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Canine comedy ‘Sylvia’ at Winni Playhouse this weekend

MEREDITH — The street-wise lab-poodle mix who has the title role in playwright A.R. Gurney's canine comedy Sylvia, will take to The Winnipesaukee Playhouse stage, played by very human actress Rachel Broadwell, Thursday through Saturday, February 19-21 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, February 22 at 2 p.m.

The '90s romantic comedy was first production by the Playhouse in 2006 and it's so funny that patrons have been barking for more ever since.  Empty nesters Greg and Kate have moved back to Manhattan after twenty-two years in the suburbs. When Greg finds the cute pooch in the park and brings her home, she promptly becomes a bone of contention between Greg and Kate, testing their marriage to hilarious and touching effect.

The production is directed by Clayton Phillips, former Artistic Director of The Barnstormers. Phillips' distinguished career also includes directing at major regional theaters, for national tours, as well as international productions. It features long-time Playhouse professional company actors Richard Brundage and Donna Schilke as Greg and Kate. Versee Damien Carter, who was last seen in the Winni Players' production of Of Mice and Men takes on a trio of interesting roles as various New Yorkers who enter Greg and Kate's life.

Broadwell marks her Playhouse debut as the spunky pup. "The convention of using a woman to play the dog," says Phillips, which in the original New York production was played by Sarah Jessica Parker, "brings a level of humor to the play, but also ups the stakes where the marriage is concerned.

"The play is really relatable to most couples, pet-owning or not," continues Phillips. "At its heart, it's about a couple who have been together a long time and have suddenly found themselves at different stages of their careers, with different interests, and who find that they don't necessarily have the same needs anymore."

This production is generously sponsored by Kovio's K-9. It does contain some strong language and patrons should ask at the box office if there are concerns. Tickets cost $25 for orchestra seating and $15 for balcony. They can be ordered by calling (603)-279-0333 or by using a credit card at www.winnipesaukeeplayhouse.org.

Last Updated on Monday, 16 February 2015 09:08

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Soil-friendly lanscaping program at Gilford Library on Thursday evening

GILFORD —  On Thursday, February 19 at 6:30 pm, the Belknap County Conservation District and the Gilford Conservation Commission will host a landscaping program at the Gilford Public Library.

This hour-long program will teach attendees about soil-friendly landscaping features and methods, and share online tools and other resources that examine soil conservation, benefit the local waters and enhance personal property. This presentation is free and open to the public.

Last Updated on Monday, 16 February 2015 09:02

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Dinner tomorrow to celebrate New American Welcome Center initiative

LACONIA — A community dinner to celebrate an initiative to establish a New American Welcome Center.will be held on Wednesday, February 18, from 5:30 to 8 pm at the Laconia Middle School. All are welcome to the table, recent newcomers and those who are 'welcomers'. Sponsoring this program are the Lakes Region Immigrant Integration Initiative, Lakes Region Partnership for Public Health, Laconia Human Relations Committee, and Better Together.
A main dish and drinks will be provided. It is suggested that each family bring a main dish that reflects their family heritage. The evening will include a brief description of this new initiative, stories from recent immigrants, as well as information on the exciting new Better Together action groups.
Many newcomers to the Lakes Region from other cultures are skilled, professional people filling positions where there is a shortage in the U.S. Some are entrepreneurs and others fill manufacturing and entry level jobs. They add substantially to the economy in the Lakes Region with their work ethic, valuing of education, and rich personal resources.
This immigration integration initiative is a part of a state-wide approach including Concord, Manchester and Nashua, which is sponsored by the NH Endowment for Health and the NH Charitable Foundation.
For more information about the dinner, contact Susan Laverack (603) 528-2145 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Last Updated on Monday, 16 February 2015 08:57

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Candidates Night in Gilmanton on March 2

GILMANTON — The Gilmanton School's Student Leadership Team will host a Candidates Night on Monday, March 2, at 6 p.m. in the school cafeteria.

Organizers are urging the public to come to the forum and learn more about each candidate before voting at the polls on Tuesday, March 10.


Last Updated on Friday, 13 February 2015 10:57

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