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‘Old Country Fiddler’ living history presentation in Ashland

ASHLAND —Adam Boyce will appear as Charles Ross Taggart, "The Old Country Fiddler" at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, June 3, at the Booster Clubhouse in Ashland. Charles Ross Taggart (1871-1953) was a popular musician and humorist from Vermont who performed around the country on the lyceum and Chautauqua circuits for over 40 years. His shows included fiddling, piano playing, songs, stories, poems and even some ventriloquism. He made over 40 records and appeared in an early "talkie" recording one of his performances. Adam Boyce, a tenth generation Vermonter and a good fiddler himself, is a student of traditional New England music and its history. He wrote a biography of his subject, "The Man From Vermont, Charles Ross Taggart, The Old Country Fiddler," which can be borrowed from the Ashland Town Library. Boyce will perform as Taggart near the end of his career, reminiscing, fiddling and presenting humorous sketches. This free program is jointly sponsored by the N.H. Humanities Council and the Friends of the Ashland Town Library. The Friends will also serve refreshments. The Booster Clubhouse is located at 99 Main Street in Ashland village, next to the town playground and ballpark on Routes 3 and 25.

Last Updated on Friday, 22 May 2015 08:11

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Laconia’s Wyatt Park to hold grand re-opening

LACONIA — On Saturday, May 30, Wyatt Park will celebrate its grand re-opening after over two years and approximately $75,000 of renovations.

The Wyatt Park Revitalization Project gained momentum in 2012 when Healthy Eating Active Living (HEAL NH) awarded a $10,000 two-year grant to the city of Laconia to support healthy eating and active living in the Wyatt Park-South End neighborhood. The renovation plans for Wyatt Park and its immediate surroundings were developed in response to feedback from residents and business owners who voiced concerns about safety and access to the park.

Since the project began, there has been widespread support from community members and the city. While the Laconia Department of Public Works had a budget to repair a street in that area, the project was made a priority and an additional $15,000 was added to include extra safety and accessibility improvements, including ADA-compliant tipdowns for the crosswalks. The City Council allocated $50,000 for additional improvements in response to the widespread support for the project.

The combined funding allowed for several safety and accessibility improvements to Wyatt Park, while making the park more inviting for people of all ages, including:
• Water bubbler/bottle filling station in the park
• Bike rack and picnic tables
• New fencing and signage around the park
• Resurfaced basketball court painted for multiple uses including basketball, four square, hopscotch, and pickleball
• Lighting inside the park for safety
• Walking path installed around the park perimeter with extra green space
• High visibility signs, new crosswalks, sidewalks with tipdowns with detectable warning devices, and other pedestrian safety measures to improve safe access to the park.

The Wyatt Park Grand Re-Opening Ceremony will begin at 10 am on Saturday, May 30, with the Civil Air Patrol Color Guard performing the National Anthem. A ribbon cutting ceremony with Laconia Mayor Ed Engler and other dignitaries will follow. Community members and the media are invited to attend. Rain date is Sunday, May 31.

The Wyatt Park Revitalization Project in Laconia was developed in 2012 as a result of a two-year HEAL NH grant awarded to the City of Laconia in collaboration with Lakes Region HEAL to support more choices for residents to eat healthy and be physically active. The Wyatt Park project was led by the Laconia Parks and Recreation Department in partnership with the United Way, the Laconia Police, Wyatt Park Association, Department of Public Works, Lakes Region Partnership for Public Health, and Lakes Region HEAL. Neighborhood residents were involved from the planning stages through execution, providing valuable input during community forums and the action plan development process.

Last Updated on Friday, 22 May 2015 08:07

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Belknap Master Garedeners to hold plant sale in Tilton on June 6

TILTON — Plant Enthusiasts mark your calendars!  The annual Belknap County Master Gardeners' Plant Sale will be held rain or shine on Saturday, June 6 from 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. at 452 School Street in Tilton.  All potted perennials, herbs, and grasses will be $5 each, with a maximum of 12 plants per customer. Each plant will have a label with information about flower color and light needs. Some vegetable plants will also be offered for sale. Master Gardeners will be available to answer questions about plants and gardening in general.

From downtown Tilton, follow School Street for about two miles; the plant sale will be on your left. Look for the bright yellow sign.

The proceeds from the sale will be used to fund Master Gardener projects throughout Belknap County. The Master Gardener program is part of the UNH Cooperative Extension which has provided training to over 500 Master Gardeners who, in turn, have donated thousands of hours to communities in their counties. For more information, call 527-5475 or contact the Belknap County Cooperative Extension at 64 Court Street in Laconia.

Last Updated on Friday, 22 May 2015 08:00

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Demonstration in Meredith June 6 on how to make Shaker brooms

MEREDITH — The League of NH Craftsmen – Meredith Fine Craft Gallery will host a Shaker Broom Making demonstration with League of New Hampshire Craftsmen artist, Everett Bailey. on Saturday, June 6 from 11-2 p.m. 

During this demonstration Bailey will show how he hand crafts his Shaker brooms from sorting the corn to sewing the broom. The brooms that Bailey makes when volunteering at Shaker Village in Canterbury are sold in the Shaker Village Store. Everett loves his craft so much that he tries to make his brooms as authentic to the Shaker style as possible. Throughout the years he has tracked down machinery, tacks, broom corn, wire, and string, all to make his brooms authentic to the style. Almost everything he uses is local to New England with very few exceptions.

Participants will have the opportunity to watch a Shaker broom being made and learn about the craftsmanship that goes into making it. For more information call 279-7920 or visit 279 Daniel Webster Highway in Meredith.

Last Updated on Friday, 22 May 2015 07:45

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