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Crafts League will display Slate Carving

MEREDITH — Join the League of NH Craftsmen – Meredith Fine Craft Gallery and Michael Updike during the month of July for Michael's featured exhibit Stone Canvas'. During July the League will have Michael's work featured throughout the Gallery for sale.

Michael discovered slate carving while trying to source a traditional headstone. The dearth of attractive commercial options led him to design and carve it himself. He honed my carving skills on old slate roof shingles which then became his primary medium.

He uses slate with outward signs of wear; paint, tar, nail holes, fractures, chips, and flaking tell of the slate's former utilitarian life. The scars of its history rest on its surface while he cuts through the patina revealing fresher layers of stone. The contrasting "clean" surface in sunken relief echoes fossils freed from their Mesozoic entombment. Michael's petrified images exist within an artifact of our domesticity.
For any questions call the Gallery at 603.279.7920.

Last Updated on Monday, 30 June 2014 06:54

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Greater Meredith Program to host town's July 4th festivities

MEREDITH — The Greater Meredith Program (GMP) will host the Fourth of July festivities for the Town of Meredith.

Atlas Pyro Vision Productions will bring an enhanced fireworks display to Meredith for this year's celebration, say organizers. The fireworks are scheduled to go off over Meredith Bay at 9:30 p.m. on the Fourth. If weather forces a postponement the display will take place on July 5.

The Greater Meredith Program is a nonprofit community economic development organization seeking to enhance economic vitality, historical and cultural heritage, and townwide beautification.

For more information about GMP or volunteer opportunities, please call 603.279.9015, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , or visit the website at www.greatermeredithprogram.com.


Last Updated on Sunday, 29 June 2014 08:08

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Artist’s gift to Museum of the White Mountains ‘re-imagines’ a family story


PLYMOUTH — Generations of hikers know well to prepare for sudden weather changes in New Hampshire's White Mountains. Warning signs are posted at trail heads and often along trails at higher elevations warning hikers to be ready for unexpected meteorological shifts.

Artist Laurie Whitehill's grandparents had such an experience during a late summer hike in 1915 when a three-day outing turned into a six-day test of survival. In a new gift to the Museum of the White Mountains at Plymouth State University, the artist re-tells this story as written by her grandfather and re-imagined by Whitehill almost 100 years later.

Robert Whitehill, Laurie Whitehill's grandfather, described that September, 1915 experience a year later in the journal of the Appalachian Mountain Club (AMC) in an article "Snow-bound in September." Laurie Whitehill's copy of Snow Bound In September: A Re-Imagining was received by the Museum on May 22. Museum Director Catherine Amidon says, "the book provides a very personal glimpse into the experiences of early twentieth century White Mountain hikers."

The book was acquired from the artist for the Museum by Rebecca Weeks Sherrill More, a member of the Plymouth State University President's Council as well as a member of the Advisory Council for the Museum of the White Mountains. Amidon stated that "Becky has been a great supporter of the museum before it even opened, this is one more way she's continuing her on-going support."

Featuring 14 linocuts drawn by Laurie Whitehill, the book illustrates excerpts from her grandfather's original account along with the author's own commentary about the hikers and their response to the circumstances. At first glance, Snow Bound in September: A Re-Imagining resembles a familiar mountain guidebook. The illustrations and text, printed on letterpress pages, follow the original story with Whitehill illustrating the mountains as seen in 1915 as well as the participants.

Whitehill had frequently heard this story as a youth, but a chance encounter with a photograph of the party after they were found made her ponder about the experience from her grandmother's perspective.

More says the book creates "a dialogue between Whitehill and her grandmother about issues that her grandfather's account does not address," such as "the restrictions of her hiking clothing, and about her concerns for her two young sons left behind in Jackson."

Snow Bound In September: A Re-Imagining will be added to the Museum of the White Mountains collections and displayed as part of a future exhibition. For more information, visit go.plymouth.edu/museum.



Rebecca W.S. More, a member of the Museum of the White Mountains Advisory Council, with author and illustrator Laurie Whitehill and Museum Director Catherine Amidon. (Courtesy photo)


Last Updated on Friday, 27 June 2014 08:53

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Donations wanted for the Annual Laconia High School Band Yard Sale


LACONIA — The Laconia High School Band is seeking donations for their annual yard sale which will take place on Saturday, July 26 in the Laconia Middle School Cafeteria.

Yard sale items may be dropped off at the Laconia Middle School Band Room, Monday through Friday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Please no clothing or electronics. To arrange to have your donated items picked-up, call Lisa at 524-3233. All proceeds benefit the band instrument fund.

Last Updated on Friday, 27 June 2014 07:46

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