WOLFEBORO — The New Hampshire Boat Museum is preparing for its 8th biennial Wolfeboro Vintage Race Boat Regatta to be held on Wolfeboro Bay on Lake Winnipesaukee on Friday and Saturday, September 13 and 14. This two-day event is filled with thrilling spectacle of vintage triple cockpits, outboards, Gold Cup racers, skiffs, and hydroplanes running in heats around a one-mile course from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The Wolfeboro Regatta is regarded as one of the best venues on the vintage race boat circuit. Race crews are signed up to attend from as far away as Michigan, Florida, Mississippi and Canada. It is anticipated that over 40 crews will be present this year.
This year's Regatta is generously sponsored by the following museum supporters: Citizen's Bank, Shep Brown's Boat Basin, Watermark Construction, the Alton Bay Yacht Club, the J. Willard Marriott Jr. Foundation, Coco Engineering, Bradley Hardware, Lakes Region Restoration, Avery Insurance, NAPA - Wolfeboro Auto Parts, HK Powersports, Wolfeboro Car Wash and Executive Detail, Knight Security, Brock's Lumber, Sal's Advanced Automotive, Three Sisters' Country Store, and two anonymous donors. In-kind support is being provided by the Wolfeboro Inn, Dive Winnipesaukee, Andrews Marine Service and Reliable Crane Service.
There is no charge to watch the heats from the docks. For those wishing to view the action up close from the water, the Winnipesaukee Belle is offering rides departing at approximately 9:20 a.m., 11:10 a.m., and 1:20 p.m. There will be an additional tour at 2:40 p.m. on Saturday. The cost for these water tours are $12 per person. The special 11:10 a.m. two-hour lunch cruise cost is $30 per person, which includes a lunch buffet and beverages.
Evening receptions and dinners with the drivers and crews are open to the public. The events include a Thursday, September 12 cook-out at the Wolfetrap Grill and Raw Bar; a Friday, September 13 reception at the New Hampshire Boat Museum; and a Saturday, September 14 Awards Banquet at the Wolfeboro Inn. Those wishing to sign up for any of these evening events or wish to make reservations for the Winnipesaukee Belle cruises by going on-line at www.nhbm.org or call the Museum at 569-4554
Last Updated on Friday, 30 August 2013 07:48
LACONIA — The next dog obedience class facilitated by the Laconia Parks and Recreation Department will begin September Wednesday, 11 at the Laconia Community Center. A beginner program will be followed from 6 to 7 p.m. followed by an advanced program from 7 to 8 pm.
The cost is $54 for the four week program. Dogs must have all of their shots before joining the class. Pre-registration and pre-payment is required.
For questions and registration, go to the Laconia Parks & Recreation Department's office at the Community Center at 306 Union Avenue or call 524-5046.
Last Updated on Friday, 30 August 2013 07:19
BRISTOL — The Literary Circle of Minot-Sleeper Library is pleased to invite the public to a free presentation by author Betsy Woodman on Thursday, September 12 from 6:30-8 p.m.
Woodman is the author of Jana Bibi's Excellent Fortunes released in 2012 and Love Potion Number 10: A Jana Bibi Adventure released just this August. Jana Bibi's Excellent Fortunes is set in the 1960's in a small Indian Hill Station in what is now Uttar Pradesh, India. Janet Laird (Jana Bibi), a Scottish woman, inherits her grandfather's house and moves in with her chatty parrot, Mr. Ganguly. When the town becomes threatened by a planned government dam, Jana and her new friends scheme to save the village.
In the newest Jana Bibi adventure, Love Potion Number 10, Jana, Mr. Ganguly the loose-beaked parrot, and the rest of the gang are back as their small town in India is baffled by an espionage mystery and a homemade remedy turns everyone's thoughts towards love. Jana's fortunetelling has brought a lot of attention to the small town of Hamara Nagar, and now all eyes are on the Scottish-born card-reader Jana. Some people, though, are not to be trusted, and Mr. Ganguly finds himself at the center of a potential kidnapping that puts Jana and her household on edge. Meanwhile, love is in the air and, thanks to Abinath's Apothecary, it's also in a bottle. Abinath has created Love Potion Number 10 that has Jana asking herself, is a new love possible at age 59?
Betsy Woodman spent ten childhood years in India, studied in France, Zambia and the United States, and now lives in her native New Hampshire. She has contributed nonfiction pieces and several hundred book reviews to various publications, and was a writer and editor for the award winning documentary series, Experiencing War, produced for the Library of Congress and aired on Public Radio International.
For more information about this free event call Rebecca Herr at 744-6526.
Last Updated on Friday, 30 August 2013 07:10
LACONIA — On Saturday, September 7 at Weirs Beach's Endicott Rock Park in Laconia, LakeFest attendees will attempt to capture a Guinness World Record for New Hampshire.
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) aims to get 2,000 canoes and kayaks into the waters of Lake Winnipesaukee to break the current record of 1,902 boats.
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: Meredith Bay, Akwa Marina, and Endicott Rock Park (the LakeFest event site at Weirs Beach).
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 12 noon through 7 p.m.
The free on-land Festival opens mid-morning 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 $15 per canoe or kayak until August 31; effective September 1 registration is $20 per boat.
Reasonably priced canoe and kayak rental options are available by pre-registering online; reserved boats will be available for pick-up Saturday morning at the Awka Marina launch site in Weirs Beach. All online registrants are automatically entered to win 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.
Volunteers are needed to help with LakeFest 2013. Interested volunteers can visit www.nhlakefest.org, select the "volunteer" option during online registration, or call 603.226.0299. All volunteers receive free LakeFest registration.
Through its Lake Host program, NH LAKES has spent the past 12 years inspecting watercraft for plant fragments at boat ramps around the state. With aquatic nuisance species like Asian clams and zebra muscles threatening to invade our waters, NH LAKES needs the public's help.
Last Updated on Friday, 30 August 2013 07:00
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