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Your Guide to What’s Happening in NH’s Lakes Region
August 23 • Vol 38 • No 21
Get Out on the Lake... Cruising Through Summer!
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Tiki Huts On The Lake
“Geez, I could do that.” He said he had the mechanical skills as owner of Rochester Truck, and he had built race cars when he was younger. “So the engineering part was pretty simple,” he said. With the Big Kahuna, instead of using plastic drums for buoyancy, Don purchased pontoons from a Canadian man who has filled government contracts. “I thought they were better-built,” he said. “They have quarter-inch walls and have five-foot air chambers. If there ever is a hiccup, the boat can’t sink. They’re all built to military specs, so they’re definitely overkill.” He said he started building the Big Kahuna in the spring, but the pontoons were delayed by nine weeks, preventing its launch until the end of July. The New Hampshire Marine Patrol inspect-
activity has become a seven-day-aweek job. “We get calls from 6 in the morning to 11 at night,” Don said. “I’m now working more than I used to. For three months, it’s seven days a week with no time off. The office work has tripled, so it’s extremely tough.” With three boats to handle now, it has become necessary to bring in additional help, and Tiki Hut Boats now has 15 captains and 10 first mates to share the work. The boats follow four routes: one through Sally’s Gut near Stonedam Island, another around Governor’s Island, a third to Meredith, and the fourth to Paugus Bay. “Basically, Mother Nature tells us where to go,” Don said. “Like Sally’s Gut, we can hide in it to get out of the wind and waves and stuff like that. Paugus Bay is quiet a lot of days. Occasionally it depends on which way the wind is going. Governor’s Island is good on the back side, so we can hang out on the back side pretty well to make it an enjoyable event. “The biggest thing is we try to make sure that customers are happy, whatever they want, and we try to get out of the heavy winds and waves as soon as we can.” Asked about how fast the tiki hut boats travel, Don said the smaller ones go about 4 mph, while the Big Kahuna goes 5 mph. Although the big boat carries two 60 hp motors, “There’s no • Tiki Hut Boats continued on page 4
ed the boat and found no problems with certifying it for commercial use. Altered Business Plan When Don built his first tiki hut boat in 2017, his intention was to offer the boats for sale. He sold one. Instead of seeing a demand for boat purchases, he found an interest in charters, so he altered the business plan in 2018 by offering public and private charters. “The first year was just trying to get the word out, marketing one-on-one,” he said. “The second year we did 1,800 people. The third year we did 6,000 people, and this year we’re way over last year.” He said the pandemic helped to boost business last year because being out on the water was a safe place to be. What was intended as a retirement
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By Thomas P. Caldwell Imagine drifting along on the waves, a breeze ruffling the thatched roof that is providing both shade and shelter, a cool drink in your hand, and your favorite music coming from the speakers. Or how about a reggae cruise, dancing to Jamaican music on a gently rocking deck, sharing the festive mood with a group of like-minded party-goers? Then there’s this: Reciting wedding vows before the boat’s captain, in front of close friends and family, with the Big Lake as a setting? All this is possible with the unique Tiki Hut Boats of Weirs Beach. The two original tiki hut boats are 16-foot octagonal rafts built atop 13 55-gallon plastic drums, each with 450 pounds of buoyancy. The bamboo and pine tiki hut sits atop the raft with a wet bar surrounding the helm. Each boat can carry up to 10 passengers. At the end of July, the company launched its newest addition, the Big Kahuna — a much larger boat that can carry 22 guests. In addition to the bar seating, the Big Kahuna has a small dance floor up front and a rest room at the stern. “They’re all very stable,” said Don Gagnon. “We can’t put enough people on board to sink it. We’ve never had anyone even spill a drink.” Don says he got the idea for the tiki hut boats while spending time in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, where his family stays during the winter months. He saw a tiki hut boat go by and thought,
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• Tiki Hut Boats continued from page 3 reason to go fast,” Don said. Standard cruises last 90 minutes or two hours, and are offered seven days a week from midMay through Labor Day. Private charters can be longer: The Big Kahuna can be rented by the hour and one customer rented it for five hours. The majority of rides are for two or three hours, Don said. Drinks, Anyone? No alcohol is served on the tiki hut boats, but there is an icefilled cooler for the drinks that customers bring on board. They can purchase drinks and other items at Weirs Beach locations prior to boarding the vessels. Because the boats have bluetooth-capable stereo systems, clients will be able to synch their smartphones to the speakers to play their favorite songs. The captains are able to provide information about Lake Winnipesaukee and its history along the way for those who are interested in learning more about the Big Lake. No one has to worry about life jackets because the boats are equipped with personal flotation devices. However, if you’re bringing young children along, let them know to make sure an appropriate-sized PFD is on board. Besides the partiers, Tiki Hut Boats has played host to business groups looking for a break from routine, and others looking for something different to do. One of the most popular uses for the vessels is a place for wedding parties to
celebrate, and now, with the Big Kahuna, wedding ceremonies are possible. Two of the captains are licensed justices of the peace, so they can perform ceremonies aboard the boats, and two other captains are seeking JP licenses. Don said there were three weddings scheduled for the weekend of August 14 to 15. Pricing for the 90-minute weekend cruises is $55 per person, with 10 people maximum on the small tiki hut boats. Mid-week prices are $45 per person. Two-hour private charters are $800 on weekends and $700 midweek. Pricing for the Big Kahuna is $650 per hour (two-hour minimum) for up to 16 people and $40 per person beyond that, with a maximum capacity of 22 passengers. For more information, see https://tikihutboatsofnh.com/index.htm.
The Freese Brothers Big Band has been a popular draw in the Wolfeboro Community Bandstand in past summers and the band will return on Saturday, August 28 for a free concert as the penultimate performance in the Friends of the Wolfeboro Community Bandstand summer concert series for 2021. The concert series, which runs each Saturday night from 7 to 9 pm, in the bandstand in Cate Park, is free to the public. The Freese Brothers Big Band, based in Concord, New Hampshire, was formed in 1982 by the four Freese brothers: Jack, Bill, George and Courtland, who began playing music together in a family performing group in the 1930s. The purpose of the band is to support and encourage the development of the musical talents of the public, particularly young musicians and its members and to foster an appreciation of music of all eras. The band members live and work throughout the southern and central New Hampshire area and come from diverse professional and musical backgrounds, including some talented high school students. They bring together years of experience to produce a distinctive sound. The band is proud to note that many of its high school members have gone on to college to study music for their future careers. The Freese Brothers Big Band
members are all volunteers and the band’s performance fees maintain the band’s equipment, pay travel expenses and support the Freese Brothers Big Band Memorial Scholarship Fund, which was formed in memory of departed musical friends. The band has awarded nearly $60,000 in scholarships to help high school musicians in the area improve their musical abilities. As for what you’ll hear when you come to Cate Park on Saturday, August 28, the band provides quality entertainment for all sorts of occasions and because of that, you will hear numerous pieces of music throughout the concert. The band will play Count Basie, Benny Goodman, Duke Ellington, Frank Sinatra and Tommy Dorsey, but will also include updated arrangements of classics hits from newer artists like Michael Buble. The show will start at 7 pm and run through 9 pm, with a short intermission. Although there is no admission charged for the show, a passthe-bucket offering will be collected at intermission to help the Friends of the Wolfeboro Community Bandstand continue to bring free concerts to the public every week. In the event of inclement weather, the concert will be cancelled and a sign will be posted at the entrance to the park near the town docks and an update will also appear at wolfeborobandstand.org and on the group’s Facebook page.
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NH Outside with Emma Chipmunks in the Garden By Emma Erler When holes appear on a lawn or in a garden, the homeowner may ask, “Which animals are responsible for all of the small holes and tunnels I’m finding in my garden? Should I be worried that they will eat my flowers and vegetables?” By the sound of things, eastern chipmunks have taken up residence in your garden. Chipmunks are eight to 10 inches long, have five long conspicuous dark stripes that run down their sides and backs, and have flattened furry tails. They also have light colored stripes above and below their eyes, and cheeks with large pouches that can store and carry food. They live throughout the entire state of New Hampshire and are just as likely to be found in backyard gardens as they are in open, deciduous woodland environments. No matter where they are found, chipmunks create burrows with extensive networks of tunnels and entrances that are used for shelter and storing food for the winter months. Burrows are frequently constructed on slopes, aiding in quick water drainage after storm events. Chipmunks are omnivores, meaning
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chipmunks. Chipmunks are also frequent visitors beneath bird feeders. If you haven’t done so already, take down feeders and do not replace them until the chipmunks (and bears) have gone to sleep for the winter. When removing food sources isn’t enough, quick-kill traps are a humane method of reducing chipmunk populations*. Rat traps baited with peanut butter can be an effective means of eliminating individual problem animals. * Live trapping chipmunks is not recommended because the release of small animals like chipmunks into unfamiliar territory with no shelter (burrows) exposes them to predators and possibly starvation. (Courtesy of UNH Extension, Ask UNH Extension. The UNH Extension staff is knowledgeable about a number of topics, from gardening to food preservation and more. Information is reprinted with permission of UNH Extension. Got questions? The Ask UNH Extension Infoline offers practical help finding answers for your home, yard, and garden question. Call toll free at 1-877-398-4769, Monday to Friday, 9 am to 2 pm or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.)
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Make Beautiful Earrings Join League of NH Craftsmen juried jeweler, Joy Raskin, at the Meredith Fine Craft Gallery on Tuesday, August 31 from 10:30 am to 4:30 pm to learn how to make earrings. Spend a day creating your own beautiful earrings. You will make French ear wires, dangles, hoops, and more. Earrings can be easily made with just a few hand tools and a little imagination. Sheet metal and beads will be incorporated into the jewelry, and a variety of wire such as silverplated, sterling, gold-filled, and copper will also be used. Tuition is $85 per student. An additional materials fee of $25 will be paid in either cash or check to the instructor on the day of the class. Students are encouraged to bring a bagged lunch, and any beads or decorative pieces on hand that they want to incorporate into their earrings. Create an Acrylic Landscape Painting Spend a few hours creating an acrylic landscape painting with Ann Xavier.
The Tapply-Thompson Community Center (TTCC) will be holding its Annual Lobster & Chicken Supper at Kelley Park in Bristol on Saturday, August 28 from 5:30 to 7 pm. Don’t miss this delicious summer tradition! Tickets are available at the TTCC or at the door while they last. The cost is $17 for Chicken, $20 for Lobster and $25 for a combo of a lobster and quarter chicken.
She will teach a class at The League of NH Craftsmen – Meredith Fine Craft Gallery on Saturday, September 11 from 10 am to 1 pm. The instructor will have samples to work from or you can bring in your own. Instructor Ann Xavier is a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design with 30 years of teaching experience. She was a juried member of the Boca Raton Museum of Art Artists Guild and has exhibited extensively over the course of her career. Tuition is $70.00 per student with a $30.00 materials fee paid to the instructor on the day of the class. Space is limited and pre-registration is required. For details, visit http://meredith. nhcrafts.org/classes/ and the League’s Facebook page at http://www. facebook.com/nhcraft/. Space for both classes is limited and pre-registration is required. Call 603-279-7920 or stop by the gallery, which is located at 279 Daniel Webster Highway in Meredith, NH.
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well as refreshing of the exhibits. John Hopper, board member who spearheaded the project says, “This has been a labor of love actively undertaken by the entire board of directors and volunteers to portray the progression of our town and the characters instrumental in its transformations.” Meredith Historical Society is located at 45 Main Street and is open from 10 am to 3 pm, from Wednesday through Saturday until mid-October. The Speakers Series takes place on the first Tuesday of each month with free admission. For more information visit the Facebook page, or www. meredithhistoricalsocietynh.org. Call 603-279-1190.
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‘Cue The Grill High End Beef Recipes Off the Grill By Chef Kelly Ross Welcome to another chapter in yummy food right off the Barbie. Although I’ve been cooking professionally for about 40 years, I had many mentors when I was growing up. When it comes to a great dinner out of the kitchen, I usually think of my beautiful Mom. When it comes to beef, there really is nothing better off the grill in my opinion. Nothing. No matter how many I am grilling for when I entertain, even if it’s just the two of us at home, I make plenty so we can enjoy leftovers. As always, I try to keep the recipes fairly simple although exquisite, and today’s list may be more so than most of my articles. I am sending you into the kitchen for one of these steak recipes as it is best made in the kitchen. Considering today is dedicated to high-end cuts of beef, let’s start with the most expensive cut, the beef tenderloin, or filet mignon. As a general rule, the tenderloin’s price is
due to the tenderness of it as the flavor level isn’t as high as most cuts because there is next to little fat involved in the tenderloin. The fat is where the flavor comes from in beef. The main reason you see a sauce on a filet mignon in every restaurant is for this very reason. The alternative to a sauce is an outstanding marinade injected into the cut before grilling. Trust me, it is so worth it. This outstanding recipe is for 4 of you.
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Herb Crusted Filet Mignon ¼ cup olive oil 3 cloves of garlic, minced 4 Filet Mignon, ideally about 8-10 oz each and 1 ½ in. thick 1 tsp fresh or dried rosemary 1 tsp fresh or dried thyme 1 tsp dried marjoram 1 tsp salt 1 tsp fresh grind black pepper In a covered microwave-safe bowl, heat the olive oil and garlic in the microwave for 50 to 60 seconds. Remove and allow to cool. Add the rosemary, thyme, and marjoram, and stir. Let sit for 5 minutes. Stab both sides of each tenderloin with a meat needler tenderizer. Place the filet mignons into a shallow glass dish. Pour the herb mixture over the steaks, turning them over to coat evenly. Cover and let marinate for 2 to 4 hours in the refrigerator. Preheat the grill for high heat. Right before placing steaks on the grill, grease the grill grates well. Remove the steaks from the fridge, and season both sides with salt and pepper.
Place the steaks on the grill and cook for 5 to 6 minutes per side, or to the desired doneness. Remove steaks from the heat and let rest for at least 5 minutes. You really shouldn’t even need a knife when digging into this hunk of deliciousness. Although I love a good filet, it’s not my favorite cut of beef. This next one is something much more my cup of tea, so to speak. Let’s bring my favorite cut of beef into the equation and that is a rib eye. As awesome as a great cut of prime rib is, I much more prefer a raw cut thrown on the grill, although there are no losers between the two choices. Combine my favorite cut of beef with one of my favorite flavor enhancers, that being a great compound butter, and I’m in heaven. Compound butters work so well on everything - seafood, fish, chicken and beef, even on fresh vegetables for that matter. This recipe is for four of you. Grilled Rib Eye with a Jalapeno Butter 4 sticks of unsalted butter, at room temp 4 fresh jalapenos, seeded and finely chopped (use caution when handling.) 4 cloves of garlic, minced 4 Rib Eyes, ideally about 1 ½ inches thick, 1+ lb each Sea salt and fresh ground black pepper Stir together butter, jalapeno, and garlic in a small bowl. Heat grill to medium-high. Generously season both sides of steak with sea salt and • ‘Cue the Grill continued on page 10
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• ‘Cue the Grill continued from page 8 pepper. Lightly brush grates with oil. Grill steak until browned, 3 to 4 minutes per side. Turn the temp down to low – medium low and finish this way; covered, turning once, until a thermometer inserted in thickest part registers 125 degrees to 130 degrees for medium-rare. Spread about 2-4 tbsp of the jalapeno butter on steak and sprinkle with more sea salt. Great steak with a great flavor and a scrumptious bite to it. This next one is probably my favorite of the day. To begin with, we start with a nice, big ‘ole thick porterhouse steak and then we top off it off with one of the two best things that goes over a good steak, and this one gets an outstanding fresh mushroom sauce. With the exception of caramelized onions, a killer mushroom sauce is my all-time favorite accoutrements to dress up a great hunk of beef. This delicious recipe is also for 4 of you. You better be hungry! Grilled T-Bones with a Mushroom Sauce 4 T-Bone steaks, ideally about a lb each, at least 1 ¼ inches thick 3 cups of beef broth, low sodium preferably 1 lb of sliced mushrooms, usually buttons or cremini, or do a combo of
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through to get nice diamond shaped grill marks. Once close to your desired doneness, take steaks from the grill, put on a pan, then cover with foil and allow to rest for 5 minutes. Give the mushrooms a stir. When steaks are ready, plate, and top with the desired mushrooms and sauce on each. You will not regret making this recipe. Trust me. Next on today’s hit list is arguably the most famous steak dish ever and a staple in classic French cuisine, that being Steak au Poivre, pronounced “oh-pwahv” for the amateur’s out there. Believe me, you aren’t alone if you haven’t heard of it, or more so, seen it or tried it. It’s not a common dish in the average restaurant, but a “go-to” in many upscale restaurants and more so in any restaurant specializing in French cuisine. This recipe has an amazing sauce containing French cognac, a high end brandy. To keep it authentic, I would recommend using it although if you want to, you can use any quality brandy. The other main aspect of this recipe is that both sides of the steak are coated in crushed black peppercorns, so you better love pepper. This is the recipe I referred to earlier about being one to cook inside. As much as I crave beef off the barbecue, some recipes and cuts of beef are better in a pan with lots of love. This recipe is for 4
Classic French Steak au Poivre 4 boneless strip or rib eye steaks, 1214 oz each, 1 ¼ - 1 ½ inches thick ¼ cup whole black peppercorns Kosher salt ¼ cup olive oil 8 tbsp unsalted butter, divided Just shy of a cup of cognac Just shy of 2 cups of heavy cream Let the steaks sit out at room temperature for 30 minutes before you start to cook. Preheat your oven to 450 F. Crack the peppercorns in a mortar and pestle or by crushing them in a metal skillet with the bottom of another heavy pot or pan. You can always put them in a small Ziploc, cover with a few folded paper towels and pound with a meat tenderizer hammer. Transfer the crushed peppercorns to a plate or sheet pan. Season the steaks with salt and then press the steaks into the cracked peppercorns. Make sure to coat both sides of the steaks. Heat 1-2 wide, oven-safe pans, depending on what you have, over medium-high heat. Once hot, add the oil and 4 tablespoons of the butter. Swirl it around to combine, then add the steaks. Brown them for about 2 minutes on each side. Transfer the pan(s) to the oven for another 4 to 5 minutes Remove the pan(s) from the oven, transfer the steaks to a plate, tent them with foil and let them rest for 5 to 6 minutes while you make the sauce. If using 2 pans, now pour the grease from one into the second one. From the one pan now, save 2 tbsp of the oil and drain off the rest. Put that pan back on a burner, not turning on the heat yet. Again, if you started with 2 pans, split the cognac into both pans, and with a wooden spoon or spatula, scrape all • ‘Cue the Grill continued on page 11
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steaks on a small glass dish, cover with plastic, and place in the refrigerator for 2-3 hours. Once ready to grill, pull the flavorful crumbs from the bottom to room temp 30-45 minutes prior to of the pans. Scrape and add cognac to grilling. Well oil your grill and cook the one pan with oil. Add the cream on a high heat for 5-6 minutes on each and stir to combine. Turn the heat back side. As much as I love the chili rub, on to medium-high and bring the sauce and as I do with most any filet mignon to a boil. Lower the heat to a simmer dish, I love a sauce for it. I prefer using and cook for about 7-8 minutes or until the bleu cheese dressing mixed with it has reduced by about half. Stir in added crumble blue, and then spooned the remaining 2 tablespoons butter and over the top of each cooked filet. The season to taste with salt. You can either cool flavor of the dressing goes so well plate the steaks as is and top with the with the filet’s rub. You can easily do sauce, or as it is often served, slice the it with just sour cream, a combo of the meat on a diagonal and fan across the crumble blue cheese and sour cream, a plate and then top COMPOSITE with the sauce. Let’s WRAPPED DECKING combo of all 3 ingredients, or anything bring in another fast, another easy way that sounds good to you, or nothing to grill them. This recipe has a simple at all for that matter. In another great rub that enhances the steak’s flavor, option, in the last 3-4 minutes on the giving it a rich beefiness with a hint of grill, top with the crumble bleu cheese sweet from some brown sugar. Again, and let it melt, then top with either this recipe serves 4 extra sauce if needed. The choice is Chili and Brown Sugar yours my friends. Rubbed Filet Mignon I’ve got one last recipe boys and 4 filet mignons, at least 1 ½ inches girls before we say goodbye for thick, more is better, 7-8 oz each another chapter, and this one brings 2 ½ tsp chili powder a porterhouse steak into the equation. 2 ½ tsp ground cumin As many of you know by now, I love 1 tsp paprika hot and spicy, and this one brings 1 ½ tsp granulated garlic out fresh grated horseradish root into 2 tsp brown sugar things which I have always considered 1 tsp fresh grind black pepper awesome. The horseradish is just 1 tsp sea salt a minor aspect of what we top this 8 oz thick bleu cheese dressing, as in great steak with, as it is topped with Ken’s…optional arugula and a splash of olive oil. We 8 oz sour cream….optional add crunchy celery and briny olives 4 oz crumble bleu cheese…optional to punch up the greens, tossed it all Place dry ingredients in a small bowl with lemon juice for brightness, and and mix together. Coat each steak with swapped the oil out for a drizzle of spice mixture. Make sure each steak has garlicky brown butter, so let’s get at it. a good amount of seasoning on it. Put Again, this is for 4.
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medium rare. Meanwhile, combine butter and garlic in a saucepan. Cook over medium-high heat, swirling occasionally, until butter turns golden brown and gives off a nutty aroma, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat. In a bowl, toss arugula, celery and leaves, and olives with lemon juice. Pile salad on top of steak; drizzle brown butter generously over both. Grate horseradish over top; serve. So next time you hear “Where’s the Beef”, fall back on this article and pick out a good one depending on the day. I know all these cuts of beef are “high end” so to speak and aren’t exactly something many of us can afford all the time, but next time the situation arises when someone deserves to be spoiled, it’s always nice to have some fun ideas. Until next week, keep spoiling your taste buds my friends as they well deserve it. If any of you cares to touch base with any questions or feedback, please e-mail me at fenwaysox10@ gmail.com.
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The Summer Fair - A Century Plus Tradition By Judith Buswell (Editor’s note – the Gilford Community Church, located in Gilford village, will hold its annual summer fair during Gilford Old Home Day. The church fair will take place on Friday, August 27 at 4 pm and on Saturday, August 28 at 7 am on the church grounds on Potter Hill Road. The following is a look back at the activities and history of the fair by Judith Buswell.) In 1922, the Gilford Community Church (GCC) annual summer fair was held on a Tuesday and Wednesday afternoon in the middle of the week. Why not Saturday? Perhaps the easy answer is that most women - the primary consumers, supporters, and organizers of church fairs - did not work outside their homes, meaning that these midweek events would fit more comfortably within their household and farm duties. By today’s standards, this summer fair held in the Town Hall over two afternoons and evenings, was simple and modest. However, the real lure of this event came from the bountiful social connections involved and the chance to share patterns for homemade aprons and recipes for home-cooked food. The evening musicales drew in the men-folk and others for a long-awaited and memorable mid-summer gathering of friends and families. Who did all the planning for this fair? Promotional materials indicate that seven women and one man managed this one event! In contrast, by 1948 at the crest of the post-WWII surge in community energy, the Fair was organized and led by about 40 men and women. The event had been renamed the “Country Fair” and was held on a Saturday in late July so as not to conflict with the town’s yearly late-August observance of “Old Home Day”. Aprons and baked goods were still the major attractions, but this year the aprons were sold from
the wrap-around porch and lawn of the Langill’s home right across the street, while the baked goods were the main attraction in the Town Hall. Other Fair venues included the Parsonage where a Fortune Teller consulted her crystal ball and ladies served late-afternoon iced tea, and the Archie McDonald Barn part of the big white house next to the Town Hall - that provided shade and shelter for the Auction. Hungry fairgoers ate lunch in the Parish Hall and while the adults chatted, their children hustled upstairs for movies. Workers in the Grange Hall dished up a Baked Bean and Strawberry Shortcake supper, followed by a Square Dance with a live caller and an orchestra in the rustic hall at the Belknap Mountain Recreation Area. Scarcely a month later, on August 21 before the ink had dried in the Summer Fair account books, the GCC ladies rallied again to run a homemade gift table as part of Gilford Old Home Day. The next day on Sunday, August 22, Rev. Paul Hostetter and the choir led a special “Old Home Sunday Family Service” in the GCC Sanctuary. In 1949, the GCC Country Fair featured the sale of the cookbook, “Gilford Cakes”, a project of the Women’s Circle that included favorite cake recipes from members and friends of the Gilford Community Church, illustrations by Ellie Lindsay, and lettering by Barbara Smith. Copies of this small, spiralbound book are still cherished and used by current church members. In 1957, the summer fair was chaired by Seth Keller with co-chairs Fran Talbot and Bob Hinds and some 24 committee workers. Home-made aprons in an eye-catching display of colors and fabrics still captured the spotlight. The 1962 church fair, chaired by Larry Guild Sr. with Iva Phelps as co-chair, was built around a Colonial theme and included a delightful children’s parade
that opened the Fair. The apron table was still a feature but was definitely no longer the star attraction. In 1971, Bruce Papps was Chair of the GCC summer fair. Earlier, town and church leaders had combined the church fair with the Old Home Day celebrations in anticipation of streamlined efforts and even grander outcomes. In these initial years of collaboration, the church fair delayed its opening until immediately after the Parade, allowing Fair personnel to stand along the route and cheer on costumed nieces, nephews and neighbors as they marched by. 1971 was the rare year that Mother Nature interfered. Worried fair personnel had watched all week as Hurricane Doria slid up the eastern seaboard to arrive in New Hampshire just in time to swamp the day’s events, postponing everything until the following Saturday on September 4. Thus one week later than planned, the Fair was a success but the home-made aprons didn’t even rate a mention by the media, no doubt handily upstaged by the popular Chuck Wagon! In 1975, and apparently every year thereafter, the GCC summer fair and the
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Through Oct. 31, Shaped by Conﬂict: Mementoes of WWII Era, exhibit, Museum of WWII, 77 Center St., Wolfeboro, info: wrightmuseum.org, 569-1212. Aug. 24, Introduction to Fused Glass, 10 am-2 pm, taught by Ann Farnam Lambert, ArtWorks Chocorua, 132 White Mt. Highway, Chocorua, info: 323-8041. Aug. 25, A Roaring 1920s Gala, 6 pm, Castle in the Clouds, Rt. 171, Moultonboro, pre-registration is a must: 476-5900, www.castleintheclouds.org. Aug. 25, Canterbury Community Farmers Market, 4-6:30 pm, in field by Elkins Library, 9 Center Rd., Canterbury, fresh produce and more from vendors, with live music by Tim Gurshin, www.canterburyfarmersmarket.com. (Takes place every Wed. til last Wed. in Sept.)
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Aug. 25, Cate Park Band Concert, 7 pm, pick-up band performs, Community Bandstand at Cate Park, downtown Wolfeboro, bring your own lawn chair for seating, free. Aug. 25, Leafhoppers to Lacewings: Field Exploration, 10-11:30 am, Squam Lakes Natural Science Center, Holderness, info: 968-7194, www.nhnature.org. Aug. 25, Rumney’s Pioneer: Investigating the Habits of Northern Ferns at its Southern Limits, 7 pm, talk by scientist Scott Bailey, Quincy Bog Natural Area, 131 Quincy Bog Rd., Rumney, info: email@example.com.
Enjoy old fashioned train rides along the western shore of Lake Winnipesaukee and Paugus Bay! Meredith Station: (2-hour train rides): 154 Main Street, Meredith, NH Weirs Beach: (1 hour train rides) 211 Lakeside Avenue, Weirs Beach, NH
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Aug. 26, Bristol Summer Concerts in the Park, Freese Brothers Big Band, 6:30 pm, free, bring your own lawn chair, Kelley Park, N. Main St., Bristol, 744-3354 ext. 136. Aug. 26, Outdoor Antique and Crafts Fair, 11 am-4 pm, on the grounds of the Wolfeboro Historical Society, South Main St., Wolfeboro, with Wolfeboro Farmers Market, info: firstname.lastname@example.org, 832-3820. Aug. 27, Rebel Collective, free concert, 6 pm, Belknap Mill, Rotary Riverside Park, Beacon St. East, Laconia, 524-8813. Aug. 27-28, Gilford Community Church Fair, 8/27: 4-7 pm; 8/28: 7 am-2 pm, mini white elephant sale, toys, games, jewelry, music, fried dough, ice cream, silent auction, 19 Potter Hill Rd., Gilford, 524-6057, also on 8/28: Gilford Rotary Pancake Breakfast at the Youth Center (on church grounds) from 7-10 am. Aug. 27 & 28, Wolfeboro’s Annual Sidewalk Sale Days, 9 am, bargains at Wolfeboro stores, info: 569-2200. Aug. 28, Annual Antique Car Show, Hot Rods, Muscle Cars and More, 200 cars on display, food truck, car trophies, North East Motor Sports Museum, Rt. 106, Loudon, 783-0183. Aug. 28, Annual Lobster & Chicken Supper, 5:30 pm, supports Tapply Thompson Community Center, Bristol, held in Kelly Park, dinner music by Solitary Man, info: 744-2713. Aug. 28, Antique Car Show, 10 am-3 pm, register your car for showing: 8-10 am, Kelley Park, N. Main St., Bristol, 744-3354 ext. 136. Aug. 28, Behind the Library Concert, 4-5 pm, Cook Memorial Library, Tamworth, www.tamworthlibrary.org. Aug. 28, Bristol Old Home Day & Craft Fair, 9 am-3 pm, Kelley Park, Bristol, 744-3354 ext. 136. Aug. 28, Cars and Coffee, 9 am, show and shine antique/classic/hot rod car show, all welcome, breakfast at Center Harbor Diner, car show at 11 Whittier Highway, Moultonboro. Aug, 28, Coffee at the Castle, 8:30-10 am, Castle in the Clouds Terrace of Carriage House, Rt. 171, Moultonboro, pre-register a must: programs@castleintheclouds. org or call 476-5410. Aug. 28, Concerts in the Clouds, Free Folk Festival, 7:30 pm, Great Waters Music Festival, takes place at Castle in the Clouds, Rt. 171, Moultonboro, tickets: 569-7710.
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Aug. 28, Historical Walking Tour of Wolfeboro, 10-11 am, meet outside former railroad station, at Chamber of Commerce office, 32 Central Ave., Wolfeboro, 5694997. Aug. 28, Michael Vincent Band, 6-9 pm, Gazebo live concert, Town Square, Waterville Valley, www.waterville.com. Aug. 28, Pancake Breakfast, 8-10 am, Masonic Lodge # 79, Pleasant St., Bristol. Aug. 28, Stand Up Newfound 5K Road Race, 7:30 am registration, race starts at 8 am, meet at tennis courts, Kelley Park, N. Main St., Bristol, 744-3354 ext. 136. Aug. 28, Story Walk, opens at Slim Baker Area, Bristol, with story “The Star” by Mary Lynn Ray, www.slimbakerarea.org. Aug. 28, TTCC Lobster/Chicken Dinner, Bristol, info/tickets: 744-2713, www. ttccrec.org. Aug. 28, Truck, Tractor, Wagon Day, 10 am-4 pm, NH Farm Museum, 1305 White Mt. Highway, Milton, 652-7840, www.nhfarmmuseum.org.
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Aug. 29, Sunrise Drive, Mt. Washington Auto Road opens at 4:30 am so guests can drive to the summit and see sun rise, 466-3988. Aug. 31, Earrings in a Day workshop, 10:30 am-4:30 pm, League of NH Craftsmen Meredith Fine Craft Gallery, 279 Daniel Webster Highway, Meredith, pre-register: 279-7920.
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Back Bay Skippers, Model Yachting, racing of radio controlled model yachts on Bridge Falls Walking Path, Back Bay, Wolfeboro, Tues. and Thurs. 1-4 pm, free, all are welcome, 569-4554. Basement Tours, 45-minute guided tour of the early 1900s Castle basement, see period appliances, learn about the mansion’s servants and more, Castle in the Clouds, Rt. 171, Moultonboro, info/tickets: 476-5900, www.castleintheclouds.org. Belknap Mill, 25 Beacon St. East, Laconia, gallery and textile museum, events and programs, info/call for hours: 524-8813, www.belknapmill.org. Blessed Bargains Thrift Shop, First Congregational Church, 400 Main St., Farmington, call for open dates & hours: 755-4816. Book & Puzzle Sale, every Sat. in August, 8 am-1 pm, Union Congregational Church Chapel, 80 Main St., Union, parking behind the church, coffee, soft drinks, snacks, crafts and gift items, benefit Women’s Fellowship Missions, info: 4732727.
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Gilmanton’s Own Market, farmers market with fresh produce and more, order goods and for pick-up details, visit https://gilmantonsown.wordpress.com. Hobo & Winnipesaukee Railroad, scenic rides in Lincoln and Meredith, info: www.HoboRR.com. Lakes Region Art Assoc. Gallery, open Thurs.-Sundays from 10 am-6 pm, exhibits by local artists, Suite 300, Tanger Outlet, 120 Laconia Rd., Tilton, 998-0029. Lakes Region Pantry & Gift Shop, open Saturdays 10 am-1 pm; Wed.-Fri. 11 am-4 pm, donations of clothing/household items welcome, 977 Whittier Highway, Moultonboro, 476-5400, www.lakesregionfoodpantry.org. Laverack Nature Trail at Hawkins Brook, nature trail on boardwalk, free, trail starts to the left of Meredith Village Savings Bank, Meredith, info: 279-9015. League of NH Craftsmen Meredith Fine Craft Gallery, fine handmade crafts and art for sale, workshops, 279 Daniel Webster Highway, Meredith, hours/info: 279-7920. Libby Museum of Natural History, natural history and art exhibits, with live animal shows on Wednesdays at 2 pm, 755 N. Main St., Wolfeboro, admission info: 569-1035. Loon Center, 183 Lees Mill Rd., Moultonboro, 476-5666. Walking trails, please follow pandemic guidelines.
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Aug. 23, Open Mic with Paul Luff, 6-8 pm, Patrick’s Pub & Eatery, 18 Weirs Rd., Gilford, 293-0841, www.patrickspub.com. Aug. 23, Paul Warnick performs live outdoor music, on the patio if weather permits, or in the restaurant, 6 pm, Fratello’s, 799 Union Ave., Laconia, info: 528-2022, www.fratellos.com. Aug. 24, Jon-Paul Royer performs live outdoor music, on the patio if weather permits, or in the restaurant, 6 pm, Fratello’s, 799 Union Ave., Laconia, info: 528-2022, www.fratellos.com. Aug. 25, A Roaring 1920s Gala, 6 pm, Castle in the Clouds, Rt. 171, Moultonboro, pre-registration is a must: 476-5900, www.castleintheclouds.org. Aug. 25, Cate Park Band Concert, 7 pm, pick-up band performs, Community Bandstand at Cate Park, downtown Wolfeboro, bring your own lawn chair for seating, free. Aug. 25, Henry Laliberte at the NazBar, 6 pm, Naswa, Weirs Blvd., Weirs Beach, 366-4341, www.naswa.com. Aug. 25, Matt Langley performs live outdoor music, on the patio if weather permits, or in the restaurant, 6 pm, Fratello’s, 799 Union Ave., Laconia, info: 528-2022, www.fratellos.com.
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Aug. 27 & 28, Piano Music at the Loft, 5-7 pm, Hermit Woods Loft, 72 Main St., Meredith, info: hermitwoods.com. Aug. 28, Concerts in the Clouds, Free Folk Festival, 7:30 pm, Great Waters Music Festival, takes place at Castle in the Clouds, Rt. 171, Moultonboro, tickets: 569-7710. Aug. 28, DJ Terry at the NazBar, 4 pm, Naswa, Weirs Blvd., Weirs Beach, 3664341, www.naswa.com. Aug. 28, Femmes of Rock, 5:30 pm, Lakeport Opera House, 781 Union Ave., Laconia, tickets/info: 519-7506, www.lakeportopera.com. Ongoing Free Music in Marceau Park, 5 pm, Central St., Franklin. Meredith Music Series, 6-8 pm, Hesky Park, variety of local musicians with different artist performing each Wed. night, free, public welcome, rain cancels, will be posted on Meredith Town Crier Facebook page, info: jdirish54@gmail. com. Music in Hesky Park, 6 pm, Fridays, open mic format hosted by Kitty and Kevin Boyle, all are welcome, bring a chair or blanket for seating, by town docks, downtown Meredith, info: 279-8942, email@example.com. Music Night, dinner and live music, Castle in the Clouds, Rt. 171, Moultonboro, 5:30 pm, reservations a must: 476-5900, schedules: www.castleintheclouds.org. Open Mic Night, 7 pm, every Monday, Patrick’s Pub & Eatery, 18 Weirs Rd., Gilford, 293-0841, www.patrickspub.com. Live piano, nightly in the dining room, 5:30-8:30 pm, Fratello’s, 799 Union Ave., Laconia, info: 528-2022, www.fratellos.com.
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Jason Anick Acoustic Trio Scheduled for Sept. 12 at Taylor Community Taylor Community’s 2021 Concert Series, sponsored by Bank of New Hampshire, will feature the Jason Anick Trio, on Sunday, September 12 at 3 pm in the community’s Woodside Building located off Union Avenue in Laconia. Fiddle, guitar, and bass – it’s a combination as old as the hills. But follow Jason Anick, Max O’Rourke and Greg Loughman into those hills and you’ll find yourself taking unexpected turns and discovering new vistas you never knew were out there. They make a new brand of acoustic music with traditional instrumentation, spinning
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classes online during the pandemic and has found it to be very effective. From September 20 to 24, Sara Goodman, a League of NH Craftsmen juried artist, will offer her five-day Weaving Workshop, “Five Warps in Five Days”. This weaving intensive will meet the needs of all weaving levels from beginners to those with lots of experience as Sara will work individually with each student. Beginners will learn to put on and weave off a new warp each day. More experienced weavers can get a refresher, learn new skills or work on one project with support from the instructor. This is the sixth year that Sara’s workshop is being offered and spaces are limited and filling quickly so you’ll want to register soon. More details including tuition and materials costs and registration information can be found on the gallery’s website (centersandwich. nhcrafts.org), by calling 603-284-6831 or by visiting Center Sandwich League of NH Craftsmen Fine Craft Gallery at 32 Main Street in the historic village of Center Sandwich.
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Surprising, Scientific…and Beautiful Squam Lake Cruising By Kathi Caldwell-Hopper When you head out onto Squam Lake, be prepared to be surprised. Squam is many things to many people, but most of all, it is associated with the majestic loon. You will likely remember the movie that was filmed on Squam – On Golden Pond. Along with Hollywood movie stars, the loon, with its haunting call, was definitely the star of that film. So be surprised if you take a Squam Lake cruise hosted by the staff of the
Squam Lakes Natural Science Center. You will learn some interesting history of the lake, the camps that sprang up on its shores, how residents work year after year to protect the land and the water, and much, much more. The Friday that I visited Holderness and Squam Lake, I invited my sisterin-law, Cathy, to accompany me on the cruise. She lives in another state but visits often and loves all the Lakes Region offers. I knew she would enjoy
Heading out to Squam Lake on the pontoon boat.
the cruise, and the weather, after what seemed like weeks of rain, had turned sunny, breezy and warm making the day perfect to be on the water. We drove from the Laconia area to Meredith and then on Rt. 3 to Holderness. A typical Friday mid-day in August is bustling in the area and Cathy remarked that the town had some fun shops she would love to browse and she would plan another trip to Holderness before the summer ended. By the town’s library in the center of Holderness, we took a right onto Rt. 113, and then drove for a short distance. Soon we saw a left turn onto Science Center Road where we easily found parking in a spacious lot at the Squam Lakes Natural Science Center. The Squam cruise area is across the road (Route 113), but before we walked to the docks, I warned Cathy to bring her jacket. She remarked that it seemed very nice weather and she would leave her jacket in the car. (I don’t own a boat, but over the many years I have covered Lakes Region stories and taken boat rides, I learned
the hard – and chilly – way that even if it looks sunny and feels warm, bring a jacket or sweater!) The many days of unpredictable July and early August rain showers added to the advisability of bringing a rain jacket. We were scheduled for an afternoon Discover Squam Cruise, and I was eager for Cathy to see the natural beauty of this special part of the Lakes Region. While there were other passengers waiting for the cruise as well, there was no worry that we would be crowded because the pontoon boat was spacious. We took seats toward the back of the boat and prepared to enjoy the afternoon cruise. We overheard one passenger from Texas telling a fellow passenger she was taking the Science Center cruise specifically to see a loon. When the captain heard of her loon mission, he assured her that the wish would likely be granted. As we settled into our seats, we headed onto the open water after cruising through a narrower waterway. It was interesting to see the many • Day Tripping continued on page 21
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August 23, 2021 | THE LAKER | Page 21 • Day Tripping continued from page 20 cottages near the water, all with cozy outdoor seating and areas to enjoy the outdoors. Our captain pointed out the fact that many cottages were built back among the trees on the shoreline, to keep the natural look of the Squam Lake area. We also learned that many homes were painted a deep brown or pine green to blend into the shoreline versus standing out if painted a bright color. This seems like a fine practice, because as we cruised along the lake, we saw trees and the natural world and the homes receded. Once on the open water, the sky became overcast and a quick rain shower blew through, and we were appreciative of the canopied boat! My sister-in-law acknowledged that it was surprising how swiftly the weather changed, and it was just a few moments later that the sun returned. As we cruised, I was in awe of the rugged shoreline and the tall pine trees. The captain told us that most of the island homes generated their own electricity, and this is not an easy task. Historically, in the 1700s and into the early 1800s, the area was wilderness and inhabited mostly by trappers. Eventually, it became known for its lumber and lots of timber cutting began. This led to a change in the landscape, with pastureland and sheep. Shepherds, we were told, loved the Squam islands because they did not need to put up sheep fencing or haul water as they tended their flocks. By around 1925, wealthy city folks arrived and spent idyllic summers on the lake. These people respected the natural area, and wanted it to remain wooded and wild; thus they refrained from building right on the shoreline. This attitude certainly slowed lake development, and the practice of protecting the lake and land continues to this day. As our cruise continued, we passed Hubble, the smallest island with a house on it. Soon, our captain pointed out the Squam, Ossipee and Sandwich Mountain ranges. He added, “We are blessed with the typography here, and it is serene and natural.” Indeed, the entire area is a landscape lover’s dream, and we soon cruised by Chocorua Island with its outdoor chapel where church services and weddings take place. We were told that the island chapel has a pump organ, and it is one of the charming features on the lake. As we approached West Rattlesnake Island, we were told it has a good hiking trail, and RockywoldDeephaven, a summer camp, is in the
area. The captain told us a Rockywold story, which is that years ago there was no electricity at the camp. In order to refrigerate food, there were ice boxes. During the winter, the camp staff cut blocks of ice from the lake and stored it for use in the ice boxes in the summer. In the 1930s, when electricity came to the island, electric ice boxes were installed. If the camp owners thought the summer vacationers would be thrilled, they were wrong! The campers did not want the electric refrigerators, instead preferring the old-fashioned ice boxes cooled by honest-to-goodness Squam Lake ice. The practice of cutting ice from the lake is still popular, and it is just one more way the Squam campers hold back the pace of time. It was not long before a fellow pontoon passenger yelled to the captain that he spotted a loon. We were all eager for our Texan passenger to see a loon, and the captain got the boat close – but a respectful distance – from the loon. The loon bobbed on the lake surface and then dove down, resurfacing quite some distance away. Before long, we were at the Five Finger Point area, which is a land conservation use property. The captain told us that by August, the loons on the lake are producing chicks and there also are unattached males and females whose mission is to find a mate. He joked, “It makes for lots of loon drama on the lake!” He also told us of a pair of American Bald Eagles, and shared that the eagle population is bursting and pointed out an eagle’s nest on the lake that was built but unattended at that time. We soon spotted another loon, and saw an area that is in conservation. Red buoys denote where a loon nest is located, and it warns boaters to keep well away so as not to disturb the loon family. No cruise on Squam is complete without mention of the beloved movie “On Golden Pond.” The captain pointed out the area where the movie’s Purgatory Cove was located. As we headed back to the cove where the trip began, the talk was of the movie and the awareness it has brought to loons. (We were told that loons live to about age 30, which is a good age for an animal in the wild.) The Squam cruise allowed us plenty of time for taking photos and asking questions. All passengers seemed reluctant to leave the lake and I concurred. The chilly air had been replaced by warmer weather, and the sun was shining. As mentioned at the start of this story, when you head onto Squam Lake, be
prepared to be surprised at all you will learn. From the history of the area to its unique and careful conservation efforts to the iconic loons and the movie, there is always something interesting and educational about a Squam Lake cruise from the Science Center. Cruise information: Space on all cruises is limited. Everyone must make advance reservations and payment. Cruises may be cancelled if there are fewer than two passengers registered. Cruises may be cancelled at any time due to weather, unsafe conditions, or other circumstances. If a cruise is cancelled, Squam Lakes Natural
Science Center will contact passengers to reschedule to another date or to issue a full refund. If passengers must cancel, please call the Science Center at 603-968-7194 extension 7. Squam Lakes Natural Science Center is located on Route 113 in Holderness, NH. Park in Science Center parking lots and follow the walking path across Route 113 to Lake Cruise Headquarters. Please arrive 15 minutes before your cruise departure time. Visit www.nhnature.org or call 603968-719 for a complete schedule of Squam cruises offered by the Squam Lakes Natural Science Center.
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Our Town - Your Turn! Powerhouse Theatre Collaborative, a program of the Belknap Mill and the resident theatre company of the Colonial Theatre in Laconia, NH, is announcing auditions for Thornton Wilder’s Our Town as the next show in its 2021 Colonial Series, sponsored by RE/MAX Bayside and Taylor Community. Powerhouse producer Bryan Halperin will direct the New Hampshire classic, which he previously directed in 2006 for the Winni Players. Our Town will run November 19 to 21, 2021. “Our Town is one of my favorite plays because it’s always timely and always an honest examination of the human experience. It’s beautiful, funny, sad, sweet, romantic and hopeful. It’s a
play that evolves to the viewer as the viewer evolves. As I’m 15 years older than the last time I directed it, I look at it with different eyes and relate to different things. This is why the play is a classic and stands the test of time,” says Halperin. Auditions will be Sunday, August 29 and Monday, August 30, beginning at 6:30 pm for adults and teens age 16 and older. Auditioners need only attend one of the nights, but should plan to arrive by 6:30 pm and bring a mask. There are roles for children as well, and auditions for ages 10 to 15 will be Sunday, August 29 at 3 pm. Auditions will be held at the Colonial Theatre in Laconia. Callbacks, if necessary, will be Tuesday, August 31
at 6:30 pm at the Colonial. All the information on how to prepare and sign up for auditions can be found at https://www.belknapmill.org/ powerhouse-auditions. Anyone who would like to be considered but can’t make the auditions can submit a video via the audition form on the website. Our Town is an opportunity for actors of all ages and levels of experience to get involved in an exciting community theatre event. “What’s great about Our Town is it has leading and featured roles, but is also a play that has an ensemble. If you can sing in a choir, you can be in the church scenes. If you can sit still, you can be a member of ‘the dead’! This makes it a great opportunity to build the Powerhouse
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New and Exciting Events Planned for 2021 Sandwich Fair The Columbus Day long weekend looks better and brighter with many new activities and events planned for the Sandwich Fair. The three-day holiday weekend event, which runs from October 9 to 11, will feature renovated displays for fruit and vegetable exhibits, several new event sponsors, and a new 4-H food shack providing food items near the horse show area. A new corn hole tournament is
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Makers Mill is Making Progress After three years of diligent visioning, planning, and fundraising, following a decade of local programming, GALA’s vision is coming to life one 2x4 stud at a time. Makers Mill, Carroll County’s first dedicated Makerspace & Vocation Hub, will house a woodshop, metal shop, Fablab, spaces for fiber arts, fine arts, jewelry making, AV and IT, as well as a multipurpose studio and meeting spaces. The new makerspace will be a place where students, hobbyists, and professionals can learn, teach, practice, and collaborate around a wide variety of skills and crafts that support personal, professional, and community goals. Renovations for Makers Mill, located in Wolfeboro, commenced earlier this spring and have been progressing steadily ever since. Phase One is estimated to conclude at the end of this year and will result in a fully renovated, code-compliant, accessible building ready for initial programming and membership options. “The building is already transforming so fast,” shares Makers Mill Executive Director, Josh Arnold. “It seems whenever I walk into the building there is a new wall, or new rough opening for a window or door, or more recently, a new concrete pad poured. It’s truly surreal to watch plans that we have been staring at on paper for the last two years actually taking shape in the building.” The first job was a dirty one demolition. EnviroVantage, the contracted demolition crew from Epping, New Hampshire, were the first contractors on site this spring in charge of preparing the space for rough carpentry, plumbing, electrical, and site work. One of EnviroVantage’s largest tasks was to remove the second story floor, a necessary step before a new floor could be built approximately
Sheran’s Concrete is pictured here completing the rebar scaffolding where the elevator concrete pad will be poured. Photo courtesy Makers Mill. 12-in. lower in order to gain enough vertical clearance to meet the building code. This also made the second floor far more comfortable and useable for future programming. Makers Mill posted an impressive time-lapse video of this job on its Instagram page @ makersmillnh. True to their environmentally focused origins, GALA’s Makers Mill is making a great effort to reduce waste by salvaging as much material as possible from the job site. Many of the floor joists that were removed have been saved and will be repurposed by volunteers to make planters in front of the building next spring. Old sheathing was given to the Food Pantry Garden to use in their community garden. Old insulation that needed to be removed was posted for free on Craigslist and picked up right away by someone insulating the floor of a barn. Old heating systems have been sold on Craigslist and even a few doors have been removed and repurposed. Chestnut and Cape began rough carpentry with the construction of the new floor, a new fire exit stairwell (egress), and new window and door rough openings. Sheran’s Concrete followed and began preparing rebar and forms for new pads required for the elevator pit, front entry, and a large section of slab that had to be replaced where
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Our Lakes Are Cleaner Thanks to Lake Hosts! Thanks to the efforts of NH LAKES’ Lake Hosts, many of New Hampshire’s most popular lakes continue to be protected from the spread of invasive species this summer. The main way invasive species—plants like milfoil, and animals like the Asian clam— spread from waterbody to waterbody, is by hitching rides on boats that have not been properly cleaned, drained, and dried between waterbodies. Water chestnut, curly leaf pondweed, and variable milfoil are among the invasive species that have been stopped from hitching a ride into our lakes so far this summer. Water chestnut can completely cover the surface of a waterbody in a dense mat of floating vegetation but seeing the seedpods hitchhiking on a boat trailer can be difficult. Deb Williams, a Lake Host at Lake Winnisquam, found a water chestnut seed on the carpeted bunk of a trailer parked near the lake earlier this summer. “This is the third seed I have found in my 10 years of Lake Hosting, so I must have a nose for them. I feel like most boaters know about clean,
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Expert-Led Nature Walks As part of the NH BioBlitz project, a series of expert-led walks will take place all around New Hampshire in September of 2021. All walks will be led by expert naturalists, held on townowned conservation land, and focus on a specific group of species - like birds, trees, or mushrooms. Participants will learn how to identify what they find and are encouraged to submit their observations to iNaturalist during the event for inclusion in the NH BioBlitz Project. These events are free, but space is limited and registration is required. Tour for Fantastic Fungi at Freedom Town Forest Join experienced mycologist Rick Van de Poll for a colorful tour of the fantastic (and infamous) fungi of New Hampshire at the Freedom Town Forest on September 5 from 9 am to noon. Dive into the microscopic world of fungal growth and development, meet up with mycelium and mycorrhiza, and learn how to separate the edible from the poisonous, and the common from the rare. This guided walk will give the beginner and the practiced amateur with fun-filled facts about our most mysterious kingdom of organisms on the planet! Dr. Rick Van de Poll is the principal of Ecosystem Management Consultants (EMC) of Sandwich, New Hampshire. He has taught Mycology at the undergraduate and graduate level for over 25 years. He has been on the Northeast Mycological Federation (NEMF) Faculty list since 1996, and is currently the President of NEMF and the Sandwich Area Mushroom Club. The Freedom Town Forest is 2,661 acres of woods, fields, mountains, streams, and ponds. This walk is being held as part of the 2021 NH BioBlitz, an effort to get community members out to explore species on town-owned lands all over New Hampshire during the month of September. Attendees are invited to participate in the BioBlitz effort by submitting their mushroom species observations to iNaturalist. To learn more about the NH BioBlitz, visit: https://extension.unh.edu/nhbioblitz. This event is free, but space is limited due to current UNH COVID-related policies. Registration is required. COVID-19 Safety Precautions: Group size is limited and the entire program
Mushroom ID Walk at Freedom Town Forest. will be held outdoors. Participants will be required to complete a simple online health screening before leaving home. Additional information will be sent upon registration. Please bring sturdy footwear, water, snacks, and insect repellent/sunscreen. Come prepared to be outside for the entire morning. The program is free. Bird ID Walk at Phillip Robertson Town Forest Want to learn more about birds of northern New Hampshire? Plan to attend an early morning bird walk on the Philip Robertson Memorial Forest in Sugar Hill, NH on September 11 from 7 to 9 am. The walk will be led by avid birder David Govatski, U.S. Forest Service retiree and expert birder. With around 100 acres on the northwest slope of Garnet Hill, the Phil Robertson Forest is rich with natural diversity, including a beautiful marsh, a small brook, and a maturing pine forest. There will be opportunities to hear and see a diversity of birds, learn how to identify them, and get insight from Dave on habitats where they’re found. David Govatski has birded throughout North America, is president of the Ammonoosuc Chapter of NH Audubon, and has worked on a variety of bird surveys including Breeding Bird, Waterfowl, Mountain Bird Watch, Spruce Grouse, Whip-poorwill, Christmas Bird Count, and Loon Watch Surveys. He had organized 20 years of International Migratory Bird Day and is the author of a Checklist of the Birds of the Pondicherry National Wildlife Refuge. This walk is being held as part of the 2021 NH BioBlitz, an effort to get community members exploring species on town-owned lands all over New Hampshire during the month of September. Attendees are welcome to
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Winnipesaukee Paddle Maps By Rosalie Triolo Photo courtesy of the Lakes Region Conservation Trust A glacial lake formed thousands of years ago, Lake Winnipesaukee is the largest lake in New Hampshire. It is 21 miles long and between one to nine miles wide which varies in different areas of the lake. There are a little more than 250 islands dispersed throughout the lake. Abenaki, a Native American tribe, gave the lake its name, Winnipesaukee, which was thought to mean either “Smile of the Great Spirit” or “Beautiful water in a high place.” The Lakes Region Conservation Trust was founded in 1979 for the purpose of conserving the natural heritage of New Hampshire’s Lakes Region. The Winnipesaukee Paddle Maps project is the work of a team of volunteers who dedicated their time, knowledge, talents and most importantly their commitment to furnishing a comprehensive and easyto-follow guide of the Lakes Region Conservation Trust’s (LRCT’s) five islands. The Paddle Map is a guide for the skilled kayakers and canoers, and helps sharpen the confidence of the less experienced who are eager to venture to farther islands, and gives beginners a look at what they will experience. Ragged Island is LRCT’s most recent
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Back to School – in a One-Room Schoolhouse By Kathi Caldwell-Hopper As children head back to school, they probably aren’t thinking about their ancestors doing the same thing many, many years ago. Getting an education in New Hampshire was once much more difficult. Children walked miles to school, braving rain and snow. In the 1830s, Ashland, New Hampshire, like many New England towns, was a remote area. The town was very lucky to have as a resident Miss Nancy Perkins, who saw the need for a school in the area. Miss Perkins started a private high school in the Vestry of the town’s Baptist church. The school was in session from 1836 to 1847, according to Ashland, New Hampshire Centennial 1868 to 1968. She was said to be a wonderful teacher and parents and students alike sang her praises. Indeed, she must have been a good teacher with a love for passing on knowledge because she eventually married Oren Cheney and together, they helped found Bates College. Schooling was certainly different from what we experience today. In the 1880s in Ashland, grammar school students were required to take an exam written by the school board each term. Pupils had to answer 60 percent of the test questions correctly in order to advance to the next grade. Old schoolhouses – usually consisting of just one room — were a part of the American landscape for decades. Ask any older person and it’s a good bet they once attended a one-room schoolhouse. These charming little buildings were every town’s answer to education and local children from age 5 to 15 or more all sat in one room, taught by a single adult woman or man. Conditions in many village schools were par with the rest of society’s housing at the time: a woodstove warmed the space and students were often expected to split and carry wood to feed the heat source; a bucket of water served as refreshment and another was for washing hands. Outside, usually hidden behind bushes, sat the outhouse. The Lakes Region had many oneroom schoolhouses and a few remain today and have found use as museums and historical societies. A very unusual school was in session at Canterbury Shaker Village in Canterbury in the 1800s and into the 1900s. The Shaker religious
sect welcomed and cared for many orphaned or foster children over the years and they were given excellent educations at the Shaker school. The one room, one-story school was erected in 1823. As the population of Canterbury Shaker Village expanded, with it came more children and in 1863 the school was expanded to become a two-story structure. Area children were allowed to attend the school as well as Shaker children. In Sandwich, NH, the Lower Corner School was a place of learning in the mid and late 1800s. Most towns were of themselves remote spots and many families lived in even deeper rural areas. Small schools were built to serve children in various rural locations. The Lower Corner School began in 1825 as the John Quincy Adams School, according to www.sandwichhistorical. org, the website of the Sandwich Historical Society. At that time, citizens in Sandwich voted a tax of $193.70 to build a schoolhouse. A former student, Henry Holmes, wrote of attending the school in the 1840s. He recalled the school was small with a plank door, tiny windows that were placed high and underpinnings of stone. A big fireplace heated the building. Four-foot wood fed the fire that kept teacher and students warm during the cold winters. Fireplaces are notorious for providing uneven heat and this one, as the former student recalled, provided heat that “burned the face while the back was freezing.” Students who sat at the back of the room took turns moving to the front to get warm during the day. In the 1880s the school was renamed the Lower Corner School. By the 1930s an addition brought indoor toilet and storage facilities to the school and a playground. In 1944 the school closed and the students traveled to the Center School in the town. Children in the Cook settlement in Moultonborough had a schoolhouse near a spring. The school building was modest in size; one child who attended the school was said to be the envy of all the other students because he could coast down from his home to the schoolhouse door in snowy winter weather, according to Moultonborough to the 20th Century, a publication of the Moultonborough Historical Society Bicentennial Issue 1963. As the year progressed, school children had quite a walk to get to school – down a steep
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and for some years after, money was voted for schooling. At this time there were no school houses in the town and school masters were hired who traveled from town to town boarding with different families. These men would teach the children of the area the basics: reading, writing and spelling. By the 1800s schools were built in New Durham. In the late 1800s, improvements were made with the installation of blackboards, iron stoves and desks. In 1906, the annual report of the school board stated that “We cannot expect a woman to teach in a town paying $6.50 to $7.50 for 24 weeks in a year when she can obtain $8.00 to $9.00 per week for 34 to 36 weeks in the year. She will most certainly choose the latter.” According to The History of New Durham, New Hampshire by Ellen Cloutman Jennings, the original 14 New Durham schools had shrunk to just seven with a school budget of about $1,000. Teacher’s salaries, supplies and repairs came out of this budget and the board closed schools when necessary if enrollment dropped drastically. Further north in the Plymouth, NH area, the village of Dorchester had a small schoolhouse that was built in 1808 and originally called the North District School. It was used as a one-room school for area children until 1926. The school’s last teacher was Lena Bosence Walker.
hill, through fields and over stonewalls and fences. Even with the arduous walk each day, some students were said to have good or perfect attendance. The Village School in Moultonborough was the site of learning for many years. During the early part of the 1900s the school was located opposite the Moultonboro Town House and was a one-room school. By 1913 the town improved the school as the population grew. An assistant teacher was hired in the 1920s and the school was divided and two regular teachers were hired. A jacketed stove was secured for the school and a note in town reports for 1923 stated, “The new stove makes it possible to have the rooms comfortable as far as the heat is concerned.” In 1925 a new school had been built and housed elementary school aged children. In her book, I Remember Moultonboro New Hampshire by Frances A. Stevens, she recalled being a student at the school in the late 1920s. “As I remember, when this school was first built there was a big stove with a jacket around it in the back corner of the room. In the winter when it was real cold she would have us gather around the stove for our classes. It wasn’t long before they put in a furnace with steam radiators.” On the other side of Lake Winnipesaukee, schooling was important in New Durham. The town’s original land grand specified that a portion of the community’s money be set aside for a schoolhouse. In 1779 the town raised money for a town school
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