Lakes Region Singers performing spring concerts on May 15 & 17 at Methodist Church in Gilford

GILFORD ­­— The Lakes Region Singers will present a new program on Friday evening, May 15, at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, May 17, at 3 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church on Route 11­A in Gilford.

The concerts are open to the public and will include performances by both the Youth Chorus and the Adult Chorus. A suggested donation of $8 per person or $15 per family of four will be taken at the door to help cover expenses.

The Adult Chorus will treat listeners to some rousing swing tunes such as "It Don't Mean a Thing If It Ain't Got That Swing," "Blue Skies," "All the Things You Are," and "Choo Choo Ch'Boogie." They will also offer medleys from familiar Broadway musicals like West Side Story and Ragtime.

The Youth Chorus will feature "Let It Go" from the movie Frozen, "Bein' Green" from The Muppet Show, and a dance­choreographed version of "Surfin' USA." 

The program will close with both choruses performing an inspiring arrangement of the Rodgers & Hammerstein favorites "You'll Never Walk Alone" and "Climb Every Mountain."

Instrumental soloists Rich Landry on drums and Cody Reynolds on bass will add to the vitality of several swing pieces, and Alison Witham will lend her talents once again on the flute. The chorale will be accompanied by the piano expertise of Kelly Cleveland of Belmont.

Directed by Karen Jordan of Laconia, the Lakes Region Singers have been entertaining this area with spring and winter concerts since 1992. The chorale consists of nearly 40 dedicated singers from Laconia, Gilford, Gilmanton, and Belmont.

Mahadin Music Festival coming to Meadowbrook

GILFORD —  Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion at Meadowbrook brings the Mahadin Music Festival featuring The Dirty Heads, John Butler Trio, Soja and Fear Nuttin' Band to Gilford on July 22.

The Dirty Heads bring the Sound of Change to the shores of Lake Winnipesaukee with their evolving reggae-rock roots. Co-headlining Mahadin is The John Butler Trio. An eclectic jam band from Australia, led by guitarist and vocalist John Butler, the band has defeated the industry odds and released five independent studio albums, which include 8 Top 40 hits.

Joining Dirty Heads and John Butler Trio on the main stage is Soja and Fear Nuttin' Band. The 8-member band Soja, with its pop-reggae roots, is American Grammy nominated and has released several singles, albums and DVD's.

Tickets range from $25.50 to $48.75 and can be obtained by calling the Box Office at 603-293-4700 or log on to

Reception Tuesday for historical exhibit on grand opera houses of Laconia

LACONIA — Laconia Historical and Museum Society will host a reception for its newest exhibition, "The Grand Opera Houses of Laconia " on Tuesday, April 28 at 6 p.m. at The Laconia Public Library. This exhibition will remain on display through the month of June.

The Grand Opera Houses of Laconia were used for everything from vaudeville and variety shows to graduations, weddings and town meetings. This exhibition shares the history of these important community locations through pictures and artifacts.

Featured locations include; The Moulton Opera House, The Lakeport Opera House, The Gardens Theater, The Colonial Theater, The Folsom Opera House and Casino Auditorium.

"Walking into the exhibit hall to see the beauty of these two amazing Theater drapes literally takes your breath away, their beauty is overwhelming" says LHMS Executive Director, Brenda Kean. "The timing of the discovery of the Lakeport Opera House Drape could not have been better and I could not be happier to share this exhibit with our community. "

This event is free and open to the public. For more information about this event, contact Laconia Historical and Museum Society at 603.527.1278, by email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or on the web at

Pemigewasset Choral Society plans to hold spring concerts in early May

PLYMOUTH — Hope for the future, the longing for freedom, and the joyous connection with folk music and dance are among the many moods evoked in the Pemigewasset Choral Society's spring concerts.
Under Director Leslie McDonnell and Assistant Director Will Gunn, with Grace Templeton accompanying, eighty singers from throughout the Lakes Region will present "American Tapestry" honoring the immigrant experience. Concerts will be performed at three locations in early May:
Thursday, May 7 – 7:30 p.m.: Gilford Community Church in Gilford
Friday, May 8 – 7:30 p.m.: St. Paul's Roman Catholic Church in Franklin
Sunday, May 10- 3 p.m.: PSU Silver Center for the Arts in Plymouth
Commenting on what inspired the title, Leslie McDonnell remarks, "We are a nation of immigrants, and this concert explores why they came and what they found here. Several numbers portray their homelands, including "In Shadowed Night" by Brahms. Aaron Copland's "The Promise of Living" describes the rural experience in this new land, and "Alexander's Ragtime Band" gives a spicy flavor of life in the cities. Black Spirituals and American folksongs add another dimension, and the concert concludes with patriotic songs."
The program will include personal immigration stories of the families of choral society members, and readings from relevant PBS broadcasts and from the book "97 Orchard Street" by Linda Granfield.
All are welcome; admission is by donation at the Gilford and Franklin concerts; tickets for the Plymouth concert may be purchased at the Silver Hall Box Office or at the door.
New members are welcome for the fall semester beginning in September; call 536-1572 for more information.