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Mr.Nick and the Dirty Tricks blues band performs at Pitmans

LACONIA — Pitman's Freight Room will be hosting the Mr. Nick and the Dirty Tricks Blues Band for the last performance of 2013 on Friday, December 27 at 8 p.m.

The band unites veteran musicians Nick David, "Lonely" Gus Carlson, Teddy Bukowski, and Rick Rousseau for one a night of blues. Elegant, stomping and swinging classics like Little Walter's "Mellow Down Easy," Howlin' Wolf's "300 Pounds of Joy" and Wynonie Harris' "Good Morning Judge" will be featured during the night. Their bag of originals is a mix of rhumbas, jump blues, and boogies they're developing for a debut album and currently taking to legions of fans in New England on their way to stages throughout the US and abroad.
"This band is a killer outfit," says David. "And that's the truth. Everything comes together when they play: their deep mutual understanding and knowledge of blues, their originality and depth as players, and the band's ability to put on a great show that brings people to their feet. It's a blend that wins new converts wherever they perform."
Admission is $12 per person. BYOB. For more information visit www.pitmansfreightroom.com or call 527-0043 or 494-3334.

Last Updated on Friday, 20 December 2013 11:28

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Greater Meredith Program elects new members

The Greater Meredith Program recently elected and welcomed Katheryn Rolfe and Matt Sawyer to the Greater Meredith Program Board of Directors.

Katheryn Rolfe opened Oglethope Fine Arts and Crafts in the Marketplace at Mill Falls in Meredith in 1994, with a special niche of quality American Handcrafts. In 2001 she was award Top 100 Retailer of American Craft by Niche Magazine which represents more than five hundred American artists. Rolfe is currently President of the Mill Falls Merchant's Association and a member of the board of directors for the Meredith Area Chamber of Commerce and a committee member for the Meredith Sculptural Walk, a sub-committee of the GMP Design Committee.

Matt Sawyer is the Manager of Northway Bank in Meredith and was in charge of facilitating the opening of its new location in 2011 and developing a client base and partnerships within the community. He received a BS from Southern New Hampshire University in Business Administration and has an extensive background in finance, holding positions as a Retirement Investment Specialist, Financial Specialist, and Client Manager over the last decade. Sawyer is a member of the Lakes Region Rotary Club and resides in Effingham with his wife and son.

The Greater Meredith Program (GMP) is a nonprofit community economic development organization seeking to enhance economic vitality, historical and cultural heritage, and town-wide beautification. . For more information about GMP or volunteer opportunities, please call 603.279.9015, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit the website at www.greatermeredithprogram.com.

Last Updated on Friday, 20 December 2013 11:21

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Red Dress Gala sells out in record time

LACONIA — Friday, February 7 marks the 10th Anniversary of the LRGHealthcare Red Dress Gala at Church Landing at Mill Falls a the Lake. The gala planning committee is proud to announce that the event sold out in record time this year.

Presented by MB Tractor & Equipment this elegant evening will feature a delicious meal created by The Common Man culinary team, live and silent auctions, and dancing to local favorite Paul Warnick and Phil 'n the Blanks.

Gala co-chairs Susan Brown of the Lakes Region Floral Studio, Liane Clairmont of Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion at Meadowbrook, and Stephanie Wentworth of Decorative Interiors are all thrilled by the response.

"Never in a million years did we think the Red Dress Gala would sell out so quickly," states Clairmont. "The response from the community has been incredible. We speculate that the decision to move the gala back to Church Landing, coupled with this being the 10th anniversary, had a big impact on ticket sales."

The Red Dress Gala offers great sponsorship and advertising opportunities. With 320 guests businesses receive excellent exposure and marketing benefits. Proceeds from the Red Dress Gala support cardiac services and technology at LRGHealthcare and for local EMS partners."There is still time to include an ad in the beautiful full-color program booklet," explains gala co-chair Stephanie Wentworth. "We are also collecting live and silent auction items and this event is a great way to showcase your business while demonstrating support for an important local cause."

Susan Brown adds "The outpouring of support during last week's Children's Auction and the quick sell-out of the Red Dress Gala are testament that we live in a very unique community. Businesses and people of the Lakes Region are engaged; they go above and beyond to support important initiatives and that generosity is contagious," states Brown. "We are so appreciative of the many supporters of this year's gala, and encourage everyone to support those who support our community."

Those supporting the event include: MB Tractor joins Gold Sponsor Evroks Corporation; Cocktail Reception Sponsor Bank of New Hampshire; Entertainment Sponsor Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion at Meadowbrook; Silver Sponsors Decorative Interiors, DiGiorgio Associates Inc./Monitor Builders Inc., FairPoint Communications, Lakes Region General Hospital Auxiliary, Lovering Volvo, and Medical Reimbursement Specialists; Bronze Sponsors BlueSpire Marketing, Franklin Regional Hospital Auxiliary, Franklin Savings Bank, Health Plans, Inc., and Meredith Village Savings Bank.; and Corporate Sponsors Cross Insurance and Holbrook Insurance Center, Inc. Major event supporters include Church Landing at Mill Falls at the Lake, Comcast Spotlight, Crown Design, Divine Inspirations, Five Star Entertainment, Lakes Region Floral Studio, Paul Warnick and Phil 'n the Blanks, The Common Man, Tylergraphics, Inc., and live auctioneer Warren Bailey.

To learn more about Red Dress Gala opportunities please contact the Office of Philanthropy at 527-7063 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Last Updated on Friday, 20 December 2013 11:06

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Sunflower Natural Foods Community Cookbook Successful

LACONIA — Sunflower Natural Foods has had great success with the sale of its Community Cookbook. Released in November, 100% of the proceeds from the sale of the cookbook have been donated to local food pantries and organizations that help to feed the hungry.

Sunflower owner, Ana Gourlay, presented a check for $1,000 the Salvation Army. Captain Sally Warren accepted the check on behalf of the organization. A total of $2,600 was raised from the sale of the cookbook. All remaining proceeds have been donated to the following organizations: St. Vincent DePaul Society, Hands Across the Table, Bread & Roses Kitchen, First Fruit Food Pantry, Vineyard Food Pantry, and the Gilmanton Food Pantry.

The cookbook contains 80 varying recipes from Sunflower customers and local businesses.

Sunflower Natural Foods has proudly served the Lakes Region of New Hampshire since 1985 by providing quality supplements, whole foods, and products to complement a green lifestyle. They are well known for their knowledgeable and friendly staff.

Last Updated on Friday, 20 December 2013 10:42

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