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Festival Marking 13 years of Celebrating Cultural Diversity

LACONIA — Laconia and the Lakes Region, hosts to the many cultures of the world, once more celebrate the diversity of the region on Saturday, September 6th. Every year several thousand people gather at the Laconia Multicultural Festival in downtown Laconia, at Rotary Riverside Park and the Historic Belknap Mill from 10 am to 4:30 pm.

Local residents, visitors, new neighbors, familiar faces, and new faces gather to enjoy and appreciate foods from around the world, as well as arts, crafts, exhibits, music, dancing, and to learn about the services of social service agencies.
Once more great talent, colorful costumes, and music and dance come together with the entertainers in Rotary Park. Ankara Rose brings her unique style of dancing through her passion for movement and a variety of forms of dance and music. As a Celtic Fusion performer, she dances many styles and genres – whether it's Irish Step, Scottish Highland, or her unique signature bringing together of Belly dance & Celtic dance. She regularly performs throughout North America.
The Czech & Slovak folklore performers keep alive the traditional folklore songs and musical instruments of the Czech and Slovak cultures. They play the accordion, fujara and cymbalo (a hammered dulcimer). The fujara was included in the UNESCO list of Masterpieces of Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity in 2005. It is an extremely long flute with three finger holes traditionally played by Slovak shepherds. It is regarded as an integral part of the traditional culture of Central Slovakia.
The Celtic tradition is brought to life in a very different way by the O'Brien Clan located here in the Lakes Region. This family Irish band plays upbeat instrumental Irish jigs and reels, as well as popular folk songs from the Celtic tradition, with rich vocals and harmonies. Their instruments include the guitar, Bodhran, violin, accordion, and the flute, along with vocals.
With the construction and other activities in downtown Laconia, continuous shuttle bus service has been arranged for parking. The shuttle will pick up and drop off people at various parking lots around the center of Laconia. Beacon Street East is the central area for the day. Parking and shuttle service can be found at the following parking lots: St Joseph's Church on Church Street, the Laconia Clinic area, and the Water Street lots, all connecting to and from Beacon Street East.

Becky Guyer, coordinator, and David Stamps, committee member, are guests on the Lakes Region Spot Lights program on the LR Public Access TV. Watch for the week-day program schedule on Channel 25 and tune in to learn what Guyer and Stamps have to say about this year's Laconia Multicultural Festival.
All entertainment is free. Volunteers are welcome. Follow us on Facebook or visit the LMF web site www.laconiamulticulturalfestival.org
The Laconia Multicultural Festival is sponsored by the Laconia Human Relations Committee, Laconia Main Street, and the Historic Belknap Mill.

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American Legion Post’s ‘Pitching for a Cure’ to benefit Making Strides

LACONIA — Wilkins-Smith Post #1 American Legion will host a Pitching for a Cure horseshoe tournament at the post home on Sunday, August 24 to help raise money for the 14 Years and Counting team which will be donated at the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer event which will be held this Fall.

Sheila LaBrie captain of 14 Years and Counting, encourages people to take part in the tournament. She is the coach of the Laconia High School bowling team which rolls its home matches at Funspot.

Sign up will start at 9 am and the round robin tournament starts at 10 am. It's $15 per person and partners will be drawn. Concessions will be available and all money raised (outside of the prize fund) goes straight to Making Strides.

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Medieval knights program at Gilford Library Thurs.

GILFORD — On Thursday, August 28 at 6:30 p.m. at the Gilford Library, long-time Gilford summer resident Leo J. Rogers will give an entertaining, light-hearted slide presentation about the lives and times of medieval knights, a look at Rogers’ extraordinary collection, and an anecdotal travelogue of his and his family’s pursuit of knights around the world for more than thirty years.

The presentation, entitled “A New Look at Knights of Old – and How They Besieged a Modern American Family, will be based on Rogers’ recently-published book, Lives and Times of Medieval Knights – Chronicles of a Motley Collection, and will include illustrations of “knightly attire” and knights’ “tools of the trade.”

The presentation will appeal to non-historians who are curious about the fascinating medieval period, and how some medieval customs persist even today. It will also appeal to anyone whose hobby is collecting, and whose families have learned to live with collectors’ idiosyncrasies. The presentation is free of charge. 

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Poets in the Attic meeting at Azure Rising on Thursday

WOLFEBORO — The Poets in the Attic are returning to Azure Rising, the site that sparked their ekphrastic project last summer. Barbara Bradley has graciously opened her gallery again this year, inviting the poets to stage their open mike reading surrounded by the works of her own stable of artists this Thursday, August 28 at 7-9 p.m. 

"It was such an inspiration to so many of us last year," said PITA host Gordon Lang. "Even later, when I wasn't formally responding to a particular painting, I found my work was being influenced by some of the images I had seen."

The Poets in the Attic, now beginning their eleventh year, haven't always met at The Country Bookseller, on the other end of Main Street. "Sometimes in the summer we meet outside, like last month," Lang said, "but August sometimes gets a little cool, and Azure Rising was such a comfortable space." 

When I asked, Barbara instantly agreed stating, "We both like to see what happens when artists start exploring other media, other forms of art. I like to get these poets in front of paintings and drawings and sculptures they had no idea were in their own back yard. It's liberating," he said.

Lang encourages all interested poets and musicians to bring a folding chair, and maybe a snack to pass around. Coffee and hot water will be provided. Aside from the surroundings, this month's fourth-Thursday reading will be much like those of other months. There are not featured performers. Local poets and musicians gather to perform their work or the work of others. The first hour will be recorded for broadcast on Wolfeboro Community Television.\

For more information about joining the Poets in the Attic, contact Gordon or Cheryl Lang by phone at 539-4472 or by email at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


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