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'Get to know the hands that feed you' this weekend

CONCORD — The Northeast Organic Farming Association of New Hampshire (NOFA-NH), in collaboration with the New Hampshire Department of Agriculture, Markets and Food and Carroll County Farm Weekend, is organizing an Organic and Sustainable Farm Weekend, Saturday and Sunday, September 7 and 8 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The theme of the event is "Get to know the hands that feed you!" Participants can take a whirlwind tour of twenty-six sustainable and organic farms throughout New Hampshire or simply select from a few local farms to visit in in each region during the weekend.

"This event comes just as we are heading into the harvest season." said Janet Wilkinson, NOFA-NH Executive Director, "It's a great way to show support for local, organic and sustainable farmers and to see first-hand all the work they do to provide for New Hampshire's food system. We invite you to bring the family, take in the rural scenery, and get to know the hands that feed you!"

Participating farms will open their doors to the public and will offer tastings of produce, grass-fed sausage, jams and jellies, homemade mustard, and herbal teas. Visitors can participate in farm tours and various scheduled activities such as fishing, wellness workshops, farm equipment demonstrations and live animal showings. The event is free and open to the public; each farm will have its own unique activities and will offer a range of goods for sale, from PYO berries, fresh herbs and veggies available at farm stands, country cheeses and jams for sale, free-range eggs, pumpkin picking and more.

In Laconia, Minglewood Farm is offering guided tours of a "nano-farm" property, featuring a new food forest development and permaculture efforts. Additional farms taking part include Red Mange Farm in Loudon, White Gates Farm and the NH Mushroom Company in Tamworth, and Springhill Farm in Sanbornton.

Visit  www.minglewoodfarm.co.nf or www.nofanh.org for a complete list of participating farms and their locations.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 04 September 2013 10:28

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Tower Hill Hosts Sublime Tribute "Badfish" and Cody James (423 w/2 col Badfish)

LACONIA —  The Tower Hill Club, located at Weirs Beach, 290 Lakeside Ave, Laconia, will host Badfish – a Tribute to Sublime on Saturday. Reggae artist Cody James & Relevation will open the show at 6 p.m. Advanced tickets are available at www.towerhillclub.com Show is 18+
Sublime was arguably one of the most energetic, original, and uniquely eclectic bands to emerge on the international music scene in the 1990s. In 2001, Badfish - a Tribute to Sublime, played its first show in Matunuck, Rhode Island to 500 fans, many of whom drove an hour or more to celebrate the music of a Sublime (whose run ended far too soon after the tragic death of lead singer Brad Nowell in 1996).

But no one could have predicted what was about to happen next. The tribute band took off.

Fans began calling Badfish the "rebirth of Sublime" and the tribute band went on to break attendance records up and down the East coast. 12 years later the band is still going strong, maintaining the spirit of Sublime while carrying their legacy with grace. And in that time Badfish has become one of the biggest club and theater acts in the Northeast and Midwest. Promoters continue to be in awe that this tribute band must often turn fans away when tickets run out, as they are consistently selling out many shows at the most prominent venues throughout the country,

Opening the show Saturday are Cody James and Relevation, a roots and reggae band that have a contagiously good attitude and compelling musical agenda. Cody (a New Hampshire native who has called Laconia his home for the past 15 years) has shared stages with bands Slightly Stoopid, 311, and as it so happens, Sublime.  James remarked that it is "awesome to be asked to play this show. I am a huge Sublime fan, and I've seen Badfish a gazillion times. Tower Hill is the perfect place for this–they're all about the music!"

James returns to the stage after a brief hiatus dedicated to song-writing, and he's in fine form. "It feels so right to get back on the horse, right here in Laconia, with my Lakes Region super-band." His current lineup includes sax-man Jon Lorentz, keyboardist Joe Deleault, bassist Mike Rossi and drummer Rick Page (the latter three who tour internationally with blues artist Mighty Sam McClain).

The Tower Hill Club is a 350 capacity live music and dance space. Located upstairs of Tower Hill Tavern and the recently opened Jazz Bar, the club space features a large stage, state-of-the-art sound system, pro light show, and a full bar.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 04 September 2013 10:25

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Hobo and Winnipesaukee Scenic Railroad Switches to Fall Schedule

LINCOLN — Owners of the Hobo Railroad in Lincoln, NH and the Winnipesaukee Scenic Railroad in Meredith & Weirs Beach, recently announced they will be making the switch to their annual Fall schedule following Labor Day weekend.

The Hobo Railroad in Lincoln will operate on weekends only the first two weeks of September with departures scheduled for 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. on September 7 & 8 and 14 & 15. Daily operations will resume for 1 hour and 20 minute Fall Foliage trips from Lincoln on Monday, September 16 with trains departing the Hobo Junction Station at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. through Sunday, October 20. Train rides will also be available at the Hobo Railroad the weekend of October 26 & 27, with departures scheduled for 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Ticket prices for the Hobo Railroad are $15 for adults and $10 for children 3-11 years of age, while ages 2 and under ride for free.

After a short break in early November, the Hobo Railroad in Lincoln will reopen the Friday after Thanksgiving, November 29,  with their popular Santa Express trains. Ticket prices are $20 for First Class seating and $15 for Coach Class seating (all ages) while ages 2 and under ride for free. Operating weekends at 1 p.m. through Saturday, December 21, advance reservations for the Santa Express trains can be made by visiting www.santatrains.com.

The Winnipesaukee Scenic Railroad in Meredith will begin weekend operations for the Fall season starting Saturday, September 7, and running through Sunday, September 15,  with trains departing Meredith Station at 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Starting September 21, and running through October 19, 2-hour Fall Foliage trains will depart weekends from Meredith at 10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. On Sunday, October 20, as well as the weekend of October 26 & 27,  2-hour train rides will be available from the Meredith Station at 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.

The Weirs Beach ticket office will also operate weekends this Fall with 1-hour train rides departing the lakeside location at 11 a.m, 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. on September 2, 7 & 8, 14 & 15. Starting September 21 and available weekends through October 19,  1-hour rides will be available from the Weirs Beach ticket office at 11 a.m., 12 p.m., 1 p.m, 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. On Sunday, October 20, as well as the weekend of October 26 & 27, 2013, 1-hour train rides will be depart from Weirs Beach at 11 a.m., 12 p.m. and 1 p.m.

Ticket prices for the Winnipesaukee Scenic Railroad's 2-hour Fall Foliage excursions along Lake Winnipesaukee are $16 for adults and $12 for children 3-11 years of age, while ages 2 and under ride for free. Tickets for 1-hour excursions from Weirs Beach are $14 for adults, $10 for children 3-11, while ages 2 and under ride for free.

In addition to the regular 2-hour excursions on weekends throughout the Fall from Meredith and the 1-hour trips from Weirs Beach, the Winnipesaukee Scenic Railroad also offers a very popular Fall Foliage Special that allow guests to enjoy a 4-hour experience from Meredith, to Plymouth, with a stop at the Common Man Inn & Restaurant in Plymouth where they'll be treated to a hot buffet lunch before returning to Meredith. Available only on weekends September 28 & 29 as well as October 5, 6, 12, 13, 14 & 19, tickets for the popular Fall Foliage Special are $55 adult / $25 child (ages 3-11) for Coach Class, $89 for First Class (all ages) and $99 for Presidential Class (all ages). Advance reservations are required for the Fall Foliage Special and can be made by visiting www.HoboRR.com or calling (603) 745-2135.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 04 September 2013 10:22

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Dinner theatre event raised $6,800 for Winnipesaukee Wellness Center

MEREDITH – The Winnipesaukee Wellness Center raised $6,800 with its first-ever Dinner Theatre endeavor.

Meredith Village Savings Bank's major donation was a great stimulus for all who worked so hard for a very pleasant event. MVSB's recognition of the need for the services provided by the WWC, which enhance wellness for many in our communities, led the way for others to help out as well.

With the opportunities provided by Interlakes Summer Theatre and Magic Foods Catering all who attended the evening enjoyed a wonderful dinner and a superb evening at" Les Miserables".
The pleasant surroundings of Magic Foods Catering provided the atmosphere for socialization and enjoyment for all. The theatre production was amazing and the accolades for all, cast and support people, continue.

In addition, many people brought non perishable items for the Lakes Region Food Pantry, giving those attending an opportunity to help others in the community.



The Winnipesaukee Wellness Center raised $6,800 with its First Annual Dinner Theatre fund raiser. Shown on rowing exercise machines are Rowena Schlegel and Janet Stearns, Wellness Center participants and back row are Debra Emerton, WWC nurse, Cindy Oxton, MVSB Branch Manager, and Pat Hayny, WWC participant. (Courtesy photo)

Last Updated on Wednesday, 04 September 2013 10:16

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