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Weirs Beach fireworks kick off Fri.

LACONIA — The series of summertime fireworks displays in Weirs Beach will kick off this Friday, with a show scheduled to start at 11:59 p.m., according to organizers. 

All told there will be nine displays between now and Labor Day weekend. All shows are organized by the Weirs Action Committee.

The July 3 show is sponsored by the city of Laconia. There is no rain date for holiday show.

Other shows during July and August will be held on Fridays at 10 p.m., with a rain date of Saturday at 10 p.m. Dates for those shows are July 10, July 17, July 24, July 31, Aug. 7, Aug. 14, and Aug. 21.

The Labor Day weekend show will take place Sunday, Sept. 6, at 10 p.m., and is being sponsored by Half Moon Enterprises. There is no rain date for the Labor Day show.

Various area businesses join together with the Weirs Action Committee to present the Friday night fireworks shows from July 10 through Aug. 21. The overall fireworks series is co-sponsored by Atlas Fireworks.

Those who would like up-to-date information about the fireworks or who would like to make a donation to defray expenses can visit the Weirs Action Committee's facebook page at facebook.com/WeirsBeach.WAC; or the fireworks webpage at WeirsBeach.com; or email the Weirs Action Committee at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


Last Updated on Thursday, 02 July 2015 08:53

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Red, White & Blues at the Belmont Bandstand tonight

BELMONT — An All-American concert, rooted in blues, jazz and gospel music and sprinkled with favorite Broadway show tunes is set for Friday, June 3 at 7:00 p.m. at the Belmont Village Bandstand.

Jon Lorentz's "Soul Revival Band" will feature acclaimed singer Miss Sharon "Sugar" Jones. Lorentz leads the group on tenor saxophone, with Andy Caballera on keyboard and percussionist Rick Page. Performing in Laconia this spring to a standing room only audience, Miss Jones recalled earlier visits to Irwin's Winnipesaukee Gardens Ballroom and said her singing blends influences of Tina Turner, Aretha Franklin, Ella Fitzgerald and Anita Baker.

Seasoned through studio recordings and performances from New York to Los Angeles, Ms. Jones has toured internationally with organist Johnny "Hammond" Smith and saxophonist Houston Person. She is well-known in music and community circles as "the Pride of Portsmouth".

Program is free and rain or shine, with Corner Meeting House as indoor location on Fuller and Sargent Streets next to the Belmont Police Department. Bring a lawn chair or blanket. Sponsored by the Heritage Commission, John M. Sargent Fund and Friends of the Bandstand, the 2015 Heritage Series celebrates the award-winning Bandstand restoration and is dedicated to all that made the next century of this special place possible. Visit www.historicbelmontbandstand.org to learn about the campaign to preserve the 1908 structure.

Last Updated on Thursday, 02 July 2015 08:47

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Laconia offers two outdoor marketplaces every week

LACONIA — The Main Street Initiative is happy to announce the return of a favorite downtown tradition as the Laconia Main Street Outdoor Marketplace begins its latest engagement in the parking lot between Main and Pleasant Streets in the center of downtown.

Every Thursday from June through September, between 3 pm and 6 pm, over thirty vendors will be represented, offering the best and freshest products from local independent farms and orchards. The items available include vegetables, fruits, meats, poultry, eggs, cheese, herbs, honey, maple products, breads, baked goods and prepared floods. But the list also includes soaps, plants, flowers, crafts, dog cookies, photography, embroidery, jewelry, tie dye and so much more -- even high precision knife sharpening.

The vendors as always are a lively mix of returning favorites and new arrivals, including now the Holy Grail of the Lakes restaurant serving samples of their Irish pub fare.

Many downtown merchants are also extending their hours to match the market, accentuating downtown's convivial feel on a warm summer night. Patrons of the market can enjoy a fresh breeze off of Lake Winnisquam while perusing the market, perambulating around the loop to the shops, and enjoying fine eats at the many, and growing number of eateries -- all on wide, flat, and safe sidewalks.

"We're fortunate to have two weekly markets downtown" commented John, Moriarty, president of the Main Street Initiative. Moriarty continued, "Few communities have the traffic or offering to sustain one quality market, but thanks to our fantastic growers and crafters, Laconia is the only place we know of in the state to operate and sustain two wonderful markets."

Visit the Saturday morning Farmers' Market in City Hall parking lot and the Thursday Outdoor Market often as selection and offerings change week to week.

Last Updated on Thursday, 02 July 2015 08:44

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VynnArt exhibit features members of Ferreira family

MEREDITH — Three generations of the Ferreira family will exhibit their work at VynnArt Gallery on Friday, July 3rd through Sunday, July 12th. There is a reception and a chance to meet the family of artists on Friday, July 3rd from 4 to 7 p.m.

Local photographer, John Ferreira has been actively involved in photography all his life. His principle focus is landscape and nature. The process of photography helps him to better observe and to think more creatively. He has won several awards for his work including multiple national events. John's photography is on display at VynnArt Gallery and at the Cape Cod Art Association Gallery. He is also a member of the Lakes Region Art Association.

John's father, John Ferreira Sr.,  will also be displaying his watercolors at the exhibit. He is a full time professional artist from Boston. John Sr. developed an early passion for on location "Plein Air" painting. He was the art director for Milton Bradley Game Co. He also designed book covers for Houghton Mifflin, D.C., Heath and Allyn & Bacon publishers. He now volunteers his time giving art lessons to senior citizens at an active independent community where he presently resides.

John's sister, Christina Ferreira, will join the family exhibit with her paintings. She is a deaf individual who teaches art to Pre-K through high school students at the American School for the Deaf in West Hartford, Connecticut. Christine's paintings are organic and energetic with free-flowing shapes and lines. She explores both realism and abstraction to create intriguing compositions. She is influenced by Jackson Pollock, Gustav Klimt and Jan Vermeer. Her work has been featured at the River Gallery in Independence, Oregon, and multiple gallery exhibitions. Christine was also featured in the literary journal Northwest Passage.

Stephan Ferreira, John's nephew, is a painter, photographer and paper collage artist. In 2010, Stephan began to experiment with paper collage as a means to compose paintings. Source material is pulled from photo books 20 to 50 years old which he finds in thrift stores or used book stores. He uses the photographs for pieces of color, patterns or shapes the same way one might mix a color. Stephan has exhibited his work in the Boston and Portland areas. He is a member of various art organizations including Bromfield Gallery in Boston. Currently he is a member of the Rental Sales Gallery of the Portland Art Museum.

VynnArt Gallery is located on 30 Main Street in Meredith, just above Mill Falls Market Place. For further information call 279-0557 or go to www.VynnArt.com.



Last Updated on Thursday, 02 July 2015 08:21

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