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Opechee Peanut Carnival is next week

LACONIA — The annual Opechee Day Campers' Peanut Carnival is scheduled to take place on Thursday, July 24, from 5-7 p.m. at the park on North Main Street. The event is open to the public.

The carnival will feature games designed by youngsters in the day-camp program. Participants will buy bags of peanuts and pay in peanuts to play the various games.

Prizes will be awarded and refreshments will be available.

In case of rain the Peanut Carnival will take place on Friday, July 25.


Last Updated on Wednesday, 16 July 2014 08:19

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Charlie St. Clair gifts proceeds from recent Memorial Ride to NH Humane Society


LACONIA — Thanks to co-owners Doug and Misty Asermely of Sick Boy Motorcycles, the very first Mae West "Love of Pets" Memorial ride took place on Monday June 16 during Laconia Motorcycle Week.

The ride was the brainchild of these two friends of Rally Executive Director, Charlie St. Clair, a long time animal advocate and pet owner, who still mourns the passing of his beloved Mae West, a little sphinx-like orange cat adopted from the local animal shelter back in 2002. "It's still hard to talk about..." said Charlie "she gave me twelve wonderful years of companionship".
When Doug and Misty learned of Mae West passing away during the rally in 2013, the Memorial Ride was born as a novel way to commemorate a special pet and support the New Hampshire Humane Society at the same time.
Marylee Gorham, NHHS Managing Director, was honored to accept the proceeds that amounted to over $5700 on behalf of the organization located on Meredith Center Road, not a heartbeat away from the epicenter of Motorcycle Week at Weirs Beach.

"We used to host Poker Runs a few years back, Charlie was always so supportive of those fundraisers, in fact, he has been a special steward for our mission for a long time. It's so humbling to know we have such wonderful community friends who care about our mission, finding forever homes". Gorham noted the proceeds from the first Mae West Memorial Ride would help many other homeless and abandoned creatures at the adoption agency receive the care and comfort necessary until they are ready for placement in loving homes.

Laconia Motorcycle Week is a signature event both in the Granite State and the motorcycle community country wide. St. Clair has been working with the Laconia Motorcycle Week Association since 1991 as the Executive Director. Charlie rides a Harley-Davidson Heritage Softail and has been riding his motorcycle cross country every year for over thirty-seven years to attend Laconia's sister rally in Sturgis, South Dakota and was inducted into the Sturgis Museum Hall of Fame in 2008.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 16 July 2014 08:16

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Glidden Toy Museum in Ashland is open for the season

ASHLAND — The Glidden Toy Museum is open for the summer and welcomes visitors every Thursday and Friday  10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

The museum, located in an 1810 "plank" house features five rooms of antique toys, the lifetime collection of Pauline E. Glidden. Tours are conducted daily by a corps of volunteer hostesses and Junior guides. Donation is $3 for adults; children 12 and under free.

The collection includes a kitchen, schoolroom, doll room, lithographed tin toys, iron toys, dollhouses, furniture, dolls, ride-on toys, a rare penny toy collection etc., over 2,000 items.

Younger children enjoy playing with two furnished doll houses, a Noah's Ark, and building blocks.

Annual eents are the 'Young Ladies' Tea on Saturday, August 9 at 4 pm. Invitations available at the Ashland Town Library, Ashland Insurance, Mt Laurel Flower Shop and the museum
Donation is $5. The young ladies age 12 and under come in party attire, hats and gloves if they wish. Dolls are welcome of course.

Appraisal Day will be held Wednesday, August  20 from 5 – 6:30 p.m. on the lawn of the museum (if rain, inside the museum). Price has not changed! $4 per item or 3 items for $10. Antiques of all kinds, collectibles, books, pictures/paintings appraised.

The museum located in the alley between the Mt. Laurel Flower Shop and Ashland Antiques.  Parking is either on Main Street and using the walkway to the museum or Pleasant Street, walking through the grounds of the Whipple House Museum follow sign to Toy Museum. For further information call 603- 968-7289.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 16 July 2014 08:12

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‘Driving Backwards’ author Jessica Landers at the Gilmanton Year Round Library on July 29

GILMANTON — Jessica Landers, 20-year summer resident of the Town, brings her book Driving Backwards, an exploration of Gilmanton's todays and yesterdays, to the Year-Round Library on Tuesday evening, July 29 at 6 pm.

Gilmanton was briefly the most famous town in America. Today the town, nestled amongst the hills of central New Hampshire and along the curve of the Suncook River, is a microcosm of the changing ways and enduring values of rural life in the twenty-first century.

Driving Backwards is a poignant exploration of the vividness of the everyday. Across twenty years of summers, Jessica Lander has come to know Gilmanton and its residents. Valerie, who tends sixty-five goats, home-schools ten children and crafts artisanal goat cheese. Jim and Cheryl, who raise miniature horses, flocks of chickens and long-eared rabbits, all on two tiny acres. Duncan, a third generation farmer, who harvests thousands of pounds of wild blueberries every summer. Chuck, who runs a six-generation dairy farm.

Lander's guide is David Bickford – a fireman, carpenter, town selectman and nearly one-hundred-year-old storyteller. Through richly observed portraits and elegant prose, Lander elevates the ordinary and encourages a deeper appreciation for the stories that surround us.

The public is invited to join Jessica at the Library, on NH Route 140, opposite the Gilmanton School.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 16 July 2014 08:09

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