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"The Hurricane of 1938", Featuring Shira Gladstone at Winni Museum August 6

LACONIA — The Lake Winnipesaukee Museum is hosting a lecture, "The Hurricane of 1938", featuring Shira Gladstone on Wednesday, August at 6th at 7 p.m.

The New England Hurricane was the first major hurricane to strike New England since 1869. The hurricane struck on September 21, 1938. With wind, floodwaters and fire, it was one of the most powerful and destructive storms to ever hit New England.

This lecture is free for members and for non members there will be a $5 fee. Call 366-5950 to RSVP. We are located on Route 3 in Laconia, next to Funspot.

Last Updated on Friday, 01 August 2014 08:47

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Mardi Gras Theme for Belmont Old Home Day

BELMONT — Jazz music will fill the air over Belmont Village on Saturday, August 9 as the town celebrates Mardi Gras. The Old Home Day Committee has a special day planned with two live jazz bands, challenging races, lively parade, children's games, community showcase, and a spectacular evening fireworks display.

The morning begins with a traditional flag raising ceremony by local Boy Scouts at 8 am, while vendors start pouring in to the municipal parking lot near the Belmont Library. The First Baptist Church will be hosting a Pancake Breakfast in the Senior Center, which is on the 2nd floor of the Belmont Mill building, starting at 7 am.

The biggest change to Old Home Day activities this year is that we are starting our challenging Belmont 10-Mile Road Race earlier with a time of 8:30 am. This should allow for a "cooler" run through the back roads of Belmont and give athletes and their families more time to enjoy our other offerings of the day. Our Tioga Fun Run, a one and a half mile course through Belmont Village, will start at 9 am. Both races start on Concord St. near Belmont Garage and finish on Main St. near the Town Hall. Registration forms for the 10-Mile are on the Town of Belmont's website at http://www.belmontnh.org/belmontoldhomeday.asp. "Day of" registrations are also accepted for both races.

A 3-piece jazz band, Soggy Po' Boys (www.soggypoboys.com), will provide entertainment for all ages near our historic bandstand, while the younger crowd enjoys the children's games and other ever-popular Pedal Tractor Pull nearby. The  colorful parade will take over Main St. at 1 pm. This year's theme is "Mardi Gras", so be on the lookout for volunteers handing out traditional beads to get everyone in the spirit.

The Fire Department is hosting a chicken BBQ at the fire station starting at 5pm.  Following the BBQ, Bryant Field on Rte. 106 will start to come alive with evening entertainment. Vertical Dreams will be there with their portable climbing wall, no fee charged. Traditional children's games are always a hit with "children" of all ages. Bring a blanket, tempt your taste buds with yummy treats, toss a beach ball around, and enjoy the highly-acclaimed jazz band, Small Change (https://www.facebook.com/SmallChangeBand). The evening wraps up with our spectacular fireworks display around 9:30 pm.

Those interested in vendor space or who have other questions, can contact Shana Agan at (603) 998-3525 or Gretta Olson-Wilder at (603) 524-2782.

Last Updated on Friday, 01 August 2014 08:40

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Occidental Gypsy group at Pitman's tonight

LACONIA — Pitman's Freight House will host Occidental Gypsy tonight at 8 p.m. Admission is $15 and Pitman's is a BYOB venue.

Nationally recognized Occidental Gypsy plays a dynamic, multi-genre mix of original vocal and instrumental pieces along with many notable covers like a "gypsyfied" take of Michael Jackson's Thriller. The Boston Globe has named them a "Best Bet for Weekend Entertainment," and musician David Bromberg said of the group, "great singing, fantastic guitar and violin work, with high energy originals that leave the crowd crazy. An awesome band."

A typical Occidental Gypsy concert consists of a mix of original pieces, traditional gypsy jazz from 1930s and '40s icon Django Reinhardt, and covers of songs from other genres — the Beatles, Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson's "Thriller," the theme song from the Harry Potter movies — but with a gypsy jazz spin.

Eli Bishop – violin, Jonathan Hurley – vocals & rhythm guitar, Jeff Feldman- bass, Erick Cifuentes – percussion and Brett Feldman – lead guitar. www.pitmansfreightroom.com

Last Updated on Friday, 01 August 2014 08:18

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Bestselling author at Gilford Public Library on August 7

GILFORD — Gilford Public Library will hold New York Times bestselling author William Martin for a special presentation on President Abraham Lincoln on Thursday, August 7 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. 

William Martin is the author of ten novels, a PBS documentary, book reviews, magazine articles, and a cult-classic horror movie, too. Since the success of his first novel, Back Bay, he has been following the lives of the great and anonymous in American history, taking readers from the Pilgrims to 9/​11.

He was the 2005 recipient of the prestigious New England Book Award, given to an author "whose body of work stands as a significant contribution to the culture of the region. During the library presentation, titled Lincoln and Liberty Too, Martin will lead viewers on a journey into the past to meet Lincoln, the people he knew, and the city he lived in as president. He will also discuss his latest novel, The Lincoln Letter – a fast-paced read that follows treasure hunters on their search for Abraham Lincoln's personal diary.

Last Updated on Friday, 01 August 2014 08:12

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