GILFORD — Michael J. Tougias, co-author of "Rescue of the Bounty," will give a dramatic visual presentation about this harrowing event of 2012 at the Gilford Library on Tuesday, Aug. 12, at 6:30 p.m.
The tall ship Bounty sank during Superstorm Sandy in 2012. The captain and a crewmember perished in the accident but the Coast Guard performed harrowing helicopter rescues to save the other 14 sailors. Tougias will use slides of the storm, the survivors, and the rescue during this illustrated program.
The story of the Bounty begins on Oct. 25, 2012, when Captain Robin Walbridge made the fateful decision to sail the Bounty from New London, Conn., to St. Petersburg, Fla. Walbridge was well aware that a hurricane was forecast to come up the Eastern seaboard. He explained to his crew of 15 that the ship would fare better at sea than at port, and that he thought he could sail "around the hurricane." He told the crew that anyone who did not want to come on the voyage could leave the ship and there would be no hard feelings. No one took the captain up on his offer, and this decision would have fatal consequences.
Four days into the voyage Superstorm Sandy made an almost direct hit on the Bounty. The captain issued a Mayday explaining that the vessel's pumps could not keep up with the incoming water. A few hours later, in the dark of night, the vessel suddenly heeled over, sending the crew tumbling into the ocean filled with crashing 30-foot waves. Some were swept far from the ship, others found themselves tangled in the rigging, while others were trapped below the surface by the masts and spreaders.
"I enjoy doing these programs," says Tougias, "because I like to transport the audience into the heart of the storm so that they ask themselves 'what would I have done.' It's like watching a movie with the author giving behind the scene details."
Tougias says that besides focusing on the voyage and the disaster he will recount the heroic rescue attempts by Coast Guard rescue swimmers and pilots.
A book-signing will follow the program, and the presentation is suitable for all ages.
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LACONIA — The rock band King Chrome will perform Saturday, Aug. 2, from 7 to 11 p.m. at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1670, 143 Court St.
The $10 admission price includes a pot-luck dinner.
The door and the bar opens at 5 p.m.
Last Updated on Monday, 28 July 2014 11:42
CENTER SANDWICH — Sunday evening, August 3, Tammra Sigler will open her exhibit of monotypes created while listening to Yo-Yo Ma playing Bach's unaccompanied suites for cello. Each monotype is worked to specific piece and is titled as such. Cellist, Matthew Laughlin of the Concord Community School of Music will play a selection of Bach's suites at the opening reception that will begin at 5 p.m.
Artist talk is at 6 p.m. Patricia Ladd Carega Gallery is located at 69 Maple Street in Center Sandwich. For more information visit our website at www.patricialaddcarega.com or call 284 7728.
Tammra Sigler is an abstract painter and a mark maker. She is interested in letting her marks "create their own journey" on the canvas. In her words " I play and talk to the canvas with my brush. It speaks back. If I listen carefully, I learn what my paintings are about. I am always amazed at their truth." Regarding her monotypes she writes: " I believe the essence of monoprinting is the delicate balance between accident and control...the push and pull between giving up control to discover the accident, and retaining control for the intelligence of the print.....color, light, edge, and the mark, are exaggerated and magnified in monoprinting." The Bach monotypes adhere to Sigler's vision and offer the viewer a lively interaction with color, mark and music.
Gallery hours are from 10 to 5, Monday through Saturday and from 12 to 5 on Sunday.
Last Updated on Monday, 28 July 2014 11:37
RUMNEY — The public boat launch ramp at Stinson Lake will be closed for repairs and improvements starting Monday, July 28, through Friday, Aug. 15.
The facility is being closed so the state Fish and Game Department can make drainage improvements at the site, as well as install stabilized surfaces in preparation for final paving of the facility.
Funds for this work come through boat registration fees and federal Sport Fish and Wildlife Restoration funds.
Last Updated on Monday, 28 July 2014 11:33