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Belmont Parks & Recreation plans three field trips

BELMONT — Belmont Parks & Recreation Department is offering three different outings in the coming months.

A fall foliage tour has been scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 7. The trip is due to depart from Belmont at 7:30 a.m. and will include stops at Cannon Mountain, the Old Man of the Mountain Historic Site with a stroll along to the Basin. The group will stop for lunch at the Woodstock Inn Station & Brewery, where there will be the opportunity to tour the brewery. This trip is being offered in conjunction with Moultonborough Recreation with a stop in each direction to pick up and drop off their patrons. This is an active trip and requires walking on uneven ground.

Another outing, on Saturday, Dec. 13, will be to the Verizon Wireless Arena in Manchester for a performance of the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra conducted by Keith Lockhart. The Pops will be performing many of its traditional holiday favorites, including their signature "Sleigh Ride." The Pops will be joined by the Metropolitan Choral of Brookline. The trip departs Belmont at 6 p.m., and returns immediately after the performance. There will be time prior to the concert to purchase dinner on your own.

The Boston Theatre and Shopping Trip is being planned for Monday, Dec. 20, with a choice of two shows: Irving Berlin's "White Christmas" at the Wang Center or "The Nutcracker Ballet" at the Boston Opera House. The first stop will be the  Prudential Center Shops for shopping, sightseeing or visit a nearby museum. Next stop will be the theater district in time for your choice of holiday show, or visit the aquarium on your own. After the shows the group will be taken to  Faneuil Hall for more shopping or a leisurely dinner on your own. This trip does require walking from central drop off points to the various venues.

Space is limited on all the trips, flyers and registration forms are available on the recreation page at our website: www.belmontnh.org or by calling Belmont Parks & Recreation, (603) 267-1865.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 17 September 2014 06:32

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Squam Lakes Natural Science Center named a 'Family Favorite'

HOLDERNESS —  Squam Lakes Natural Science Center has been selected by the readers of Parenting New Hampshire magazine as a "Family Favorite" award recipient for Favorite Environmental and Educational Center. Parenting New Hampshire magazine is the state's premier parenting magazine and a resource for families who live in or visit New Hampshire throughout the year.
The Family Favorite awards, now in its fourth year, is an awards program that recognizes family-friendly businesses, services, and places in almost 60 categories - as chosen by the readers of Parenting New Hampshire magazine. Categories included Out and About, Baby Stuff, Birthday Fun, Shopping, Activities & Learning, Family Services, and Restaurants.
"The Family Favorite's award program recognizes those places, people, and things that make New Hampshire a great place to raise a family," said Melanie Hitchcock, editor of Parenting New Hampshire. "Whether it is a child care center, the library, or the playground, parents give each other advice on what and who is the best. The Family Favorites contest gives them the opportunity to share that information with the wider public."
"We are honored to be chosen by the readers of Parenting New Hampshire magazine as a family favorite," said Amanda Gillen, Marketing and Visitor Services Manager at Squam Lakes Natural Science Center. "For nearly 50 years we have been bringing families nearer to nature and the award helps to spread our educational message."
The Family Favorite Awards voting took place online from June 1 through July 31, 2014. Parenting New Hampshire received almost 1,100 votes over the two month time period. The results of the reader's poll will appear in the October 2014 issue of Parenting New Hampshire.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 16 September 2014 10:43

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Ashland holding 6th annual town wide yard sale

ASHLAND — Ashland's Eighth Town Wide Yard Sale will be held, rain or shine, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, September 20. Maps of the yard sale locations will be on sale for just $1 at Memorial Park. The park, located on Main Street in downtown Ashland, at the junction of Routes 3, 25 and 132, will also house many of the event's vendors.

The yard sale will include fundraisers and promotions for several local non-profit organizations, including Ashland Historical Society, Friends of the Ashland Town Library, Ashland Woman's Club, Ashland Community Center and Food Pantry, Ashland Parks & Recreation Department, American Legion Post 15, Ashland Area Recreation Association, Fourth of July Committee and Ashland 150th Anniversary Committee. The annual event is sponsored by the Community Council of Ashland, a coalition of non-profit organizations serving Ashland.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 16 September 2014 10:20

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Belknap Mill historian to speak at Laconia Public Library on Tuesday (330)

LACONIA – Laconia Public Library will host a presentation on the history of Laconia's Belknap Mill with author and historian Carol Lee Anderson on Tuesday, Sept. 23, beginning at 6:30 p.m. Anderson is the author of the recently released book titled, "A History of the Belknap Mill: The Pride of Laconia's Industrial Heritage."

The publication follows the release of Anderson's second book, "The New England Life of Cartoonist Bob Montana: Beyond the Archie Comic Strip," which came out last fall. She is also the author of the award-winning, "The History of Gunstock: Skiing in the Belknap Mountains," published by The History Press in 2011.

Also on hand to speak during the presentation will be Manchester businessman J. Paul Morin, who wrote the foreword to the book. Morin's great-grandfather, J.P. Morin, bought the Belknap Mill in 1913, and the Morin family subsequently owned and operated a hosiery business at the mill for three generations. J. Paul is the last of his generation to have first-hand experience with the family's complex enterprise.

"A History of the Belknap Mill" took Anderson nearly a year to write. It encompasses not only the mill's history but also the industrial history of Laconia. The tale of this history includes the stories of many of the French-Canadian immigrants who worked as mill operatives, and it further chronicles the story of women mill workers, who were known as "mill girls." The women far out-numbered their male counterparts and performed far more complicated tasks.

The intense battle for the mill's preservation and restoration is described throughout several chapters of the book, which features an interview with Save the Mills and Belknap Mill Society founder, Peter Karagianis. Anderson conducted additional interviews with Dr. Richard Candee, an architectural historian who helped those who saved the mill from demolition during urban renewal and helped guide the Belknap Mill Society through the mill's complex restoration process.

Following the presentation, books will be available for purchase and signing. The event is free and open to the public.


Last Updated on Tuesday, 16 September 2014 10:14

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