Comedians Paul D'Angelo and Jodie Sloan to entertain at Pitman's March 2

LACONIA — Comedians Paul D'Angelo and Jodie Sloan will take the stage at Pitman's Freight Room on Friday March 2, at 8 p.m. Admission is $20.

Paul D'Angelo is a former Essex County, Massachusetts, assistant district attorney and criminal defense attorney who simultaneously became one of the country's top stand-up comics. He combines an energetic, charismatic stage presence and spontaneous improvisational talent with an endless array of intelligent humor delivered in an animated style that grabs and holds the attention of crowds everywhere he performs. D'Angelo's constantly evolving and diverse selection of original material “takes normal everyday experiences and makes them sound absolutely hilarious.”

Joining Paul is Jody Sloan who cut her entertainment teeth doing her sit-down shtick as a cheeky "conducktor" named Penny Wise on the Boston Duck Tours. Her experience "conduckting" duck tours over 4,000 times was the perfect tee-up to becoming a stand-up comic, she said. She's now a regular at esteemed comedy venues including Headliners Comedy Clubs throughout New England and beyond. Wherever people need to laugh, Jody answers the call and is a favorite for booking agents and clubs across the Northeast.

Pitman's is a BYOB venue located at 94 New Salem St. in Laconia.. For more information, call 603-527-0043.

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Dinner to benefit Franklin Hope for NH Recovery center

FRANKLIN — A spaghetti dinner will take place Saturday from 6 to 10 p.m. at the Hope For New Hampshire Recovery center, 175 Central St. in Franklin. The center's mission is "to support people impacted by addiction through lived experience on their path to wellbeing," according to their website. The center is facing closure for lack of state funding.

New Hampton students staging free performances of Shakespeare play


NEW HAMPTON — Students at New Hampton School will perform "Twelfth Night, or What You Will" by William Shakespeare this Friday and Saturday, Feb. 23 and 24. The Friday performance will take place at 6 p.m. and Saturday's at 7 p.m.

Both performances are free and open to the public.

Directed by New Hampton's History Department Chair Meredith C. Brown, "Twelfth Night" is generally accepted as one of Shakespeare's funniest plays. Though the story line can be confusing at times, the confusion adds to the absurdity and farce of the play. The performance features overly emotional characters, outrageous acts of love, and overall absurdities. It is about a shipwreck, loss, love, woe and cross-dressing all of
which leads to mistaken identity and confusion.

Highlights of the show, recognized by Brown, include "a really good party and some of the best lines that Shakespeare has ever written." She also acknowledges, "there are a number of very strong female roles, which are rarely seen in Shakespeare." The New Hampton production embraces these follies and ramps up the fun with a catchy soundtrack, lip syncing and colorful concept design.

The production features local day students and boarding students from across the country and globe. Local students include Olivia Maclean of Tilton in the role of Viola, Todd Hamlet of Campton as her brother Sebastian, Mairead Ryan of Ashland as Antonia and Kacenka Farr-Williams of New Hampton as Julia. Alongside Director Meredith C. Brown, lighting is directed by Thom Beaulieu.


Annual Ducks Unlimited dinner slated for March 24

TILTON — The Daniel Webster Chapter of Ducks Unlimited will hold its thirtieth annual dinner banquet and auction on Saturday, March 24 at 5 p.m. at La Piece-The Room in Tilton.

Each year the United States loses some 140,000 acres of wetland habitat. Since its inception, Ducks Unlimited has raised over one billion dollars and enhanced and restored over 14 million habitat acres, encompassing over 15,000 wetland projects, in an effort to reverse this destructive trend. About 0.39 metric tons of carbon is sequestered each year on average on each acre of prime wetlands helping to alleviate the effects of Global Warming. DU’s projects provide habitat for over 600 wildlife species, including ducks, geese, and endangered or threatened species like the whooping crane and bald eagle. While Ducks Unlimited has accomplished a great deal since its founding in 1937, the rapid draining of our wetlands demands that the organization continue to accelerate its work. Efforts like those of the Daniel Webster Chapter are a vital part of Ducks Unlimited’s efforts. Nearly 6,200 local Ducks Unlimited fundraising events throughout the country last year contributed towards Ducks Unlimited’s national fundraising effort of almost $175 million. Last year Ducks Unlimited achieved 84% efficiency, resulting in 84 cents of each dollar raised being spent on wetland acquisition or improvement.

Those interested in attending must order their tickets by March 19. Dinner tickets cost $70 for an individual and $95 for a couple while youths under 18 years of age are $40. All attending youths will be entered to win a New England Firearms Sportster, Youth Model, single shot rifle in .22 LR with a synthetic stock donated by Brad Marshall of Marshall Firearms. Sponsor tickets are $285 for an individual ticket. Sponsors will have a 1 in 5 chance of winning a gun of their choice from a vast selection. New this year is the Legacy Greenwing Sponsorship for youths under 21 for $240, which includes the dinner. Legacies will have a 1 in 5 chance of winning a single shot .410 or 20 gauge shotgun. Legacies need not be present to win. To purchase tickets or for more information call Pete Spear at 603-729-0214, Steve Saulten at 603-289-2109, or Jim Cropsey at 603-286-9633.