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Bead Divine opens its doors on Canal Street

LACONIA – Bead Divine LLC announces, a specialized jewelry and jewelry-making supply business, will hold the grand opening of its first retail location on Saturday, July 5, in downtown Laconia at 54 Canal St.

The day-long celebration will include drawings and jewelry-making demonstrations. A ribbon-cutting ceremony at the store is scheduled to take place today, July 1, at 11 a.m.

Bead Divine specializes in beaded jewelry and other items and beading supplies, as well as classes, workshops, and retreats.

"I've been creating and selling my own designs for several years, and also teaching beading classes," says owner Cari Ordway. "As my business has grown, I realized it was time for a full-service brick-and-mortar location. I found myself traveling to get the quality of beads I was looking for, which means other beading artists are in the same situation. Nothing can take the place of feeling a bead in your fingers and seeing it in real life to really get the idea of its true color or finish, or to see how it works with other beads you are looking to pair it with."

According to a 2010 Craft and Hobby Association study, jewelry making and beading represents a $2.3 billion market. More than 14 million U.S. households take part in the hobby.

Bead Divine carries beads and materials for everyone from experienced artists to beginning beaders.

"We have seed beads, Delicas, Swarvorski crystals, and handmade lampwork beads, as well as less expensive but just as pretty options," Ordway explains. "I have different types of stringing materials, including leather with a hollow space inside for wire to help shape it." In addition to serving as a retail outlet for supplies for beading enthusiasts in the Lakes Region and beyond, Ordway notes that the Canal Street store is an excellent space for her classes -- as well as for some new events she has in the works.

"We are holding a weekly kids' summer camp class starting on July 15 and hosting ladies' nights with special discounts and refreshments on Thursdays through September, in conjunction with the summer downtown market," she says. "What drew me to beading 11 years ago is that you can make something so beautiful even as a beginner. I want to share that with as many people as possible."

Classes will range from beginning jewelry making to more advanced topics such as working with precious metal clay. With a brick patio behind her new store, Ordway notes that Bead Divine has ample room for birthday parties and events such as bridesmaid gatherings, too.

Bead Divine will be open Tuesdays through Sundays, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. starting on July 1, with Thursdays in the summer until 8 p.m.

More information about class topics and events will be available online at www.beaddivine.net.

Last Updated on Monday, 30 June 2014 08:23

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Lobsterman/author at Gilford Public Library today


GILFORD -- Lakes Region native John Keller will launch his first novel on Tuesday, July 1, at the Gilford Public Library.

Keller's talk, which gets under way at 6:30 p.m., is the first in the library's Get Booked series of Author Visits.

Keller will talk about how he came to write "Of Sea and Cloud," a story about the troubles of remote fishing village in Maine. "Of Sea and Cloud" portrays a community in turmoil when the globalization of the fishing industry reaches their boats, and one lobsterman is mysteriously murdered. Though fictional, the novel was inspired by Keller's early days as a stern-man on a lobster boat.

Keller's talk is free and open to the public.

Last Updated on Monday, 30 June 2014 07:49

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Artistic Roots Hosts Open House for Visiting Artists

PLYMOUTH — A large crowd of guests enjoyed meeting and visiting with the current group of artists participating in Artistic Roots' Visiting Artist Program. Refreshments were coordinated by fiber artist member Polly Bartlett and visitors enjoyed meeting the new artists and renewing acquaintances with others.

"The current work on display at Artistic Roots is a wonderful reminder of all the gifted and dedicated artists we have in Central New Hampshire and we are so pleased to be able to display such a wide showcase of quality right here in Plymouth!" declares, Debbie Johnson, Program Coordinator.

All six of the participating artists were available to show and discuss their art. Mollie Stark's Multi-dimensional Rustic Contemporary Art is very involved and it was interesting to hear her discuss how she achieves each one of a kind creation. Tamara Mann, ceramic artist, also was discussing her work including her latest nature-inspired mugs and flower frogs, which were being revealed for the very first time.

Also attending the reception was Annette Mitchell, who has her latest Printmaking/Painting work displayed for this show. Her impressive pieces are eye catching and created a good deal of interest at the reception. Waterfowl Carver, Lisa Strang treated guests to an ongoing waterfowl carving demonstration throughout the reception. She expertly crafted intricate life-like feathers in the wood to enhance her breathtaking carvings.

Guests also enjoyed the acrylic paintings of Gerri Harvey. Gerri's wonderful landscapes evoke a sense of peacefulness and tranquility in admirers which resonates with our beautiful natural surroundings. Maureen Bienariaz-Pond's realistic acrylic painting and area photography capture a wide variety of what residents and guests love in every day New England living. The incredible variety of work by these artists demonstrated the wide range of talents and interests that are local artists offer.

Shoppers and visitors can see the work of these guest artists and the other 40 members of Artistic Roots daily from 10-6. This show runs now through September 30. Artistic Roots is a member-run cooperative gallery located at 73 Main Street Plymouth. For more information call (603)726-4980 or visit their website at www.artisticroots.com.

Last Updated on Monday, 30 June 2014 07:45

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Waterville Valley has Fourth of July plans

WATERVILLE VALLEY — Celebrate Independence Day at Waterville Valley Resort in New Hampshire's White Mountains. The weekend full of family fun includes a hometown parade, outdoor concerts, family carnival and fireworks. The traditional 4th of July festivities are enhanced by Waterville Valley's Freedom Pass, a lodging perk that includes golf, tennis, mountain bike rental, chairlift ride, boat rental, swimming, ice-skating, and more.

The annual hometown parade kicks off at 11 a.m. on Friday, July 4, and all are welcome to participate by joining as spectators, walking in the parade, helping with a float or even entering a float in the parade. Kids are invited to meet at Packard Field at 10 a.m. to decorate bikes and scooters. Those entering cars in the parade meet at the Waterville Valley Conference Center parking lot at 10:30 a.m. Anyone wishing to walk or enter a float should contact the Waterville Valley Recreation Department at (603) 236-4695 prior to parade day.

From 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. on July 4, the band, Small Town Freedom, will perform a free outdoor concert on the Town Square's gazebo stage. The evening ends with the annual fireworks display over Corcoran Pond beginning at 9:30 p.m.

The 4th of July festivities continue on Saturday, July 5, with the Waterville Valley Recreation Department's annual Independence Day Family Carnival from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Town Square with performance of Sugar Coated Shakespeare. All are welcome to come and enjoy family-friendly games, t-shirt tie-dying, a 100-foot obstacle course, and more. Admission to all of the games and attractions is $10 per child (ages two and under are free). An a la carte barbecue will be available in the Town Square.

For more information, call the reservation specialists at 1-800-GO-VALLEY or online at visitwatervillevalley.com.

Last Updated on Monday, 30 June 2014 07:37

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