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Gilford Community Church summer fair & auction to be August 22 and 23

GILFORD — The Gilford Community Church Summer Fair and Silent Auction will be held on Friday, Aug. 22, from 4 to 7 p.m., and Saturday, Aug. 23, from 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The 30th annual Gilford Rotary pancake breakfast will be held in the Youth Center next to the church from 7 to 10 a.m. on Saturday.

Friday evening there will be a limited presentation of the fair (no jewelry until Saturday). Saturday will feature outdoor fair areas (chuck wagon hamburgers and hot dogs, ice-cream, fried dough and live music), as well as the indoor white elephant, books, and baked goods. There will be no luncheon this year, but anyone can get a a hamburger or hotdog from the Chuckwagon.

New this year are water-based games in the courtyard for children (slip n' slide, a bubbles station, water balloons and a misting room) as well as an inflatable obstacle course on the upper parking lot.

There will be a used bike sale.

Walt Disney's Anna and Elsa from the movie "Frozen" will be available in person in the Youth Center to meet with their young fans. Parents will be able to buy tickets on the GYC website (www.gilfordyouthcenter.com) Children will be able to meet and have their picture taken with the two princesses.

There will be a silent auction in the Youth Center as well as the selling of toys and games.

Clean donations are being accepted for the white elephant (no TVs, computers, appliances, encyclopedias, clothing or shoes, baby strollers, car seats or exercise equipment.) Fine furniture and antique donations are being assessed and accepted for the silent auction.

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Guided paddle of Meredith conservation area on Tuesday

MEREDITH — The Lakes Region Conservation Trust will offer a scenic and guided paddle to Stonedam Island Conservation Area on Tuesday, July 29.

The island is a 112-acre property with 2.7 miles of undeveloped shoreline acquired by trust in 1982.

The paddle will be led by a team of knowledgeable and experienced LRCT paddle excursion guides, including John Robbins, the Stonedam Island Property Adopter and David Mallard, the Land and Stewardship Director of LRCT.

The trip will begin at Cattle Landing on Meredith Neck Road and will follow the route along the shore of Meredith
Neck. The total round-trip distance for this paddle is approximately four miles. Participants will have the option to disembark for a walk on the island's trails, led by John Robbins, or to continue on for an additional three-mile paddling circumnavigation of the island. The one-half to 1½ mile guided walk will follow shoreline, wetland, and forest trails on the island.

Participants will have lunch together at a stopping point along the route and there will be opportunities for swimming in a few spots along the way for those who are interested.

Guides and participants will meet at 8 a.m. to unload and prepare for the paddle. The paddle will begin at 8:30 a.m. and return at approximately 3 p.m. Preregistration is required for this paddle and will be limited to 20 kayaks/canoes.

There are also a limited number of spaces available for transport to Stonedam Island by pontoon boat, for additional participants interested in joining in on the walk but not the paddle. Those accessing the island via pontoon boat will be asked to arrive at the launch site at 8:40 a.m. with an 8:50 a.m. departure time.

To preregister, please contact LRCT at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ; 603-253-3301. All LRCT guided excursions are free to all.

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NH Music Fest announces ‘New Vibrations’ initiative (555)

PLYMOUTH — The New Hampshire Music Festival is launching a mentoring program that pairs students with Festival audience members to learn more about how an orchestra works and hopefully enhance their appreciation of orchestral music.

The first group of students and mentors to participate in the New Vibrations program will attend the Festival's Family Concert on July 26 at 10 a.m. at the Silver Center for the Arts in Plymouth, and will be led by 10 volunteers from the neighboring towns of Holderness and Ashland. Future groups will attend the classical concerts on either Thursday or Saturday throughout the summer season.

Liz Cody of Ashland came up with the idea for the program as a way to bring in more young people to Festival performances.

"I was at a concert and thinking about how inspired I felt by the music, how transformational the experience was," Cody said. "If we could involve more kids and get them interested in music at a younger age, we will have a whole new generation of musicians and audience members and ensure that organizations such as the Festival will always have a place in our region. These are the future leaders of our community."

Cody will be one of the group leaders along with Festival Board member Sid Lovett, who will be in charge of a group from Holderness. Each is recruiting four other mentors from their towns to participate, for a total of ten audience members in the initial group.

"We hope that other towns will hear about the program and want to be involved. It would be great if we were able to add more towns and students each week, and also include other types of activities, such as theatre or dance. This is really an opportunity to promote music and arts education in a fun way," Lovett said of the idea.

Students of all ages are invited to join New Vibrations and the Festival is seeking volunteers from all towns to serve as mentors. Each volunteer will be responsible for purchasing a ticket for themselves and accompanying the group to the Family Concert, which is free to all kids 18 and under and college students with an ID. Students are encouraged to ask questions, learn more about the instruments, music and orchestra and meet with some of the musicians to hear about their experiences as members of the Festival. After the concert, the group will grab an ice cream at local favorite M 'n M Scoops on Main Street in Plymouth.

Friends of the Arts and the Arts Alliance of Northern New Hampshire will both be involved with the project and are inviting all of their students to participate. Frumie Selchen, executive director of the Arts Alliance, is excited to bring this type of initiative to the community.

"We were so happy to hear about this idea, particularly because it has a great synergy with other programs we are doing. Being able to offer this as part of our Youth Arts initiative provides students with a wide variety of opportunities to experience all types of visual and performing arts. We hope that enthusiasm for these types of programs will allow us to offer them year-round," Selchen said.

For further information or to purchase tickets for the New Hampshire Music Festival, please visit www.nhmf.org or call the Silver Center for the Arts box office at 603-535-2787.


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'Legends of the Lakes Region' Needed for New Book

LACONIA —  Five years ago, Lakes Region residents – both seasonal and year-rounders – were delighted when a book of local photographs and essays appeared entitled "The Lakes Region of New Hampshire: Four Seasons, Countless Memories."

Now Carbone Productions, LLC, publishers of the book, have announced a new book project. "Legendary Locals of New Hampshire's Lakes Region." The book will be produced in cooperation with Arcadia Publishing of Charleston, S.C., and is expected to be available next summer.

Author Ray Carbone, founder and CEO of Carbone Productions, said he's already gathering names of people that could be included in the new book. "We're trying to identify individuals – artists, athletes, government officials, business owners, community leaders, etc. – that have had, or are now having, a lasting impact on the Lakes Region, or on a particular town or community," he said.

Carbone is asking for help from the public in compiling a list of about 150 people. "I've worked in the Lakes Region for about 20 years, mostly as a reporter for the Citizen of Laconia and the Laconia Daily Sun, so I have some knowledge of the area, but I know there are still people – in history, in a special area of talent or expertise, in a smaller community – that I've never met or heard about," he said. "I'm hoping to cast a wide net, to let people know that we're looking especially for the 100 to 200 people that are genuinely 'Local Legends.'"

In addition to individuals, some select organizations, clubs and/or groups that have had a lasting impact on the area will be included, he said.

"We're looking stories that are heartwarming, tragic and quirky," said Erin Vosgien, Arcadia's Legendary Locals Editor, who lives in East Kingston. "There should be a combination of historical characters and modern figures that people can related to. We want well-known people as well as unsung heroes."

The book will be about 128 pages and printed on high-quality glossy paper. It will include approximately 100 to 200 noteworthy and newsworthy individuals and groups, illustrated with about 150 images.

If you know someone who you'd like to suggest, contact Carbone at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. His goal is to have a preliminary list of "nominees" by the end of July. (If there is a good photograph of the subject available, that will help in moving the process forward.)

Those interested in pre-ordering the book, can contact Carbone at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Last Updated on Thursday, 24 July 2014 09:07

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