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10th annual Winnipesaukee Wine Festival to raise funds for Veterans Count program

MEREDITH —  The Common Man family in New Hampshire is hosting its 10th annual charitable Winnipesaukee Wine Festival featuring samples of more than 150 wines and spirits from around the world to benefit Veterans Count, a program of Easter Seals.

The grand tasting event will be held on Wednesday, June 24 from 5:30 – 8:00 p.m. in the Winnipesaukee Ballroom at Church Landing on the shores of Lake Winnipesaukee in Meredith. Hosted by The Common Man Family of Restaurants and The Martignetti Companies of New Hampshire, the festival will feature wine, spirits and beer from local, national and international wineries and breweries.

New to the festival this year is a VIP room in the Carriage House at Church Landing, offering exclusive wines and featuring a commemorative glass. Tickets to the VIP room are $75 and include access to the grand tasting. Tickets to the grand tasting are $50 in advance and $60 at the door. Tickets can be purchased online at www.vetscount.org/events/winniwine/.

Veterans Count, a program of Easter Seals, provides critical and timely financial assistance and services when no other resource is available to veterans, service members and their families of all eras. Since 2007, Veterans Count has helped 8,600 individuals in a variety of ways including suicide prevention, homelessness, substance abuse treatment, employment, transportation, and mental health issues resulting from post-traumatic stress disorder and/or traumatic brain injury. Veterans Count supports families through a care coordination model and provides emergency financial assistance for food, home maintenance, housing, rent, fuel assistance, utilities, vehicle repair, gasoline, medical bills, and child care.

Wineries and breweries participating in the 10th Annual Winnipesaukee Wine Festival include Squam Brewing Company and Cisco Brewery of Nantucket, which will feature their Whale's Tale Ale and Triple 8 martinis. Their martinis will be served down a luge ice sculpture created by Jeff Day of Not So Plain Jane's in Rumney. The event will feature more than 20 vintners and distilleries, including Tito's Hand Made Vodka, Rombauer, Cannonball, Maine Distilleries, Meomi, and Bogle, among others.

The Common Man's Lakehouse Grille, Camp, Town Docks and Lago will provide hors d'oeuvres and food to accompany the wines, as will Patrick's Pub & Eatery, Ooo La La Creative Cakes, The Corner House Inn and Ben & Jerry's. Entertainment will be provided by jazz duo Don Williams and Dave Tonkin, and numerous prizes will be up for grabs at a live auction and raffle, including a seaside getaway in Nantucket, an overnight stay at Church Landing at Mill Falls in Meredith and a getaway to an Adirondack-style cabin.

A pre-Wine Festival Beach Party at the Common Man's Town Docks outdoor Tiki Bar overlooking Lake Winnipesaukee in Meredith will be held the night before on Tuesday, June 23 starting at 6 p.m. The evening will feature wine, fun beach food and live music outdoors. Admission to the event is free and a portion of the evening's sales will also benefit Veterans Count.


Last Updated on Thursday, 11 June 2015 07:12

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The League of N.H. Craftsman lecture series begins June 22

MEREDITH — The League of N.H. Craftsmen Meredith Fine Craft Gallery announces its 2015 Lecture Series hosted by Meredith Bay Colony Club. The first lecture, Jewelry with a Simple Visual Narrative, will be held on June 22, 7 p.m. to 8 p.m., and will feature national award-winning jeweler, Paulette Werger. Ms Werger will discuss the processes involved in the jewelry she creates, with an overview of some award-winning pieces, and her experience working collaboratively with other artists. This event is free and open to the public.

Originally from rural upstate New York Paulette's great-grandfather was trained at the Hudson River School. Growing up surrounded by his paintings and the landscape that inspired him, she draws her inspiration from the natural world around her. "Playing with the metaphor of cycles of life and growth allows me to work within a simple visual narrative. The work is intentionally pared-down, simple and spare as the first forms of spring or the last of winter." After the lecture there will be time for Q&A, to view and to handle some of her pieces with the option to purchase. All lectures are free and held in the Bistro Room at the Meredith Bay Colony Club located at 21 Mile Point Drive in Meredith. Space is limited; please contact the Gallery at (603) 279-7920 to make a reservation.

The mission of the League of N.H. Craftsmen is to encourage, nurture and promote the creation, use and preservation of fine contemporary and traditional craft through the inspiration and education of artists and the broader community. The League of NH Craftsmen Fine Craft Gallery is located at 279 Daniel Webster Highway in Meredith, NH. For more information on lectures, classes and demonstrations, please visit www.nhcrafts.org/localsites/meredith.


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Opera singers to visit Gilford Farmers Market

GILFORD — Excerpts of live opera will add a musical touch to the opening day of the Gilford Farmers Market this Saturday.

The Piccola Opera Company of Concord will be strolling the grounds of the Benjamin Rowe House on Belknap Mountain Road performing live opera from 10 to 11 a.m.

The market will take place every Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon, through Sept. 26.

More information about Piccola Opera's Summer Festival and its mission to make opera accessible to a diverse audience is available at piccolaopera.net.

Shoppers should expect to find vendors offering maple cinnamon rolls, gluten free baked goods, freshly made pies, knife sharpening, and doggie treats. Vendor fees will be used to help restore the Rowe House.

The Gilford Farmer's Market is sponsored by Belknap Landscape Company, Creative Impact, Gilford True Value, MacDonald Veterinary Services and Patrick's Pub and Eatery.


Last Updated on Wednesday, 10 June 2015 08:40

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Meredith Rotary Club donates $5,000 to science center’s Nature Matters campaign

HOLDERNESS — Meredith Rotary Club President Elect Richard Gerken and Secretary Teresa Forbes presented Squam Lakes Natural Science Center Executive Director Iain MacLeod with a $5,000 check in May that will support the Science Center's Nature Matters Capital Campaign. Their donation matched another $5,000 gift made by Meredith Rotary in June 2014 for the campaign.

Meredith Rotary Club and the Science Center have had a very close and fruitful relationship over many years. A new sign at the River Otter Exhibit acknowledges the club's financial contributions and annual supply of fish left over from its annual Great Meredith Rotary Ice Fishing Derby. The otters and other animals at the Science Center enjoy eating the fish, which are frozen in chunks and fed to the animals throughout the year.

In 1989 to 1991, Meredith Rotary Club gave $30,000 to the support the construction of the Raptor Exhibit. In 2000, the Rotary gave $15,000 for the construction of the amphitheater where the popular "Up Close to Animals" presentations take place five times a day during July and August. In 2006, Meredith Rotary matched a private donation that funded the rehabilitation of the Upper Pond, where students attending school program field trips such as "Wet and Wild" learn about water and wetlands.

"We are very grateful to the Meredith Rotary Club for their continued support of the Science Center for over 25 years," said Iain MacLeod, Executive Director of Squam Lakes Natural Science Center. "They have helped us grow into what we are today and their support ensures our growth in the future."

"The Meredith Rotary Club is pleased to have participated in the growth and success of Squam Lakes Natural Science Center over the years" said Richard Gerken, President Elect of Meredith Rotary. "The Science Center is a tremendous community resource for residents and visitors alike. Watching the faces of youngsters exploring the exhibits and viewing the animals is a special treat to behold. We are proud to be able to serve the community through supporting the good works of the Science Center."

The Meredith Rotary Club was founded in 1928, and established the Great Meredith Rotary Ice Fishing Derby as the major fund raiser in 1978. The funds that are raised through the Derby and the Golf Classic enable the club to support the local communities with donations to local food pantries; visiting nurses; community caregivers; scholarships to traditional and non-traditional students; hands on building, remodeling and town beautification projects; and other worthy causes.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 10 June 2015 08:31

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