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080914 NH Winery hosts special book signing with local author Aug. 17 (430) Gilmanton Winery & Vineyard to host local author for brunch on Sunday

GILMANTON — Marshall and Sunny Bishop, owners of the Gilmanton Winery and Vineyard, are pleased to announce a special book signing event on Sunday, August 17 from 8:30 am-1:30 pm, during the winery's regular brunch hours.

Local author, Jessica Lander, wrote the book "Driving Backwards," a book about the small town of Gilmanton. Jessica spent over 20 summers in Gilmanton with her family, during which she got to know the residents, history and intricacies of the small NH town. When she was a sophomore in college, she decided to write a book. According to the website, "Driving Backwards" is a "poignant exploration of the vividness of the everyday."

The Gilmanton Winery, which serves brunch every Sunday and lunch every Thursday, Friday and Saturday, is located in the former home of Grace Metalious, author of the controversial novel "Peyton Place" and is also home to Camelot Alpaca Farm. For more information about the winery,  visit www.gilmantonwinery.com or call 603.267.8251.

Gilmanton was briefly the most famous town in America. Today the town, nestled amongst the hills of central New Hampshire and along the curve of the Suncook River, is a microcosm of the changing ways and enduring values of rural life in the twenty-first century.

Driving Backwards is a poignant exploration of the vividness of the everyday. Across twenty years of summers, Jessica Lander has come to know Gilmanton and its residents. Valerie, who tends sixty-five goats, home-schools ten children and crafts artisanal goat cheese; Jim and Cheryl, who raise miniature horses, flocks of chickens and long-eared rabbits, all on two tiny acres; Duncan, a third generation farmer, who harvests thousands of pounds of wild blueberries every summer; Chuck, who runs a six-generation dairy farm.

Lander's guide is David Bickford – a fireman, carpenter, town selectman and nearly one-hundred-year-old storyteller. Through richly observed portraits and elegant prose, Lander elevates the ordinary and encourages a deeper appreciation for the stories that surround us.

Jessica Lander is an avid explorer and lover of stories. She's lived and taught in countries as far away as Thailand and Cambodia and in cities as close as Boston and Cambridge – teaching students from sixth grade to university. In addition to freelance writing, she writes an education-focused blog, Chalk Dust, about experiences in and out of the classroom. Growing up, she spent summers in Gilmanton. She currently lives in her hometown of Cambridge, MA, near to family and friends.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 12 August 2014 09:31

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Irwin Automotive hosting new model celebration on Aug. 13


LACONIA -- The Irwin Automotive Group will host a model introduction night on Wednesday, Aug. 13, to showcase the 2015 Lincoln MKC and the 2015 completely customizable Ford Transit Connect. The event will provide an opportunity for people to have their questions answered about the features in the brand-new redesigned vehicles which are already arriving at Irwin Ford Lincoln.

Food will be available and prizes will be awarded.

This event is open to the general publics. Those who wish to attend are asked to RSVP at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 603- 581 2935.


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Ken Clark Organ Trio at Pitman’s on Friday

LACONIA — The Ken Clark Organ Trio with special guest Myanna on saxophone will perform at Pitman's Freight Room in Laconia on Friday, August 15 at 8 p.m. Tickets will are $15 per person and can be purchased at the door.

Ken Clark is internationally known as one of the world's greatest jazz organists; however, there is much more to his music than jazz organist, as he also plays R&B, Funk, and blues. The Boston resident isn't the type of organist who is content to emulate Jimmy Smith's seminal '50s and '60s recordings, but is also influenced by Larry Young, John Medeski (of Medeski, Martin & Wood fame), and Charles Earland. In 1992, he formed the Ken Clark Organ Trio, employing his friend from Berklee Mike Mele on guitar, and has since traveled performing to various crowds around the country. 

Joining Ken and his Trio will be one of the hottest and most soulful saxophonists to be based in Massachusetts. Myanna plays music that mixes together jazz improvisation with funky rhythms, expressive playing and catchy tunes. Her music, whether it is an original or a cover tune, is colorful and infectious, and she is a consistent crowd pleaser. 

A catered dinner buffet available before the show. For more information or to make reservations, call 527-0043 or 494-3334, or visit www.pitmansfreightroom.com

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‘Anonymous’ exhibit at Belknap Mill opens Friday

LACONIA — Scott Bulger presents 'Anonymous', a solo exhibition of new work hosted by River Room Gallery at the Belknap Mill, Beacon Street East. The opening reception for the exhibition will be held on Friday, August 15, from 5 to 7 p.m. 

Three years in the making, 'Anonymous' illustrates the constraints placed upon those subjugated and objectified by corrupt corporate and government power. Effective communication between the people and the power has ceased to exist causing the populace to be ignored, censored, and minimalized. We have been stripped into anonymity.

In 49 powerful black and white prints, Bulger artfully illustrates the bonds of anonymity into which the populace has been forced, and the emerging awakening that will eventually allow us to break that which binds. Bulger's exhibit will be on display until the end of August. Regular gallery hours are Wednesday through Friday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Scott Bulger is a Northwood based artist with 30 years of experience working primarily in a photographic medium. He holds a B.A. in Visual Communication from Savannah College of Art and Design, and is a M.F.A. candidate in Visual Arts at Lesley University College of Art and Design while currently teaching photography at Plymouth State University. Bulger's collection of large scale, alternative process images titled 'Evolution', is currently on display at Gallery 136 ½, Manchester, Connecticut. For more information, please visit www.scottbulger.com.

For further information on the mill and its events, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , visit www.belknapmill.org, or call 603-524-8813.

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