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A Wilde Production Coming to The Winnipesaukee Playhouse

MEREDITH — Almost 120 years after its premier, The Importance of Being Earnest is still being performed around the world! With The Winnipesaukee Playhouse's production this summer, Lakes Region visitors and residents won't have to travel across the pond to experience the epitome of British humor. What makes a show so important that it gets preformed for over a century? This show's classic wit, intelligent word play, and farcical story always pleases audiences.

This comedy of London flats, country escapes, secret engagements, baffled suitors, and cucumber sandwiches revolves around the romantic escapades of Londoner Algernon Moncrieff and his friend Jack Worthing. Jack is in love with Gwendolen. 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 continues to be one of the most loved and enduringly popular plays, not just of the last 120 years, but of all time.
Directed by the Artistic Director of The Winnipesaukee Playhouse, and native Brit, Neil Pankhurst, this production has been directed to highlight the humor of the script. Pankhurst is directing a talented cast of actors including newcomers John C. Nagy III and Rebecca Tucker, returning company members Nicholas Wilder, A.J. Ditty, Nicole Soriano, Bryn Austin, and Donna Schilke, and long-time company veterans, Adam Kee and John Piquado.
The Winnipesaukee Playhouse provides a full evening of food and entertainment. Drinks, light meals, and snacks are available before each performance. Patrons can enjoy their food and drink outdoors, either in the sun or under shade, while being entertained by free "Busker Alley" pre-show performances of live music or comedy on the outdoor stage. Buskers will be performing on selected nights, so be sure to check the website ahead of time to catch these acts.
The Importance of Being Earnest will be the second play of the summer season performed at the new Winnipesaukee Playhouse campus in Meredith. The Summer 2014 season is generously sponsored by Meredith Village Savings Bank, Kovio's K-9, and the Bank of New Hampshire. The Importance of Being Earnest is further supported by the generous sponsorship of Lovering Volvo, Mill Falls Marketplace, and Bruno Coppola of Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Verani Real Estate. It is recommended for ages 11 and above.

Performances are July 9th-19th and are Mondays through Saturdays at 7:30 pm, with additional matinees Thursday July 10th and Monday July 14th at 2 pm. Matinees are filling quickly, it is recommended to get tickets for those performances soon. Tickets for the Orchestra are $29, with Balcony seats for $10. There are also Student Rush available one hour prior to show time, for $20 in the Orchestra, cash only.
Tickets can be ordered by calling (603)-279-0333 or by using a credit card at www.winnipesaukeeplayhouse.org. The Winnipesaukee Playhouse also offers free educational programs: "How'd They Do That?" a backstage tour at 6-6:30 pm on Thursday, July 10th, "Symposium" a pre-show presentation offering insight on the play from 6-7 pm on Tuesday, July 15st and "Talk-Back Wednesday" a post-performance Q&A with cast and director on Wednesday, July 16th.

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Reduced rates for Junior Clinic at Gilford Hills Tennis Club

GILFORD — With the local interest in tennis seemingly spiking and with Gilford High School having brought home the State championship the last two years, the Gilford Hills Tennis and Fitness Club has become inspired to promote tennis to young athletes in the community. With that in mind, Gilford Hills has teamed up with MB Tractor to offer the summer Junior Clinic, designed for ages 4 to 16, at much reduced rates. The clinic runs twice a week, on Mondays and Wednesdays from 11 a.m. to noon. It starts on July 14 and runs for 4 weeks. The normal charge is $119 but thanks to this partnership the club is offering tuition for $49. This will include eight clinic sessions, if the student needs a racquet the club will not only provide it but if the student completes the clinic they can take it with them. In addition, each participant will receive a can of balls. Furthermore, the first 10 to sign up will receive a free private lesson.

Gilford Hills Tennis and Fitness Club is located at 314 Old Lakeshore Road in Gilford and can be reached at 293-7546.

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NH Wind Watch Holding Victory Celebration Sunday

BRIDGEWATER —  New Hampshire Wind Watch announced that it is hosting a community celebration open to all at The Inn on Newfound, Route 3A, Bridgewater on Sunday, July 13th, from 4:00-6:30 pm. Appetizers and a cash bar will be available. RSVP to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , or call 603-744-2300 by Wednesday, July 9th.

Area residents, legislators, as well as supporters from around New Hampshire, will join together at the The Inn to hear updates regarding future and past projects, learn more about how to defend New Hampshire against further industrial wind projects, and share in the recognition of valuable contributors who played a large role in the fight to protect NH's ridgelines against industrial turbines.

The gathering on July 13th will celebrate the withdrawal of the Wild Meadows industrial wind project, originally planned on ridgelines in Grafton, Danbury, and Alexandria. Later amended to include only the towns of Danbury and Alexandria, the project, with 492' towers, threatened wildlife habitats, water quality, area tourism and aesthetics according to NH Wind Watch members and New Hampshire residents from throughout the area testified before legislators in Concord, wrote letters, held meetings, and educated citizens about the problems such a project would bring to the Newfound region. Five towns voted against hosting wind projects in 2013-2014, and four area towns voted in Rights Based Ordinances specifically against industrial wind projects.

In May, it was announced by Iberdrola, the Spanish company sponsoring the project, that the Wild Meadows project would be withdrawn as a result of the present political and financial climate in New Hampshire.

The Inn at Newfound is directly on Rt. 3A, facing Newfound Lake. From Plymouth, take Rt. 3A towards Bristol. From Interstate 93, take exit 23 and turn left on Rt. 104 to Bristol; from Bristol pass through the traffic lights and continue on Rt. 3A towards Plymouth.

New Hampshire Wind Watch is a 501(c)3 organization in the Newfound Lake Region of New Hampshire dedicated to providing education and information about Industrial Wind Power Projects in New Hampshire. For more information, visit NHWW's website www.nhwindwatch.org or Facebook page www.facebook.com/NHWindWatch, or contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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CruCon Cruise Outlet Donates $10,000 for Annual "Paws For A Cause" Event

MOULTONBOROUGH — New Hampshire Humane Society proudly announces their lead sponsor – CruCon Cruise Outlet, for the animal welfare agency's annual auction, Paws for a Cause Comedy Night & Auction hosted at Church Landing, Meredith, on August 7. The company donated $10,000 as the lead sponsor.

Managing Director and shelter spokesperson Marylee Gorham said, "The incredible support provided by Cru Con President and CEO Sandy Cleary and her wonderful staff at CruCon is so very much appreciated as top sponsor. These folks are true animal advocates. Their stewardship allows us to continue our work; finding forever homes". In agreement, Ms. Cleary said, "These animals cannot speak for themselves and we are glad to be a much needed voice for them."
Gorham further stated, "CruCon and our shelter have an interesting parallel not many may be aware of: Sandy started her business in the basement of her mother's home and has quickly risen to become one the most respected agencies in the cruise travel industry, recently opening a beautiful corporate office in Moultonborough so that she can continue to grow. So has the Humane Society risen from humble beginnings as a battered women's refuge where women, children and pets would find peace in safe homes in the southern portion of our state; to the welcoming and well-known shelter you see now on Meredith Center Road, Laconia".
The event takes place at Church Landing and will allow animal lovers from all over the state, and those who summer in the Lakes Region, to show their support for the Laconia based animal adoption center. Auction Chair Mrs. Jan Keady commented "the auction team has been working hard since January procuring a fabulous array of auction items donated by countless area businesses, and companies much further afield. We work this hard because we care about the animals awaiting homes".

NHHS Board President, Christopher Walkley stated "each year we hope to raise more than the year before. We have a winning formula in terms of this event, tasty hors d'oeuvres, hilarious entertainment, and great items to bid on all while sharing an evening with like-minded people".
New Hampshire Humane Society is the oldest shelter in New Hampshire pledged to care for the lost, abused, abandoned and neglected animals in the Lakes Region and beyond. NH Humane society does not receive funding from state or federal sources, national agencies such as HSUS or ASPCA, or United Way. Tickets are available now, call 603-524-3252x309 or on line www.nhhumane.org.

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