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Bearcamp Valley Garden Club to participate in annual Artisans on the Green

SANDWICH — The Bearcamp Valley Garden Club is participating again this year in the annual Artisans on the Green in Center Sandwich on Thursday, Aug. 7, from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

The garden club booth will have hens and chickens, dahlias grown by club members, unique flower arrangements, flower arranging demonstrations, cut flowers available by the stem, perennials, terrariums, African violets planted in tea cups, information about invasive species, Botanical photo note cards. The club's Master Gardener Wizard will be available to answer gardening questions.

Artisans on the Green was started 30 years ago as an art show involving local watercolor, oil etc. painters sponsored by the Sandwich Home Industries, (SHI), as part of its community educational outreach. This year's event is scheduled on the Thursday of the town's Old Home Week. In 2009, SHI extended invitations to a much broader variety of artisans to include all manner of craft and art mediums.

Peter Van Winkle, President of SHI, indicated that every artisan is instructed to provide demonstrations and is some cases hands on instruction. A "fine arts village" will be set up on the annex green next to the main green. Several tents will be set up showcasing two dimensional art, (paintings, watercolor, drawings etc). There will be a hospitality tent where the artists will be available to anyone interesting in learning more about their work.

The event, which is held rain or shine, has become the largest art and craft educational festival in the Lakes region and SHI is delighted to announce that their official sponsor is Meredith Village Savings Bank.

The event has free admission, ample and free parking and the Women's Club of Sandwich serves luncheon from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 16 July 2014 08:24

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Caricatures drawn at the Laconia Outdoor Marketplace today

LACONIA — Have you ever wondered what a Larry Frate's caricature of you would look like? Find out on this afternoon when Larry will be in the Savor the Season tent at the Laconia Main Street Outdoor Marketplace from 4-6 pm.

Make a donation to the Veggie Round-up Project for the Farmers' Market Coupon program, and Larry will do your caricature. "When Larry suggested he could do caricatures at the market as a way to help raise funds for the Veggie Round-up project, we thought it was a great idea. Any size donation will be gratefully received, and used to help young families in our community have greater access to the wonderful fresh food produced by our local farmers", said Karen Barker, coordinator of the Lakes Region Food Network.

The Lakes Region Food Network is a grassroots organization concerned with food access, food security, and the food economy in New Hampshire's Lakes Region. To learn more, visit www.lrfn.org or contact Karen Barker at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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Opechee Peanut Carnival is next week

LACONIA — The annual Opechee Day Campers' Peanut Carnival is scheduled to take place on Thursday, July 24, from 5-7 p.m. at the park on North Main Street. The event is open to the public.

The carnival will feature games designed by youngsters in the day-camp program. Participants will buy bags of peanuts and pay in peanuts to play the various games.

Prizes will be awarded and refreshments will be available.

In case of rain the Peanut Carnival will take place on Friday, July 25.


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Charlie St. Clair gifts proceeds from recent Memorial Ride to NH Humane Society


LACONIA — Thanks to co-owners Doug and Misty Asermely of Sick Boy Motorcycles, the very first Mae West "Love of Pets" Memorial ride took place on Monday June 16 during Laconia Motorcycle Week.

The ride was the brainchild of these two friends of Rally Executive Director, Charlie St. Clair, a long time animal advocate and pet owner, who still mourns the passing of his beloved Mae West, a little sphinx-like orange cat adopted from the local animal shelter back in 2002. "It's still hard to talk about..." said Charlie "she gave me twelve wonderful years of companionship".
When Doug and Misty learned of Mae West passing away during the rally in 2013, the Memorial Ride was born as a novel way to commemorate a special pet and support the New Hampshire Humane Society at the same time.
Marylee Gorham, NHHS Managing Director, was honored to accept the proceeds that amounted to over $5700 on behalf of the organization located on Meredith Center Road, not a heartbeat away from the epicenter of Motorcycle Week at Weirs Beach.

"We used to host Poker Runs a few years back, Charlie was always so supportive of those fundraisers, in fact, he has been a special steward for our mission for a long time. It's so humbling to know we have such wonderful community friends who care about our mission, finding forever homes". Gorham noted the proceeds from the first Mae West Memorial Ride would help many other homeless and abandoned creatures at the adoption agency receive the care and comfort necessary until they are ready for placement in loving homes.

Laconia Motorcycle Week is a signature event both in the Granite State and the motorcycle community country wide. St. Clair has been working with the Laconia Motorcycle Week Association since 1991 as the Executive Director. Charlie rides a Harley-Davidson Heritage Softail and has been riding his motorcycle cross country every year for over thirty-seven years to attend Laconia's sister rally in Sturgis, South Dakota and was inducted into the Sturgis Museum Hall of Fame in 2008.

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