Lakes Region Art Association to Hold Its 74th Annual Show

MEREDITH — Two thousand fourteen marks the seventy-fourth year that the Lakes Region Art Association will hold its Annual Art Show and Sale. The event will take place from Thursday, July 24 to Sunday, August 10. This is the second year that the Association has held its show at the VynnArt Gallery, at 30 Main Street, just above Mill Falls in downtown Meredith. This year the show will increase from nine to eighteen days.

Show hours will be Thursday, July 24, from 12 to 7; Friday, July 25, from 12 to 8; Saturday, July 26, from 9 to 8; Sunday, July 27, thru Thursday, July 31, from 9 to 6; Friday and Saturday, August 1 and 2, 9 to 8; Sunday, August 3, thru Thursday, August 7, from 9 to 6, Friday and Saturday, August 8 and 9, from 9 to 8; and Sunday, August 10, from 9 to 4. The public is invited to the Show Awards Reception on the first day, July 24, from 4 to 7 pm. There is no admission charge.

Judging and Awards

The show is judged and awards will be based on the judges' decisions. Among the categories that the judges will consider for awards will be oil painting, acrylic painting, printmaking, watercolor, drawing, pastel and sculpture. This year there are two new judging categories; photography and digital art. Fifty-one Association members artists will participate and one hundred thirty-four pieces will be on display.

In addition to the general entries on display, there will be a raffle of an original painting and a selection of small matted original pieces for sale at ten dollars each.

Gerri Harvey, a Gilford resident, has generously donated a framed original painting, "Summer in New Hampshire" for the show's raffle. She is an award-winning painter who displays her work in Lakes Region galleries.

The art event and the unique downtown location combine to make this an interesting and worthwhile visit.

Meredith Parks & Recration in full summer swing&RecSummer (395)

MEREDITH — The Meredith Parks & Recreation Department's Camp Can Do is in full swing. However, registrations are still being accepted for the remaining weeks in the summer-long program.

Activities include field trips such as water carnival days, beach days, kickball week, Penny Carnival day, Santa's Village, and Canobie Lake Park. Children can register for either half- or full-day programs and there are multi-child discounts available.

For more information as well as a copy of the summer camp activity calendar please visit the Parks & Rec website

Once again, Children's Stage Adventures will be returning this summer for another year of Theatre Camp for the week of Aug. 18-22. The children will learn the play "The Emperor's new clothes" through workshops and rehearsing and they will put all their hard work and determination into performing a show for friends, family and the general public on Friday Aug. 22 at 6 p.m. Space is limited for this popular camp, so those interested in taking part are urged to reserve space.

Some of the adult programs being offered this summer include men's pick-up basketball on Mondays from 6-8 p.m. for $1 per person, Advanced adult coed volleyball on Tuesdays from 6:30-9 p.m. for $3 per visit or $15 for the summer-long session and the up and coming fun sport, Pickleball on Thursdays from 6:30-8 p.m. for $20 per session or $5 per visit. Pickleball is a combination of badminton, tennis and table tennis by using a wooden paddle, a plastic ball on a badminton sized indoor court. The current session ends July 31 and the next session starts Aug. 7 – please call the Community Center or check online for more information.

British Soccer Camp is back again this year during the week of Aug. 11-15 at Prescott Park in Meredith. Registration forms are available at the Community Center in Meredith or at the Inter-Lakes Elementary School.

The Parks & Recreation Department is offering swim lessons through August and there is still some space available for the next two sessions, please call for more information 279-8197.

For a complete copy of the summer brochure as well as other events and programs offered through the Parks and Recreation Department visit

Food preservation workshop on Aug. 4

LACONIA — A program how to freeze, dry or can produce and other foods will take place on Monday, Aug. 4, from 6-8 p.m. at the offices of the Cooperative Extension Service, on the third floor of 635 Main St. in downtown Laconia.

Canning, freezing and drying are the main methods of preserving homegrown, or locally grown, food. The method(s) one chooses depends on finding safe preservation guidelines for the foods to be preserved, having the proper equipment and space, and the cost involved.

Ann Hamilton, a field specialist with the Extension Service, will cover the latest research-based methods and recipes, answer questions, and share experiences about these topics. She will also give an overview of preserving food safely at home, jams and jellies, picking, canning fruits and vegetables, and freezing and drying food.

To pre-register for this program, contact Betty Lou Canty at 603-447-3834 or email her at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. The $5 registration fee can be paid at the door.


Annie and the Orphans Marking 50th anniversary at Pitman's Friday Night

LACONIA — Pitman's Freight Room at 94 New Salem Street in Laconia is pleased to announce that on Friday July 25 at 8 p.m. Lakes Region favorites "Annie and the Orphans will celebrate their 50th anniversary
As a sophomore in high school at the age of 15, Anatole "Annie" Paquette skipped school with a friend and drove to a Manchester music store and with money saved for his class ring, purchased his first set of drums.
Determined to form his own band and teach himself how to play with no lessons, he convinced a few of his guitar playing classmates to join him. Rehearsing after school while listening to 45rpm records and performing at school dances, soon established the group to be known as "Annie and The Orphans".
The group advanced to playing street dances, college fraternity parties, Battle of the Bands competitions, anywhere where people loved to hear the music of the British Invasion of the 60's.
Over the years they have appeared at a variety of venues such as Gillette Stadium, Meadowbrook Musical Arts Center, Trump's Taj Mahal in Atlantic City, Stark & Veteran's Parks in Manchester, the Hampton Beach Seashell stage, Flyin' Monkey Theater and on the M/S Mount Washington cruise ship. They have also performed at the Sandwich Fair, the Champlain Valley Fair in Essex Junction, VT, the Ossipee Mountain Fair in Hiram, ME and at many town gazebo summer concerts throughout the state of New Hampshire.
Now approaching five decades, the band still continues to amaze fans with its unique blend of musical talent and showmanship, which includes their patriotic gesture of handing out US flags while singing God Bless America with its audience.
Admission, $12, show starts at 8 p.m. and Pitman's is an air-conditioned BYOB Venue.

A catered dinner buffet will be available before the show for $10. Call 527-0043 or 494-3334 for details and reservations.