LACONIA -- The Weirs Action Committee has announced an expanded schedule of fireworks at Weirs Beach.
Two fireworks shows -- July 25 and Aug. 8 -- have been added to the original schedule. There will now be a fireworks show every Friday night at 10 p.m., through Friday, Aug. 15.
Spectators can watch from the north end of the beach, from the public docks, or from the boardwalk. As the fireworks reflect onto the lake below, a flotilla of boats will light up the lake with colorful navigation lights.
Various area businesses have joined together with the Weirs Action Committee to present the fireworks displays.
The Labor Day weekend show on Aug. 31 is sponsored jointly by the Weirs Action Committee and the Half Moon Enterprises.
A full list of sponsors and the fireworks schedule is available by visiting the fireworks webpage at WeirsBeach.com. For late-breaking and rain-date information, visit the Weirs Action Committee page on Facebook.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 23 July 2014 08:41
LACONIA — The Lakes Region Rotary Club will be hosting its second annual vintage car show at the Weirs Beach Lobster Pound in Laconia on Saturday, July 26 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Vintage vehicles will be on display along with special 50th Anniversary Mustangs. Last year, more than 150 vehicles were exhibited. Vehicles, including cars, trucks and motorcycles, can register for $20 the day of the event. Admission is $5 per person, children younger than 16 will be admitted for free. Go to www.lakesregionrotary.org for more details.
Last Updated on Thursday, 24 July 2014 06:24
LACONIA — Meredith author Peter Miller will give a talk on Saturday, July 26, at 11 a.m. at the Lakes Winnipesaukee Museum, about the abolitionist activity that occurred in the Lakes Region and vicinity during the last three decades of slavery in America.
This presentation is sponsored by the Lake Winnipesaukee Historical Society. The museum is located on Route 3 in the Weirs Beach section of Laconia, next door to Funspot.
In 1835, a mere three years after the New England Abolitionist Society began advocating the immediate, unconditional abolition of slavery, similar anti-slavery groups were formed in a number of New Hampshire towns, and the New Hampshire Anti-Slavery Society held its first annual convention. However, the radical abolition of slavery was unpopular even in the North at this time, and these abolitionists were censured and attacked. Miller will describe the successes and reverses experienced by local abolitionists that year.
Many women wished to participate in the crusade against slavery, and they formed Female Anti-Slavery Societies. Whether women could join with men in the anti-slavery cause was controversial, though, and this issue fractured the abolitionist movement. Miller will describe how that manifested itself in New Hampshire.
In 1850, the passage of the Fugitive Slave Act led many more Northerners to become radical abolitionists. Miller will identify the principal components of this federal legislation, and he will describe how abolitionists attempted to thwart enforcement of this Act politically and through civil disobedience, such as the forceful rescue of arrested fugitives and participation in the Underground Railroad.
One local person who was highly involved in the anti-slavery effort was the Lakes Region's legendary Jane Varney Durgin, a Quaker who was born and raised in Wolfeboro and who spent most of her adult years in Sandwich. Though not one of the foremost abolitionists in New Hampshire, she worked on behalf of the slaves politically and through the Underground Railroad, and she illustrates how courageous local women fought against slavery. Miller will identify her anti-slavery initiatives and put them in historical perspective.
Signed copies of Miller's recently published book, "Jane Varney Durgin – Trick Rider, Quaker Preacher, Opponent of Slavery – Her Life and Times," will be available for purchase at this event.
This event is free for Lake Winnipesaukee Historical Society Members, non members there is a $5.00 fee, all proceeds going to benefit the ongoing renovations.
For more information, contact Melanie Benton, Lake Winnipesaukee Historical Society, 366-5950.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 23 July 2014 08:31
CENTER HARBOR — Bayswater Book Co. will host its first used book sale on Saturday, July, 26, from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
The sale will take place on the porch and features more than 2,000 used paperback and hardcover books. Paperbacks will be on sale for 50 cents each and hardcovers will cost $1. Bayswater hopes to make the used book sale an annual event.
A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Meredith Altrusa Literacy Fund, a local non-profit organization that provides books, reading services, and financial assistance to libraries and school reading programs throughout the Lakes Region.
"Bayswater's Used Book Sale is about more than finding your next great book," said Michelle Taft, owner of Bayswater. "It's about improving literacy services and providing books to people across the county. We are pleased to partner with Altrusa of Meredith to help spread the love of reading."
For more information, call (603) 253-8858 or visit Bayswater Book Co. at www.bayswaterbooks.com.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 23 July 2014 08:21
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