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Shaker Village hosting program about ‘Magnificent Barns’

CANTERBURY — Canterbury Shaker Village presents “Magnificent Barns!” an illustrated lecture by painter and illustrator on Sunday, October 19 from 4-5:30 p.m. The program is free and open to the public, but reservations are recommended.

“Magnificent Barns!” explores the achievements in architecture, agriculture, and design made by the Shaker communities in the building of their major barns during the 19th century. Agriculture was one of the principle economic enterprises of the Shakers and their efforts toward perfection and achievements as innovators resulted in the construction of some of the most notable barns of their era.
The lecture will be presented by artist Robert Braun and includes more than 160 archival photos, maps, and drawings of historic barns. Also included will be a selection images created by Braun for the Shaker Barn Project, a series of paintings, scale drawings, and models that both document and illustrate a number of important Shaker barns as they were originally built. Representations of livestock and poultry known to have been raised by the Shakers or typical of the era and geography enliven the paintings and expand the subject matter to include animal husbandry.
Braun is an accomplished artist who has been an Art Department Illustrator for films including The Great Gatsby, Revolutionary Road, The Departed, and The Manchurian Candidate. Braun has worked as a Design Assistant producing paint elevations and models for numerous Broadway productions as well as the Metropolitan and Washington Operas. He has also created murals and done decorative painting for Michael Graves, Diane Von Furstenburg and Iris & B.Gerald Cantor as well as illustrations for museums and the National Park Service.
“Magnificent Barns!” was originally presented in 2013 at the Shaker Seminar at Mt. Lebanon, New York, an event that also included an extensive survey of the barns in New York State. A question and answer period will follow the lecture and full-sized high quality giclee prints of the original watercolors in the Shaker Barn Project will be available for sale after the presentation. For more information or to pre-register visit www.shakers.org.

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Gilmanton Year-Round walk-a-thon

GILMANTON — The Forest Walk-a-thon at the Gilmanton Year-Round Library will be held on Sunday, October 18 at 11 a.m. 

There are two routes available. One is the short-loop course by the pond, which goes past the observation platform overlooking the pond. The longer route takes participants up to the top of Cogswell Mountain and is about a 2 mile course. Guides will be available along the course to point out areas of interest and give directions. There will also be an opportunity to participate in a forest scavenger hunt.

A free T-shirt will be given to the first 125 participants. Everyone can enjoy a hot dog and drink after crossing the finish line. Prizes will be awarded to the top earners during lunch. All money raised will be used to benefit the Gilmanton Year-Round Library’s operations. Prizes donated by The Iron Works Market, The Gilmanton Winery and Jordan’s Ice Cream and Brookside Pizza.

Sign up and get a pledge sheet at the library or download a form by going to www.gyrla.org and clicking on WALKATHON tab. Questions should be directed to Anne Kirby at 364-7498 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


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Taylor appoints Ed Soucy to Vice President-Finance

LACONIA — Taylor Community President/CEO Bob Selig announced the appointment of Ed Soucy to the position of Vice President- Finance. Soucy has been serving as Controller for Taylor since May, 2013, prior to which he had extensive experience in managing the finances of health care organizations and companies, including continuing care retirement communities (CCRCs), similar to Taylor.

"The financial management of a not-for-profit 501( c) (3) and in particular a CCRC like ours is complex and unique," explained Selig. "Ed's expertise is invaluable in helping Taylor ensure we continue to operate on a strong financial foundation as we look to the next 100 years of serving our mission to seniors."

In addition to the normal accounting and financial duties, in Soucy's new VP-Finance role, he'll oversee the financial management responsibilities in Human Resources, including 401k administration, liability insurance, health insurance, workers' compensation, liability and property insurance. Ed also assists residents with converting from Lifestyle to Continuing Care Contracts, a move that greatly benefits residents and Taylor Community overall.

Soucy resides in Hudson, with his wife and daughters. He enjoys playing Trivial Pursuit with Taylor residents as well as singing show tunes with the Taylor Chorus.

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Soul Revival band playing at The Mill Fudge Factory’s Back Room Saturday

BRISTOL — Coming to The Mill Fudge Factory on Saturday, October 11 is the Soul Revival band. Led by NH saxophonist Jonathan Lorentz, the Soul Revival performs gospel, spirituals, and blues, centering on the historic American songs Rock of Ages, Motherless Child, Ezekial, Down to the River, Just a Closer Walk with Thee, and When the Saints Go Marching In.

Lorentz (who's known for his recordings on the UK's Métier Jazz label, as well as high-energy live performances) said he discovered the joy of gospel music when organist Andy Carballeira started playing spirituals while on stage during Laconia's Coffee festival in 2013. Without discussion the trio launched into a rendition of Swing Low, Sweet Chariot and the Soul Revival was born. The band includes Carballeira on the Hammond B3 organ, and drummer Brooke "Skang" Sofferman, both of whom have performed extensively on the blues, jazz, and rock circuit.

Carballeira is a Boston-based keyboardist who is equally at home on the Wurlitzer and Rhodes electric pianos, as he is on the Hammond B3 organ. In addition to performing, Andy is an in-demand engineer and consultant, whose inventions include systems for moving his 300 lb organ. Andy is no stranger to New Hampshire, having performed recently in Portsmouth, as well as rock-climbed throughout the White Mountain region.

Boston's "Skang" Sofferman is sought-after drummer whose time in Boston has earned him a diversity of influence and experience. Incorporating his passion for composition and jazz into his drumming concepts, Sofferman sounds poised and dynamic, with impressive performance credits that include work with John Medeski, Chris Potter, George Garzone, and John Abercrombie. Mr. Sofferman is seen regularly on the rivers of New Hampshire as a highly-skilled kayaker.

Lorentz calls his band "hardworking" and adds that "this music is full of feel. Call it a religious fervor or not, the band is raw and emotional, with honest groove." They have recently begun recording for a forthcoming album.

The Back Room at The Mill has been hosting concerts with musicians from around New England for the last eight years. They also host a very popular Friday Open Mic night. While enjoying the music, you can enjoy their grilled panninis, salads, quesadillas, local/craft beer, and wine.

The performance begins at 7:30 pm. Admission is $15.
Advance tickets are available (603) 744-0405 www.theBackRoomAtTheMill.com

The Back Room at the Mill Fudge Factory is located at 2 Central Street, Bristol.

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