First annual Circle Retreat offers yoga, gourmet fare

GROTON — The Circle Retreat is an opportunity for women to enjoy the beauty and charm of Circle Camp on Spectacle Pond at a healthy yoga retreat, complete with gourmet meals. The first annual Circle Retreat will be held on the weekend of August 21-23. Participants will arrive for dinner on Friday night and stay until lunch on Sunday.

Activities will include yoga, meditation, tai chi, lakefront activities and mind/body workshops. Healthy, colorful, gourmet meals will be created by Marlene Tabor, a chef and nutritionist from Massachusetts. Yoga and mind/body activities will be facilitated by nationally certified yoga instructor and life coach, Pasha Marlowe.

The Circle Camp, the camp that the circle girls attend each summer, is a newly renovated facility with comfortable cabins and amenities. Proceeds from the retreat go to the Circle Program, a non-profit organization that serves low income girls through mentorship and summer camp opportunities.

Early bird pricing at $299 ends August 10 and includes lodging, food and activities. Regular price $349. To register, visit or call Pasha Marlowe at the Circle Program at 603-536-4244 for more information.

Farmers' market, Touch-a-Truck on Sun.


BELMONT — The second in the series of monthly Farmer's Markets in Belmont will take place Sunday, July 26, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

In conjunction with the Belmont Public Library, and the "Every Hero Has a Story" Summer Reading Program, the market will also have a Touch a Truck display. Parents are encouraged to bring their children to the Belmont Mill and Tioga Pavilion area on Mill Street near the library to see the big trucks up-close. This will be a wonderful addition to our July Farmer's Market and will be part of our monthly demonstrations.

Vegetables are coming in from the fields, say market organizers, and there will be a good variety of locally-grown produce to choose from for your summer salads and barbecues. Enjoy a fresh, hot cup of coffee, along with a baked good, and stay for a while to listen to the live music or play a game of chess. We will have a nice variety of other vendors selling everything from air fresheners to maples products and bird houses.

Those who need further information can contact Gretta Olson-Wilder, Belmont's special events coordinator, at 603.998.3525 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Walk to take in historic sites in Whiteface

SANDWICH — The Sandwich Historical Society is sponsoring a historical walk and talk through Whiteface Village, formerly known as Weed's Mills, on Saturday, July 25, at 10 a.m.

Jon Taylor will lead the group starting at the Whiteface Fire Station with a short briefing on the history of the first settlers and history of the properties from Wing Road north, including the White Church, Bagley Weed Grant (October Farm), Perkins Farm, Messiah Church, and the Frederick and David Tilton houses.

The group will then proceed north on foot from the Fire Station up Whiteface Road through the village south of the river, cross the river, and tour the sites of the Henry Weed saw mill, grist mill and carding mill on what is now known as the Pothole swimming area. The group will then head to the Henry Weed house where the tour ends.

Organizers say participants should allow about one to two hours, and they point out that some portions of the walk through the Pothole area is a bit rough walking.

This is a rescheduled event. Should the weather be a problem again, the walk will first be delayed and start at noon, if weather is still poor, the event will take place the following day, Sunday, July 26, beginning at noon.



'Bride and Prejudice' is July International Film Series offering


LACONIA — The Laconia Human Relations Committee in cooperation with the Laconia Public Library is offering the film, "Bride and Prejudice" as the July selection for the International Film Series.

This series offers a monthly selection shown from September through June at the Laconia Public Library. During July and August a selection is made that is available at the Laconia Library but not publicly shown.

"Bride and Prejudice" is a rollicking fun film based on the Jane Austen story with a similar name, "Pride and Prejudice." It is recast as a Bollywood film from India that is updated to take place in India, England, and Los Angeles. It is a musical done colorfully and tastefully.

The novel is about the prejudice that occurs between classes and the pride that keeps lovers apart. Mr. Dacey and Elizabeth are still with us with all their misunderstandings, as well as Jane and Bingley. There is a mother who worries incessantly about whether her daughters will marry and a father who stays level-headed and keeps things together. We have Wickham and Mr. Collins giving cause for worry.

The Laconia Human Relations Committee is a committee of the mayor of Laconia dedicated to expanding our horizons for the appreciation of the diversity found among us and in the wider world. For more information, contact Len Campbell at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Carol Pierce at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..