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NH Music Fest announces ‘New Vibrations’ initiative (555)

PLYMOUTH — The New Hampshire Music Festival is launching a mentoring program that pairs students with Festival audience members to learn more about how an orchestra works and hopefully enhance their appreciation of orchestral music.

The first group of students and mentors to participate in the New Vibrations program will attend the Festival's Family Concert on July 26 at 10 a.m. at the Silver Center for the Arts in Plymouth, and will be led by 10 volunteers from the neighboring towns of Holderness and Ashland. Future groups will attend the classical concerts on either Thursday or Saturday throughout the summer season.

Liz Cody of Ashland came up with the idea for the program as a way to bring in more young people to Festival performances.

"I was at a concert and thinking about how inspired I felt by the music, how transformational the experience was," Cody said. "If we could involve more kids and get them interested in music at a younger age, we will have a whole new generation of musicians and audience members and ensure that organizations such as the Festival will always have a place in our region. These are the future leaders of our community."

Cody will be one of the group leaders along with Festival Board member Sid Lovett, who will be in charge of a group from Holderness. Each is recruiting four other mentors from their towns to participate, for a total of ten audience members in the initial group.

"We hope that other towns will hear about the program and want to be involved. It would be great if we were able to add more towns and students each week, and also include other types of activities, such as theatre or dance. This is really an opportunity to promote music and arts education in a fun way," Lovett said of the idea.

Students of all ages are invited to join New Vibrations and the Festival is seeking volunteers from all towns to serve as mentors. Each volunteer will be responsible for purchasing a ticket for themselves and accompanying the group to the Family Concert, which is free to all kids 18 and under and college students with an ID. Students are encouraged to ask questions, learn more about the instruments, music and orchestra and meet with some of the musicians to hear about their experiences as members of the Festival. After the concert, the group will grab an ice cream at local favorite M 'n M Scoops on Main Street in Plymouth.

Friends of the Arts and the Arts Alliance of Northern New Hampshire will both be involved with the project and are inviting all of their students to participate. Frumie Selchen, executive director of the Arts Alliance, is excited to bring this type of initiative to the community.

"We were so happy to hear about this idea, particularly because it has a great synergy with other programs we are doing. Being able to offer this as part of our Youth Arts initiative provides students with a wide variety of opportunities to experience all types of visual and performing arts. We hope that enthusiasm for these types of programs will allow us to offer them year-round," Selchen said.

For further information or to purchase tickets for the New Hampshire Music Festival, please visit www.nhmf.org or call the Silver Center for the Arts box office at 603-535-2787.


Last Updated on Thursday, 24 July 2014 09:10

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'Legends of the Lakes Region' Needed for New Book

LACONIA —  Five years ago, Lakes Region residents – both seasonal and year-rounders – were delighted when a book of local photographs and essays appeared entitled "The Lakes Region of New Hampshire: Four Seasons, Countless Memories."

Now Carbone Productions, LLC, publishers of the book, have announced a new book project. "Legendary Locals of New Hampshire's Lakes Region." The book will be produced in cooperation with Arcadia Publishing of Charleston, S.C., and is expected to be available next summer.

Author Ray Carbone, founder and CEO of Carbone Productions, said he's already gathering names of people that could be included in the new book. "We're trying to identify individuals – artists, athletes, government officials, business owners, community leaders, etc. – that have had, or are now having, a lasting impact on the Lakes Region, or on a particular town or community," he said.

Carbone is asking for help from the public in compiling a list of about 150 people. "I've worked in the Lakes Region for about 20 years, mostly as a reporter for the Citizen of Laconia and the Laconia Daily Sun, so I have some knowledge of the area, but I know there are still people – in history, in a special area of talent or expertise, in a smaller community – that I've never met or heard about," he said. "I'm hoping to cast a wide net, to let people know that we're looking especially for the 100 to 200 people that are genuinely 'Local Legends.'"

In addition to individuals, some select organizations, clubs and/or groups that have had a lasting impact on the area will be included, he said.

"We're looking stories that are heartwarming, tragic and quirky," said Erin Vosgien, Arcadia's Legendary Locals Editor, who lives in East Kingston. "There should be a combination of historical characters and modern figures that people can related to. We want well-known people as well as unsung heroes."

The book will be about 128 pages and printed on high-quality glossy paper. It will include approximately 100 to 200 noteworthy and newsworthy individuals and groups, illustrated with about 150 images.

If you know someone who you'd like to suggest, contact Carbone at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. His goal is to have a preliminary list of "nominees" by the end of July. (If there is a good photograph of the subject available, that will help in moving the process forward.)

Those interested in pre-ordering the book, can contact Carbone at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Last Updated on Thursday, 24 July 2014 09:07

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Family fun & music fest to raise funds for scholarships

PLYMOUTH — A family fun and music festival to benefit local music scholarships will take place Saturday, July 27, at The Greenhouse at Italian Farmhouse, 377 Daniel Webster Highway in Plymouth.

The sixth annual Bruce Alan Downing B.A.D. Jam Family Fun and Music Festival begins at 3 p.m. with snacks from The Common Man restaurants and live music from local bands. A classic barbecue dinner will be served from 5 to 8 p.m. and music will continue until 10 p.m.

The schedule of bands slated to perform at the event is: New Hampshire Music Festival Brass Quintet at 3 p.m., Bob King at 3:30 p.m., The Meredith All-Stars at 4:15 p.m., Don Williams and Dave Tonkin at 5 p.m., David Colburn and Buck Blasi at 5:45 p.m., Uncle Steve Band at 6:30 p.m., Midnight Crisis at 7:15 p.m., Chris White Band at 8 p.m., Crunchy Western Boys at 8:45 p.m., and jam time at 9:30 p.m.

Family fun and activities planned include MoFun Balloon Art, face painting, horseshoes, a photo booth, bocce ball, tarot card reading, cookie decorating, T-shirt tie dying and hula hooping.

Advance tickets are $20 for adults; children age 12 and under are free. Tickets are $25 at the door the day of the event. Wristbands will be used so that attendees can come and go throughout the day.

To reserve your tickets in advance, call The Common Man's main office at (603) 968-9330 until close of business Friday, July 25.

The Greenhouse at the Italian Farmhouse is located at 337 Daniel Webster Highway in Plymouth.

For more information, visit thecman.com and The Italian Farmhouse's Facebook page.

Last Updated on Thursday, 24 July 2014 08:47

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Cody North Receives First Meredith Village Savings Bank Culinary Arts Center Scholarship

MEREDITH — Meredith Village Savings Bank (MVSB) is pleased to announce Cody North of Belmont is the first recipient of the Meredith Village Savings Bank Culinary Arts Center Scholarship.

In 2012, Meredith Village Savings Bank donated $100,000 to the Huot Regional Technical Center – Laconia High School Capital Campaign in support of the Culinary Arts program. The support assisted in the creation of a new state-of-the-art educational facility, kitchens and a flagship restaurant that is the cornerstone of the recent remodel at Laconia High School.

The Huot Technical Center provides career and technical education programs for students of Laconia, Gilford, Belmont, Inter-Lakes, Franklin and Winnisquam Regional High Schools. In the two year-year culinary arts program, students begin to develop skills that are essential to employment in all facets of the food service industry. Students are part of a team that caters school functions and special parties and operates the in-school Meredith Village Savings Bank Culinary Arts Center. Students learn a wide range of skills from baking to cost analysis to line skills and have the opportunity to earn college credit through the New Hampshire Community College system.

"The culinary arts program is very appreciative of the continued support of MVSB," said Jack Aldrich, program instructor, "the scholarship will support strong students, such as Cody, in their efforts to grow and develop into chefs and leaders in the culinary industry."

Cody is the son of Heather North and will be attending the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York this fall. A member of the National Technical Honor Society and alumni of the culinary arts program at the Huot Center, Cody graduated from Belmont High School in June.

"MVSB is thrilled to have Cody as the first recipient," said Debbie Irwin, Marketing Programs Manager at Meredith Village Savings Bank as well as a member of the culinary arts program advisory board, "Cody consistently demonstrated a passion for culinary arts as well as honesty, leadership and excellence. These qualities are strongly valued by the Bank and the Huot Center, and they will serve Cody well as he continues his education and ultimately in his career."

Last Updated on Thursday, 24 July 2014 08:42

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