Peter Miller to Discuss Life and Times of Jane Varney Durgin at Sandwich Historical Society on July 12
SANDWICH — Meredith author Peter Miller will speak about the life of Lakes Region legend Jane Varney Durgin on Saturday, July 12th, 10:30 a.m. at the Sandwich Grange, 36 Maple Street, Center Sandwich. This event is sponsored by the Sandwich Historical Society.
Jane Durgin (1820 – 1895) was a Quaker who was born and raised in Wolfeboro and who lived in Sandwich most of her adulthood. She was a highly intelligent, dynamic, courageous, and independent-minded person who refused to be boxed in by society's narrow definition of women's place in life or by the Quakers' rules of conduct. From adolescence on, she was a "fearless equestrienne," performing circus-like stunts on horseback. She risked disownment by the Society of Friends for eloping with a non-Quaker and being married by a Baptist minister.
She purchased real estate in her name alone at a time (1851) when married women had scant legal means of doing so. She risked imprisonment by being a "station master" on the Underground Railroad. Though women of her era were strongly discouraged from getting involved with politics, in 1856 she formed the Sandwich "Jessie Circle" in honor of the equally free-spirited Jessie Benton Fremont, wife of Republican Presidential candidate John C. Fremont. Despite her individualism, Jane was a lifelong Quaker and a devout Christian who won people's love, admiration, and respect through her force of mind, character, and vivaciousness.
To assemble a complete record of Jane Durgin's life and times, Peter Miller researched the Sandwich Historical Society's Quaker archives, Strafford and Carroll County property transactions, local town and county histories, and memoirs written by Jane's descendants. His presentation will touch on many of the unexpected facts he discovered about Jane.
Personally inscribed copies of Miller's newly-published book, "Jane Varney Durgin – Trick Rider, Quaker Preacher, Opponent of Slavery – Her Life and Times," will be available for purchase at this event.
For more information, contact the Sandwich Historical Society (284-6269).
Last Updated on Wednesday, 09 July 2014 09:03
LACONIA – The Granite State Roller Derby (GSRD) All Stars will take on Hartford Area Roller Derby (HARD) on
Saturday, July 12, at Laconia Ice Rink at 468 Province Road.
GSRD's home teams, The Demolition Dames and The Fighting Finches, will bout as the second game in the event's double-‐header.
Doors open at 4 p.m. for both bouts. GSRD Stars vs. HARD begins at 5 p.m., and the home teams immediately following.
Off track, fans can create posters, participate in raffles, sign up for "Chuck a Wheel" for prizes, including tickets to the Camping World RV Sales 301 NASCAR race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on July 13, meet the skaters, and participate in other friendly activities.
Tickets are $10 in advance or $12 at the door. Children 5 and younger will be admitted free. Advance tickets are
available through the league's website at granitestaterollerderby.com or Spank Alley Skate and Board Shop at 59 South Main St. in Concord.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 09 July 2014 08:58
GILFORD — Beans & Greens Farm is celebrating its 25th Anniversary with a Caribbean Night on the Farm, Saturday, July 12. The event will feature a tropical menu (with food supplied by Beans & Greens), sounds of the Caribbean with DJ and Karaoke host Sean O'Brien, limbo contest and prizes including Best Caribbean Attire. The event is BYOB. For more details on this event, including the menu, or to buy tickets, stop by the farm or check out www.beansandgreensfarm.com or Beans and Greens Farm on Facebook.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 09 July 2014 08:56
GILFORD — Hating Monday will be playing at Junior's Crush House on Saturday, July 12 starting at 8 p.m.
Band members say it will be something of a homecoming for the 4-piece group, which was formed last September from members of other cover bands.
All of the band members work full-time and are grateful for the support of their families which allows them to play music at night and are strongly focused on the sound and song content.
Junior's Crush House has the area's largest outside deck with a beautiful view of Lake Winnipesaukee and an outside stage that offers plenty of room to dance. Also on this night Coors Lite is having a Nascar promo with the Coors Lite girls and special guests.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 09 July 2014 08:52
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