MEREDITH — The Winnipesaukee Playhouse is eagerly planning its second summer at their its location on Reservoir Road in Meredith. The 2014 Summer Season promises to continue to bring audience members the same high standards which recently won the Playhouse five New Hampshire Theatre Awards for last summer’s production of The Fantasticks.
Starting off the season will be Larry’s Shue’s The Foreigner. A farcical brew of misunderstandings, misconceptions, and mishaps, the play is about Charlie Baker, an Englishman who needs to get away from it all. His friend Froggy knows just the place - his favorite fishing lodge in rural Georgia. To give Charlie much needed peace and quiet, Froggy convinces the locals Charlie doesn’t understand English.
Charlie soon realizes, however, that people will say the most extraordinary things when they think one cannot understand them, and what seemed like a serene getaway suddenly turns into a hive of drama and intrigue. The Foreigner opens June 24 and runs until July 5th.
The second play of the season, running from July 9-19, is Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest. In the classic comedy, Jack is in love with Gwendolen, while Algernon is in love with Cecily. But Gwendolen and Cecily are both in love with Ernest, who, in fact, does not exist. This tangled web of mistaken identity and delicious wordplay has proven to be one of the most loved and enduringly popular plays of all time.
The next play, Laura Eason’s adaption of Mark Twain’s The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, runs from July 23-August 2. In the play, Tom, his best friend Huckleberry Finn, and sweetheart Becky Thatcher find themselves knee-deep in many raucous adventures, including late-night trips to the graveyard, exploring dark, mysterious caves and hunting for buried treasure. This family-friendly adaptation, lets spectators join along with the trio as they encounter murder, mayhem and mischief on the banks of the Mississippi.
The fourth play is a New England premiere of a psychological thriller. George Brant’s Any Other Name runs from August 6-16. Set in 1840s England, this exciting new melodrama introduces a brilliant poet who languishes in a dank asylum while a ruthless husband-and-wife team plots to steal his identity and, with it, the fortune and glory they believe await him. As the couple gets pulled further and further into their own deceit, the audience may be left wondering just who is sane and who is mad. Audience favorite Richard Brundage will be making his only Winnipesaukee Playhouse appearance this summer as the mad poet.
The season finishes with Lanford Wilson’s Talley’s Folly, running from August 20-30. This Pulitzer Prize-winning romance is set in small-town Missouri where, under the backdrop of WWII, Jewish immigrant Matt Friedman comes to woo the reclusive and awkward Sally Talley, from a genteel Southern family. This charming and delightful staple of the American Theatre is about two people finding love when it is least expected.
This summer, the Playhouse is offering three different subscription packages, allowing audience members the ultimate flexibility in choosing when they want to visit the theatre. Subscriptions and individual tickets are now on sale at www.winnipesaukeeplayhouse.org or by calling the box office at 279-0333.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 25 March 2014 08:21
MEREDITH — Meredith Bay Colony Club will hold a free Life in Review Workshop on Thursday, April 10 at 3 p.m. in the club's Bistro.
Many people think their lives have been mundane, but after review realize that they have been filled with interesting and exciting adventures. This workshop will help people explore their lives and draw out these special times. They will not be asked to share their thoughts and discoveries with the group, but will be encouraged to do so with their families. At the conclusion of the workshop, participants will have a life history summary that can be a gift to family members for generations to come, especially those doing genealogical research.
This hour-long workshop is ideal for the age 60 plus population and is appropriate for all adults. The workshop will be facilitated by MBCC member Rev. John Eaton, a retired United Church of Christ pastor. The workshop is free and open to the public. Seating is limited, so reservations are required and can be made by calling 279-1500.
MBCC is a not-for-profit senior housing community located at 21 Upper Mile Point Drive in Meredith, up the hill at the Routes 3/106 roundabout.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 25 March 2014 08:18
LACONIA — At the Laconia School Board meeting on March 4th, Joan Leroux and Carole Davis of The Laconia Endowment Educational Foundation presented its Spring semester grants to teachers that will benefit programs in all five Laconia schools .
One went to Donna-Marie Gamlin and Toni Manning of Elm Street School for an Apple TV and converter box that will enable students to create videos and share them with the whole class. It will also allow education apps on an I-Pad to be taught to groups.
Another was given to Leigh Buliung and Christine Cook for the purchase of Penfriends, which will aid nonverbal students at the Middle School and High School make oral presentations and create interactive teaching boards. This provides a voice for these students and allows them to be active members of, and participate in, their learning groups.
The third went to Bobbie Stormann of Woodland Heights School to help her develop a library of audio and e-books for classroom literature circles and book projects.
The final grant was presented to Liz Rosenfeld and Jamie Spulick from Pleasant Street School for e-readers to create a book club called "Kindle Classics" which will read and discuss classic books appropriate for grades 4-5.
LEEF provides cash grants, once in the Fall and again in the Spring, to schools and teachers for purchasing equipment and supplies, or for funding activities or programs that contribute to enhancing the educational experience of Laconia's students. These grants are awarded for requests that would not be funded through the school district's budget. Teachers can apply for grants via applications available from the administrative office in each school or from the central S.A.U. office.
The Laconia Endowment Educational Foundation is a charitable non-profit organization, run by volunteers, whose mission is to help secure quality education in Laconia schools by providing financial and other assistance, not funded by tax dollars, for programs and materials that significantly increase student achievement.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 25 March 2014 08:15
TILTON — The Tilton Winter Farmers' Market continues in high gear through the end of March, welcoming spring with its final two days of the season. The market will remain open weekends through March 30, both Saturday and Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Now finishing up its third season, the Tilton Winter Farmers' Market is located at the old Agway Building on Route 3 in Tilton, conveniently located off I-93 at Exit 20 (diagonally across from AutoServ of Tilton).
Featuring more than 45 vendors, the Tilton Winter Farmers' Market offers the state's finest fresh and locally-produced foods, along with carefully selected local crafts. The market offers a wide range of locally-produced, farm-fresh and organic produce and greens, meats, eggs, dairy products, cheese, breads, pastries, gourmet popcorn, tomatoes, garlic, fudge, apples, cider, honey, granola, maple syrup, jams, jellies, freshly roasted coffee, teas, beer, wine, gourmet food items, mushrooms, body care products, chair massage, mead, tools for kids, information on composting worms, herbal products, dog treats and more.
Tilton Winter Farmers' Market Founder and Director, Joan O'Connor, also encourages shoppers to watch for news about the upcoming summer market, to be located for its second year at the Tanger Outlet Center. "Tilton has proven to be the perfect spot for both the winter and summer markets. It's centrally located, and so convenient to Route 93. I'm so grateful for the support of the community in making these markets happen." The Tilton Winter Farmers' Market is sponsored by AutoServ of Tilton, and the summer market by the Tanger Outlet Center.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 25 March 2014 08:11