Newfound High School holding Poetry Out Loud contest on February 4

NEWFOUND — On February 4,2015 Newfound Regional High School will be holding its annual Poetry–Out-Loud contest. This recitation contest is sponsored by The Poetry Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Students are required to memorize two poems in class and then deliver them in the auditorium. Since this is a Winter Carnival event, the winner will win points for her/his class. Newfound has had a contestant in the state finals for the past two years and is looking forward to another this year.

Matt Stubbs Blues Band at Pitman’s Saturday

LACONIA — The Matt Stubbs Blues Band featuring Dennis Brennan will perform Saturday, January 31 at 8 p.m. at Pitman's Freight Room.

Admission is $15 and Pitman's is a BYOB venue.

Matthew Stubbs was named the 2009 Outstanding Guitarist from Blues Audience Magazine and was a 2009 Boston Music Award Nominee for Blues Act of the year. Boston-based roots guitarist Stubbs has a wicked way with a groove and an ability to conjure vintage tones. His tasty arrangements make that vintage hard to pinpoint, thanks to the way he mixes swinging blues, funk, surf rock, and prickly R&B licks.
Dennis Brennan is a cagey veteran who can electrify audiences with his ability to cross brilliantly from rock to soul, blues, country, and jazz, while breathing fresh life into each. He has been nominated for 4 NEMO awards and has won 2 NEMO awards for "Outstanding Roots Rock Band.
Catered dinner buffet available before the show. Ccall in advance for dinner reservations. 527-0043.

Bucky Lewis show on Jan. 31 to raise funds for Half Moon Sober Festival

LACONIA — Lakeport resident, musician and lawyer Peter Brunette, a former member of the Laconia Planning Board, has been saying for years that there needs to be more family-oriented, drug-and-alcohol-free recreational activities in the area.

"When we were revising the Master Plan back in 2002, I was very vocal about the need to encourage clean-and-sober alternatives to events like Bike Week. And that's why I am delighted to be working with the Half Moon Sober Festival." Brunette is currently Fundraising Coordinator for the organization, and is promoting a fundraiser to be held at the Margate this Saturday night featuring another Laconia native, Bucky Lewis, who is putting on his famous Musical Comedy Show. "Bucky is an old and dear friend and we are both excited to be helping out by doing this show."

Half Moon Sober Festival, Inc. (HMSF) is a New England based, tax exempt, all-volunteer, non-profit corporation based in Derry, New Hampshire. "In its twentieth year, its primary purpose has always been to provide an affordable, alcohol-and-drug-free environment in which individuals and families can come together to learn, grow and socialize," Brunette said. "Every year, HMSF accomplishes this by producing a number of happenings—concerts, sober dances, comedy shows and other social events – culminating with an annual four-day multi-cultural concert and camping experience, the Half Moon Sober Festival, held on Memorial Day Weekend, most recently at the 4-H Youth Center on the Piscataquog River in New Boston, New Hampshire. Their goal is to change societal attitudes that have associated recreational and social activities with the use of alcohol and drugs. As you can imagine, there are many costs associated with bringing these fun and affordable social events to the public. Admission fees to the Festival and other events are intentionally kept low so as to allow access to those individuals and families who may be struggling financially. Our dedicated volunteers spend countless hours fundraising as well as donating their time to organize and run our events. And I personally know dozens of Laconians who have a blast at the Festival every year."

Bucky Lewis happily brings his outrageously funny musical comedy show back home with the special show at the Margate Resort on Saturday, January 31 at 8 p.m. to benefit the charitable work of HMSF. "Drugs are such a big problem for children, youth and families in the Lakes Region and clean and sober, family-oriented events like the Half Moon Sober Festival are a great way to support the sober lifestyle," said Bucky. "I am looking forward to the show and expect a great turnout in my home town. I'm taking names!"

Tickets to the show are $20 and include entry in a raffle for a 32-inch flatscreen TV; entrants do not need to be present to win. The show will be held in the Blackstones Lounge at the Margate, 76 Lake Street in Laconia, and there will a cash bar, non-alcoholic refreshments and raffles. Doors will open at 7 p.m. and the show starts at 8 p.m. For tickets and further information, contact HMSF by calling 603-393-7875 or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Advance tickets may also be purchased at the Margate.