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8th Annual Peter Makris Memorial Run, June 14. kicks of 91st annual Bike Week

LACONIA — What started as a motorcycle ride and biker party as a memorial tribute to deceased community leader Peter Makris in 2007, has turned into the kickoff event for Laconia Motorcycle Week, as well as an important fundraiser for the Laconia Fire Department and the Easter Seals NH "Veterans Count" program.

Sgt. Dan Clark, known as The Singing Trooper returns again to perform the Opening Ceremonies at the Peter Makris Memorial Run, June 14. He originally performed for the event in 2010 and again in 2013.

This year, as a special attraction, the Peter Makris Memorial Run will feature new VIP sponsor, G. Smith Motorsports

riding a brigade of collector Bourget Custom Motorcycles; this unique brand recently received Hollywood claim in the Expendables; movies starring Sylvester Stallone. Accompanying the Bourget Motorcycles will be the G. Smith private collection of high end V-8 Custom Choppers, brought to the Laconia Rally by this Louisiana firm that is coming to New England to enjoy some of the most scenic riding in the country.

The Peter Makris Memorial Run celebrates the life and service of Peter Makris, and is proud to raise the annual private funding needed for the Laconia Fire Department's Water Rescue Unit-an essential part of the emergency services to the Lakes Region. The Peter Makris Memorial Fund has also supports the Easter Seals New Hampshire, "Veterans Count" program to commemorate Makris' service as a US Marine. "We know Peter would want to support this cause that is so important to our community and country," says Cynthia Makris, president of the family-owned NASWA Resort and also of Laconia Motorcycle Week.

This year, an additional memory will be honored at the run--Paul Blizzard of Lakeport Landing Marina; Paul recently passed away but he, together with Peter Makris, was instrumental in purchasing the original boat for the Laconia Water Rescue team. "From day one, Paul supported us," says Fire Chief Ken Erickson, "He was always a behind-the-scenes guy and never wanted recognition, but now we'll get to recognize what he and Peter did to bolster our department to help save lives."

Registration, breakfast and line-up starts at the NAZBar & Grill, the Resort's lakefront hot spot. Commemorative t-shirts with a new logo designed by Harley Davidson artist, David Uhl, are included, and this year's shirt will be a special new custom design from the artist's apparel line. At 11 a.m. it's kickstands up for a police-escorted, feet-up ride around the lake.

The after-ride, features a bountiful luncheon buffet,thanks to the assistance of sponsor, InFusion Sales Group, an area food service provider. The NAZBar & Grill will rock with live music, raffles, "spirited" promotions and a silent auction to create a full-out "Biker Boogie" with an option for guests to roll up their jeans and cool their toes in the Lake.

 

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Bezel Silver Jewelry Class at Meredith Craft Gallery

MEREDITH — Join the League of NH Craftsmen – Meredith Fine Craft Gallery on Saturday, May 31 from 10:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. for a bezel silver jewelry class with Joy Raskin.

Learn to make a ring, cuff bracelet or bangle, accented with a bezel-set stone. In this one day workshop, we will make a ring or bracelet with a glass or stone cabuchon set in a sterling bezel setting. Learn to solder silver, make a basic bezel setting, a simple wire ring, solder bezel onto ring or bracelet, and set stone. Instructor will provide silver and gemstones for students and material fees will range from $25 to $50 depending on how much silver is used.
Tuition is $70 per student, and there is an additional $25 - $50 materials fee to be paid to the instructor the day of the class (depending on amount of silver used). Space is limited. Pre-registration is required. To pre-register call the Meredith Fine Craft Gallery at 603.279.7920 or visit us at 279 Daniel Webster Highway, Meredith.

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Meredith Chamber Business After Hours Thursday

MEREDITH — The Meredith Area Chamber of Commerce reports that three neighboring businesses are teaming up to sponsor the May Business After Hours. Charter Trust Company, Lakes Region Design Group, and Lovering Volvo, located at 251-255 Daniel Webster Highway, Meredith, invite all members of the Meredith Area Chamber and business community to join them on Thursday May 29 for a Business After Hours from 4:30-6:30 p.m.

This will be an opportunity for networking, visiting the new and recently renovated offices of Charter Trust Company, enjoying piano music at Lovering Volvo, and meeting one of the Chamber's newest members, Lakes Region Design Group. Refreshments will be served and those attending should bring their business cards as there are some great door prizes. For more information contact the Meredith Area Chamber of Commerce at 279-6121.

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Winni Players’ 2014 Playwriting Festival is this weekend

MEREDITH — On Saturday May 31 and Sunday June 1 from 1-3:30 p.m,. the Winni Player's 2014 Playwriting Festival will be held at The Winnipesaukee Playhouse's outdoor amphitheater (inside if it rains). It will feature thirteen local teen and adult playwrights debuting their world premiere one act plays.
The playwrights started last winter in a 10-week workshop led by Playhouse Executive Director Bryan Halperin. Thirteen local residents ranging in age from 13 to 60+ worked for months fleshing out characters, creating plots, and refining dialogue in order to create their unique one act plays.
Their creations cover a variety of genres. Audiences will be laughing at comedies such as The Fairy Godmothers, by husband and wife writing team Brad and Elizabeth Rohdenburg of Meredith, which features some behind-the-scenes castle shenanigans when the new princess is born. The Just Odd League, a tale of washed up super heroes with dubious powers by Cathy Johnson of Gilford, is also laugh out loud funny.
On the other end of the spectrum is post-apocalyptic drama in The End by Alyssa Desautelle from Laconia as well as good old-fashioned family drama in Summer's End by Gilford's Sean Desautelle and The Morals of Merlot by Cali Mitchell of New Hampton.
A theme running through several plays this year is "meta," which means the plays are self-referential or they break the fourth wall (that invisible barrier between audience and stage that usually separates the audience from the fictional world on stage). Both Josh Jansen of Meredith and Shayla Locke of Center Barnstead created writers who must deal with their characters coming to life in And The Thicken Plots and Real or Not, respectively. In Bryan Halperin's The Gnome, art imitates life as four little girls play versions of themselves as they commiserate their lack of being cast in the Festival. The play was written specifically for them after they had all auditioned for other plays, but there weren't enough parts available.
Of course, writing the play is just the beginning. Bringing it to life on stage is when things get even more interesting. About 30 local actors auditioned over two nights to fill the many parts available in the Festival.
Watching auditions and participating in rehearsals also provide new perspectives for the writers. "It was weird to hear the actors say the words differently than how they sounded in my head when I wrote them," commented Jaydie Halperin the youngest playwright in the group, in reference to her play On the Subject of Dragons. She soon learned it was all part of the theatre process to see how actors and directors interpret the written material.
The cost to see all thirteen plays is only $5 (cash or check at the door). Each ticket holder will be entered into a raffle to win a free pair of tickets (a $58 dollar value) to the first show of the Playhouse's summer professional season, The Foreigner, which runs June 25 – July 5. (Must be present to win.) Each Festival ticket can also be redeemed at the end of the day for a $5 discount on a ticket to The Foreigner.
For more information, visit www.winnipesaukeeplayhouse.org

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