LACONIA — The Belknap Mill Society has been making improvements in the Mill Gift Shop. With new vendors adding unique products to complement the existing items, the shop provides a distinctive shopping experience in downtown Laconia.
The assortment of products includes note cards produced by local photographers and artists Jackie Bonafide, Joanna DeCesare, Jill Mahan, and Angela Stewart; jewelry for every day and with holiday themes designed by Gilford resident Judi Taggart of No Weare Else; "smittens" made from recycled sweaters by LeeAnn Ellis; wooden bowls, pens, wine stoppers, and a rocking horse crafted by Jim Hallene of Goffstown; birch bark wooden serving tray, tree of life wall hanging, and game table handcrafted by Cat Magnant of Gilford; and walking sticks produced by Laconia's Vinnie DeCesare; as well as Cat's Meow wooden replica buildings, traditional toys, socks for all ages and activities, and books and videos about local history and by local authors.
New products at the shop include maple syrup in glass and plastic containers, maple sugar, cream, candy, and barbecue sauce, and New Hampshire-produced honey offered by Eileen and Ted Story of Gage Hill Sugar Shack in Contoocook. There are decorative raku and horse hair pottery handcrafted by Mark Crowley of Laconia and mustards, jams, and jellies prepared by Karen Schweizer of Nannie's Canning Pantry in Wentworth.
"The gift shop offers visitors the opportunity to take home products made by local crafters and photographers while supporting this historic treasure in downtown Laconia," said volunteer Judi Taggart. "We are constantly adding original and seasonal items to make your shopping trip a unique experience. Pop in and check out all the Mill has to offer."
The Mill Gift Shop is located at 25 Beacon Street East in Laconia. The building also houses the Belknap Mill Art Gallery, with fine arts on display and offered for sale, along with the Riverside Gallery with rotating exhibits. Tours of the powerhouse and a room where socks are made on vintage knitting machines offer additional educational experiences. The Belknap Mill is open weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., and during evening and weekend events.
Last Updated on Monday, 17 February 2014 10:55
GILFORD — The Gilford Youth Center is hosting a "Winter Wonderland Dance" for parents and children on February 22 5:30-8 p.m. The night will offer an Italian dinner, followed by music and dancing.
Last Updated on Monday, 17 February 2014 10:30
BELMONT — The Belmont High School Softball team will be hosting winter clinics on Saturday, March 1 and Saturday March 15 for grades 1-8 at the Belmont High School gymnasium.
The clinics are free with Grades 1-5 starting at 10 a.m. and Grades 5-8 from 1-4 p.m. Donations are welcome at check-in.
Staff includes Caitlin Clary, BHS Class of 2008 and Assumption College 2012, Chelsea Durso, Salem High School Class of 2007 and Assumption College Class of 2012 and Belmont High School coaches Bill Clary, Trish Geoffrey and Bill Hart.
Last Updated on Monday, 17 February 2014 10:27
LACONIA — Fusion, a non-profit organization promoting civic engagement, education, and strategic relationship-building, will hold its first "Inspired by Fusion" Non-Profit Fair on Wednesday, Feb. 19, from 3 to 7 p.m. at the Belknap Mill.
The purpose of the event is to assist leaders and volunteers in the various groups in matching up, allowing them to blend their talents in an area they are passionate about. By gathering a diverse array of Lakes Region non-profit organizations, Fusion hopes to encourage community members of all ages to find out what the Lakes Region has to offer and learn about the non-profits that could use a helping hand.
Opportunities for involvement may vary between spontaneous volunteer shifts or events, ongoing volunteer service, and board and committee service.
Participants at the fair will include the Belknap County Economic Development Council, the Circle Program, Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) NH, the Faith, Hope, and Love Foundation, the Greater Lakes Child Advocacy Center, Hands Across the Table, the Belknap Mill Society, the Laconia Historical and Museum Society, Laconia Kiwanis, Laconia Muskrats, Lakes Region Community Services, Lakes Region Municipal Volunteer Opportunities, Leadership Lakes Region, Network for Educational Opportunity, New Beginnings, NH Humane Society, New Horizons Band of the Lakes Region, People Investing in Community and Kids (PICK), Prescott Farm Environmental Education Center, the Rich Velasquez Youth Sports Equipment Foundation, the Santa Fund, ServiceLink, and the WOW Trail.
Last Updated on Monday, 17 February 2014 09:58
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