MEREDITH — Gilford author Carol Lee Anderson, will be signing copies her latest book, The New England Life of Cartoonist Bob Montana: Beyond the Archie Comic Strip, at Hawkins Photography and Framing, 73 Main Street in Meredith, on Monday, October 14, from 1–3:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.
Published by The History Press, the book chronicles the life of one of America's greatest cartoonists, Bob Montana, who drew the Archiecomic strip for thirty years at his home in Meredith. Montana's daughter, Lynn Montana, lives and works in Meredith and is a designer/framer at Hawkins Photography and Framing.
Anderson got the idea to write the book when she was conducting research for her first book, The History of Gunstock: Skiing in the Belknap Mountains, also published by The History Press and winner of the 2011 Skade Award from the International Skiing History Association.
It was a 1947 Archie comic strip featuring the main characters (Archie, Jughead, Betty and Veronica) skiing at Gunstock that inspired Anderson to investigate if other local scenery was included in Archie. She discovered that Montana often tucked local people, places and events into the comic strip more times than not.
"What surprised me the most," said Anderson, "wasn't the fact that people don't know that local people and places were drawn into the Archie strip, but the fact that they aren't aware that Bob Montana had been a permanent, year-round resident of Meredith for thirty years. He raised his family there and drew the strip at his home on Meredith Neck."
The book describes the development of the Archie comic, but Anderson feels that what will amaze readers the most is learning how much Montana contributed to Meredith, but to the state and the country as well. Surprisingly, little has been written about his life in the Lakes Region.
Anderson met with the cartoonist's daughter, Lynn Montana, before she began writing the book. "Lynn has been extremely helpful and supportive all the way through this project. Through her recollections of her father and her family life in Meredith, I was able to write a far more in-depth story of her father's life," she explained. Many Montana family images are included in the book, as well as the memories of Bob Montana's friends, which were gathered by the author during interviews.
"Bob Montana was non-stop action, and he was constantly involved in his community; he was continually striving to make the world around him a better place despite the relentless deadlines of turning out a daily comic strip – including the more elaborate Sunday strip," Anderson said.
She said that writing a book about such a talented and generous man has been a life-changing experience and hopes that readers of the book will come away with a new outlook on life. "Bob's life story is truly fascinating, and no matter where he was or how tough things got, he'd always find the humor in a situation – and that's something so many of us struggle to do," she added.
Books will be available for purchase during the signing. Light refreshments will be served.
Last Updated on Thursday, 10 October 2013 10:57
PLYMOUTH — The Silver Center of the Arts at Plymouth State University will host an exhibition of prints by more than 20 New Hampshire-based printmakers October 16-December 13.
Artists who have revisited an earlier work and re-imagined a theme that has held for them to this day will present their new works. "The work will be one that engages that theme while rethinking size, color, new composition or process, or some other variable," according to exhibition curator Parker Potter.
A reception will be held Friday, October 18 from 4–6 p.m. at the Silver Center.
A law clerk for the New Hampshire Supreme Court, Potter became known on the New Hampshire printmaking scene as a juror, critic and curator in the 1990s.
He has been chair of the League of New Hampshire Craftsmen's gallery committee and has been a member of the League's board of trustees. Each year he organizes a print show at the League's Annual Craftsmen's Fair in Sunapee. He has curated shows for the New Hampshire Art Association, the Sharon Arts Center and Franklin Pierce Law Center, and has organized print acquisitions for the Law Center's art collection.
Potter and his wife, Nancy Jo Chabot, have collected prints, primarily editioned prints by New Hampshire printmakers, for more than 20 years. Their collection runs the gamut from works by students to works by internationally known artists.
The Silver Center, on Main Street in Plymouth, is open Monday–Thursday, 10 a.m.–4 p.m, Friday 8 a.m.–5 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday, noon–6 p.m. Silver is closed on PSU holidays.
Last Updated on Thursday, 10 October 2013 10:46
GILFORD — Zoom Fitness in Gilford will be holding a yard sale this Saturday with all of the proceeds to be donated to the Santa Fund of the Greater Lakes Region.
"I wanted to have a yard sale for charity, the women quickly got on board and the Santa Fund is a great organization to support", said Zoom Fitness Manager Kim Gustafson. "Many area residents aren't aware that the Santa Fund helps people in need year round".
The Santa Fund is perhaps best known for providing new outerwear and boots for local children as winter approaches. They also help children and families with other financial support throughout the year. "Our unofficial slogan is "No matter the season, when there's a reason, the Santa Fund is here to help", said Janet Brough, Santa Fund co-chair.
Zoom Fitness is a circuit training workout club owned, managed and for women. "This is a 30-minute work out designed to fit into the schedules of women who want to be able to zoom in, do their routine and zoom out", said Gustafson.
The charity yard sale is indoor, rain or shine, Saturday October 12 from 8 a.m, to 2 p.m. Located in Paugus Bay Plaza, turn right after China Bistro with plenty of parking in the back. 100% of money raised will be donated to the Santa Fund. For more information call Kim Gustafson at 455-8507.
Last Updated on Thursday, 10 October 2013 10:36
CENTER SANDWICH — Sandwich Parks and Recreation will be hosting a disc golf tournament on Saturday October 12 at Sunshine Park Disc Golf Course in Center Sandwich.
Registration will begin at 9:30 a.m. and start will be at 10 a.m. Tournament director Nate Fletcher has directed volunteers
over the past 3 years as this briar covered 21 acres has transformed into a beautiful rustic course where each hole is framed by big pines.
"We have worked so hard here." said Fletcher. "Where else can you play disc golf in the area like this? It's just so nice here and each hole is a good challenge for every level of player."
Afternoons see a steady stream of players on the course which is free to the public with some discs provided for beginners.
Last Updated on Thursday, 10 October 2013 10:33
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