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THE WEIRS TIMES & THE COCHECO TIMES, Thursday, August 31, 2017



Exemplary Country Estates

Lakes Region based organization that uses the resources of the lakes and mountains to help Wounded Warriors “I went to the Mitchell’s a few months ago to ask if they’d be interested in hosting a Story Slam,” said Brendan Smith, who is editor of the Weirs Times and also organizer of Real Stories North Of Concord, which

is bringing these events to the area. “Story Slams weren’t well known here in the Lakes Region and it was really a shot in the dark to put one on and see what would happen, but Dick and Connie just told me to go for it and the first one ended up being a big success.” To those still unfamiliar, a Story Slam is where those interested in telling

a 5-6 minute personal story based on the theme for the evening can enter. Storytellers are drawn at random and the stories are scored by a panel of judges also picked from the audience. “Pitman’s really is the ideal location for an event such as this,” said Smith. “It is designed as a listening room and those in atSee pitman’s on 40


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Dick and Connie Mitchell, owners of Pitman’s Freight Room in Laconia, have never shied away from bringing new forms of entertainment to their unique venue. A great example of this was a StorySlam held last Thursday. It was the second such event held at Pitman’s, both to benefit a local charity. This time for Camp Resilience, a


Changing The Entertainment Scene In The Lakes Region



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A Swing band plays at Pitman’s Freight Room in Laconia. A diverse selection of unique entertainment from big bands, to jazz, to blues, to Zydeco, to Country, to comedy to Story Slams and more has turned this former railroad freight station into the most happening place in the Lakes Region. courtesy Photo

The Lake Winnipesaukee Museum is hosting “Exemplary Country Estates” Featuring Christina Ashjian on Saturday September 2nd at 11am. In the early 20th century, the New Hampshire Board of Agriculture launched a program to boost the rural economy and promote tourism through the sale of abandoned farms to summer residents. After introducing the country house movement, Cristina Ashjian focuses attention on some of the great country estates featured in the New Hampshire program between 1902 and 1913. Ashjian is an art historian and an independent scholar based in Moultonborough, where she is presently the chair of the Moultonborough Heritage Commission. Her current research focuses on late 19th and early 20th century country estates. This lecture is put on through a generous grant from NH Humanities. This lecture is free to the public. The museum is located on Route 3 in Laconia, next to Funspot. Please call 366-5950 to RSVP or email info@lwhs.us

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Pitman's Freight Room: Changing the Entertainment Scene in the Lakes Region