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Bluesman Chris Beard at Pitman’s on Saturday

LACONIA — On Saturday, May 23 Pitman's Freight Room and House Rockin' Productions will present Chris Beard Prince of the Blues at 8 p.m.

Chris Beard was born in New York, the son of Joe Beard, a local blues musician. Inspired by Buddy Guy and Matt Murphy, Beard quickly graduated from learning to play the guitar to performing with a local rhythm and blues group by his mid-teens. He played alongside his father before forming his own group after his graduation. Beard played in the blues clubs around his home state for almost twenty years.

Beard's debut album was Barwalkin', issued by JSP in June 1997 garnered Beard a nomination for a Blues Music Award for 'Best New Blues Artist'. In 1999, Blues Beat magazine gave Beard the Muddy Waters Award as the 'New Talent of the Year'. A further album, Born to Play the Blues, followed in April 2001, and then Live Wire (2005). Referring to the latter, the Allmusic journalist, Chris Nickson, stated "Beard cements his stature with this record, and sets himself up to take a place among the contemporary blues guitar greats.

Catered dinner buffet available before the show.  For more information or for dinner reservations call 527-0043 or visit www.pitmansfreightroom.com.

Last Updated on Monday, 18 May 2015 09:18

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Pre-orders for Jewish Food Festival can be made through June 7

LACONIA — In addition to announcing Sunday, July 12 as the date of the 18th Annual Jewish Food Festival, Temple B'nai Israel (TBI) of Laconia has announced that it will open up its pre-order process to the general public. The online pre-orders are currently open to the public online through June 7. 

This change was precipitated by last year's record breaking attendance. Even after diligent efforts to significantly increase the quantities of all of the food, TBI still sold out before the published closing time. All foods are homemade. The pre-order menu includes blintzes, chopped herring, chopped chicken liver, mock chopped liver (vegetarian), brisket, corned beef, pastrami, tongue, meat knishes, potato knishes, latkes (potato pancakes) matzo ball soup, noodle kugel, stuffed cabbage, rugelach, and strudel.

To place pre-orders and get more information on the foods being offered as well as prices, go to www.tbinh.org. Most major credit cards and PayPal payments are accepted. Pick-up for all preorders will be on Saturday, July 11 between 10 a.m. an 3 p.m. or at the Festival on Sunday, June 12. All pick-ups will be at Temple B'nai Israel on 210 Court St. in Laconia. For pre-orders of $65 or greater, individuals will receive a copy of the TBI cookbook from which many of the prized recipes are derived.

All orders can be made by visiting www.tbinh.org. For more information email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Last Updated on Monday, 18 May 2015 09:14

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N.H. Insurance Commissioner coming to Meredith for listening meeting

MEREDITH — Community members can share their concerns with insurance policies with NH Insurance Commissioner Roger A. Sevigny during his informational meeting on Thursday, May 21 in the Inter-Lakes High School Community Auditorium in Meredith, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Sevigny and his team will be on hand to answer questions, listen to individual's concerns and get feedback that could improve things. They want to hear about problems you have with the state's insurance system, including its rate review process and group plans.
The team will listen to people's ideas about how the state can best respond to insurance problems, and how they can make sure everyone who needs to know about changes does know.
The gathering is open to the public, therefore both individuals and company representatives are welcomed to attend. For more information, visit www.nh.gov/insurance

Last Updated on Monday, 18 May 2015 09:10

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Laconia Christian Academy presents ‘Fiddler’

MEREDITH — Laconia Christian Academy are presenting performances of "Fiddler on the Roof" on Friday-Sunday, May 22-24 at The Winnipesaukee Playhouse.

The story chronicles the life of Tevye, a poor Russian Jewish dairyman at the turn of the century trying to cope with the changing world around him, while clinging to his beloved traditions. All the while raising five daughters who are influenced by the changing culture. Ultimately the Russians view of the Jews affects him and his whole village.

The student performers shared their thanks toward their director Jen Bleiler, stating that she has worked very hard to bring each character to life in each actor, working individually and in groups, and has devoted so much time and energy to each segment of the musical.

"Working with students and amateur actors is challenging, but so rewarding," says Bleiler. "I can't wait to see this cast in action for the public!"

Bleiler took several steps to bring each character home to the actors. She's coached them in researching their characters so as to get to know them intimately in an effort to portray them accurately. She also arranged for Glenna Lee, director of education at Temple B'Nai Israel, and several other temple members to come and teach on many Jewish customs and traditions. The cast learned about many practices and sayings that are in the production, making it sensible to them.

Tickets should be purchased in advance at winnipesaukeeplayhouse.org or by calling the box office at (603) 279-0333 . Tickets are $10 for adults and $7 for students.

Last Updated on Monday, 18 May 2015 09:06

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