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Belmont High School: Strikes up the Band this Holiday Season

BELMONT — Dressed in red band jackets and Santa hats, Belmont and Canterbury students have been marching throughout Central New Hampshire performing at parades, festivals and a cabaret this festive season. Directed by Lauren Fountain, the Belmont High School Band stepped off in Concord and then took part in the Downtown Laconia Parade on Saturday, November 30 and the fourth Deck the Village festival in Belmont on Sunday, December 1 at the historic Bandstand.

Also on the slate are appearances at the Franklin Opera House Tree festival on December 6 and Plymouth Parade of December 7. "And just like the song said, we're delighted to be home for the holidays with a seasonal cabaret and our traditional holiday concert," said Mrs. Fountain, Shaker School District faculty member.

Doors open for the December 5 Belmont High School cabaret at 6 p.m. and the event is a fundraiser for band and music programs, with $5 tickets available performance night. Attendees are encouraged to bring a batch of cookies with their recipe to share, in exchange for a raffle ticket. Entertainers include Grade 7/8 and Belmont High School students.

Last Band presentation for the year is at Belmont High School on December 18 at 7 p.m.  All parents, family members and community residents are invited to enjoy festive sounds of the season. In partnership with the Belmont Heritage Commission and John M. Sargent Fund, the Belmont Village Bandstand performance, also featuring the Belmont Elementary School Vocal Ensemble and Dickens Carolers of "Just Love to Sing!" was filmed and cablecast by Lakes Region Public Access, LRPA-TV.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 04 December 2013 09:17

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LHS students to perform in Lakes Region Music Fest

LACONIA — Laconia High School Music Department announced the chorus, band and jazz band members that were selected to participate in the Lakes Region Music Festival to be held at Laconia High School on Saturday, January 18 at 4 p.m. in the gym. 

This one day festival will feature students from 12 area high schools will be rehearsing all day under guest conductors. The snow date for the event is Saturday, January 25.

CAPTION — First row – Sam Silva, Lynn Case, Tori McCrea, Alexis Hartman, Tori Thibodeau, Mackenzie Marsh, Alana Persson, Second Row – Brandon Brown,  Marissa McDermott, Maddie Sandifer, Mika Brown, Keisha McCrea, Sabrina Desaulniers, Shelby D'Amico, Lyndsey Paronto Third row – Tim Maczko, Mikayla Minor, Bryson Haddock,  Brittney Pond, Maddie Wunsch, Jessica McDermott, Destiny DeMond,  Amy Warren, Emily Huckins, Jackie Foden  Fourth Row – Andy Emanuel, Troy Harper,  Michael Tarling, Taylor Gagne, Mitchell Bailey, Nikki Patten, Amanda Burnt, Gabby Melvin. Not pictured: Quinn Davis, Ashley Gomez, Sebastian Huot, Jasmyn Murgatroy, Maggie Randall, Jake Reilly, Mackenzie Stewart, Katelyn Topping. (Courtesy photo)

Last Updated on Wednesday, 04 December 2013 09:13

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Christmas Festival at Moulton Farm December 15

 

MEREDITH — Stories, tractor rides, music, food, and crafting activities for adults and children are just part of the holiday fun at Moulton Farm's annual "Christmas at the Farm" festival on Sunday, December 15. The event, which runs from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., "is one of the most anticipated events we do at the farm," says John Moulton. "The farm is decorated, our gallery of wreaths is open, the fresh trees smell amazing, and there are a lot of smiles."

This year the farm has teamed up with Bayswater Books in Center Harbor for a special holiday stories session starting at noon. Old favorites as well as some newer holiday tales will be included. At 1:30 p.m. Santa will arrive, once again by tractor. "Last year he had so much fun that he especially asked for the tractor," says Moulton with a smile. "

In addition to the free tractor rides around the farm with free hot chocolate to help keep fingers warm, holiday music from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m., and animals to visit, there will be several crafting activities and a workshop happening. The crafting activities are on a drop in basis and include decorating and planting a pot to give as a gift or enjoy at home, making wooden snowmen, and decorating cookies. Some activities are free, and some have a small cost.

There will also be a workshop for decorating gingerbread houses. The cost for the workshop is $30 per house decorated and space is limited.

During the festival there will be sampling of different food items available at the farm for gift giving as well as items that can be ordered from the farm's kitchen for holiday gatherings until the kitchen closes for the season on December 31. Cider Bellies will be making their famous cider doughnuts. Treats and warm soups will also be available for purchase to take home or enjoy during the afternoon at the farm.

 

Last Updated on Wednesday, 04 December 2013 09:01

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Gilford Rotarians Holding Annual Wixson Memorial Dinner

GILFORD — The 28th annual Rev. Ray Wixson Memorial Gilford Senior Citizen Dinner & holiday celebration will take place on Tuesday December 10 at 5:45 p.m. at the Gilford Communtiy Church and Community Center.

This event is put on every year by the members of the Gilford Rotary Club to thank the seniors of Gilford for their many contributions to Gilford over the years. There will be a traditional turkey dinner with all the "fixings" and entertainment by some local talent.

Call Gilford Rotarian Carolyn Scattergood at 366-5503 to make reservations. Transportation is available if needed.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 04 December 2013 08:52

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