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Trombone concert at PSU on October 15

PLYMOUTH —New Hampshire Music Festival principal trombonist David Loucky joins pianist and NHMF principal guest conductor Dan Perkins at Plymouth State University on Wednesday, October 15 at 8 p.m. at the Silver Center for the Arts in the Smith Recital Hall. Free and open to the public.

This recital will cover a variety of trombone repertoire, including works by Rachmaninoff, Saint-Saëns, and Šulek. Loucky will also be working with university and high school students as part of his visit.

Dr. Loucky, a low brass specialist, performs on all low brass instruments. A faculty member at Middle Tennessee State University since 1989, he also performed for two seasons as Assistant Principal Trombonist with the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra. He has performed and lectured at several International Trombone Festivals, and International Tuba-Euphonium Conferences and served on the faculty of the Tennessee Governor's School for the Arts. He is an active performer with the Nashville Symphony, New Hampshire Music Festival, Huntsville Symphony, Stones River Chamber Players, MTSU Faculty Jazz Combo, Middle Tennessee Jazz Orchestra, MTSU Faculty Brass Quintet, and the Nashville Chamber Brass.

Loucky performs on a period 19th-century ophicleide, the predecessor of the tuba and euphonium. He engages in the research of repertoire for this instrument and collaborates with composers who are interested in writing new works for it. He holds degrees from Wesleyan University, Yale School of Music, and SUNY at Stony Brook. He has been principal trombone with the New Hampshire Music Festival since 1987.

Dan Perkins is in his 24th year at Plymouth State University, where he is professor of music and director of choral activities and 2007 was appointed the first Stevens-Bristow Distinguished Professor. In 2011, he was honored as the American Choral Directors Association Choral Director of the Year. Dr Perkins is active as a guest conductor and clinician throughout the United States and abroad.

He is currently: Music Director of the Manchester Chorale Society and Orchestra, Co-founder and Music Director of the New Hampshire Master Chorale

Principal Guest Conductor and Director of Choral Activities for the New Hampshire Music Festiva, Guest Conductor of the Asia Pacific Activities Conference Orchestra in Hanoi, Vietnam. Additionally, he is frequent conductor of the NH Friendship Chorus and led their 2014 performance tour in Colombia. His choirs have performed and studied internationally in a variety of countries including Italy, Portugal, Morocco, South Africa, Vietnam, Armenia, Georgia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, and throughout the U.S. He was a guest conductor for Mid-America and the New England Symphonic Ensemble at Carnegie Hall in April 2014, which consisted of 250 singers from Iowa, Texas, California, Mississippi, and New Hampshire. For further information visit www.nhmf.org.

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Steele Hill Resort makes donation of $430 in books to Sanbornton Library

SANBORNTON — With one of the Lakes Region’s best views as a backdrop, Nancy Sapak, Steele Hill Resorts’ Activities Director, recently presented Sanbornton Public Library Director Marcia Haigh with over $430 in Usborne and Kane-Miller children’s books. The book donation is a result of a collaboration between Steele Hill Resorts and Carol Varney of Belmont, local Usborne Books & More representative, who provided children’s book fairs at the Resort for their guests over the summer. For hosting the book fairs, Steele Hill Resorts received free books which they then used to fulfill a wishlist of the Sanbornton Public Library.

“This is our third year hosting book fairs and it has been a wonderful opportunity for our families to purchase great books to enjoy during their stay with us, while also helping us stock the shelves of the children’s room at the Sanbornton Library,” stated Sapak.

According to Library Director Marcia Haigh the library has used these donations of books to not only enhance their children’s room selections but also as prizes for events during the summer reading program. “Adding these fresh, new books from Usborne builds excitement for reading. The selection is greatly appreciated by the parents as well as the children. I thank Nancy and Steele Hill Resort visitors for helping to put these books into the hands of Sanbornton children,“ stated Haigh.

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Science center selling detailed charts of Squam Lake


HOLDERNESS — The detailed charts of Squam Lake by noted American cartographer Bradford Washburn are now available on-line through the auspices of the Squam Lakes Natural Science Center.

Washburn, who achieved fame as an explorer, mountaineer, photographer, in addition to being cartographer, published a detailed survey of Squam Lake in the 1960s.

For the first time, these in-depth maps of Squam Lake are available online thanks to the efforts of Holderness resident and Squam Lakes Natural Science Center volunteer Tom Stepp. Stepp researched, scanned, and labeled maps from the Washburn collection at the Science Center. Stepp hopes that lovers of maps, property owners around Squam Lake, students of history, and people interested in Washburn's extraordinary life will enjoy viewing the original work plans.

Brad Washburn's Squam Lake maps can be found at http://www.nhnature.org/visit/washburn.php or by going to nhnature.org and following the Your Visit link to the Brad Washburn Squam Lake Maps

Washburn produced his first chart of Squam Lake in 1936, which was simply a tracing of a mosaic of vertical aerial photos taken in 1935 from an airplane flying at 10,000 feet. His 1948, 1954, and 1962 editions included refinements and a modest amount of new information. Later in the 1960s he spent a tremendous amount of time surveying Squam Lake and the surrounding area in detail, building an extensive and extremely accurate three-dimensional database. He used this new information for the major upgrade (1968) to the Squam Lake Chart, and eventually for his map of the Squam Range in 1973.

The 1968 edition of the lake chart not only had huge improvements in accuracy, it featured contour lines on the land surrounding the lake and a 300-foot grid of depth soundings, 99 percent of which were taken in the winter through the laborious process of drilling over 3,000 holes in the ice.

In addition to his work in the field of cartography, Washburn is credited for first ascents and creating new routes on many major Alaskan peaks. He also established the use of aerial photography for analyzing mountains and planning expeditions. Washburn is also well known for his long tenure as director of Boston's Museum of Science. In addition, Washburn created maps of various mountain ranges including the Presidential Range in New Hampshire.


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Paint night at Frog Rock


MEREDITH — The Frog Rock Tavern is bringing back the paint night in a "spooktacular way."

Cole Harper, local native artist, will be walking painters through a ghoulish painting that features glow-in-the-dark paint, perfect for Halloween décor.

This special event is scheduled to take place Tuesday Oct. 14, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. The tavern, at 67 Main St., will be open and serving a full menu and a full bar.

Spaces are limited. Reservations can be made at www.wineanddesignevents.com or emailing Chantelle Moynihan at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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