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Annual Breakfast with Santa Saturday, December 7

MEREDITH — The Class of 2015 at Inter-Lakes High School will hold a Breakfast with Santa Claus at the Inter-Lakes High School Cafeteria on Saturday, December 7 from 8:30-10:30 a.m.

Cost is $7 for adults, $5 for students, $ 20 for families of four and children three and under are free.
Cost includes a hot breakfast, a meet and greet with Santa, pictures with Santa, face painting and coloring.


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Meredith Parks and Recreation Open House

MEREDITH — Meredith Parks and Recreation will hold a Holiday Open House Sunday December 8 from 2-4 p.m. at the Meredith Community Center.

There will be photos with Santa, which will be e-mailed to families, refreshments and opportunities to try out the 26 foot indoor climbing wall, the super fun jumpy house, spin art, decorate cookies and fun holiday themed Minute to Win It games.

The Parks & Recreation Department offers this to families, free of charge, with the help of our non-profit fundraising group – The Friends of Meredith Parks & Recreation.
Following the open house the scene shifts to Hesky Park for the annual Tree Lighting with Santa. The Afterschool Program kiddos will be caroling from 5-5:30 p.m. and Santa will arrive on the fire truck around 5:15 to help with the caroling and light the tree at 5:30.

For more information call the Meredith Parks & Recreation Department at 279-8197.

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Methodist Church Hosting Annual Christmas Meal

GILFORD — For the last decade and a half the congregation of the First United Methodist Church has been putting on a free meal on Christmas day.

It all started because one family at the church lost a part of their own Christmas tradition. For many years the Keysar family of Laconia had spent their Christmas afternoon serving dinner at Patrick's Restaurant in Gilford. The Keysars were a small family and had found that the holiday ended early for them and wanted a way to give something back to the local community and in an effort to extend their own celebration began working the community meal at Patrick's. After several years the restaurant was sold and the meal stopped.

For a couple of years Mac and Maude Keysar and their daughter Jessica Alward didn't know what to do with themselves and Christmas didn't feel complete. Having done some catering and a whole lot of church suppers they decided that if their home church would support them they would take up the reins of the meal themselves.

This year marks nearly 2 decades of that dinner. Mac and Maude have both passed away now but Alward and her family are keeping the tradition alive.
Every year the doors of the church open at noon for fellowship, carols and appetizers. At 1 p.m. a complete ham dinner is laid out in the church fellowship hall. It is a holiday feast done right with all the trimmings. Linen table cloths, festive centerpieces and fine foods to fill the belly including homemade pies. "We have been lucky to have such a great home church with a super facility that allows us to put on such a bigger dinner." Alward says.
Alward, now married and mom to two boys is quick to say that it takes a lot of help from the community to put on the meal. "Every year we get folks from all over the local area that come and help us make this meal possible. They work in shifts on Christmas Eve to set up and prep food, two shifts on Christmas day, one to serve the meal and one to clean up. I don't know what I would do without these helpers."

She and her crew fed just over 200 last year and she anticipates an even bigger turnout this year. "People come back year after year. Some come so they won't be lonely on the holiday and others come because they just don't have enough food or money. Times are hard right now."

The Alward family welcomes anyone to come and eat or to work on the meal. Reservations are required so that they can plan enough food for everyone and you can make those reservations or volunteer to help by calling or emailing her by December 20 at 527-0152 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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Gilford Rotary Selling Engraved Bricks at Craft Fair

GILFORD — This Saturday, December 7 at the Christmas Fair at the Gilford schools, Gilford Rotary will be selling engraved bricks that will be located around the flag pole at the Gilford Village Field.

Each personalized engraved four by eight brick will become part of the permanent Gilford flagpole garden. A 50 dollar investment will help support the Gilford Rotary Club's ongoing local fundraising efforts.

Gilford Rotary will also be selling ornaments by Hermann Defregger that will depict the covered bridge that Gilford Rotary Club built and donated to the town in 1995.


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