To The Daily Sun,
The Wicwas Lake Grange held its Third Annual Country Crossroads music festival on Saturday (August 24) and raised nearly $1,500 that will be used to continue repairs and improvements to the historic grange hall located in Meredith Center. More than 200 people attended the inter-generational event and enjoyed wonderful music, great food and in so doing helped guarantee a bright future for the Grange.
The Grange membership would like to thank a number of area businesses for the generous donations they made to help make the event such a success, as well as the talented musicians who provided a night of boot-tapping entertainment. Special thanks is extended to Steve Zajchowski for building the new horseshoe pits that premiered during the event.
Coca-Cola Bottling Company of Belmont donated 500 bottles/cans of soda and water; PepsiCo donated 240 bottles of water; Randi Cyr of Wise Potato Chips donated 180 bags of chips; Brandli's Pizza of North Conway donated the fried dough; Lepage Bakery/Country Kitchen donated 15 dozen hot dog and hamburger rolls and Moulton Farm donated two bushels of their famous sweet corn.
Barry Ladd of the Meredith Center Store donated the use of his commercial grilles, made the hot and sweet sausage, as well as the freshly ground burgers. Barry then joined fellow Grange members in doing yeoman's work heading up the cooking crew.
Ambrose Brothers of Meredith donated the use of a lowboy trailer that was used as a portable stage; Lamprey Septic Service of Moultonborough provided portable sanitary facilities; AmeriGas of Laconia provided the propane to fuel the cooking; George's Restaurant of Meredith donated the vegetable oil; Mill Falls/Common Man provided the deep frier; Double D Ranch provided the ice as well as the hay bales used to provide extra seating; Dennis and Cookie Boulanger also donated the use of some seating and the Meredith Community Center provided a public address system.
The musicians who shared their talents throughout the night were Randy Philips of Wolfeboro; The Grangers; The Cellar Dwellers; and the talented duo of Phil and Jan Sanguedolce of the band Sweetwater. Thirteen-year-old Grange member and vocalist Jordan Durand opened for The Grangers.
The event would not have been possible without the hard work of the Grange's membership. The Wicwas Lake Grange would also like to thank the area media for their continued support in publishing articles and photographs recognizing the numerous Lakes Region business owners, tradesman and civic groups who have so willingly given of their time, talents and materials to help restore the historic hall and with it the solvency of the organization.
The Wicwas Grange meets monthly and always welcomes new members. We hope to see you in Meredith Center at the country crossroads of Meredith Center, Corliss Hill and Livingstone roads.
Steve Durand, Worshipful Master
Wicwas Lake Grange #292