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Gilford Methodist Church Hosting Living Nativity on December 15

GILFORD — The First United Methodist Church of Gilford is pleased to announce that there will be a Living Nativity at the church on December 15 at 2 p.m.
The Methodist Church has been a large part of the annual Live Nativity for many years in Gilford Village, but due to the issues surrounding safe places for the animals during the Nativity, and parking for the trailers as well as those who come to the program, the church decided to have the Living Nativity at their church at 18 Wesley Way (off Rt. 11A near the 3/11 by-pass) in Gilford.
Kathy Salanitro will be bringing a team of oxen to participate, and Jeff and Joyce Keyser will bring Eeyore the donkey and some sheep from Ramblin' Vewe Sheep Farm to help in the Nativity. After the program everyone will be able to see the animals up close and learn a bit about them.
Any children wishing to participate as shepherds or angels are welcomed to join the presentation. Adults who would like to participate are also welcomed. Just let the church office know at 524-3289 so that a costume will be ready, then be at the church at 1:45 for dressing. There are no lines to learn.
This program celebrates the true meaning of Christmas with the portrayal and reading of the Nativity story and the singing of favorite Christmas carols. Everyone is encouraged to come and participate in this wonderful celebration The program normally goes only 20 -30 minutes. Following the program, everyone is welcomed into the church to warm up and have some hot cider and cookies.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 04 December 2013 09:27

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Belmont High School: Strikes up the Band this Holiday Season

BELMONT — Dressed in red band jackets and Santa hats, Belmont and Canterbury students have been marching throughout Central New Hampshire performing at parades, festivals and a cabaret this festive season. Directed by Lauren Fountain, the Belmont High School Band stepped off in Concord and then took part in the Downtown Laconia Parade on Saturday, November 30 and the fourth Deck the Village festival in Belmont on Sunday, December 1 at the historic Bandstand.

Also on the slate are appearances at the Franklin Opera House Tree festival on December 6 and Plymouth Parade of December 7. "And just like the song said, we're delighted to be home for the holidays with a seasonal cabaret and our traditional holiday concert," said Mrs. Fountain, Shaker School District faculty member.

Doors open for the December 5 Belmont High School cabaret at 6 p.m. and the event is a fundraiser for band and music programs, with $5 tickets available performance night. Attendees are encouraged to bring a batch of cookies with their recipe to share, in exchange for a raffle ticket. Entertainers include Grade 7/8 and Belmont High School students.

Last Band presentation for the year is at Belmont High School on December 18 at 7 p.m.  All parents, family members and community residents are invited to enjoy festive sounds of the season. In partnership with the Belmont Heritage Commission and John M. Sargent Fund, the Belmont Village Bandstand performance, also featuring the Belmont Elementary School Vocal Ensemble and Dickens Carolers of "Just Love to Sing!" was filmed and cablecast by Lakes Region Public Access, LRPA-TV.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 04 December 2013 09:17

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LHS students to perform in Lakes Region Music Fest

LACONIA — Laconia High School Music Department announced the chorus, band and jazz band members that were selected to participate in the Lakes Region Music Festival to be held at Laconia High School on Saturday, January 18 at 4 p.m. in the gym. 

This one day festival will feature students from 12 area high schools will be rehearsing all day under guest conductors. The snow date for the event is Saturday, January 25.

CAPTION — First row – Sam Silva, Lynn Case, Tori McCrea, Alexis Hartman, Tori Thibodeau, Mackenzie Marsh, Alana Persson, Second Row – Brandon Brown,  Marissa McDermott, Maddie Sandifer, Mika Brown, Keisha McCrea, Sabrina Desaulniers, Shelby D'Amico, Lyndsey Paronto Third row – Tim Maczko, Mikayla Minor, Bryson Haddock,  Brittney Pond, Maddie Wunsch, Jessica McDermott, Destiny DeMond,  Amy Warren, Emily Huckins, Jackie Foden  Fourth Row – Andy Emanuel, Troy Harper,  Michael Tarling, Taylor Gagne, Mitchell Bailey, Nikki Patten, Amanda Burnt, Gabby Melvin. Not pictured: Quinn Davis, Ashley Gomez, Sebastian Huot, Jasmyn Murgatroy, Maggie Randall, Jake Reilly, Mackenzie Stewart, Katelyn Topping. (Courtesy photo)

Last Updated on Wednesday, 04 December 2013 09:13

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Christmas Festival at Moulton Farm December 15


MEREDITH — Stories, tractor rides, music, food, and crafting activities for adults and children are just part of the holiday fun at Moulton Farm's annual "Christmas at the Farm" festival on Sunday, December 15. The event, which runs from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., "is one of the most anticipated events we do at the farm," says John Moulton. "The farm is decorated, our gallery of wreaths is open, the fresh trees smell amazing, and there are a lot of smiles."

This year the farm has teamed up with Bayswater Books in Center Harbor for a special holiday stories session starting at noon. Old favorites as well as some newer holiday tales will be included. At 1:30 p.m. Santa will arrive, once again by tractor. "Last year he had so much fun that he especially asked for the tractor," says Moulton with a smile. "

In addition to the free tractor rides around the farm with free hot chocolate to help keep fingers warm, holiday music from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m., and animals to visit, there will be several crafting activities and a workshop happening. The crafting activities are on a drop in basis and include decorating and planting a pot to give as a gift or enjoy at home, making wooden snowmen, and decorating cookies. Some activities are free, and some have a small cost.

There will also be a workshop for decorating gingerbread houses. The cost for the workshop is $30 per house decorated and space is limited.

During the festival there will be sampling of different food items available at the farm for gift giving as well as items that can be ordered from the farm's kitchen for holiday gatherings until the kitchen closes for the season on December 31. Cider Bellies will be making their famous cider doughnuts. Treats and warm soups will also be available for purchase to take home or enjoy during the afternoon at the farm.


Last Updated on Wednesday, 04 December 2013 09:01

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