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Architecture expert to speak at Belknap Mill

LACONIA — Architectural historian, television commentator and author, Richard Guy Wilson, will present 'Wild and Colorful: Victorian Architecture in Laconia and New Hampshire' on Thursday, August 14 at 6 p.m. The presentation will be held on the 3rd floor of the Belknap Mill in Laconia.

Wilson will speak about the architectural heritage of New Hampshire's Victorian buildings including; houses, mills, court houses, rail road stations, libraries, and stores created between the 1830s and early 1900s. This presentation will examine these unique buildings with a focus upon Laconia and the Lakes Region. During the lecture, Wilson will provide a slide show that explores elements of visual literacy and point out how architecture can reflect the cultural and civic values of its time and place.

Wilson holds the Commonwealth Professor's Chair in Architectural History at the University of Virginia, where he also serves as chair of the Department of Architectural History. A graduate of the University of Colorado and the University of Michigan, Wilson has received a number of academic honors, among them a Guggenheim fellow, prizes for distinguished writing, and in 1986 he was made an honorary member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA). He received the outstanding professor award at the University of Virginia in 2001. He has directed the Victorian Society's Nineteenth Century Summer School since 1979 that has been located in Boston, Philadelphia and currently Newport, RI. He has served as an advisor and commentator for a number of television programs on PBS, C-Span, History Channel and A&E; he appeared on most sixty-seven segments of America's Castles.

A frequent lecturer for universities, museums and professional groups, he has also published widely with articles and reviews to his credit. He is the author, joint author and/or editor of 16 books that deal with American and modern architecture. Among the most recent publications include Edith Wharton at Home: Life at the Mount (2012), Harbor Hill: Portrait of a House (2008) and a reissued new edition of Thomas Jefferson's Academical Village (2009).

Tickets for the presentation are $5 per person. To reserve a space for the presentation, visit www.belknapmill.org or call 524-8813.

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Italian Cultural Club presenting ‘Knock Em Dead’ comedy/murder mystery on August 21

LACONIA — The NH Lakes Region Italian Cultural Club presents “Knock EM Dead,” a comedy/murder mystery with six possible endings. The play will be performed by The Streetcar Company on Thursday, August 21 at 7:30 p.m., at the Belknap Mill, Laconia. Tickets are $20 per person. Call 496-3839 or 527-0551 for tickets.

Complementary coffee and dessert will be served during the break. The NH Lakes Region Cultural Club has been in the Lakes Region for over seven years and provides programs, dinners and occasional trips to promote knowledge of Italian Culture.


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Belknap County 4H Fair this weekend

BELMONT — The 71st annual Belknap County 4H Fair, the biggest little agricultural fair in New Hampshire, begins Saturday August 9 at 9 am and will run through Sunday at 5 pm at the Fairgrounds on Mile Hill Road. Kids under ten and under have free admission and over 10 pay admission of $7 for a visit packed with fun and entertainment.

Their will be a children's midway with rides appropriate for young children.
The Belknap County 4H Fair has been providing fairgoers with great animal exhibits like ox pulls, draft horse demonstrations, and 4H youth animal displays. The historic Colonial Barn is chock full of the craft and educational products done by area youth with the 4H program.
The entertainment stage has ongoing musical entertainment with performances by Studio Two (a Beatles Tribute), Joel Cage, Tristan Ormand, The Central Baptist Church Choir and Lauren Hurley on Saturday. Back on Sunday will be Tristan Ormand, Joel Cage, fiddling by the Flip Side and Country Music's Jay Taylor. The entertainment is worth the admission price alone. Ed the Wizard will be the wandering wizard for the kid's enjoyment.
Kids and those young at heart will love the animals, games, and the carnival rides. And what little one doesn't love a pony ride? On Saturday is the exciting garden tractor pull and on Sunday the first time appearance of the motor "doodlebugs" Both Saturday and Sunday feature traditional kid's games like bubble gum blowing , pie eating contests, jello eating and water balloon throwing.
Come browse the exhibits, crafts and entertainment, check out the pulls and all those delicious traditional fair foods, Italian sausage subs, fries, onion rings, ice cream, fried dough, deep fried and pies and great grilling items will tantalize your taste buds.
For additional information and exact schedule, visit the Fair website at www.bc4Hfair.org .

Last Updated on Wednesday, 06 August 2014 09:19

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Donna Kuethe to be honored by Every Child in Ours organization

MOULTONBOROUGH — Moultonborough Parks and Recreation Director Donna Kuethe will be honored on Friday, September 19th at 6pm at Hart's Turkey Farm in Meredith by the national organization Every Child Is Ours (ECIO) as the New England Women of the Year.

Kuethe will be honored for her significant contributions to the national organization Every Child Is Ours and her 40-years of service to international, national, state, and local municipal/community recreation.

Every Child is Ours was created in 1997 to complement President Clinton's "America Reads" initiative. The mission is to promote educational opportunities through fostering relationships by working as an outreach program that matches up local resources with children in need. While Every Child Is Ours is well known for its work in South Dakota and Northeast Arkansas, it is also an international organization by partnering with schools in Acuña, Mexico and Kanana, South Africa. It provides services through collecting and distributing basic educational tools and supplies such as pens, paper, books, recreation supplies, and ensuring that children have proper food to fulfill their nutritional needs.

Kuethe has demonstrated her passion by serving on the ECIO board of directors, filling containers with supplies to be shipped to sites in need and even volunteering in Kanana, South Aftica and New Orleans. Donna is certified in FEMA Disaster Command, Save the Children: Child Friendly Spaces, and American Red Cross Disaster Relief/Shelter Operations. She also serves on the New England National Parks and Recreation Council as the committee chair of Operation Recreation Relief, a task force that provides recreation services to areas affected by national disasters. Nationally, she is working with the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) on Save the Children, Green-Play Code Red, and Foundation for Sustainable Parks and Recreation on Disaster Relief and Emergency Preparedness Project.

While she has had an significant impact on the international and national forum, she is proactive in the state of NH with the Children in Nature Initiative, NH State Parks Great Park Pursuit, NH HEAL (Healthy Eating Active Living), CATCH (Coordinated Approach to Children's Health), the Governor's Commission of Disabilities: ADA Recreation for All, Adaptive Skiing, and the NH Hershey Track and Field program. She has served on the House/Senate Committee on Child Care Licensing and as Chair of the Legislative Committee for New Hampshire Parks and Recreation, regularly monitoring, testifying for and advocating on behalf of legislative issues affecting Parks and Recreation at the state and national level.

Locally, Ms. Kuethe has been fundamental in the establishment and foundation of the parks and recreation in Moultonborough. Her distinct contributions include the Moultonborough Pathway, rehabilitation of the Moultonborough Youth Soccer field, a community before school (CATCH) and after school drop in program, youth sports and day summer camp, senior programs, community trips and local events such as Summer Concert series, Town Block Party, Edith Tennis Tournament, Pathway Road Race, Winter Bingo and environmental rehabilitation of lakefront. Her caring and visionary character has paved the way for innovation and implementation that has positively affected diverse populations across generations. The quality and value of her contributions will leave a long term legacy and positive impact on the community.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 06 August 2014 09:15

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