Fusion networking event Wednesday at the Holy Grail of the Lakes

LACONIA — Fusion is inviting the public to its next networking event at the Holy Grail of the Lakes in Laconia on Wednesday, July 8 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. This isn't your average networking event. Plan on meeting a cool group of people and creating connections that last. There will be snacks provided by the Holy Grail of the Lakes, Fusion giveaways, and a cash bar.

The event is free and open to the public. Fusion does ask that attendees RSVP by reserving a free ticket through Eventbrite. Links to register can be found at Eventbrite.com or through Fusion's Facebook page.

Fusion NH is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization whose mission is to develop future leaders, encourage civic involvement and contribute positively in the communities we serve. Fusion is located in Laconia (PO Box 6503, Laconia, NH 03247). For more information about what Fusion can do to support your business or organization, and how to get involved, please contact us via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit FusionNH.org.

Center Harbor church flea market, fair set for Sat.

CENTER HARBOR — The Center Harbor Congregational Church will hold its annual flea market and craft fair on Saturday, July, 11, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the grounds surrounding the church.

Admission is free and the proceeds go support various church programs.

Vendors will offer offer a wide variety of hand-crafted gifts, such as wood crafts, soaps, children's accessories and dress up, jewelry, antiques, and baked. In addition, visitors can enjoy food concessions and strawberry shortcake at the café seating provided under the trees. There will also be Trifles and Treasures tables in the church hall, which is handicap accessible.

More information can be obtained by calling the church office at 253-7698, or e-mailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Summer Soiree at Belknap Mill friday evening

LACONIA — The Belknap Mill Society hosts the Summer Soiree on Friday, July 10 from 6 to 8 p.m. at 25 Beacon Street East in Laconia. All proceeds of the event will be to benefit the Belknap Mill.

The event will be held at the Belknap Mill as well as in Rotary Park (weather permitting). Advanced ticket prices are $15 and increase to $20 at the door. Food provided by Christine Richer Catering and live music with RC Thomas of Portsmouth. Entertain the cash bar and experience a specialty Summer Soiree cocktail, browse the Mill's two museum spaces and find raffle and silent auction items. Auction items include: a complete estate planning package from Wescott Law, a private 5-course dinner for four with Chef Kevin of Laconia Local Eatery, a one night stay at Mill Falls at the Lake and fourteen yards of gravel or ten yards of loam from Ambrose Bros., Inc. to name a few.

"We want to celebrate summer with members of the community; with live music, great food and cold beverages, as well as enticing auction items. The wonderful part is all event proceeds directly benefit the Mill and current projects being worked on," says Managing Director, Beth San Soucie. 'Whether you're a current member to the society or someone that has not had the chance to visit us before, I highly encourage you to join us for an enjoyable evening at the Soiree."

Tickets may be purchased in person at the Mill, by phone at (603) 524–8813, or online through Eventbrite; a link which is provided on the Belknap Mill's website and Facebook page.

The Belknap Mill Society is a nonprofit 501 (c)3 organization that preserves and promotes the Belknap Mill historic landmark, which built in 1823 is the oldest, unaltered brick textile mill in the United States. One of the first listed buildings on the National Register of Historic Places in 1972, the Belknap Mill shows how preservation and history can combine in a community based museum and cultural arts center. In 1976, the Belknap Mill was designated as the Official Meetinghouse of New Hampshire because of the architectural, geographical and historical significance of the building. It has a permanent exhibit that interprets the history of the textile industry in Laconia, and has changing monthly exhibits focusing on the arts and history, as well as educational programs for all ages. For further information on the mill and its events, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., visit www.belknapmill.org, or call 603-524-8813.

Woodturner to lecture at Craftsmen gallery

MEREDITH — The League of New Hampshire Craftsmen gallery in Meredith will be having a free lecture by award-winning Master Woodturner Donald Briere on Monday, July 20, from 7 to 8 p.m. at Meredith Bay Colony Club.

Briere will talk about his unique creative processes and his love of woodturning for more than the past 15-plus years. Using domestic and exotic hardwoods along with semi-precious stones, Briere creates segmented woodturnings that range from those with just a couple of pieces to more intricate ones with thousands. In 2009 he  won Best in Show at the League of NH Craftsmen's Fair at the Mt. Sunapee Resort, in "Living With Crafts."

At the end of the lecture there will be time for questions and some of his pieces will be on display.

The lectures offered by the League's Meredith gallery are free and held in the Bistro Room at the Meredith Bay Colony Club, 21 Mile Point Drive in Meredith. Space is limited so those planning to attend are asked to reserve seats in advance by calling the gallery at (603) 279-7920.

More information on gallery's lectures, classes and demonstrations can be viewed at www.nhcrafts.org /meredith.