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Pitman's Hosting Halloween Party featuring LA East Blues Band

LACONIA — Pitman's Freight Room at 94 New Salem Street in Laconia has recovered from the arson fire and will host a Halloween Party featuring the LA East Blues Band on Thursday, October 31 at 8 p.m.

LA East has been one of New Hampshire's premiere blues bands for several decades. Throughout the years they have excited crowds, both with their own shows or as an opening act for a national Blues artist. The band rarely does shows anymore due to front man Arthur James' busy schedule. However the last several years has seen the band reunite at least once or twice during the year. Joining Arthur will be Ray Corliss on drums and Bill Fitzmaurice on bass.

''We opened for people like Richie Havens and Joe Perry of Aerosmith,'' says Corliss, who says LA East has been playing for over 30 years.

This year's reunion at Pitman's Freight Room is also a potluck, so everyone is encouraged to bring a dish.

Corliss says that he will have a Vista shopping cart at the venue and is encouraging people to bring non-perishable food items for distribution to local food pantries.

Costumes are also encouraged.

Admission is $12. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. and Pitman's is a BYOB venue. For more information check www.pitmansfreightroom.com

Last Updated on Wednesday, 30 October 2013 07:59

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Laconia Library will host Two Lakes Region Poets

LACONIA — Two Lakes Region poets, Charlotte Cox from Laconia and Barbara Bald from Alton, will offer a contrast in poetic experiences at a special program hosted by the Laconia Public Library on Wednesday, November 13, at 6:30 p.m.

Their readings will explore both travel impressions and personal changes through the theme of "Journeys Outward, Journeys Inward." This event is free and open to the public, and the evening will include some open mike time for the audience. According to the Director of the Library, Randy Brough, "It will be a wonderful opportunity to hear two accomplished poets from this area, and to share your own thoughts with other creative people."

Charlotte Cox will begin the evening with a series of poems arising from her travels in Mexico, New Mexico, and Africa, pursuing how the discovery of such new places can inspire new emotions and new insights into life. A first-place winner in the Poetry Society of New Hampshire's 2012 Member Contest, she has had poems published in the 2008 and 2010 Poets' Guide to New Hampshire; PSNH's The Poet's Touchstone; Piscataqua Poems: A Seacoast Anthology; and a forthcoming collection, The Widow's Handbook. She has also had articles published in Library Journal, Public Libraries, New Hampshire To Do, and Seacoast Living.

Barbara Bald will treat listeners to a stirring mix of poems that look deep inside – poems about growing up, growing older, risks, regrets, and second chances – when she reads from her book, Drive-Through Window (Walch Printing, 2012). Her poems have appeared in such anthologies as The Other Side of Sorrow, the 2008 and 2010 Poets' Guide to New Hampshire, and For Loving Precious Beast, as well as in The Northern New England Review, Avocet, Off the Coast, and PSNH's Touchstone. Her work has been recognized in both national and local contests including the Rochester Poet Laureate Contest, Lisbon's Fall Festival of Art Contest, Conway Library's Annual Contest, Goodwin Library's Annual Contest, and PSNH's National and Member Contests.

The remainder of the library's poetry evening will offer open mike time for poets, musicians, and other writers from the audience, along with a chance to meet the presenters and ask questions about the writing process. Director Randy Brough says: "We are happy to support Lakes Region poets, and we encourage you to do the same. Please join us on November 13 for a very special evening."

Last Updated on Wednesday, 30 October 2013 07:53

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Final Eastern Star Bean Supper for 2013

HOLDERNESS — On Saturday, November 2, Ellacoya Chapter #43 Order of the Eastern Star will be holding their last public Ham and Bean Supper of the season in Squam Valley Masonic Hall at #1 Rt 3 in Holderness.  Serving starts promptly at 5 p.m.

The suppers begin in May and run through Novembe and offer an assortment of homemade pies, baked beans, ham, casseroles, salads and brown bread.

Ellacoya Chapter #43, Order of the Eastern Star, supports local charities and attendance at this event will benefit Interlakes Community Caregivers, Inc.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 29 October 2013 12:39

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Carole Groenke Open House at the Gallery Space

LACONIA — The Gallery Space located on Canal Street in Downtown Laconia is proud to host a Meet the Artist Reception for exhibiting print maker, Carole Groenke, on Tuesday October 29 from 4-6 p.m.

Carole's exhibition entitled Apple-A-Day-Art consists of twelve color as well as black and white prints created on a quality of life theme. Her work revolves around nature as an inspiration to making art part of your everyday life. As a member of the Women's Caucus for Art-NH, juried member of the Squam Lakes Artisans, Artist Cooperative, and member artist of the Gallery Space, Carole is an energetic source of creative energy.

"I'm always looking for people and places to inspire my imagination and my art," said the artist. She added, "Finding creative sources like the Studio, the Frates Center, and Plymouth State University have helped me to realize that my resources are have been around me all the time."
As a world traveler, Carole, is planning her reception around her recent cycling trip through Tuscany. Carole will have some Tuscan inspired refreshments at the reception for visitors to munch on as well as her colorfully inspiring prints for visitors to enjoy.

A special part of the Reception will be a a one day opportunity for the public to make a difference by receiving one of two prints created in support of the Anderson Pharmacy Fund established in 2000 by Jerry & Lynn Anderson. During Lynn's chemotherapy treatment these two pioneers established a fund to support oncology patients at LRGH who were struggling financially. Carole is also a concerned member of the Lakes Region who inspires others through her art and her concern for others in the community.

She concluded that "I have found that working with other artists have grounded me with the techniques that I use in my artwork and exhibition opportunities such as this one help to keep me grounded to my work."

For more information about the Reception, the Anderson Fund, or the prints call 528-7651

Last Updated on Tuesday, 29 October 2013 12:37

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