Laconia’s 125th anniversary celebration

Wednesday, August 09, 2017
Laconia 125th anniversary celebration

Celebrate Laconia plans to begin celebrating Laconia’s 125th anniversary a few months early, with an old-fashioned train-focused festival on Aug. 19 marking the quasquicentennial of the Laconia Passenger Station. Festivities will include train rides, dignitaries, exhibits, food, shopping and music – including a barbershop quartet that will serenade passengers during 50-minute train rides. Most of the events will take place from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. in Veterans Square, where the Laconia Passenger Station, opened in 1892 for the Boston and Maine railroad, and still stands today as one of the city’s most iconic structures. The opening ceremony will begin at 11 a.m., hosted by radio personality Pat Kelly. It will feature dignitaries, such as former mayors Rod Dyer and Paul Fitzgerald. Pleasant Street School students will sing. Afterward, historians will give lectures on the station and the Laconia Streetcar Company at nearby Gale Memorial Library. Vendors will set up in and near the square, downtown stores will open, and there will be a pig roast at 4 p.m. at Local Eatery, 21 Veterans Square. There will be live music by New Horizons, Annie & the Orphans, Tyler Road and The Rockin’ Daddios, sponsored by Binnie Media, Trustworthy Hardware and Denoncourt, Waldron & Sullivan, PA.

Tilton N.H. veterans remember V-J Day

A ceremony at the New Hampshire Veterans Home will commemorate the 72nd anniversary of Japan’s surrender, which brought an end to World War II. The event will be at 11 a.m. on Monday in the home’s town hall auditorium, 139 Winter St., Tilton. While the formal surrender documents weren’t signed until Sept. 2, 1945, on the deck of the battleship Missouri, the announcement of Japanese acceptance of the allies’ terms on Aug. 14 set off worldwide celebrations. Members of the Veterans Home’s Resident Council will conduct the ceremony. The public is welcome to attend.

Henniker/Hillsborough 2017 outdoor guide is available now

The 2017 edition of Henniker Rotary Club’s Outdoor Guide to Henniker and Hillsborough is now available. The towns of Henniker and Hillsboro hug the picturesque Contoocook River and are long known for access to great white water rafting and fishing. But these two towns offer far more in the way of outdoor recreation interests beyond the meandering river as you will discover when you pick up a copy of the ninth edition of the Outdoor Guide to Henniker and Hillsborough, available in businesses throughout the region. This edition features 70 pages of new and updated information about activities available to residents and visitors, including new trails and hikes, annotated maps, expanded directions on experiencing each destination and GPS coordinates for each trail as well as photographs taken by local photographers of special sites in Henniker and Hillsboro. For more information about the Henniker Rotary Club, contact Lisa Hustis at ehustis@comcast.net.

Danbury Garden, farm days

Danbury Historical Society is sponsoring free garden and farm events on Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Events will include special guest speakers and demos, and visits to local gardens and farms. Events are fun for all ages. Contact the Danbury Historical Society at 768-3603 for a complete schedule of events.

Gilmanton Explore the legend of H.H. Holmes

The legendary story of H.H. Holmes is back in the spotlight at the Gilmanton Year-Round Library on Monday at 6 p.m. Join local historians John Dickey and Pat Clarke as they delve into the gruesome and now worldwide murderous legend known as H.H. Holmes – or as we call him in his hometown of Gilmanton – Herman Webster Mudgett. Two books, a documentary and a History Channel special later, Holmes has made his way into the “serial killer mainstream.” But what’s fact and what’s fiction? You’ll have to come to the library to find out! The program is free and open to the public.

ConcordChildren’s theatre

IMPACT Children’s Theatre troupe will be performing at the Capitol Center for the Arts on Wednesday at 11 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. The troupe will perform Humpelken-Pumpelken or The Adventures of Humpty Dumpty. IMPACT Children’s Theatre troupe is a touring group based out of Jean’s Playhouse in Lincoln. Tickets are available at ccanh.org or jeansplayhouse.com.