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15th annual Laconia Multicultural Festival set for Saturday, September 12

LACONIA — On Saturday, Sept. 12, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.M, a cherished tradition returns to downtown, as the 14th edition of the Laconia Multicultural Festival bids 'bienvenido willkommen welcome' to throngs of guests. Sponsored by the Laconia Human Relations Committee and the Belknap Mill, in addition to many other contributors and numerous dedicated volunteers, this signature event celebrates the cultural diversity and rich ethnic heritage of the Lakes Region.

As Multicultural Committee Festival Executive Director Becky Guyer explains, "We all enjoy travel and exploring exotic lands, as much as learning about our own family backgrounds or those of our friends. Attending the Festival, you can experience the sights, sounds and flavors of six continents. And all that without jet lag, flight delays, turbulence or missed connections!"

"Everyone will want to try the cuisine offered by all the participating vendors," added Muff Kruse, committee member. "There's Argentinian food provided by the Gonzalez family, Egyptian dishes from Gamil's, traditional Thai fare by Lanna Thai, blintzes courtesy of Temple B'Nai Israel, and pastries from the Greek Orthodox Church. Don't forget to include homemade ice cream from Rock Salt Creamery and the Syrian desserts at Aissa Sweets,"

Good food creates a great memory, but there will also be many opportunities provided for visitors to acquire a more tangible reminder of their multicultural trip. "Start your journey at Native Creations for Ecuadorian crafts," suggested committee member Matt Soza, "or Just A Dream Farm for Peruvian products. Enjoy a side trip to Wink of Africa for Congo crafts, and don't overlook the native Rwandan items at Immaculee's. And then have a look at the Native American goods provided by Cindy Shelley or Dianna Wells."

Festival globetrotters will also be entertained by performance artists representing many varied styles and traditions. The Wah Lum Kung Fu and Tai Chi's colorful dragon dancers will usher in the Parade of Flags event opening. Later the awesome Black Thunder singers and dancers will present their native rhythms. Then the audience will leap across an ocean as a talented troupe of classic Asian Indian dancers take to the stage.

Meanwhile younger voyagers visiting the Kids' Korner will enjoy wildlife, puppets, storytelling, a drumming workshop, and an interactive adventure into the world of musical instruments, courtesy of the Concord Community Music School. And strolling musicians will enliven the added City Hall stage as well as the vending areas.

"Every year the Multicultural Festival seems to grow and improve, and this year's version looks to be the best yet," concluded Mayor Ed Engler, who will officially proclaim the event's opening. "No offense to Jules Verne, but it really will be like going around the world in a day in Rotary Park and downtown Laconia."

Last Updated on Tuesday, 01 September 2015 05:46

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Walker to make campaign stop in Plymouth


PLYMOUTH — Republican presidential candidate Scott Walker will hold a meet-and-greet on Sunday, Sept. 6, at 6:45 p.m. on the Town Common in downtown Plymouth, according to the Pemi-Baker Valley Republican Committee.

The event is part of his 10-county motorcycle tour Walker is making of the state.

Organizers of Sunday's event encourage those planning to attend to bring lawn chairs and blankets, and visit with other community members and supporters from as early as 5:30 p.m.

Walker was elected governor of Wisconsin in 2010. He faced state voters again in 2012 after Democrats and organized labor secured enough signatures to force a recall election following Walker's controversial plan to strip most public workers of union rights. Walker survived the recall election and was re-elected in 2014. Prior to becoming governor, he served as Milwaukee County executive.

For more information, contact Cindy at 603-536-3880 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


Last Updated on Tuesday, 01 September 2015 02:48

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Ellacoya Chapter of the Eastern Star hosting ham and bean supper Saturday

HOLDERNESS — Ellacoya Chapter #43, Order of the Eastern Star's monthly Bean and Ham Supper, open to the public, will be held on Saturday, September 5 at 5 p.m. The monthly bean suppers, with the variety of casserole dishes, salads, and homemade pies in addition to the ham and beans, will be continuing the first Saturday of the month through November.

The supper is held in the Squam Valley Masonic Building, located on Route 3/25 at the Center Harbor/Holderness town line. Ticket sales, beginning at 4:15 are available at the door, adults $8 and children $3. Serving starts at 5 p.m. and continues until 6:30 p.m. or until food runs out.

The profits of our fundraising activities, are shared with agencies which assist those in need such as local home health agencies, food pantries, American Cancer Society, American Heart Association and others. Ellacoya Chapter, with another area chapter, sponsors Plymouth Assembly of the International Order of Rainbow for Girls.

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Imagination Station open for play in Gilford

A group of Gilford youngsters helped cut the ribbon formally opening the new Imagination Station at Gilford Elementary School Saturday. Several community members along with members of the Gilford School Board and the Playground Committee attended the ceremony during the town's Old Home Day. Among those attending were School Board members Jack Landow and Sue Allen, left, Superintendent Kent Hemingway and Town Moderator Sandra McGonagle, right. Speakers included Gilford Elementary Principal Danielle Bolduc and Katie Bryant, a teacher and member of the Playground Committee. School Board member Rae Mellow-Andrews thanked the businesses that provided food and beverage for volunteers who built the playground facility, while McGonagle thanked the committee for its efforts to bring the project to fruition.



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