Saturday, April 6, 2013

Hidden Treasure !

When people come to tour our community at Weirs Beach Village, we spend time discussing with our customers all that the Lakes Region has to offer them. Of course, there are the obvious attractions...swimming, skiing, snowmobiling, snowshoeing, jet skiing, boating, hiking, running in the Timberman Triathlon, shopping, cruising on the M/S Mt. Washington, taking a train ride around the lake, ice fishing, motorcycling, concerts at Meadowbrook, Funspot Arcade, zip lining at Monkey Trunks, waterslides, golfing, visiting the Antique Boat Museum, or the Annalee Doll Museum. Phew, I am exhausted just writing this list.

I realized in writing this that I did not even mention the dining opportunities. That will be a post for another day. Right now, I am excited to share with you the hidden treasure we found in downtown Laconia...The Pitman Freight Room located on 94 Salem Street.  Their brochure describes them as a function hall for all occasions but oh, they are SO much more. Being a lover of history, I have to share a little bit about the origins of this facility. Back in the early 1800's, this was the home for Pitman Manufacturing which was one of the largest hosiery manufacturer's in NH. In 1890, they built a track-side freight depot. In the 1940's the freight room was sold and has had several owners since that time. The current owners bought the building in 1988 and the building housed an Antique Store until 2009. The Pitman Freight Room now serves as a function hall for all occasions but when not being used as a venue for a wedding, anniversary party or sports banquet, the Pitman Freight Room is alive with the sounds of music.

We had the pleasure of 'almost by accident' stumbling into the Pitman Freight Room on a recent Friday evening to discover that they also host live music events...blues, jazz, folk and sometimes some good old rock 'n roll. At the low price of $10.00-$12.00, you can sit back and soak up the sounds of some impressive musicians. Oh. You don't like to just sit and listen ?  Then push back your chair, and dance ! I loved the low-key, relaxed atmosphere. There is also so much to look at as antiques are hanging all around the hall. Get comfortable on one of the couches, sit at one of the tables, or just stand...the choice is yours. This is a B.Y.O.B. affair with people bringing snacks and their favorite beverage.

Over the next few weeks, they will be hosting 'The Gypsy Moth Quartet featuring Daisy Castro', ' Lloyd Jones and the East Coast Aces', Comedy Night, and 'Rosemary's Baby Blues'.  The event I am truly psyched to go to is on April 20th...'Dance Night! with Tony Sarno's TS Review Band' ! I will be dancing the night away that evening and I plan to get there E.A.R.L.Y. ! I look forward to meeting you on the dance floor !