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John Funkhouser Quartet performing at Pitman’s Freight Room Thursday

LACONIA —  The John Funkhouser Quartet will perform Thursday, March 20, at Pitman's Freight Room at 95 New Salem St. The program gets under way at 8 p.m.

Lead quartet member John Funkhouser is a multi-instrumentalist and composer. He was educated at Cornell University and New England Conservatory and currently teaches at the Berklee College of Music. Besides leading his quartet, Funkhouser is in demand as both a pianist and a bassist, and has shared the stage with a variety of artists, including Grammy-nominated vocalists Luciana Souza and Tierney Sutton, piano icon Ran Blake and Afro-Cuban drummer Francisco Mela, and South Indian percussionist Trichy Sankaran and the world-jazz group Natraj.

Funkhouser will perform with bassist Greg Loughman, guitarist Phil Sargent and drummer Mike Connors. The band loves rock, too, and you can hear that in their approach. The John Funkhouser Quartet is a band of Musicians without Borders. With influences as wide ranging as Woody Guthrie, Thelonious Monk, Frank Zappa, Frederic Chopin, and Ravi Shankar, the quartet "employs complex rhythms, deep soulful moments, rock and passion and sensitivity.

Admission $12, doors open at 6:30 p.m. for the catered dinner buffet before the show. Call 527-0043 for information and reservations. www.pitmansfreightroom.com

Last Updated on Tuesday, 18 March 2014 09:41

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Preschool program offered by the Gilford Parks and Rec.

GILFORD — The Gilford Parks and Recreation Department is offering a two-week pre-school program for children ages 3-5 this spring. This program will take place from noon to 2 p.m. on Tuesdays, March 25 and April for 3-4 year olds and Fridays, March 28 and April 4 from noon to 2 p.m. for ages 4-5.

Activities will include planting, painting birdhouses and wind chimes, making sun catchers, nature walk and scavenger hunt, interactive games, cooking, crafts and more. The cost of this program is $10 per participants.

For more information, please contact the Parks and Recreation Department at 527-4722.

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History of Civil War memorials to be discussed in New Hampton

NEW HAMPTON — In commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, the New Hampton Historical Society will present the program, Vanished Veterans: New Hampshire's Civil War Monuments and Memorials, Thursday at 7 p.m. at the Gordon-Nash Library, Main Street, New Hampton.

Beginning with obelisks of the 1860s and continuing to re-mastered works of the 21st century, Civil War historian George Morrison will present a diverse selection of New Hampshire's commemorations and memorials.

New Hampshire towns did not erect monuments to prior wars. But the emotional and family toll, unprecedented in American history, drove the decision to honor our local soldiers and sailors of the War of Rebellion. From Seabrook to Colebrook, Berlin to Hinsdale, New Hampshire's towns, individuals and veterans organizations erected a fascinating assortment of memorials to The War of the Rebellion. It was not until 1920 that the town of New Hampton erected its monument, an inscribed stone placed in the town square.

This program is funded in part by the New Hampshire Humanities Council. For information you may contact the Gordon-Nash Library, 744-8061 or Gordon DuBois 279-0379.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 18 March 2014 09:24

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Holy Trinity will hold annual Spring Auction April 5

LACONIA — Holy Trinity School's annual Spring Auction will be held at Saturday, April 5 at 5 p.m. The 2014 HTS Spring Auction is presented by Bank of New Hampshire and AutoServ of Tilton; and, takes place at the St. Andre Bessette Parish Hall, 31 Gilford Avenue, Laconia.

Proceeds from the evening's events support the School's financial aid scholarship program, advanced curriculum components and the continued classes of art, music and physical education. The evening's silent and live auctions feature local and regional gift certificates and products.  As always, guests will be treated to a delicious dinner by our local Laconia food and beverage experts.

This year's auction block includes items such as a paddleboard, Red Sox tickets, NHMS July race tickets, Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion at Meadowbrook Inner Circle Membership, weekend get-a-ways, spa services; and, of course, those coveted Lake Winnipesaukee summer camp gift certificates. Silent auction bidding begins at 5 p.m. followed by dinner with live auction excitement starting promptly at 7 p.m.

Tickets are $10 per person and while reservations are encouraged, walk-ins are always welcome. Ticket fees will be waived for those groups of 10 or more wishing to reserve a table in advance. For your tickets, call Holy Trinity today at 524-3156.

Last Updated on Monday, 17 March 2014 10:28

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