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‘Homes for the Holidays House Tour’ returning after three year hiatus

GILFORD — After a 3 year hiatus, the Opechee Garden Club is delighted to once again present, the eagerly awaited "Homes For The Holidays House Tour", on Saturday, December 6th, and Sunday, December 7th, from 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. This self-guided tour offers a most interesting mix of home styles spanning more than 2 centuries, from the historical 19th century to the current 21st century. Take a stroll through five festively decorated homes, 3 in the city of Laconia, and 2 in the town of Gilford.

Continue this holiday-themed tour with a visit to the historic Belknap Mill, 25 Beacon Street East in Laconia, which will serve as the Opechee Garden Club headquarters for the tour, with ticket sales, and the popular "Greens& Gifts Boutique", featuring fresh holiday greens, wreaths, centerpieces, and roping, as well as handcrafted gifts and accessories, a raffle of specialty items and gift certificates, and complimentary refreshments including mulled cider, coffee, homemade cookies, breads and fudge.

Advance tickets of $20 may be purchased, starting in early November, at the Belknap Mill, Gilford and Laconia Libraries, Kitchen Cravings Restaurant in Gilford, and from members of the Opechee Garden Club. On tour days, 12/6 and 12/7, tickets will be available only at the Belknap Mill. The ticket price includes a booklet with descriptions of each home on the tour, a map with the addresses and driving directions.

All proceeds from this event will benefit the Opechee Garden Club Scholarship Fund, various grants, and community betterment programs. Additional information can be found on-line at www.opecheegardenclub.com or call 1-978-502-4619, or 1-978-306-3350.

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Cellar hole talk Nov. 13 at Gordon-Nash Library

NEW HAMPTON — Historian Adair Mulligan will present a program on what cellar holes and old foundations of long-forgotten structures in New Hampshire can tell us about the state's past on Thursday, Nov. 13, at 7 p.m. at the Gordon-Nash Library.

Mulligan, has a runaway curiosity about the natural and cultural history of Northern New England and is the author of "The Gunstock Parish, A History of Gilford, New Hampshire." For more information, contact Bob Curry 744-9798.

Mulligan's program is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served, and fundraising items will be on sale.

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Mountain Lake Chorale performing Nov. 14 in honor of Veteran’s Day

SANBORNTON — The Mountain Lake Chorale will perform in honor of Veterans Day on Friday, Nov. 14, at 7 p.m. in the Sanbornton Congregational Church, UCC, located at 21 Meetinghouse Hill Road in Sanbornton Square.

The program will include patriotic numbers as well as other selections from their repertoire.

The chorale was started in April  2009 and now has 13 members under the direction of Leslie McDonnell who also directs the Pemigewasset Choral Society. All the group's members are past or present members of the Pemi, and/or Dan Perkins' Master Chorale.

The group collectively travels over 575 miles to rehearse each week. Its members hail from nine states and lives in 10 different towns. Five members have Bachelors of Music or Music Education Degrees and two have Masters of Music Degrees. Ten members play a total of 14 instruments. The singers have performed in 14 different states and 29 foreign countries.

There will be a freewill offering taken at the door as a fundraiser for the church. Refreshments will be served in the church undercroft following the concert.


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‘Beehive Collective’ exhibit at PSU features work of many student artists

PLYMOUTH — The Karl Drerup Gallery and Exhibitions Program at Plymouth State University presents "The Beehive Collective," a collection of final and process art work, along with large banner pieces from the Collective's Mesoamérica Resiste project, November 10 through December 13 in the Karl Drerup Art Gallery at PSU. A gallery opening will be held from 4–6 p.m. Monday, November 10.

The exhibition reveals what it is like to work in an artist collective, a model that is becoming widespread in the art world. Many collectives protect their members' names, providing anonymity due to the nature of the issues and content of their work. Some artist collectives deal with issues that are political and controversial, while others challenge the boundaries of "what is art." Still other collectives are more concerned with establishing a community of artists, sharing the authorship.

A significant portion of The Beehive Collective exhibition is showing the process of making art, and in this case the central process is drawing. The artist members of the Collective, "the worker bees," take the traditional drawing medium into a contemporary framework to use the images to convey important messages and ideas. All posters, banners, drawings, etc. are created by the group with anywhere from two to dozens of artist's ideas and personal drawings incorporated into the finished pieces.

Mesoamérica Resiste was nine years in the making. The large-format printed graphic tells stories of grassroots organizing and community resilience from Mexico to Columbia while also celebrating cultural and ecological diversity. This project has at its core the values of resilience, resistance and solidarity in relation to these communities.

Students in the PSU museum studies class Objects and Collections, led by Professor of Art History Jayme Yahr, curated the exhibition, arranging the works for display. Yahr says that for her the project is about student engagement and hands-on work. It is also about making a collection of objects speak to the process of the Beehive and to the process of the viewer. She tasked the students to "get close to the work, spend time with it, and create a map of what ideas you notice and how they connect to each other."

Students participating in the curatorial project are Stefanie DeSimone, a senior art education major from Orford; Michael Desroches, a senior history major from Stratham; Taylor Falcone, a junior early childhood studies major from New Fairfield, Conn.; Jeffrey Reynolds, a senior business administration major from Nashua; Marjorie Salvatore, a senior theatre arts major from New London and Rebecca White, a senior history major from Nashua.

Special gallery events connected to the exhibition include: A popup exhibit in the Shoebox Gallery inside the Drerup Gallery throughout the exhibition includes postcards created by elementary, high school and university students and members of the community with a drawing, painting, collage, photo or mixed media composition on them in response to the words "bee," "community" and "resilience," says Gallery Director Cynthia Robinson, "The diversity of media, interpretations and creative thinking displayed in the wide array of postcard responses speak directly to the Collective's universal values and the essential narratives of their graphic works."

General information about events at Plymouth State University is online at ThisWeek@PSU, http: thisweek.blogs.plymouth.edu.

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