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Meredith 250th Youth Ambassador Essay Competition Announced

(November 15, 2017 - Meredith, NH.)  The Meredith 250th Anniversary Committee is pleased to announce its Youth Ambassador Essay Competition sponsored by Overhead Door Options of Meredith.  Any high school senior (Inter-Lakes High School senior or homeschooled) living in Meredith is encouraged to enter an essay on any aspect of the Town of Meredith’s history by December 6th for a chance to win cash prizes.

The top three finalists will be awarded the following scholarships:  Second Place $100, First Place $250, and Youth Ambassador $500.  Thank you to Overhead Door Options of Meredith for their generous sponsorship which make these scholarships possible.

Essays must reflect some historical aspect of Meredith from 1768 forward and will be judged by a 5-member panel on content, presentation, and grammar.  Judges are Colleen Forkell, Inter-Lakes English teacher; Lynn Montana, Committee member; Jeanie Forrester, 250th Committee Co-Chair; Brad or Lynn Leighton, Scholarship Sponsor; and John Hopper, Meredith Historical Society.

The Meredith 250th Anniversary Youth Ambassador will be expected to attend the Meredith 250th Anniversary Kickoff Celebration at Hart’s Turkey Farm Restaurant on December 30, 2017, and several events throughout 2018, including the Main Street Parade in August, the opening of the 1968 Time Capsule in July, and the December 2018 Dinner Celebration.

To download the application and learn further details, visit the Greater Meredith Program website at www.GreaterMeredithProgram.com; choose the Projects & Programs tab and scroll down to Meredith 250th Anniversary.  Essays and applications are due by December 6th at 5pm.  For more information about the essay contest, contact Kim Durand at kjd4@metrocast.net.

The Meredith 250th Committee is a group of volunteer citizens working under the umbrella of the Greater Meredith program to plan the activities and events to celebrate the Town of Meredith’s 250th Anniversary in 2018.  Meetings are held the fourth Monday of the month at 6pm at the Meredith Community Center and are open to the public.

For more information or to volunteer for the Meredith 250th Anniversary Celebration, come to a meeting, visit the Greater Meredith Program website at www.GreaterMeredithProgram.com or call Committee Co-Chairs Jeanie Forrester at 380-2523 or Steve Durand at 726-6160.  Follow them on Facebook @Meredith250th

Meredith 250th Anniversary Celebration Kick Off Dinner & Dance

(December 4, 2017 – Meredith, NH.)  The Meredith 250th Anniversary Celebration Kick Off Dinner and Dance will be held on Saturday, December 30th at Hart’s Turkey Farm Restaurant beginning at 6pm.  Tickets are $25 per person.  To purchase your tickets, call Dennis or Cookie Boulanger at 279-1332 or mail a check payable to GMP/250th, c/o Wicwas Lake Grange, PO Box 1706, Meredith, NH 03253.

“The evening will be full of entertainment, dinner and dancing, raffles and door prizes,” stated Jeanie Forrester, Meredith 250th Committee Co-Chair. “It’s sure to be a fun time and a great way to kick off our year-long 250th Anniversary Celebration.”

The evening will begin with welcoming remarks and a full dinner buffet, after which a short program will capture many aspects of the year-long celebration.  Steve Durand, Meredith 250th Committee Co-Chair, will serve as Master of Ceremonies for the evening.

A reading of the original Meredith Town Charter (abbreviated form) will be read by a well-known local citizen dressed in period costume.

The recently awarded Inter-Lakes Idol winners, Alyson Lines and Gina Aquilla, will perform.  This competition was open to Inter-Lakes students grades 7-12 and held at the Inter-Lakes Auditorium on November 18th.

The Meredith 250th Youth Ambassador Essay Competition finalists will be honored, and the winner announced.  Essays on any aspect of the Town of Meredith’s history are being accepted through December 6.  For more information, email kjd4@metrocast.net or visit the Greater Meredith Program website.  The top three essayists will win scholarships, donated by Overhead Door Options, which will be presented at this event and the winning essay read.

Bring your dancing shoes!  Jimmy and the Jesters will perform some great Rock and Roll Oldies and Classic Country songs beginning at 9pm for dancing until the midnight hour.

Raffle tickets for a wheelbarrow full of gardening goodies will be sold throughout the evening.  Each guest will receive a free raffle ticket for the door prize which is a basket full of the Meredith 250th commemorative items.  These items will also be on sale at the event.

The dress for the evening is casual and you are encouraged to purchase your tickets soon as seating is limited. Thanks go to Aiden Carney, Junior, a student at Inter-Lakes High School from Sandwich, who designed the event tickets.

The Meredith 250th Committee is a group of volunteer citizens working under the umbrella of the Greater Meredith program to plan the activities and events to celebrate the Town of Meredith’s 250th Anniversary in 2018.  Meetings are held the fourth Monday of the month at 6pm at the Meredith Community Center and are open to the public.

For more information or to volunteer, come to a meeting, visit the Greater Meredith Program website at www.GreaterMeredithProgram.com or call Committee Co-Chairs Jeanie Forrester at 380-2523 or Steve Durand at 726-6160.  Follow them on Facebook @Meredith250th

Meredith Historical Society’s 2018 Program

 

GMP Annual Meeting Feb 6th:  A Look Back at 2017

Meredith - The Greater Meredith Program (GMP) Board of Directors will host its annual meeting on Tuesday, February 6th in the Winnipesaukee Ballroom at Church Landing in Meredith. The meeting will begin at 5:30 pm with a cash bar and hors d’ oeuvres.  Mae Williams of Unlocking History will give a presentation.  The celebration is free and all are welcome to attend, but an RSVP is requested by January 28th to gmp@greatermeredithprogram.com  or 279-9015.

Re-elected GMP President, Bob Manley, other GMP Board Members, Career Partnership Program Director, Michelle Martin, and Executive Director, Monica Philbin, will highlight the programs, projects, and accomplishments of 2017 and the volunteers and others who achieved this success.  Annual awards will recognize 2017 Business Supporter of the Year,  Volunteer of the Year,  and Board Member of the Year.  Special honors awards will also be presented. A drawing for raffle prizes will conclude the evening.  Mill Falls at the Lake has generously donated a one-night stay gift certificate with Oglethorpe’s Fine Arts and Crafts, Hermit Woods Winery, and many other local establishments contributing to the prizes.

250th Anniversary Celebration merchandise will be available for purchase in support of events, activities, and celebrations, planned throughout 2018.

The Greater Meredith Program is a non-profit community development organization seeking to enhance economic vitality, historical and cultural heritage, and town-wide beautification. The GMP Board of Directors is comprised of community leaders and town officials who volunteer their time and expertise to advance the mission of the organization.  For more information about GMP or volunteer opportunities, go to greatermeredithprogram.com or facebook, email GMP@greatermeredithprogram.com, or call 603.279.9015

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