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Racky Thomas Blues Band in Laconia on Saturday


LACONIA — The Racky Thomas Blues Band will perform at Pitman's Freight Room at 94 New Salem Street in downtown Laconia on Saturday, August 30th, 8 pm.

Admission is $12 and Pitman's is a BYOB venue.

The Racky Thomas Band has been a torchbearer for the blues since its formation in 1995, when Racky Thomas collaborated with bassist Todd Carson, guitarist Nick Adams, and drummer Ted Larkin to make a demo cd, and do some gigs around the Boston area. Racky Thomas has a vast repertoire of tunes – blues from world-class bluesmen, plantation gospel (the original blues), rocking electric blues, classic and obscure blues, and Racky Thomas blues, including "Matchbox Blues", "Biscuit-Bakin' Woman", "Mona", "Sugar-coated Love", "Big Road Blues", "Hoochie-Coochie Man", and "Mojo Workin."

Gutsy vocals, down and dirty harmonica, smoking guitar, a killer rhythm section delivering pure unadulterated blues, and you've got the Racky Thomas Band. Twice nominated for Boston Music Awards, and winners of the 1997 Battle of the Blues bands you've only got to experience them once to become a believer.
Catered dinner buffet available before the show. Call 494-3334 for reservations. www.pitmansfreightroom.com,

Last Updated on Tuesday, 26 August 2014 10:04

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Shaker Village taking registrations for Fall Workshops

CANTERBURY — Canterbury Shaker Village fall workshops are now open for registration. The fall schedule of "Health and Home" themed Shaker-inspired workshops include demonstration cooking classes, artisan workshops in Shaker broom making and letterpress, health and healing arts workshops. All classes require advance registration. For a full schedule, please visit www.shakers.org.

Culinary Arts Workshops offer three demonstration style cooking classes on Sunday afternoons—Chowders on September 7, Fresh Pasta on October 19, and Stews and Braised Dishes on November 16. All are offered in partnership with Lakes Region Community College Culinary Arts program, which operates out of the Shaker Table at Canterbury Shaker Village. The classes will be instructed by the Culinary Arts Program Director, Chef Patrick Hall and are $25 for Village Members, $27.50 for Not-Yet-Members. The workshops will be held from 1:00-3:00 p.m.

Herbal Workshops are led by Maria Noel Groves, a clinical herbalist based in Allenstown. She will host Shaken, Not Stirred: Herb and Fruit Cordials on November 1 from 10 a.m. to noon and the cost is $45.00 for Village Members and $49.50 for Not-Yet-Members. She will also lead a Do-it-yourself Herbal Holiday Bodycare Gifts workshop on Saturday, November 22 from 10-12:30 p.m. The cost to attend is $45 for Village Members and $49.50 for Not-Yet-Members.

On Saturday, October 4, Mark Stevens will lead A Walk Back in Shaker History, a guided hike through the woods to one of the old Shaker maple sugar camps. Participants will explore the foundation ruins/remnants of the sugar house, barn, outbuildings, well, etc. and compare the remnants at the site to historic old photos of the sugar camp when it was functioning at its prime. The workshop will be held from 9 a.m. to noon and the cost to attend is $10 for Village Members and $12.50 for Not-Yet-Members.

New this year are two Healing Arts workshops instructed by Patricia Wild. The Healing Power of Art will be held on Sunday, October 19 from 1-3 p.m. The workshop is an opportunity for participants to explore their inner self and their creative potential. Nurturing Caregivers through Art will be held on Sunday, November 2 from 1-3 p.m. The cost of each workshop is $50 for Village Members and $55 for Not-Yet-Members.

Dr. Amanda K. Hegnauer will conduct the three part lecture series, "A Naturopathic Biochemical Tune-Up," that includes sessions on Optimal Body Weight and Composition, Adrenal Health and Thyroid health. The sessions will be held on Saturday, September 27, Saturday, October 18 and Saturday, November 8 from 9:30 a.m. to noon. The per class fee is $15 for Village Members and $16.50 for Not-Yet-Members.

Popular Village demonstrators Jim McNab and Everett Bailey will be offering traditional Shaker craft workshops in letterpress and broom making respectively. McNab's one day letterpress workshop on Saturday, September 27 from 9:30-4:30 p.m. will allow participants to set up and print their own project on a hand fed 19th century platen printing press. The cost to attend is $77.50 for Village Members and $85.00 for Not-Yet-Members. During Everett Bailey's one day broom making workshops on Sunday, September 14 from 9:30-4:30 p.m., he will guide participants in the skill of basic broom making. At the end of this workshop, each participant will take home a completed Shaker style broom that offers something out of the ordinary. The cost to attend is $75 for Village Members and $82.50 for Not-Yet-Members.

Advanced registration is required and interested participants can find more details and sign up at www.shakers.org, by calling (603) 783-9077 ext 284 or emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Last Updated on Tuesday, 26 August 2014 09:22

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082814 LRCC Fall Registration Final (290): 3X Marine Tech StudentsEnrollment up 5.6% at Lakes Region Community College

LRCC offered a final Registration Day to allow students to sign up for classes before the College's Fall Semester begins on Tuesday, September 2.

"LRCC had more than 20 'walk-ins' that were not expected for LRCC's Registration Day," says LRCC Vice President of Student Services and Enrollment Management, Dr. Larissa Baia. "With the added numbers, Fall Semester enrollment is up 5.6% as compared to one year ago today. LRCC's faculty and staff have put in a great deal of work assisting new students and making those individuals feel welcome!"

Lakes Region Community College (LRCC) Marine Technology Professor, Jake Marsh welcomed new LRCC Marine Technology students, Jason Kohr and Max Kopacz of Laconia. "Jason and Max are model Marine Tech students that are already employed in a Lakes Region marine dealership," says Professor Marsh. "The gentlemen came to LRCC from Channel Marine in Weirs Beach. Channel Marine has been a long-time supporter of LRCC's Marine Technology program."

Marsh and Marine Tech Department Coordinator, Brian Morgan have created a unique partnership with Mercury Marine in Fond du Lac, WI where LRCC professors train over 400 Mercury Marine technicians annually from the Northeast in Laconia. Mercury's corporate headquarters have provided a million dollar inventory of state-of-the-art engines and training equipment to keep Mercury Marine dealer personnel and new LRCC Marine Technology students adept with the newest technologies throughout the marine industry.

Registrations will be accepted for the Fall Semester through the first week of classes. Contact the Admissions Department at (603) 524-3207 ext. #6766 for further information.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 26 August 2014 09:17

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Master Gardeners hosting garden open house on Friday

NEW HAMPTON — The Belknap County Master Gardeners will hold a garden open house on Friday, Aug. 29, from 4-7 p.m. at 52 Magoon Road.

Unusual crop varieties will be featured, and those attending will also be given information on how to use and preserve fresh garden produce.

Further information about the event is available by calling Nel Garden at 279-8106.



Last Updated on Tuesday, 26 August 2014 09:13

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