The Lake Winnipesaukee Historical Society
is planning to open its museum to the public on Sunday,
The museum, which is currently undergoing extensive renovation
work, including the installation of a handicapped access
ramp, is already open on Fridays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
with Beth Lavertue, society president, greeting guests and
informing them of the work already done and of future plans
for the museum.
“It’s a work in progress. We still have a lot
of work to do to complete the project,’’ says
Lavertue, who is hoping that having the museum open will
encourage potential donors to provide additional support
for completion of the project.
Over the past several months the work on the museum has
been taken up a few notches in preparation for the much
anticipated June opening. The Historical Society purchased
the property in December of 1999 and since that time has
invested much time and money into bringing the property
and the museum building to where it is today.
New sewer and water lines were installed, old cabins removed,
trees cuts down and the parking lot paved. Inside the museum
itself walls were torn down and some reinforcement work
was done. A new ceiling installed, carpet put down, the
kitchen remodeled, a handicapped bathroom built and a state-of
the-art alarm system put in, to name a few. Each project
completed as funds became available through Bingo fund-raising
“It’s been a long process,” says Beth,
“but the end result was definitely worth the wait.” The historical society is also stepping up its fund-raising
effort by launching Texas Hold ‘Em poker tournaments
at the Funspot Bingo Hall every Thursday starting May 27.
The society is working with Art Phillips and Peter Dupont
of Casino Games Rental to hold a series of tournaments culminating
with a Tournament of Champions Invitational in December
in which winners of the previous tournaments will compete.
Phillips says that the Greater Laconia-Weirs Beach Chamber
of Commerce recently held a successful tournament at Lochmere
Country Club at which 98 players participated. He said the
chamber raised about $8,000 at the event. He said that the
surge of interest in Texas Hold ‘Em has been created
by the World Series of Poker which is held every year at
Binion’s Horseshoe Casino in Las Vegas. “It’s
a profitable money maker for charity organizations,”
said Phillips, who along with his partner started Casino
Games Rental three years ago so that they could both supplement
their incomes in order to allow their daughters to compete
in equestrian events. “It’s a fun job. You get to meet some great
people and help them raise money. And the players love it,’’
Hold’em, also known as Texas Hold’em, is a poker
game in which each player receives two cards (hole cards)
dealt face down, while five cards are dealt face up on the
table. All players play their best five cards using any
combination of their two downcards and the five common cards
on the table. The best five-card poker hand among those
in contention for the pot wins. The betting starts after two cards are dealt to each player
in Texas Hold’em. These cards are unique to each player.
The next three cards (called flop cards or, simply, the
flop) are then dealt in the center of the table. These cards
are community cards and are part of each active player’s
hand. A second round of betting occurs. The fourth community
card (the turn card) is dealt in the center of the table,
followed by another (third) round of betting.
The final community card (the river card) is dealt in the
center of the table, followed by a final (fourth) round
of betting. The turn and river cards are also community
cards used by all players in Texas Hold’em. When all
bets have been equalized, the showdown takes place among
the remaining players and the winner is declared. If only
one player remains at the end of any round in Hold’em,
there is no showdown and the pot is awarded to that lone
remaining player. A player uses the best five cards among
his pocket cards and the community cards to determine his
hand. That is, a player may use both, one, or none of the
two hole cards he started with. Check-and-raise is allowed
in all in Texas Hold’em games (except on the first
round, when a player, on his turn, must either bet or fold).
The top prize in the weekly tournaments will be $2,500,
with second place winning $1,500, third $1,000, fourth $800,
fifth $600 and sixth through 14th $250 each.
Pre-registration for the tournaments cost $100 and those
entering the day of the event pay $125. That gives them
$3,000 worth of chips with additional chips available at
$50 for $1,500 in chips. Tournament play gets underway at 6 p.m. with open poker
starting at 1 p.m. each Thursday. Open poker is available
to the general public and tournament participation is not
necessary. Open poker are dealer’s choice games. The
events will be catered by Hart’s Turkey Farm with
bar service provided by Funspot’s D.A. Long Tavern.
For more information or to register call 366-4377.