Local Eatery hosting photo exhibit by Joe Sack

LACONIA — Chef Kevin Halligan, owner of the Local Eatery restaurant, is an expert at preparing barbecued pork, which will be highlighted at a new photo show by local photographer, Joe Sack, who documents Chef Kevin's preparations as he creates a the meal. This show opens on Tuesday, April 7 at the Local Eatery in the Laconia.

The eight black and white photographs in the show capture Chef Kevin, Ethan VanVeghten, and Jeff Hoffman, from the Local Eatery staff, building the fire, roasting the pig, and finally carving the meat. This barbecue celebrated a friend's wedding on the shore of Lake Winnisquam last August. In order to serve the wedding guests at suppertime, Chef Kevin roasted the pig in a pit on the lawn, beginning in the middle of the night. Photographs were lit by automobile headlights as well as photographic flashes.

All the photographs in this show are from Joe Sack's folio "Our Pig Roast," copies of which he presented to the wedding couple and to Chef Kevin to commemorate this spectacular feast. Sack has had a longstanding interest in photography, but only since his retirement several years ago has he had the time to pursue this art more rigorously. He has studied with the renowned photographer John Paul Caponigro at his studio in Maine and at the New Hampshire Institute of Art in Manchester, New Hampshire. His work has appeared in several one-man shows in the Lakes Region, in New Hampshire Institute of Art exhibitions, and in several magazines and books.

PSU presents pianist Alpin Hong on April 8

PLYMOUTH — Alpin Hong's background includes training in classical music, skateboarding, the martial arts, and experience as video gamer to Plymouth State University on Wednesday, April 8 for a 7 p.m. performance in the Smith Recital Hall at the Silver Center for the Arts.

Hong has been called "Victor Borge, Horowitz and Billy Joel all in one" for his unique combination of stunning technique, emotional range, and humor that brings audiences of all ages to their feet. In addition to performances in all 50 states and at major festivals, Hong has performed before standing-room crowds at Carnegie Hall, the Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles and at a holiday celebration at the White House. His youthful vivacity and boundless energy fuel his ability to connect people of all ages, experiences and backgrounds to music, distinguishing him and shaping an evolving performance style media reviewers love.

The New York Times called him "a pianistic firebrand" in a review of his Carnegie Hall Weill Recital Hall performance. The Santa Barbara News Press said "Hong evoked a kind of Beatlemania when he came on stage. What a showman! What a musician!" And his ability to captivate young audiences prompted the Ocala Star-Banner to describe a performance as "Classical for the iGeneration."

Tickets for Alpin Hong's performance at Plymouth State are $30 for adults, $28 for seniors and $15 for youth at the Silver Center Box Office, 535-2787 or 800-779-3869. Tickets are also available online at Silver.plymouth.edu.

Applications now available for M'boro Adopt a Spot

MOULTONBOROUGH — Applications for the Moultonborough's Adopt A Spot and Community Garden program are now available. Adopt A Spot applications must be submitted by Thursday, April 23, 2015 at 2 p.m. Those interested in the Community Garden are urged to apply at their first opportunity as space is limited and interest this year has already been strong.

Under the Adopt a Spot program participants prepare a planting plan for approval and plant and maintain the spot throughout the summer months into early fall. Last year some eight local business, families, and service clubs beautified prominent public locations in town ranging from the Town entry sign at Center Harbor to the larger scale Sutherland Park. The participants all are given recognition with a nameplate at the spot and there is a judged award at the end of the season.

Under the Community Garden program participants can plant and tend to a twenty by thirty plot at the Town's common garden at the Lions Club on Old Route 109. The plots are being fully tilled by the Town and provided with compost and water for the $60 per plot application fee which is used to offset the town's costs.

Applications for both programs may be obtained at the Town Offices or on line at www.moultonboroughnh.gov. Click on Paid, Volunteer and Contract Opportunities for the Adopt A Spot program or click on Town Committees and Community Garden Committee for the Community Garden applications.

Senior Moment-um plans bowling trip, Senior-Senior Prom

GILFORD — The Gilford Parks and Recreation Department is sponsoring a Senior Moment-um Program on Monday, April 6. The group will meet at the bowling counter at Funspot in the Weirs at 10:30 a.m.

Participants will have a choice of candlepin or ten pin. The cost will be $4 per game, which includes free shoe rental. Participants are asked to RSVP with the Parks and Recreation Department by April 3rd.

The Gilford Parks and Recreation Department in conjunction with the GHS Student Council and GHS Interact Club, is sponsoring a Senior/Senior Prom dinner and dancing evening for participants of the Senior Moment-um Program. This activity is scheduled for Wednesday, April 22. 

Participants will meet in the Gilford High School Lobby at 5 p.m. for a sit-down dinner, followed by a Senior/Senior prom with members of the High School Senior Class at 6 p.m. There is no fee for this program, but space is limited and participants must RSVP's with the Parks and Recreation Department.

Participants are also asked to provide song requests in advance. To RSVP or for more information, call 527- 4722.