WOLFEBORO — Amy Kwei will present a program about her book "A Concubine for the Family" at the Wolfeboro Public Library on Thursday, October 3, 2013 at 7 p.m.
Based on the story of the author's own grandparents, "A Concubine for the Family" presents a fascinating picture of daily life and society during a tumultuous period in Chinese history. Set during the years 1937 to 1941, Kwei tells the story of Purple Jade, who gives a younger woman to her husband as a birthday gift. This is a story of upper-class upheaval and family solidarity in a time of war and destruction.
Kirkus Review called the novel "an engaging family saga by a talented storyteller." Author Lisa See praised the book, saying that she "really enjoyed the story." A book signing will follow the presentation.
Amy Kwei is a Shanghai born Chinese-American who has twice won the Talespinner Competition sponsored by the Poughkeepsie Journal. An excerpt from "A Concubine for the Family" was published in the Skollie magazine of the Aspen Writers Foundation as a short story. Her young adult novel "Intrigue in the House of Wong" was published in 2009, and her short stories, children's stories and essays have appeared in numerous magazines. Kwei is currently working on "Under the Red Moon" a sequel to "A Concubine for the Family."
For further information about this event, call 569-2428 or visit www.wolfeborolibrary.org.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 02 October 2013 07:19
MOULTONBOROUGH — The Moultonorough Historical Society is looking forward to two programs during the month of October. First will be the annual "Monte Carlo Night" on Saturday, October 5, from 6-10:30 p.m. at the Magic Foods banquet facility on Route 25 in Moultonborough.
This will feature food and loads of prizes including a raffle and silent auction, plus an evening of various casino games, including Texas Hold'em, blackjack, craps, roulette, and more.
Tickets are available at the last minute at $40 per person. Call 253-6250 or 707-0206, or email
, or use your paypal account on the historical society website at www.moultonboroughhistory.org. for more information and to purchase your tickets.
Next will be the regular evening program, and this month the topic will be "Wacky Songs That Made Us Laugh," presented by Calvin Knickerbocker. Keep in mind that this time the usual Monday evening program will be on a Tuesday evening, October 15 at 7:00 p.m., due to the Columbus Day holiday on Monday. Popular songs with humorous lyrics have kept us laughing since Colonial times. Laugh as you recall wacky moments from the past and discover new ones with Calvin Knickerbocker. Knickerbocker has previously presented a program here in Moultonborough on popular music during World War II that was most enjoyable.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 02 October 2013 07:16
LACONIA — Jennifer Tondreau and her team of skating professionals will open the Central New Hampshire Skating Academy's 2013-2014 season at the Laconia Ice Arena on Thursday, October 3.
These energetic and enthusiastic professionals bring their extensive experiences with Disney on Ice, the Ice Capades, competitive ice dancing and hockey skating to central New Hampshire. Using the Ice Skating Institute (ISI) curriculum, lessons from beginner to advanced levels will be offered to recreational skaters from age 3 to 103.
In addition to the Learn to Skate Program, comprised of a 30 minute lesson and 30 minutes of practice time, the staff will offer Off Ice Training for the Figure Skater to build core strength, increase flexibility and improve figure skating maneuvers on the ice, and Edge, Power and Positions for the Skater, which will consist of meditative school figures, cardiovascular power skating and skills and position training.
Central NH Skating Academy's Performance Company will offer two public performances this season. The Christmas Recital Show to be held on December 14 and the company's 11th annual Spread Your Wings and Soar Cancer Benefit Show, all proceeds of which are donated to a local family fighting cancer, on March 15.
The Central New Hampshire Skating Academy is a not for profit organization dedicated to the provision of recreational, theatrical and learn to skate programs to the central New Hampshire community. Additional information can be obtained at www.cnhskatingacademy.org or by calling 226-5683.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 02 October 2013 07:13
BELMONT — Marion E. Gibbs, 93, of 27 River Street #5, died at the Lakes Region General Hospital on Tuesday, October 1, 2013.
Mrs. Gibbs was born April 28, 1920 in Saugus, Mass., the daughter of the late George W. and Pearl (Townsend) Smith. She resided in Saugus, Mass. for many years and was a member of the Saugus Congregational Church. In 1972, she moved to Laconia.
Survivors include two sons, Bruce E. Gibbs and his wife, Maggie, of Belmont and Alan G. Gibbs and his wife, Anna, of Concord; two daughters, Virginia E. Adams and her husband, George, of Barrington and Linda J. Chartier of Laconia; 13 grandchildren; 19 great grandchildren; and several nephews and nieces. In addition to her parents, Mrs. Gibbs was predeceased by her husband of 58 years, Ralph E. Gibbs, in 1998 and her brother Chester Parker of Bridgton, Maine.
She enjoyed painting, making handmade cards, camping, and needlework and truly loved her arts and crafts.
Marion treasured all the special moments with her family and she had a smile for everyone. She touched many people's hearts with her warm and welcoming demeanor.
There will be no calling hours.
A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, October 5, 2013 at 1 p.m.at the 1st Congregational Church 301 Pembroke Street Pembroke, N.H. 03275.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Lakes Region Scholarship Foundation P.O. Box 7312 Gilford, N.H.03247-7312 or the First Congregational Church 301 Pembroke Street Pembroke, N.H. 03275.
Wilkinson-Beane-Simoneau-Paquette Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 164 Pleasant Street, Laconia, N.H. is assisting the family with the arrangements. For more information and to view an online memorial go to www.wilkinsonbeane.com.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 31 December 1969 07:00
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