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Gilford Methodist Church planning annual Harvest Supper

GILFORD — A local tradition returns to Gilford once again on Saturday, October 19 with the annual Harvest Supper put on by the folks at the Methodist Church on Rt. 11.

Th supper features an old fashioned boiled dinner of corned beef and cabbage, baked beans and homemade apple and pumpkin pies.

For over 40 years now the members of the congregation have been putting this dinner on every year in the early fall. They work hard to make the fellowship hall come alive with autumn colors and the smells of slow cooked corn beef fill the air. Over 100 pounds of potatoes and carrots are peeled and chopped and 60 pounds of dry beans are sorted, washed, soaked, and cooked overnight in the bean pits behind the church.

This meal is a huge production for the church and has become a favorite of the church supper crowd in the Lakes Region. It takes about 50 hardworking people to put on this meal. The members of the church do everything from baking pies to tending the fires that will cook the beans in the large cast iron kettles. It is a three day undertaking and the meal is well worth the effort.
Tickets are available by calling the church office at 524-3289 or 528-2369 but they sell out quickly so call early. There are two serving to choose from, one at 5 p.m. and another at 6:30 p.m.

Those interested in knowing more about how they make the bean hole beans are more than welcome to come and watch as they are put into the kettles and lowered into the ground on Friday night before the dinner. They go into the holes promptly at 4:30 p.m. so don't be late and be sure to bring your camera to get pictures of this age old New England tradition.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 09 October 2013 09:00

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Bank of New Hampshire Offers Assistance to Furloughed Workers

ACONIA — With thousands of federal employees going without pay during the government shutdown, Bank of New Hampshire is offering two ways to give furloughed workers a break.

The first program the bank is offering will waive all fees associated with overdrawing a checking account and will increase the overdraft limit to $1,000. It will also waive the $1 non-Bank of New Hampshire ATM charge and will waive all monthly maintenance/service charge fees related to the account. This will provide customers with an opportunity to pay bills and buy food while they are not collecting a paycheck.

The second program offers consumer installment loan customers the option to skip their next loan payment. Both programs will run from October 7 through November 12,  or until the government shutdown ends. To qualify for the programs, customers need a Bank of New Hampshire account/loan that has been in good standing for at least 60 days, a government ID, and a furlough letter to qualify.

"We are monitoring the situation closely and are prepared to help any customer who is facing difficulty as a result of the shutdown," stated Carolyn Peverly, SVP – Administration for Bank of New Hampshire. "Every situation is different so we ask that if a customer is having difficulty that they call us."

For more information, visit www.BankNH.com or call 1-800-832-0912.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 09 October 2013 08:44

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Lights on Celebration at Newfound

BRISTOL — The Newfound Area School District Project PROMISE and Tapply Thompson Community Center Afterschool Programs will take part in a national Lights On celebration on October 17 at Kelley Park in Bristol from 5-7 p.m.

The National Afterschool Alliance reports that in communities today, 15.1 million children take care of themselves after the school day ends. Afterschool programs keep kids safe, help working families and inspire learning. Over 7,500 communities will take part in the Lights On event.

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Exhibition of Chinese Woodcuts at Plymouth State University

 PLYMOUTH — Lamson Library at Plymouth State University will present an exhibition of Chinese woodcuts from the folio Woodcuts of New China and Frans Masereel's folio, China Memories through December 20 at the Library on Highland Street in Plymouth. David A. Beronä, dean of library and academic support services at Plymouth State, curated the exhibition.
Beronä explains that the Chinese People's Association for Foreign Cultural Relations invited Masereel, a Belgian artist and pioneer of the woodcut novel, to China in 1958. Woodcut novels were wordless books of woodcuts that focused on the social ills in Europe during the early twentieth century. During his visit, Masereel discovered that his woodcut novels, not bound by a language barrier, had been widely distributed across China. Along with the influence of the great writer, Lu Xun, Masereel's woodcuts served as an inspiration to the Chinese avant-garde movement in the 1930s and mirrored the revolutionary struggle of the Chinese people. This Expressionist style evolved into woodcuts of the mid-20th century that displayed more traditional styles and promoted the ideals of the Chinese Communist Party.
The Chinese woodcuts in this exhibition display examples from this later period and Masereel's impressions in color reproductions and drawings of the Chinese people and countryside following his visit.
A recognized scholar on woodcut novels and wordless books, Beronä has written extensively on the genre, and authored the introduction to the latest edition of Masereel's Passionate Journey: A Vision in Woodcuts, published by Dover Publications.
Beronä has also written his own book, Wordless Books: The Original Graphic Novels, which was a First Place winner at the 2009 New York Book Show and was nominated for a Harvey Award. In the book he examines the history of wordless books and the art and influence of pioneers like Masereel, Lynd Ward and Otto Nuckel among others.
He says, " The themes in these wordless books show a powerful relevance to our world today, the significance of wordless stories, and the growing importance of visual narratives in all cultures—both Western and Eastern."
Beronä will give a gallery lecture on this topic at 5:30 p.m. October 24 in conjunction with "Adventures in Chinese Culture," a lecture series complementing an exhibition of paintings by Chinese brush artist Yang Jukui at the Karl Drerup Art Gallery. His talk will have particular focus on Western artists including Masereel, Käthe Kollwitz and Carl Meffert and their impact on Chinese avant-garde artists and the Modern Woodcut Movement.

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