Publication: New Hampshire Magazine
Article Title: June Bookshelf: Motorcycles and Mergansers
Author: Staff Writer
Two very different milieux one loud and flashy, the other naturally quiet.
It’s amazing how much there is to say about sea birds in Hugh Hennedy’s “Variations on a Natural Theme” [Hobblebush Books, $15.95], there are 111 pages of elegant poems about mergansers, eiders, gulls and, mostly, loons that Hennedy saw in Maine’s Seal Cove.
The poems, many of them having a haiku quality, are short meditations on nature’s waterworld ones that would be particularly satisfying to bird lovers, for anyone who finds peace in nature and for lovers of lyric poetry.
Hennedy says of the birds: “They are beautiful, mostly untamed and have a long tradition in prophecy and omen-telling and deep associations with poetry.” The Portsmouth resident taught English literature and writing at the University of New England and passed Seal Cove on his way to work every day.
If you like Bike Week in Laconia, you’ll love the new book straightforwardly titled “Laconia Motorcycle Week” [Arcadia Publishing, $19.99]. It documents the oldest national motorcycle rally in the United States (it started in 1916, when motorcycling had just begun) with historical images from the private collections of people who have played a major role in keeping the history of motorcycles and Bike Week alive. It shows the growth of the sport; since 1998 more than 300,000 people attended the annual event, all of them contributing to its good and not-so-good moments. Authors Charlie St. Clair and Jennifer Anderson have worked for the non-profit Laconia Motorcycle Week Association for more than a decided and have committed themselves to educating people about the community of bikers.
Title: Then ....and now
Author: Staff Writer
Publisher: The Citizen of Laconia
In the photo at right, from the collections of the Laconia Historical and Museum Society, the intersection of Lakeside Avenue and Tower Street at The Weirs is seen, circa winter of 1934, with Irwin's Winnipesaukee Gardens in the distance and the end of the canopy of the 1893 passenger station (burned 1939) at right.
Property at right, with the small cabin, had been part of the grounds of the New Hotel Weirs, which had burned in 1924.
Until construction of the Half Moon cabins and motel, the site of the former hotel and its grounds were occupied by a series of amusement-park type establishments.
In the photo at left, motorcycle enthusiasts gather during Bike Week 2009 near the same intersection.
Line of shops and the former Irwin's Winnipesaukee Gardens are just off-photo at left.
Tarlson's Arcade is just off-photo at left and Half Moon Arcade occupies the property just off-photo at right.
Along with bikes on Lakeside Avenue, the Photo Tower has become an icon of the annual festivities. The tower was built by students at Huot Technical Center at Laconia High School.
In captioning the final photograph (by Robin Sisson) in Charlie St. Clair and Jennifer Anderson's book, 'Laconia Motorcycle Week' in the Arcadia 'Images of America' series (2008), the authors wrote: 'Motorcycles have to weave their way through waves of people while making their way north on Lakeside Avenue.
The riders who came to Laconia and Weirs Beach for that first gypsy tour in 1916 would not recognize Lakeside Avenue today during the rally.
Fritzie Baer would be pleased to see how relationships have evolved between the motorcyclists and the city of Laconia.
Laconia Motorcycle Week means different things to many people, but for riders around the world, it is a big part of their lives.'