann's vocals effortlessly straddle the line between the honey sweet warmth of the south, and the force-of-nature sound Mann has cultivated by mastering everything from hard rock to rhythm and blues.

Since Lydia Warren's 2001 debut at the ripe old age of 17, she has been turning heads in the blues scene. The guitarist/singer/songwriter cut her teeth opening for blues and classic rock luminaries B.B. King, Buddy Guy, and Little Feat throughout New England, earning a Boston Music Award nomination and a feature on NBC's Today Show.

Kathy Burkly is Boston's own queen of the country drum kit. A graduate of the Berklee College of Music, Kathy recorded and toured with Boston country legends John Lincoln Wright, and Chuck McDermott and Wheatstraw. She is different from other drummers in that her groove and her influences are strongly influenced by heavy funk bands like The Meters, Tower Of Power, southern funk and country.

Catered dinner buffet available before the show ($10). Call 527-0043 for dinner reservations.

Last Updated on Monday, 09 March 2015 11:12

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