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Greens & Gifts Boutique, Bake Shoppe and Raffle to be held at Belknap Mill

LACONIA — The Belknap Mill, designated New Hampshire's Meetinghouse, dressed in fresh greens and candlelight is the perfect venue for Opechee Garden Club's Greens & Gifts Boutique, Bake Shoppe and Raffle to be held Friday, December 6, from 1 p.m. -7 p.m. and Saturday, December 7, from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. The Boutique will feature a variety of imaginative décor created with fresh greens and natural materials as well as handcrafted items appealing to shoppers of all tastes whether traditional, contemporary, Adirondack or a little bit country.

Balsam and cedar fragrances will welcome guests to assorted indoor/outdoor swags, creative elegant or whimsical centerpieces, glittering pine cones, candlesticks embellished with greens, boxwood trees, patio pots, shiny skates, hanging pots and garland along with quality decorated and undecorated wreaths. Sandy Gove, Greens Chairperson, comments, "The club is delighted to once again feature its quality traditional holiday greens, along with updated, new and unique pieces—some with a little bling." Fresh-to-dry Magnolia wreaths, new this year, will be available while supplies last. Shoppers might also consider potted easy-care succulents, colorful cyclamen or bulbs for winter flowering--for the home or that perfect gift.

Craft Chairperson, Barb Sargent, adds, "The OGC 'elves' have been busy sewing, knitting, painting, woodworking and quilting a variety of holiday items for your shopping delight." Original and creative handcrafted gifts and accessories such as snowmen of burlap or perhaps one of wood, biscuit baskets, hand painted and decorated lights, fun ornaments, along with returning favorites such as handcrafted birch candles, ribbon garland, and much more.

The Raffle offers an array of items perfect for holiday getting or giving from gift certificates to area jewelers, florists and restaurants, to in-vogue 'square' white dinner service for six, a Vera Wang vase, and Noah's Ark tree, among others.

Shoppers are invited to enjoy complimentary mulled cider and a cookie in the Holiday Bake Shoppe. This year, due to popular request, a variety of member-baked goodies from cookies and breads to fudge and pecan pie, will be available for purchase.

Doreen Worthley, Boutique Chairman, encourages visitors "to take a moment after shopping to visit the Mill's new Fine Arts Gallery featuring work of area artists and the 'Trees for the Holidays' exhibit to view the garden club's and other tree entries to round out your visit. " Judy Robertson, Co-President, reminds visitors too "The event is worth a trip from anywhere, and proceeds support the club's scholarships, grants and greater community projects."

Last Updated on Tuesday, 19 November 2013 10:43

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'A Joyful Noise!' presented December 8 by PSU Chorale and Chamber Singers

PLYMOUTH — The Department of Music, Theatre and Dance at Plymouth State University will offer an annual winter-holiday treat December 8 at 3 p.m. when the University Chorale and Chamber Singers present A Joyful Noise! Professor Dan Perkins directs the choirs.

The central work of the concert will be "Laud to the Nativity," an early 20th Century neo-Romantic piece by Italian composer Ottorino Respighi. It tells the story of Mary's visitation by an angel, and continues on through the visit of the wise men at the manger. The piece will feature a small chamber orchestra of two flutes, two oboes, two bassoons and four-hands piano (performed by PSU collaborative pianist Charles Blood and his daughter Elizabeth).

Student soloists are Rachel Pantazis, soprano, an English major with music minor, from Manchester; Laura Daigle, mezzo-soprano, a theatre arts major from Salem; and Jason Faria, tenor, a theatre arts major from Hudson, Mass.

Sarah Salis said in Vox3 Collective, "Respighi set out to elicit the mystery, the magnitude, and the ancient setting of his subject matter by borrowing musical ideas from the past. ... As we do not have an existing record, other than written descriptions, of music from ancient times when the Nativity would have taken place, Respighi reached as far back as he could to adopt musical idioms that capture the feeling of a far distant past in Italy. ... Respighi created a soundscape that conjures up images of Italy's history – both religious and secular."

Other works on the program follow a theme of light, including:

Lux aurumque by Eric Whitacre; Omnia sol by Stroope; Northern Lights by Gjeilo and Light of a Clear Blue Morning by Dolly Parton.

The concert will conclude with familiar Christmas carols.

Tickets for A Joyful Noise! in the Hanaway Theatre at the Silver Center are $15-13 for adults, $13-11 for seniors and $11-9 for youth at the Silver Center Box Office, (603) 535-2787 or (800) 779-3869. Tickets are also available online at silver.plymouth.edu.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 19 November 2013 10:41

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Pitmans Presenting Ervin Dhimo Jazz Trio Thursday

LACONIA — Pitman's Freight Room at 94 New Salem St in downtown Laconia is pleased to announce that the the Ervin Dhimo Jazz Trio will be playing on Thursday, Nov. 21 at 8 p.m.

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

European bass player Ervin Dhimo presents his dynamic jazz-funk project the Ervin Dhimo Jazz Trio featuring world-known Berklee Professor Keyboardist Steve Hunt and prodigy Percussionist/Drummer Vancil Cooper.
"The Albanian-born electric bassist and his trio specialize in fierce, soulful, funky workouts on jazz, pop, and original tunes..." -Kevin Lowenthal, Boston Globe.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 19 November 2013 10:05

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Moultonboro/Sandwich Senior Meals Receives $2500 Grant from Meredith Village Savings Bank

MEREDITH — Meredith Village Savings Bank (MVSB) is pleased to announce that the charitable fund carrying its name has awarded a $2,500 grant to Moultonboro/Sandwich Senior Meals. These funds are being used by the program to send participating seniors home with a healthy, home-cooked meal for supper.

For more than seven years, the Moultonboro/Sandwich Senior Meals Program has been serving the senior community of Carroll County. The program's staff and volunteers prepare, cook and serve lunch at the Moultonborough Lions Club, Monday through Thursday. Volunteer drivers also allow the program to serve homebound seniors by providing meals delivered directly to residences.

It became clear in recent years, that some of the seniors that visit the Lion's Club for lunch each day could also benefit from being able to take a healthy meal home for supper, but due to state guidelines for reimbursement they could not provide this service. Thanks to this added support from MVSB, the program was able to provide 830 take-home meals to Carroll County seniors this year.

Moultonboro/Sandwich Senior Meals Program is a satellite of Ossipee Concerned Citizens Corp., a nonprofit organization. The program's mission is to serve the senior community a nourishing meal, a smiling face and the ability to stay out of institutions. For more information,  contact the Moultonboro/Sandwich Senior Meals Program at 603-476-5110.

MVSB established the Meredith Village Savings Bank Fund in 1997 under the leadership of John Starrett who was then president and CEO of the Bank. Since then, 235 grants totaling more than $872,000 have been awarded to a wide range of environmental, social, educational, and historic projects throughout the Lakes Region and Plymouth area. Over the years, the Fund has supported literacy programs, after-school programs, environmental monitoring and education, restoration of historic structures, organizations that provide support for individuals and families in challenging circumstances, and equipment that helps save lives.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 19 November 2013 10:01

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