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Local author guest reader at Alton library Friday

ALTON — Local author & illustrator Cheryl Bloser will be guest reader at Children's Story time at the Gilman Library on Friday, June 6 at 9:15 a.m. Cheryl published her first book forty years later than she had anticipated. As a high school student four decades ago, she was strongly encouraged by her English teacher to publish a story written as a class assignment. Despite being excited at the possibility of publishing, Cheryl at the time did not have the confidence or direction to pursue it. In 2012 with the encouragement of family and friends, "Little Mouse and the Muddy Feet" went into publication.

Although not the same story written earlier, the little mouse stories were inspired and written for her grandchildren. It did take forty years to realize her aspirations, but Cheryl has found pursuing this endeavor well worth the work and courage it required.

Cheryl has released her second book in the little Mouse Adventures. This book has been particularly significant because she authored and illustrated her new book. Combining her skills as an author with her abilities as an artist she engaged in a new challenge bringing "Little Mouse and the Big Green Frog" from a story board to reality. This new mouse tale continues to use the art of storytelling to instill character building lessons with whiskers, a curly tail and always a smile.

 

Last Updated on Wednesday, 04 June 2014 08:02

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BCDOC Inmate Art showing at the Busiel Mill during the month of June

LACONIA — Inmate artwork from Belknap County Department of Corrections will once again be on display in the Busiel Mill Community Room and Gallery at One Mill Plaza during the month of June.
This Art showing, and the previous Art showing in November of 2012, were goals of Tamara McGonagle, Programs Director at Belknap County Department of Corrections, and Mary Ellen Boudman, volunteer Art Teacher at BCDOC.

cGonagle joined BCDOC in May of 2010, and shortly after that started a monthly inmate art-contest. It soon became evident that many of the inmates had exceptional talent when it came to visual arts. During the months that followed Ms. McGonagle began reaching out to community members who would be interested in volunteering at the jail and it was then that she met Mary Ellen Boudman; an aartist and retired art teacher from Newfound Regional High School and after a few weeks of initial planning, the art class began. Since the start of the art class, well over 100 inmates have had the opportunity to participate in the class and develop, discover and explore their artist talent.

Superintendent Daniel Ward expressed his support for all the programs offered here, including the art class. "Providing programs and educational classes for inmates, such as the art class, is not only a way for the inmates to be creative but it is a way for them to spend their time productively during their stay here."
The art class continues to be a popular and well attended class at the BCDOC and the selection of art work that will be shown spans the more recent months that the art class has been offered. The inmate artwork will be on display during for the month of June. All are welcome to attend and family and friends are especially encouraged to stop by the Busiel Mill to see the art work of their loved ones displayed.
There will be an open house on Friday afternoon, June 6, beginning at 3:30 p.m. All are welcome.
The Gallery is located in the Busiel Mill known as One Mill Plaza. Anyone having any questions or wishing to display should contact Joe Adrignola at 496-3839 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Last Updated on Wednesday, 04 June 2014 07:56

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Jeremy Wallace Blues Trio in City Friday night

LACONIA — Pitman's Freight Room at 94 New Salem Street in downtown Laconia is pleased to announce that the Jeremy Wallace Blues Trio will be playing Friday, June 6 at 8 p.m. Admission is $12.

Jeremy Wallace is a blues/rock singer/songwriter from New Jersey. He has performed at various venues on the East Coast, and has opened for artists such as Dave Van Ronk, John Hammond, and Freedy Johnston. Wallace took guitar lessons from Van Ronk, who sang a duet with Wallace on the song "Samson and Delilah" on Wallace's second album She used to Call Me Honey. Jeremy has a gritty, graveled voice that sounds as though he's been gargling with gasoline. A bushel-full of song upon song about love-gone-oh-so-wrong, the romance of hanging out in deadbeat bars, the salvation of whiskey and making lots of bad choices. A minimalistic blues-based sound soaked in days long gone by - all drums with brushes and stand-up bass.
Catered dinner buffet available at 6:30 p.m. for $10. Call 527-0043 for info and reservations.

 

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Jam Packed Summer Music Series planned at the Belknap Mill June – August

 

LACONIA — With local support from event sponsor, WEMJ, and entertainment sponsors Wescott Law and the Bank of New Hampshire, the Belknap Mill is looking forward to entertaining the Lakes Region with 21 concerts in Rotary Park this year.

Executive Director Denise Sharlow started planning this series a year ago. With a grant from the – Bellis Family Fund – NH Charitable Foundation, Denise was able to involve several artists who are listed on the New Hampshire Arts Roster. "We are privileged to have NH Artists, Michael Zerphy, Lucille Therrien, Randy Armstrong and Ellen Carlson with the High Range Band perform for us this year" says Sharlow.

Other local New Hampshire Artists are in the mix as well. "We pulled artists from all over New Hampshire to join us for our evening concerts. Favorites include the Fireside Trio, Katie Rose, Jim Barns, The Michael Vincent Band, The Crunchy Western Boys, Michael Nix, Wayne from Maine, Swing a Cat and the Rockin' Daddio's."

"We are also launching a Live Lunch series on Friday's this summer in July and August. With support from the Lakes Region Community Services through the Vanderloo Foundation grant, local artists will be entertaining on Fridays from 12 noon to 1:30 p.m in Rotary Park. It's a great time from members of the business community to come to the park on their lunch hour and get reenergized. Pick up a lunch from one of our local restaurants, or bringing a bag lunch. Enjoy the sunshine, the music and relax," states Denise.

"The evening concerts won't get rained out, because we can easily move the entertainment to the 3rd floor of the Belknap Mill and the show will go on."

For a full listing of what is happening at the Belknap Mill, go to The Belknap Mill website at www.belknapmill.org, or pick up a program book. "You can also check us out on Facebook and Twitter where concert goers are invited to post on our pages regularly. You just might see yourself a friend or co-worker enjoying a wonderful day in Rotary Park at the Belknap Mill."

Last Updated on Wednesday, 04 June 2014 07:26

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