Frates Arts Center offering summer programs


LACONIA — The Summer Arts Program at the Frates Creative Arts Center on Canal Street downtown will begin this coming Monday, July 13, and continue through August.

The summer program is designed to meet a variety of interests and schedules.

"We've found that meeting everyone's needs is impossible during the summer. Our schedule and content areas reflect both long- and short-term classes for children, teens, and adults," said Joan and Larry Frates of the center.

July classes will include dance classes with Joan Frates and Amelia Hamilton-Miller who will once again bring together a professional blend of this mother-daughter duo focusing on the joy of dance. The Dance Studio at 31 Canal St. is connected to the Art Department and Gallery Space at 27 Canal St. where drawing and painting classes are in session.

August programs will focus on the visual arts, magic, and puppetry classes, which will include an end-of-summer exhibition and performances by the young magicians and puppeteers.

A full schedule of classes, workshops and events can be found at the center's website which was recently updated by Creative Impact Studios of Gilford. Information can also be obtained by calling the center at 528-7651. 

This family-run arts center, which began more than 40 years ago, has developed into a leading New Hampshire-made business built on the idea of making the arts fun for everyone -- whether it be by participating in a one-day workshop, weekly sessions, or short-term classes.


One-woman show about Mary Todd Lincoln to be held July 21 in Alton

ALTON — A one-woman show about Mary Todd Lincoln will be presented on Tuesday, July 21, at 7 p.m. in the Gilman Library.

Historian Sally Mummy will portray the historic first lady in the program titled :Mary Todd Lincoln: Wife and Widow." Mummy's performance is being underwriten by a grant from the New Hampshire Humanities Council. Additional local support is provided by The Alton Historical Society.

This program is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be provided.

Mummy portrays Mary Todd Lincoln as she muses on her life from her dreams as a girl to her first years as first lady during the Civil War. Mrs. Lincoln shares stories of her life with President Lincoln and the events of that evening in Ford's Theatre when the assassin's bullet not only changed the course of the nation, but destroyed her life as well.

From the opulence of the White House to the dregs of obscurity, Mrs. Lincoln lived out her life struggling with affliction and tragedy. With wit and heartbreak, seasoned with abiding love for her husband and her children, Mrs. Lincoln reveals the passionate humanity of a misunderstood woman.

For more information, contact Holly Brown, 875-2550, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Barnstead Open Farm Day set for July 25

BARNSTEAD — The fourth annual Barnstead Open Farm Day will be held on Saturday, July 25.

This self-guided tour will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free maps will be available at participating farms.

This year, 10 farms are participating. Various animals will be on view, including chickens, cows, pigs, rabbits and miniature horses. Participating farms will also have all kinds of products and produce for sale. Farms will be conducting tours of their operations and some will be offering demonstrations of various products. There will be something here for everyone.

Admission is free and open to the public.

More information can be obtained by contacting Robin Donovan (603) 269-5591 or Don Walker (603) 435-0277. Find the Barnstead Farmers and Gardeners Network on Facebook.


Best-selling author Barbara Delinsky to sign new book at Bayswater July 18

CENTER HARBOR — Bayswater Bookstore will host best-selling author, Barbara Delinsky, on Saturday, July 18, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. as she signs her recently released book, "Blueprints."

Delinsky has written more than 21 best-selling novels, including "Sweet Salt Air" (2013), "Escape" (2011), and "Not My Daughter" (2010). With more than 30 million copies in print, her books have been published in 20 languages worldwide.

Delinsky's fiction centers upon everyday families facing no-so-everyday challenges. She is particularly drawn to exploring themes of motherhood, marriage, sibling rivalry, and friendship in her novels.

"Blueprints" tells the story of Caroline and Jamie, mother and daughter. Who am I, both women ask, as the blueprints they've built their lives around suddenly need revising. While loyalties shift, decisions hover and new relationships tempt, their challenge comes not only in remaking themselves, but in rebuilding their relationship with each other.

The themes found in Blueprints have many connections to every-day challenges in real life, says Delinsky, such as the folly of making rigid life plans. "Too often I've seen instances where we have an idea of what we want to be, where we want to go, and with whom – before life steps in the way, throws something at us that is beyond our control, and changes everything," she said.

Those unable to make the Saturday, July 18, event can special-order signed copies of the book by calling 253-8858.

Information about other coming author events at Bayswater Books is available on Bayswater's

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