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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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Bow Junction folk band performing in Northfield

NORTHFIELD — Central New Hampshire's "Bow Junction" will deliver their diverse blend of folk and bluegrass music with a presentation on "The Rural Roots of Bluegrass Music: Songs and Stories" at the Hall Memorial Library on Monday, June 8 from 6-7:15 pm.

The trio, based in Concord, features Tilton's own Linda "MandoLinda" Magoon on mandolin, Russ Aubertin on guitar, and Randy Hencke on bass. This will be Bow Junction's second appearance at the Hall Memorial Library.

"It's very unusual for a bluegrass band to be seen, much less heard, in a public library," jokes Magoon. "Although folks associate this type of music with the southern backwoods rural farm, the music is quite sophisticated. We look forward to sharing its history and evolution and playing some traditional music in the process."

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact the Hall Memorial Library at (603) 286-8971 or e-mail the band at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Last Updated on Thursday, 21 May 2015 10:54

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Belmont street dance being planned for May 30

BELMONT -- Final preparations are being made for a Community Street Dance scheduled for Saturday, May 30, from 7 to 10 p.m. in the municipal parking lot along the back of the Belmont Public Library.

All ages are welcome to come enjoy their favorite dance tunes, according to Gretta Olson-Wilder, town special events coordinator. The closed street will provide plenty of room for people to show off their talent at old line dancing favorites, and moving and grooving to the latest hits.

Promoted as a great event to share with the entire family, Olson-Wilder is encouraging residents and visitors to come downtown and take the time to get reacquainted with old friends, while making new friends.

A group from Belmont High School will be offering cold drinks and cookies to raise funds toward a scoreboard for a soccer field. The Class of 2017 will be there running an ice cream sundae bar.

Those thinking of attending can email their favorite dance songs to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. so organizers can try to play them during the evening.

Last Updated on Thursday, 21 May 2015 10:37

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Lake Hosts help prevent spread of invasive species

LACONIA — Memorial Day weekend not only signifies the start of the recreational boating season, it also marks the official start of the New Hampshire Lakes Association (NH LAKES) Lake Host Program. This summer, approximately 750 Lake Hosts stationed at 105 of the most highly used boat ramps throughout the state will teach boaters how to clean, drain, and dry their boats to help prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species from water body to water body.

Aquatic invasive species can be spread between water bodies on boating, fishing, and recreational equipment. Once in a water body, they can cause serious problems. Not only do these species crowd out native plants and animals, they affect people by degrading boating, swimming, and fishing areas, and by reducing shoreline property values and tourism. Last summer 750 Lake Hosts working in partnership with 82 local groups performed over 83,500 courtesy boat inspections and captured 58 fragments of invasive species that were hitchhiking on boats and trailers.

Through the "Clean, Drain, and Dry" approach, Lake Hosts encourage boaters to always take time to do the following before and after boating to prevent invasive plants and animals from hitchhiking a ride into waterways: clean off any plants, animals, mud, and other debris from your boat, trailer, and recreational gear; drain your boat (bilge, engine, and ballast tanks), trailer, and equipment away from the water; dry anything that came in contact with the water--at least five days of drying time is best.

"Through the Lake Host Program, we have met thousands of boaters over the years that have told us how much they appreciate learning what they can do to help protect the lakes and ponds they love from devastating aquatic invasive species like milfoil and zebra mussels," commented Andrea LaMoreaux, Vice President of the New Hampshire Lakes Association. "We thank all boaters for always taking the time to clean, drain, and dry their boat, trailer and gear before and after boating."

The Lake Host Program is funded by a grant from the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services, private foundations, and local groups. Since 2002, Lake Hosts, have conducted approximately 664,579 courtesy boat inspections and captured 1,467 pieces of hitchhiking invasive plants and animals before they were able to infest N.H. water bodies.

For more information, visit www.nhlakes.org, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , or call (603) 226-0299.

Last Updated on Thursday, 21 May 2015 10:32

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