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Your Guide to What’s Happening in NH’s Lakes Region
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Fourth of July Celebrations Around the Lakes Region By Kathi Caldwell-Hopper The Fourth of July is fun. Adults love it and so do kids. Whether you are celebrating the holiday from your Lakes Region boat, deck, cottage or year-round home, this is the place to be for fireworks, parades and concerts for good, old-fashioned fun. Celebrate the birth of our country at these many holiday events. Celebrate America at the 4th of July Weekend Craft Fair at Gunstock Mountain Resort in Gilford on July 2 and 3. Hours are Saturday and Sunday 10 am to 5 pm both days. There will be over 90 exhibitors with such items as handsome cedar wood furniture, hand painted glass/metal/wood/mushrooms, resin art, gourmet oils and vinegars, chocolate truffles, pressed floral art, NH maple syrups, hand poured soaps, soy candles, several jewelry styles, quilts and quilted wall-hangings, homemade blueberry sauces, charcuterie boards, children’s chalkboard mats, pet portraits, unique macramé furniture, alpaca products, wildlife photography, custom signs, amazing baked goods, and more. There also will be live music with North River. The fair takes place rain or shine under canopies. Admission and parking are free. Friendly, leashed dogs are welcome. Call Joyce at 387-1510. Gunstock is located at 719 Cherry Valley Road in Gilford. Center Harbor starts the holiday with the Annual Footrace on July 4; register starting at 7:15 am in front of Town Hall at 36 Main Street. For questions
and registration information, email parksandrecreation@centerharbornh. org. Later in the day in downtown Center Harbor, see the town’s parade at 2 pm, with a theme of “All American BBQ.” The parade line-up is at Chase Circle in the downtown Center Harbor area at 1:30 pm. Enjoy wonderful fireworks over the harbor at 9:15 pm, after a 7 pm concert at the town bandstand. Visit www.centerharbornh.org. for details. Many people say Ashland has the best fireworks display around. The town celebrates Independence Day with this year’s theme of “Live Free or Die”. The festivities kick off on July 2 with a movie in Ashland’s park at 8:30 pm. On July 3 there will be a Freedom 5K Race with 7 am registration at Todd Randlett Trucking located at 382 N. Main Street in Ashland; the road race starts at 8 am. From 2 to 5 pm, there will be Touch a Truck at the Freudenbrg lot and a live broadcast by Mix
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94.1 FM. Bring your appetite to a Food Truck Festival from 2 to 5 pm at the Ball Field and from 4 to 9:30 pm there will be a concert at the park. (Get race information and registration at Ashland NH Independence Day Celebration on Facebook.) The day ends with fireworks on July 3 at 9:30 pm. On July 4 there will be the annual pancake breakfast at 7 am at the Common Man Restaurant on Main Street in Ashland, and the parade starts at 10 am. If you plan to be in the parade, arrive at the Ashland Fire Station on Mill Street between 8 and 9:30 am. The parade begins at 10 am and ends at LW Packard Ball Field. After the parade there will be a flag raising ceremony by the American Legion. A cookout will be offered from 9 to 11:30 am at the Ashland Community Church. Visit Ashland NH Independence Day Celebration on Facebook for more information. Laconia’s celebration will be on July
3 with a Laconia Independence Day Celebration at Opechee Park on North Main Street. There will be events during the day and evening with family games, live concert music, and an evening fireworks display. Laconia will also have a parade on July 3 starting at 4:30 pm from Laconia High School on Union Avenue and ending at Opechee Park. Call the Laconia Parks and Recreation Department for details at 524-0521. Hop aboard the M/S Mount Washington on the Independence Day Dinner Cruise on July 4 from 7 to 10 pm. Enjoy a dinner buffet and patriotic entertainment while the Mount takes in fireworks around Lake Winnipesaukee. The cruise takes place rain or shine. For more information and reservations, call 366-5531 or visit www.cruisenh.com. Moultonborough has an outdoor concert on July 6 with Tom Bartlett at the Moultonborough Function Hall Gazebo located at 139 Old Rt. 109 at 6 pm. The concert is free, and everyone is welcome. Bring a picnic meal and a lawn chair and enjoy the music. If you like books and dream of being in a place where you can find books galore, head to the Moultonborough Public Library’s Summer Book Sale with a preview on July 8 from 6 to 8 pm. The sale will run on July 9 and 10 from 9 am to 3 pm. The library is located on Holland Street. Call 476-8895. Alton Bay is a great place to take in • Fourth continued on page 4
Page 4 | THE LAKER June 27, 2022 • Fourth continued from page 3 the fireworks. On July 3 come early for a concert at the bandstand by the water in Alton Bay (bring a lawn chair for seating). The concert will feature the Thursday Afternoon Band playing classic and modern rock music from 7 to 9 pm. Fireworks light up the sky on July 3 beginning at 9:20 pm and are quite a beautiful sight. (Fireworks rain date is July 7.) Call 875-0109. Wolfeboro’s Independence Day celebrations begin with a Boat Parade on July 1 at 5 pm in Wolfeboro Bay; call Goodhue Boat Company for information at 569-2371. The Wooden Nickels Band plays in Cate Park from 5 to 9 pm. Visit www. facebook.com/Wolfeboros-4th-of-July-Festival for information. July 2 brings a 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament from 9 am to 9 pm at Foss Field, sponsored by Kingswood Athletics in Wolfeboro. The Wolfeboro Lion’s Car Show will be held on July 2 from 11 am to 2 pm at The Nick, 10 Trotting Track Road in Wolfeboro. The event will be a lot of fun, with free admission. It is a no-classes, non-judged show and all cars and motorcycles are welcome. Also offered at the show will be concessions and a food truck, 50/50 raffle, and door prizes for participants. Call 651-6598 for details. The Wildlife Adventures Animal Show takes place at 2 pm at the Wolfeboro Library on South Main Street in Wolfeboro. On July 3, bring your appetite to the Masonic Lodge Breakfast Buffet from 7 to 11 am at the Morning Star Lodge #17. The lodge is located at 35 Trotting Track Road in Wolfeboro. Call 569-4637 for information. Music will play at 2 pm and 4 pm at the Cate Park bandstand in Wolfeboro sponsored by End 68 Hours of Hunger. The Fourth of July in Wolfeboro kicks off with a Reading of the Declaration of Independence by Jon Shaer at 10 am on the Town Hall steps.
Wolfeboro’s big parade on July 4 starts with a 10 am line-up at Old Lakeview Terrace and proceeds down Main Street to Crescent Lake Avenue. The rain date for the parade is July 5 at 10 am. (On July 4, there will be no parking along Main Street from Clark Road to Old Lakeview Terrace between 7 am and noon for the purpose of the Independence Day parade.) Fireworks will light up the sky on July 4 at dusk over Wolfeboro Bay. Before the fireworks, enjoy the Cate Park Band from 6 to 9 pm in the Cate Park bandstand. Ongoing weekend events in Wolfeboro include festival headquarters at Dewolfe Field, Brewster Academy near downtown Wolfeboro with information about all happenings. A Girl Scout Troop #2271 Story Book walk is free and offers a self-guided walk along Bridge Falls Path to the Wright Museum. An art show by Governor Wentworth Arts Council will take place from June 27 to July 6 and is free. The show will be at the Wolfeboro Inn at 90 North Main Street in Wolfeboro. A Ladies of the Lake Quilting Guild Quilt Show will be held from July 1 to 3 and is free at Wolfeboro Town Hall’s Great Hall. A free, self-guided Wolfeboro Parks and Recreation scavenger hunt will have directions available at the Wolfeboro Town Hall, and at Parks and Recreation and Legion Festival Headquarters. The Abenaki Water Ski Club will practice daily in Back Bay, weather permitting from 8 am to 1 pm and at 4 pm/sunset each day. Call 569-2200 for details or www. wolfeboronh.us/parks-recreation. The town of Wakefield has a fun Fourth of July event planned for July 2 at the Wakefield Ballpark Complex at 1488 Wakefield Road. The celebration runs from 6 to 10 pm, with fireworks in the evening. For information, call Wakefield Parks and Recreation at 522-9977. Bristol will present a number of July 4 events, with a theme of “Celebrate Country Living”, starting on July 2
with a boat parade at the foot of Newfound Lake at 1:30 pm with prizes. Boat line up is 1 pm. Also on July 2, fireworks at light up the sky at dusk at the foot of Newfound Lake. On July 4, a Firecracker 5K Road Race starts with 8 am registration in Bristol. At 8:30 am, the road race begins. (Get race information at www. newfoundfitnessnh.com.) The 4th of July parade will start at 10 am in the downtown area. On July 5, the Bristol Summer Concert Series will feature the Morgan Nelson band at 6:30 pm in Kelley Park. Bring a lawn chair or blanket for seating. There will be refreshments by Bristol Fire Company. For all event information visit www.townofbristolnh. org. The 4th of July in Meredith promises to entertain with the famous Rubber Ducky Race at 4 pm at the Mill Falls Marketplace in downtown Meredith, where you can try your luck at winning a prize. Call 527-8114 for race details. Fireworks light up the night sky over Meredith Bay at 9:15 pm on July 4. Call the Meredith Chamber of Commerce at 279-6121. Weirs Beach will have fireworks at 11:59 pm on July 3. Spend the evening at Weirs Beach for music, food and fun all over the boardwalk area. Ossipee will hold the town’s annual Old Home Week (which kicked off on June 25). An Evening with Spirit Mediums Sara Moore and Kathleen Stone from 7 to 8:30 pm on June 27. Tickets for the Spirit event will go fast so please purchase and get information at 539-1307. Corn Hole Games will be June 28 at 6 pm at the gazebo in Center Ossipee. Call 339-222-1548 for information. On June 29, an Ice Cream Social at the gazebo in Center Ossipee will take place from 6:30 to 7:30 pm. This is a free event, but donations will be accepted. June 30 will bring a talent show to the gazebo in Center Ossipee at 6 pm. The event is free,
and if there is rain, it will move to Ossipee Town Hall. At Ossipee Town Hall on July 1, the entire family will enjoy Wild Encounters at 5:30 pm. The event is free of charge. Get together with friends and family on July 2 at the Ossipee Area Community Center, located at 26 Moultonville Road in Center Ossipee from 11 am to 4 pm for a family picnic/barbecue and games. The event is free. Ossipee’s July 4 starts with a parade at 10 am, followed by music and fireworks in Constitution Park from 6 to 10 pm. The rain date is July 5. For details on events, visit www.ossipee.org. Tamworth Family Day happens on the 4th of July in Tamworth Village starting at 8:30 am for a day of celebration and activities for people of all ages organized by the Tamworth Recreation Department, the Family Day committee, the Cook Library and Tamworth Distillery. First up is the Cook Library’s Ordination Rock 5K race on July 4. You can get information by calling 323-8510 or register from 7 to 8 am on the day of the race at the Brett School. The race begins at 8:30 am at Ordination Rock and goes through the village. The Annual Tamworth 4th of July Parade starts at 11 am at Depot Road, and will go through Tamworth Village. Following the parade, the village will be full of fun things to do. The Starlight Honeys will play music behind the Tamworth Distillery from noon to 2 pm. Games and activities for kids will run from 11:45 am to 2 pm in Remick Park, to the right of the Congregational Church, with an obstacle course, face painting, art projects, bubbles, and water play. Games for all ages on the History Center lawn will include ping pong, badminton, corn hole, and more. Group games will happen on the long lawn • Fourth continued on page 6
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Summer Concert Series Kickoff - Lestah Polyestah The opening concert of the Friends of the Wolfeboro Comm u n i t y Bandstand Saturday night concert series is definitely going to bring the energy. The new concert season kicks off on Saturday, July 3, with Lestah Polyestah taking the bandstand on the shores of Lake Winnipesaukee. Lestah Polyestah is a new iteration of the band previously known as Bling Cherry and performs at parties, clubs, weddings, ski resorts and bars throughout New England. The band brings a funky old-school sound, plenty of dancing and lots of laughing
and good times to the stage each time they take the stage. The band consists of a core lineup as well as many supporting players who swing in and out of the band to help make the gigs work. Mittens is the band’s lead vocalist and in addition to her excellent skiing skills on the mountains of New England, she brings singing, dancing, rapping and working the crowd to the stage for the band. East Coast Cowboy is the band’s guitarist and brings an unpredictable mix of crushing it every night, along with a horse whip and dusty boots to augment his improvised solos on the guitar. Double Nickels brings funky bass lines and a big low end to Lestah Polyestah, filling up the dance floor with people who are determined to relive spring break memories.
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Helicoptah is the keyboard player for the band and is equally adept at being subdued when the music calls for something chill and setting the night on fire with crazy solos. Ampersand is the band’s drummer, laying down funky drumbeats and a funky intensity that keeps the band’s sound pushing forward every show. Ponch and Larz bring a 1977 fashion choice to the band along with wild, unpredictable horn parts that were once featured in Bling Cherry. Eight Track is the guy who makes it all work, setting up sound systems, mics and lights before the shot starts to help deliver a complete sound ex-
perience for audience members. The Friends of the Wolfeboro Community Bandstand summer concerts take place each Saturday night in July and August in the bandstand, which is located in Cate Park in downtown Wolfeboro. The concerts start at 7 p.m. and run for two hours, with a short intermission. The concerts are free, but a pass-the-bucket collection is taken at intermission to help support the concert series. In the event of bad weather, check the Friends of the Wolfeboro Community Bandstand Facebook page and signs will also be posted at the entrance to the park.
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contact Amy Carter at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 323-2392. At the NH Farm Museum, history abounds, and an old-fashioned 4th of July offers fun for the entire family. The museum is located at 1305 White Mountain Highway/Rt. 125 in Milton. The farm has a historic farmhouse, barn, gift shop and farm animals. The Farm Museum has a Fourth on the Farm event on July 2 from 10 am to 4 pm. The day will feature a reading of the Declaration of Independence, strawberry shortcake, old-time craft demos and more. Call 652-7840. Whether you’re taking in a celebratory 4th of July parade, watching the colorful firework explosions in the night sky, or enjoying a bandstand concert, there’s no better place to be on Independence Day than in the Lakes Region.
behind the Distillery, including an egg toss, silly races, Ultimate Frisbee and more. In front of The Barnstormers Theatre, you can have your fortune told by Marion & Miranda Posner. Food vendors will offer burgers and hot dogs, ice cream sandwiches, lemonade, popcorn, fried dough and more in front of Remick Park. Activity schedules will be available during and after the parade. Come back in the evening to the Brett School for a concert by the Jonathan Sarty Band at 7 pm, with food vendors, and fireworks at 9:30 pm. For more information or if you’d like to help out on the 4th, email Tamworth Recreation Department Director Dan Beauregard at tamworthrec@gmail. com or call 677-6490. You can also
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Annual Newfound Firecracker 5K Fundraiser Area runners, walkers, and families are invited to the 9th annual Newfound Firecracker 5K on Monday, July 4, 2022. The event, held at Kelley Park, North Main Street in Bristol (the start and finish line is near the Newfound Memorial Middle School parking lot), is a non-timed event hosted by the Newfound Track & Field program. Entry is $25 ($20 if registered before July 4). The first 60 to register receive a free race t-shirt. Check-in/same-day registration starts at 8:00 a.m. and the race begins at 8:30 a.m., rain or shine. The Newfound Firecracker 5K is a fun event to raise money to support the track and field program and fund the
Peter Corneliusen Memorial Scholarship. This $1,000 scholarship, which commemorates the former Newfound teacher and co-founder of the school’s track and field program, is awarded annually to a 4-year track and field Newfound athlete to assist with their continuing education costs. Last year’s recipient was Autumn Braley. Registration and race details are available at www.NewfoundFirecracker5k.org. Registration can be made online or by downloading the mail-in form and returning it to the Firecracker 5K, 5 Park Street, Bristol, NH 03222. Event sponsorships are available, and prizes are needed for the day of raffle. For more information, contact Ken-
NHBM to Offer Lake Discovery Family Days On Thursdays, June 30, July 28 and August 4 at the New Hampshire Boat Museum (NHBM), kids will have access to a variety of fun activities related to boating and the water at no charge. Themed around lake ecology, arts, crafts and games, activities will take place outside and adjacent to the museum with families able to stay in their own groups according to their preferences. “While experienced as fun by the kids, this program provides some information about our waterways to help kids recognize their importance from multiple perspectives,” explained NHBM Programs & Events Manager Anne Lennon. “Helping people of any
age better understand and appreciate the state’s rich boating heritage is core to our mission.” Lake Discovery Family Days take place on June 30, July 28 and August 4 from 10:30 a.m. to 12 noon. Although a free event, pre-registration is required. The program takes place at NHBM, 399 Center Street, Wolfeboro, NH. Founded in 1992, NHBM is sponsored in part by Goodhue Boat Company, Eastern Propane and Oil, Stark Creative, KW Lakes and Mountains, Meredith Village Savings Bank and FL Putnam. To learn more about NHBM, or upcoming events and programs, visit nhbm.org. “Brand Name Family Footwear for Less” One of the Lakes Region’s largest selections of sandals and footwear!
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The Good Dr. Jack: Science, Music, Reﬂections on Life By Thomas P. Caldwell “Inspiration can come from anywhere,” Jack Polidoro once observed about songwriting. “My goal’s always been the music, not the business. … You hang in there and keep doing what you’re doing and hope somebody is going to pick up on it.” Someone did. Canadian singer-songwriter and guitarist Gordon Lightfoot liked one of Jack’s songs well enough that he recorded a version of it and sent a copy to Jack. “He did the raw guitar and vocal on it, and that was enough,” Jack said, adding, “If he had put it on an album, that would’ve been a breakthrough.” Now a resident of Gilmanton, Jack also had written a novel that got the attention of Robert Callahan of the Granite Media Center in Tilton and an official with the Belknap County Economic Development Council. According to Jack, they had gotten a screenplay developed from his murder-mystery novel, “Tattoo: Incident at The Weirs”, but the project was never completed for lack of financial backing. Music and books are just some of “Dr. Jack’s” interests. A pharmaceutical researcher by trade, he spent 45 years in the business, doing marketing and sales as well as toxicology evaluations for new drugs. Originally from Pittsfield, Massachusetts, Jack earned both a master’s degree and Ph.D. from the University of Massachusetts. When he got his first job at Ortho Pharmaceutical in New Jersey — a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson — one man greeted him by saying, “If it isn’t the good Dr. Jack!” “I said, that’s a good sound,” he recalled. “I just thought it was as good as anything,” and he adopted the moniker. “My background was in reproductive biology, so I was pretty well-versed in animal science and reproductive biol-
Jack and Kingston Trio. ogy,” Jack says. “My research eventually ended up in toxicology, evaluating new drugs and whether they work and whether they’re safe, which the FDA requires.” Despite a rewarding “day job” that satisfied his interest in science, Jack retained an interest in music that he had developed five years earlier. “I was inspired by my brother to listen to the Kingston Trio,” Jack said. “From there, I decided to play banjo. I played banjo initially, then I switched to guitar when I got in grad school.” Jack moved to Amherst, New Hampshire, in 1977 while working in Massachusetts. He later lived in Brookline, and moved to the Lakes Region in 1999. After living at a few different addresses in Laconia, he moved to Belmont, then Gilmanton. While living in Amherst, he performed live at venues in Brookline, Milford, Hudson, and Peterborough, and he released his first album, “Brookline Station,” in 1984. The vinyl record featured a sketch of his home on the
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really early mornings and late at night and weekends, and I’d put out one or two books a year.” Most of the books utilized knowledge he had in the fields of toxicology, physiology, and pharmacology, but “Tattoo: Incident at The Weirs” grew out of his interest in learning about motorcycles — their history and presence at The Weirs during Laconia Motorcycle Week. “The whole idea was I would create a murder mystery during Bike Week which has never happened. It’s pure fiction, right? So “Tattoo” evolved from that, in which it plays a big role in the novel. So in there, you learn a lot about the history of The Weirs, history of Bike Week, and the history of motorcycling, because it really dates back to when motorcycles were first very popular, which is 1918 or so. And it was a lot different back then.” Jack also wrote two books around baseball, mentioning Ted Williams. One of them, “Project Samuel: The Quest for the Centennial Nobel Prize”, was rumored to have influenced Ted’s son John-Henry’s decision to have his remains cryogenically frozen. “They thought that the son had read this and decided to freeze his father in Scottsdale,” Jack said, noting, “Nobody’s frozen in this book.” It is about cloning, and he said that, scientifically, “Nobody’s coming back from being frozen.” Baseball is another of Jack’s interests, and he has an extensive collection of baseball memorabilia. His late friend, Andy Michael, known as “Mr. Baseball,” had a huge collection of his own, and he encouraged Jack to begin collecting the signatures of aspiring political candidates on baseballs. Jack did so, going to the State House in Concord when candidates were filing for office and asking them for autographs. His collection of signed baseballs now includes Joe Biden, Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders, Chris • The Good Dr. continued on page 11
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Gravestones as Pages of History, Gilmanton Historical Society June 28 The Gilmanton Historical Society is presenting a program on rubbings, photographs, and slides that illustrate a variety of gravestones found in our own neighborhood. These NH stone
“pages” also tell long-forgotten stories of such historical events as the Great Awakening, the Throat Distemper epidemic, and the American Revolution. Find out more about these deeply per-
• The Good Dr. continued from page 10 Christie, and many others. Rubbing shoulders with famous people has given him the chance to form a collection of autographed photos and letters, including several from Gordon Lightfoot. “I’ve known him for 49 years,” Jack said. They first met after a performance at the Garden State Arts Pavilion. “After the show, I met the pedal steel player, PeeWee Charles, and I said, ‘Where are you guys staying?’ and he said, ‘The Holiday Inn. Come on over.’ … So I went over to the Holiday Inn and in walks Lightfoot. I spent two to three hours talking to him,” Jack recalls. “He was drinking at the time — he doesn’t drink any more, but he was drinking at the time — I bought him a drink and we just chatted. “After that, I saw him in Philadelphia, and it just continued. I saw him two to three times a year because he was a huge inspiration to me for songwriting. The Kingston Trio established the fact that I would pick up an instrument, but Gordon Lightfoot inspired me to songwriting, and we just became really good friends.” Jack added, “He’s a wonderful per-
son. He’s still touring. I just saw him … in Portsmouth, but we couldn’t get together because of COVID. His office got me tickets out of Toronto, and so three of us went — my daughter, myself, and her boyfriend. I just think he’s one of the finest songwriters of all time.” Another inspiration, and the reason he moved to Gilmanton, was the writer Grace Metallious, author of Peyton Place. Jack put together a pocket book, “Six Feet From Grace”, on the 50th anniversary of the publication of her first book in 2006. He wanted to publish something that went beyond the salacious, speaking to people who knew her. He also moved to Gilmanton, he said, so he could write. He still writes songs and has two books in the works. Earlier songs often carried a social message, but now his writing is full of nostalgia, he said. “There’s a lot to reflect upon at my age, now 78,” Jack said. “So I look back to better times when I grew up, and some of that is reflected in the songs that I do.”
sonal works of art, and the craftsmen who carved them, with Glenn Knoblock. The program, Tuesday evening, June 28 at the Old Town Hall, on Route 140 in Gilmanton Iron Works, begins at 7:30 pm. The public is welcome. There is no charge, but donations to support the Society’s work are welcome. Social hour and refreshments begin at 7. For further information check the Society’s website: www.gilmantonhistorical society.org. The Society is pleased to present its regular summer series this year. On Saturday, July 23, 10 am to 2 pm, (rain date Sunday July 24) the Society offers a tour of its new farm museum at the Tom Howe Barn, along with hikes to
Meetinghouse Pond on the Urner Trail and a presentation about flax production, at the conservation property on Meetinghouse Road. Tuesday, August 23rd at 6 pm (rain date, August 24) Society President John Dickey leads a walking tour of Pine Grove Cemetery on Stage Road. The final program, Tuesday September 27th 7:30 pm, Kevin Gardner offers a program on New England stone walls. The Society’s museum, at Old Town Hall, is open Saturdays during June, July, and August, from 10 am until noon. It will also be open beginning at 7 pm before programs at Old Town Hall, May, June and September.
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Women and Golf….A Love Affair By Linda Carlson History tells us that Mary Queen of Scots’ love of golf led her to commission the building of St. Andrew’s Golf Course in 1552. The Royal and Ancient Course that became The Old Course after The New Course was built in 1895 became the seat of all things golf for hundreds of years up to and including today’s golf world. Ironically, women have not been included as a major part of the golf world until modern times when some talented women golfers broke through actual and virtual barriers to bring recognition that women loved to play golf, too! Professionals like Babe Zaharias, Nancy Lopez, Annika Sorenstam and so many others have created role models for young women over the world who are professionals in their own right playing in the LPGA. Women’s golf has come a long way
because women love to play the game; professionally for some, but more importantly, recreationally for the majority. Women account for 25% of the total number of golfers in the USA. They have a significant economic impact on all aspects of the golf industry. Locally, Province Lake Golf in Parsonsfield, Maine has a rich history of pioneering their course layout to recognize the needs of women golfers. Jann Leeming and Arthur Little, the former owners of PLG, have written many articles and a book on the optimal placement of tees to make golf more enjoyable for all. Golf Week’s article (Let them score: How misguided course setups are holding back women’s golf, March 16, 2021) on the subject references Leeming and Little “For three decades, Arthur Little and his wife Jann Leeming have been preaching the gospel of shorter tees for
average, beginners, and aging golfers. More teeing options give more people, particularly women, the opportunity to have more scoring clubs in their hands for approach shots. Ultimately, to play the course as it was originally designed.” Province Lake Golf has been implementing course set-up that take into consideration the vagaries of women’s golf, such as swing speed. According to activeaging.com, the average women’s swing speed is 65mph vs. 95mph for men. Recognizing the need of women of all ages to be able to enjoy the game of golf, more and more golf clubs globally are making changes to accommodate the differences in driving length between men and women. The payoff is happier female players, therefore, increased revenue for the courses. Province Lake Golf has long em-
braced the concept of enjoyable golf, as well as, resulting competitive golf. It was named the 25th out of 100 best golf courses for women by Golf Digest. The Ladies of the Lakes Invitational carries on the tradition of celebrating women’s love of golf. This summer on July 25, 2022, Province Lake Golf will host the 7th annual tournament at PLG. Over 100 women golfers of all ages and abilities representing over 20 area golf clubs will gather for a day of competition, comradery, and celebration. Register now to reserve a spot for your team or just yourself. For information about this tournament and registration, visit the website at www. provincelakegolf.com or call 603-7934040
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Pine Cone Café Under New Ownership By Lori Tremblay On June 8, Sheila and Dave Adams, longtime owners of Pine Cone Cafe, in Melvin Village, on Route 109, handed the keys to the new restaurant owner, Patti Edson, but not without a party later and sendoff from friends and patrons. Many turned out to wish Sheila and Dave well after owning the restaurant for 19 years, and the couple is now looking forward to retirement. I sat down with the three of them at the Pine Cone Café. “Everybody needs to know we’re going to keep the pizza.” said Patti, former teacher and an experienced local restaurant manager. Although the menu is family style, pizza is a crowd favorite. “On a Friday night, we’ll do 130 pizzas,” Dave said. The busiest pizza night is the night before the 4th of July. “Most people have their friends and family visiting for the holiday. We have to take our phone off the hook, or it will go to a two hour wait,” Dave added. Pizza, done right, is one of their most profitable items on the menu, according to Dave, and is mostly take out. Dave said that timing the food is a challenge, since the priority is on the inside dining. “Take out is a longer wait because the Pine Cone pie is to die for!” said Dave. “They love it.” Patti said that the new menu will be an American style menu. “It’s going to be a humble menu,” she said, and the food will be “fun, airy and flavorful.” Patti has two cooks, an executive chef and a loyal staff. Patti mentioned that the executive chef has some creative ideas to add to the menu. Rooftop dining is a possibility in the future, according to Patti, and outside dining will be expanded. There will also be some remodeling. The country store and gift shop will be gone, replaced by larger dining areas for catering opportunities or larger group dining. Some changes will include a lighter, airier look, different
Patti Edson left, with Sheila and Dave Adams. southern New Hampshire and Sheila tables and more outdoor seating. The managed Hannaford supermarkets. In pizza oven will stay. The name will not 2001-2002, the couple decided they change. wanted to work for themselves, so they There will be a brief pause before bought the 12-unit Pine View Lodge. the restaurant reopens, to meet with the Dave stayed at DuPont and traveled staff, do some remodeling and get faback and forth to Billerica, MA. miliar with the transition. “We’re not In 2006, they added the restaurant afgoing to open until everyone’s comfortter getting permits and licensing. Sheiable,” said Patti. “It’s all about them. la said that the restaurant area was then It’s not about me.” an apartment. “I just took a sledgehamThe local following and the returning mer and started breaking walls down,” summer crowd is huge and Pine Cone said Dave. They soon opened Pine Café is a local favorite. “I have to Cone Café, a 50 seat restaurant, servagree, the people coming in feel coming breakfast, lunch and dinner. It had fortable, and the food is key,” said Pata tiny kitchen. Sheila’s five sisters and ti. “But the service is impactful. That’s three brothers were there for the grand why you have these followings.” opening. “Two of my sisters came in Sheila and Dave Adams have worked and waitressed for me,” said Sheila. side by side for 19 years, since buying In 2007, they broke up the motel the Pine View Lodge, which was a morooms and put a pizza oven in. “Busitel with apartments for rent. They conness took off with take-out and sales verted the motel rooms to the restauwent through the roof,” said Sheila. rant, general store and gift shop and Over the years, they got rid of all the named it Pine Cone Café. They also motel rooms, put in two kitchens, a gift owned the Bayside Grill in Wolfeboro shop and convenience store. and The Knotty Pine Grill & Tavern in In the restaurant’s history, there Wakefield. In the past year, they sold have been 12 Pine Cone babies, born all of the restaurants, their home and a to servers or bartenders. “We always condo on Marco Island, Florida. They say, don’t drink the water here,” said plan to retire and relocate on Marco IsSheila. The staff has been like family. land, possibly still working part time. Dave mentioned that some were nerDave was a chemist at DuPont in
vous about the change, in fear of their jobs, but he told the employees that this was a good thing. There are new ideas coming in and a backer to implement needed changes. “In most cases,” Sheila said, “change is good.” “My wife and I always work together. We go down in the morning and get the prep work done. We’ve always been working together,” said Dave. “She’s in charge of the help and I’m in charge of the maintenance.” Dave said that it was difficult to find help for their restaurants during the pandemic. They limited the hours on some restaurants, but the Pine Cone Café did well because of the pizza and take out menu. Dave and Sheila adapted the best that they could. In the past, Pine Cone Café has received famous visitors, like Tonight Show host, Jimmy Fallon; NH Chronicle’s news anchor, Erin Fehlau; the grandmother on Roseanne, Shelley Winters; and Suzanne Somers, from American Graffiti. It’s a place for everyone. The transition to new ownership will be easy, because, according to Sheila, who draws from her food experience at Hannafords, “Systems are already in place.” She added that food safety, portion control, ordering, a competent staff, a clean kitchen, and a huge customer base already pave the way for a successful future. Sheila’s favorite part of running the restaurant is “meeting so many people,” she said, “the customers that come back year after year. “In addition, she enjoys the summer crowd that returns every year. “It’s been fun,” said Dave. “For the Pine Cone Café, from a customer base, it has the friendliest crowd.” For more information, Facebook, Pine Cone Café, or www.newhampshirelodging.com
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Through June 30, NH Jewish Food Festival, 210 Court St., Laconia, homemade, traditional Jewish foods, order online June 1-30, pick up on July 22-24 at Temple B’nai Israel, 210 Court St., Laconia. Order at: https://tbinh.org/product-category/ food-festival/
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Through June 30, The Quiet Side of New Orleans, art exhibit by Larry Frates, at Belknap Mill, 25 Beacon St. East, Laconia, 524-8813.
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Through June 30, Wood Working Craft of John White exhibit, Wolfeboro Public Library, 259 S. Main St., Wolfeboro, presented by Lakes Center for the Arts, info: www.wolfeborolibrary.org.
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Through July 9, Collective Charm, art exhibit, Huggins Hospital, Wolfeboro, Governor Wentworth Arts Council, email@example.com. info/ tickets: 569-1212. Through Sept. 4, Music on the Meetinghouse Green, 4-5 pm, Sundays, outdoor concert, bring a picnic, chair, and enjoy all types of music, Shaker Rd., Canterbury, info: 783-9511, www.shakers.org.
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Through Sept. 12, Exhibit Wilderness: Light Sizzles Around Me, hand painted, sewn textile sculptures and banner, Canterbury Shaker Village, 288 Shaker Rd., Canterbury, 783-9511, www.shakers.org.
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Through Sept. 17, Watching the Seasons Change, exhibit at Museum of the White Mountains, 34 Highland St., Plymouth, 535-3210. Through Sept. 25, Squam Ridge Race Registration opens, (race is Sept. 25), Squam Lakes Assoc., Holderness, info/registration: www.squamlakes.org, 968-7336. 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, Moultonboro Public Library, 4 Holland St., Moultonboro, info/register: 476-8895. June 27, Ossipee Old Home Week Bike Giveaway, 10 am, info: 539-1307. June 27, Solar Gazing, noon-4 pm, free, Castle in the Clouds, Rt. 171, Moultonboro, 476-5900, www.castleintheclouds.org. June 27-July 6, Governor Wentworth Arts Council Arts Show, free, Wolfeboro Inn, 90 N. Main St., Wolfeboro, various artists’ works on display. June 28, Land, People & Property, 10 am, tour grounds & learn history of Castle in the Clouds, Rt. 171, Moultonboro, register: firstname.lastname@example.org, 4765419, www.castleintheclouds.org. June 28, NH Cemeteries and Gravestones, presenter: Glenn Knoblock, 7:30 pm, presented by Gilmanton Historical Society, Gilmanton Old Town Hall, 1800 NH Rt. 140, Gilmanton Iron Works, 267-6098, program of NH Humanities. June 28, Ossipee Old Home Week Events, Cornhole at the Gazebo, free, Center Ossipee, 6 pm, info: 339-222-1548. June 28, Outdoor Storytime for Young Children, 10:30-11:30 am, Cook Memorial Library, 93 Main St., Tamworth, www.tamworthlibrary.org. June 28, WWII in the Indian Ocean & African Theatres, 7-8 pm, lecture at Wright Museum, 77 Center St., Wolfeboro, 569-1212, www.wrightmuseum.org. June 29, Geology Walk, Chocorua Lake Conservancy Clark Reserve, 9 am-noon, info: 323-6252. June 29, Handcrafted Chain Necklace and Stone Pendant with Alice Carroll, League of NH Craftsmen Center Sandwich Fine Craft Gallery, 32 Main St., Center Sandwich, register: 284-6831, www.centersandwich.nhcrafts.org. June 29, Ossipee Old Home Week Events, Ice Cream Social at Gazebo, free, donations accepted, 6:30-7:30 pm, Center Ossipee, info: 539-1307. June 29, Tangled Lives: Native People and English Settlers in Colonial New England, presented by Jo Radner, 7:30 pm, Holderness Historical Society, Curry Place, Rt. 3, Holderness, 968-7487. Program of NH Humanities. June 29-July 9, The Complete Works of William Shakespeare at Winnipesaukee Playhouse, 33 Footlight Circle, Meredith, 279-0333, www.winnipesaukeeplayhouse. org.
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June 30-July 9, Into the Woods, Barnstormers Summer Theatre, Tamworth village, tickets: 323-8500, www.barnstormerstheatre.org. July 1, Beginner Mah Jongg Class, 11 am-1 pm, Moultonboro Public Library, 4 Holland St., Moultonboro, info/register: 476-8895. July 1, Boat Parade, Wolfeboro Bay, 5 pm, 569-2200. July 1, First Friday Night at Artworks, 5-7 pm, free, meet artist Pat Goodwin, discuss her work, refreshments, ask about new workshops, view artwork and fine crafts, 132 White Mt. Highway/Rt. 16, Chocorua, 323-8041, www.www. chocoruaartworks.com. (Open 10 am-5 pm, daily except closed Tues., First Friday from noon-7 pm.)
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July 1, James Montgomery Trio, 6 pm, Arts in the Park Concert Series, free, Belknap Mill, 25 Beacon St. East, Laconia, info: 524-8813, www.belknapmill.org. July 1, Ossipee Old Home Week, Wild Encounters, Town Hall, Ossipee, 5:30 pm, free, info: 539-1307. July 1, Wildlife Adventures Animal Show, 2 pm, Wolfeboro Library, S. Main St., Wolfeboro, 569-2428. July 1, Wooden Nickels Band, 5-9 pm, Cate Park Bandstand, Wolfeboro, info: www.facebook.com/Wolfeboros-4th-of-July-Festival. July 1 & 2, Bee Gees Gold the Tribute, Lakeport Opera House, 781 Union Ave., Lakeport, 519-7506, www.lakeportopera.com.
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July 1 & 2, Outdoor Concert, free, Cate Park, Wolfeboro, 6 pm, 569-2200. July 1-3, Ladies of the Lake Quilting Guild, Quilt Show, 11 am-3 pm, free, Wolfeboro Town Hall, Great Hall, Main St., Wolfeboro, (7/2: 1 pm), 569-2200.
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July 1-4, Girl Scout Troop #2271, Story Book Walk, free, self-guided walk, Rosie the Riveter Story Book Walk from Railroad Museum along Bridge Falls Path to Wright Museum of WWII, Wolfeboro, 569-2200. July 1-4, Wolfeboro Festival Headquarters, Dewolfe Field, Brewster Academy, info about all Wolfeboro weekend events, American Legion fundraiser, 569-2200.
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July 1-4, Wolfeboro Parks & Recreation Scavenger Hunt, free, self-guided hunt, directions at Town Hall, Parks and Rec. and Legion Festival headquarters, www. wolfeboronh.us/parks-recreation. July 1-29, New Hampshire Music Festival, classical music concerts, Plymouth and Wolfeboro venues, 238-9007, www.nhmf.org. July 2, 2nd Annual Wolfeboro Lion’s Club Car Show, 11 am-2 pm, donations welcome, 50/50 raffle, door prizes, concessions, food truck, all vehicles and motorcycles welcome, The Nick Recreation Park, 10 Trotting Track Rd., Wolfeboro, info: 651-6598. July 2, Boat Parade, 1:30 pm, foot of Newfound Lake, Bristol, info: www. townofbristolnh.org. July 2, Dairy Day at Huckins Farm, noon-4 pm, farm tours, meet the animals, sample products, ice cream and treats, Huckins Farm, 52 Magoon Rd., New Hampton, www.huckinsfarm.org. July 2, 4th of July Family Carnival, Waterville Valley Recreation Dept., Packard’s Field, inflatables, music, relay races, dunk tank, crafts, mini golf, food truck and more, 11 am-3 pm, www.waterville.com or call 1-800-GO-VALLEY.
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July 2, Fourth on the Farm, 10 am-4 pm, old-fashioned events, reading of Declaration of Independence, strawberry shortcake and more, NH Farm Museum, 1305 White Mt. Highway, Milton, 652-7840, www.nhfarmmuseum.org. July 2, James Montgomery with Diane Blue concert, 7-9 pm, Barn at the Inn on Main, Wolfeboro, tickets: 569-1335, www.aspectproductionsnewengland.com. July 2, Lestah Polyestah, free concert, bring a lawn chair for seating, Cate Park, downtown Wolfeboro, 7-9 pm, www.wolfeborobandstand.org. July 2, Ossipee Old Home Week, Family Picnic/BBQ/games, 11 am-4 pm, Ossipee Area Community Center, 26 Moultonville Rd., Ossipee, free, 539-1307. July 2, Recycled Percussion Redonkulous, 2 pm, The Cake Theatre, 12 Veterans Square, Laconia, info/tickets: 677-6360, www.thecaketheatre.com. July 2, Saturday Afternoon Music Series, Island Mark & Jammin’ Jake, 3-6 pm, Gunstock, 719 Cherry Valley Rd., Gilford, 293-8915, www.gunstock.com. July 2, Tamworth Farmer’s Market, 9 am-noon, 30 Tamworth Road, Tamworth, info: www.tamworthfarmersmarket.org. July 2, Tedeschi Trucks Band, at Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion, Gilford NH. Info: banknhpavilion.com July 2, The Shifters, Outdoor Concert Series, 7-9 pm, bring lawn chair for outdoor seating, Alton Bay, bandstand, free, 875-0109.
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July 2, 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament, 9 am-9 pm, Foss Field, Wolfeboro. July 2-3, 4th of July Weekend Gunstock Craft Fair, Gunstock Mountain Resort, 719 Cherry Valley Road, Rt. 11A, Gilford, 10 am-5 pm both days. Over 85 exhibitors, including wooden American flag decor, cedar wood furniture, jewelry, wildlife and landscape photography, basketry, quilts, custom signs, wall mount antique steamboats, gourmet sauces/jellies, gourmet oils & vinegars, macrame chairs and swings, wooden spoons, wearable art, and more. Rain or shine under canopies, friendly, leashed dogs welcome, music, food, free admission, info: Joyce 603-387-1510, www.joycescraftshows.com. July 2, 9 & 16, Chair Caning for Beginners with John Worthington, 10 am-noon, League of NH Craftsmen Center Sandwich Fine Craft Gallery, 32 Main St., Center Sandwich, register 284-6831, www.centersandwich.nhcrafts.org. July 3, Alton Bay Bandstand Concert, with Thursday Afternoon Band, 7-9 pm, free, bring a lawn chair for seating, Rt. 11, Alton Bay, 875-0109.
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July 3, Animal Encounters Series: Animals with Bad Reputations, 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: 968-7194. July 3, Born of a Legend: Sam Cooke, with Carla Cooke, 7 pm, Lakeport Opera House, 781 Union Ave., Lakeport, 519-7506, www.lakeportopera.com. July 3, Fireworks at Alton Bay, 9:20 pm, rain date July 7, 875-0109. July 3, Fireworks, 11:59 pm, Weirs Beach, www.weirsbeachfireworks.com. July 3, Food Truck Festival, 2-5 pm, Ball Field, Ashland, followed by concert in park 4-9:30 pm. Fireworks at 9:30 pm. Info: Ashland NH Independence Day Celebration on Facebook. July 3, Freedom 5K Race, 7 am registration at Todd Randlett Trucking located at 382 N. Main St., Ashland; road race starts at 8 am. Info: Ashland NH Independence Day Celebration on Facebook. July 3, Independence Day Celebration, Opechee Park, Laconia, events, evening activities, live concert, fireworks display, 524-0521. July 3, James Montgomery Band with Diane Blue 7-9 pm, Wildcat Inn & Tavern, Jackson, NH, 569-1335, www.aspectproductionsnewengland.com. July 3, Laconia Independence Day Celebration, Opechee Park, N. Main St., Laconia, events, family games, live music, evening fireworks display, info: 5240521. July 3, Laconia 4th of July Parade, 4:30 pm, starts at Laconia High School, Union Ave., goes to Opechee Park, 524-0521. July 3, Masonic Lodge Breakfast Buffet, 7-11 am, Morning Star Lodge #17, 35 Trotting Track Rd., Wolfeboro, 569-4637. July 3, Music on the Garden Barn Green, 4-5 pm, music by Jordan TirrellWysocki Trio, bring your own picnic and a chair, donations welcome, Canterbury Shaker Village, Shaker Rd., Canterbury, 783-9511, www.shakers.org. July 3, Three Musical Events, Cate Park, downtown Wolfeboro, free, noon-5 pm, sponsored by End 68 Hours of Hunger, 569-2200.
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By Chef Kelly Welcome back my Lakes Region friends. Whether you are a local who reads this paper often or a vacationer enjoying our beautiful part of paradise, I hope all is well and that you are enjoying the sunshine, the lakes and/or the mountains. This area certainly has it all when it comes to natural beauty. Regardless of your walk of life and your financial status, there is always plenty to do in these parts to enjoy what we have to offer, so have at it boys and girls. After spurts of busy time around here in the last month plus with Memorial Day Weekend and most recently, Bike Week, the full throttle of a steady batch of local insanity is just about upon us, the real official start to summer, our country’s birthday. The 4th is always an incredible week in these parts, and things really don’t chill out until the week before Labor Day with many schools getting started earlier and earlier each year. All that being said, this is now officially peak season for grilling, and when it comes to grilling, that makes me want to toss a bunch of fun and yummy recipes to cook on the barbie for you to enjoy. Grilling is always a win/win in my book. It allows you to cook what you want at a cheaper price than going out, plus it’s much easier to cater to special dietary needs, not to mention allergies, plus it’s usually better. Although I ran restaurant kitchens for a few decades, it was always stressful for the customers and the kitchen when allergies and special order “wants and needs” came into the picture. On a busy day, those needs, especially allergies, can bring the kitchen to a screaming halt to change cutting
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Page 20 | THE LAKER June 27, 2022 • ‘Cue the Grill continued from page 19 and cook, carefully turning once, until the peppers have softened and browned as it’s okay if they char in spots and making sure the cheese has melted, 5-10 minutes. Transfer to a platter, sprinkle with cilantro, and serve. Variations #1 is Honey Orange Jalapeno Popper……Fill the jalapeños with a mixture of 1 ½ cups crumbled fresh goat cheese, 6 oz, 2 tbsp honey, 1 tbsp grated orange zest, and salt to taste. Variation #2 is Jalapeno Poppers with Pimento Cheese and Pepper Jelly. Fill the jalapeños with a mixture of 1 cup grated extra-sharp cheddar cheese, ¼ cup chopped drained pimentos and ¼ cup of mayonnaise, and a dash of Worcestershire sauce. Serve topped with a dab of pepper jelly. Variation #3 is Pesto Jalapeno Poppers with Mozzarella. Fill the jalapeños with a mixture of 1 ½ cups shredded mozzarella, and ¼ cup basil pesto. Serve the poppers topped with fresh basil leaves if you like. Let’s get into a couple of seafood appetizers now. The next two recipes are both skewered shellfish treats guaranteed to wet the whistle of any seafood lover. They are both wicked quick to prep, cook fast, and both over the top succulent. First is a shrimp and scallop combo, the second just shrimp and although much different, they both have great “South of the Border” flavors to them, although the second one has some additional flavors to them as well. This first one has a delicious cilantro chili butter, which if you read my arti-
cles often, you know how much I love a good compound butter. This recipe will make more of the butter than you will need for this, but it holds well for at least a week under refrigeration or 2-3 months in the freezer. The butter works great over grilled steak, chicken, or fish, or just make a bunch more of these brochettes, which is never a bad thing. Also, never overcook scallops and shrimp. Rubbery shellfish is no fun. This recipe will feed 4 of you. Grilled Scallop and Shrimp Brochettes with Cilantro Chili Butter 1 stick butter, softened to room temperature Finely grated zest of 1 lemon 1 small, fresh, red chili pepper, deseeded and minced Small handful of fresh cilantro, leaves chopped 1 large garlic clove, finely crushed
2-3 tbsp olive oil Sprig of fresh rosemary, leaves minced Small handful of fresh flat-leaf parsley, leaves chopped Grated zest and juice of ½ lemon 12 sea scallops, 10/20’s or 20/30’s, side muscles removed 12 large raw shrimp, 16/20’s would be my suggestion, peeled and deveined Lemon wedges for garnish 12 skewers, if wooden, let them soak for at least a ½ hour First, let’s make the cilantro chili butter by placing the first five ingredients in a bowl along with a generous seasoning of salt and pepper. Beat with a fork until well combined. Spoon the butter along the sheet of plastic wrap and roll up in the wrap to shape the butter into a log. Holding the sides of the wrap, roll the log on the work surface to even out the thickness. Refrigerate for a few
hours until firm, or freeze. I usually make the butter the day before grilling. Mix the olive oil, chopped herbs, and lemon zest and juice together in a bowl. Thread two scallops and two shrimp alternately on each soaked skewer, then brush with the lemon and herb marinade. Place the skewers on a tray, cover with plastic wrap, and refrigerate for 20-30 minutes. Prepare the clean, oiled grill to medium-high, season the scallops and shrimp with salt and pepper. Grill until the scallops and shrimp are opaque and lightly charred, 1½-2 minutes on each side. During cooking, baste occasionally with any leftover marinade. Remove to a serving plate and top with slices of the cilantro-chili butter. Serve immediately. So now it is a shrimp skewer with a habanero garlic vinaigrette. So good. You can always trade marinades/butters between these last 2 recipes if you want as they are very universal. This is also for 4 as an appetizer, preps in 15 minutes and cooks in barely 5. Let’s Do It! Grilled Shrimp Skewers with Habanero Garlic Vinaigrette 6 garlic cloves ½ cup olive oil, plus more for brushing ½ habanero chile, seeded and chopped 5 tbsp chopped fresh cilantro ¼ cup fresh squeezed lime juice 1 tbsp honey Salt and fresh ground black pepper 16 raw jumbo shrimp, anywhere from U-12’s to 16/20’s, peeled and deveined 4 wooden skewers, soaked • ‘Cue the Grill continued on page 21
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June 27, 2022 | THE LAKER | Page 21 • ‘Cue the Grill continued from page 20 In a small saucepan, combine the garlic and ½ cup of the olive oil and simmer over low heat until the garlic is golden brown, about 8 minutes. Transfer the garlic cloves to a blender and pour the oil into a glass measuring cup. Let the oil cool slightly. Add the habanero chile to the blender with ¼ cup of the cilantro, the lime juice and honey to the garlic. With the blender on, slowly add the garlic olive oil. Season with salt and pepper. Clean and oil your grill and preheat to medium-high. Skewer and brush the shrimp with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Grill until lightly charred, about 2-3 minutes per side while brushing lightly with the vinaigrette. Once done, put on a platter and drizzle with the rest of the vinaigrette, sprinkle with the remaining cilantro and serve. Next up is a choice of sandwich or appetizers, and something most of you are familiar with, to a point. Most everyone loves Caprese “Anything”, and this is charred Caprese Sandwich where some of it is done on the grill, the tomatoes and bread in particular. Once completed, these can be carefully cut down in size as they are done of baguette rolls. As an appetizer, this is usually good for 4. If as a sandwich, open faced that is, I would say it’s for 2. As usual with me, again easy and it goes together in 30-45 minutes. Charred Caprese Sandwich. ½ cup mayonnaise 2 tsp Dijon mustard 1 tsp fresh squeezed lemon juice Kosher salt and fresh ground black pepper 1 large shallot, thinly sliced into rings 1 garlic clove, finely grated 3 tbsp red wine vinegar ½ baguette, split in half lengthwise 4 tbsp olive oil, divided 3 cups cherry tomatoes Freshly ground black pepper 1 cup, packed, torn basil leaves ½ cup, loosely packed, parsley leaves
with tender stems ½ tsp finely grated lemon zest 5-6 oz fresh mozzarella, torn into pieces Crushed red pepper flakes at serving time Mix mayonnaise, mustard, and lemon juice in a small bowl, then season with salt as needed. If you care to, the mayo can be made as much as 3 days prior if kept under refrigeration. Toss shallot, garlic, and vinegar in another small bowl and season with salt. Let sit 10 minutes. Drain, reserving shallots and vinegar separately in small bowls. Prepare an oiled grill to medium-high heat. Brush cut sides of bread with 2 tbsp oil total and grill until lightly charred, about 2 minutes per side. Season with salt and let cool. Toss tomatoes with remaining 2 tbsp of oil and grill, rolling often, until tomatoes are blistered and lightly charred, about 3 minutes. Pull off and add tomatoes to bowl with reserved vinegar, season with salt and pepper. Let cool slightly, then add basil, parsley, and lemon zest and toss gently to combine. Taste and season with salt and pepper as needed. Spread both halves of baguette with mayonnaise mixture. Top with mozzarella, tomato salad, and shallots, and sprinkle with red pepper flakes. Cut
This recipe has treated me very well over the years in the restaurant world, as well as catering on the road. The 1-hour marinade is well blended elegance, and prep and cooking are both quick. When shopping for the swordfish, as all should know, buy as fresh as possible and cook/eat as soon as possible. You don’t want a fishy smell and it should be as pink as possible, including the center bloodline found in many cuts. The pinker that is, the fresher the fish is. There is nothing wrong with the bloodline, but it can taste a little fishy and “maybe” a little tougher, but still really good. Some prefer to stay away, but not me though. This recipe is for 4 lucky eaters. Grilled Swordﬁsh Steaks with Lemon Oregano Marinade Bottom of Form 1 cup extra virgin olive oil 3 tbsp of fresh squeezed lemon juice 4 tsp minced fresh oregano 4 tsp minced fresh thyme 4 large cloves garlic, crushed 2 tsp finely grated lemon zest 2 tsp dried oregano 2 tsp fennel seeds, crushed 1 tsp freshly ground black pepper ½ tsp kosher salt 4 swordfish steaks, 6-8 oz each Fresh lemon slices, for garnish For the marinade, place all marinade • ‘Cue the Grill continued on page 22
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Page 22 | THE LAKER June 27, 2022 • ‘Cue the Grill continued from page 21 ingredients in a small bowl, mix to combine. Rinse the swordfish steaks in cold water and pat dry. Place the fish in a non-reactive dish and cover with the marinade. Coat on all sides with the marinade. Cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes to 1 hour. Once ready to grill, preheat your clean, oiled grill to high. Once hot enough, brush most of the excess marinade off the swordfish steaks, but not all of it. Place the swordfish steaks on the grill for about 4-6 minutes on one side, until you have good grill marks. Turn them over and cook for a few more minutes, until cooked thru, still firm, but flaky inside. A good temp to pull from the grill is at 145 degrees. Let sit for a minute or two, garnish with lemon and dig in. For the last of the non-desserts, it’s time to make the beef lovers happy, and how about by making a mouth-watering skirt steak taco recipe. If that doesn’t sound good enough, this comes with a game changing Avocado Salsa, that will become a “Go-To” for many of you. The beef marinade is great, the steaks marinate for 3 hours, and once cooked, slice thin and start building some deliciousness. The beef will give you a dozen tacos. The salsa takes 20-25 minutes and will yield you 4 cups. Chili Spiced Skirt Steak Tacos with Fresh Avocado Salsa 2 tsp sweet paprika 1 tsp ancho chile powder 1 tsp granulated garlic or garlic pow-
der 1 tsp onion powder 1 tsp light brown sugar ½ tsp chipotle chile powder ¼ tsp ground cumin ¼ tsp ground coriander 1 tsp salt ½ tsp fresh grind black pepper ¼ cup plus 2 tbsp fresh squeezed lime juice 1 tbsp vegetable oil 1 ½-2 lbs. of skirt steak, as thick as possible, cut into 5-inch strips 12 corn tortillas, warmed Avocado Salad, recipe is below Shredded cabbage and cheddar, sour crème, Pico de Galo, and/or any other great additions you want to add. In a large resealable plastic bag, combine the paprika, ancho powder, garlic powder, onion powder, sugar, chipotle, cumin, coriander, salt, and pepper. Shake well to blend. Add the lime juice and oil and shake the bag to well combine. Ideally you will own a needling tenderizer, although still awesome without. Stab the meat evenly, about 10-12 times on each side. Add the steaks and seal the bag. Pop in the fridge 3 hours before grilling. Leave in the fridge for 2 hours, pull and let the beef stand at room temp for 1 hour. Once ready to grill, preheat the oiled grill to medium-high heat. Wait until the grill is at optimum heat, lay the steaks down for 4-5 minutes, closing the lid at times, turn them over and let go for another 3-5, depending on how you want it cooked and how thick the beef is. As a rule, skirt steaks don’t run much thicker than 1 ¼ - 1 ½ inch-
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they will have a blast helping in the decoration, and maybe even in the mixing/ baking process. Speaking of process, this baby takes hours to set under refrigeration, at least 4-5, but overnight is better. Prep takes an hour, baking time 35 minutes, then it must cool completely to frost/decorate. While it cooks, I do much of the prep, but the choice is yours. It will give you 12-18 slices depending on who is in charge. Patriotic US Flag Poke Cake Three Milk Mix 12 oz evaporated milk 14 oz sweetened condensed milk ½ cup heavy cream Cake Vanilla boxed cake mix, 15.25 oz 1 cup all-purpose flour 1 cup granulated sugar 1 cup milk ½ cup vegetable oil 1 tbsp vanilla extract 4 large eggs Whipped Cream 2 cups heavy cream ½ cup powdered sugar 1 tsp vanilla extract Toppings Blueberries Strawberries Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 9×13 pan, ideally glass, with nonstick spray and set aside. For the cake, in a large mixing bowl, combine the dry cake mix, flour, sugar, vanilla extract, eggs, milk, and vegetable oil. Mix in a standing mixer until no lumps remain. Proceed to pour the cake batter into the prepared pan and bake in the oven for 30-35 minutes. Let cool completely on the countertop or place it into the fridge for a speedier process. While cooking/cooling, add all three milks into the mixing bowl and whip on a slow-medium speed to combine. Put in the fridge until ready to use once the cake has cooled completely. As for the whipped cream, pour heavy cream into the bowl of an electric mixer. Mix on high for 4-6 minutes, until cream has thickened and stiff • ‘Cue the Grill continued on page 24
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the sliced strawberries to line the cake to help hold the blueberries on top of the cake. Leave a 1-inch space and then make 3 full lines of strawberries across the cake with additional 1-inch spaces in between. Place remaining whipped cream in a piping bag, or zip lock with a small cut-off corner to pipe the white lines of the flags. If you have a piping bag and a 1M star tip or any decorative tip would be fine. Pipe small starshaped bits of cream in the spaces between the strawberries. Place back into the fridge so the cake has time to absorb the three milks. It’s best overnight but if you are in a rush for at least 4-5 hours. Serve & enjoy! For those who crave the blueberries, I put their names in a hat to see which guests get those cake pieces or have additional blueberries on the side for those who don’t get them. Not only is this cake fun for the special day, but it’s also pretty darn good at the same time. Happy 4th of July, and happy birthday to best place in the world. Yup, this country has its share of problems, but for today, let’s all celebrate regardless of your thoughts about the status of things out there. This is a day to celebrate the good things and take a break from the bad. Next week on the 4th, my Laker article will be celebrating Burgermania, and there is no more an American theme than that. If you have any questions or feedback on any recipe or to say “Hello”, drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org
Concert Pianist Returns to NH Accomplished pianist Sergei Novikov is returning to New Hampshire where he will perform concerts in Wolfeboro and Salem. First, on Friday July 15 at 7 p.m., Novikov will entertain the audience at the Kingswood Arts Center, 21 McManus Rd., in Wolfeboro. Then on Friday July 22 at 7 p.m. he will perform in Salem at the Seifert Performing Arts Center, 44 Geremonty Drive. From Tchaikovsky to Phantom and from Ellington to Joel, his performance will delight the audience, all with a good sense of humor. Sergei has performed for such luminaries as President George H.W. Bush, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, President Joe Biden as well as Billy
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Moultonborough Library Literary Discussions Series: Focus on Place Friends of Moultonborough Library have announced the next literary conversation will take place outside, in the back of the library on Wednesday, July 13 at 10:30am. The selected novel is My Name is Lucy Barton by the Pulitzer Prize winning Elizabeth Strout. Copies of the book are available at the library on 4 Holland St. in Moultonborough. Lucy Barton, an affluent wife, mother and beginning writer, lives in New York City but her sense of self is a construct of the small Illinois town in which she was raised. Hospitalized for weeks while recovering from mi-
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Fun for the Whole Family at the WW II in the Indian Ocean and Wolfeboro Lions Club Car Show East African Theaters The second annual Wolfeboro Lions Club Car Show Drives into Wolfeboro on Saturday, July 2, from11am-2pm at The Nick Recreation Park, 10 Trotting Track Road, Wolfeboro. The event is free and open to the public, the Lions Club invites car & motorcycle owners to showcase their vehicles in a fun, non-judged, no classes show. This is a show and shine event, and pre-registration is not required. The Lions club will be holding a 50/50 raffle and have a concession stand with all proceeds to benefit the Wolfeboro Lions Charitable Fund. Ss a special treat the Girl Scouts of Maine Troop #2271 will return with Girl Scout Cookies (while supplies last) and Sno-Cones. New this year, the show will also feature Makn’ Ends Meat Food Truck. Makn’ Ends Meat is a collaboration between the Osgoods of Birch Rise Farm in Sanbornton, and Kaylon Sweet of OSTERIA POGGIO in Center Harbor. They focus on utilizing locally raised heritage Berkshire pork from Birch
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On Tuesday, June 28th, the Wright Museum will welcome Dr. Richard A. Lobban, Jr. This is the seventh program of the Wright Museum’s 2022 Ron Goodgame and Donna Canney Education Series. This presentation is a much anticipated follow up to Dr. Lobban’s 2021 talk on World War II from African Perspectives. His current presentation picks up the story with the important 1941 battles for Keren in Eritrea, Culqualber Pass, and Gondar in Ethiopia where British and colonial forces from Sudan and India, from 1940 to 1941, finally defeated the Italian fascists and diverted them from European deployment. Like the proverbial “views of
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Giant Insects Opening July 1 Beginning July 1, Squam Lakes Natural Science Center will immerse visitors in a world of invertebrates to learn about how they preserve the balance of nature with the opening of Giant Insects. Five larger-than-life animatronic insects will greet visitors along the live animal exhibit trail. Insects include Bombardier Beetle, Blue-eyed Darner, Devil’s Flower Mantis, Grasshopper, and Stag Beetle. In addition, there will be a giant spicebush swallowtail caterpillar that visitors can climb on for a great photo. Visitors can experience Giant Insects from July 1 through September 30,
along the live animal exhibit trail. Giant Insects is included in regular trail admission ($22 for adults; $20 for seniors age 65+; $16 for youth ages 3 to 15; free for children 2 and under; free for members). Squam Lakes Natural Science Center is open every day from 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. with the last trail admission at 3:30 p.m. Visit nhnature. org for more information and to purchase tickets in advance. Squam Lakes Natural Science Center will hold additional events focused on insects throughout the 2022 trail season. Pollinator Party on July 12 will celebrate the life and work of bees, butterflies, and other pollinators. Visit
with local beekeepers to learn about raising bees, make a wildflower seed bomb, and walk through Kirkwood Gardens to see the plants that naturally attract pollinators. Additional education programs during Pollinator Party include two garden-specific programs about pollinators and native plants. All program details and registration are at https://nhnature.org/. The Science Center will offer Insects Alive Guided Tours to learn about the specific insects in the Giant Insect exhibit, where these insects live, how they adapt, and what we can do to help them survive. Insects Alive Guided Tours take place July 8 and 18, August 5 and
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Lecture Series Opens at Lake Winnipesaukee Museum On Wednesday, July 6th at 7 PM, diver Hans Hug will open the summer lecture series at the Lake Winnipesaukee Museum with his talk on “The Wrecks of Winnipesaukee.” Since seating is limited, advance reservations are requested, by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone 603-366-5950 (Wed-Sat 10-4). This program is free for Lake Winnipesaukee Historical Society members; for non-members there is a $5 fee. “The Wrecks of Winnipesaukee” will focus on the underwater history of the
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Gilford Community Church Invests in Community through Diaconate Fund Gilford Community Church (GCC) has awarded $2,700 to the Town of Gilford to support recycling and $2,000 to start a mentor program for recently released individuals from Belknap County Department of Corrections. The awards were made possible through GCC’s Diaconate Fund. “Diaconate funds are typically used to help individuals in emergency circumstances,” said Stacey Pate, chair of GCC’s Diaconate Committee. “However, we felt that these two projects were important not only on an individual basis but community wide, and were a good use of our resources.” Scott Dunn, town administrator for the Town of Gilford, said they are “extremely grateful and appreciative for the generous donation.” “Over the years, the town and GCC have forged a wonderful partnership and their most recent unsolicited donation is a testament to their commitment to the Gilford community.” The investment in the town’s recycling program, according to GCC Pastor Michael Graham, will enable
the town to complete needed electrical work. “We are happy we could provide them with the boost they needed to complete an important project that helps to reduce the town’s carbon footprint.” Regarding GCC’s choice to invest in Belknap County Department of Corrections, GCC Community Outreach Committee Chairperson Jessica Fleck expressed enthusiasm for their new mentor program. “This is a program that will match community mentors with folks reentering their communities,” she said. “Our support will help with expenses, such as rides to work, laundry, cell phones needed to maintain employment, and small household items. Our investment will also help defray training costs for the mentors.” In looking ahead to future investments in the community, Graham said GCC’s investment philosophy is as open as its inclusive membership. “We support and welcome people from all denominational and cultural backgrounds,” he added.
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Hebron Gazebo Program The Hebron Gazebo Program is excited to announce the 2022 schedule. All concerts start at 6pm on Saturdays. On Saturday June 25, the concert season starts off with the return to Hebron of Studio Two, a Beatles tribute band, with the BBQ by the Hebron Village Store and desserts by the Hebron Library. The next concert on July 9 brings back the Michael Vincent Band playing their awesome rock and roll with some blues and original songs mixed in. The Hebron Village Store will be doing the BBQ that night. The concert on July 16 and will feature the Bob Pratte Band playing rock and the BBQ will be by the Hebron Village Store. No Limitz are back as performers on Aug. 6 with the Hebron Village Store doing the BBQ. August 13 is Family Fun Day which commences at 11am with the Hebron Conservation Commission Hike. At 2pm that day there are many events going on: the Hebron Library Book Sale, Hebron Church Corn Hole Game and
Dunking Booth for kids (call Alison at 744-6033 for details), a Bocce tournament (contact David at 744-2634 for details) and also at that time please bring your dessert entries to the Church for the dessert contest. There will also be a Unique Vintage Car Show on the Common from 2-4 and a Hebron Fire Department Equipment Exhibition. At 5pm Jim Tyrrell will be returning to play folk, rock, and also some of his own compositions. The BBQ will begin at 5pm as well and it will be done by the Hebron Fire Department. At 7pm Blues Brothers the Next Generation take the stage and at around 8:45 pm (dusk) we will have Hell’s Gate Fireworks Display. Wearing face masks are optional and please keep social distancing. Hebron Gazebo Programs are sponsored by the taxpayers of Hebron, Hebron Village Store, D. Merrill, and individual donations. FREE POPCORN thanks to Bill White.
Outdoors Woman Workshop Women interested in learning outdoor skills in a beautiful setting can sign up for this fall’s Becoming an Outdoors Woman Weekend Workshop, which will take place September 9-11 at Geneva Point Center on Lake Winnipesaukee in Moultonborough, NH. The registration fee of $295.00 includes two nights of lodging, plus all meals, instruction, and equipment use. Participants must be age 18 or older. Participants will select four sessions from more than 30 different outdoor skills workshops including archery, fishing, fly fishing, camping, field dressing game, hiking, kayaking, rifle, shotgun,
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New Book ‘Clash Of Cultures’ Reveals Little-Known Native History By Thomas P. Caldwell Surprises are in store for those attending the July 5 presentation on Native American history at the Meredith Community Center. In releasing his new book, Clash of Cultures: The Story of the Penacooks, the Winnipesaukees, and Chiefs Passaconaway, Wonalancet and Kancamagus, Rudy VanVeghten will delve into the more obscure details behind the events people have heard about. An example is the story of the First Thanksgiving, when benevolent Native Americans who had taught the settlers of Plimoth Plantation to grow corn and other vegetables joined the Pilgrims in celebrating a bountiful harvest following a year in which several settlers had died of starvation. Before assisting the Pilgrims, Squanto and other inhabitants of his village had been kidnapped by Thomas Hunt, an English sea captain, and Squanto spent time in England, where he learned the English language. When he returned to his village, its residents had perished from European diseases or fled, and Squanto had to seek refuge in a Wampanoag village led by the chief Massasoit. The natives, therefore, were not initially welcoming to the Pilgrims who landed at present-day Provincetown and made their way to Squanto’s deserted village of Patuxet, which they named after the port in Plymouth, England, from which they had departed. Instead of welcoming the Pilgrims, the Native Americans had first tried to use magic to send the Europeans back home. One of the sorcerers that Massasoit summoned was Passaconaway of the Penacook tribe. Passaconaway later recalled his attempts at sorcery, saying that despite his great abilities, he was powerless before the “Pale Faces.” Rudy, a member of the Meredith Historical Society with Dutch ancestral roots, has spent more than a decade
working as a contributor and copy-editor for a history journal, de Halve Maen (The Half Moon), focusing on Dutch-American history in the Hudson River Valley. He is former editor of the Meredith News and author of The History of Meredith Bay. He also has lived at various locations around New England where there is a rich Native American heritage. As he states in his introduction to his new book, “our local Native American history is a complex study that cannot easily be separated from the broader history of the state, the continent, or even the globe.” In an interview, Rudy said his new book grew out of a request three years ago to give a talk on the American Revolutionary War. “I’ve been doing research on it ever since,” Rudy said, “but in the meantime, I had been doing research for a history journal over in the Hudson Valley area.” He explained that de Halve Maen was the name of Henry Hudson’s ship. “One of the articles that I did recently was on Indian history.” His research was so compelling that he brought it together in the new book, which will be released during his talk in Meredith. “The Indian cultures were clashing even before the white men came, and as it turns out, the white men were clashing against each other even before they came over,” Rudy said. “And then you’ve got the whites and the Indians clashing. So, it’s a lot of cultures that are clashing, and that’s basically what this talk is.” The book makes an interesting observation: While the natives were living as hunter-gatherers, they were peaceful; but once they began planting crops, that changed. “Agricultural cultivation allowed seasonally itinerant clans to coalesce into villages with a more sedentary lifestyle,” Rudy writes. “Soon we see
the single-family wigwam structures along major lakes and riverbeds giving way to communal longhouses in fertile upland plateaus.” Iroquoians developed into a matrilineal society in which the women were the farmers, growing crops and making pottery. Men were in charge of hunting and building longhouses — but hunting was no longer as necessary in an agricultural society. Some scholars believe that men turned to warfare as a means of gaining importance in such a society. In discussing local sachems, Rudy describes Passaconaway as boastful, “bragging about all the scalps he has hanging on his wigwam pole from Iroquois, from Mohawks.” Rudy notes that there is a Mohawk Island in Lake Winnisquam, but Mohawks never lived here. According to native lore, there was an ancient Indian battle there, but no written record of such a battle exists. Rudy suggests that the battle occurred before there were Europeans here to write of the incident. As Europeans arrived in the New World, the Jesuits sought to convert the natives of the area to their faith, while the Calvinists came to preach their version of faith. To the natives, it was confusing: One group of Christians telling them to pray to a crucifix featuring
Christ on the cross and the other saying that violated the Second Commandment’s prohibition on the worship of graven images. “And it turns out that the Winnipesaukees and the Penacooks, when they got dispersed, some of them went up to Canada, some of them went over to New York,” Rudy said. “So why would they go different ways? Because of a clash of cultures.” • Clash of Culutures continued on page 30
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Hermit Woods Wine & Beer Garden is Open The town of Meredith has approved for Hermit Woods Winery & Deli to open a Wine and Beer Garden across Dover Street from the winery at 62 Main Street in Meredith. The Wine and Beer Garden will be open six days a week in July and August and on weekends throughout the fall.
The owners of Hermit Woods Winery purchased the vacant property at 62 Main Street in the winter of 2021. The property had been vacant for over fifteen years. Hermit Woods is in the process of developing the property. However, they have not yet disclosed its future use. The owners didn’t want the property to remain vacant while it was being developed. Therefore, they got a special permit to operate the Gar• Clash of Culutures continued from page 29 Rudy explains how archaeologists have determined the migration of indigenous people across the country, breaking down the various cultures and language groups. The Algonquians shared a common language, settling in the Northeast. The Mahicans (different from the Mohegans) lived in western New England and the Upper Hudson Valley. Abenakis were in northern New England; Penacooks in the Merrimack River Valley; Nashaway along the Nashua River; Sokokis in the middle Connecticut River Valley; Cowass in
den last year, and this year were granted permission to continue the Garden’s operation for three years. Hermit Woods will host food trucks and serve their wine, wine slushies, and local craft beer all summer and fall. Angry Hog BBQ, 2020’s Best of the Lakes Region Gold winner for best BBQ, will be open in the Garden Tuesday to Sunday from 11:00 to 6 or later. Pours and Petals will be there most Thursdays to Sundays from 9:00 to 3:00ish. Pours and Petals will be serving local specialty coffees, homemade lemonade, donuts, pastries, and more. In addition, they will have fresh flowers for sale. Bob Manley, Co-Founder of Hermit Woods, said, “we are very excited about
the upper Connecticut and Pemigewasset valleys; Pigwackets in the Saco River and Ossipee area; and in Maine, the Kennebecs and Penobscots. Southern New England was home to the Wampanoag, Massachusetts, Nipmuks, Narragansetts, and Pequods. The lower Connecticut River was home to the Pocumtucs, and the Mohegans were in western Connecticut. The opportunity to hear Rudy’s talk and purchase his book will occur on Tuesday, July 5, at 7 p.m. at the Meredith Community Center, 1 Circle Drive, Meredith. Information on the Meredith Historical Society and other talks in the Speaker Series is online at meredithhistoricalsocietynh.org.
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Public Urged to Give Nesting Loons Space The Loon Preservation Committee (LPC) is reminding the public that from now through mid-to-late July, loons will be nesting throughout the state. Loons nest on lakes and ponds and often build their nests along the shoreline of islands, in marshes, or along the mainland shoreline in protected coves. Adapted for life in the water, loons cannot walk on land. As such, they build their nest right at the water’s edge. These nests are vulnerable to boat wakes and to human disturbance. “Because they cannot walk well on land, loons are vulnerable when they are on the nest,” said LPC Senior Biologist/ Director, Harry Vogel. “If they sense a threat, such as a closely approaching boat, they will flatten themselves low over their nests, with their heads angled toward the water, to try to hide. If the threat persists in the area, they will flush from their nest.” If adult loons are flushed from the nest, their eggs may be exposed and vulnerable to predation or temperature changes that can render the eggs inviable. Those who plan to boat, fish, or hike on or around New Hampshire’s lakes during the loon nesting season are urged to be careful as they move in ar-
The New Hampshire Becoming an Outdoors Woman Program (BOW) presents “Introducing Children to the Outdoors,” on July 22, 2022, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at Livingston Park in Manchester, NH. If you have little ones ages 5-8, this class is for you. This is a “mommy (or grandma/ aunt/caregiver) and me” class that will provide attendees with some tools and ideas to keep children engaged in their natural surroundings through a series of nature-based activities that easily adjust to their learning level and comprehension. Led by Beaver Brook Association outdoor educators and BOW staff, this class will be an interactive nature walk along the trails around Dorr’s Pond, followed by a bring-your-own picnic lunch and information sharing session. Children ages 5-8 are encouraged to attend. Registered participants are asked to bring no more than two children to the event. Additional supervision will not be provided. To sign up, visit nhbow.com and use the online registration link under the
Beyond BOW page to register. The workshop fee of $35.00 per adult is due with registration and includes in-person instruction, program materials, use of some equipment, and snacks. Lunch will not be provided. Registration is limited to 20 participants (including children). Beyond BOW workshops are indepth sessions designed to expand on the offerings of the traditional Becoming an Outdoors Woman programs, helping women gain the skills needed to participate in outdoor activities on their own. The Beaver Brook Association is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting the interrelationships in the natural world and encouraging the conservation of natural resources through education and land stewardship. Learn more at beaverbrook.org. The New Hampshire Becoming an Outdoors Woman program is co-sponsored by the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department (www.wildnh.com) and the New Hampshire Wildlife Federation (www.nhwf.org).
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Tamworth’s Remick Country Doctor Museum and Farm By Rosalie Triolo Photo courtesy of Remick Museum and Farm For those generations living in small towns or in rural areas of the country probably will remember when you or a family member were too ill to make a trip to the doctor’s office. When country doctors after finishing with their office hours made house calls administering medical care and a comforting reassurance to both patient and family. Dr. Edwin Remick (1866–1935) and his son, Dr. Edwin Crafts Remick (1903-1993) were country doctors who provided Tamworth and the surrounding areas with medical care, literally up until the day they died. The Captain Enoch Remick House, as it is now known, was built in 1808. A great-nephew of Captain Enoch Remick, the elder Dr. Remick with his wife and infant son, Edwin Crafts Remick, in 1904 moved into the Captain Enoch Remick House. In 1996, the house was listed on the National Register of Historic Places. A complex with several outbuildings on over 60 acres of land consisting of fields, pastures and woodlands. It is distinguished for its local agriculture, and Federal Architecture, the style which dominated the American landscape from about 1780 to 1840. With the beginning of spring, visitors to Tamworth’s Remick Country Doctor Museum and Farm look forward to experiencing the outdoor grounds and walks, which reopened on Sunday, May 1. The spring/summer schedule is
filled with Homeschool activities: “Beginning Birding” and “Goats & Kids.” A Medical History Tour – A visit to the original Remick doctors’ office, apothecary, and tour of the Captain Enoch Remick House. May brings warmer weather, with flower gardens beginning their early blooms. The Marion Miles Remick flower garden encircled by a white picket fence is located in front of the Museum Barn. Whether you are interested in, fascinated by, or would like to learn more about birds, The Marion Remick Bird Walk will take place on two Saturdays in May. The first of these Guided Nature Walks is scheduled for May 14. The second, in commemoration of Marion Remick’s 116th birthday, will be held on May 28. An avid bird watcher, Marion Remick (1908–1980) was the wife of Dr. Edwin Crafts Remick. On this 60-minute tour of the Remick farmstead Remick’s Program Manager, Jim Cruichshank will introduce you to several birding locations. Getting acquainted with baby goats, the “Cuddle Corral” is a one-on-one experience for the entire family. Both you and your children will enjoy a private playtime with young goat kids in their backyard pens. This playtime also helps the goat kids get to know humans, and prepares them to be first-rate hikers. They will jump, run around their corral, and they love being cuddled. Enjoy the fun at a private playtime with young goat kids in the “Cuddle Corral” on Thursday, Friday and Saturday: May 26, 27, 28 and June
2, 3, 4. Pre-registration is required no later than 3PM the day before. There is a minimum of 2 and a maximum of 6 people per group. It is limited to one group per session. The first session is from 9-9:30AM, and the second session is from 9:30-10AM. On June 15th the summer schedule begins, and the grounds, buildings and events are open for the season. By midJune the goat kids will be strong and sturdy enough for a 45 to 60 minutes guided Hike-Along, around the Binsack Trail. Learn about the Nubian goats and their purpose on the farm. A popular breed of goats, the Nubian goat produces goat milk to make cheese. Because they are good natured animals, they make wonderful farm pets. They’re still kids at heart and are eager to take parents and children to their favorite places on the farm. The daily Guided Farm Tours presented by a Remick educator will provide insight into the day-to-day operation and history of the farm, and the families, who lived there for over a hundred years. Meet the baby farm animals born in spring, - calves, lambs, kids, piglets and chicks. Walks through the Remick Farm gardens are vast and splendid. Vegetable and flower gardens, a shaded memorial flower garden, medicinal herb garden and a children’s garden. What are some of the daily chores around the farm? Think how much fun it would be to help a Remick educator feed the goats and collect eggs. At the Dairy Barn there is a demonstration on
the use of modern milking machines. If you enjoy exploring, you will want to participate in the daily “Free-Range Farmsplorations.” There are lots of learning and exploring experiences on the farm: The Museum Center’s new exhibits, Educational Kiosks along the Binsack Trail hike, Interactive activities: Scavenger Hunt, Measure Your Wingspan, and a Vermicompost Exhibit in addition to other activities. What is a Vermicompost? “Vermicomposting is the process by which worms are used to convert organic materials into a humus-like material known as vermin-compost.” Visit the Children’s, Historical Era, and Marion Remick Memorial Gardens. And if you would like a souvenir to remember your Remick Museum and Farm experiences the Museum Store will be opened. A Virtual Tour is available of the Farm. Videos of Sights and Sounds on the Farm Throughout the Seasons: Spring on the Farm, Growth and Changes, Kidding Time, Lambing Season 2021. Maple Sap to Maple Syrup, Maple Tapping Time, Winter Ecology Walk, Snowy Farm Prints, Monarch Butterflies, and Virtual Classroom Activities. Remick Country Doctor Museum & Farm is located at 58 Cleveland Hill Rd., Tamworth, NH 03886. Detailed explanations of activities, specific dates, times and costs of some activities are listed and explained on the Remick Museum’s Website at www.remickmuseum.org. They can be reached by phone: 603 323-7591.
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The Madison Boulder: An Appreciation of Grandeur Robert E. Morency How many Boulders (the city in Colorado, excepted) do you know of that have their own Wikipedia Page? There is at least one, and it is right here in New Hampshire, “only a stone’s throw” from NH Route 16. Widely regarded as one of the largest free-standing rocks in the World, it resides in its own State Park, just off NH Route 113, in the Town of Madison, New Hampshire (Figure 1.) Upon my first viewing the Madison Boulder, I distinctly recall having thought, “Now, that is a big rock.” Simple, and to the point. Just the same as the Madison Boulder. It’s often talked about as being the biggest “Glacial
Erratic” in North America, and there’s hardly anyone here who would deny that you are correct. That is a good feeling, no? For anyone, no matter where they are from, who stands on any side of it, The Madison Boulder is one of the largest chunks of the solid Earth that they have ever seen or will ever see. Measuring 87 by 37 by 23 feet, it is truly a Wonder of the Natural World. Figure 2 shows a party of approximately 47 visitors standing in front of the Boulder. Note that there is still room for more on the right side. Plus, The Madison Boulder is Famous, if only for its size. Being in front of it is, to a “rockhound,” or a geologist, is very much like meeting a
Figure 1 Hollywood Movie Star - for free, and without a big crowd to get in the way of touching Fame. So, what is a Glacial Erratic, anyway? Does the Madison Boulder qualify as a Glacial Erratic? How have these out-of-place rocks influenced the science of Geology from its earliest days of trying to solve mysteries without witnesses? New Hampshire has the right stuff (Granites, Gneisses, Quartzites, and other massive, non-foliated crystalline bedrock) as the preferred precursor for making large boulders, which are the result of glacial ice action, and Win-
ter freeze/Spring thaw cycles, both of which act to dislodge chunks of bedrock from where they have been for hundreds of millions of years, in many cases (on ledges, cliffs, or smooth, flat pavement, for example). Other places in New England, especially Vermont, have fewer bouldery fields and forest than New Hampshire, or else possess different climates, which are either too mild or too cold, to result in favorable freezing of snowmelt after sunny days of melting. Frozen snow melt tends to refreeze at night in the Winter, which • Madison Boulder continued on page 35
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considered as glacial erratic For non-erratic boulders, there is not-so-much interest for a geologist. However, in past times, settlers used boulders as a ready source of building material for foundations, buildings, steps, mill stones, and other uses of dimension stone. Look closely, and you might see boulders while on a hike, which have been chiseled and split by an earlier Human occupant of the land. Occurrences of unusual boulders in Scotland gave rise to the idea, now abandoned, that they were evidence of the Flood of the Bible (of Noah’s Ark fame.) Closer examination, and evolving ideas about how extensive Continental Glaciers had been in the past, changed all that. Early geologists thought that the rocks drifted along on the flood waters. To this day, the term, “glacial drift” is still used for sedi-
ments of glacial origin. There was evidence of scratches (“striations”) in the bedrock pavement, which could only have been due to the boulders scraping over the rock surface. The discovery of these scratches can still be significant for filling in gaps in our knowledge of how ice flowed in particular locations. It takes a studied eye to see glacial striations. They can be as subtle as faint scratches, with very limited length and density of scratches. Or, they can ap-
pear as rather wide grooves, up to, or exceeding a few feet perpendicular to their long axis. These wide features are known as “flutes,” and can be very subtle and easily overlooked, especially when searching for striations. The line of the long axis is the direction that the ice was last flowing (earlier flow directions having usually, but not always, been wiped clean by later ice flow.) The width of the “fluting” depends on the dimensions of the boulder that was being dragged along against the bedrock, gouging out the fluting. The length of the gouging depends on the makeup of the boulder. Soft minerals, such as mica will crush after only a short distance, and harder minerals, such as quartz, will make longer striations and flutes. Because you can’t go wrong with a Free Admission to a World-Class Attraction, (second only to The Mount Washington Hotel on Route 302 in Bretton Woods, where the World’s Monetary System was devised in 1944) even the most jaded visitor will be thrilled to stand in front of such a Grand Natural Wonder as the 5,963 tons (12 million pounds) of The Madison Boulder. Please give it a visit. It will put a smile on your face.
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Brake for Moose—It Could Save Your Life! Remember to brake for moose when traveling on New Hampshire’s roadways. There were 74 collisions between moose and vehicles in New Hampshire in 2021; in the last five years the state has averaged 93 collisions per year. While moose are active year round, May through October are high-risk months for collisions because moose venture onto roadways to eat the remaining salt residue from winter surface treatments. The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department works diligently to increase awareness of the danger of moose and vehicle collisions. “Moose are an iconic species and a tremendous resource of our state, but it can be dangerous to encounter them on the road,” said New Hampshire Fish and Game Moose Project Leader Henry Jones. “By following a few simple rules, motorists can greatly reduce their chance of a moose–vehicle collision or the severity of personal injury if they do hit a moose.” When driving on New Hampshire roads, keep these points in mind:
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Karen Morgan Brings Clean Comedy to the Stage By Lori Tremblay When Karen Morgan brings her comedy act onstage, the audience takes notice. A blond, former trial attorney in her mid-fifties, Morgan connects with the audience with her anecdotes about being a wife and mother. After 17 years, her comedy act is still going strong. Karen Morgan is from Athens, Georgia and now calls Maine home. She lives with her husband and three children in Cumberland and takes her experiences as a mom onstage, in comedy clubs and theaters. A former trial attorney who is still licensed to practice in Georgia and Maine, Morgan wanted to stay home with her children. Bill Tay-
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When Morgan was touring on the road, her husband stayed home with their children. They first met on a blind date and have been married 26 years. Morgan said that her husband never questioned her decision to become a comedian and has been very supportive. “I couldn’t do it without him,” she said. On the road when the children were younger, Morgan kept in mind that her children could see her material online. “I don’t talk about private things,” said Morgan. “My kids are more important to me.” Her mom is also a big fan. She stopped doing routines about her mom for the same reason. Morgan took a break from touring • Comedy continued on page 42
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Yester year By Kathi Caldwell-Hopper Until recently, old theatres were fading from the American landscape. The entertainment venues lived on mostly in the memories of older people who attended silent movies, plays and early talking films in the ornate theatre halls. In the Lakes Region such buildings as Franklin’s Opera House and Lakeport Opera House and Colonial Theatre in Laconia have been revitalized and offer programs and concerts throughout the year. (The Lakes Region was not the only part of New Hampshire to offer Opera Houses, and there were venues all over the state, from the northern regions to southern parts of the state.) Those who travel through Lakeport Square may not know a gem of a theatre started as a vital part of the community. A large building in Lakeport Square has been transformed and now houses offices and a restaurant, and the second floor is the Lakeport Opera House. It recently underwent a renovation project and is now a popular concert venue. Historically, the Lakeport Opera House was the place to go for entertainment. It was constructed in the 1880s, and locals performed in plays and concerts there. Silent movies were also a
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Page 46 | THE LAKER June 27, 2022 • Yesteryear continued from page 44 theatre, but they were very popular in Laconia. Considering that some in the audience rarely saw a live play, excitement must have run high. As well as plays, Moulton’s also featured animal acts; the animals were led up a long stairway to the second-floor theatre stage to perform. The opera house was a beautiful space, with curving railings, balcony seats, an ornate stage and grand orchestra pit. Sports events were popular at that time, with boxing matches like traveling road shows unto themselves. The great boxer John L. Sullivan was said to have boxed in a match at the Moulton Opera House. Not long after, when silent movies were born, patrons could watch Clara Bow, Mary Pickford, and other stars on the big screen at Moulton’s. Eventually, the theatre was closed during the 1930s, probably due to low attendance during the Depression
years. It was eventually demolished. Most people who have lived in the Lakes Region for years remember the Colonial Theatre, also located in downtown Laconia. The Colonial was built in 1914 and was quite modern for its time. Erected by Benjamin Piscapo of Laconia, the ornate theatre was large, with a seating capacity of 1,400. The entrance walls were sheathed in antique marble, the interior decor featured hand painted scenes, stuccowork, velvet carpets and luxurious parlor suites for the boxes. The theatre also had a great view of the stage from all seats. Vaudeville figured heavily into the early days of the Colonial and even animals were sometimes paraded on the stage during variety shows. Silent films were a big draw at the Colonial, with the blockbuster “Birth of a Nation” accompanied with a fivepiece orchestra. The conductor and musicians traveled with the movie. A local woman played in front of the stage for other silent movies.
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