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Belmont's next Farmers Market is Sunday


BLEMONT — Belmont's third Farmer's Market of the season is scheduled for this Sunday, Aug. 30, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Gardens are plentiful and will provide a fabulous selection of nutritious vegetables for purchase. There will also be a large selection of yummy treats to tempt your sweet tooth.

Other products available from local vendors will be goat's milk soap, maple syrup, woodworking items, lotions, soy candles, and so much more. Coffee with be available and there will be an opportunity work on a puzzle or play a game of chess.

All activities take place near the Tioga Pavilion and Belmont Mill on Mill Street. For more information, contact Gretta Olson-Wilder, Special Events Coordinator, at 603-998-3525 or email her at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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Sept. is great time to sign up for Belmont Library card

BELMONT — With September being observed as Library Card Sign-up Month, the Belmont Public Library is encouraging people of all ages to make the most use of the library's collection and also the range of special programs it offers.

Next monty the library will join with the American Library Association and public libraries nationwide to make sure that every student has a free library card.

Resources at the Belmont Public Library are available to anyone who has a library card. Students can turn to the library for materials, programs and knowledgeable library staff that support academic achievement.

The library's monthly LEGO Club — the first Saturdays of each month at 10:30 a.m.; and weekly story times — Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. — emphasize creativity and literacy.

This month, the Belmont Public Library is launching 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten. The library encourages parents to prepare their children for learning to read by reading to them every day. Inspired by programs around the country, the Belmont Public Library will reward those who reach milestone levels. The library is also giving away literacy calendars developed right here in New Hampshire.

Today's libraries aren't only a place of quiet study, but also creative and engaging community centers where everyone can collaborate using new technologies or relax with peers. The library offers access to a variety of print and digital resources that can be accessed in person or online.

In September, the library offers hands on time with Ozobots, miniature robots which can be programmed to race each other. Grades 3-6 can try their skills Monday, Sept. 14, at 4 p.m., and grades 7-12 are welcome the next day at the same time.

Library staff is teaching a reservation-only class in how to use our genealogy resources, including Ancestry Library Edition and exclusive print resources, on Tuesday, Sept. 29 at 5:30 p.m.

The Belmont Public Library invites those who are interested in supporting their library to attend one of two informational meetings about creating a Friends of the Library group taking place on Saturday, Sept. 19, at 1 p.m., or Monday, Sept. 21 at 6:30 p.m. for more details and a chance to participate.

September's book group features "The Paying Guests" by Sarah Waters.  Copies of the book are available at the library or through NH Downloadable Books, available with your library card. The group meets Tuesday, Sept. 22, at 6 p.m.

Adults who are seeking a creative outlet are welcome to join the Belmont Public Library craft nights on Thursdays at 5:30 p.m. Each week features a different activity and all skill levels are welcome.

"Our library provides access and programs for all ages," says library Director Eileen Gilbert "For preschool age children we offer early literacy and lap sit story times to encourage school readiness, for older children and teens we supplement education with hands-on science, technology, engineering, arts and math (STEAM) programs, and for adults we offer interest-based groups and workshops. There's really something for everyone and it's all free with a library card."

For more information on how to sign up for a library card, visit the Belmont Public Library in person or visit the library online at www.belmontpubliclibrary.org.

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Plymouth State Faculty Art Exhibition opens September 3


PLYMOUTH — The exciting and challenging annual Faculty Art Exhibition at Plymouth State University opens Thursday, September 3 in the Karl Drerup Art Gallery. A reception is scheduled from 4-6 p.m. September 8 in the gallery at the Draper and Maynard Building on North Main Street.

This year's exhibition challenged faculty members to dig into their artistic intent and personal process of making art by choosing an object to pair with their artworks. The goal of the exhibit is to inspire a conversation about idea generation through the artwork and object each faculty artist chooses. Objects can be serious or playful in nature, and each contributor will write a short statement that discusses their interpretation of the object-art relationship.

Gallery hours are online at Plymouth.edu/gallery or call the gallery at (603) 535-2614.

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Silver Series for the Performing Arts presents a Potpourri of Performers in Diverse Genres

PLYMOUTH —The Silver Series for the Performing Arts at Plymouth State University opens its 24th season during the annual PSU Homecoming and Family Celebration, bringing The Hypnosis of Michael C. Anthony to the Hanaway Theatre stage at 8:30 p.m. Saturday, October 3.

VH1 tagged Anthony as "the best stage hypnotist on the planet." It's an avant-garde blend of the human psyche and eye-popping theatre. SEE the show or BE the show. Tickets are $20 for adults, $18 for seniors and PSU Alumni, and $10 for youth at the Silver Center Box Office, (603) 535-2787 or (800) 779-3869; or online at silver.plymouth.edu.

Author/humorist David Sedaris will be at Hanaway Theatre at 7 p.m. Tuesday, October 20, and is likely to have the entire audience laughing out loud within the first 60 seconds.

Sedaris has become one of America's preeminent humor writers. Heller McAlpin (NPR) says "The best Sedaris essays crack you up with their wacky observations about bizarre things—taxidermied owls and pygmies, the bliss of colonoscopy sedation ..."

Sedaris tickets are $35-40 for adults, $33-38 for seniors and $20-25 for youth, at the Silver Center Box Office, (603) 535-2787 or (800) 779-3869; or online at silver.plymouth.edu.

Singer-songwriter Mary Gauthier comes to the more intimate setting of the Smith Recital Hall at 7 p.m. Friday, November 13. Last summer's release, Trouble & Love, earned some of the best reviews of Gauthier's career, including the song, "How You Learn to Live Alone," that was featured on ABC's hit show, Nashville.

Her songs carry so much emotional punch they can leave listeners staggering. She has a way of burrowing into that hole so many of us carry inside our souls, and emerging with universal truths that show we aren't so alone after all.

Gauthier says, "I have to be 'called' to write. The call comes from somewhere I don't understand, but I know it when I hear it." Listeners respond to that characteristic in her songs, and she has received many awards and accolades including Country Artist of the Year, Best Indy CD of the Year, and 2005 New Artist of the Year. Gauthier is a regular performer on Grand Ole Opry. Tickets are $30 adults, $28 for seniors and $20 for youth at the Silver Center Box Office, (603) 535-2787 or (800) 779-3869; or online at silver.plymouth.edu.

Jazz buffs will not want to miss Aardvark Jazz Orchestra's "Salute to Duke" Sunday, January 31 at 3 p.m. in Hanaway Theatre. Jazz Times says this long-running orchestra performs "lush sonorities and a saxophonic blend worthy of Ellington's finest reed sections." Others call their programs "captivating," "spellbinding, and "brilliant." The legendary band, led by founder/director Mark Harvey, brings to Plymouth an exhilarating show ranging across a spectrum of sounds and styles, performing classics like "C Jam Blues" and "I'm Beginning to See the Light," plus "Such Sweet Thunder," "Blue Patter," Pie Eye's Blues" and the exotic "Caravan." Tickets are $20-25 for adults, $18-23 for seniors and $15-20 for youth at the Silver Center Box Office, (603) 535-2787 or (800) 779-3869; or online at silver.plymouth.edu.

Session Americana will blow into Plymouth with the February winds, presenting their eclectic program at 7 p.m. February 26 in the Smith Recital Hall. Hot Press Ireland describes the show as "...a traveling medicine show, which eschews snake oil in favour of an ongoing grail quest for the perfect collaborative experience." No two Session Americana shows are alike. They're rowdy, freewheeling modern hootenannies that surprise the audience.

Their shows are staged with band members facing each other around a table with a single mic in the middle, passing instruments around as needed, harmonizing on old blues tunes, classic Americana songs, and original numbers written by the group members and their guests. Although the musicians face each other, the audience feels drawn into the circle, engaged by the joyous camaraderie, playful musicality, and charmingly original music of this all-star cast of characters.

The Boston Globe has praised Session Americana for its "fun, fresh take on old-fashioned, and timeless music." Tickets are $30 for adults, $28 for seniors and $20 for youth at the Silver Center Box Office, (603) 535-2787 or (800) 779-3869; or online at silver.plymouth.edu.

And finally, come wind down from the trauma of filing your taxes April 15, when Atlantic Steps comes to Hanaway Theatre for a 7 p.m. (Friday) show. The ensemble will bring the spirit and fun of the traditional Irish art forms of music, song, step dance, old-style dance (sean-nós), and spoken word, and connect them with the influences encountered as they journeyed across the ocean to the United States. The result is an exciting mix of dance, blending the choreography with improvisation, set to the live music of the Irish fiddle, uilleann pipes, accordion, flute, guitar and piano. The lavish production is certain to lift your spirits and warm your heart—regardless of whether you are Irish.

Tickets are $35-40 for adults, $33-38 for seniors and $20-25 for youth at the Silver Center Box Office, (603) 535-2787 or (800) 779-3869; or online at silver.plymouth.edu.

The Silver Series of guest artists is made possible in part by our friends and alumni through the Jeannette and Richard Collins Award, the PSU Annual Fund, the Dick and Betty Hanaway Endowment for the Performing Arts, the PSU Student Senate, and business partners: Community Guaranty Savings Bank, MegaPrint, New Hampshire Public Radio, and Speare Memorial Hospital.

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