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The Wharf Rats return to Pitman's Freight Room this Sunday


LACONIA — The "Pointless Forest Presents" concert series returns to Pitman's Freight Room on Sunday, July 13 at 7 p.m. featuring two local favorites. The evening's featured act is the popular folk/rock/jam band "Wharf Rats," playing two sets, featuring originals and select covers from the '60s and '70s, that are arranged and performed in a way that is equal parts eclectic and electric.

Formed three years ago and based in Lakeport, the Wharf Rats play a number of originals by singer/songwriter (and Rats frontman) Peter Brunette, as well an ambitious selection of "traditional" folk/rock songs by artists such as the Grateful Dead, Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Tom Petty and Van Morrison. With three or four guitars (depending on the song) and five vocalists, Brunette's full-toned acoustic-electric Takamine, the classic Stratocaster lead guitar sound of Leighton Thomas, Phil Sanguedolce's sweet Sho-Bud pedal steel, Gibson SG and PRS electric guitars (and Martin acoustic-electric), and his wife, Janet Sanguedolce's Larivee acoustic-electric, they form a seamless sonic curtain in the front of the mix. Janet also adds a powerful and soulful presence on lead and backing vocals.

The mix of guitar and vocal sounds rhythmically blend and ethereally twist through the numbers, while the rock solid drumming of "Super" Steve Austin (Meredith) and extended improvisational bass figures of Kyle Nickerson drive the polyrhythmic beat. Opening for the Wharf Rats is Rutland, Vermont native Don Bartenstein. Don is a singer-songwriter with a varied repertoire of folk and pop tunes, and a favorite on the local acoustic music scene.

The show starts at 7 pm. Doors open at 6. Tickets are $12, General Admission BYOB; for advance tickets or reservations, call 603-393-7875 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , or call Pitman's Freight Room directly at 603-527-0043. For further information, check out the artists and the venue on Facebook: Wharf Rats (https://www.facebook.com/wharfratsNH), Don Bartenstein (https://www.facebook.com/don.bartenstein) and Pitman's Freight Room (https://www.facebook.com/pitmans.freightroom).

Last Updated on Thursday, 10 July 2014 09:26

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Garden pest seminar at Wesley Woods on Wed.

GILFORD — Garden Pests 101 with Kelly McAdam, Food & Agriculture Field Specialist with Belknap County Extension, Wednesday July 16th at 12 pm in the Wesley Woods Community Room.

Learn how to properly identify the damage in your garden, whether from an insect, disease, animal, or environmental factors. The life cycle of some of our more common yard and garden pests will be discussed, which will help you identify the best time to try to prevent damage. Go green and learn how to use cultural practices to reduce these pest problems in your garden, without depending on pesticides to control them.

A light lunch will be served. Contact Stace at 603-528-2555 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information or to RSVP.

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Bayswater Book Co. hosting ‘What’s So Great About NH’ author event on Saturday


CENTER HARBOR -- Bayswater Book Co. will to will host a multi-author event, titled What's So Great About NH, on Saturday, July 12, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Fourteen New Hampshire authors will come together to remind readers "What's So Great About NH" as they sign their books and meet readers.

Headlining the event will be author Ruth Doan MacDougall signing her latest edition of "50 More Hikes in the White Mountains," Yankee Magazine writer and editor Edie Clark signing "What There Was Not to Tell," and Ron Guilmette, author of the new coffee table picture book "The Islands of Winnipesaukee." Authors also attending include Jane Rice, Sandwich poet Page Coulter, Marianne O'Connor, Catherine Dougherty, Brendan Smith, Andy Opel, Judie Yuill, Steve Smith, Mark Okrant and Joan Cook.

The idea for What's So Great About NH came last year from Bayswater owner Michelle Taft, who wanted to draw attention to the importance of recognizing and celebrating the beauty of New Hampshire. This year's festivities mark the second annual event.
"I think that it is important to preserve and recognize the unique character that is New Hampshire. We thought that it would be a great opportunity to create an event to host New Hampshire authors and highlight the many aspects of what make this state such a great place to live and visit," said Taft.

Admission to the event is free. Bayswater is located in Center Harbor in Senter's Marketplace between Keepsake Quilting and Heath's Supermarket. Follow Bayswater on facebook and on the web, www.bayswaterbooks.com. Those who cannot attend this event can (603)253-8858 to special order a signed book.



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Windy Waters Conservancy annual meeting on Saturday


MEREDITH -- The 25th anniversary annual meeting of the Windy Waters Conservancy, formerly known as the Waukewan Shore Owners Association, will be on Saturday, July 12, at the Meredith Community Center, Conference Room.

The business portion of the meeting will include presentations of conservation efforts recently completed or currently under way.,

The technical session will include presentation by two speakers:

• Don Berry, president of the Lakes Region Conservation Trust, will describe the recently acquired Fogg Hill conservation area project.

• Pat Tarpey, executive director of the Lake Winnipesauke Watershed Association, will speak about the ongoing Waukewan and Winona Restoration Plan.

The doors will open at 9:30 a.m. for registration, and the meeting is scheduled to start at 10 a.m.

Further information may be found on the WWC's web site: waukewan.org

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