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Boat Museum Opens Memorial Day Weekend

WOLFEBORO — The New Hampshire Boat Museum in Wolfeboro will open for the 2014 season over Memorial Day weekend. The Museum will be open daily through Columbus Day weekend.

Many new exhibits and events will be featured during the 2014 season. This season's exhibit, "The Great Race: 40 Years the Great Smith River Canoe and Kayak Race," will explore the growth and development of this popular spring-time event in Wolfeboro.

Founded by three men with a dream, Kingswood High School teachers John Markowitz, Art Brunt and canoeist Barry Lougee, the race is now a Wolfeboro spring tradition. When the founders hatched their idea for the race in 1975, they had no inkling how large or popular the event would become. The first race was held on May 24, 1975 and forty-seven canoes entered. All racers received a boat decal and first-, second-, and third-place plaques were awarded in each class.

Proceeds earned from the race made it possible for students to be sent to the Outward Bound Program. Race participants came from Maine, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and New Hampshire. To add to the fun atmosphere of the first race, banjo music was played at the portages and racers were encouraged to come dressed in costume, a tradition that has continued until today.

“This season's new exhibit on the Great Smith River Canoe and Kayak Race has been a great partnership between the Boat Museum and the Wolfeboro Lion's Club, who organize the race each year. We hope everyone will want to come visit the Museum to see this historic exhibit," said Board Chair Joe DeChiaro.

In addition to the photographs, video footage, race awards, early signage, canoes and racing paraphernalia on display in the featured exhibit, the Museum includes an introductory video on the history of boating on Lake Winnipesaukee, as well as displays on steamboats, vintage motorboat engines, a recreated wooden boat repair shop, and boat models. The Scotty race boat will be on display this year, as well as an early Chris Craft and other restored wooden boats from the grand era of boating.

At the Museum Activity Center younger children are able to use a "Build a Canoe" computer game, make their dream boats with Legos, color, or try their hand at a Scavenger Hunt. Throughout the Museum, hands-on interactive games also provide a fun way to learn about lake history, boating terms, and nautical issues.

All visitors to the Museum receive a discount coupon to ride the Millie B, a 1920s-style Hacker-Craft on Lake Winnipesaukee. The Mille B offers 45-minute narrated tours of the Lake throughout the summer and fall. The operating schedule may be viewed on-line at www.nhbm.org or by calling the New Hampshire Boat Museum at 569-4554.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 21 May 2014 09:29

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Castle in the Clouds Opens New Art Exhibition

MOULTONBOOUGH — Castle in the Clouds in Moultonborough opened its first art exhibition of the 2014 season: Paperwasp; Creatures Real & Imagined on May 10 and invites the public to a Gallery Reception on May 25 at 5:30 p.m. in the Carriage House.

This exhibition of fantastical sculptures by Vermont artist Kristian Brevik features oversized and colorful creatures, all sculpted from paper. Brevik's work emphasizes the interactions between art and science and is inspired by his background working in natural history museums, preparing specimens and articulating skeletons.

Brevik's sculpture "explores the intricate beauty of insects and other arthropods, an elegance which frequently escapes our attention. By growing the size of their intricate, segmented bodies, I introduce these often foreign creatures into the human world in a way they are normally unable to crawl."

Visitors to the gallery reception will enjoy complimentary wine and crudités. Entrance is via Ossipee Park Road. All artworks in this exhibition will be available for purchase.

The exhibition and reception are sponsored by locally owned and operated Subway restaurants.

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League Exhibit Promotes Understanding of Metamorphosis

MEREDITH — The League of NH Craftsmen Meredith Gallery is pleased to announce "Metamorphosis: Hatching Understanding", a collaboration with Lucy Golden and Mother Nature.

Beginning June 1 the gallery will host a collection of native moth cocoons in tandem with Lucy's Jewelry. The four local moth species are within the Saturniidae family: Luna, Polyphemus, Cecropia, and Promethea moths. They are also known as the giant silk worm moths.
The impetus for this exhibition is Lucy Golden's passion for the preservation and continuation of New England's native silk moth populations. Most people may not even know that these species are in danger, but their decline stems from the introduction of C. concinnata, a non-native tachinid fly. Introduced in 1906 to combat Gypsy moths (also not native to the area), the deployment of this species was ineffective and destructive. Instead of controlling only the gypsy moth population it began wreaking havoc on more than 200 species of moths and butterflies, including the giant silk moths, native to the northeast.
The exhibit will feature a Lucite housing for cocoons in various stages, along with a body of work that celebrates the metamorphosis from cocoon to moth. Golden has focused on creating awareness of the environmental impact from the plight of these species, among others.
Golden's main body of jewelry is handcrafted from sterling, jeweler's brass, and enamel paint. Her designs include Monarch and Karner blue butterflies, asymmetrical butterfly and cocoon earrings, and a host of other whimsical critters and characters.

This exhibit will promote Lucy's one of a kind pieces – such as incorporating a hatched promethean moth cocoon and the branch it was attached to. These pieces have been electroformed with copper (and are light-weight, due to their hollow nature), treated with a patina, painted, and further embellished with fresh water pearls and glass beads. Each piece is one of a kind, and there will be several variations on this theme.
Customers who purchase a piece from the Moth and Butterfly Collection by Lucy Golden will receive a silk moth cocoon along with care instructions. A portion of the sales from each piece sold from the Moth and Butterfly Collection by Lucy Golden will go to the Squam Lakes Natural Science Center to help promote environmental awareness.

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Benefit Hike will aid effort to stop child trafficking

LACONIA  — A benefit hike up Mount Major will be held Sunday, May 25 to benefit LOVE146, an international non-profit that is working to bring an end to child trafficking and sexual exploitation.

Participants can register and donate between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. in the Mount Major parking lot. A suggested $25 per family tax deductible donation is welcomed according to Katrina AuCoin, who can be contacted at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more more information. She says more than $1,500 was raised at last year's hike.

Rob Morris, president and co-founder of LOVE146, will be speaking Sunday at the 8:30 am. and 10:30 a.m. services at the Lakes Region Vineyard Church at 175 Mechanic Street, Lakeport.


Last Updated on Wednesday, 21 May 2014 09:01

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