Reception Sat. for artist Betty Mitchell at Gilmanton Year-Round Library

GILMANTON — Long-time Gilmanton resident Betty Mitchell will display her paintings as Artist in the Library for September and October. A reception and opportunity to meet the artist will be held on Saturday, September 6, 1:30-3 pm at the Gilmanton Year-Round Library on Route 140, opposite the Gilmanton School.

Betty describes the development of her interest in painting: "I started oil painting about ten years ago as a very part-time interest. However, the time devoted to painting has increased tremendously since I retired in 2013. Painting for me is a very quiet and contemplative experience. Putting colors on canvas, the mixing and blending to create my representation of a scene or person is a rewarding one. While I love to paint on my big porch, I also enjoy the opportunity to share painting time with other women who paint locally. There are several groups that get together casually at local libraries and we exchange our thoughts, difficulties with a piece of work, and our successes. The support is warm and generous. Joining the Lakes Region Art Association has facilitated this connection with others who share my interests."

Betty has taken classes with fellow Gilmanton resident Larry Frates, and currently attends an oil class at the Kimball Jenkins Art Center in Concord. She says "I hope to improve on landscapes in the coming year so I can capture more the local scenes in the Lakes Region, especially Gilmanton. We are fortunate to have many gifted and skilled painters in the area. I am glad The Year Round Library has been there for local artists to hang our work. We all appreciate it."

The exhibit will be available for viewing during the Library's open hours. For details consult the website: or call the Library at 364-2400.

Sandwich voters can meet their candidates at forum on September 7

SANDWICH — Sandwich voters will have an opportunity to meet the candidates on the primary ballot on Sunday, September 7, at 3 p.m. at the Baptist Meeting House on Church Street.

All candidates have been invited to participate and present the reasons for their candidacy and to answer questions from the voters. The moderator for this meeting will be former state representative Lee Quimby who is now moderator of the town, the school district and the church.  Voting will take place at the Sandwich Town Hall on Tuesday, September 9, from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. 

Parade of Flags to highlight annual Multicultural Festival on September 6

LACONIA — The 13th Annual Laconia Multicultural Festival, a hallmark of Lakes Region events, takes place rain or shine in downtown Laconia, Rotary Riverside Park and The Historical Belknap Mill on September 6. Activities start at 10 a.m. and end at 4 p.m. Included in the day are free entertainment, food and craft venders--some local and many representing a wide variety of cultures--along with exhibits, children activities, and the traditional parade.
Celebrating the worldwide inclusiveness of the day, the Parade of International Flags, organized by Larry Frates, leads off the day. As a special part of the day Up With People will join in with their flags. Traditionally, many flags are available to be carried. All are invited to find a flag of theirs or another cultural heritage and participate in the parade. It starts in the NH Bank area about 10:15 a.m. and marches around downtown Laconia to Rotary Park.
Wah Lum Kung Fu and Tai Chi Academy of Malden, MA are a stunning addition to the day. Wah Lum Kung Fu and the Academy are well known throughout the Greater Boston Area and New England for their professional lion dance, dragon dance, drumming, and kung fu/tai chi performances.

They are recognized for the study of Chinese Martial Arts in an environment meaningful for the development of strong mental and physical well-being. They make positive cultural and community connections. They were voted as "Best of Malden" for seven consecutive years.
The Black Thunder Singers keep the old traditions as taught by the elders, both in their performances and in their daily lives. They bring their powerful drumming, dancing, and singing to the park. They are in high demand for pow wows on the east coast. Since they consider their songs as belonging to the people, they do not believe in making a profit for singing or dancing. All profits beyond expenses are donated to charity.
This year LMF has its very own cookbook: Tastes of Nations! It will be for sale at the LMF tent. The cookbook contains over 100 recipes collected from our original immigrants to the most recent ones.

With the construction and other activities in downtown Laconia, continuous shuttle bus service has been arranged from 10 am to 4 pm. Beacon Street East is the central area for the Festival. The shuttle will pick you up and drop you off at various parking lots near the center of Laconia, going to and from Beacon Street East. Parking for the Festival can be found in the following areas: St Joseph's Church parking lot on Church Street, the Laconia Clinic area, and the Water Street lots.

The Laconia Multicultural Committee is especially appreciative of our many sponsors, including the Laconia Human Relations Committee; the Penny Pitou-Milo Pike Family Fund; the Well Sense Health Plan; Genesis Behavioral Health; the Bank of NH; the Northway Bank; and Lutheran Social Services.

All entertainment is free through our sponsors and the many others whose donations we have received! Raffle tickets are available at the LMF booth. To relax in the park it is helpful to bring your own chair.

WOW Fest '14 planned for Sept. 27

LACONIA — WOW Fest '14 is coming up on Saturday, September 27 and features 5K and 10K road races, 15-mile and 67-mile bicycle challenges and a 3-mile fun walk. The first event starts at 7 a.m. beginning and leaving from Laconia Athletic & Swim Club.  

All events are followed by a luncheon provided by Fratello's Italian Grille, T-Bones Great American Restaurant, The Common Man Restaurants & Patrick's Pub & Eatery.

"Bank of New Hampshire is proud to support the WOW Trail and the 2014 WOW Fest event," explains Mark Primeau, President and CEO of Bank of New Hampshire. "This is an exciting event that encourages all of us to get out and get active while supporting this worthy project. We believe the WOW Trail contributes to the health and economic vitality of our community and we support its continued growth."

WOW Fest is an important fundraiser for the WOW Trail, which is currently a 1.3 mile recreation trail connecting Lakeport to downtown Laconia. Final design and fundraising for Phase 2 is currently underway, which will double the length of the trail from downtown Laconia to the planned Belmont trail. The second phase is scheduled to begin in the Spring of 2015, if funds allow. 

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