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Winners announced for Meredith Scarecrow Contest

MEREDITH — Twenty businesses and organizations in Meredith put their scariest, creative and best business related scarecrows on display for the Greater Meredith Program's 2013 annual scarecrow contest and the winners have been announced.

The Meredith Historical Society received the Scariest Scarecrow Award. There was a tie for the Best Business-Related Award, between Kara's Café & Cakery and Meredith Bay Colony Club. Another tie resulted in the Meredith Public Library and Meredith Village Savings Bank, Rt.104 branch, winning the Creative Award. Laconia Harley Davidson won the Favorite Award from those participating in the Scarecrow Scavenger Hunt.

Judges for the event were Linda French, Consultant, Vynn Hale, owner of VynnArt Gallery and Bev Lapham, GMP Board member. The GMP Promotion Committee organized the "Spooktacular" events guide for Meredith.

Those businesses competing in the contest were Church Landing, Laconia Harley-Davidson, Lovering Volvo, Meredith Bay Colony Club, Forestview Manor, Moulton Farm, Ben &Jerry's Ice Cream, Kara's Café, Edward Jones Investment, Meredith Historical Society, Meredith Public Library, Visiting Nurses of Meredith & Center Harbor, Meredith Community Center, AJ's Bait and Tackle, Four Season's Southby's Realty, Frog Rock Tavern, Moulton's Farm, Taylor's Country Style Restaurant and Robert Kozlow, DDS. GMP Executive Director, Liz Lapham, expressed her thanks to all the businesses who participated.

Last Updated on Monday, 04 November 2013 10:28

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Castle in the Clouds Begins a Busy Post Season (215)


MOULTONBOROUGH — With the end of the open-daily season, Castle in the Clouds begins it's busy post season with Halloween week-end Mystery Dinner theatre, a Bridal show, and two week-ends of Christmas at the Castle.

The Saturday evening performance of Mystery Dinner Theatre is sold out, but there may still be some seats available for the performance on Sunday November 3 at 1 p.m. This year's show by Get a Clue Productions, "Treason in the Court", invites guests to revel in a time of merry-making and celebration--but with treason and murder afoot. A buffet meal from Hart's caterers and the show, all for $50, will make for a merry memorable event.

The Castle Wedding Affair on November 9, 3 to 7 p.m. admission $5, presented by Lakes Region Bride, is an invaluable resource for the stylish Bride-to-Be, whether it's fresh ideas or guidance on finding reliable professionals, this is a one-stop source for all things wedding. Visit www.lakesregionbridge.com for more information.

And Christmas at the Castle will get people in the spirit of the season for two week-ends this year November 22-24 and November 29-December 1 with music and vintage decorations, 1915 to 1940, at Lucknow; catered lunch, Gift Shop and local artisans show at the Carriage House. Admission at the Carriage House, $20 adults, $10 youth, $15 for Friends of the Castle. This event is weather permitting, call 476-5900 for more information.

Last Updated on Friday, 01 November 2013 10:32

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Dinner in the Dark at Hector's November 11

LACONIA — On Monday evening, November 11, the Central New Hampshire Advisory Committee of the New Hampshire Association for the Blind will host a "Dinner in the Dark" at Hector's Fine Food and Spirits in downtown Laconia.

The evening starts with hors' douerves and a  cash bar from 5:30-6:30 p.m. with dinner served from 6:30-9 p.m. Tickets are $30.

This unique sensory awareness experience will take participants on a journey - all in the dark- experiencing dining as a blind person, using only the senses of taste, sound and touch. Created in Germany, "Dining in the Dark" is a one-of-a-kind concept that has been enjoyed by many people across Europe.

To date, the organization has  hosted similar events at Rudi's in Portsmouth and The Way We Cook in Manchester. Both were sold-out. All funds raised, as well as a portion of all tickets sold, will support the many critical programs and services that have helped people of central New Hampshire live full and independent lives despite their vision loss.

For more information contact Mary Chase at 603-224-4039, ext. 324 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Last Updated on Friday, 01 November 2013 10:29

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Bayswater Hosts Hayes' "The Christmas Visitors" Live at Lavinia's

CENTER HARBOR — Bayswater Book Co. of Center Harbor will sponsor a special Tea, Talk & Treats event featuring an adaptation of Karel Hayes' new book, The Christmas Visitors, at Lavinia's Restaurant in Center Harbor on November 17 at 4 p.m.

Performed by Frank and Vinette Wells, The Christmas Visitors is the third and final book in Hayes' popular picture book series. Tickets are $30 and include tea and treats prepared by Lavinia's chef, as well as a copy of the book.
Hayes' The Christmas Visitors follows The Winter Visitors and The Summer Visitors with a third story of a gentle beartakeover of a cottage that has been closed up for the season by its owners. When the family decides to celebrate the holidays in the cottage, however, the bears must skedaddle.

Watercolor artist and illustrator Karel Hayes' has illustrated over 10 books, including Who's Been Here? A Tale in Tracks and A Time for the Fair. Her paintings have appeared in exhibitions throughout the United States.
Bringing The Christmas Visitors to life will be Frank and Vinette Wells; well known for their performances at The Barnstormers Theater, including two productions of On Golden Pond. They have also performed On Golden Pond in Laconia, Holderness, and at the Unity Theatre in Brenham, Texas.
This event will be the last Tea, Treats & Talk of the season for Bayswater Book Co. All Tea, Treats & Talk events this season were sold out, something that Bayswater owner Michelle Taft believes it is a precursor for an even bigger and better series for next season.
"Being able to meet an author and hear him/her speak in an intimate restaurant setting really brings a book to life," Taft explains. "It can be a much more personal and meaningful experience than a simple book signing."

Last Updated on Friday, 01 November 2013 10:25

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