A+ A A-

080813 Alton Church Craft Fair Friday night and Saturday (108)

ALTON —The Community Church of Alton is holding it's summer Craft Fair on Friday, August 9 from 5-7 p.m. and again on Saturday, August 10 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

This event will coincide with Alton's Old Home Day festivities. There will be home made pie by the slice and beverages for purchase on Friday night and a luncheon on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The "White Elephant Room" will be filled with everything from Christmas items to vintage items, including knits, linens, jewelry, gifts, children's items, books, plants, home made fudge, and baked goods. The Parade starts at 2 p.m. so downtown Alton is the place people will want to be.


Last Updated on Monday, 05 August 2013 08:49

Hits: 138

080913 Meet the Author Event at Annie's Book Stop Saturday morning (395)

LACONIA — Annie's Book Stop will host a "Meet the author" special event on Saturday, August 10 at 10 a.m. featuring James Novak, author of Ora's Boy, and Catherine Dougherty, author of In Woolen Bikinis.

James Novak grew up in Laconia and upon graduating from high school, enlisted in the United States Air Force. While in the Air Force, he attended college at night and eventually earned dual degrees in Business Administration and Economics. He graduated magna-cum-laude from Park College in 1970 and earned his Master's degree in Public Administration from the University of Oklahoma in 1977. He has traveled extensively all over the world and currently resides with his wife in Bluffton, South Carolina. James has recently acquired a summer home here in the Lakes Region.

Ora's Boy is the true narrative of Sonny Virgin's (a.k.a. Cousy) struggles to survive growing up in Laconia in the 1940s and 1950s. Abandoned by his father and rejected by his mother, Sonny, together with sisters Lorraine and Claudie, searched for love and approval. A remarkably endearing story, Ora's Boy is made more memorable with its backdrop of historical events and changes that happened during the era—World War II, the Korean War, the famous Boston Brinks robbery, Civil Rights Movement, and the advent of Rock N' Roll.

Catherine Dougherty, a native of New Hampshire, lives with her husband in the Lakes Region area, near Lake Winnipesaukee. She is a member of the New Hampshire Writers Project and currently serves as social media chair for the Greater Lakes Region Making Strides Against Breast Cancer.

Her debut novel in Polyester Pajamas, the first book in the Jean and Rosie series, was released in June 2012. She has also published several essays and poems, and is a featured author in the 2012-2013 publication 50 Great Writers You Should Be Reading presented by TheAuthorsShow.com.

In Woolen Bikinis , released on July 5, 2013, is an engaging story about the unpredictable twists and turns that can happen in any woman's life, as well as a strong friendship, one Jean and Rosie are fortunate to have, that can help carry one through. It's also about Simple Pleasures, plenty of them (like woolen bikinis).


Last Updated on Monday, 05 August 2013 08:38

Hits: 127

080613MeetTheQuiltGuild 3 col. photo, caption only


On a snowy day last January, a handful of quilters came to a "Meet the Quilters" program at the Country Village Quilt Guild meeting in Moultonborough.  It was discovered that one was a yodeler, one worked on a fishing boat, one met her husband as a wrong number, and many other stories brought lots of humor to the meeting!  The program will be repeated in better weather on August 7 at 1:30 p.m. in the Moultonborough Life Safety Building.  All are invited to share tidbits about themselves and show a talent or interest that is not quilt related. (Courtesy photo)



Last Updated on Monday, 05 August 2013 08:35

Hits: 126

080813 River Crew Art Exhibit opens at Busiel Mill (561 w/3 col rivercrew)


LACONIA — The photography and artwork created by participants in the River Crew Art program will be showcased during the group's second annual art exhibit held at the Busiel Mill beginning on Monday, August 5.

The exhibit will run through the end of August. The public is invited to the exhibit's opening reception, which will be held on Friday, August 9 from 5 p.m. through 8 p.m. Artwork on exhibit will be for sale, and all proceeds will directly benefit the program.
This year's exhibit theme is "Footprints in the City". Participants in the program have produced artwork throughout the last year in various forms including collages using found objects, painting, wood sculpture, and other media. The photography on exhibit will include images of the city, the Winnipesaukee River, and local wildlife. Poetry and essays will also be featured.
River Crew Art began in January 2012 with local volunteers Elaine Morrison and Dick Smith. Both have right background for their work with the participants of River Crew. Morrison is a retired special education teacher and an artist, and Smith is a retired medical social worker and an amateur photographer.
The pair began with an idea: to use art and photography as a tool for empowerment. They approached Laconia's downtown homeless and invited them to participate in creating artwork and provided lunch for all those in attendance. Laconia Parks and Recreation quickly granted Morrison and Smith permission to hold their meetings behind the former police station located at Church Street in Laconia. The participants chose their own name, River Crew Art, for the newly formed group. They now meet at every Monday at the Salvation Army in Laconia.
The road to empowerment has not always been easy. There are always challenges when working with the homeless, and shortly after starting the program, one of the program's participants drowned in the Winnipesaukee River. His fellow members chose to plant a memorial garden in his honor in front of the police station, which was an Adopt-A-Spot site. The group won an award for their efforts. The garden has since moved to the beginning of the WOW trail.
Morrison and Smith rely strictly on donations to purchase art supplies and lunch for members. The program is structured so that members not only create art, but they also give back to the community that supports River Crew. Projects have included making a flower wreath for the Newtown, CT residents, flower pins honoring the late Lilyanna Johnson, decorated pumpkins for the pediatric patients at the Laconia Clinic, and cards for the Wounded Warriors.
The work of the talented members of River Crew has been exhibited in many places throughout the community including the Lakes Region Camera Club, Downtown Deli in Laconia, Laconia Congregational Church, Hands Across the Table, Friendship Club, Better Together, and the Taylor Home.
The Busiel Mill is located at One Mill Plaza in downtown Laconia. The exhibit will be open to the public Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
For more information about River Crew Art, contact Dick Smith at: (203) 841-9155 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Elaine Morrison can be reached at 527-1974 or by email at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

photo Caption:


The art and photography of River Crew Art members will be featured in the program's second annual exhibit at the Busiel Mill in Laconia. The exhibit, "Footprints in the City," opens on August 5 and will run through the end of August.



Last Updated on Monday, 05 August 2013 08:33

Hits: 173

The Laconia Daily Sun - All Rights Reserved
Privacy Policy
Powered by BENN a division of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Login or Register