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Tall Granite Jazz Band at Pitman's tonight

LACONIA — Pitman's Freight Room in Laconia will he hosting The Tall Granite Jazz Band tonight at 8 p.m.

From the syncopated heart of New Hampshire, the Tall Granite Jazz Band sound is a spirited homage to Chicago-style "Hot" jazz from the Roaring 1920s, into the Swing jazz of the '30s, '40s, '50s and even '70s. Their influences range from King Oliver to Oliver Nelson, with stops at Louis Armstrong, George Gershwin, Fats Waller, Duke Ellington, Hoagy Carmichael, Miles Davis, Cole Porter, Louis Jordan, Van Morrison, and even Hank Williams.

Admission is $12 per person. Pitman's is a BYOB venue.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 04 September 2013 09:37

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LakeFest Has New Record to Break: 2099 Raft on Michigan Lake

LACONIA — There's an unofficial new Guinness World Record for LakeFest attendees to beat this Saturday, September 7, at Weirs Beach's Endicott Rock Park in Laconia.

Over Labor Day weekend, Floatilla in Suttons Bay, MI logged 2,099 canoes and kayaks in their record-attempting raft. While that's unlikely to be their final official count due to a banned powerboat in the float's midst, organizers are increasing the LakeFest free floating raft goal – just to be sure.

LakeFest: Hands Across the Water is a family-friendly educational and entertainment event highlighted by a Guinness World Record attempt for largest free floating raft of canoes and kayaks. The NH Lakes Association (NH LAKES) now aims to get 2,100 canoes and kayaks into the waters of Lake Winnipesaukee to break the current official record of 1,902 boats (held by One Square Mile of Hope in NY) and possible new record of 2,099 canoes and kayaks set at Suttons Bay, MI over Labor Day weekend.

Registration opens at 7 a.m. on Saturday, September 7, and the Guinness World Record raft attempt is at approximately 10 a.m. LakeFest attendees will launch from three official sites: boat ramp in downtown Meredith, Akwa Marina (pick-up location for all canoe and kayak rentals reserved online), and Weirs Beach (Endicott Rock Park).

Participants interested in paddling from Meredith Bay who need boat rentals can contact EKAL at 603.677.8646. Paddlers who pre-register for rentals at www.nhlakefest.org will pick up their canoe and kayak rentals at Awka Marina in Weirs Beach. Event attendees who have their own canoes and kayaks can take advantage of early bird drop-off and check-in at Endicott Rock Park in Weirs Beach on Friday, September 6 from noon through 7 p.m.

The free on-land Festival opens mid-morning on Saturday, September 7 and runs through 4 p.m. at Weirs Beach's Endicott Rock Park.

Online registration to participate in the Guinness World Record attempt is available at www.nhlakefest.org for just $20 per canoe or kayak. Reasonably priced canoe and kayak rental options are available by pre-registering online by Fri. 9/6 at noon; reserved boats will be available for pick-up the morning of Saturday, September 7 at the Awka Marina launch site in Weirs Beach. All online registrants are automatically entered to win a bounty of great prizes and getaways provided by generous LakeFest supporters.

On land, the public is welcome to enjoy the free Festival that runs morning through 4 p.m. Attendees will hear a lineup of great live music; The O'Brien Clan Band and The Floods will delight listeners. Family-friendly activities include storytelling, LakeFest bingo, kayak limbo, and more. There will be food vendors and educational exhibits, in addition to boats and other watersport gear for sale. Raffle tickets for a brand new 12' Dirigo Old Town kayak with paddle and PFD will be available for just $5 each or 5 for $20 at NH LAKES' tent in the Festival area.

Through its Lake Host program, NH LAKES has spent the past 12 years inspecting watercraft for plant fragments at boat ramps around the state for and zebra mussels and other invasive species.

Since 2002, hundreds of paid and volunteer Lake Hosts have conducted more than 505,000 courtesy boat inspections and have made more than 1,256 "saves" of aquatic nuisance plant fragments that were about to enter or had just left a waterbody.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 04 September 2013 09:33

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Lakes Region Singers Plan exciting new season

GILFORD — Lakes Region Singers, the well-known community choral group that performs at First United Methodist Church on Route 11-A in Gilford, will kick off their fall concert season with a meeting of the advisory board on Monday, September 9.

This planning group – which consists of LRS director Karen Jordan and LRS members Mary Albert, Kelly Cleveland, Charlotte Cox, Lorraine Gebhardt, Paul Stickney, Betty Welch, and Rachel Young – will meet to discuss ways to expand their impact on the community and their outreach to music lovers in the Lakes Region.

Jordan said, "Not only our membership but also our audience attendance have been booming during the past couple of years. And with the creation of our Youth Chorus, we have been broadening the age range of our musical appeal. Our advisory board continues to be helpful in offering new ideas and new interests from the community."

Rehearsals for the fall concert season will begin on Tuesday, September 17, a week earlier than in previous years, to accommodate the varied and challenging new musical program. The Youth Chorus (for young singers aged 6 to 13) will meet at 6:30 p.m. in the church, and the Adult Chorus will meet at 7:30 p.m. "We welcome anyone interested in performing good music, and we don't require auditions," said Jordan, "so if you know anyone who might like to join our groups, encourage them to come, or better yet, bring them along!"

There will again be two performances of the Christmas Concert, one on Friday, December 20, and another on Sunday, December 22. This year's dynamic program includes traditional pieces like "Carol of the Magi," and "I Wonder As I Wander," as well as fun arrangements of "Jingle Bells" and "It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas." The inspiring melody "Believe" from the recent movie Polar Express will be performed by both Youth and Adult Choruses together. Vocal soloists will be featured, along with cello, flute, and oboe accompaniments.

According to Jordan, "We are all excited to get singing again. If you plan to sing but can't make the first rehearsal, just let me know so we can save a folder for you. This season could well result in our best concert ever." For more information call the director at 524-0835 or 998-8545, or email her at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


Last Updated on Wednesday, 04 September 2013 09:24

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Summer Reading Program Wraps Up at Hall Library

NORTHFIELD — Wednesday, August 14 marked the end of this year's Children's Summer Reading Program, "Dig Into Reading" at Hall Memorial Library.

Of the 91 kids who participated in the program throughout the summer, thirty-three attended the final party where parents and kids snacked on muffins, grapes and punch. The kids then picked their final treasures from the prize bin, choosing one item for every five books read.

A total of 1532 books were devoured by our budding bibliophiles and special recognition and awards went out to the top five readers: Bruce Archibald, brother and sister Becca and Ethan Turgeon, and sisters Harper and Nora Hartshorn. All the children received certificates from Pizza Hut for a personal pan pizza, and all children who pick up their list of books read and present it to Dipsy-Doodle will receive a free ice-cream.


Last Updated on Wednesday, 04 September 2013 09:19

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