New horizons bands in concert saturday (162)

LACONIA — The New Horizons Band of the Lakes Region will join the newly formed Monadnock New Horizons Band for a public concert on Saturday, April 11 at the Laconia Middle School, beginning at 6 pm.This concert is sponsored by Meredith Village Savings Bank.

The day for the musicians will start at noon with individual and mass band rehearsals.During the concert, each individual band will play three pieces of music and the combined band of more than 60 players will perform six more pieces of fun, diverse, and challenging music for all ages.

Directing the New Horizons Band of the Lakes Region will be the band founder and well known musician, Mary Divers.The Monadnock New Horizons Band has three conductors: Donna Morse, Vicki Moore, and Erin Villamizar, all outstanding musicians and educators in the Monadnock, Keene, and Brattleboro, VT areas.

The concert is offered free of charge to the public, but donations will be appreciated and accepted to help defray the costs for this exchange.

BJ eckhardt's "feathered friends" opens at the studio

LACONIA — Spring may seem slow in coming this year, but at The Studio, 50 Canal Street in downtown Laconia, it's in full feather with artist BJ Eckhardt's delightful bird portraits on the gallery wall through April.

Studio owner Melissa McCarthy says that Eckhardt has an exquisite eye for capturing the essence of local avians, and her love of them is apparent in the way each "Feathered Friend" engages the viewer. The blue jay almost dares one to question its motives!

There is a public reception for the artist on Friday, April 10th from 5-7 pm at The Studio. For more information, call 603-455-8008.


Meadowbrook, NH Magazine announce Best Band competition (285)

GILFORD -- The Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion at Meadowbrook and New Hampshire Magazine are combining forces to discover and crown the state's best band and to launch their career.

To be eligible for consideration musicians or bands must reside in New Hampshire.

Those wishing to enter the contest can go to Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion at Meadowbrook's Best of NH Band Facebook event page and post your video/audio. Entries are asked to encourage their fans to "like" the post by 3 p.m. on April 23. The Top 10 "most liked" entries advance and will be announced and featured on New Hampshire Magazine's Facebook Page. Voting for the top five contenders will take place up until 3 p.m. on May 1.

Guest judges from Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion at Meadowbrook, New Hampshire Magazine, Bank of New Hampshire and Ryan Ordway of The Recording Co-Op in Gilford will begin final judging Monday, May 4.

The grand prize will be the inaugural Best of New Hampshire Band trophy, a $500 gift card from Bank of New Hampshire, studio time at The Recording Co-Op, 1st choice guest appearance on Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion at Meadowbrook's Magic Hat Stage during the 2016 concert series, and, a main stage set during the Best of New Hampshire Party at Fisher Cat Stadium on June 16.

"Best of New Hampshire is an outstanding event, featuring the State's cream of the crop. We're excited to share the amazing local talent seen on a daily basis at our venue, with all of New Hampshire," said Emma Womack, Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion at Meadowbrook's vice president of venue partnerships. "We're proud to partner with New Hampshire Magazine for such a great event and in support of New Hampshire's amazing musical talent," she added.


Toddler program at Sanbornton Public Library


SANBORNTON — Sanbornton Public Library will host a music and movement program for toddlers on Saturday, April 11, from 10:30 to 11 a.m.

This free program is best suited for youngsters under age 4. Participants will have fun with sounds, movement and rhyming short stories. Sharing stories and rhythms with children at a very young age helps to develop the love for reading later, according to library Director Marcia Haigh.

The library is located at 27 Meetinghouse Hill Road, just off Route 132.

Those who want further information can call the library at 286-8288 or visit our website at