Heifetz on Tour returns to celebrate “April in Paris”

WOLFEBORO — An ensemble of talented musicians from the renowned Heifetz international Music Institute will be back in Wolfeboro for its sixth annual Heifetz On Tour concert at Anderson Hall on the campus of Brewster Academy at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 14. The concert will feature a trio of outstanding Heifetz performers: violinist June Lee, cellist Noémie Raymond-Friset, and faculty pianist Carlos Avila. All were participants in the 2017 Heifetz Institute, the highly regarded string instruction program and accompanying festival located on the campus of Mary Baldwin University in Staunton, Virginia. Founded by virtuoso soloist and pedagogue Daniel Heifetz, the Institute is known for its Heifetz Performance and Communication Training, a unique approach to music training, education, and presentation. Before moving to Virginia in 2012, the Heifetz Institute established deep roots and experienced exponential growth in the Wolfeboro community with its summer program located at Brewster Academy.

The concert will have special meaning for violinist June Lee, who will be returning to Wolfeboro for the first time since being a Heifetz student on the Brewster campus in 2007 and 2008. The April 14 concert will feature Lee and her fellow performers in a program called “April in Paris,” featuring some of the greatest works of solo and chamber works by noted French composers Claude Debussy, Maurice Ravel, and Camille Saint-Saëns, along with those who studied, worked, lived, loved, gambled, and otherwise left their mark on the City of Light, including Fritz Kriesler, Niccoló Paganini, and even the Argentinian tango master Astor Piazzolla.

Tickets for the concert are available for $20 at the door, at Black’s Paper Store and at Avery Insurance in Wolfeboro; at Innisfree Bookshop in Meredith, by calling 603-569-2151; or by visiting www.friendsofmusic.org. High school students with ID will be admitted free of charge and any child accompanied by an adult ticket purchaser will be admitted free of charge.

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Violinist June Lee

Artisans by the Bay issues open call for artisans

MEREDITH — Artisans throughout central New Hampshire are invited to apply to be juried for inclusion of their work at this upscale year round craft gallery located on the shores of Lake Winnipesaukee. Located in Meredith, Artisans by the Bay features a diverse mix of quality fine art and handcrafted items.

The gallery is now located at Oglethorpe Fine Arts and Crafts, which has a 24-year history of selling American-made craft at this location. Artisans by the Bay is expanding in its second year since joining Oglethorpe and is looking to add crafts in all media to include: woven work, metal art, leather, glass, paintings and mixed media.

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The Artisans by the Bay gallery, located at Oglethorpe Fine Arts and Crafts in Meredith's Mill Falls marketplace, is calling on artisans throughout central New Hampshire to submit their work for possible exhibition. (Courtesy photo)

Famed Red Sox sports writer to hold book signing March 31 at Annie's Book Stop

LACONIA — Carl Johnson, a sports writer from Maine who covers the Boston Red Sox, will be at Annie's Book Stop Saturday, March 31, from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. signing his latest book, “Life After Big Papi.” The new book analyzes the future of the Red Sox without the greatest designated hitter of all time, David Oritz. The book reviews the 2016 and 2017 seasons during which the Sox won their second consecutive Division Championship—the first one without Papi—and then touches on the current season. Johnson explains why Red Sox fans have a great reason to be optimistic as the 2018 season begins without the Big Papi.

Johnson will also have copies of his popular series “The Baseball Buff’s Bathroom Books" Volumes 1-3, and his other Red Sox books, available for signing and/or personalization for Red Sox fans. Annie’s Book Stop is located at 1330 Union Ave. in Laconia.

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Sports writer Carl Johnson will be at Annie's Book Stop Saturday, March 31, from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. signing his latest book, “Life After Big Papi.” (Courtesy photo)

Local competitors vie for title of Miss New Hampshire 2018

  1. DERRY — Miss New Hampshire 2017, Lauren Percy, will crown her successor on April 28 at the end of a two two-day competition at Pinkerton Academy’s Stockbridge Theatre from April 26-28. Each of the 28 contestants who will compete for that honor has qualified at a local preliminary competition and won her way to the state competition. The contestants are judged in four phases of competition to include: Lifestyle and Fitness in Swimsuit, Evening Wear, Talent, Private Interview, and On-Stage questions. The contestants are between the ages of 17 and 24 and have been residents of New Hampshire or full time students for at least six months.
  2. This year’s contestants are Grace Orfao, Miss Auburn; Elizabeth Henry, Miss Bedford; Josie Pearce, Miss Berlin-Gorham; Kaitlin Soucy, Miss Capital Area; Alainna Belanger, Miss Exeter; Kylee-Anne Drew, Miss Gate City; Jana El-Sayed, Miss Goffstown; Ashley Marsh, Miss Granite State; Sarah Tubbs, Miss Greater Derry; Shawna Gile, Miss Hooksett; Kayla Warren, Miss Greater Nashua; Katie Smith, Miss Greater Plaistow; Kacie Flahive, Miss Kingston; Lauren Fohlin, Miss Lake Sunapee Region; Sarah White, Miss Lakes Region; Kaley Missert, Miss Liberty; Reagan Murphy, Miss Littleton Area; Mariah Larocque, Miss Londonderry; Marisa Jo Moorhouse, Miss Manchester; Brooke Mills, Miss Merrimack; Delaney Mastin, Miss Portsmouth Area; Hannah Trepanier, Miss Rockingham County; Samantha Mackes, Miss Seacoast; Kylee Kurto, Miss Souhegan Valley; Emma Colen, Miss Strafford County; Kara Jutras, Miss University; Mackenzie Herlihy, Miss White Mountains Region and Amanda Ledoux, Miss Winnipesaukee.
  3. Tickets for the April 26-28 competitions can be purchased by calling the Miss New Hampshire Office at 603-437-9027. For more information visit www.MissNH.Org.
  4. The Miss New Hampshire Scholarship Program, a state chapter of the Miss America Organization, along with the Miss New Hampshire Scholarship Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit foundation, provides thousands of dollars in annual college scholarship assistance making it the largest scholarship program for women in New Hampshire. Miss New Hampshire Scholarship Program is comprised of 28 local titleholders located throughout the state who contribute hundreds of hours of community service annually.

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Pictured with Miss New Hampshire 2017, Lauren Percy (wearing sash, front row cengter) are the 28 contestants competing to become Miss New Hampshire 2018 and the chance to be crowned the next Miss America. Tickets for the Miss New Hampshire 2018 Preliminary and Final Nights of competition are now on sale. Call the Miss New Hampshire Office at (603) 437-9027 to reserve your seats. Visit www.MissNH.org for more information.