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Innisfree Bookshop to host authors of Islands of Winnipesaukee on Dec. 7

MEREDITH — Innisfree Bookshop will be hosting a free author event from 2-4 p.m., during the holiday open house on Sunday, December 7 at the Mill Falls Marketplace.

In The Islands of Winnipesaukee, authors Ron Guilmette and Jay Leccese, both accomplished kayakers, cataloged 275 beautiful color photographs with impressions of the sights and kayaking adventures to all 253 islands on the lake.
The authors used the Leccese's family camp on Cow Island as a base from 2011-2013. Their photographic kayaking voyages around the islands of lake Winnipesaukee led to the creation of a unique book that will serve as a source of fond remembrance.

Guilmette started renting kayaks at age ten for 25 cents an hour on the Shawsheen River in Andover, Massachusetts. He continues to ocean kayak with his children off of Salisbury Beach, Massachusetts where he has lived for the past 42 years. He enjoys white water rafting and golf and most of all beach days with his wife, children, and grandchildren.

Jay Leccese was born and raised in Stoneham, Massachusetts. His family has owned a summer residence on Lake Winnipesaukee since 1989, and he considers the lake to be a second home. He first began kayaking there as a teenager with his family, setting out on short paddles from their camp on Cow island. He continues kayaking during the summer months, especially enjoying trips in the early morning or evening when the lake is calm and the sun glows on the water.


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Moulton Farm to host crafting and cooking workshops in December

MEREDITH — Crafting and cooking workshops will be offered at Moulton Farm in December.

For years Sue Dail has has been creating beautiful decorations for Moulton Farm customers.

A Custom Creations Workshop will be held on Saturday, December 6 at which people can bring in an object or container from home that they want to incorporate into a decoration for inside or outside their home. The workshop also includes an optional light lunch from the farm's kitchen.

The farm's kitchen and bakery team are also offering workshops. The workshops range from decorating giant gingerbread men to making a delicious three course meal. Perhaps the most heartwarming of the workshops is called "Baking for Joy" on December 9. The farm's head baker, Tricia Lutkus, came up with the idea to help spread holiday joy by baking cookies and other treats to share with people in the community who are homebound or who use food pantries due to limited resources.

Full details on the workshops are available at moultonfarm.com/2014holidayworkshops/ or by calling the farm at 279-3915.

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PSU students to perform season-end performances

PLYMOUTH — Students in the Department of Music, Theatre and Dance at Plymouth State University will present several semester-end programs including the PSU Chamber Players, including the Piano, Trumpet and Brass Ensembles, and the Flute and Clarinet Choirs. All performances will be held in the Smith Recital Hall at the Silver Center for the Arts on Wednesday, December 3 at 7 p.m. There is no charge for admission.

The PSU Percussion Ensemble will perform American classics and music from Brasil, and Africa on a variety of percussion instruments on Wednesday, December 10 at 7 p.m. in the Studio Theatre at the Silver Center. Tickets for the Percussion Ensemble program are $5 for adults and $3 for seniors and youth at the Silver Center Box Office, (603) 535-2787 or (800) 779-3869.

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Ashland to hold Christmas Night community celebration & tree lighting on Dec. 5

ASHLAND — Christmas Night in Ashland will be held Friday, Dec. 5.

The Community Council of Ashland coordinates the efforts of several local organizations, businesses and individuals to put on this holiday family event. This year's celebration will include children's workshops and scavenger hunt, a storybook giveaway, pictures with Santa, face painting, a model railroad display, food sales, storyteller Rusty Locke, letters to Santa, Christmas cards for the military, the lighting of the new town Christmas tree, and a Santa's Gift Bag Raffle to benefit the local food pantry.

Most events will take place between 5 and 6:45 p.m. on Main Street and Highland Street. The Friends of the Ashland Town Library offer Pictures with Santa for a $1 donation at the Library, 41 Main St. Also at the Library, the the Pond and Peak Reading Council, a non-profit group that promotes literacy, will give away storybooks. Each child can choose a storybook of his or her liking.

Next door at the American Legion Hall, the Dupuis-Cross Post will provide an opportunity to remember our military, past and present, during the holidays. Visitors can fill out Christmas cards to send to wounded warriors and those now serving overseas, or help make decorations for the veterans in the N.H. Veterans Home in Tilton.

Children can get their faces painted for free. They can also write letters to Santa that will be sent to the North Pole through Macy's, which will give $1 to the Make A Wish program for each letter. The Legion Hall will be the last place to buy tickets in a raffle to raise funds for Christmas decorations and lights for the village. The raffle features two attractive homemade items, a wall hanging depicting a Christmas tree, complete with battery powered lights, and a fabric wreath. Tickets are $1 each or seven for $5, with the two winners to be drawn the same evening. The Legion Post will also sell coffee, hot chocolate and snacks. Across the street in Memorial Park, the Ashland Area Recreation Association will give away free popcorn.

The Meredith Village Savings Bank will sponsor a free Christmas tree ornament workshop for children in its Ashland branch, at the corner or Riverside Drive and Highland Street. Next to the bank, at 12 Highland St., is the Ashland Community Center with its Bread Basket Raffle and the popular Cookie Walk, featuring cans of cookies, mostly home-made, for sale at $3 per can. Buyers get to choose their own cookies. The Community Center is also the site of Santa's Gift Bag Raffle to benefit the Ashland Food Pantry. Non-perishable food items can be brought to the Center between noon and 6 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 4, and Friday, Dec. 5. One raffle ticket will be given for each qualifying food item that is donated to the Food Pantry. The raffle prizes are gift bags for both adults and children (12 and under). The winning tickets will be announced at the tree lighting at the end of the event.

A corn chowder supper to benefit the Food Pantry will be served at St. Mark's Church parish hall, next to the Community Center. The supper, including chowder, crackers and beverage, costs $3. Horse-drawn hay rides, sponsored by the Community Center, will load up in the Town Hall parking lot, at 20 Highland St. next to St. Mark's Church. Donations will be appreciated, but are not required for the hay rides, which will be given from 5 to 8 p.m. The hay ride can be taken up Highland Street to the Cheney House at 82 Highland St., where the popular Lionel model train display by Anthony Hoerter will be on display.

Returning to Main Street, the Ashland School eighth-grade class will be selling hot dogs, drinks, and $5 tickets for a raffle of a gift package, including gift cards, lift tickets and hand knit items, in front of the former Ashland Insurance Center. The winning raffle ticket will be drawn and announced that evening. Art on the theme of Winter designed by members of the Ashland School Student Council and the National Junior Honor Society will be displayed in the windows of the Shepard Block at 48 Main St.

At the Ashland Baptist Church dining hall at 57 Main St. the Ashland Area Recreation Association will give away free coffee and hot chocolate. The Ashland Rebekahs will sell cider and doughnuts. The Ashland Historical Society will display historic photos of transportation in Ashland. The Parks & Recreation Department will hold a Little Ones Workshop on making pine cone bird feeders. The dining hall is also the starting place for the Scavenger Hunt for children, organized by the Parks & Recreation Department. The children will search through downtown for clues that will help them win prizes.

The Community Council and the Friends of the Town Library are sponsoring storytelling with Rusty Locke, featuring holiday tales, songs and music of storyteller, writer and musician George Locke of Meredith. The performance, suitable for all ages, will begin at 7 p.m. in the sanctuary of the Ashland Baptist Church. (Donations will be appreciated, but are not required.)

The celebration concludes at 8 p.m. in Memorial Park, at the corner of Main Street and Riverside Drive. The prize winners of the Gift Bag Raffle and the other raffles will be announced. And, with the help of Santa, the new Town Christmas Tree, donated by the Baker River Nursery of Wentworth, will be officially lit for the first time.

For more information, call Sue Longley at 536-3141.

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