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Hiking With Children at the Meredith Public Library

MEREDITH — The Meredith Public Library, 91 Main Street, will be hosting a presentation about Hiking With Children on Tuesday, March 25 at 6:30 p.m.

When hiker Dan Szczesny and his nine-year-old ward, Janelle, first set foot on the trail to Mt. Kearsarge in November, 2011, neither of them knew that this easy hike to one of the state's most popular mountain tops would change both their lives. But what followed was a hiking odyssey that lasted over a year as the two hikers criss-crossed the state on their way to a 225-mile epic attempt to complete a little-known hiking list called The 52 With a View. http://www.nhmountainhiking.com/hike/lists/52view.html

Dan and Janelle will be here to give a slideshow presentation on their journey and to discuss ways to enjoy hiking with children. They will also be selling and signing copies of Dan's book about their adventures called The Adventures of Buffalo and Tough Cookie.

While the book takes readers through some special mountains, the book is also a personal memoir and travelogue of two friends. This personal account of what happened when the author and his wife unexpectedly became part-time caretakers of nine-year-old twins is a wonderful meditation on the transformative power of friendship, commitment and the many meanings of family.

Dan, the associate publisher of The Hippo, is a long-time journalist and writer. He's a member of the AMC's 4,000-footer club and has written extensively about the outdoors and hiking. Most recently, he spent a month in Nepal trekking to Everest Base Camp.

Last Updated on Thursday, 13 March 2014 09:51

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The O'Brien Clan to Kick-Off Patrick's St. Patrick's Day Party

GILFORD — The O'Brien Clan, a local family Irish band, will be kicking off the St. Patrick's Day celebration at Patrick's this coming St. Patrick's Day on Monday, March 17 beginning at 11:30 a.m.

"We're delighted to have them back" said Patrick's co-owner Allan Beetle. "Their first visit to Patrick's was this past November and it was a really fun night. They were a big hit". Having recently formed around St. Patrick's Day 2013 "The O'Brien Clan" hails from the Lakes Region of New Hampshire. They enjoy playing fun and upbeat instrumental Irish gigs/reels as well popular Folk Songs from the Celtic tradition with rich vocals and harmonies. The group is comprised of siblings Benjamin (Lead Vocals & Guitar), Michael (Djembe, Bodhran & Vocals), Jonathan (Violin), Timothy (Accordion), and Susannah (Flute & Vocals).

The O'Brien Clan will perform from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Local favorite "Paulie O'Warnick" will take the stage at 5 p.m., and there will be special visits and promotions throughout the day. No cover charge. The St. Patrick's Day celebration includes several special Irish menu items running all weekend, and an all-you-can Irish buffet will be available all day Monday that features corned beef and cabbage with traditional vegetables, Irish Stew, Bangers with Mashed and Sticky Toffee Pudding.

Last Updated on Thursday, 13 March 2014 09:47

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Adult Education hosting wine tasting seminar on March 20th

LACONIA — Laconia Adult Education and Fratello’s Ristorante Italiano present a “Wine Tasting Seminar and Gourmet Dinner” on Thursday, March 20. The Wine Tasting event will be held at Fratello’s Ristorante from 6-9 p.m.

The “Wine Tasting Seminar” will focus on the different aspects of wine culture, including an overview and history of the wine, which accompanies each course. The various culinary creations to be served will enhance the flavor of the wine that it is paired with. Participants enjoy a treat that will satisfy the wine connoisseur’s palate while savoring a delectable meal and dessert that compliments the wines being served.

The cost is $45 per person. Reservations for this event are required and can be made by calling the Laconia Adult Education Office at 524-5712.

Last Updated on Thursday, 13 March 2014 09:43

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Giuseppe's presents 20th annual JTG Music Memorial Extravaganza

LACONIA — Gather round the stage at Giuseppe's Pizzeria & Ristorante on Sunday, March 30 to be part of the 20th Annual JTG Music Memorial Extravaganza. A 12- hour live music spectacular to benefit the Gnerre Music Scholarship Fund. Since 1996 more than $30,000 has been awarded to 34 graduating Lakes Region area high school students who were continuing their education in the field of music.

Mike Brien will be kicking off the show at noon followed by 12 consecutive hours of live musical entertainment performed by more than 38 musicians who are donating their time and talents for this fun and festive fund raising affair. The featured acts throughout the day and evening include solo artists, duos, trios, and full bands. The vast array of musical genres to be enjoyed include: folk music, rock and roll, blues, Americana, bluegrass, original compositions, and alternative rock.

The JTG Music Memorial Extravaganza is held each year at Giuseppe's to honor and remember its founder, Joe "Giuseppe" Gnerre who passed in 1995. To help raise funds a Taylor 322E Grand Mahogany Top Acoustic Electric Guitar valued at $1,598 donated in part by Northern Lights Music Store of Littleton will be raffled. Tickets for the Taylor Guitar Raffle are $20 each and may be purchased during the show or in advance at Giuseppe's. Only 100 will be sold, and need not be present to win.

Also, there will be a silent auction with items donated by The Inns at Mill Falls by the Lake, New Hampshire Distributors, Amoskeag Beverages, Lakes Region Coca Cola, Southern Wine and Spirits, Lake Region Therapeutic Massage, Giuseppe's Pizzeria and more. There is no cover charge for admittance however there will be a $10 suggested donation kindly accepted at the door.

The Musician Line Up beginning at Noon:
Michael Brien, Jeff Lines, Chris Kelly, Dr. Jack, John Theriault, Don Bergeron & Steve Colombo, The Red Heads, Justin Jaymes, Pocket Change, Paul Hubert, Paul Connor and Lou Porrazzo, Joel Cage, The Wharf Rats, Joey Gnerre, Billy Gnerre, Tyler Gnerre, Paul Luff, Rick Page, Michael Bourgeois, Paul Warnick and Friends, Alivia Aubut, Michael Loughlin, Jennifer Karnan and closing the show will be George and Louise Belli.

Scholarship applications are now available for qualified graduating High School students who will be continuing their education in the field of Music, Musical Arts, or Music Theatre at Inter-lakes High School, Moultonborough Academy, Laconia High School, Gilford High School, and Newfound Regional High School and Plymouth High School for the upcoming 2014/2015 year.

For limited reservations and information  call Giuseppe's at (603) 279-3313
Donations may be made out to "The Gnerre Music Scholarship Fund" will be accepted "at will" during the event, and may also be made directly at Meredith Village Savings Bank.

Last Updated on Thursday, 13 March 2014 09:33

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