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Your Guide to What’s Happening in NH’s Lakes Region


June 20 • Vol 39 • No 12

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Preserving the Days of Glory at Lakes Region Wooden Boats By Kathi Caldwell-Hopper Photos courtesy Lakes Region Wooden Boats There’s nothing quite as beautiful and spectacular as a wooden boat. With shiny, varnished wood, a sleek design, comfortable and luxurious seating, and an ability to glide on the water, an antique wooden boat is surely a head-turner. An expert when it comes to old wooden boats and what they need to keep them in good condition – and how to repair them – is Rob Lawrence, the owner of Lakes Region Wooden Boats in Wolfeboro. Rob loves wooden boats, and like many fans of the classic boats, he loves to “talk boats.” Ask him just anything about old boats and he gladly will share his knowledge gained over years of working on the boats. “My Dad had a wooden boat when I was a kid,” he says from his workshop. “He got the boat when I was 6 years old. I helped my dad restore the boat and it was a hobby for us.” The boat was a 1950 Century; the boat holds fond memories for Rob, and he still owns it today. Having always worked in the mechanical field, from auto mechanic to machinist mate on a fast attack submarine (the USS Billfish), to machinist for Westinghouse Electric Company, working his way up there to lead test engineer testing nuclear reactor coolant pumps, Rob enjoys machines and repair. After 18 years with Westinghouse, Rob met Phil Spencer, the founder of Lakes Region Wooden Boats. Like many fans of wooden boats, they hit it off and eventually both decided that Rob would be a good person to buy the business. This allowed Phil to spend the day doing what he loved without the stress of business ownership and was equally a good thing for Rob, who could make a career change. Buying the business allowed Rob to pursue his passion for wooden boats, and to work with a legend in the world of wooden boats. “I have learned a lot from Phil,” explains Rob. “I’ve also learned a lot from my dad as I went along.” These days, the shop employs three additional men who work with skill on restoring wooden boats and making necessary repairs to those boats already in use. Rob’s wife works full time handling

The staff of Lakes Region Wooden Boats; owner Rob Lawrence is third from left. the bookkeeping for the business. The motto of the shop seems to be “do it once and do it right,” and the restoration of old boats is proof. “We do any maintenance a customer might need, and we do restoration, refinishing, spring launch of wooden boats, storage, mostly all wooden boats,” Rob explains. Certainly, the work done by Rob and his employees is top-notch and it takes immense skill, knowledge, and patience to restore once-gorgeous wooden boats to their former glory. Rob says that motorized wooden boats started in the late 1800s and by the 1920s, they had greatly increased in popularity since you did not need to be a super wealthy person to own a wooden boat. “Chris Craft made boats affordable, and there were a lot of them on Lake Winnipesaukee by the 1920s and 1930s.” Lakes Region Wooden Boats works mostly on Chris Craft, Century, Gar Wood, and Hacker Craft boats, as well as Lyman and a few Canadian-made boats. The earliest boat Rob has worked on is a 1910 boat, which he says is long and narrow. “They don’t have much power but are made for a relaxing time on the water,” he says with admiration. Asked why people still love and own old wooden boats, Rob says simply, “Because the boats are beautiful. Every boat is unique because of the wood used. They are nostalgic and they sound great. They are well-crafted and have personality. Wooden boats are unique.” Rob says that when first built, they were handmade, and most were made of mahogany. For a few years after

World War II, Chris Craft used cedar for the planking due to the shortage of mahogany and painted their hulls. Shortly thereafter, mahogany was once again available and used. I would say there are now about 500 to 600 wooden boats on the lake.” Asked what his personal favorite wooden boat might be, Rob says, “I’m partial to Century. I think of them as the Cadillac of boats, and they are plush. “There is an emotional component when it comes to owning a wooden boat,” Rob explains. “There is a sentimental value.” What’s is like to drive or ride in a wooden boat for someone who has never been fortunate enough to have the experience? Rob explains, “It’s like a ride in a 1955 convertible. It’s the sound of the engine and the way it’s made.” Although the boats are classically beautiful and stand out when on the water, they are specialized, requiring care that is different from a modern boat. Because these boats are made of wood, they do require more attention than a fiberglass boat although the overall cost of owning a wooden boat

is normally less than buying a new boat. There also is a bit of a learning curve when it comes to driving an inboard, which most wooden boats are. Reverse steering is something to learn and the speed varies; 50 mph for the bigger boats is often the top speed. “But they are fun to drive,” Rob smiles. Lakes Region Wooden Boats is a busy shop, and the property also stores the old boats. Boats need yearly maintenance, and the shop now and then works on reproduction wooden boats. Wintertime is not as hectic as spring and summer, but the shop stays busy. In warmer weather, the pressure is on to get the boats on the water for customers who come from various New England areas. Most of the boats can be seen on Lake Winnipesaukee, Squam Lakes and Lake Wentworth in the summer and they are a unique and beautiful sight. As he walks through the shop, Rob runs his hand over a sleek wooden boat’s exterior, and one can see the passion he has for the antique boats. Clearly, he is aware the builders of old did it right, and he explains such things as the shining stainless chrome plating on the wooden boats was made to last and will not rust. “I have five wooden boats,” Rob adds. “Three are project boats and two are for show. I have two 1980s era inboards that I am restoring.” Asked what his future for running Lakes Region Wooden Boats and for himself, Rob does not miss a beat when he says, “I want to stay in this business as long as I can. This is the best job I’ve ever had.” For information on Lakes Region Wooden Boats, call 603-569-5038, or visit www.lakesregionwoodenboats. com. The shop is located at 990 Center Street in Wolfeboro, NH.


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On Thursday, June 23, Canterbury Shaker Village will host Simply Shaker: Village Gathering, which will feature an open house, cocktails and appetizers, Shaker-inspired buffet dinner, live music, and more. The Village’s largest annual fundraising event, Village Gathering includes a sneak preview into the new visitor orientation film, produced by SALT, the inaugural James Garvin Award, and special updates, including the ongoing Schoolhouse restoration project. “This is a chance to really take in the full scope of our magnificent 700-acre property while under a tent overlooking Turning Mill Pond,” said Executive Director Leslie Nolan. Village Gathering concludes the Simply Shaker Annual Fundraiser, which also features an Online Auction taking place June 10 - June 20. The auction features everything from sommelier-selected wines and special artisan wares to getaway packages and exclusive tours. Established in 1792, Canterbury Shaker Village represents one of the oldest, most typical, and most completely preserved of the Shaker Villages. Subscribing to a revolutionary Christianity that shocked their contem-

poraries, the Shakers challenged nearly every mainstream ideal of American society, believing in communal ownership, pacifism, dancing in worship, equality of the sexes, celibacy, and living simply. “Both events celebrate the Shakers’ rich heritage and play an important role in helping us continue to interpret Shaker life through engaging tours, exhibits, buildings, gardens, and programs,” said Nolan. “We invite the public to join us in one or both fun events.” Tickets for Simply Shaker: Village Gathering are $100 per person or $750 for a table of 8. To purchase tickets, visit Simply Shaker: Online Auction opens Friday, June 10 at 9AM and concludes Monday, June 20 at 11:59PM. To register for the auction, visit Located at 288 Shaker Rd., Canterbury, New Hampshire, just south of Laconia and north of Concord, Canterbury Shaker Village is a member of the NH Heritage Museum Trail. For more information about The Trail, which connects the public with culturally rich heritage institutions in New Hampshire, visit

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Free Summer Concert Series at Wolfeboro Community Bandstand

The Friends of the Wolfeboro Community Bandstand summer concert series returns to the bandstand in Cate Park Saturday nights in July and August. These free concerts take place each Saturday night starting July 2 and running through Sept. 3. Funding from the concert comes largely from individuals who make donations, both at the concerts during the intermission “pass the bucket” offerings and throughout the year. The concerts run from 7 to 9 p.m. WRAPPED COMPOSITE in the Wolfeboro Community Bandstand, which is located in Cate Park in downtown Wolfeboro on the shores of Lake Winnipesaukee. The 2022 concert series will kick off with Lestah Polyestah on July 2. Lestah Polyestah is a new iteration of the band previously known as Bling Cherry. The band has rocked parties, clubs, weddings, ski resorts and bars throughout New England and will be returning to the bandstand to kick off the summer season. The Compaq Big Band is next in the lineup, taking to the bandstand on Saturday, July 9. The band has kept the region swinging since 1975 with a big

band repertoire that begins with honoring the classics from the 30s and 40s, such as Glenn Miller, Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Tommy Dorsey and more and continues with popular hits from Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, Nancy Wilson and more. The third concert in the series is the Freese Brothers Big Band, set for a July 16 performance. This authentic 18-piece band has brought a mix of Big Band swing classics, top tunes from every decade since the 1940s to DECKING the Wolfeboro Community Bandstand many times and returns again this summer. Next up is the Michael Vincent Band on Saturday, July 23. The band is a three-piece blues band from central New England that has been touring together and playing music for more than 13 years. They took their band on the road after high school to reach deeper into the music that they love and will bring their show to the bandstand in July. Southern Rail will be returning to the bandstand for the final concert in the month of July, taking the stage on July 30. The band is a high-energy brand of



fun with riveting harmonies, irrepressible humor and sparkling banjo and mandolin solos. This nationally-known bluegrass band has graced the bandstand stage in the past and are excited to be back in Wolfeboro. The first concert in August is the Strafford Wind Symphony, playing on Aug. 6. Directed by Wolfeboro’s Jeffrey Smith, this symphonic concert band performs a variety of traditional music for wind ensemble as well as more contemporary pops pieces. Aug. 13 brings the Seldom Playrights back to the Wolfeboro Community Bandstand. The band is a group of experienced musicians brought together by their love of old school country and American roots music, as played by the likes of Merle Haggard, George Jones, Buck Owens, Johnny Cash and more. The Wooden Nickels Band will take

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Glass Sunflower Class at Fine Craft Gallery Explore the world of glass this workshop at The League of NH Craftsmen Meredith Fine Craft Gallery on Sunday, June 26, 2022, from 12 pm - 2 pm. Create a colorful fused glass sunflower from sparkling yellows, oranges, and reds using System 96 glass. Many artists are inspired by flowers, and you will discover your own creativity by designing a beautiful sunflower suncatcher of your very own. Glass fusing, cutting, and safety will all be covered. This is a great class for those less experienced in glass making! Tuition is $70per person with no additional materials fee. Space is limited and pre-registration is required. To reg-

ister or inquire about the class, call us at (603) 279-7920 or stop into the gallery at 279 Daniel Webster Highway, Meredith, NH. For more details, visit our website at http://meredith.nhcrafts. org and our Facebook page at http:// The League of NH Craftsmen is a non-profit organization that encourages and promotes the creation, use and preservation of fine contemporary and traditional hand craft. The League represents the signature of excellence in fine craft, through the work of its juried members, and its rigorous standards for self-expression, vision, and quality craftsmanship.

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Art & World War II: Hitler’s Cultural The Hobo & Winnipesaukee Scenic Railroads Open for 2022 Season Ambitions and Nazi Theft On Tuesday, June 21st, the Wright Museum will welcome art historian Jane Oneail. This is the sixth program of the Wright Museum’s 2022 Ron Goodgame and Donna Canney Education Series. From his failed attempts as a painter to his grand plans to loot European masterworks, art played a central role in Hitler’s personal life and political strategies. Learn more about Nazi exhibitions of so-called “degenerate art,” theft from European churches, museums, and private collections as well as the challenge of restoring works to their rightful heirs today. Jane Oneail curates and delivers art appreciation programs to audiences throughout New England. Jane holds a master’s in Art History from Boston University and a master’s in Education from Harvard University. A New Hampshire native, she has worked at some of the state’s most esteemed cultural institutions, including the League of New Hampshire Craftsmen, where she served as Executive Director, and

the Currier Museum of Art, where she held the role of Senior Educator. Jane has also taught at the college level for more than a decade, most recently at Southern New Hampshire University. For more information visit Doors open at 6 p.m., the program begins at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, June 21st at the Wright Museum’s DuQuoin Education Center, 77 Center Street in Wolfeboro. Admission is $5 for members and $10 for non-members. Reservations are strongly encouraged and can be made online at or by calling 603-569-1212. The region’s leading resource for educators and learners of all ages on World War II, the Wright Museum features more than 14,000 items in its collection that are representative of both the homefront and battlefield. For more information about the 2022 Lecture Series, or museum, visit

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The Hobo and Winnipesaukee Scenic Railroad is advising the public that the 50+ miles of rail between Lochmere, NH and Lincoln, NH should now be considered active for the 2022 season. Various train operations will be taking place from now through December, including maintenance, excursion trains, special tourist trains and equipment moves. The Railroad would like to take this opportunity to remind everyone that caution should be exercised at all times while around moving trains and to always expect a train. Other safety considerations to keep in mind include grade crossing signals which should always be obeyed. Drivers should always stop when they hear whistle signals at grade crossings and should never try to beat a train at a crossing or park on, or near a railroad crossing. To further promote the message of railroad safety, the Hobo and Winnipesaukee Scenic Railroad continues to

work closely with Operation Lifesaver, a nationally recognized non-profit organization that works diligently to improve railroad safety through engineering, education and enforcement. “People need to be keenly aware of the potential danger around moving rail equipment, even when rail cars and locomotives are moving at slow speeds,” stated Benjamin Clark, President of the Railroad, “Safety is always our first priority.” Both the Hobo Railroad in Lincoln, NH and the Winnipesaukee Scenic Railroad in Meredith and Weirs Beach, NH offer a variety of scenic excursions and special events for the general public as well as school groups and bus tours - typically from mid-May though late October. Scenic train rides for the public begin Memorial Day weekend, May 28-30, 2022. Advance reservations are required. Departure times and tickets for all trains are available by visiting

“Pitcher” This Exhibit This June the League of NH Craftsmen – Meredith Fine Craft Gallery will be hosting an exhibit titled “Pitcher” THIS!, a feature all about pitchers and similar vessels. They can be used for sangria, lemonade, iced tea, cream, maple syrup, and all the other wonderful things that we pour out of a pitcher! Treat yourself to a new vessel for your summer table. Featured in this exhibit will be artists such as Jennie Blair, Joan Hannah, Andy Hampton, Mary Ann Geis, and more. Stop in the Meredith League of NH Craftsmen Meredith, Fine Craft Gallery to fully appreciate the work of

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One-Stop Shop for Meredith History By Thomas P. Caldwell The completion of a $50,000 renovation project and the creation of a timeline of the town’s history have made the Meredith Historical Society a must-see location for those wanting to learn about the people and buildings that contributed to the community one sees today in what is known as the “Latchkey to the White Mountains.” The society’s museum at 45 Main Street has two floors of historical displays as well as a research library with archives that include material from the town’s past and genealogical files for those looking for information on their

ancestors. The museum has both ongoing displays and revolving exhibits of the artifacts people have donated through the years. Current displays include examples of 1920s women’s clothing and accessories associated with the era of the Women’s Progress Club. From pre-European-settlement information on the Native Americans who originally populated the area, and continuing through Meredith’s being named by Travel and Leisure magazine as one of the top 10 small towns on the East Coast to visit, the timeline offers a decade-by-decade account of the high-

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lights, beginning with the 1750s when the township proprietors named their land grant “Salem.” It was renamed New Salem in 1752, and Meredith in 1768. Among Meredith’s most famous residents from the early years was Dudley Leavitt, for whom Leavitt Park is named. He moved to town in 1806, publishing his New England Almanac and opening a private school. This summer, Leavitt’s descendants from around the country will be holding a reunion in the area, with plans to visit the museum, which has a portrait of Dudley Leavitt and a display of some of the tools he used. The display also includes a figure depicting Leavitt, created by acclaimed dollmaker Gwen Flather of Meredith. The building housing the Meredith

Historical Society’s Main Street Museum dates to 1812, when Abel Kimball built it as a home and saddle shop. Through the years, the building has served as a post office (with a safe that remains in the building), a bank (with its own safe still there), a needlework shop, and a toy store. The Meredith Public Library had been located on one floor of the building until the current library building was erected, and White Mountain Power Company, a predecessor to the New Hampshire Electric Cooperative, also had its headquarters there at one time. The Meredith Historical Society dates back to 1950, when a group of residents that included Ruth and Carl Colby formed the society. A collection • History continued on page 11



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June 20, 2022 | THE LAKER | Page 11 • History continued from page 10 of historical artifacts donated by Charlie Roberts, who had operated Pinnacle Park Zoo until it was washed out in the hurricane of 1938, made up the core display at the museum. Harold and Esther Wyatt got involved with the historical society a couple of decades later, and their daughters remain active in the organization today. The group first operated out of the Pottle Meeting House, a former First Free Will Baptist church situated on Winona Road. When the Main Street building became available in 1994, the historical society acquired it and converted it into a museum. The Pottle Meeting House became the society’s farm museum, displaying farm tools and other artifacts from its collection. Transforming The Town As the timeline indicates, Meredith was largely built around mills, with its ample supply of waterpower. By 1842, there were 11 mills, 10 stores, and three taverns in town. Voters in 1845 voted to invest $10,000 in the newly incorporated Boston, Concord, and Montreal Railroad, and tracks reached Meredith Village in 1849. That also was the year the Winnipisseogee Steamboat Company launched the Lady of the Lakes, ushering in the new “vacation era.” Other major events in the town’s history included the loss of the Meredith Bridge section of town, which included Lake Village and The Weirs, to the newly created town of Laconia in 1855. That section represented about 45 percent of the town’s population and much of its commercial base. Then came the Civil War, with Meredith men comprising the majority of recruits for Company 1 of the 12th New Hampshire Volunteer Infantry. The regiment would experience severe losses at the battles of Chancellorsville and Gettysburg. The Boston & Maine Railroad launched the steamboat SS Mount Washington in 1872, the same year workmen discovered what has become known as the Meredith Mystery Stone while digging near the outlet of the village canal. The S.S Mount Washington is not the

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same ship that now plies the waters of Lake Winnipesaukee. It was a wooden side-wheeler, 178 feet in length, and it was destroyed when a fire broke out in the railroad station in December 1939, spreading down the ramp to the dock where the S.S. Mount Washington was berthed for the winter. Captain Leander Lavallee announced that he would replace the vessel, and he located the Chateauguay, a 203-footlong iron ship, on Lake Champlain in Vermont. He brought it to the Big Lake and renamed it the SS Mount Washington II, and it operated under that name until 1946, when the steam engines were replaced with diesel engines, and it was rechristened the M/V Mount Washington. In 1982, the ship was cut down the center in order to add 25 feet to its length, and it was reclassified as the M/S Mount Washington. The Mystery Stone was another story. Seneca Ladd, a founder of Meredith Village Savings Bank in 1869, had men digging on the outlet of Lake Waukewan in 1872 when they unearthed an engraved egg-shaped stone, encased in mud. Rudy VanVeghten, a member of the Meredith Historical Society, said similar rocks — oval with holes drilled in each end — were used by Woodlands Indians to weigh down their fishing nets. “But they didn’t have carvings on them,” he said. “So what’s going on?” Architects who have examined the

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rock — now on display at the New Hampshire Historical Society in Concord — have questioned its authenticity, but VanVeghten says, “I don’t think Seneca Ladd would have forged it himself, and who would have planted it there in the mud?” Twentieth Century and Beyond Meredith residents, saying, “The fear of meeting automobiles has deterred many people … owing to the fact that numerous runaways and broken wag-

ons were the result of the encounters with the ‘red devils,’” established a speed limit of 5 mph in 1903, according to the society’s timeline. Babe Ruth, whose wife, Helen, had lived in Meredith, began winter visits in 1916, where he is said have enjoyed sleigh riding. The year 1955 was an important one for the town, as Annalee and Chip Thorndike established Annalee Dolls, which became a worldwide enterprise, and Hart’s Turkey Farm Restaurant opened for business. Hart’s remains a popular place for its turkey dinners and catering service. (The Historical Society Museum has a display of Annalee Dolls, along with those of Gwen Flather; and Annalee’s daughter-in-law, Karen Thorndike, serves as president of the historical society.) Bob Montana of Archie comic book fame moved to Meredith and incorporated some of the town’s residents and locations into the series. He also took part in community theater productions and was active in other community events. The Historical Society Museum has a display of original Archie drawings, among other artifacts, and • History continued on page 12

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St. Charles Church property to create a resort hotel named Church Landing. Karen Thorndike said the timeline has inspired teachers of third-grade students in the Inter-Lakes School District to encourage the children to write their own personal timelines, and the Meredith Farm Museum sends old farm clothing and tools to fourth-grade students as part of their studies. Heart and Hands Thrift Shop donated $1,500 to have the timeline printed in a booklet that could go out to the third- and fourth graders. John Hopper, who did the bulk of the writing for the timeline, also takes

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part in the Meredith Historical Society Speakers Series, having recently given a talk on Meredith’s Page Pond Community Forest. VanVeghten will be releasing his new booklet on Native American history, “Clash of Cultures: The Story of the Penacooks, the Winnipesaukees, and Chiefs Passaconaway, Wonalancet and Kancamagus,” during a talk at the Meredith Community Center on Tuesday, July 5. The full schedule of talks appears at https://meredithhistoricalsocietynh. org/2022-calendar/. The historical society has partnered with the New Hampshire Boat Museum of Wolfeboro for some lake-related exhibits, including water skis. The Meredith Historical Society’s extensive family files are due to the work of John McFarland, a former teacher who had a background in his-

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erally feature…it is a pretty exciting event.” The Annual New England Vintage Boat and Car Auction begins at 10 a.m. on Saturday, July 16 at the Nicholas Recreation Center in Wolfeboro with free admission. Item previews begin on Friday, July 15 from noon to 5 p.m. and on July 17 from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. Those interested in consigning an item at NHBM’s Annual New England Vintage Boat and Car Auction are encouraged to contact auction@, call (603) 569-4554, or visit Founded in 1992 by antique and classic boating enthusiasts, New Hampshire Boat Museum (NHBM) is committed to inspire people of all ages with an understanding of, and appreciation for, the boating heritage of New Hampshire’s fresh waterways. To learn more about the Annual New England Vintage Boat and Car Auction, or other events and programs, visit

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June 20, Solar Gazing, noon-4 pm, free, Castle in the Clouds, Rt. 171, Moultonborough, 476-5900, June 21, Alton Historical Society program, Historic and Unusual Weathervanes of the Granite State, by Glenn Knoblock, 7-9 pm, Gilman Library, 100 Main St., Alton, June 21, Arts & World War II: Hitler’s Cultural Ambitions and Theft, 7-8 pm, lecture at Wright Museum, 77 Center St., Wolfeboro, 569-1212, www. June 21, Jack Johnson, at Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion, Gilford NH. Info: June 21, NH on High: Historic and Unusual Weathervanes of the Granite State, 7 pm, presenter Glenn Knoblock, Alton Historical Society, Gilman Library, 100 Main St., Alton, 569-3745. Program of NH Humanities. June 21, Outdoor Storytime for Young Children, 10:30-11:30 am, Cook Memorial Library, 93 Main St., Tamworth,

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June 21, Summer Fresh Flower Arranging & Care, 10 am-3 pm, learn floral design techniques with Shirley Glines, League of NH Craftsmen Center Sandwich Fine Craft Gallery, 32 Main St., Center Sandwich, register: 2846831, June 22, Advice to the Players Open Mic Night, 7 pm, outside The Foothills, presented by Advice to the Players, info/to perform: June 22, Meet the Artist, Wood Working Craft of John White, 6-7 pm, Wolfeboro Public Library, 259 S. Main St., Wolfeboro, presented by Lakes Center for the Arts, info: June 22 & 25, Pollinator Play, nature play, 10 am-noon, play pollinator bingo, crafts, Newfound Lake Assoc., 178 N. Shore Rd., Hebron, free, open to all, 744-8689,

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June 23, Annual Cowboy Ball, benefit for Granite State Adaptive, live music by Eric Grant Band, dinner, cash bar, silent auction, giving tree and selfie station with prizes, Barn at the Inn of Main St., Wolfeboro, info: 387-1167 or 941-0606, or, June 23, Simply Shaker, open house, dinner, celebrations, 5-8 pm, Shaker Rd., Canterbury, info: 783-9511, June 23-24, Morgan Wallen, at Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion, Gilford NH. Info:

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June 23-25, 48th Annual Market Days Festival, 10 am-10 pm, vendors, live shows, Concord Arts Market, hopping, food, Main St., Concord,

June 24, Hike at the Scott Reserve, Chocorua Lake Conservancy, 9-11:30 am, Scott Rd., Chocorua, 323-6252 for info. June 24, James Armstrong and Ashley Jordan, blues and country concert, 8 pm, Lakeport Opera House, 781 Union Ave., Lakeport, 519-7506,

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June 24, Beginner Mah Jongg Class, 11 am-1 pm, craft class, Moultonborough Public Library, 4 Holland St., Moultonborough, info/register: 476-8895. June 24, Gnome Needle Felting Class, 10 am-1 pm, with artist Patsy Frasier, pre-registration required, $40.00 per person (and $10.00 materials fee), League of NH Craftsmen Meredith Fine Craft Gallery, 279 Daniel Webster Highway, Meredith, 279-7920,

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June 24, Poor House and Town Farms: The Hard Row for Paupers, 7 pm, hosted by Hebron Historical Society, Union Congregational Church, Community Hall, 16 Church St., Hebron, 744-3335, program of NH Humanities. June 24-26, Blacksmithing Basics for Family Teams, 8 am-4 pm, learn blacksmith techniques, Sanborn Mills Farm, 7097 Sanborn Rd., Loudon, info/ pre-register: 435-7314, June 25, 34th Annual NH Water Ski Open, 8 am-4 pm, Back Bay, 21 Railroad Ave., Wolfeboro, slalom, trick, and jumps,


June 25, Acrylic Landscape Painting with Ann Xavier, 10 am-noon, League of NH Craftsmen Meredith Fine Craft Gallery, D279 W Highway, Meredith, info/pre-register: 279-7920,


June 25, Almost Queen: Tribute to Queen, 7:30 pm, 39 S. Main St., Flying Monkey, Plymouth, tickets: 536-2551,


June 25, Big Time Rush, at Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion, Gilford NH. Info: June 25, Ecological Home Gardening Workshop, Moose Mt. Regional Greenways, takes place at 307 Applebee Rd., Milton Mills, 473-2020, www. June 25, John Haitt & the Goners, featuring Sonny Landreth, 8 pm, at The Colonial Theatre at Laconia, 609 Main Street, Laconia. Info: 800-657-8774, www




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June 25, Midsummer Magic Returns, Sandwich Fairgrounds, 5-5:30 pm for cars; walking groups: 5:30-7 pm, reserve by donating to advicetotheplayers. org. June 25, New Hampton Town Wide Yard Sale, 8 am-2 pm, info: June 25, Opening Day, Sandwich Historical Society, 4 Maple St., Center Sandwich, 284-6269, June 25, Ossipee Old Home Week, 5K Road Race, 9 am, Gazebo, Ossipee, info: Info: 539-1307.

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June 25, Ossipee Old Home Week Kick-Off Block Party, Gazebo in Center Ossipee, Bad Penny Band from 5:30-9 pm; Miss Karoly’s Dance Factory 7-7:30 pm, bring a lawn chair, info: 539-1307.

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June 25, Paws in the Park Dog Festival & The Buddies, Live and Let Live Rescue Farm, 10 am-3 pm, Davis Field, 205 Middle Rd., Tuftonboro, all leashed dogs welcome free of charge, adult admission: $5; children under age 12 free; dog-related vendors, demos, parade of dogs, food trucks, DJ, raffles, 508-335-2992 or 603-345-9227.

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June 25, Saturday Afternoon Music Series, Garrett Smith, 3-6 pm, Gunstock, 719 Cherry Valley Rd., Gilford, 293-8915,

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June 25, Squam Lakes Assoc. Summer Kick-Off, 2-4 pm, family friendly event with free kayak or canoe use, rock wall climbing, camping Leave No Trace info., volunteer, make S’mores and more, info: 968-7336, June 25, Squam Canoe Classic, Bass Fishing Tournament #1, 8 am-1 pm, info: Squam Lakes Assoc. Holderness, 968-7336, June 25, Summer Kick Off Party & Pickeball Tournament, 11 am-3 pm, Foss Field Pavilion, Wolfeboro, music, games, raffles, food, June 25, Tamworth Farmer’s Market, 9 am-noon, 30 Tamworth Road, Tamworth, info: June 25-26, Gunstock Trailfest, 5K trail run, BBQ, live music and more, Gunstock, 719 Cherry Valley Rd., Gilford, 293-4341,

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June 25-26, Hobie Cat Bass Fishing Tournament, June 26, Animal Encounters Series: Owls of NH, 10 am, Town Square, 33 Village Rd., Waterville Valley, join Squam Lakes Natural Science Center under a tent for a live animal presentation led by naturalist, info: or call 968-7194. June 26, Doobie Brothers, at Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion, Gilford NH. Info: June 26, Jon Stetson, mentalist, Feel the Barn Concert Series, 118 Page Hill Rd., Chocorua, 323-6169, June 26, Make a Glass Sunflower with Lynn Haust, noon-2 pm, League of NH Craftsmen Meredith Fine Craft Gallery, 279 Daniel Webster Highway, Meredith, pre-registration required: 279-7920, June 26, Mary Baker Eddy: An Extraordinary Life Told in Ordinary Terms, 7 pm, Ashland Booster Club, 99 Main St., Ashland, free, open to public, June 26, Music on the Garden Barn Green, 4-5 pm, music by Akwaaba, bring your own picnic, donations welcome, Canterbury Shaker Village, Shaker Rd., Canterbury, 783-9511, June 26, Ossipee Old Home Week Events, Touch a Truck 10 am-noon; 10 am-2 pm, disc golf clinic and grand opening; trail tours, Constitution Park, Ossipee, info: 539-1307. June 26, Recycled Percussion Redonkulous, 2 pm, The Cake Theatre, 12 Veterans Square, Laconia, info/tickets: 677-6360, June 26, Travel Sketchbook Along the Shore of Winnipesaukee, 9 am-noon, tips, and techniques for sketching with Stephen Hoedecker, at Church Landing grounds, Meredith, program by NH Boat Museum, 569-4554,


June 26-28, Natural Dye Basics-Dying Yarns, 9 am-5 pm, instructor Sara Goodman, Sanborn Mills Farm, 7097 Sanborn Rd., Loudon, info/pre-register: 435-7314, June 27, An Evening with Spirit Mediums Sara Moore and Kathleen Stone, 7-8:30 pm, Town Hall, Ossipee, Info: 539-1307. June 27, Before Peyton Place: In Search of the Real Grace Metalious, presenter: Robert Perreault, 2 pm, Taylor Community, 227 Ledges Drive, Woodside Building, 366-1226, program of NH Humanities.


June 27, Kick Off to Summer Reading with Steve Blunt, 6-7 pm, Moultonborough Public Library, 4 Holland St., Moultonborough, info/register: 476ONGOING ArtWorks Gallery & Fine Crafts works by 35 artists, new classes & events. Open 10-5 pm daily except closed Tuesdays, and First Fridays from noon-7 pm. 323-8041, 132 Rt. 16, Chocorua, Belknap Mill, 25 Beacon St. East, Laconia, gallery and textile museum, events and programs, info/call for hours: 524-8813,

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Get Nearer to Nature

Land, People & Property, Tuesdays through Sept. 27, 10 am, walk around Castle in the Clouds grounds, learn about history of the property with guide, Rt. 171, Moultonborough, register: 476-5900,

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League of NH Craftsmen Meredith Fine Craft Gallery, fine handmade crafts and art for sale, workshops, 279 Daniel Webster Highway, Meredith, hours/info: 279-7920. Libby Museum of Natural History, animal/nature exhibits & programs, 755 N. Main St., Wolfeboro, 569-1035, open seasonally. Live Entertainment, Patrick’s Pub & Eatery, Gilford, 293-0841, Loon Center, walking trails, loon displays/info., 183 Lees Mill Rd., Moultonboro, 476-5666, Millie B., cruise on the replica of a 1928 Hacker-Craft, 45-minute tour, info/ tours: NH Boat Museum, Wolfeboro,, 569-4554. | 603-968-7194|Holderness, NH

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Model Yachting - Back Bay Skippers, meets every Tues. & Thurs., 1-4 pm, model yacht group, spectators welcome, Cotton Valley Rail Trail, Glendon St., Wolfeboro, May - Oct., info: NH Boat Museum, 569-4554. Molly the Trolley, 569-1080, take tours of Wolfeboro area aboard the fun trolley, info/schedules:

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M/S Mount Washington Cruises, narrated cruises of Lake Winnipesaukee, day & evening cruises, M/S Mount Washington, 211 Lakeside Ave., Weirs Beach, 366-BOAT,

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NH Boat Museum, boating exhibits, programs, boat building workshops, 399 Center St., Wolfeboro, 569-4554, NH Farm Museum, old-time farm, programs, events for families, 1305 White Mt. Highway, Milton, 652-7840, NH Historical Society exhibition, A Faithful Student of Nature: The Life and Art of Samuel L. Gerry, through August 6 at NH Historical Society, 30 Park Street, Concord,

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Salads, Salads, More Salads

By Chef Kelly Ross Hey Lakes Region, hope this finds you all well, fine, and dandy. We had a great Memorial Day Weekend, as well as a great Bike Week and now we have two weeks of relative peace and quiet around here for us locals before the barrage of out-of-town visitors start showing up as the 4th of July is almost in our face. That means the start of a two-month long routine of crazy lines of traffic, big crowds in the stores and restaurants, an extremely busy lake of boaters, water skiers and swimmers, and more importantly, a huge boost to our economy. Those two months, plus Bike Week before, and then another great boost during foliage, all make most of our businesses’ yearly revenue. Granted some may swear a little when trying to get somewhere quickly, or standing in line at some of favorite restaurants, it’s a necessary evil for the overall success of our area. In my humble opinion, although irritating at times, is well worth any aggravation. So, for the locals, enjoy these two weeks while you can. I usually don’t go out to most of favorite restaurants when it’s nuts out there, especially


since I love to cook at home, but for these two weeks, I will likely go frequent them all and as I pay my tab and leave, I’ll shout out to my favorite waitstaff and bartenders, “I’ll see you all after Labor Day.” So, as I generally focus most of my summer recipe articles toward the grill, today, not so much as today’s focus is on some awesome summer salads. Granted, many salads can become much better when you toss on some grilled chicken, steak tips or shrimp, that’s usually not worthy of a special recipe. We all know well enough how to do that. My focus today is on the unique and eclectic salads, the ones that aren’t quite so “Run of the Mill.” I am by no means saying there won’t be any of these great additions in or on some of today’s salads, but when you do see them, they will be involved in something more fun than a tossed or Caesar salad. The main reason I mention how these aren’t the usual stereotypical salads is because most of these don’t contain any lettuce or leafy greens, however, many, many vegetables are very well represented, as well and the fruit and berry world. I have a sweet and scrumptious pasta salad that





relies on using a fruit salsa instead of mayo or olive oil, it works so well. I guess we might as well start with that one, I guess. If you want to really “Wow” a bunch of friends and family at a potluck get together, this should do it. I am fully aware that we are now living in a very carb-cutting environment where most everyone is trying to cut their carbs at almost all costs. I am one of them to a point. I have cut way back on three of my favorite things, those being bread, pasta, and beer. I really miss not eating the pasta and bread the most as I crave them daily. However, in my effort, I am guilty of eating too much of another love, fruit and berries, and there are plenty of carbs in those. It’s psychological though right, fruits are good for you, right, there can’t be sugar or carbs in those? Haha, sounds good, but ”Survey Says……. AAAARNK”. All jokes aside, we all need to cheat now and then, so here is a fun option when you do. As I said earlier, this pasta salad has no mayo or oil, but instead uses an outstanding fresh fruit and berry salsa with some onion, fresh mint, queso fresco, among other goodies. For those not familiar, queso fresco is a lite crumble, salty cheese that in English means “fresh cheese”. Like many crumble cheeses, some brands are saltier than others, so always taste the cheese prior to garnishing with the sea salt as you don’t want this to be salt overkill situation. This recipe feeds 4 and doubles and triples up perfectly for bigger events and goes together in about an hour. This salsa can work tremendously all by itself as well, not to mention over grilled chicken, pork, salmon, and swordfish. It’s truly a game changer. Summer Pasta Salad with a Fruit Salsa 8 oz elbow macaroni ¼ cup chopped onion 1 cup pineapple chunks, ideally and much better if fresh 1 cup chopped mango ½ cup chopped yellow peaches, skin on ½ cup chopped strawberries ½ jalapeno pepper, seeds removed, chopped

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At that point, toss together the shrimp with the marinade, the scallions, red onion, capers, celery, and tomatoes. For the dressing, in a small bowl, whisk together the oregano, olive oil, salt, pepper, lemon juice, and vinegar. Pour over the shrimp and vegetables, add the parsley, and toss to incorporate. Cover and refrigerate until ready to eat. Serve chilled. Incredible mixture of great flavors! The next recipe is the first with some leafy greens, in particular baby spinach, and this one is bombarded with some great fruit combinations as well as feta cheese. If that doesn’t sound great enough, this also comes with one of the best home-made dressings you • ‘Cue the Grill continued on page 21


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2 tsp Dijon mustard 1 tbsp poppy seeds ¼ tsp salt Starting with the dressing, add all the dressing ingredients to a jar, cover with lid and shake to emulsify. Chill for at least an hour before serving and shake well again just before pouring over salad. For the salad, prep your veggies, dicing the apples last. Layer the spinach and all fruit, feta, and pecans in a large salad bowl. Drizzle with the dressing and toss well and serve immediately. If you want to hold back a small amount of the ingredients until completely mixed to use to garnish the top, that is always a great touch. Serve immediately and watch the smiles, and just wait for some to ask for extra dressing, which is why I always double to quadruple the dressing recipe, although keep in mind the shelf life is a few

days. Here is a recipe that is the most normal of the bunch, but with an exotic twist to it. Most all of us are quite familiar with the classic Caprese Salad, which is usually a simple mix of fresh mozzarella, tomatoes, and basil with a balsamic drizzle. Sometimes it’s over greens, sometimes not. For this one, we drop the tomatoes, and we substitute fresh balls of cantaloupe which I am a bigger fan of compared to the traditional version. Besides the great substitution, we add shredded pieces of prosciutto, fresh mint, and another delicious dressing made with balsamic vinegar and a few other fun ingredients. This will feed 4-6, and usually as an appetizer, lunch entrée, or as a dinner prelim. Cantaloupe and Mozzarella Caprese Salad 1 1 ½ cantaloupes, depending on size, halved, seeded, and balled with a melon baller 12 oz fresh mozzarella balls, ideally the size of pearl size balls 12-14 thin slices prosciutto, shredded into large pieces ¼ - ½ cup fresh basil leaves, thinly sliced ¼ cup fresh mint leaves, thinly sliced 3 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil 2 ½ tbsp honey 2 tbsp white balsamic vinegar Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste Use a melon baller to scoop balls from the cantaloupe halves and add to a large bowl. Add the mozzarella balls and the torn prosciutto. Sprinkle with the basil and mint leaves. In a small

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3 tbsp buttermilk ¼ cup mayonnaise 2 tbsp finely chopped shallot 1 tbsp fresh squeezed lemon juice ¼ cup fresh packed tarragon leaves 2 cups packed baby spinach, about 2 ½ oz Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Arrange prosciutto in a single layer on a rimmed baking sheet and brush with oil. Bake until crisp and deep golden, about 7-9 minutes. Let cool on a plate with paper towels. Meanwhile, bring a medium pot of salted water to a boil. Add the asparagus and cook until just tender, 1- 2 minutes. Using a set of tongs, transfer to a bowl of ice water to stop the cooking, still letting the boiled water rolling Once cooled, drain, then cut asparagus into 2-inch pieces on the bias. Add peas to boiling water and cook until just tender and bright green, 3- 4 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer to ice water as well to stop the cooking, again continuing to let the water boil. Once cooled, drain the peas. Add sliced potatoes to water, adding more water first if needed but make sure it’s back to a boil. Cook the taters until just tender, 6-8 minutes. Drain and let cool slightly, spraying with cool water, but you still want them warm. Whisk together the buttermilk, mayonnaise, shallot, and lemon juice in a bowl. Season with salt and pepper. Combine asparagus, peas, potatoes, tarragon, and spinach in a large bowl. Season with salt and pepper. Divide among 4 plates and top with crisped prosciutto. Drizzle each plate with 2 tbsp dressing and serve with remaining dressing on the side. If you make extra “Brand Name Family Footwear for Less”

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while stirring often, about 5 minutes. Remove the dressing from the heat and stir in the vanilla extract and poppyseeds. Set aside to cool completely. Thoroughly drain the mandarin oranges, remove the stems, and thinly slice the strawberries, and peel the kiwis, halve them, and then thinly slice them. Remove the grapes from the stems. In a large bowl, add in the prepared mandarin oranges, sliced strawberries, sliced kiwis, grapes, blueberries, mangoes, blackberries, and raspberries. Once completely cooled, pour the dressing over the salad, lightly toss the ingredients together. Return to the fridge to allow to cool and let the flavors meld. Serve once the salad has been chilled, tossing once more before putting into serving bowls. This obviously can work as a dessert too, and if so, add a scoop of your favorite flavored sherbet on top. I so love this stuff! Well, Salad Day has officially come to an end. These should make many of you smile, as well as your guests/ family, when you need something new and exciting in the world of refreshing salads. Work them into your cooking and entertaining repertoires for all to love. These make great side dishes to go with some of the grilled items going on this summer, so get at it. Until next week when we start focusing on some seriously over-the -top grilling recipes while getting ready for the 4th of July festivities. It’s the ultimate time to grill, and as far as I’m concerned, we should all grill like every day is the 4th of July. Keep your taste buds happy friends, and if anyone wants to touch base with any questions or feedback, please reach out to Your Where-To-Go, What-To-Do Guide for the Lakes Region

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Yester year Interesting Bristol and Newfound Lake By Kathi Caldwell-Hopper Bristol is known for its proximity to beautiful Newfound Lake. The lake is natural and clean and the fourth largest in New Hampshire. Islands of Newfound are not as plentiful as on Lake Winnipesaukee, due to the smaller size of the Bristol area lake. However, Newfound has Mayhew Island, Loon Island, Russell Island, and Belle and Cliff Islands. By the late 1800s, tourists were visiting the Bristol/Newfound area. The city folks wanted rest and relaxation and found it in the quiet community with the lake nearby. As more visitors arrived, lodgings were needed; farmers often accommodated people by renting a room in their farmhouse. According to “Newfound Lake” by Charles E. Greenwood, among the first locals to offer rooms was John W. Sanborn, the proprietor of Grove Hill Farm. Area farms that offered lodging were popular. It was only natural that places for travelers to stay were needed. One such was the Hillside Inn, with great views of Newfound Lake. The lodgings near Newfound Lake included meals, fishing, hiking, boating and of course, swimming. Seeing the financial benefits of renting to travelers and vacationers, a sum-

The Hotel Bristol was once a popular lodging establishment in Bristol, NH. mer boarding house was built in nearby Bridgewater in 1880. It was called Lake View House, and later was renamed Masquebec House. It was three stories high and had a dining room, dance hall and other enticements. There was plenty of room for guests and all were furnished nicely. Visitors could enjoy a bowling alley on site and take in the view of the lake. Once settled into their rooms, visitors found local excursions to their liking.

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They visited Sculptured Rocks, Welton Falls and hiked Cardigan Mountain. Profile Falls, although a longer trek in another area of Bristol, was a good site to visit as well. On Newfound Lake’s Belle Island, people were attracted to the quiet and uniqueness of actually staying on such a place. One home on the island was the place a party of young people stayed to fish, boat and just enjoy the peace and quiet. The cottage was built

by Captain George Dow, and it might have been erected specifically as a remote vacation spot. The businessmen of Bristol saw the attraction of going to Newfound Lake to relax and began to build cottages there as well. The area became known as Cottage City on the lake in Bristol and Hebron. It is interesting to note that Dr. Thomas Watson, an assistant to Alexander Graham Bell, whose inventions are well known, built a place in the Newfound Lake area. Some of the cottages and larger summer homes eventually became children’s summer camps. Not to be left out when it came to providing lodgings for visitors, The Hotel Bristol was built, and many people arrived by the New Hampshire Center Railroad in the town. Bristol was originally known as New Chester, granted in 1629 to John Mason. By the early 1700s, Benjamin Emmons, Colonel Peter Sleeper and many others began to settle in the area. The town broke from New Chester and was incorporated in 1819. In the early 1800s, the town thrived, and mills in the area were making such • Yesteryear continued on page 24

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• Yesteryear continued from page 23 items as paper, leather, wool, and even piano stools. The name of the town – Bristol – came from England, because it had Bristol Sand, or clay and fine sand that was good for making pottery and china. Another fact was that in the 1880s, the town had the first public library in the Lakes Region, quite a distinction at the time. (It was named the Minot-Sleeper Library.) Notable people from Bristol over the years included Luther Atwood, who created chemical products from distilled coal. He also sold a peppermint oil product in Boston. He was born in Bristol about 1820. Luther Ladd was from Bristol and thought to be the first Union soldier killed in action during the Civil War. Ladd was born in Bristol in 1843 and eventually moved to Massachusetts. He answered Lincoln’s call for men when the Civil War broke out and enlisted to serve in the 6th Massachusetts Militia. A Bristol woman quite well known in recent years is E. Maude Ferguson. She was born in 1883 to Edgar and Addie Fowler in Danvers, Massachusetts. Maude graduated from Tilton Seminary in 1900 and went on to attend the Greeley School of Elocution and Dramatics in Boston, according to Wikipedia. Maude married Samuel Ferguson in 1912; they resided in Bristol. It was the town where Maude and her mother relocated when Addie’s husband passed away. Maude was just one year of age when her father died, and it must have been difficult for Addie to bring up a young child alone. Luckily, Maude’s maternal grand-

father was a successful Bristol-area businessman. He built and ran Brown’s Hotel in Bristol and owned a carriage factory, also in Bristol. Maude attended good schools and college. She also worked as an elocutionist at her alma mater, Tilton School, at New Hampton Institute and at Maryland College. After marriage, Maude took an active role in local goings on. She was the chairperson of the Bristol Republican Women’s Committee, and she served on the Bristol Board of Education. Maude became a representative to the NH House of Representatives and was given positions on the revision of statutes and the state library. She served as chairman of the joint committee on State Library and in her second term as representative in 1929, she was chairman of the committee on Normal School, a member of the Judiciary Committee, clerk of the Grafton County delegation and the pre-legislative caucus; she was the first woman to serve on the Judiciary Committee. Maude became the Republican nomination for state senator in the fifth district. She beat out two male candidates and was the first woman to serve in the Senate. For three years, Maude served as state chairperson of the Legal Status of Women of the NH League of Women Voters. She also was past grand matron of the Order of the Eastern Star and past president of the Bristol Woman’s Club, to name but a few of the offices she held. Maude passed away in 1932. When her funeral was held, Bristol businesses were closed as a mark of respect. Flags were lowered to half-mast due to her position as senator. Those who attended her funeral included state senators, Laconia’s mayor, state representatives, and more.

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Travel Sketchbook – Along the Shore of Lake Winnipesaukee Begin or continue your passion for capturing your adventurous journey in the Lakes Region through this traveling sketch class with fine artist Stephen Hodecker on Sunday, June 26. In the idyllic setting of the gardens that overlook the sparkling bay at Church Landing in Meredith NH , Stephen will guide you with tips and techniques for expressing yourself visually while simplifying complex scenes. Each student will be provided with a small traveling sketch kit (or participants may bring their own ). The class will begin at 9 am and ends at 12 pm with a sharing, and a boxed picnic lunch. (please let us know, in advance of any dietary restrictions ) Class fee (materials included ): $60 Non-Members, $45 Guests of Mills Falls or

Members. Staying for Boxed Lunch: $25 additional. To register go to www.nhbm. org About the Artist: Stephen Hodecker was born in Manchester, Connecticut in 1956. Studied at the University of New Hampshire under John Hatch and Sigmund Abeles and at Fortman Studios in Florence, Italy. His landscape work in watercolor, oil and egg tempera include rural New Hampshire, and coastal Maine, where he has painted on Monhegan Island for over 30 years. Hodecker has also painted extensively in Ireland and Scotland. He is represented by the Dowling Walsh Gallery and Ingram Fine Art. Stephen lives and keeps his studio in Meredith, New Hampshire Your Where-To-Go, What-To-Do Guide for the Lakes Region

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Elks Donate to Support Dental Care for Veterans The Laconia Lodge of Elks 876 made a generous $6,000 donation to Harbor Care to assist with critical dental care for vulnerable veterans living in Plymouth. Harbor Care’s Veterans FIRST program operates a 30-unit permanent housing complex at Boulder Point in Plymouth dedicated to veterans who have experienced or are at-risk of homelessness. Because dental care is not currently a benefit provided by the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs, nearly all of the 30 veteran residents at Boulder Point need care. Many have deferred such treatment for years. In 2021, Harbor Care launched a dental clinic within its community health center. The donation by the Laconia Lodge of Elks 876 will help provide

these veterans with much needed care. “We are so grateful to the Elks for their incredible commitment to our veterans and helping to provide this important service,” states David Tille, Harbor Care’s director of veteran services. “This donation will be extremely helpful in improving, the health, wellbeing, and self-esteem of our veterans at Boulder Point.” According to Lisa Sauceda, District Deputy of the Laconia Elks, there is a passion for supporting veterans that is held by the Elks nationally, reflected in their mantra: “So long as there are veterans, the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks will never forget them.”

The Meredith Fine Craft Gallery would like to welcome League-juried artist Elaine Farmer to the gallery. Elaine Farmer found her passion for art through her first set of oil paints at the age of twelve. She has been practicing oil landscapes for over fifty years, learning from well-known instructors across the U.S. and internationally. Farmer uses lighting, color, and texture to capture the beauty of nature in her paintings, a skill that translated well when she began needle felting just a few short years ago. Yarn and other embellishments are also incorporated into her needle felted works to create a three-dimensional effect. Stop in the Meredith League of NH

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Unlocking the Key to the Unknown Olive Plant By Kathi Caldwell-Hopper Photo courtesy Castle in the Clouds Who was Olive Dewey Plant? Where did she live, what did she do to pass the time? Did she work? What was her personality? Who did she marry? These questions and many more are answered in a fascinating new exhibit in the Carriage House gallery at Castle in the Clouds in Moultonborough. Titled “True Women: Olive Dewey Plant and the Women of the Progressive Era” the exhibit is exactly what that title says: true women. Real women, living real lives. Some of those women made the Lakes Region their home. It is no mistake that two of the women featured in the exhibit are mistress (Olive) and a servant of Lucknow, the name of the estate we today know as Castle in the Clouds. Olive Dewey Plant was the wife of wealthy Thomas Plant. He owned a great deal of land in Moultonborough, where he built his mountaintop home. It looked like a Castle, but more than anything it was the home of Thomas and Olive. “They lived there year round, in winter as well as in summertime,” explains Robin Sherman, curator and director of preservation at Castle in the Clouds. If anyone should know about the Castle and the Plants, it is Robin. She worked on the exhibit for about a year, poring over old photos that show Olive and Thomas enjoying their estate in summer and winter. Robin also has spoken with descendants of Olive, which shed light on Mrs. Plant and how she lived. Learning more about Olive has been a journey for Robin and it isn’t because Mrs. Plant hid out at the estate or was

an intentionally shrouded figure. “We wanted to share Olive’s story, but we didn’t really know much about her,” she says. This was just the way it was in their day – the early 1900s – and because Thomas Plant was a man who made his millions in the shoe factory industry. It put him into the focus of the news. Olive and Thomas met on a ship headed to Europe, and at the time he was divorcing Caroline Griggs, who came from a family of means. The year was 1912 and it is unknown if Olive immediately connected with Thomas. Whatever the case may be, they went their separate ways when the ship arrived in Europe and did not reconnect until later. They married in the spring of 1913. “She was 24 years younger than Thomas,” Robin says. There was an age difference, but it was not uncommon for an older man to wed a younger woman in those days. Olive and Thomas moved into the Castle when it was completed, and Robin suspects Olive helped her husband with at least some of the plans for the décor and the amenities of the home. It seemed to be important to the couple that their servants had good working conditions. To that end, they spared no expense in installing such things as refrigeration and a vacuum system just about unknown in its day. The home was indeed a home versus a mansion or grand estate for the Plants. Some of the staff lived on-site with others living off the property. When we think of Castle in the Clouds, we think of Thomas Plant, so why do an exhibit on his wife? Robin explains, “We wanted to do the exhibit

Olive Plant, the wife of Thomas Plant, who built and resided at Lucknow, or as we know it today, Castle in the Clouds. Photo courtesy of Castle in the Cloud because we think it is important to talk

about Olive as well as Thomas Plant. It is interesting for visitors to learn about the time period when the Plants made Lucknow their home.” The new exhibit is not just about Olive, but also other women from the time, encompassing women who were wealthy to the less financially secure – the working class women of their day. Robin says, “There will be a lot of historic images of women in the workplace, women campaigning for the vote, some artifacts of Olive’s, and we have some hands-on opportunities for visitors to learn more about the history.” A few of Olive’s books, and her china patterns also will be on display, offering a look at a very human side of her life. This was not an easy task, because when Olive left Lucknow, she took her personal items with her. This was in 1941, after Thomas died. Sadly, he had lost his fortune and their means were much restrained. He was allowed • Olive continued on page 30

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passed away in 1976 at age 93. (The Plants did not have children.) “I think Olive was probably good to her Lucknow servants. There is evidence of this in the home. After the Plants lost their money, Olive was known to jump in and help as needed, such as doing the dishes and other housework,” Robin adds. Because they lived at Lucknow year round, there are images and stories in the exhibit of Olive and Thomas as outdoorspeople. The Plants loved the natural world around them and embraced such wintertime activities as snowshoeing and skiing. “Thomas even built a toboggan run one winter!” Robin laughs. They also had plenty of supplies, even though the mountain road to the Castle would have been hard to travel in a typical snowy New Hampshire winter. “They had a farm at the bottom of Ossipee Farm Road, and it supplied them with produce and dairy items that were needed,” Robin explains. The exhibit features other women as well, such as the wealthy Alva Vanderbilt and Hannah Currier. These women were of a much different social class than other women highlighted in the exhibit, such as Bridget Moulton, who worked at the Castle. Also featured will be Mary Glennon, a woman who worked in a Thomas Plant factory. “We will have portraits of the women, a few images of Women’s Suffrage events, and other big news of the time,

such as Amelia Earhart, and images from WWI and WWII that are geared toward women,” says Robin “Olive was certainly an independent woman, and I think she would fit well into today’s world,” Robin surmises. Although there aren’t many items left from her time as the mistress of Lucknow, Olive will be front and center of the new exhibit this summer. The exhibit will offer a look at who Olive really was and how she lived. Robin concludes, “According to her family, she was a kind, smart, and independent woman. She was well educated, and had worked as a schoolteacher at one time. She liked to garden, and she enjoyed the greenhouse at the Castle. Unlike many women of her time, she drove her own car. Although she did not have children, she was a very family-oriented person.” The exhibit will certainly shed light on the little-known Olive, and visitors will come away with an appreciation of who she was and all she did for the estate, for her servants, and for Thomas Plant. The exhibit opened on May 28 and will be on view until the end of the season in October. To learn more about Castle in the Clouds, visit www.Castleintheclouds. org. Call 603-476-5900. Castle in the Clouds is located at 455 Old Mountain Road in Moultonborough. Your Where-To-Go, What-To-Do Guide for the Lakes Region



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