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Artist’s gift to Museum of the White Mountains ‘re-imagines’ a family story


PLYMOUTH — Generations of hikers know well to prepare for sudden weather changes in New Hampshire's White Mountains. Warning signs are posted at trail heads and often along trails at higher elevations warning hikers to be ready for unexpected meteorological shifts.

Artist Laurie Whitehill's grandparents had such an experience during a late summer hike in 1915 when a three-day outing turned into a six-day test of survival. In a new gift to the Museum of the White Mountains at Plymouth State University, the artist re-tells this story as written by her grandfather and re-imagined by Whitehill almost 100 years later.

Robert Whitehill, Laurie Whitehill's grandfather, described that September, 1915 experience a year later in the journal of the Appalachian Mountain Club (AMC) in an article "Snow-bound in September." Laurie Whitehill's copy of Snow Bound In September: A Re-Imagining was received by the Museum on May 22. Museum Director Catherine Amidon says, "the book provides a very personal glimpse into the experiences of early twentieth century White Mountain hikers."

The book was acquired from the artist for the Museum by Rebecca Weeks Sherrill More, a member of the Plymouth State University President's Council as well as a member of the Advisory Council for the Museum of the White Mountains. Amidon stated that "Becky has been a great supporter of the museum before it even opened, this is one more way she's continuing her on-going support."

Featuring 14 linocuts drawn by Laurie Whitehill, the book illustrates excerpts from her grandfather's original account along with the author's own commentary about the hikers and their response to the circumstances. At first glance, Snow Bound in September: A Re-Imagining resembles a familiar mountain guidebook. The illustrations and text, printed on letterpress pages, follow the original story with Whitehill illustrating the mountains as seen in 1915 as well as the participants.

Whitehill had frequently heard this story as a youth, but a chance encounter with a photograph of the party after they were found made her ponder about the experience from her grandmother's perspective.

More says the book creates "a dialogue between Whitehill and her grandmother about issues that her grandfather's account does not address," such as "the restrictions of her hiking clothing, and about her concerns for her two young sons left behind in Jackson."

Snow Bound In September: A Re-Imagining will be added to the Museum of the White Mountains collections and displayed as part of a future exhibition. For more information, visit go.plymouth.edu/museum.



Rebecca W.S. More, a member of the Museum of the White Mountains Advisory Council, with author and illustrator Laurie Whitehill and Museum Director Catherine Amidon. (Courtesy photo)


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Donations wanted for the Annual Laconia High School Band Yard Sale


LACONIA — The Laconia High School Band is seeking donations for their annual yard sale which will take place on Saturday, July 26 in the Laconia Middle School Cafeteria.

Yard sale items may be dropped off at the Laconia Middle School Band Room, Monday through Friday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Please no clothing or electronics. To arrange to have your donated items picked-up, call Lisa at 524-3233. All proceeds benefit the band instrument fund.

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Inter-Lakes Collaborative for Active Seniors looking for survey results

MEREDITH — A new group of active seniors in the Meredith area have come together to carry on programs initiated by the Community Action Program for senior adults. The group is called the Inter-Lakes Collaborative for Active Seniors (ICAS).

The purpose of the Inter-Lakes Collaborative for Active Seniors is to make the lives of senior citizens more livable by providing education, fitness, collaboration and fellowship in a secure and continuous place.

The ICAS wants to provide additional programs for active seniors. Are you interested in line dancing, exercise, wellness, health education, computers, congregate meals, the arts, gardening, outdoor excursions, and trips? Are you interested in getting involved with ICAS as a volunteer or organizer?

Those over 50 are asked to complete an online survey that will help identify the needs of seniors in the Meredith, Center Harbor and New Hampton areas. The link to the survey is: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/i-cas. There are also paper surveys at several public buildings such as the Meredith Public Library and the Meredith Community Center.

The group meets Wednesday at 11 a.m. at the Meredith Community Center and all are welcome. Contact Bob Franks at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call him at 279-8267, for more information.

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Interlakes Theater presents ‘42nd Street’

MEREDITH — The Interlakes Summer Theatre, Professional Musical Theatre in the Lakes Region will run 42nd Street, the Tap Dancing Extravanganza, July 1-July 13 at the air-conditioned Interlakes Auditorium in Meredith.

This show will feature 20 tap dancers from NYC, with local pro, Ashley Landroche in the role of Dorothy Brock, Alexandra Fassler as Peggy Sawyer (returning after appearing as Eponine in Les Mis), and Erik Joshua Clack, who returns after his debut in Singin' in the Rain, to play Billy Lawler. Michael Coppola, of Porstmouth will play Broadway Producer Julian Marsh.

The show is directed by Brian Feehan (Carousel, Fiddler on the Roof, Buddy Holly, Hairspray, Cabaret, A Chorus Line). Musical Director is Kevin Wallace, returning from last years The Full Monty. Set design by Bryce Cutler (Ain't MisBehavin & Dreamgirls) and Sylvianne Shurman as Costume Designer. This family friendly show is full of tons of tap dancing and lots of big musical numbers. Performances are Tuesdays through Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. with matinees on Wednesday and Thursday at 2  p.m. and Sundays at 5 p.m. for tickets and info call 1-888-245-6374 or www.interlakestheatre.com.

This production is sponsored by The Mug and The Bay Restaurant.

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