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080513 Pulitzer Prize winner Barbara Walsh at Gilford Library Next Tuesday (280)baraWalsh

GILFORD β€” Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Barbara Walsh will speak about her book August Gale: A Father and Daughter's Journey into the Storm at the Gilford Public Library Tuesday, August 6 at 6:30 p.m.

Walsh, who is also the author of Sammy in the Sky, a book illustrated by Jamie Wyeth, will also do a talk at 3 p.m. August 6 in the library's children's room.


Copies of her books will be available at both talks and Walsh will personalize both August Gale and Sammy in the Sky.

In August Gale, Walsh takes readers on two heartrending odysseys: one into a deadly Newfoundland hurricane and the lives of schooner fishermen who relied on God and the wind to carry them home. The other, into a squall stirred by a man with many secrets: a grandfather who remained a mystery until long after his death.

Sixty-eight years after the hurricane that claimed several of her ancestors, Walsh searched for memories of the August gale and the grandfather who abandoned her dad as a young boy.

Sammy in the Sky is also a true story about a family's never-ending love for their beloved hound.

Before writing books, Walsh worked for 25 years as a journalist. Her most notable story involved killer Willie Horton Jr. and Massachusetts' flawed prison furloughs. The story affected the 1988 presidential election and earned a Pulitzer Prize.



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080213 Willie J. Laws Plays the Tower Hill Club Friday, August 2 (124 w/2 col WillieJLaws)

LACONIA β€”  Tower Hill Entertainment, located at 264 Lakeside Ave, Laconia, will host blues artist Willie J. Laws on Friday August 2 at 9 p.m.

The Willie J. Laws Band performs original, traditional and contemporary blues, funk, and Texas rock music. With regular national tours (and releases on San Antonio's Tarantula Records), Laws is 30-year veteran guitarist and vocalist who can engage audiences with his easy charm, technical skill, and gruff street-smart wit.

For tickets visit www.towerhillClub.com or call (603) 366-9100

Located on Lakeside Ave at Weirs Beach, the Tower Hill entertainment complex is host to regional and national performing artists of blues, soul, funk, jazz, rock, and tribute bands. The venue offers a full bar, dinners, and desserts.



Willie J. Laws (Courtesy photo)

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MEREDITH β€”The Meredith Public Library will be hosting two computer classes in August. The class topics with include an Introduction to PC's and a program on the new Windows 8 software.

Introduction to PCs will be on Tuesday, August 6 at 10:30 a.m. This class will provide an idea of what to look for when buying a new computer, how they compare and use some popular programs.

A Windows 8 program will be on Tuesday, August 20 at 10:30 a.m. Attendees will address common questions such as what happened to the start button? How do I organize the start screen? Can't I just go to my desktop and bypass the start screen? Where's the control panel? All of these questions and more will be answered.

Registration is required for both programs. For more information or to register call 279-4303.

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MOULTONBOROUGH β€” The Attic Treasure Roadshow with appraiser Bruce Buxton of Portland, Maine, will roll into the Carriage House at Castle in the Clouds on Sunday, August 4 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Participants are encouraged to bring one or two items to be appraised and celebrate the discoveries with included wine and crudites.

The cost for this event is $10 per person. No reservations are required. This evening is sponsored by Irwin Automotive Group.

Walks and Talks continue right through August. On Monday, August 5 Geologist Robert Newton returns to the Castle in the Clouds for his popular walk, Under the Volcano, which is an exploration and a discussion of how the ancient volcanoes and the subsequent glaciers shaped the landscape of the Ossipee Mountains, the home now to Castle in the Clouds.

The walk will leave from the Carriage House at 10 a.m.. There is a $5 fee for this walk, free for Friends of the Castle. Reservations are required and may be made by calling 476-5900. Walks and Talks are sponsored by Mill Falls at the Lake.

On Sunday, August 11 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. a lecture titled "Early Cabinet Makers of the Lakes Region" will be presented by Tom Hardiman of the Portsmouth Athenaeum. The presentation will outline the history of the Saco School of Cabinet Makers as well as its Lakes Region connections. A wine and crudites reception is included in this free reception.

The New Hampshire Furniture Masters Presentation and Reception returns to the Carriage House on Sunday, August 18 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.  For more information on these two evening presentations visit www.castleintheclouds.org.

The current Carriage House Art Gallery exhibit, "Impressions of New Hampshire, the Summits to the Shoals," assembled by New Hampshire Fine Art, features 37 stunning paintings of New Hampshire from the seacoast to the mountains. The classic 19th century paintings from the White Mountain, Hudson River and Boston Schools of paintings, are paired with contemporary New England views by nationally recognized painters. A portion of the proceeds from sales of these paintings will go to the restoration fund at Castle in the Clouds. This Carriage House Art Gallery show will run until August 22 and is sponsored by Leone, McDonnell & Roberts, PA and Tanger Outlets.

For more information about any of the listed events visit www.castleintheclouds.org or call 476-5900 x500. 


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