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Gilford Village Candlelight Stroll Set for December 14

GILFORD – Over 1,000 lit candles will line Belknap Mountain Road in Gilford Village as guests are welcomed to the festivities scheduled for this year's Candlelight Stroll, which will be held in Gilford Village on December 14 from 5–7 p.m. The event is open to the public and all activities are free. The inclement weather date is Saturday, December 21, from 5-7 p.m.
Planning for this year's event immediately began after last year's highly successful stroll, which was part of Gilford's bicentennial celebration in 2012. After the bicentennial drew to a close, many residents hoped that the stroll would become an annual event. Consequently, a formal Candlelight Stroll committee was formed in January of this year. Members immediately began seeking sponsors for the event and were successful in finding numerous real estate agents, local businesses, and town departments that were willing to donate.
The committee picked a country theme for the event to honor the town's history of farming. In keeping with the theme, the committee decided to dedicate the 2013 stroll to Pete LaBonte and Ben Weeks. Both were long-time town employees and both men passed away earlier this year. Pete and Ben grew up during the town's farming era and remained dedicated to keeping the memory of it alive. Gilford Public Library will have displays created by the LaBonte and Weeks families for all to enjoy that evening.
The Thompson-Ames Historical Society will have all three of its historical buildings open. Jane Ellis plans to perform at the Mt. Belknap Grange while holiday cookies are baked in the oven. The Union Meetinghouse will provide the setting for Bonnie Deutsch & The Line Dancers, followed by Jeff Warner and his musical program, "Family Fun in Folk Music". Holiday decorations will adorn the Benjamin Rowe house for the holiday season, and old-time wooden toys are to be demonstrated.

Visitors can take Heritage Farm's horse-drawn wagon rides through the village. A number of residents plan to open their homes to visitors including some of last year's favorites, Dr. Kelley White's historic home and the Bickford/Snow house where Sally and Bill Bickford will be serving soup and chowder.

Be sure to stop by the library and make a holiday ornament or visit Norm Soucy at his Gilford Village Store. Gilford Fire-Rescue will be tending to a bonfire in the vicinity of the bandstand where Santa will greet children of all ages. Guests can roast marshmallows or create their own S'mores by the warmth of the fire. Members of Gilford's police department and Gilford's K-9 Unit, Officer VanSteensburg and Ike, will be on hand to answer questions.
The full program of programs and events will be posted on the website of Gilford Public Library at www.gilfordlibrary.org.

Last Updated on Friday, 22 November 2013 09:24

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12th Annual Memory Golf Tournament raised $4,000 for local Alzheimer’s Association chapter

TILTON— Tilton resident, Deidre McCain has raised $4,000 to support the Alzheimer's Association, Massachusetts/New Hampshire Chapter after organizing the 12th annual Memory Golf tournament on September 21.

Every year McCain and her group of dedicated family members and friends have organized and hosted the event at the DenBrae Golf Course in Sanbornton. Including the proceeds of this year's tournament, McCain has raised over $40,000 benefiting the Alzheimer's Association. McCain's impressive efforts even earned her recognition in 2011 from the Alzheimer's Association for the Myer Saxe Award, which highlights in individual who has made an outstanding financial contribution to the mission through personal actions.

"Deidre is amazing with her earnestness and commitment," said Becky Coliandris, Development Officer for the Alzheimer's Association New Hampshire Office. "We are thrilled not only with the significant amount of money she has raised throughout the years, but also with the fact that she is increasing public awareness for this most challenging disease."

More than 22,000 people in New Hampshire have Alzheimer's disease; more than 5 million are affected in the U.S., according to the Alzheimer's Association.

For information on Alzheimer programs, support groups and community resources in New Hampshire, call 603-606-6590 or visit www.alz.org/MANH.

Last Updated on Thursday, 21 November 2013 11:23

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Christmas at the Castle event starts Nov. 22nd

MOULTONBOROUGH — The newly restored front entrance at Lucknow, the "Castle" at Castle in the Clouds, is decorated and ready for visitors to the  popular Christmas at the Castle over the coming two weekends, Friday through Sunday, November 22-24 and November 29-December 1 from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

The Lucknow mansion is the main event, with its giant Christmas tree loaded with vintage ornaments, period decorations throughout the mansion and seasonal music heard through the rooms. There will be live music performances each of the 6 days: Tom Robinson, pianist, will perform seasonal favorites on November, 22. Next up the Tom Robinson Jazz Trio, with Tim Gilmore on drums and John Hunter on bass, will offer a jazzy mix of Christmas songs Saturday, November 23 and 30. Noelle Baudin and Siena Kaplan, Piano & Violin Duo serve up traditional and Celtic Christmas music on Sunday, November 24, with Noelle Baudin on piano on Friday, November 29, and on Sunday, December 1 the Children's Choir of Sandwich will perform the traditional holiday tunes.

After visitors tour Lucknow, they are welcome to warm up by the fireplace in The Carriage House with a hot beverage and cookies. Craft vendors will "deck the stalls" and the Gift Shop will be open for early holiday shopping. Hart's Turkey Farm will be bringing a delicious selection including hot butternut squash soup, hot turkey soup, Mediterranean orzo salad, chickpea and dried cranberry salad, farfalle with tuna and garden peas, chef carved roast beef and baked ham, candied carrots, potato au gratin and assorted freshly baked rolls. Buffet luncheon is $20 per person.

Tickets are available for purchase in the Gift Shop and are required to visit The Carriage House, the trolley, and the Lucknow mansion. Admission is $10 for youth, $20 for adults, $15 for Friends of the Castle. Christmas at the Castle is sponsored by Infinger Insurance. This event is weather permitting. If there is snow in the forecast, call the Castle offices at 603-476-5900 to be sure we it is open for business. Use Ossipee Park Road for entrance.

Last Updated on Thursday, 21 November 2013 11:18

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Reindeer Run 5k in Sandwich on December 15

SANDWICH — Registration is now open for the 2013 Reindeer Run 5K walk/run in Sandwich on Sunday, December 15 at 3 p.m.

Every year this Holland Hill Studio sponsored race benefits a local charity and brings lots of community cheer. This year, proceeds from the race will benefit the Salvation Army.

Participants will enjoy a scenic course around Center Sandwich and festive food and drink at Surroundings Gallery post race. Racers and guests are encouraged to wear reindeer antlers, Santa hats/outfits and bells to set the scene for this fun, annual holiday event.

To register, contact race director, Pasha Marlowe, at Holland Hill Studio at 476-2476 or go online to hollandhillstudio.com. Pre-registration fees are adults for $20 and students for $10 (add $5 day of). Registration day of begins at 2:30 p.m. at Surroundings Gallery. Further donations to the Salvation Army will be gladly accepted on this day.

Last Updated on Thursday, 21 November 2013 10:09

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