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Self-guided ‘Homes for the Holidays’ house tour returns on Dec. 6 & 7

LACONIA — The very popular "Homes for the Holidays" House Tour presented by the Opechee Garden Club is returning on December 6th and 7th, from 10:00 a.m. –3:00 p.m. This self guided tour features five beautifully decorated homes in Laconia and Gilford.

The historic 1823 Belknap Mill in downtown Laconia, headquarters for the event, is the site of the "Greens & Gifts Boutique". Just in time for the holidays, visitors will be tempted with a lovely variety of wreaths, swags, arrangements and handcrafted items for sale, and a raffle table of specialty items. Complimentary refreshments of mulled cider, coffee and home made goodies will be served. The boutique runs from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. on December 6th and 7th.

Carolyn Temmallo, Chairman of the event, says "the tour promises to delight and enlighten you with a true holiday spirit. Each of the houses boasts of creative ideas and beautifully crafted handmade decorations reflective of the home's era".

In Laconia, a gracious Greek revival style brick home with slate roof, built in 1911 was renovated in the early 2000's respecting the integrity of the original design. Chandeliers, stained glass windows, an ornately decorated tree along and fresh greens are only a few of the delights guests will experience touring this beautiful home. The second Laconia home, an elegant and beautifully restored Victorian Farmhouse, built in the 1800s will delight guests with a 10 foot tree decorated with cascading ribbons, candle lights, ornaments and tussie mussies. Before leaving Laconia, guests will tour a lovely contemporary home on Lake Opechee, designed by the owners, affords expansive views of Lake Opechee. Fieldstone fireplaces, etched glass doors, and many unusual striking decorations skillfully made by the owner will be enjoyed by all who visit.

Traveling to the historic Gilford Village, guests will be greeted with a red sleigh filled with holiday dreams and antique sleds at the oldest home on the tour. This charming farmhouse was originally built in 1832, and renovated in 1972 as a traditional European colonial home. Also located in the village, this 1847 dwelling, one of the original homes built in the village, which was expanded in 2013. This magnificently restored, holiday decorated farmhouse, with hand-hewn beams and country décor invokes images of a true 1800's Christmas

Judy Robertson, Co-President of the club says "This is such an important event for our club. It provides the funds needed to support our scholarships, grants and community betterment projects throughout the year. Our talented members love creating the many greens arrangements, hand crafted items and decorations seen in the houses and the boutique. I know this year's tour will once again delight our guests."

Co-President Doreen Worthley added " We are so fortunate to have the support of the businesses and our neighbors in the community. Bank of New Hampshire is again our financial sponsor for this major event and we thank them for their continued support."

Tickets at $20 may be purchased in advance at Belknap Mill, Laconia and Gilford libraries and Kitchen Cravings restaurant or the day of the tour at the Belknap Mill. Additional information can be found on-line at: www.opecheegardenclub.com, or email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 1-978-502-4619 or 1-978-306-3350

Last Updated on Monday, 01 December 2014 09:33

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Carter Mountain Brass Band concert in Gilford

GILFORD — The Christmas concert season opens with a concert by the Carter Mountain Brass Band on Saturday, Dec. 6, at 7 p.m. in the First United Methodist Church of Gilford.

Sponsored by Wesley Arts, the concert titled "Christmas: Majesty, Mystery and Merriment," will showcase majestic Christmas fanfares and processionals, music that emphasizes peace and good will, and music that highlights the fun of winter weather, nostalgia for the Christmas' of our memories, and pure joy and merriment, including the ever popular "Sleigh Ride."

The concert will be directed by Anne Cauble of Concord, the band's interim conductor. Visual displays will be presented by Phil Polhemus to enhance audience appreciation of the music. Wesley Arts invites all concert goers to a dessert reception following the concert.

A donation of $8 is requested at the door. The First United Methodist Church is located at 18 Wesley Way in Gilford, off of Route 11A.

Last Updated on Monday, 01 December 2014 09:28

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Laconia Sachems Jazz Band hosting dinner tonight

LACONIA — The Laconia Sachems Jazz Band will be holding a Holiday Jazz Dinner from 5-8 p.m. this evening at the Meredith Village Savings Bank dining room at the Huot Technical Center at Laconia High School.

The dinner will include spaghetti with sauce, salad, breads, drinks and dessert with entertainment by the Jazz Band and Concert Choir.

Ticket prices are $10 for adukts, $8 for students and seniors with children under age five free. Tickets are available for purchase from a band/chorus members, at the door or by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .



Last Updated on Monday, 01 December 2014 09:17

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Covering New Hampshire event at Hampton Inn in Tilton on December 16

TILTON — Covering New Hampshire Event to Kick-Off 2015 Open Enrollment for Lakes Region Residents in the Marketplace will held on Tuesday, December 16 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Hampton Inn and Suites in Tilton.

This event is covering all of New Hampshire through Service Link Resource Center, a marketplace assister organization and HealthFirst Family Care Center, a certified patient navigator organization. This is open to all NH residents to learn about the Marketplace.

Right now eligible New Hampshire residents and small businesses may purchase health insurance through the federal health benefits Marketplace. Many New Hampshire residents who purchase coverage through the Marketplace will also qualify for a subsidy on the cost of their monthly health care premiums. The Open Enrollment period for 2015 coverage is November 15, 2014 to February 15, 2015.

Covering New Hampshire is the state's official free resource for information on the Affordable Care Act. A statewide effort by the New Hampshire Health Plan, Covering New Hampshire is the official, free resource for Granite Staters to learn about the Health Insurance Marketplace and the new, affordable health insurance plans that are now available http://coveringnewhampshire.org/.

Last Updated on Friday, 28 November 2014 11:24

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