Meredith Sculpture Tours begins June 13

MEREDITH — Twenty seven new sculptures are included in this year's Sculpture Walk. The tours will be led by docents who can provide an interpretation of each artist's work based on their knowledge of the artist. Docents will also discuss the materials and construction utilized for each sculpture. The tours provide an opportunity to learn more about the exciting public art that has been installed by the Greater Meredith Program.

The first tour will begin on Saturday, June 13 at 11 a.m. Tours are also scheduled for June 20 and 27. In July, tours are scheduled each Wednesday at 11 a.m. as well as each Saturday at 11 a.m. (except July 4). and also offered every Sunday at 1 p.m. August tours are scheduled each Saturday at 11 a.m. as well as each Sunday at 1 p.m.

All tours will leave from the Inn Falls Marketplace in front of Innisfree Bookstore. Special Group tours can be arranged by emailing: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or calling 603 279- 9015.

The Greater Meredith Program (GMP) is a nonprofit community economic development organization seeking to enhance economic vitality, historical and cultural heritage, and town-wide beautification. . For more information about GMP or volunteer opportunities, please call 603.279.9015, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit the website at

Central VNA & Hospice annual home and garden tour to be held on July 15

LACONIA —  The 28th Annual Hospice Home and Garden Tour will be held on Wednesday, July 15, and is sponsored by Central New Hampshire VNA and Hospice. The tour includes two exquisite lake homes, a charming 1800's cape and garden and a private residence that was formerly a church.

Tickets for the tour are $40; enjoy lunch at the Pinckney Boathouse on the Brewster Academy campus, Wolfeboro, for an additional $15. Tickets for the tour and lunch are available at Black's Paper and Gift Store, 8 South Main Street, Wolfeboro. Arrangements for purchasing tickets by phone can be made by calling (603) 569-2729. Tickets for a Dine Around raffle are also available.

In addition to co-chairs Anne MacLellan and Suzanne Simmons, this year's tour committee includes Shirley Richardson, Hospice Advisory Committee Chair; Laura Spellman, Dine Around Raffle Chair; Ann Bastis, Hostess Committee Chair; Wendy Hutchinson, Accounting; Barbara Lobdell, Publicity; Brian Winslow, Fund Development Director for Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice; Janice Michaud, Pete Peterman, Maureen Sherback and Chris Stevens.

Each year the proceeds from the event go toward supporting the work of Central New Hampshire VNA and Hospice which provides a wide range of services that enable people to receive health care, health promotion and disease prevention, clinical services and other support services in the comfort of their home. The Hospice program is a specialized kind of care for those facing a life-limiting illness, their families and their caregivers. For more information about the services provided by Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice call 524-8444.


Expert on rural poverty to address Plymouth Democrats on June 24

PLYMOUTH — On Wednesday, June 24, 2015, Cynthia "Mil" Duncan, noted authority on rural poverty and changing rural communities, will be the guest speaker at the Plymouth Area Democrats' monthly meeting at the Plymouth Regional Senior Center.

Mil Duncan is founding director of the University of New Hampshire's Carsey Institute, an interdisciplinary research center focused on vulnerable families and sustainable development in rural America. She oversaw the institute from 2004 to 2011. Currently, she is the research director at AGree, an initiative bringing together diverse interests to transform food and agricultural policy in the United States.
Mil's career includes the Rural Economic Policy Program at the Aspen Institute where she served as associate director. She was a sociologist at UNH for 11 years before leaving to become director of the Ford Foundation's Community and Resource Development Unit in 2000. At the Ford Foundation, she was responsible for a team of national and international leaders in the fields of community development, youth, and the environment.
In 1999, Mil published Worlds Apart: Why Poverty Persists in Rural America, which received the American Sociological Association's Robert E. Park Award for the best book in community and urban sociology. She is the author of numerous articles and book chapters on rural development. She received her MA and PhD from the University of Kentucky and her BA from Stanford University. Her awards include the Thomas R. Ford Distinguished Alumni Award for Sociology at the University of Kentucky, the Earl D. Wallace Award for Contributions to Education Reform in Kentucky, and several public service awards.
All are welcome to attend the meeting, which will start at 5:30 p.m. with a social hour and potluck dinner. Mil Duncan will speak following a brief business meeting at 6:30. For more information, call Joyce Weston at 536-2856.

Castle preservation society launches $3 million fund to finish capital capital campaign

MOULTONBOROUGH —  Castle Preservation Society has announced the Fund to Finish Capital Campaign, a drive to raise $3,000,000 to complete the restoration of Castle in the Clouds, the historic 1914 Lucknow Estate in Moultonborough.

In 2002 the Lakes Region conservation Trust (LRCT) purchased Castle in the Clouds with nearly 2,000 donors contributing to the $5,900,000 purchase price – ensuring that the property's 5400 acres would be protected forever. Castle Preservation Society (CPS) was created in 2006 by the LRCT to take over the operation and restoration of Castle in the Clouds as a separate not for profit organization. Since then CPS has raised and spent over $2,300,000 on restoration of the historic Lucknow Estate. "We are especially proud that we are doing the restoration so efficiently, but still in compliance with the U.S. Secretary of the Interior's Standards for Rehabilitation," said CPS Board Chair John Merkle. "We are fortunate to have found wonderful craftsmen who can work at that level."

Ann Hackl, founding CPS Board Chair and former LRCT Chair who has been instrumental in raising funds for the purchase and restoration over the last 18 years, said: "CPS has been restoring the estate, addressing issues in the order of priority, deeply grateful for the support of the many loyal donors whose numbers have continued to grow as more and more people realize the importance of preserving this landmark property. We know that we will need everyone's help to cross that final finish line. Public support of our Fund to Finish will be key to its success."

In 2013 CPS quietly started soliciting funds to complete the restoration of the historic Lucknow mansion, its grounds, and the two gate lodges, as well as the rehabilitation of the Carriage House. With the generous support of key donors, CPS is pleased to announce that 38% of the goal has already been met. "It is exciting to be able to publicly announce this effort," noted CPS Executive Director Charles Clark. "After several years of replacing rotted timbers, re-pointing failing masonry, and revitalizing the interior spaces of Lucknow, the goal of a fully restored and preserved Castle is within reach."

Thomas G. Plant, the builder and original owner of the Lucknow Estate once described his property in this way: "of stone and hewn oak, built to last for centuries". Castle Preservation Society realizes that buildings of such longevity are only possible with careful stewardship. The public is invited to join in that stewardship by giving to the Fund to Finish campaign. For more information and to make a donation, contact Castle in the Clouds Development Coordinator, Jill Cromwell at 603.476.5415, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Castle in the Clouds is a not for profit organization owned and managed by the Castle Preservation Society and dedicated to the interpretation and preservation of the historic Thomas G. Plant Estate. Information about upcoming events and programs at the Castle can be found on their website, or by calling 603-476-5900.