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Belknap Mill Hosting Book Release Party for author Carol Lee Anderson on July 11


LACONIA — The Belknap Mill is proud to host the book release event for A History of the Belknap Mill: The Pride of Laconia's Industrial Heritage written by Lakes Region historian, Carol Lee Anderson, on Friday, July 11 beginning at 6 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

The Belknap Mill played a significant role in the hosiery industry with Laconia's Industrial Revolution during the nineteenth century. J.P. Morin purchased the Belknap Mill in 1913 and his family operated the business for three generations. With a personal investment, made by J.P. Morin, of $100,000.00 in a hydro-electric power plant, the Belknap Mill began to produce its own electricity. With plenty of power, the Mill was in good position to increase production and established a contract from the military to supply its soldiers with socks during the World Wars, as well to produce hosiery for the general population of Laconia and beyond.

By 1969, the Belknap Mill had ended its operations as a hosiery mill. Under the Laconia Urban Renewal Plan many structures in downtown Laconia were razed. In the 1970s a non-profit organization was founded that came to the rescue of the Belknap Mill. The Save the Mills Society (today's Belknap Mill Society) bought the mill and mounted a capital campaign. It defined its mission as to preserve and maintain the building and its history, promote the arts and humanities, and provide community services.

Today the Belknap Mill is the only remaining example in the United States from the first stage of the Industrial Revolution. The fact that the building was left unaltered gives it a special and highly-significant historic value.

Visitors are welcome to arrive as early as 5 p.m. on July 11 to tour the facility; browse the museum and art gallery spaces and learn more about what is currently happening at the Mill. Morin's great-grandson, J. Paul Morin, wrote the foreword of the book and will be at the book release to begin the evening's event. During the Meet the Author session, there will be a presentation, a question and answer period followed by the book signing by the author.

A History of the Belknap Mill: The Pride of Laconia's Industrial Heritage can be purchased at the Belknap Mill on 25 Beacon Street East in Laconia or online at www.belknapmill.org. Pre-orders and reservations are encouraged.

Anderson is also the author of The New England Life of Cartoonist Bob Montana: Beyond the Archie Comic Strip and the award-winning, The History of Gunstock: Skiing in the Belknap Mountains published by The History Press in 2011. For more information, visit CarolLeeAnderson.com.

The Belknap Mill is the oldest, unaltered brick textile mill in the country. It has a permanent exhibit that interprets the history of the textile industry in Laconia, and has changing monthly exhibits focusing on the arts and history, as well as educational programs for all ages. For further information on the mill and its events, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , visit www.belknapmill.org, or call 603-524-8813.

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Hands Across the Table to take a week off

LACONIA — Due to a scheduling conflict, the weekly Hands Across The Table free meal held on Wednesday nights has been canceled for this week only. The meal, held at the St. Andre Bessette Parish Hall in Laconia, will resume next week.

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A Wilde Production Coming to The Winnipesaukee Playhouse

MEREDITH — Almost 120 years after its premier, The Importance of Being Earnest is still being performed around the world! With The Winnipesaukee Playhouse's production this summer, Lakes Region visitors and residents won't have to travel across the pond to experience the epitome of British humor. What makes a show so important that it gets preformed for over a century? This show's classic wit, intelligent word play, and farcical story always pleases audiences.

This comedy of London flats, country escapes, secret engagements, baffled suitors, and cucumber sandwiches revolves around the romantic escapades of Londoner Algernon Moncrieff and his friend Jack Worthing. Jack is in love with Gwendolen. Algernon is in love with Cecily. But Gwendolen and Cecily are both in love with Ernest, who, in fact, does not exist! This tangled web of mistaken identity continues to be one of the most loved and enduringly popular plays, not just of the last 120 years, but of all time.
Directed by the Artistic Director of The Winnipesaukee Playhouse, and native Brit, Neil Pankhurst, this production has been directed to highlight the humor of the script. Pankhurst is directing a talented cast of actors including newcomers John C. Nagy III and Rebecca Tucker, returning company members Nicholas Wilder, A.J. Ditty, Nicole Soriano, Bryn Austin, and Donna Schilke, and long-time company veterans, Adam Kee and John Piquado.
The Winnipesaukee Playhouse provides a full evening of food and entertainment. Drinks, light meals, and snacks are available before each performance. Patrons can enjoy their food and drink outdoors, either in the sun or under shade, while being entertained by free "Busker Alley" pre-show performances of live music or comedy on the outdoor stage. Buskers will be performing on selected nights, so be sure to check the website ahead of time to catch these acts.
The Importance of Being Earnest will be the second play of the summer season performed at the new Winnipesaukee Playhouse campus in Meredith. The Summer 2014 season is generously sponsored by Meredith Village Savings Bank, Kovio's K-9, and the Bank of New Hampshire. The Importance of Being Earnest is further supported by the generous sponsorship of Lovering Volvo, Mill Falls Marketplace, and Bruno Coppola of Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Verani Real Estate. It is recommended for ages 11 and above.

Performances are July 9th-19th and are Mondays through Saturdays at 7:30 pm, with additional matinees Thursday July 10th and Monday July 14th at 2 pm. Matinees are filling quickly, it is recommended to get tickets for those performances soon. Tickets for the Orchestra are $29, with Balcony seats for $10. There are also Student Rush available one hour prior to show time, for $20 in the Orchestra, cash only.
Tickets can be ordered by calling (603)-279-0333 or by using a credit card at www.winnipesaukeeplayhouse.org. The Winnipesaukee Playhouse also offers free educational programs: "How'd They Do That?" a backstage tour at 6-6:30 pm on Thursday, July 10th, "Symposium" a pre-show presentation offering insight on the play from 6-7 pm on Tuesday, July 15st and "Talk-Back Wednesday" a post-performance Q&A with cast and director on Wednesday, July 16th.

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Reduced rates for Junior Clinic at Gilford Hills Tennis Club

GILFORD — With the local interest in tennis seemingly spiking and with Gilford High School having brought home the State championship the last two years, the Gilford Hills Tennis and Fitness Club has become inspired to promote tennis to young athletes in the community. With that in mind, Gilford Hills has teamed up with MB Tractor to offer the summer Junior Clinic, designed for ages 4 to 16, at much reduced rates. The clinic runs twice a week, on Mondays and Wednesdays from 11 a.m. to noon. It starts on July 14 and runs for 4 weeks. The normal charge is $119 but thanks to this partnership the club is offering tuition for $49. This will include eight clinic sessions, if the student needs a racquet the club will not only provide it but if the student completes the clinic they can take it with them. In addition, each participant will receive a can of balls. Furthermore, the first 10 to sign up will receive a free private lesson.

Gilford Hills Tennis and Fitness Club is located at 314 Old Lakeshore Road in Gilford and can be reached at 293-7546.

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