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Civil War historian to give talk on Pickett's Charge

LACONIA — Local Civil War historian David Decker will give a talk on Pickett's Charge and the Battle of Gettysburg on Wednesday, July 8, at 7 p.m. at the Lake Winnipesaukee Museum in Weirs Beach.

In the spring of 1863 Confederate General Robert E. Lee advanced only 10 miles into northern territory when the Confederates were stopped at Gettysburg. On the third day of the Battle of Gettysburg on July 3, 1863, Confederate General George Pickett led 15,000 soldiers on a suicide march uphill over a half mile of exposed terrain against an entrenched Union army. Pickett's Charge was a last-ditch desperate attempt to break the Union's lines, but it failed, leaving over 10,000 casualties and a demoralized Southern army, who would limp away to the South.

To understand the Civil War, one must study the Battle of Gettysburg and Pickett's Charge.

Decker's interest in the Civil War began in high school and has continued uninterrupted ever since then. A member of the Civil War Round Table of New Hampshire since 1997, he has delivered presentations on the following topics: the Lincoln-Douglass debates of 1858, the third day of the Battle of Gettysburg, women soldiers in the Civil War, and General George Henry Thomas.

He has presented to Civil War round tables and historical societies in Alexandria, Auburn, Epping, Farmington, Gilmanton, Hooksett, Keene, Laconia, Meredith, Milton, and Somersworth, and seven more venues in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Connecticut.

Decker's presentation is free for Lake Winnipesaukee Historical Society members. For non-members there is a $5 fee with all proceeds going to benefit the Historical Society's ongoing renovations.

The society is located on Route 3 in Weirs Beach, next to Funspot.

Those interested in attending Decker's talk are asked to call the society at 366-5950.

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Barbershop singers performing at Winnipesaukee Marketplace

LACONIA — The Lakes Region Chordsmen barbershop singing group and a variety of guest barbershop groups will be putting on shows this summer at Winnipesaukee Marketplace, 21 Weeks St., in Weirs Beach.

The free 90-minute, Wednesday evening performances will start at 7:45 p.m.

The schedule the performances is:

July 8, Lakes Region Chordsmen and Dover chorus and quartet; July 15, Chordsmen and Honeymooners Quartet; July 22, Chordsmen and Nashua Granite Statesmen chorus; July 29, Chordsmen and Concord Coachmen chorus and quartets; Aug. 5, Chordsmen, and quartet Open Air.

Those who want more information can call 366-5800 or visit weirsbeach.com.


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Keep busy this summer with Gilford Parks & Rec

GILFORD — The Gilford Parks and Recreation Department has the following items planned for the coming weeks.

-Tennis Programs for youth and adults ages 5 and up this summer. Professional instructors from the Gilford Hills Tennis Club will be leading a four-week session on Mondays and Wednesdays from July 6–July 29. Session times will be broken up by age. All sessions have limited availability and registrations will be accepted on a first-come first- served basis with priority given to Gilford residents. Cost: $60.00 per participant.

-Four-week session of Olympic Archery instruction, to be led by certified archery Instructors from Archery In Motion. This program will be held on Tuesday afternoon/evenings from July 7–July 28 at the Arthur A. Tilton Ice Rink. The Beginner session will run from 4-5 p.m., with the Intermediate session running from 5:15-6:15 p.m. These classes are open to Youth and Adults ages 7 years old and up and no experience is required. Enrollment in this program is limited, so sign up soon! Priority will be given to Gilford Residents. Cost: $60.00 per person and includes all necessary equipment; you may also bring your own equipment (with approval by instructor).

-Shooter's Gold Basketball Camp will be held in the Gilford Middle School Gym from July 6–July 10. Session 1 for children entering grades 1-4 will be run from 8 a.m.–10 a.m.  Session 2 for children entering grades 5-8 will be run from 8 a.m.–12 p.m. Cost: $85.00 for Session I and $130.00 for Session II. ----------Senior Moment-um "Ramblin' Richard" Musical Performance. Meet in the Gilford Library's Meeting Room from 2 p.m.–4 p.m. to enjoy a performance by musician "Ramblin' Richard" who brings to light fascinating and unfamiliar stories about some of the most beloved American songs from 1939-1945. Light refreshments will be provided. There is no charge for this program, but participants are asked to RSVP by Friday, July 10. To RSVP or for more information, please contact the Gilford Parks and Recreation Dept. at 527-4722.

-Challenger British Soccer Camp. This camp will be held from July 13–July 17 at the Gilford Village Field. This camp offers a 3-hour program for children ages 6-12 and a 1 ½-hour program for children ages 3-5.  Cost: $126 for ages 6-12 and $94 for ages 3-5.

-Sciensational Workshop for Kids! "Advanced Robotics – The Ultimate Experience!"  For Kids for children ages 7-12, from 9 a.m.–4:30 p.m. on August 10 and 11. Participants will build and take home the Jungle Robot, an advanced level robot. They will get to see and learn how different types of gears mesh and are driven by a motor. They'll connect the motor, battery and microphone to a circuit board, which will program their sound activated (clap of the hand) robot. Registration is taking place at the Gilford Parks and Recreation Office. Cost: $137 per participant.

For all programs: Registration forms can be picked up at the Parks and Recreation office or can be found on the department website at www.gilfordrec.com. For more information, please contact the Gilford Parks and Recreation Department at 527-4722.

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Gilford band, historical society join in special patriotic program

GILFORD — The Gilford Community Band will perform a program called "Celebrate America in Music and Flags" on Wednesday, July 8, at 7:30 p.m. at the Weeks Bandstand in the Gilford Village Field.

This will be a joint concert sponsored by the Gilford Community Band, and the Thompson-Ames Historical Society. Everyone is invited to celebrate and honor the country's heritage from 1776 to the present.

This patriotic performance will be directed by Lyvie Beyrent, the Gilford High School instrumental band director, in recognition of our country and Independence Day. The band will perform patriotic music including parade marches and the "Armed Forces Medley." During the performance, a historic U.S. flag will be presented prior to each musical selection, and during the "Armed Forces Medley," the flag for each appropriate branch of service will be displayed.

Prior to the performance of "The Stars and Stripes," attendees will be given small American flags which can be waved during the performance. What a great way to show your patriotism!

Before the concert, the Thompson-Ames Society will be offering strawberry shortcake to all of the attendees. This is also a great opportunity to enjoy a favorite American dessert while honoring our heritage, armed services, and country.

In case of rain, the concert will be moved to the Gilford High School Performing Arts Center.

The Gilford Community Band is made up local musicians who perform on every other Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. during the summer -- July 8 and 22, and Aug. 5 and 19. On Aug. 29, Old Home Day, the band will perform in the 10 a.m. parade, and prior to the fireworks at 8 p.m.

Further information about the Band can be obtained by emailing Lyvie Beyrent at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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