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New Guinness World Record Attempt Added to Sunday's Raft-a-Palooza

LACONIA — This Sunday, August 3rd, NH LAKES' LakeFest 2014: Raft-a-Palooza, presented by Binnie Media, will attempt to capture not one, but two Guinness World Records. Organizers just announced they've filed an official application to target an existing Australian record for largest number of kayaks and canoes launched simultaneously. A group in Hobart, Tasmania, set the current record of 308 boats on February 9, 2013. LakeFest: Raft-a-Palooza organizers think they can bring this Guinness World Record home to the United States.

Pre-registration for Raft-a-Palooza has been brisk, with more than enough boats registered to beat the standing record. However, logistics will be key to get all boats officially counted and recognized for the record. Canoes and kayaks will tightly line the shore of Endicott Rock Park in Weirs Beach on Lake Winnipesaukee; following the 10:15 a.m. Blessing of the Fleet, paddlers will attempt to break the largest simultaneous launch record. Boats will then raft up for the 11 a.m. attempt to best Sutton's Bay, Michigan's standing record of 2,099 boats for the largest raft of canoes and kayaks.

Through July 31st, Raft-a-Palooza "Last Chance to Save" registration is just $15 per boat; online registration for individuals and teams is simple and fast at www.nhlakefest.org. All boaters registered by July 31st will be automatically entered to win a kayak from LL Bean in West Lebanon, and an overnight getaway from The Common Man.

Raft-a-Palooza attracts paddlers of all ages and levels of experience. Reasonably priced boat rentals are available during online registration: single kayak ($30), canoe ($40), tandem (2-person) kayak ($45). Reserved rental boats will be available for on-the-beach pick up.

Those wishing to beat the crowds and extend the fun can take advantage of early bird check-in and boat drop on Saturday, August 2nd. Raft-a-Palooza attendees can get a special discount on the M/S Mount Washington's 12:30 p.m. party cruise on 8/2, presented by Harpoon Brewery and Binnie Media; 2 for $40 pricing is available by visiting www.nhlakefest.org.

Sunday, August 3 promises to be an exciting day on Lake Winnipesaukee. An expanded free, family-friendly festival will spread across Endicott Rock Park at Weirs Beach, featuring the kid-friendly Watershed Warriors education circuit, nonprofit exhibitors, special 2014 LakeFest patches for the first 100 kids who visit the NH LAKES booth after raft up, and live music. Andy Opel, author of Winnipesauke- based children's books The Weirs and The Witches will meet with readers, as will Ronald Guilmette, coauthor of Islands of Winnipesaukee. A new Artisan Marketplace will join the mix, curated by Granite State Arts Market, and the New Hampshire Boat Museum will be onsite with a display. Attendees can purchase modern day canoes and kayaks in the vendor area. Food vendors will include Big Love Mexican Diner, Traveling Texas Smoke Shop, Del's Kitchen, and Dog Days of Summer Ice Cream. Event parking is free at the Lobster Pound, and a complimentary shuttle bus is provided by The Tilton School.

In addition to offering a fun-filled day of paddling and on-shore entertainment, LakeFest also educates the boating public about the vital Clean, Drain & Dry! technique to prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species. Funds raised through LakeFest 2014 directly support NH LAKES' work to protect local lakes and their watersheds through education and advocacy. Since 2002, hundreds of paid and volunteer NH LAKES Lake Hosts have conducted more than 576,000 courtesy boat inspections and have made more than 1,409 "saves" of aquatic invasive plant fragments that were about to enter or had just left a waterbody.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 30 July 2014 10:40

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Wednesday concerts in Moultonborough

MOULTONBOROUGH — The Recreation Department Summer Concert Series presents performances Wednesday evenings at the Moultonborough Lion's Club Gazebo through August 20 beginning at 6:30 p.m. Free. For more information call 476-8868 or www.moultonboroughnh.gov.

Upcoming artists include the Rick Clogston Band on July 30; Amanda & Jessica Hiittner, Elaine Velie & Emily Young on August 6; Julia Velie & Friends on August 13; and the Traveling Wolfe Berries on August 20. Food vendor's fare will be available for sale at some concerts. Attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or a blanket. Picnic baskets are welcome. All concerts will be held rain or shine and can be moved inside in case of inclement weather. 

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Moulton Farm hosts floral workshops

 MEREDITH — Flower-cutting and arranging workshops are being planned at Moulton Farm on Aug. 6 and 13.

As part of the "Cut, Arrange, and Enjoy" flower workshops, participants will explore Moulton Farm's extensive pick-your- own flower garden to select and cut blooms to create their own arrangements.

Sue Dail and Dot Hartson, who create the flower arrangements sold at the farm as well as for special events, will provide advice on which flowers will work best for the vase or container participants have brought from home as well as demonstrate how to cut the blooms to help them last longer. Later in the workshop they will show different techniques enabling participants to create their own arrangement to take home. Participants will also receive a discount on any flowers they cut from the farm's cutting garden for four weeks following the workshop.

The workshop on Wednesday, Aug. 6, will take place from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. The same workshop will be repeated on Wednesday, Aug. 13, from 2 to 4 p.m.

The workshop costs $30 per person including the flowers used during the workshop. Advanced registration is suggested. More information is available at www.moultonfarm.com/cutflowerworkshop/

Moulton Farm is located at 18 Quarry Road off Route 25 in Meredith. The farm practices sustainable agriculture and is dedicated to providing the highest quality fruits and vegetables while preserving its rich soil for future generations. In addition to growing its own produce, the farm offers plants, garden supplies, baked goods and a quality selection of seafood, meats, dairy products and other items from northern New England producers. More information can be found at www.moultonfarm.com or on Facebook at Facebook.com/MoultonFarm.

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'A Time of Flowers' exhibit in Meredith

MEREDITH — The public is invited to attend the opening of A Time of Flowers at the lakes gallery at chi-lin on Thursday, July 31 from 5-7 p.m. The exhibit is comprised of floral work by both Western and Eastern artists in—oil, Chinese inks, woodblock prints, solar etchings, egg tempera, colored pencil & graphite exhibited. Artists will be present. 

Carol Morley, whose drawings are in the show, will be teaching a one-day workshop, “Botanical Sketching Garden Flowers,” on Thursday, August 7 from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. The class is $125 for the full day and is suitable for students of all skill levels.

For additional information please call 279-8663, or go to thelakesgallery.com.

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