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Medieval, Renaissance Forum Fri., Sat. at PSU

PLYMOUTH — More than 100 scholars will present their latest research on many aspects of medieval and Renaissance culture at the 35th annual Medieval and Renaissance Forum, April 25 and 26 at Plymouth State University. Plymouth State's forum is the oldest conference of its type in New England.

The theme of this year's event is "Authors, Artists, Audiences." Registration and coffee begins at 8 a.m. Friday at Lamson Library and Learning Commons on Highland Street.

The Forum officially opens at 8:45 a.m. following a procession from Rounds Hall to the Hartman Union Building Fireplace Lounge. The traditional opening ceremony will include music by the Plymouth State University Chamber Singers, just back from Carnegie Hall; a welcome by forum Director Karolyn Kinane, an opening poem by Festival Poet Laureate Phil O'Mara with Kinane, and an audience singing of Gaudeamus Igitur.

Public concurrent sessions are held in Boyd Hall, Lamson Learning Commons and Rounds Hall throughout the day Friday and Saturday on topics such as "Orality and Historiography: The Power of the Spoken Word in the Middle Ages," "Women Empowered by God," "Early Medieval Aesthetics," "Understanding The Canterbury Tales," "Sacred Art" and "Early Medieval France." Several undergraduate student panels are also scheduled.

Friday morning sessions are 9:30­–10:50 a.m. and 11:05 a.m.­­–12:25 p.m. and a chainmail workshop by the student Medieval Society is scheduled from 1:15–2:15 p.m. at a location to be announced.

Friday lunch will be held from 12:30-1:30 p.m. at Frost Commons off School Street, followed by additional concurrent sessions from 2:25–3:45 p.m.

This years Forum Keynote Speaker is Rebecca Krug, associate professor of English at the University of Minnesota, who specializes in late medieval English literature and culture. She will speak on "Margery Kemp and the Lonely Reader" at 4 p.m. Friday, in the Hage Room on the second floor of the Hartman Union Building.

Krug is the author of Reading Families: Women's Literate Practice in Late Medieval England, and a number of essays including pieces in The Cambridge Companion to Medieval English Culture and A Cultural History of Gardens in the Medieval Age. She is currently writing an essay about lunar gardening in the medieval and modern worlds and completing a book about Margery Kemp.

A reception follows from 5-6:15 p.m. at the same location. Dinner, for which tickets are required, will be at 6:30 p.m. in Frost Commons.

Saturday registration and coffee begin at 8:30 a.m. at Lamson Library and Learning Commons, followed by concurrent sessions from 9 a.m. ­–10:20 a.m. and 10:35–11:55 a.m. Lunch will be held in Frost Commons from noon­–1:15 p.m. Afternoon sessions run from 1:30–2:50 p.m. and 3-4:20 p.m.

Doors open for the traditional Medieval Feast (tickets required) at 5:30 p.m. in Heritage Hall in Samuel Read Hall Building on Highland Street. Contact the forum director at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for tickets.

Information about the Forum is online at Plymouth.edu/medieval and on Facebook at Plymouth State University Medieval and Renaissance Forum.

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Businesses Step Up to '90 for 90 Challenge'

MEREDITH — Businesses have stepped up to the "Alumni 90th Challenge". The Challenge has gone out to local business owners to donate $90 in honor of the Meredith/Inter-Lakes Alumni Association and the celebration of their 90th Anniversary. Currently the following businesses have answered the challenge.
Three business owners that have taken up the challenge are "Real Green Lawn and Landcare", owner Dan Harris; "Bryant Paving", owner Leslie Bryant; and "American Pride Landscape Co." with owner Peter Richards. They are also alumni members who grew up here in Meredith and now have their own business in the local area.

Brian Allen, alumni member and owner of 'Cerutti Contracting, LLC' was also one of the first to take up the challenge, as was 'R. Joseph Dever Services', a property management and home maintenance business owned by Joe Dever. These business owners want to encourage all local business owners to take up the challenge!
The donation of $90.oo will be used to help support the three $1,000.oo Alumni Scholarships awarded each year to deserving seniors at I-L H S, as well as to help with the costs associated with the 90th Anniversary Celebration. Some of these costs include the recognition of the current 50 year Class of 1964, and the cost of maintaining the Alumni Loyalty Cup, which has been given out each year since 1929.
Everyone who is interested in attending the Annual Alumni Brunch please mark your calendars for June 1 from 10 a.m. to 1p.m. The special 90th Anniversary charge for this years event is $19.24 pp in honor of the Class of 1924, which was the class that began the association ninety years ago. Reservations are required by May 20 and checks may be sent to the Meredith/I-L Alumni Assoc., PO Box 1076, Meredith, NH 03253. Include your name, including maiden name if appropriate, that you would like for your name tag, as well as the class you were in. If you have any special seating requests include them along with your reservation. If you have any questions call Nancy Morrill at 279-6657.

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Build a Boat This Summer with the New Hampshire Boat Museum

WOLFOEBORO — The New Hampshire Boat Museum's popular Boat Building Program this summer is offering two sessions of intensive boat building classes geared for novices who want to make either a canoe, kayak, paddleboard or Bevin's Skiff. And this year the Museum is offering a new option in the Adult/Family class: the opportunity to build your own Optimist sailboat dinghy.

Thanks to grants from a number of donors, scholarships are available for students in the Youth Program and families with children who participate in the Adult/Family Program. The scholarships are for youth or families who might not otherwise be able to participate due to financial considerations.

The deadline to sign-up for Boat Building is June 1. After that date, prices will go up. To learn more about the classes, costs, or the scholarships, visit the Museum's website at www.nhbm.org. or call the Museum at 569-4554.

The boats, which Museum volunteers start for the students over the winter, are from kits. People have the choice of building a

• One-person canoe
• One-person kayak (max 160lbs)
• 11' 6" Bevin's Skiff
• 12' 6" paddleboard
• Optimist sailboat dinghy

Costs vary, depending on the boat.

The two sessions available this summer are as follows:

• Adult/Family Boat Building will be held from July 12 - 20. This session is open to adults or families with an adult and child team. Depending on the type of boat selected, you might finish your boat before the 20th. The class runs daily from 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
• Youth Boat Building will be held from August 4-15. This session is open to girls and boys ages 12 and up. In this course, you can choose to build a canoe, kayak or Bevin's Skiff. Scholarships to build the canoe are available for students with financial consideration. Scholarship details may be found on the Museum's website at www.nhbm.org. At the end of the session a special picnic and launching will be held on Lake Wentworth. The class runs from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday - Friday.


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Shaker Village welcomes board members

CANTERBURY — Canterbury Shaker Village has recently announced that James Garvin, Stanley Smith, Joan Noga and Ray Cragie have joined the Board of Corporators. The four new members bring decades of experience in the areas of historic preservation and education to the National Historic Landmark, which is dedicated to preserving the Shakers' 200-year legacy of entrepreneurship, innovative design and simple living.

James Garvin is an adjunct professor at Plymouth State University and the former State Architectural Historian, a position he held from 1987-2011. Prior to assuming his government post, he served as the Curator at the New Hampshire Historical Society, the Portsmouth Athenaeum and Strawbery Banke Museum. Garvin has been the recipient of numerous awards, including the 2010 Strawbery Banke Heritage Award and the 2011 New Hampshire Preservation Alliance award for leadership in historic preservation. Garvin's extensive published works include A Building History of Northern New England, for which he received three awards. In addition to his new position as a Canterbury Shaker Village Corporator, Garvin currently serves on the editorial board of the New Hampshire Historical Society, the Historic New England Preservation Committee, the Strawbery Banke National Council, and the New Hampshire State Historical Resources Council.

Stanley Smith was Executive Director from 1982-2004 of Historic Boston Incorporated, a non-profit preservation and real estate organization that rehabilitates historic and culturally significant properties in Boston. During his tenure with the organization, he increased the organization's net assets; raised funds for the acquisition, restoration, rehabilitation and preservation of pivotal properties of historic significance throughout the city; and created the Steeples Project, which provided $1.3 million in matching grants to 47 religious property owners around Boston for planning and implementation of major repairs and illumination of steeples domes and towers that punctuate the skyline and serve as landmarks. Smith has served on the board of directors for many notable historic and cultural organizations and has been the recipient of several historic preservation awards including the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Massachusetts Historical Commission and the Lifetime Preservation Achievement Award from the New England Chapter of the Victorian Society in America.

Joan Noga taught Family and Consumer Science at Manchester Central High School for 38 years. During her tenure she served as the Department Chair for Business Education and Industrial Arts and sat on the Re-accreditation steering committee, the Staff Development committee, the District Instructional Standards committee, and the National Honors Society steering committee.

Ray Craigie is the retired music and band director at Belmont High School. During his 28 year tenure at the school, he grew the program five fold, founded the Belknap Mountain Invitational Music Festival along with the school's jazz band, Cabaret nights and Monster concerts. Craigie began his career in the Haverhill Cooperative School District, where he was the band director for 10 years. He has served on the New Hampshire Band Directors Institute as the Lakes Region representative.

"I helped draft the Village's historic preservation easement during my tenure with the Division of Historical Resources," said James Garvin, retired state architectural historian and newly elected member of the Canterbury Shaker Village board. "I'm excited to have the opportunity to work more directly with the board and staff to help further the goals of preserving this precious architectural and cultural landmark."

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