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WEEKEND - 80 classics expected for 41st Annual New England Antique and Classic Boat Show

MEREDITH — As many as 80 classic boats will be on display at the Meredith Town Docks Saturday for the 41st annual New England Antique and Classic Boat Show, an event which draws hundreds of spectators from all over the Northeast and features classic wooden boats from earlier eras, including Chris Crafts, Garwoods, Hackercraft and Century.
The show has its roots in the Roaring Twenties and those years in which pleasure boating really started to come of age. There were literally hundreds of boats that came to Lake Winnipesaukee and in the 1930s organized racing among the high-powered runabouts on the lake became big events, attracting national news media and thousands of spectators. Speedboat rides were big business by the late forties, and it was during that time many of those attending the show experienced the thrill of their first ride in one of these mahogany beauties. The Miss Winnipesaukee speedboats, which made daily trips out of Irwin's Winnipesaukee Gardens were some of the 20's vintage craft offering "thrill rides" on the lake.
The Winnipesaukee Antique and Classic Boat Show began because Jim Irwin of Irwin Winnipesaukee Gardens and Irwin Marine and Vince Callahan, owner of Channel Marine at the Weirs, business competitors and friends for years, attended the Clayton New York Antique Boat Show in 1973. It was clear to them that the preservation of old boats was an exciting thing that could best be achieved through a boat show. They started planning that summer and fall and the result was the first annual national Northeastern Antique and Classic Boat Show in 1974.
Jim Irwin wrote of that first show: ''Under sunny skies on beautiful lake Winnipesaukee, nestled at the Foot of the New Hampshire White Mountains, the dream of two Local boat dealers came true. The Show displayed over 50 power boats,creating all the color and nostalgia of yesteryear. Vince Callahan and I put together an "in the water" show that delighted thousands of spectators and old boat lovers. Working directly with city officials, the public docks at the Weirs became the stage for a wide variety of beautiful wooden boat masterpieces.''
In 1976 the New England Chapter of the Antique and Classic Boat Society was formed as a result of gathering at the Boston Boat Show when a group of wooden boat enthusiasts gathered in admiration around a couple of show winning woodies: Ted Larter's "Scotty Too" Goldcup Racer and Ray Hawe's prized possession, 18' Garwood "Norma Jean"
In the years following the formation of the chapter, the boat show became its major event, with Jim and Vince providing valued direction and support. The show was a competitive one from the beginning, with numerous classes, a panel of judges, and sometime had special featured race boat events. Consequently it developed a prestigious reputation. Only one year in its history, 1980, did it try a new approach—no judging.
Despite dire predictions of failure without judging and awards, 85 boats registered and the quality was as good as ever. A truly successful event, proving that giving antique boat owners a chance to shine up their prize and show it to 10,000 people will get them every time.
In 2003 the show moved to the public docks at Meredith and has continued to be one of the premiere classic boat shows in the entire country.
Last year some 80 boats and about two dozen antique and classic cars gathered at the Meredith docks oft the show, which was the first year for Scott Robinson as boat show chairman.
''It is my second year as show chair, and as my pal, Don Minor said, 'another 20 years and you will get it right' Robinson wrote in a message to the club membership on the organization's website.
He noted that the show does not have a Marque Class this year and urges all those who own different-from-wood boats to attend. "Please bring your classic fiberglass, metal, birch bark, and any other material that your boat was constructed with to the show. Remember, there is a non-wood classic boat class among the judging criteria...class 'P'," notes Robinson.
The schedule for this year's show calls for boats to dock between 7 a.m. and 9 a.m. with the show itself running from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. There will be a meet and greet for participants at 6 p.m. at Giuseppe's Pizzeria and Ristorante at 6 p.m. On Sunday from 10 a.m. to noon there will be brunch and awards ceremony at the Chase House Restaurant across from the Town Docks.
The New England Chapter hosts numerous other events during the course of the year, both for members and for the public. Activities usually begin in early June with a lakeside picnic and swap meet. Since 1994 it has sponsored a boat show on Long Lake in Naples Maine, which includes dinner/dancing on the Songa River Queen and an island cookout after the show for participants and guest. And each fall starting in 1995 it has sponsored the Wolfeboro Antique and Classic Boat and Car Rendezvous, which has become a very popular event, especially for the "leaf peepers." Held against a backdrop of brilliant fall foliage and crisp air, it is New England at it best.


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Triple cockpit runabouts with gleaming surfaces are among the many varieties of wooden boats which will take part in the 41st annual New England Classic and Antique Boat Show at the Meredith Town Docks Saturday. (Roger Amsden photo for the Laconia Daily Sun)

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The 41st annual New England Classic and Antique Boat Show will be held at the Meredith Town Docks Saturday. (Roger Amsden photo for the Laconia Daily Sun)

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Bob Kidder of Franklin comes ashore at the Hesky Park launching ramp in Meredith with his Amphicar, an amphibious vehicle equally at home on land and in the water, during the 39th annual Antique and Classic Boat Show. (Roger Amsden photo for the Laconia Daily Sun)

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WEEKEND - Saturday's Festival of food & music continues celebration of Greek community's rich history in the Lakes Region (582 words)

LACONIA — "It's mostly about the food," said Mary Garside as she began preparing for the 28th Annual Greek Summer Festival on Saturday. "People know about the traditional Greek foods, but don't often have the opportunity to enjoy them."

"It's all a lot of work," Garside confessed. "But, we love doing it." She said she expects 550 dinners will be served and only one of every 10 patrons will be Greek.

The festival originated to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Taxiarchai Greek Orthodox Church, which began at the urging of Archbishop Athenagoras, who visited the city in 1936. Garside said that at the time 40 or 50 families worshiped in rooms above the Crystal Cafe on Main Street. "I was baptized there," she remarked. By 1959 the parishioners had purchased the property at the corner of North Main Street and Oak Street and built the church where the faithful continue to gather for services every Sunday.

Garside said that descendants of those who founded and built the church remain active in the congregation and contribute to the festival today. While the festival features Greek cuisine and tradition, Garside said that it still celebrates the church, which serves Orthodox worshipers of different nationalities. "I can't draw a line where the Orthodox faith and Greek tradition begin and end," she explained. "The difference is the language."

Nevertheless, the offerings on Saturday, prepared by more than a dozen ladies, consists of Greek specialties, beginning with a chicken dish and a pair of lamb plates served with rice, green beans, spanokopita — triangles of phyllo dough filled with spinach and feta cheese, and Greek salad. The table will also include dolmathes — stuffed grape leaves, pastichio — beef and pasta in bechamel sauce, and loukaniko — pork sausage laced with herbs.

For the sweet teeth there will be a parade of deserts, led by baklava, a rich mix of layered phyllo dough filled with nuts ands drenched in honey. Galaktoboureko, a semolina based custard flavored with orange, lemon or rose, is wrapped in phyllo dough and coated with sweet syrup. Also bathed in syrup, karidopita, is a walnut cake with traces of cinnamon and cloves. Kataifi is filled with nuts wrapped in shredded wheat and, not surprisingly, soaked in honey or syrup.

There will also be cookies: koulourakia, butter cookies glazed with egg, sprinkled with sesame and flavored with vanilla; kourambethes, powdered cookies with a hint of anise; and melomacarona, a walnut cookie enlivened by cinnamon, orange and clove.

A three-piece band will play traditional Greek tunes as well as accompany a troupe performing a repertoire of folk dances in costume. A selection of goods, including jewelry and foods, imported from Greece will be on sale.

A cash raffle, with just 200 tickets sold at $100 apiece and a top prize of $5,000, will be held to benefit the church. When the raffle began, Garside said that winners were given a choice between an automobile and cash, but soon changed when everyone took the money. She said that the festival is the major fundraising event for the support of the church.

The Greek Summer Festival begins, rain (there's a large tent) or shine, at 10 a.m. on Saturday , July 26, at the Taxiarchai Greek Orthodox Church at North Main Street and Oak Street. Dinner is served beginning at 11:30 a.m. with dinner served beginning at 11:30 a.m.


CAPTION: Mary Garside and her grandson James Martin cast an eye over just some of the homemade Greek deserts to be served at the 28th Annual Greek  Summer Festival on Saturday. (Laconia Daily Sun photo/Michael Kitch)


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WEEKEND - Veggies Galore one of 10 Barnstead farms on today's tour

BARNSTEAD — Tom and Joanne Locke of Veggies Galore and More have been running their farm stand for eight years and feature fresh seasonal fruits and vegetables, baked goods, handmade quilts, pickles, jams and jellies as well as a pick-your-own strawberry operation with 1,500 plants.

They are among the 10 farms which are taking part in the Third Annual Barnstead Open Farm Day today, an event sponsored by the Barnstead Farmers and Gardeners Network which will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and features a wide variety of growers and producers.
''We're retired and my husband has always loved farming,'' says Joanne, a Long Island, New York native whose car sports a license plate which reads ''Fahma Jo'', a nickname Tom gave her because she was raised in a city and had to learn farming after they were married.
Tom, on the other hand, grew up at the Locke farm in Barnstead, now home to the state's largest pick your own blueberry farm with over 11,000 high bush blueberry plants. He has always been a farmer at heart, even though he spent many years building homes in the family-owned Locke Lake Colony.
The couple have three vegetable gardens and sell their products from a stand Tom built seven years ago, after the tent they had been selling from was blown down several times.
Joanne says the pick-your-own strawberry operation was a success from the start as their first year came when the popular pick-your-own operation at Smith Farmstand in Gilford, which still has a raspberry operation, closed.
''We were inundated with people. We had more people who wanted to pick than we had strawberries for,'' she recalls, noting that experience has taught her that ''kids are no problem, but the parents are.''
After this year's crop was picked out Tom put in 500 more plants so they will be well prepared with lots of berries next June.
Joanne says the network of local farmers was formed three years ago to promote local farms and encourage consumers to buy local produce rather than produce grown thousands of miles away.
She said that many people have told her that they never realized how good cabbage or lettuce tasted until they bought it from a farm stand and experienced the difference freshness can make.
''A lot of what we do here is educational. We've had customers who didn't realize that potatoes grow in the ground, not above it. Supermarkets have desensitized customers to seasonal products and we want people to know the benefits of fresh, right off the farm products.''
She says that local farms work together to promote and support each other and that the open farm event has proven very popular.
Other farms taking part in today's event include The Local Butcher, Good Stuff Farm, Five Acre Farm, Sticks and Stones Farm, Frenette Farm, Granite State Alpaca Farm, Mountain View Farm, Duane Family Farm and Tiz a Miniature Horse Farm. Maps showing locations of all participating farms are available at the farms.
Various animals will be available for viewing at the farms, including Alpacas and Miniature Horses. Farms will also be conducting tours and demonstrations, and will have products and produce for sale.
For more information, contact Robin Donovan 269-5591 or Don Walker 435-0277.


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Tom and Joanne Locke of Veggies Galore and More on North Barnstead Road are among the 10 farms taking part in Barnstead's Third Annual Open Farm Day today. (Roger Amsden photo for the Laconia Daily Sun)

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Veggies Galore and More features fresh vegetables, handmade quilts and homemade pickles, jams and jellies. (Roger Amsden photo for the Laconia Daily Sun)

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WEEKEND - Peter Ferber has been producing boat show posters since 1994

ALTON — Alton artist Peter Ferber has been creating boat show posters for the New England Antique and Classic Boat Show ever since 1994 and over the years has produced an impressive collection of pieces that capture the spirit of the bygone times as well as the hearts of wooden boat aficionados.
From the graceful simplicity of the late afternoon view of the Chris-Craft triple and launch in that first painting, to the elegance of the magnificent yacht Swallow and and its equally magnificent boathouse, Swallows Nest, or to the nostalgic charm of the bride and her father on the way to the wedding chapel, the viewer is captivated by Peter's ability to portray the "feel" of antique and classic boats as well as capture the beauty of the Lakes Region.
This year's poster "Fall Rendezvous", shows boats gathering to head out of Green's Basin on Lake Winnipesaukee for the annual Vintage Car and Boat Rendezvous in Wolfeboro, an event which takes place just as foliage is starting to peak in the Lakes Region.
In 1993, after almost 20 years of producing an annual Weirs Boat Show advertising flyer, which usually pictured the previous year's Best of Show winner, Phil Spencer of Wolfeboro accepted the challenge of the chapter's board of directors to improve the show posters. Phil, a local boat restorer and past president of the chapter, spent several months doodling with different ideas before coming up with the "Bingo!" idea.
He contacted Ferber, whose works were becoming well respected and included many scenes featuring boats. Peter was very enthusiastic about the prospect of perhaps memorializing each year some aspect of antique and classic boating in New England and said, "I've been waiting for your call to do this."
In 2009, Ferber began working with the then Boat Show chairman Bill John, owner of the Vintage Boat Shop in Wolfeboro,to more closely tie the poster with the current boat show and use it as a marketing tool to promote each show. The posters featured a different line of boats each year, set in a scenic, historic setting on beautiful Lake Winnipesaukee. The series so far has featured Garwood, Chris Craft, Hacker, Century and Layman.
Ferber, whose family owned a summer camp on Seawall Road where he spent his summers while growing up , says he has always been fascinated by Lake Winnipesaukee and its scenic beauty and serene landscapes.
He has been working as a full-time professional artist since graduating from Principe College in 1976, and approaches each new piece with a desire to try something new. He developed an appreciation for strong design and composition at college in daily painting and drawing excursions, including a 10 week painting trip to Europe. Attention to detail and precise control of the medium was honed through years of work producing architectural renderings for historic restoration projects. He paints in watercolors, oils, and most recently in acrylics.
Ferber and his wife, Jeannie Ferber, a former art director who runs a nonprofit to encourage the exchange of cultural and educational materials with students and teachers in Russia,. They have lived in a 1700's antique cape in Alton since 1994.

"Fall Rendezvous", 2014 Boat Show poster shows boats gathering to head out of Green's Basin on Lake Winnipesaukee for the annual Vintage Car and Boat Rendezvous in Wolfeboro. Boats include a 1949 20' Chris Craft Custom runabout in the foreground, to the right a 1953 18' Chris Craft Riviera, a 1958 24' Shepherd, with an older 1940's Shepherd in the distance. (Courtesy of Peter Ferber)

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