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Program Saturday about strong-willed Quaker woman

SANDWICH — The North Sandwich Friends Meeting (Quaker) invites the public to join others on Saturday, August 30 at 3 p.m. to learn about the Quakers. This is an opportunity to hear Meredith author Peter Miller, to tour the Quaker Meeting House, the Quaker burial ground, and learn a bit about our community's historical past. The Meeting House is uphill from the Durgin Covered Bridge (354 Quaker Whiteface Road, North Sandwich). Both the Durgin Bridge and the Quaker Meetinghouse are on the National Register of Historic Places.

Dr. Miller will speak about the life of Lakes Region legend Jane Varney Durgin. Jane Durgin (1820 – 1895) was a Quaker who was born and raised in Wolfeboro and who lived in Sandwich most of her adulthood. She was a highly intelligent, dynamic, courageous, and independent-minded person who refused to be boxed in by society's narrow definition of women's place in life or by the Quakers' rules of conduct. From adolescence on, she was a "fearless equestrienne," performing circus-like stunts on horseback. She risked disownment by the Society of Friends for eloping with a non-Quaker and being married by a Baptist minister.

She purchased real estate in her name alone at a time (1851) when married women had scant legal means of doing so. She risked imprisonment by being a "station master" on the Underground Railroad. Though women of her era were strongly discouraged from getting involved with politics, in 1856 she formed the Sandwich "Jessie Circle" in honor of the equally free-spirited Jessie Benton Fremont, wife of Republican Presidential candidate John C. Fremont. Despite her individualism, Jane was a lifelong Quaker and a devout Christian who won people's love, admiration, and respect through her force of mind, character, and vivaciousness.

Personally inscribed copies of Miller's newly-published book, "Jane Varney Durgin – Trick Rider, Quaker Preacher, Opponent of Slavery – Her Life and Times," will be available for purchase at this event.

Following the 3 p.m. presentation and book signing, there will be an opportunity to enjoy a walk through the nearby North Sandwich Friends Burial Grounds with community folks. Community members who wish to share stories about family members, friends, or neighbors who lived and helped make our community what it is today will be encouraged to do so. The Quaker burial grounds have gravestones inscribed back to the 1820's and many earlier stone markers that were not inscribed. Early Quakers adhering to their testimony for simplicity often did not mark stones or marked stones only with initials. There is limited parking and attendees are encouraged to carpool. Should there be rain in the late afternoon the program will go on as planned. The guided walk will be cancelled, however, the stories will be told in the shelter of the Meeting House.

North Sandwich Friends Meeting welcomes visitors to the Meeting for Worship any Sunday at 10:30.


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History of Moultonborough Post Office on Sept. 8

MOULTONBOROUGH — Moultonborough Historical Society's next evening historical program will be held on Monday, September 8 at 7 p.m. at the Lamprey House Museum on Route 25. The topic will be "The History of the Moultonborough Post Office."

Being a fairly large town geographically, Moultonborough once had five post offices-East Moultonboro, Red Hill, Winnipesaukee, Long Island, and just plain Moultonborough. The program will cover the history of the postal service, which dates back to at least 1832.

The Historical Society will also be hosting its fifth annual Monte Carlo Night Fundraiser on Saturday, October 4. There will be a buffet dinner at the Lions Club, followed by games of blackjack, roulette, craps, and Texas Hold-em, plus a 50/50 raffle starting at $500. Tickets are $25 per person and are available through the Historical Society website at MoultonboroughHistory.org, or by contacting Mary at 707-0206.

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One Man Blues Band performing at Pitman’s Friday

LACONIA — Pitman's Freight Room at 94 New Salem Street in downtown Laconia will host the Erik Ray One Man Blues Band on Friday, August 29, at 8 pm. Admission is $12 and Pitman's is a BYOB venue.

Montana native Erik Ray has spent the past three decades purveying his brand of blues in the rough and tumble roadhouses and honky tonks of the Northwest. His unique One Man Band show has thrilled audiences and kept rowdy dance hall floors full. Steeped in the traditions of Delta and Chicago style blues, Traditional Country, Folk, Zydeco and Early Rock, Erik's pulsing slide guitar and harmonica, along with his intense vocals and syncopated foot rhythms, strive to keep the Blues spirit alive and moving forward.

Erik recently relocated to New Hampshire, shifting his cowboy lifestyle to pursue a new chapter of life in the Granite State and quickly earned the right to represent NH in the International Blues Challenge and make his way all the way to the finals in Memphis.

Catered dinner buffet available before the show. Call 494-3334 for reservations. www.pitmansfreightroom.com.

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Adult Ed Golf begins September 28

LACONIA — Laconia Adult Education will be offering both a group Beginning Golf Class and an Intermediate Golf Class beginning on Sunday, September 28, 2014 at Laconia Country Club. The five week Golf for Beginners: Learn to Play Class will meet from 1:15-2:15 p.m. and The Golf Intermediate: Sharpen Your Game Class will meet for four weeks from 2:30-3:30 p.m.

The classes offered will be taught by Jason Baldini, Laconia Country Club Assistant Golf Professional and Laconia High School Golf Team Coach. Taking lessons simply makes learning the game much easier and improvement in your play takes place much faster. Participants will learn the 5 basic body actions necessary to achieve maximum results in attaining your golfing goal of playing well in a relatively short period of time. Holding the club properly and learning how to hit a golf ball are acquired skills. Grip, swing, set up and proper etiquette are all important points in learning the language of golf.

To enroll in the group golf classes or for more information, please contact the Laconia Adult Education Office at 524-5712. 

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