Holiday Gala & Auction at Laconia Christian Academy on Friday

MEREDITH – Laconia Christian Academy will hold its annual Holiday Gala and Auction on Friday, Nov. 21, at Church Landing in Meredith. The event will feature a meal prepared by the Common Man Restaurants as well as silent and live auctions.

Auction items have been donated by community businesses, parents, and friends of LCA. Each of the Lower School classes has donated beautiful hand crafted items for the live auction. Other items to be auctioned off during the live auction include a cottage rental on Winnipesaukee for one week in July, a two-bedroom condo on Sanibel Island during April vacation, and four Patriots tickets for the Dec. 28 game against the Buffalo Bills.

The evening's festivities will begin at 5:30 p.m. with silent auction and hors d'oeuvres. Dinner will follow at 7 p.m. with the live auction beginning shortly thereafter. All proceeds from the auction support the LCA Tuition Grant Fund which provides need-based scholarships for deserving Lakes Region children.

For more information regarding the event or the Tuition Grant Fund please call (603) 534-3250.

Irwin Auto to mark 50 years of Mustangs

LACONIA —  On the evening of Tuesday, November 18 starting at 5 p.m. Irwin Ford Lincoln will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Ford Mustang. This will be a night filled with fun, food and prizes.

The guest of honor will be long time Laconia resident Walter Ayer, Jr. with his original Mustang purchased for $3,322.35 at Irwin Ford back in 1964. Dave Clark, the sales manager at that time, will also be at this very special event.

From the moment the Ford Mustang was introduced 50 years ago, it was destined to be the classic and much-loved American muscle car. Within a year of its introduction, nearly half a million Mustangs were driven off of Ford dealership lots Just like Walter Ayer, Jr. did 50 years ago at Irwin Ford Lincoln

All are welcomed to join Irwin Ford Lincoln as they look back to over 50 years and celebrate the all-new 2015 Mustang modernized once again. Since its debut at auto shows around the world, excitement has been building for the all-new 2015 Mustang. The all-new sophisticated design clearly inspired by 50 years of Mustang heritage has evolved to attract a wider array of customers. Mustang is now available with three engines, offering a broader power of choice – a more powerful 5.0-liter V8, a 3.7-liter V6 and an all-new fuel-efficient 2.3-liter EcoBoost engine. Mustang sets new performance and dynamics benchmarks for the brand with world-class handling, more precise steering control and enhanced ride comfort.

All are welcome to this special event whether they previously purchased from Irwin or not. RSVP to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 603-581-2968.

Contra dancing in N.H.: then and now

GILFORD — On Tuesday, November 18 at 6:30 pm, the Gilford Public Library will host musician Dudley Laufman for a special presentation on the history and culture of contra dancing in New Hampshire.

Since the late 1600's, the lively tradition of contra dancing has kept people of all ages swinging and sashaying in barns, town halls and schools around the state. Contra dancing came to New Hampshire by way of the English colonists and remains popular in many communities. Presenter Dudley Laufman brings this tradition to life with stories, poems, and recordings of callers, musicians, and dancers – past and present.

Live music, always integral to this dance form, will be played on the fiddle and melodeon. Willing audience members may be invited to dance the Virginia Reel. This New Hampshire Humanities Program is co-sponsored with the Thompson-Ames Historical Society and is free and open to the public. All are invited to attend.

Ashland Christmas celebration Dec. 8

ASHLAND — On Thursday the 20th of October, which was a beautiful fall day with hardly a cloud in the sky, an 18 foot Balsam fir was planted as the new Ashland Town Christmas Tree. The hole was dug by the Town of Ashland Public Works Director, Tim Paquette assisted by local arborist Mark Liebert of Tree Solutions. The tree arrived on time just as the hole was completed and Palmer Koelb, owner of Shin-Boku Nursery and Baker Valley Nursery in Wentworth, used his crane truck to gently lift the tree from his truck into the hole. After it was straightened, and the burlap and metal transport basket removed, loam which was donated by Jeremy Hiltz Excavation was added. After a good watering the tree now stands proudly in Memorial Park and will serve as the Town Christmas Tree for decades to come.

The tree will be officially lit for the holidays on Christmas Night in Ashland on December 6.

This summer, the ailing Blue spruce that was the Town of Ashland Christmas tree had to be removed because it had grown too close to the electrical wires. That left the town with no tree to use as the Town Christmas Tree during the Holiday Season which is traditionally started off in Ashland with the annual Christmas Night in Ashland. Luckily the Ashland Area Recreation Association (AARA), a local non-profit that helps to promote recreational activities for resident of Ashland and surrounding towns sprung into action.

They contacted Koelb, who graciously offered to donate the tree after hearing about the loss of the previous tree. Not only did he donate the tree, but delivered and helped install it as well.