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Advice to the Players to perform Romeo and Juliet

SANDWICH — Advice To The Players will host Kevin Coleman as director of their spring production of William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet performed from Friday, March 27 through Saturday, April 4 in North Conway and from Friday through Sunday, April 10-12 in Center Sandwich.

Coleman has been a visiting artist teaching stage combat and mentoring performers and directors since the earliest years of the Sandwich Shakespeare troupe but this is his first time in the director's seat. Heis a founding member of Shakespeare & Company in Lenox MA, one of the largest Shakespeare festivals in North America, an actor and director in their performance programs, and one of the master teachers in the Training Program.

He is also the director of Shakespeare & Company's Education Program, which strives to bring the classical poetry and plays of Shakespeare alive and into the lives of as many students and teachers as possible in ways that are personally meaningful, educationally inspiring, and theatrically compelling. Identified by the MacArthur Foundation and the President's Committee on the Arts and Humanities as a Champion of Change, Shakespeare & Company's Education Program is recognized as an innovative leader in the field of integrating the arts into education.

"Advice To The Players is doing it right—Shakespeare wrote these plays to be shared theatrical events within a community," says Coleman. "Having students and community members share the stage with professional actors fosters a collaboration that both grounds and enriches these productions within the community that is palpable to all who attend."

"It's an great treat to have Kevin here," remarked Executive Director Rebecca Boyden. "He has such a great knowledge and understanding of the play and of our company. I can't imaging a better director for our new production of Romeo and Juliet. I don't know that our community knows how fortunate we are."

Kevin has taught, directed or been a guest artist at the theaters all around the world and is also the Project Director for the National Institute on Teaching Shakespeare, a program funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities beginning in 1988, where high school teachers from across the nation train with the master teachers of Shakespeare & Company and internationally renowned Shakespeare scholars in a month-long, intensive workshop.

Details are available about the show at www.advicetotheplayers.org or by calling 284-7115 or emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Ladies and Wheels event at Irwin Automotive Group

LACONIA — The fourth annual Irwin’s Ladies and Wheels event will be held on Wednesday, April 8 from 6-8 p.m. at Irwin Automotive Group located at the Ford Toyota Store. 

The event will feature three guys speakers from local business and organizations. Speakers include; Wayne Thayer, Senior Toyota Technician who will be sharing Smart Tips, LPD Captain Matt and Officer Michelle who will share Smart Choices, and Matt O’Leary of Auto Trader who will share Smart Shopping.

The group asks that participants donate pet food or a pet toy to be donated to the New Hampshire Humane Society. The event is open to all women in the community. To sign up call Betty Ballantyne at 603-581-2968 or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Lakes Region poet Charlotte Cox to read from new book ‘Currents in the Stream’

CONCORD — Lakes Region poet Charlotte Cox will introduce her newly published first book, Currents in the Stream, at a reading hosted by the Poetry Society of New Hampshire (PSNH) on Wednesday, March 18, at 7 p.m. This reading and signing event will take place at Gibson's Bookstore, located at 45 South Main Street in Concord, with parking either on the street or in the Red River Theatre's parking garage.
Currents in the Stream, released last fall by North Star Press, has gathered high praise from New England's poetry luminaries. Patricia Fargnoli, Poet Laureate of New Hampshire 2006-09, says: "Here among the wealth of these poems, you will find . . . childhood memories, family relationships, lyrical poems of nature, of marriage, of travels, of loss and, finally, of a woman alone in the world redefining her place in it. These poems glow with clarity, close observation, and a sensitive perception of the world." John-Michael Albert, editor of the Poets' Guide to New Hampshire and former Portsmouth Poet Laureate, declares: "The highs and lows, the tragedies and comedies, of Charlotte Cox's rich life compress beautifully into the structures of lyric poetry. This is poetry that leaves plenty of room for us, her readers, to fire up our sympathetic memories."
Cox's writing has won prizes in the Poetry Society's National and Member Contests and in the River Run Seacoast Poetry Contest. Her poems have been published in the Poets' Guide to New Hampshire, The Poets' Touchstone, Piscataqua Poems: A Seacoast Anthology, and The Widows' Handbook (Kent State University Press, 2014). Cox has also had articles published in Library Journal, Public Libraries, and Seacoast Living, and she has been a featured reader throughout the Lakes Region. She will be available to sign copies of her book after the reading.

Don Kimball, President of PSNH, says: "We encourage our audiences to participate in the open mic time after the reading, so bring something of your own to share. There will be a large display of books and CDs for sale and browsing, with ample time to meet other creative people. Please join us on March 18 for this special event." For more information contact Gibson's at 224-0562 or gibsonsbookstore.com.

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Special Olympics Winni Dip today at Margate resort, high school dip Sunday

LACONIA — On Saturday, Law Enforcement personnel and community members will show their commitment
to the mission of Special Olympics New Hampshire by jumping into the icy water of Lake Winnipesaukee dressed in their best Disney outfits. On Sunday, High School students, faculty and staff will take the "Dip" as their favorite Wizard of Oz characters.

The Winni Dip is part of the Law Enforcement Torch Run, a year round partnership between law enforcement and Special Olympics that raises funds and awareness for the athletes of SONH. "The partnership between Special Olympics and New Hampshire's Law Enforcement is a great one. The members of LETR help us throughout the year – not only by raising funds for our organization – but also by handing out medals to our athletes at competition," said Mary Conroy, SONH President.
Over the course of the more than 30 year partnership, Law Enforcement in New Hampshire has raised more than $3.8 million to support Special Olympics New Hampshire. "The partnership simply makes Special Olympics better," Conroy said.

Winni Dip Saturday, March 14th
The Margate at the Lakefront
Costume Parade & Dip - 11:30 am
The event is open to the public. Dippers will parade in their costumes before dipping into the icy Lake
Winnipesaukee. Admission is free for anyone who wishes to attend.

Post Dip Lunch & Celebration - 12:30 pm
Dippers and their guests will be treated to a warm meal followed by an awards ceremony. Admission is $20 per
person and space is limited.

High School Dip Sunday, March 15th
The Margate at the Lakefront
Costume Parade & Dip - 11:30 am
The event is open to the public. Dippers will parade in their costumes before dipping into the icy Lake Winnipesaukee. Admission is free for anyone who wishes to attend.

Post Dip Lunch & Celebration - 12:30 pm
Dippers and their guests will be treated to a warm meal followed by an awards ceremony. Admission is $20 per
person and space is limited.

The Winni Dip is supported by Merrimack Village Savings Bank, Circle K, Irving, McDonalds – The Napoli Group, Coca-Cola Bottling Company of Northern New England , Marshalls Tent and Event Rentals , TD Bank , Paul Goyette and Michelle Wheeler of Northeast Planning Associates, Applebee's, Associated Grocer – Sully's/Harvest Market/Vista, WOKQ, WMUR, Knights of Columbus, Law Enforcement for Special Olympics, Hometown Foundation, Special Olympics Project Unify and Special Olympics Healthy Athletes.

For more information on Special Olympics New Hampshire and the Winni Dip visit www.sonh.org.

About the Law Enforcement Torch Run

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