NH Open Doors, an annual statewide studio touring and shopping event, will be held this weekend, on November 8 and 9. Visitors can start holiday shopping early as they purchase items made in New Hampshire. This event offers the rare opportunity to meet and talk with artists and craftspeople as they work in their studios.
Visitors to participating shops and galleries can expect to find hands-on demonstrations, refreshments, creative gift ideas, live music, and special sales. Visitors can also enter to win great prizes by simply printing the NH Open Doors Passport from the website and having it signed by a representative at each location. Those who get signatures from at least ten locations during the event will be automatically entered to win free lodging, gift certificates, gift baskets, fine crafts and more.
The tour is self-guided, allowing visitors to create their own routes, visiting participants and locations that interest them most. To help visitors plan their itinerary, www.NHOpenDoors.com features an interactive map listing participants by region and category. Each listing describes the participant's products and any activities being offered. A custom-designed Google map shows the location and provides detailed driving directions.
Pemi area artists and artisans taking part in this year's annual event include Eric Johnson's Furniture , Campton; Hundelrut Studio and The Community Clay Center, both located in Plymouth; Rumney's Country Gifts, Big Rock Goat Farm, Shanware Pottery and Ripple Pottery all located in Rumney and Majik Touch Picture Framing in Thornton. For details about these locations and others in the area, go to the Participants page of the website and select White Mountains from the drop down in the first field.
NH Open Doors is managed by the League of NH Craftsmen with promotional assistance from numerous art, craft, and business organizations throughout the state. The League of NH Craftsmen is a non-profit arts organization that encourages, nurtures and promotes the creation, use and preservation of fine craft through the inspiration and education of artists and the broader community.
Last Updated on Friday, 07 November 2014 09:35
LACONIA — This year's Veterans' Day ceremonies in Laconia will be hosted by the American Legion, Wilkins - Smith Post 1 and jointly conducted with VFW Post 1670.The ceremony will commence at Veterans' Square at 11 a.m. on November 11, marking the Armistice of World War 1.
Guest speakers will include mayor Ed Engler, VFW Commander Bill North, and Earl Beale, National Executive Committeeman for the American legion, Department of New Hampshire.
Laconia High School music director Deb Gibson will lead agroup of her students singing a military medley and the National Anthem.
Following the ceremonies a light lunch will be served at the American Legion Post 1 on North Main St.
Last Updated on Friday, 07 November 2014 09:24
BELMONT — The Belknap County Republican Committee will hold its next monthly meeting on Wednesday, Nov. 12, at 6:30 p.m. at the Top of the Town Restaurant, 88 Ladd Hill Road in Belmont.
Now that the November general election is history, the committee is extending its thanks all those candidates who stepped up to run for office this year. It takes a lot of time and dedication (and in some cases a lot of money) to run. Going forward, the committee will focus on election results and strategies for the future on a variety of matters such as the state budget deficit, the county jail issues, and legislation. The committee will also address upcoming items on the calendar such as County and State Committee elections.
Belknap County GOP meetings are open to all Republicans and like-minded Independents. As usual, those interested in having dinner and/or wish to socialize before the meeting, are asked to arrive as early as 5 p.m.
The committee once again reminds those planning to attend to bring a non-perishable food item to the meeting for distribution to local food pantries.
Last Updated on Friday, 07 November 2014 09:19
LACONIA — Pitman's Freight Room is celebrating its two year of comedy anniversary show Saturday, November 15 at 8 p.m. with a triple header blockbuster event starring three of New England's top comedians.
It was November of 2012 when Pitman's owner Dick Mitchell, first delved into the comedy scene as 86 people showed up to the 94 New Salem St. venue for that first comedy night. Since them the room has become a comedy mecca for the lakes region as a parade of Las Vegas regulars, Comedy Central alum, and late night talk show comedians have taken the stage for the once a month comedy nights. A number of shows have passed the 200 mark and nearly every show during the non-summer months surpassed 150.
"It's been amazing," said Mitchell who also brings in top regional names in blues and jazz. "When we first started we had no idea the appeal would be this great, but we are now two years in it's easy to understand why the people keep turning out.
"The shows are high level events, the comedians are regulars in Las Vegas, many have television credits and the BYOB factor along with a $15 ticket makes it affordable to virtually everyone."
The November 15 show stars Larry Myles, a New England favorite who is making his first appearance at Pitman's, along with Chris Pennie (Las Vegas, CMT, Comedy Central) and Karen Fitzgerald.
Myles is a New England favorite who has worked all over the country as well as overseas for the USO entertaining troops throughout the world. Myles has appeared on the MTV Half-Hour Comedy Hour and MTV's The World's Smallest Comedy Club. He has performed at the Riviera in Las Vegas, the Comic Strip in New York City, and the Comedy Store in L.A. as well as other top clubs from coast to coast.
Fitzgerald is a national comedy act who has performed at some of the nation's top clubs as well as being heard on Sirius XM Radio. Fitzgerald has performed in Las Vegas and has appeared at such prestigious clubs as Side Splitters in Tampa, the Shepherd Center in Atlanta, Wiley's in Dayton, OH, the Showcase Comedy Theater in Atlanta, Wisecrackers in Scranton, PA, Atlantic Beach Comedy Theater in Raleigh, NC, the Comedy Cabana in South Carolina and since returning to New England, every major club in the six state region.
Pennie is a full-fledged 'star' with a devoted following and credentials that are rapidly making him one of the most sought after comedians on the circuit. A national finalist in the CMT search for the funniest comedian in the country, Pennie has also been a finalist in the Plymouth Rock Comedy Festival and the Beantown Comedy Riots as well as being invited to the Laughing Skull Festival in Atlanta and the Boston Comedy Festival. When first starting out, Pennie was a finalist in the Mohegan Sun "Funniest Amateur Comic in New England." contest.
Last Updated on Friday, 07 November 2014 08:51
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