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.

Glass suncatcher class to be offered March 10

MEREDITH — The League of New Hampshire Craftsmen will host a special keepsake Glass Suncatcher Class with League-juried artist Lynn Haust at The Meredith Fine Craft Gallery on Saturday, March 10, from 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. In this two-hour class, you will be creating your own glass suncatcher to keep or give as a gift. There will be an assortment of bullseye glass to choose from. You will learn how to combine the glass to create rich colors and textures that will reflect and transmit color and light. Your suncatcher will be fired and annealed off-site and you will be notified when it is available for pick up within a few days after the class.

Tuition is $40 per student and includes use of tools and choice of glass materials in various colors. Beginners and advanced students, age 12 and up, are welcome to participate. Space is limited and pre-registration is required.

To register or for more information email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., call 603-279-7920, or stop by the gallery at 279 Daniel Webster Highway in Meredith. You can also visit http://meredith.nhcrafts.org/classes/ and the League's Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/nhcraft/.