Needle felted pumpkin class at Meredith craft gallery

MEREDITH — Join us at the League of NH Craftsmen – Meredith Fine Craft Gallery on Sunday, October 5th from 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM for a Needle Felted Wool Pumpkin class with Carolyn Wright. During this three hour class you will learn how to make a felted pumpkin ornament that be perfect for a sincere pumpkin patch. No experience necessary and this class is for all ages.
Tuition is $25 per student to be paid in advance, and with an additional $15 materials fee to be paid to the instructor the day of the class. Space is limited. Pre-registration is required. To pre-register visit the League of NH Craftsmen on 279 DW Highway, Meredith, NH or call at 603-279-7920.

Canal Street bead shop participating in 7th Annual N.H. Bead Bop next month

LACONIA — The seventh- annual N.H. Bead Bop will be held Friday and Saturday, October 3 and 4, and Friday through Monday, October 10-13.

Bead Divine LLc is one of seven New Hampshire specialty retailers in the beading business that has bee accepted to participate in the 2014 Bead Bop event this October. Bead Divine, which opens its doors on Canal Street in July, specializes in beaded jewelry and other items and beading supplies, as well as classes, workshops, and retreats. 

"What drew me to beading more than a decade ago is that you can make something so beautiful even as a beginner," says owner Cari Ordway, who has been selling her own creations and teaching classes for several years before opening her brick-and-mortar location in Downtown Laconia. "I want to share that with as many people as possible - and joining forces with other beading retailers in a program like Bead Bop is a great way to do so."

To participate, enthusiasts must purchase a "2014 Passport Kit" at any of the seven specialty bead shops. The kits, which are priced at $12.50 and went on sale in July, include a BEad Bop tote bag, 2014 pin, ad Bead Bop passport containing the individual stores' coupons and or raffle tickets. Participants can then visit the 2014 Bead Bop stores during the event dates in October, getting their passports stamped and using the coupons and raffle tickets at each location. Prizes include a grand prize worth at least $400, a Bead Challenge raffle for seven free. 

Civil Air Patrol squadron holding open house


LACONIA — The Hawk Composite Squadron of the New Hampshire Wing Civil Air Patrol will hold an open house at the Laconia Municipal Airport in Gilford on Thursday, Sept. 25, from 6:30 to 9 p.m. in the airport Terminal Building on Aviation Drive.

Anyone interested in joining this organization, either as a cadet member or adult member, is encouraged to attend this meeting. Any questions they may have will be answered, including information regarding flight training and scholarship opportunities. Refreshments will be provided.

NH Wing, Civil Air Patrol will have several displays to include a Cessna 182 aircraft, emergency services vehicles and equipment to further demonstrate its search and rescue capabilities. Aerospace Education will display model rockets and aircraft built by our members. There will be a recruiting booth for those ages 12 to adult interested in the three missions of Civil Air Patrol which are Cadet Programs, Aerospace Education and Emergency Services.

CAP membership applications will be available. Applicants will need to produce valid proof of identification.

Civil Air Patrol, the official auxiliary of the United States Air Force, is a non-profit, volunteer organization dedicated to training youth (12 to 18 years old) in the areas of aerospace education, leadership, character development and emergency services, while instilling the values of integrity, volunteer service, excellence and respect. The squadron is also open to adult members interested in air crews and ground search and rescue teams. The Hawk Composite 

 For more information regarding the Open House, please contact either Nick Orgettas, Capt. (CAP) at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information on the Civil Air Patrol please refer to

Civil Air Patrol is tasked for more than 90 percent of the inland search and rescue missions by the Air Force Rescue and Recovery Center. In 2010 the organization was credited with 113 saves. The adult members also perform homeland security, disaster relief and counter drug missions at the request of federal, state and local agencies. They also take a lead role in mentoring to some 26,000 youth and aerospace education to both the public and its members. Civil Air Patrol has been performing missions for America for over 70 years.


Castle in the Clouds names new executive director

MOULTONBOROUGH — The Board of Directors of Castle Preservation Society, owner and operator of Castle in the Clouds in Moultonborough, has elevated Charles Clark, its former Operations Director, to the position of Executive Director as of October 1, filling the position left vacant by the abrupt departure of Michael Desplaines last spring.

Charles "Chuck" Clark was hired by Mr. Desplaines in September of 2013 as Operations Director. He is a 2001 graduate of The Ohio State University, graduating with honors in Psychology and a minor in French. For ten years, prior to coming to the Castle, he was responsible for leading various aspects of the Guest Relations team at COSI, the nationally recognized science center in Columbus, Ohio, most recently acting as director of that department. He lives in Tuftonboro with his wife Kristen and their two young children.

After the departure of Mr. Desplaines last spring there was some concern the Castle might have a difficult season. However, Clark was named Interim Executive Director; the transition was smooth; and the Castle enjoyed a very successful summer. "I don't know of any other time when the Board has worked so well together and with its talented staff" said CPS President John Merkle, "there was no sense of panic, and all felt we were in fact offered a great opportunity."

Over the winter season Clark had learned the basics of the Castle business--which is seasonal, highly weather sensitive, and with many separate elements including weddings, award winning cafe, fundraising events, and the Lucknow Museum and grounds. He had not, however, experienced the operation during its intense summer season. This was a long and tiring summer, with many special events to celebrate Lucknow's centennial. Despite being down one crucial member of the team, Clark and all the staff worked smoothly together and devoted many extra hours in order to achieve another successful year.

With Clark ably running the operation, the Board duly established a search committee and began the arduous work of looking for a new Executive Director. Acknowledging that Clark was a strong candidate, the Board asked him to submit proposals for restructuring, and ideas for improvements to the existing operation. By the end of the season it was clear to the Board that they had their new Director in Chuck Clark. "I was extremely impressed" Merkle said, "by the way Chuck put together the organizational chart and salary structures."

On being informed of the Board's decision Clark said, "I am very excited at the opportunity to lead the Castle operation forward. The staff has a lot of positive momentum and I think we and the Board are poised to make great progress. It is unique for a town as small as Moultonborough to have such a major attraction. I am really looking forward to working with the town, with the LRCT, and other organizations in the Lakes Region to make this the crown jewel of the region."

The Castle Preservation Society is a not for profit corporation dedicated to the restoration, preservation and interpretation of the Lucknow estate and to the operation of Castle in the Clouds. The full Castle operation will be open every day until closing for the season on October 26. It will be open for several post season events such as Murder Mystery dinners, October 31 and November 1, and Christmas at the Castle,November 21, 22, 23, and November 28, 29 and 30. For information on Castle in the Clouds, call 476-5900 or visit the web site: