PLYMOUTH — Summer is the time for one of those great New England traditions—the annual garden tour! Those who love gardening, or just love to see beautiful gardens, join the Plymouth Area Garden Tour on Saturday, July 19, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The tour will provide an opportunity to enjoy private home gardens in the picturesque towns of Holderness, Plymouth, Campton, and Rumney. Experience the beauty of nine gardens alive with the sights, smells, and sounds of blooming nature. The chosen gardens represent up to three decades of dedicated plantings and landscaping, and the result is stunning.
Some of our local gardeners have negotiated hilly terrain containing ledge and countless rocks. Others have chosen land with sandy soil and giant white pines. Each gardener has to constantly battle the encroaching forest and harsh winters. These gardens show the creativity of their owners, working under challenging conditions.
It is always inspiring to see what other people do with their outdoor space, and those who would like to learn how to create outdoor "rooms", what to plant in shade or sun, and what grows well in our specific climate, this tour offers a lot. Meet many of the talented and resourceful gardeners during the tour.
The tour is sponsored by the Plymouth Area Democrats to help fund the campaigns for local and state candidates. Tickets are available in advance for $18 by calling 236-1122 or 536-1920. On the day of the tour starting at 9:30, tickets will be $20 and can be purchased at the Plymouth Senior Center, Railroad Square, Plymouth.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 25 June 2014 07:10
With the Fourth of July just a week away, the state's two top fire safety officials are warning the public that because of the inherent dangers of fireworks, people who handle them need to exercise extreme caution.
State Fire Marshal J. William Degnan and Chief David Parenti, president of the New Hampshire Association of Fire Chiefs, are both warning residents that the use of consumer fireworks must be done with extreme vigilance and responsibility.
"Fireworks are explosives devices and are dangerous and unpredictable," says Degnan. "The few seconds of pleasure that firework displays may bring to family and friends are not worth the risk of permanent scarring, loss of vision & hearing, dismemberment or even death."
"A substantial portion of structure fire property loss is due to fireworks typically involving rockets," noted Parenti, who is also Belmont Fire Chief. "These rockets can land on rooftops and still retain enough heat to cause a fire. Sparklers burn at a temperature of more 1,200 degrees Fahrenheit. To put this into perspective, water boils at 212 degrees and glass melts at 900 degrees."
Degnan noted that New Hampshire state law requires that only people 21 years of age or older can purchase or shoot off fireworks. In addition, fireworks can only be shot off in communities where they are allowed, and individuals shooting them off must either be on their property or have written permission from the property owner.
Degnan said his best advice is for people attend public fireworks displays conducted by trained pyrotechnic experts. However, he said those who choose to use consumer fireworks need to check their local fire department to make sure that fireworks are permitted in your community, always follow the specific directions for each item, have an extinguishing device, such as a water hose, bucket of water, or fire extinguisher, readily accessible, stay the recommended distance away from buildings and viewers, avoid areas with dry brush, grass or debris, light the fireworks one at a time and never inside an enclosed container, never attempt to relight a firework or a non-functioning firework, and never allow children to handle fireworks or to pick up leftover fireworks debris off the ground.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 25 June 2014 06:35
LACONIA — Pitman's Freight Room at 94 New Salem Street will host the Matthew Stubbs Blues Band featuring Dennis Brennann on Friday, June 27 at 8 p.m. Admission is $12.
Matthew Stubbs was named the 2009 Outstanding Guitarist from Blues Audience Magazine and was a 2009 Boston Music Award Nominee for Blues Act of the year. Boston-based roots guitarist Stubbs has a wicked way with a groove and an ability to conjure vintage tones. His tasty arrangements make that vintage hard to pinpoint, thanks to the way he mixes swinging blues, funk, surf rock, and prickly R&B licks.
Dennis Brennan is a cagey veteran who can electrify audiences with his ability to cross brilliantly from rock to soul, blues, country, and jazz, while breathing fresh life into each. He has been nominated for 4 NEMO awards and has won 2 NEMO awards for "Outstanding Roots Rock Band.
Catered dinner buffet available from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. for $10 before the show. Call 527-0043 or 494-3334 for information and reservations.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 25 June 2014 06:25
GILFORD — The Carter Mountain Brass Band will perform a concert on Sunday, June 29, at 3 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church off Gilford Avenue (Route 11A).
Hosted by the church, this fund-raising concert helps the church in its community mission to provide meeting space for local groups and events for a variety of purposes. The church is a very active place during the week, with training events for local organizations, rehearsals by the Lakes Region Singers, Carter Mountain Brass Band, and Streetcar Players, meetings by groups such as AA, blood drives by the Red Cross, health screenings, and events sponsored by Wesley Woods and others. Proceeds from this concert will contribute to the maintenance of the building and utilities.
The Carter Mountain Brass Band is made up of brass instruments — trumpets, French horns, trombones, euphoniums, and tubas — and percussion. About 30 musicians who come from all over New Hampshire and Vermont. John Beyrent has planned a summer type program with selections sure to please everyone.
The program will open with a bright Fanfare based on an old work by Charpentier, followed by the original piece from 1692. There is a folk ballad, "I'll Take You Home Again, Kathleen," and a Dusty Springfield hit song. Every concert needs a march and this one has two. There is also a Japanese folk dance called the "Yagi-Bushi," songs by Stephen Foster, and a few other selections.
The church is located at 18 Wesley Way, off of Route 11A in Gilford. Suggested donation is $8 for adults and $4 for students at the door. The band will host a reception immediately following the concert.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 24 June 2014 09:17