Butcher and seafood shop selling local goods to open in downtown Laconia

By ADAM DRAPCHO, LACONIA DAILY SUN

LACONIA — After three years of serving locally sourced ingredients at The Local Eatery, Kevin Halligan has broken ground on his next project, also aimed at putting local food in front of local people. Renovations have begun on the 700-square-foot space at 622 Main St., which will become Local Provisions, a butcher and seafood shop stocked predominantly, if not exclusively, with meat and raised by New Hampshire farmers, and fish caught by New England fishermen.

Halligan will operate Local Provisions with help from chef and butcher Tom Rendall, a Gilmanton native who has been working at The Local Eatery for about a year, who moved back to the Lakes Region after living in Colorado.

"This is going to be a chef-owned, chef-operated butcher shop. We're focused on giving you different cuts, recipes, know-how, expertise, and a fantastic product," said Halligan, who is targeting July 1 as the date Local Provisions will open for business.

"It's something I've been wanting to do since I opened (The Local Eatery)," Halligan said. Local Provisions, located next door to Wayfarer Coffee Roasters, will also sell some prepared items, such as stuffed fish, stuffed pork chops and marinated meats. He and Rendall also plan to add cured and dry-aged meats.

Halligan plans to utilize Local Provisions to help stock his restaurant's pantry, and isn't sure how well the offering will be received by the general public.

"I don't know what to expect," he said. "I think it's going to be busier than I think it's going to be."

Busy Corner lot offered to city for $1

LACONIA — CVS Pharmacy, which purchased the property at the junction of Union Avenue and Church Street, has offered to sell the tiny lot to the city for $1 and make a donation toward its landscaping.

City Manager Scott Myers told the City Council of the offer this week. He said that the building, which has stood on the lot since 1917 and was topped by the sign proclaiming "Busy Corner," will be demolished shortly.

The lot, a mere 0.058 of an acre, is nearly a perfect isosceles triangle with two sides of 94.12 feet and 94.85 feet and a third of 55.81 feet. Originally, CVS planned to develop it and submitted a sketch showing a paved doughnut with a planted center in the middle of the triangle bounded on three sides by perennial grasses and shrubs.

Myers said that the city will likely develop a fresh design, which will not contain elements that would obscure the view of the CVS pharmacy itself.

– Michael Kitch

Steven Tyler to Play LaconiaFest

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Steven Tyler of Aerosmith will be the headline act this June for Laconia Fest. Tickets will go on sale soon at www.laconiafest.com. (Courtesy photo)

By MICHAEL KITCH, LACONIA DAILY SUN

LACONIA — What was just a rumor last year has become a hard reality this year with the announcement today that Steven Tyler will headline LaconiaFest when he takes the stage with Loving Mary, his Nashville band, during the 93rd running of Laconia Motorcycle Week.

For Tyler, the show will mark a homecoming. As a child, he summered on the shore of Lake Sunapee, where he met the players of Joe Perry's Jam Band, which became Aerosmith – among the most iconic, fractious and enduring bands of the past 45 years. Known as the "Demon of Screamin'" for his vocal range spanning four octaves, his on-stage acrobatics and flamboyant presence, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with Aerosmith in 2001.

In recent years, Tyler, now 67, has turned to country vibes and will be performing with Loving Mary, his band rooted in Nashville.

"I think country is the new rock 'n roll," Tyler told "Rolling Stone" last June shortly after releasing a single, "Love Is Your Name," which reached number 19 on the Hot Country Songs chart. "Red, White & You," a second single, followed in January, peaking at number 29 on the chart, and his first country album is expected in May.

Interviewed by "Rolling Stone" about about his transition, Tyler recalled listening to the likes of the Everly Brothers, Jerry Lee Lewis and Duane Eddy during summers in New London with his radio wired to an apple tree.

"Country's not just about porches, dogs and kicking my boots up," he said. "It's a whole lot more."

Loving Mary, described by "Billboard as "a band of roaming country Gypsies, rocking out on an idyllic prairie somewhere unknown," has been backing Tyler for more than a year. Suzi McNeil, a Canadian singer-songwriter, brought the band together in 2014, joining with Marti Frederiksen, Elisha Hoffman and Rebecca Lynn Howard, and soon adding Andrew McTaggart and Sarah Tomek. When Tyler began his odyssey, he turned to Frederiksen, who had written songs with Tyler and Aerosmith since 1990s.

Laconia will be among the early stops on Tyler's tour in support of his first country album. However, Laurie DiGiovanni , producer of LaconiaFest, said that along with country tunes, including his recently released single "Red, White & You," Tyler will pull a few pages from the Aerosmith's songbook.

Motorcycle Week will be an especially appropriate venue for Tyler, a longtime rider who in 2007 launched Dirico Motorcycles, designed by Tyler himself, engineered by Mark Dirico and built in Manchester.

Tyler and Loving Mary will perform on Wednesday, June 15. DiGiovanni said that tickets will go on sale shortly.

LaconiaFest will be held at the Weirs Beach Drive-In Theater from June 11 to 19, when more than 100 artists will perform on two stages from noon to midnight on two stages. A complete list of those scheduled to perform as well as tickets and information can be found at LaconiaFest.com.