MEREDITH — The Greater Meredith Program (GMP) celebrated 10 years of accomplishments at its annual meeting Monday night at the Inn at Church Landing and launched yet another initiative, a sculpture walk which aims see the work of about 25 artists showcased over a 15-month period along the town's Main Street and in its lakeside parks.
Bev Lapham, chairman of the Meredith Sculpture Walk, said the project will see an outdoor juried exhibit opening beginning June 1 of this year which will feature the work of New Hampshire sculptors who are being invited to submit works of art which will be on display year round.
Bases will be provided and the art work will have plaques identifying the artists along with contact information. The program will provide a $150 stipend to help pay for installation and the art work will remain on display for 15 months.
The non-profit community economic development organization has undertaken dozens of projects since it first started 10 years ago, according to architect Chris Williams. Those have included a facade improvement program for Main Street, a Courtyard project on Main Street, a landscaped garden at the Meredith Community Center , a tree planting program and a Wicwas Grange rehabilitation project which was honored by the Lakes Region Chamber of Commerce with a Golden Trowel Award.
Other projects include a career partnership program which Executive Director Rhonda Hanaway said has provided over 200 job shadowing opportunities and 100 internships for students at Inter-Lakes High School over its first four years and is designed to help students make connections in their own community to make them aware of career opportunities which exist right in their own backyard.
Gage Wheeler, an Inter-Lakes High School senior, said that he had taken advantage of an internship opportunity at Moulton Farm last summer and introduced the audience to the Lakes Region-opoly Game, a board game modeled on Monopoly, which is being used in a fundraiser for the program.
Chis Kelly, outgoing GMP chairman, was presented with the President's Award in recognition of his service and said leading the organization had been an incredible experience.
''Helping our little town be the best we can has been a lot of fun. No matter where I go, people see what we've done and say 'Wow", you're doing that in Meredith? It's human resources, the great volunteers we have here who get these things done and make us such a strong community,'' said Kelly.
New GMP Board President Rob Stephens said the GMP remains dedicated to enhancing economic vitality, historical and cultural heritage, and town-wide beautification and will continue to play a strong role in the community.
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Award winners at the Greater Meredith Program's annual meeting included Nancy Lavigne, honors recognition; Pam Coburn, Volunteer of the Year; Vickie Carty, Volunteer of the Year; Liz Lapham, executive director; Rob Stephens, GMP Board president; Richard Pendergrast, board member of the year; Chris Kelly, President's Award; Rhonda Hanaway, honors recognition. The program celebrated 10 years of progress at its meeting held at Church Landing at Meredith. (Roger Amsden/for The Laconia Daily Sun)