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New Belknap Range Trails Website Launched

GILFORD — Gilford's Weldon Bosworth announces the launch of a new website, BelknapRangeTrails.org.

This new website is intended to make easily accessible trail maps, trail descriptions and a variety of information on features in the Belknap Mountain Range in the Lakes Region of NH. The site has separate web pages with downloadable maps for most of the mountains in the Belknap Range. There also are downloadable trail descriptions for most of the blazed hiking trails in the range.

Many of these trail descriptions are from the AMC New Hampshire Trail Guide. Others have been written by BRATTS trail adopters. The Belknap Range trail map, newly updated this month, was developed by Weldon with the assistance of many who helped with the GPS and verification effort. These people included Steve Zimmer, Rick Andrews, Hal & Peggy Graham, Don Watson, Ron Klemarczyk, Bob Knoll, Dan Tinkham, Mike Ware, Nanci Mitchell, Everett Ricker, Alan Sherwood, Don Hughes and Steve Schor. The new map is downloadable from the new website and has been made available to most of the Lakes Region's libraries including Gilford, Laconia, Gilmanton, Alton, Tuftonboro, Barnstead and Sanbornton who may charge a nominal fee for their reproduction.
The content on the new BelknapRangeTrails.org website benefits significantly from the collaboration of both Dave Roberts and Hal Graham. Dave Roberts developed the first comprehensive hiking map of the Belknap Range, pioneered and blazed many new trails in the range, and perhaps more importantly, brought to the public descriptions of the many fascinating scenic, natural, recreational and historical resources of the Belknap Mountain Range. His original map, also available at local libraries, is a "gold mine" of information on the Belknaps and any visitor to the Belknap Range would benefit by becoming familiar with it. You will find several of his photos and descriptions on the new website.
Hal Graham, the President of BRATTS (Belknap Range Trail Tenders), has assisted in making the maps and trail descriptions on this site as accurate as possible. More significantly he has contributed thousands of hours of his time maintaining the hiking trails in the Belknaps, both by his own efforts and in leading a group of enthusiastic volunteer "Trail Tenders". Those who use these trails owe Hal and the BRATTS a hearty "thank you."
It is Weldon's hope that this new website will be a dynamic one which is updated often by hikers and backcountry visitors with new information on trails and features in the Belknap Range, including photographs of its scenic beauty.

Last Updated on Thursday, 17 April 2014 10:46

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The Bard's birthday to be marked in Sandwich

This April marks the 450th Birthday of William Shakespeare and the Sandwich Shakespeare company, Advice To The Players, wants you to join them for an Elizabethan feast accompanied by an evening of lively entertainment. "Shakespeare lovers around the world celebrate his birthday", says ATTP Executive Director Rebecca Boyden "and when approached last year, Don Brown of the Corner House Inn jumped at the idea." The Bard's Birthday, which is a fundraiser for the Shakespeare troupe, will take place on Wednesday, April 23 at the Corner House Inn in Center Sandwich.

The Elizabethan feast is being prepared by the Corner House, from ideas suggested by British storyteller Marion Posner. When reached at her home in Tamworth, Marion had this to say about the menu she has devised: "Ah, but Shakespeare's supper will be exceeding excellent, with Mistress Quickly's very fine soup, and the doughty Sir John Falstaff's delectable chicken subtled with spices brought from afar by our brave Elizabethan sailors. The dastardly delicious dessert, ladies and gentlemen, is of surpassing indulgence."

To accompany the feast there will be music, dramatic readings and a presentation by the ATTP Youth Players. "Youth programing is central to our mission" comments Andrew Codispoti, who directed Richard III and also serves on ATTP's Board. "These students have all been in our professional productions and we are thrilled to have them as part of our celebration." Josh Nungesser, who was a founding member of Sandwich's student Shakespeare company, Queen Mab Productions, has taken charge of directing scenes for this benefit. Besides Nungesser and Rowan Heard of Sandwich, the students include Marianna Paladino of Tuftonboro and Sandy Trask of Tamworth. They will perform a scene from the company's recent production of Richard III and the gravedigger's scene from Hamlet.

ATTP Board member Frank Paine has organized a line-up of music that will please your ear as much as the meal does your palate. The Mountain Lake Chorale will perform settings of Shakespearean songs by Emma Lou Diemer, as well as P.D.Q. Bach's madrigal parody, 'My Bonny Lass She Smelleth'. The Chorale, which is generously donating its time for this event, is a vocal chamber ensemble based in Carroll County, and is led and accompanied by Leslie McDonnell, who is also the Artistic Director of the Pemigewasset Choral Society and a singer with the New Hampshire Master Chorale. Additional music will be provided by Sandwich residents Carolyn and Chris Boldt, members of the ATTP company who are longtime community singers. Carolyn and Chris will also perform a scene from ATTP's upcoming summer show, The Merry Wives of Windsor.

The Bard's Birthday will be celebrated on Wednesday, April 23 at 6:30 at The Corner House Inn in Center Sandwich. Reservations are recommended and may be made by calling the Corner House at 284-6219 or emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Information on Advice To The Players and their programs can be found at www.advicetotheplayers.org

Last Updated on Thursday, 17 April 2014 10:40

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Flashlight egg hunt taking place Fri.

GILFORD — The Gilford Parks and Recreation Department is sponsoring their Annual Flashlight Egg Hunt on Friday, April 18, at 7:40 p.m. at the Gilford Elementary School.

This program is open to all Gilford children through the 4th grade. All participants must register in the cafeteria prior to the event. The event will be broken into three age groups: Kindergarten and younger, Grades 1-2 and Grades 3-4.

There is no fee for this program, but all participants should bring their own flashlight and basket. For more information, please call the Gilford Parks and Recreation Department at 527-4722.



Last Updated on Thursday, 17 April 2014 08:06

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Breakfast with Easter Bunny set for Saturday at Gilford church hall

Gilford — The Gilford Parks and Recreation and the Gilford Youth Center are co-sponsoring the 5th annual Breakfast with the Easter Bunny on the morning of Saturday, April 19. The  program will be held from 8-10 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall at the Gilford Community Church.

Community members are invited to come enjoy a pancake breakfast along with a coloring contest, door prizes and the opportunity to take your picture with the Easter Bunny.

Parents are encourages to bring their own camera. The cost for this breakfast is $3 per child and $5 per adult. For more information call the Gilford Parks and Recreation Department at 527-4722.


Last Updated on Thursday, 17 April 2014 07:56

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