Once Around Winni Cycle event to benefit Lakes Region Disabled Sports

LACONIA — The inaugural "Once Around the Winni'' bicycle event to benefit Lakes Region Disabled Sports will start from the Paradise Beach Club on Saturday, August 23 following a 7 a.m. check in.

There will be free parking for participants at the Weirs traffic circle lot  and there will be sag stops offering hydration and nourishment along the picturesque clockwise ride around Lake Winnipesaukee.

There will be a $75 entry fee and the event is limited to 100 cyclists.

After cycle festivities include a celebration at the Paradise Beach Club patio and Tiki Bar and a barbecue on the PBC Patio.

Participants will receive event T-shirts and automatic raffle entry. For more information or to register visit Lakes Region Disabled Sports on Facebook.



Clark House Hosting Antique Fashion Show Friday

WOLFEBORO — The Clark House will host an Antique Fashion Show on Friday, Aug. 15 from 5-7 pm.
The Clark House has an impressive costume and textile collection stored at the old one room schoolhouse. Visitors will meet Sarah Clark of the Victorian era of the Clark family. Sarah's maid will show guests the many layers of clothing needed by a Victorian Era woman as you watch her being dressed from her "bloomers up" in a Civil War or Victorian period outfit. Many of the more "fragile" costumes will be walked around the room to let guests view the lovely materials and styles that these costumes represent. Finally Sarah will lead a tour of the 1778 house as she takes guests into each themed room that will highlight clothes and accessories of the era with both mannequins and displays
Cost: Adults $4.00, Seniors $3.00, Students $2.00, Under 12 FREE, Member FREE.


Kingswood Class of '84 reunion on August 16

WOLFEBORO — The Kingswood Regional High School class of 1984 will celebrate its 30th reunion on Saturday August 16, on the Winnipesaukee Belle. Boarding begins at 4:30 p.m. The boat will leave the docks at 5 p.m. 

The evening will feature specially prepared dining and dancing to Rock & Roll music from the 80's, along with a sunset cruise on Lake Winnipesaukee. For more information on the reunion email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or check out our Facebook page at: KRHS Class Of 1984.

080914 NH Winery hosts special book signing with local author Aug. 17 (430) Gilmanton Winery & Vineyard to host local author for brunch on Sunday

GILMANTON — Marshall and Sunny Bishop, owners of the Gilmanton Winery and Vineyard, are pleased to announce a special book signing event on Sunday, August 17 from 8:30 am-1:30 pm, during the winery's regular brunch hours.

Local author, Jessica Lander, wrote the book "Driving Backwards," a book about the small town of Gilmanton. Jessica spent over 20 summers in Gilmanton with her family, during which she got to know the residents, history and intricacies of the small NH town. When she was a sophomore in college, she decided to write a book. According to the website, "Driving Backwards" is a "poignant exploration of the vividness of the everyday."

The Gilmanton Winery, which serves brunch every Sunday and lunch every Thursday, Friday and Saturday, is located in the former home of Grace Metalious, author of the controversial novel "Peyton Place" and is also home to Camelot Alpaca Farm. For more information about the winery,  visit www.gilmantonwinery.com or call 603.267.8251.

Gilmanton was briefly the most famous town in America. Today the town, nestled amongst the hills of central New Hampshire and along the curve of the Suncook River, is a microcosm of the changing ways and enduring values of rural life in the twenty-first century.

Driving Backwards is a poignant exploration of the vividness of the everyday. Across twenty years of summers, Jessica Lander has come to know Gilmanton and its residents. Valerie, who tends sixty-five goats, home-schools ten children and crafts artisanal goat cheese; Jim and Cheryl, who raise miniature horses, flocks of chickens and long-eared rabbits, all on two tiny acres; Duncan, a third generation farmer, who harvests thousands of pounds of wild blueberries every summer; Chuck, who runs a six-generation dairy farm.

Lander's guide is David Bickford – a fireman, carpenter, town selectman and nearly one-hundred-year-old storyteller. Through richly observed portraits and elegant prose, Lander elevates the ordinary and encourages a deeper appreciation for the stories that surround us.

Jessica Lander is an avid explorer and lover of stories. She's lived and taught in countries as far away as Thailand and Cambodia and in cities as close as Boston and Cambridge – teaching students from sixth grade to university. In addition to freelance writing, she writes an education-focused blog, Chalk Dust, about experiences in and out of the classroom. Growing up, she spent summers in Gilmanton. She currently lives in her hometown of Cambridge, MA, near to family and friends.