LACONIA — As the holidays approach, the Congregational Church of Laconia, UCC has much to celebrate in their continued mission to give back the greater community. This year, the annual tradition of serving Thanksgiving dinner will be prepared in a totally renovated church kitchen. The renovation is a part of multi-phased project funded by donations from a capital campaign to make church programs more accessible. The first phase kitchen improvements were completed earlier this year, in time for the 46th Annual Hazel Duke Thanksgiving Dinner.
As a beloved Laconia elementary school teacher, Hazel Duke believed all people who might otherwise be alone should have a place to share fellowship and a meal on Thanksgiving Day. The Congregational Church of Laconia, UCC first hosted the event 46 years ago, and since parishioners and volunteers from near and far have memorialized Hazel Duke's vision by making the free holiday meal an annual tradition. After health issues for a key event organizer forced a one-year respite in 2012, the event was resurrected in 2013 when more than 120 people gathered to enjoy a meal prepared by volunteers in the church dining hall located at 69 Pleasant Street in Laconia.
Last year's return to sharing the holiday meal was influenced by a number of factors including the generous donation of $1,000 by the Saint Andre Bessette Parish which provided the seed money to put the event back in motion. Area businesses supported volunteers through discounted food from Hannafords in Gilford and buffet equipment borrowed from Contigiani's Catering in Laconia. In the upcoming weeks, event organizers will be seeking volunteers and donations in preparation for this year's Annual Hazel Duke Thanksgiving Dinner on November 27.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 29 October 2014 08:40
LACONIA, WOLFEBORO— Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice is offering a 90 minute information and support meeting regarding grief during the holidays at the following locations and times. Tuesday's, November 18 from 5:30-7 p.m. and December 16 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Library Room at All Saints Episcopal Church, 258 S. Main Street in Wolfeboro. An additional meeting will be held on Tuesday, December 9th from 6-7:30 p.m. in the Conference Room, Central NH VNA & Hospice, 780 N. Main Street in Laconia, NH.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 29 October 2014 08:35
PLYMOUTH —The 37th annual All New England Choral Festival will be held at Plymouth State University on Thursday, November 6 at 7 p.m.
Two hundred thirty high school students and their directors from 50 New England Schools will convene at spend the day working with PSU Professor and Director of Choral Activities Dan Perkins. Teachers will attend workshops by music therapist Emily Grant and voice and yoga specialist Emily Jaworski.
The evening concert includes performances by the PSU Chamber Singers and University Chorale, the featured guest school choir from Timberlane Regional High School in Plaistow, and the combined choirs with more than 300 people on the Hanaway Theatre stage. Pianist for the festival is PSU staff accompanist Charlie Blood.
PSU Professor Jonathan Santore's composition, "The Return," is the featured work on the program. "The Return" was originally commissioned and premiered by the New Hampshire Master Chorale.
Santore says two of the three texts he set in the work deal specifically with WWI and the Armistice—from an English soldier in the trenches, and an American woman far from the battlefields of Europe, receiving news of the war's end. The third text, contained in a larger work by Robert Louis Stevenson which predates the Armistice by some 40 years, "seems apt for a piece about the conclusion and aftermath of war, particularly as seen through the quickly-dimming lens of remembrance," Santore says.
Tickets for the All New England Choral Festival concert are $15 for adults, $14 for seniors and $12 for youth at the Silver Center Box Office, (603) 535-2787 or (800) 779-3869. Tickets are also available online at silver.plymouth.edu.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 29 October 2014 08:30
CAMPTON — Sen. Jeanie Forrester, R-Meredith, will host a meet and greet in Campton at the Pemi Valley Chamber and Visitor's Center, Exit 28, 12 Vintinner Road today from 4:30-6:30 p.m.
"As the state senator for District 2 I believe it is extremely important to listen and be accessible to constituents. NH House Candidate Eric Johnson from Campton will be joining me at this event to talk with voters as well. This event is just one more way I am continuing this focus all while having a little fun too," added Senator Forrester.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 29 October 2014 08:23
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