LACONIA — Pitman's Freight Room will host the JCB Jazz Trio on Thursday, December 5 at 8 p.m.
The JCB Trio is a straight-ahead jazz trio consisting of guitar, bass and drums. The band performs the works of great American composers such as George and Ira Gershwin, Irving Berlin, Cole Porter, Johnny Mercer, and Duke Ellington. The trio also performs a wide range of jazz standards composed by artists like Charlie Parker, Oscar Pettiford, Horace Silver, Clifford Brown, Dexter Gordon and many others. The members of the trio are Brad Hallen on acoustic bass, Curt Shumate on electric guitar and Jerzy (Jurek) Glod on drums.
Brad Hallen has played bass since 1975. For the past 5 years he has been a member of blues great Duke Robillard's band. Brad also played with the legendary Roomful of Blues for four years and recorded two albums with them. He has also toured and recorded with a wide range of Blues and R&B artists including: Hubert Sumlin, James Cotton, Susan Tedeschi, Mike Welch, Curtis Salgado, James Montgomery, Johnny Winter and rock artists including Ben Orr of The Cars.
Curt Shumate has been a musician and educator in the Boston area for over 30 years. Shortly after graduation from Berklee College of Music, he became a full-time guitar faculty member. As a guitarist he has performed with such notables as Peter Bernstein, Marshall Wood, John Lockwood, Dave Clark, John McKenna and Phil Grenadier. In addition to his teaching, Curt has also been an active member of the Boston music-theater scene including runs with several national touring companies.
Jurek Glod, a native of Poland, has played professionally since age 15. After gaining wide recognition in his home country, he joined the band of contemporary Polish jazz composer, Zbigniew Namyslowski, touring the world.. Since graduating Summa Cum Laude from Berklee, he has become a first call jazz drummer playing with many of the finest musicians in the Boston area, including pianists Ray Santisi and Chris Taylor.
Admission $12, doors open at 7:30 p.m. and Pitman's is a BYOB venue.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 04 December 2013 09:40
ALTON — An effort to protect access to Mt. Major, one of New Hampshire's best-loved hiking destinations, got a Thanksgiving boost last week of two donations totaling $50,000 that will help the Society for the Protection of N.H. Forests and its partners to buy and protect 950 acres of land.
An anonymous family foundation gave $30,000, and the N.H. Conservation License Plate ("moose plate") Program granted $20,000 to the Everybody Hikes Mt. Major Campaign, a joint effort of the Forest Society and Lakes Region Conservation Trust (LRCT).
The foundation's gift results from strong ties to the area. "This family has been hiking in New Hampshire for generations, and they are very familiar with the Belknap Range and Mt. Major trails. They also understand how much trail maintenance is needed for this popular hiking area, and that it is dependent on our ability to acquire ownership of the properties and trails," said Martha Twombly, development specialist with the Forest Society.
The N.H. Conservation License Plate ("moose plate") program supports the protection of critical resources in New Hampshire, including scenic lands, historic sites and artifacts, and plants and wildlife. Grants are awarded annually.
"When you pass someone with the New Hampshire moose license plate on their car or truck, give them a wave and a 'thank you' for supporting land conservation and cultural heritage around the state," Twombly said.
The Forest Society and LRCT have raised $917,000 of the $1.8 million goal to purchase and protect four properties – three on or near Mt. Major in Alton and one on Piper Mountain in Gilford. Momentum has been strong throughout the campaign and is getting stronger.
"With year-end just over a month away, the momentum seems to really be picking up," said Susanne Kibler-Hacker, vice president of development for the Forest Society. "With more than 1,200 donations so far, there's no question that Mt. Major is a popular destination."
The large number of individual donations is thanks to the work of dedicated volunteers from the Belknap Range Conservation Coalition who have taken turns handing out brochures and talking to hikers at the Mt. Major trailhead for the past several months.
Four large anonymous donations have been given to the LRCT for the campaign recently as well.
"We're getting letters and calls daily," said Don Berry, LRCT president. "We hear from people who have been hiking throughout the Belknaps for decades and would like to make it possible for generations to come to do the same."
Donations may be made online at forestsociety.org or lrct.org.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 04 December 2013 09:35
GILMANTON — The holidays are here and the Gilmanton Community Church Thrift Shop is having a 50% off sale just in time for holiday shopping.
From now through December 21 anything in the store with a red or green barb is half off. The church also sponsors an Adopt-a-Child Program. One could either adopt an entire family and purchase gifts, toys and clothing for that family, or adopt one child and buy gifts, toys and clothing. Many people prefer to just buy one gift for a child and that is also an option.
Those who wish to participate can contact Beth Lavin @ 267-1934 or Jane Sisti @ 364-7437. For those who prefer to buy just one gift, tags indicating a specific toy or article of clothing are available at the Thrift Shop or the Gilmanton Elementary School. Along with this program the donations of wrapping paper and bows are appreciated.
The Thrift Shop will be providing Christmas baskets and some of the special things still being collecting are peanut butter, jelly, pasta sauce, tuna, mayonnaise, cereal, juice, pineapple, sugar, and coffee.
Winter hours are Wednesdays 3–7 p.m. and Saturdays 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Parking is available in the Gilmanton Iron Works Church parking lot. Volunteers are needed and welcome.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 04 December 2013 09:30
GILFORD — The First United Methodist Church of Gilford is pleased to announce that there will be a Living Nativity at the church on December 15 at 2 p.m.
The Methodist Church has been a large part of the annual Live Nativity for many years in Gilford Village, but due to the issues surrounding safe places for the animals during the Nativity, and parking for the trailers as well as those who come to the program, the church decided to have the Living Nativity at their church at 18 Wesley Way (off Rt. 11A near the 3/11 by-pass) in Gilford.
Kathy Salanitro will be bringing a team of oxen to participate, and Jeff and Joyce Keyser will bring Eeyore the donkey and some sheep from Ramblin' Vewe Sheep Farm to help in the Nativity. After the program everyone will be able to see the animals up close and learn a bit about them.
Any children wishing to participate as shepherds or angels are welcomed to join the presentation. Adults who would like to participate are also welcomed. Just let the church office know at 524-3289 so that a costume will be ready, then be at the church at 1:45 for dressing. There are no lines to learn.
This program celebrates the true meaning of Christmas with the portrayal and reading of the Nativity story and the singing of favorite Christmas carols. Everyone is encouraged to come and participate in this wonderful celebration The program normally goes only 20 -30 minutes. Following the program, everyone is welcomed into the church to warm up and have some hot cider and cookies.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 04 December 2013 09:27
- Belmont High School: Strikes up the Band this Holiday Season
- LHS students to perform in Lakes Region Music Fest
- Christmas Festival at Moulton Farm December 15
- Gilford Rotarians Holding Annual Wixson Memorial Dinner
- Basket Weaving Demonstration with Alice Ogden Saturday
- Toys for Tots Drive being kicked off at the Black Swan Inn Holiday Open House