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Next Laconia Historical & Museum Society exhibit to highlight waterskiing

LACONIA — The Laconia Historical and Museum Society will host a reception for its newest exhibition entitled "Making Waves" – Laconia's Waterski History on Tuesday, Aug. 5, at 6 p.m. at The Laconia Public Library.

There will be a roundtable discussion in the lecture hall featuring many of Laconia's Waterski "Stars" which will take place at 7 p.m., immediately following the reception.

Watersking was well established in the Lakes Region by 1953. An article in the 1953 New Hampshire Profiles magazine described waterskiing as "the latest and most exciting sport to hit the Granite State." The article gave credit to The Weirs Ski Club for contributing to the rise in popularity of the sport. The ski club had been in existence for three years at that time and was described as "one of the best known ski clubs in the country" with skiers that excelled in the three areas of tournament skiing — jumping, slalom, and trick skiing.

"So many exciting events occurred right here in our city ... it is such a thrill to be opening this exhibit on the 60th anniversary of Laconia's Dick Binette breaking the world record for distance jumping during the National's competition on Lake Opechee in 1954. So many people have helped to make this possible, including many of the "Stars" themselves," says Brenda Kean, the Historical and Museum Society's executive director.

This event is free and open to the public.

For more information about this event, contact Laconia Historical and Museum Society at 603.527.1278, by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or on the web at LaconiaHistorical.org.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 30 July 2014 08:01

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Seabee Picnic at Veterans Home on Saturday

TILTON — Local Seabee veterans will hold their annual picnic on Saturday, Aug. 2, at noon at the New Hampshire Veterans Home in Tilton.

The event is open to all who served in the Navy Seabees as well as their guests, according to John Hemeon, commander of Island X-4, the local chapter of the Navy Seabee Veterans of America.

Those who wish further information about the picnic may contact Hemeon at 603-786-9842, or chapter secretary Ray Vercoe at 603-524-3667.


Last Updated on Wednesday, 30 July 2014 03:05

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Ellacoya Chapter Eastern Star Holding Bean Supper Saturday

HOLDERNESS — Ellacoya Chpater's monthly public Bean Supper is scheduled for Saturday, August 2 at the Squam Valley Masonic Building on Rt 3/25 at the Center Harbor/Holderness town line. The building is air conditioned and handicap accessible.

For $8 adults and $3 children, choose from the menu including ham, meatballs, baked beans, potato casserole, salads and pies, all prepared by members of the chapter. Tickets are available at the door at 4:30. Serving starts at 5 p.m. and continues until 7 p.m. or until food runs out.

The proceeds of fundraising activities, in addition to helping the chapter meet its necessary expenses, are shared with local, state and national organizations such as area Visiting Nurse Associations, Food Banks, and American Cancer Society. Ellacoya Chapter, together with another the Eastern Star chapter in Bristol, sponsors Plymouth Assembly, International Order of Rainbow for Girls. This year monies, from a special fundraising effort by all Eastern Star chapters throughout New Hampshire, will be donated to the Shriners Burns Hospital in Boston.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 29 July 2014 11:11

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Thompson Ames Historical Society hosts Open House and collectibles sale

GILFORD — The public will have an opportunity to experience Gilford's farming and cultural heritage when the Thompson Ames Historical Society opens the Grange and Benjamin Rowe House to the public on Saturday, Aug. 2, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Docents will be on hand to share information and answer questions about these historic treasurers, both of which are listed on the National Register of Historic Buildings. The 1857 Grange was home to one of two Village Stores in the mid 1800s and later became home to the Grange, a national farmers' association organized in 1867.

Tour the Grange kitchen where many a meal was prepared and served to members of the community, providing a much needed social outlet from the solitude of farm life. The Grange also houses a re-creation of the one-room Homestead that was typical of early settlers.

The 1838 Benjamin Rowe House is recognized for its unique architectural style and bricks hand crafted by Benjamin Rowe from a clay source located behind what is now the Gilford Elementary School. The house is filled with artifacts representing a typical 1800s farmhouse and includes a newly refurbished Crawford wood cook stove.

A collectible and aged item sale will be open to the public during the hours of the open house. The proceeds of the sale will benefit a phased restoration project that will ultimately allow the entire building to be viewed by the public. Those who have items they would like to donate, may contact Thompson Ames at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 527-9009.

The Grange and Rowe House are located at 8 and 88 Belknap Mountain Road.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 29 July 2014 11:09

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