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Saint James Church to hold its annual Christmas Fair

LACONIA — The Ladies Guild of St. James Episcopal Church has announced their annual Christmas Fair will be held on Saturday, November 23, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.  in the Parish Hall of the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church at 2238 Parade Road, in Laconia .

Between 9 and 11 a.m.  homemade donuts and coffee will be available and, after that, a light and tasty luncheon of homemade soup or clam chowder, biscuits, and beverages will be served.

As is their custom, St. James' Ladies Guild will hold their rffle which includes one hundred of gallons of heating oil which has been donated by Stafford Oil Co. (The winner of that prize may opt to trade it in for an equal dollar amount of automobile gasoline.) Other prizes include a $400 gift certificate from American Eyecare, which is located in the Belknap Mall. Two beautiful quilted items are also included in the raffle. The first is a nativity scene wall hanging which was made and donated by Sheila Akerstrom, and the other is a quilted table runner made by Rose Nyatsambo, the Pastor's wife.

Judy Farr has again made and donated one of her exquisite counted cross stitch pieces. Carol Johnson donated her Forsythia painting and Betty Lacroix made a mohair Teddy Bear to be enjoyed by child or adult. Tickets for the raffle may be purchased at the Fair or, prior to that time, from any of the Ladies of St. James Church.

The Fair includes a Craft Table, a table full of homemade baked goods, a "New to you" table, a table with a wide selection of house plants, and a Books table selling many new books at a big bargain price of five books for just $1.

St. James Church has moved it's location from across from Opechee Park on North Main St. and now shares space with the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church on Parade Road.


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Bearcamp Valley Garden Club at Sandwich Christmas in the Village

SANDWICH — The Bearcamp Valley Garden Club  returns to the Sandwich Home Industries located on the green in Center Sandwich for the traditional Sandwich Craftsmen's Christmas in the Village weekend Saturday, December 7 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. and Sunday, December 8 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Stop by the Bearcamp Valley Garden Club display at the Sandwich Home Industries and discover traditional potted amaryllis, paperwhites, and cyclamen in assorted hues. Amaryllis in the more traditional shades of pink and red as well as soft lime green will be available for purchase, as well as paperwhite bulbs packaged in tulle, a great project for the home gardener.

Other unique gifts include the 2013 Bearcamp Valley Garden Club Botanical Photo note cards and whimsical tee shirts designed by the garden club's members.

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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."

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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.

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