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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)


Last Updated on Saturday, 26 July 2014 01:36

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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)

Last Updated on Saturday, 26 July 2014 01:35

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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)

Last Updated on Saturday, 26 July 2014 01:33

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Belmont officials won't abide a gray fire vehicle, even a new one

BELMONT — Selectmen will spend about $3,000 painting and lettering the new fire chief vehicle after they realized he bought a gray one instead of red or white one.

Selectman Jon Pike said the blame was partially his because he reviewed the specifications for the Ford SUV but never looked at the color.

Fire Chief Dave Parenti said he bought the Ford because it was the one on the dealer's lot and he was given a good price for it.

"I told you I was buying a left over," he said to selectmen on Monday.

Pike said the choice of lettering it in black made no sense because the type didn't show up very well.

"To me, it just doesn't exemplify the position of chief," he said.

Selectman said they want all of the police vehicles to be black and white and all of the Fire Department vehicles to be red.

Pike said to just paint the shell and said he would call a few auto body shops in the area to get the best price and see if there were any bids for the work.

Selectmen also passed a town policy that said all police vehicles will be black and white, all fire vehicle will be red, and all public works vehicles will be red.

Last Updated on Friday, 25 July 2014 12:32

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