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Christmas at the Castle Returns with More Music, Magic and Memory Makers

MOULTONBOROUGH — The Lucknow mansion, at Castle in the Clouds, is getting decked out for its big post season event, Christmas at the Castle, November 22-24, and November 29 to December 1.

Tom and Olive Plant lived at Lucknow from 1914 through 1941 and their elegant mansion will be decorated for the season to reflect those times. This is a magical event, from the giant Christmas tree with vintage ornaments to the seasonal music wafting through the rooms.

On Friday November 22, Tom Robinson, Jazz pianist, will play Christmas favorites. Saturday the Tom Robinson Jazz Trio will add to the festivities. On Sunday November 24, Noelle Baudin and Siena Kaplan, a piano & violin duo, will offer traditional and Celtic Christmas music. The following weekend Tom Robinson and Noelle Baudin will return along with the Children's Choir of Sandwich.

The Castle's Gift Shop, where tickets will be purchased, will be open with a variety of souvenirs and gifts. At the Carriage House, crafters will "deck the stalls" to help with early Christmas shopping. A buffet lunch will be available for $20 per person in the Winnipesaukee Room, with its panoramic view of Lake Winnipesaukee and the distant mountains, beginning to be dressed in their winter white.

Admission for Christmas at the Castle is $20 adults and seniors, $10 youth age 5-17, $15 for Friends of the Castle. Hours are from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. with the last tickets sold at 2:30. Access is by Ossipee Park Road. This event is weather permitting, call 603-476-5900 for more information. Christmas at the Castle is sponsored by Infinger Insurance.

Last Updated on Monday, 18 November 2013 10:09

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Award-winning Guitarist Ed Gerhard presenting Holiday Concert at Belknap Mill

LACONIA — Ed Gerhard returns to Laconia on December 7 for his 22nd Annual Christmas Guitar Concert at
The Belknap Mill.

Showtime is 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $22 in advance and $25 at the door. They are available by calling (603) 664-7200, at Greenlaw's Music in Laconia and the League of NH Craftsmen in Meredith and on the web at www.edgerhard.com

Gerhard will perform soulful arrangements of well-loved carols, as well as his own concert favorites. Fans of guitar music and Christmas alike will want to be a part of this memorable show.

Gerhard celebrates his latest CD "There and Gone," a collection of original compositions and covers including a stunning
arrangement of "Imagine/Across the Universe," "I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry" and a concert favorite on Weissenborn, "Killing the Blues."

His critically acclaimed holiday recordings, "Christmas" and "On A Cold Winter's Night," continue to garner raves. Selections from "Christmas" are featured in the Ken Burns documentary "Mark Twain" and  "The National Parks: America's Best Idea." There will be a food drive at the concert. Bring a non-perishable food item to benefit Community Action/ Laconia Area Food Pantry and receive a $1-off coupon for any CD at the CD tables.

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Gunstock Nordic Association offers variety of programs (216)

GILFORD — The Gunstock Nordic Association (GNA) is once again offering cross-country ski programs for the 2013/2014 winter season.

GNA offers a 9 week cross-country ski program for girls and boys ages K-8th grade every Tuesday and Thursday 4-5 p.m. December 31-Feb 25 for all levels of ability. The club will also be offering introductory ski jumping on some of the smaller Gunstock jumps. Equipment for lease or borrow depending on sizes may be available for those without their own.

A Masters program for all levels coached by former Russian Olympian Nina Gavriluk will be offered on Tuesday and Thursday mornings 9-11 a.m. December 31-Feb 25. The option to attend one day a week only is also available. GNA also offers this year 6 weekend 1 hour clinics throughout the winter season for general membership.

The club will also continue to offer the opportunities for daily Nordic ski training with the focus on excelling in ski racing at the middle and high school levels as well as college level.

GNA would like to thank Gunstock Mountain Resort who has been very supportive in providing well-groomed trails with snowmaking capabilities, donations to help with fundraising, and help in purchasing quality ski equipment through the Gunstock Nordic Center.

More information for all of these opportunities can be found at www.gunstocknordic.com and or by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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The Pebble Beach Challenge Benefit Golf Tournament underway

GILFORD — The Golf Club at Patrick's Place is inviting area golfers to play at the Lakes Region's newest golf amenity, The Golf Club at Patrick's Place, as part of The Pebble Beach Challenge Golf Tournament.

Golfers will play in a 4-person scramble format on the beautiful Pebble Beach Golf Links, rated the top public golf course in the country. "November is the month for men's health awareness and we wanted to use our club to help with the local efforts at LRGHealthcare" explains PGA Professional and Club Manager Dan Wilkins. "It's also getting time for one of the greatest community events we know of, the LNH Children's Auction, and we wanted to help get the ball rolling for another record breaking year. It's really our pleasure to open up our club to support both of these great programs".

Beginning Monday, November 18 through Friday, November 22, local golfers are invited to participate in The Pebble Beach Challenge Golf Tournament, a 4-person scramble. Foursomes can register to play anytime that week, with all scores completed by Friday the 22 at 3 p.m. A cocktail reception and awards ceremony will follow downstairs in Patrick's Emerald Room at 4 p.m., where best scores and contest winners will be acknowledged.
"Many of the leading causes of death for men, heart disease and cancer for example, are preventable. There are ways men can protect themselves and lead longer, healthier lives" states Dr. Theodore Capron, LRGHealthcare physician at Belknap Family Health in Meredith. "We are pleased that The Golf Club at Patrick's Place is taking the opportunity to support men's health with the The Pebble Beach Challenge. It will be a great tournament and a great opportunity to educate men about health care issues, including reminding them about the importance of health promotion."
"The Pebble Beach Challenge is a great way to help gear up for the upcoming Children's Auction" explains Michael Trombly, auction chair and General Manager of Binney Media. "This facility is a really great place to play golf and we can be assured of perfect weather for the tournament. We hope the area golfers will get out and participate in this inaugural event".

The cost to participate in The Pebble Beach Challenge is $60/pp and includes 18 holes at the famous Pebble Beach Golf Links along with a cocktail awards ceremony with prizes for team and contest winners. To register your team, call PGA Professional and Club Manager Dan Wilkins at 387-2597 or email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Last Updated on Monday, 18 November 2013 09:53

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