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Shaker Village Rising on Saturday

CANTERBURY -- Canterbury Shaker Village will host Village Rising this Saturday, Aug. 16, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The day-long event celebrates the modern impact of the Shaker legacy through a new exhibit, Shaker Traditions: Contemporary Translations, a concert of original music by Kevin Siegfried and performed by Artful Noise, special tours and programs.

All activities and the concert are included with regular museum admission.

The new exhibit, Shaker Traditions: Contemporary Translations, will be unveiled during Village Rising. The exhibit showcases the many ways in which visitors have been inspired to translate the Shakers' commitment to simplicity and mindfulness into their personal expressions. The collection of submitted works, many of which have been paired with historic artifacts from the Village's collection, is located in the Carriage House and will remain on display through December. A Gallery Walk with Executive Director and exhibit curator Funi Burdick will take place at 11 a.m.

Commissioned by Canterbury Shaker Village as part of Shaker Traditions, Contemporary Translations, Land of Pure Delight: Shaker Songs and Dances for String Quartet will be performed at 3 p.m. in the historic Meeting House. The original work composed by Kevin Siegfried and performed by Artful Noise takes Shaker musical themes and places them in the context of a contemporary string quartet. A variety of styles are explored, from tuneful hymnody to foot-stomping marches.

Concert tickets are included in the price of admission and may be reserved by pre-registering by phone (603-783-9511). On the day of the event, remaining tickets will be available in the Museum Shop on a first come, first serve basis.

Special tours and programs will be offered including, Relationship with the Land, a walking tour with Lauren Chase-Rowell at 11 a.m.; Shaker-inspired Recipes, an audience-style cooking demonstration with Chef Todd Sweet, executive chef of University of New Hampshire's Philbrook Dining Hall, at 1 p.m.; and Translating the Shaker Aesthetic for Contemporary Life, a walking tour with Peg Donahue, Feng-Shui design consultant at 1 p.m.

Families interested in hands-on activities can make upcycled bird feeders and aromatherapy art until 3 p.m.

Those who want more information about Village Rising or what to purchase tickets can visit www.shakers.org.


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Justin Jaymes returning to Meadowbrook this weekend

GILFORD — Justin Jaymes, who played the Magic Hat Stage before and after Zac Brown's concert last summer, returns to the Meadowbrook venue for the Acoustic After-Show, Saturday and Sunday nights, Aug. 16 and 17, starting at 11 p.m.

A singer/songwriter who has played up and down the East Coast, Jaymes will feature songs from a new album written with Academy Award winner Ernest Thompson Thompson. The writer of the screenplay for "On Golden Pond," who met Jaymes at last year's celebration for the late Joe Droukas, will appear at this year's shows to introduce Jaymes and the amazing range of new material complimenting Jaymes' guitar style and voice. "Home of the Brave" has already been embraced by audiences in New Hampshire and Maine, along with "Rehabilitated and Forgive." Jaymes will play those songs along with other Thompson/Jaymes compositions.

Jaymes has shared the stage with Blue Öyster Cult, Papa John Creach, Spencer Davis, Aztec Two-Step, Jonathan Edwards, Diamond Teeth Mary, Blind Willie

Smith, and, like Thompson, wrote songs with Droukas.

Thompson, lyricist for "The Father Daughter Dance," written with and recorded by Carly Simon, and the anthemic "Boston Strong," has collaborated as well with Joan Osborne, Mighty Sam McClain, Natalie MacMaster, Joe Droukas, Ray Porcell and Joe Deleault, all featured on the soundtracks of

his newest movies "Time and Charges" and "Heavenly Angle," both shot in New Hampshire.

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Family Resource Center offers Nurturing Fathers program starting in Sept.

LACONIA — As part of its continued effort to foster strong families, the Family Resource Center, will be offering a free 13-week program for men striving to be good fathers.

This new program, called Nurturing Fathers, will get under way in September. It will be a free 13-week series for men striving to be the best dads they can be. The Nurturing Fathers Series will provide a space for men to connect with other men who are parenting in similar times and circumstances.

The series will be facilitated by two experienced fathers and LRCS Directors David Emond and Steve Colombo. Both men trained in the curriculum this spring through a grant from the New Hampshire Children's Speedway and are looking forward to the program's fall debut. The Father Engagement Action Team (FEAT) at the Division of Children, Youth and Families, has been a strong partner of the Family Resource Center in bringing this series to fruition.

Nurturing Fathers Series will meet on Thursdays from 5:30 to 8 p.m. from Sept. 11 to Dec. 11. Topics will include dealing with feelings, discipline without violence, communication and problem-solving, play, teamwork with spouse or partner, and more. Dinner will be included and limited assistance with childcare and transportation is available.

A second class is planned for the spring, with the expectation that Nurturing Fathers will be offered for years to come.

Fathers have always been welcome and supported through the offerings at Lakes Region Community Services' Family Resource Center, but it hasn't always been easy to connect with them. Knowing that fathers have such an important role in raising happy, healthy children, the FRC has been reaching out to dads in different ways.

For the past two years, Fishing with Fathers has provided a popular day for children and the special men in their lives to get together and have fun on New Hampshire's free fishing day. The Family Resource Center has also held one-time workshops for fathers and professionals on the ways they can contribute to the success of their children. And most recently, the center has held classes for incarcerated dads and provided opportunities for face-to-face visits with their children at the end of each successfully completed module.

For more information on Nurturing Fathrs and other classes offered through the Family Resource Center, please visit the website at www.lrcs.org, or contact Tricia Tousignant at 528-0391 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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Wesley Woods to host ceramics program on Monday

GILFORD — Metro Ceramics, a mobile ceramics studio, will be in the Wesley Woods Community Room on Monday, August 18th, starting at 11:30 a.m., rain or shine. 

The studio will provide the project pieces, paints and brushes, and will provide lunch. Paint up to three ceramics. The cost is $15 and includes lunch, one project piece, paints and firing.

For more information or to RSVP contact Stace at 603-528-2555 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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