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Thrift Clothes Closet gives $1,000 to Opera House

FRANKLIN — The Franklin Opera House is pleased to acknowledge the receipt of a generous donation of $1,000 from the Thrift Clothes Closet of Franklin.

The Opera House currently serves as home to Franklin Footlights Theatre, FHS Player (Franklin High School's theater group) and FACT (Franklin Area Childrens' Theater), a summer program for students K-12 to learn theater skills, working cooperatively with others and self-confidence. The Opera House welcomes performers from the greater Franklin area and New England, and sometimes reaches out to performers beyond.

On October 9, 10, 11 and 12, the theater will host Franklin Footlights Theatre's production of "Run for the Hills", the creation of "Doc" Barry Taylor and his father William. This is community theater at its very best. On November 8th we will host NH artists Joe Deleault and the Reel Tuckermans on our stage.
The building at 316 Central Street was originally constructed in 1892 and served as a theater and function hall, as well as serving the office needs of City Hall, the police and water departments and city court. After World War II, many communities found the use of their theaters in decline and for several years the theater ceased to operate.

In 1999 a group of citizens took up the task of transforming City Hall back into the Opera House. A drop ceiling was removed, partitions which had formed offices on the stage were removed and many other aesthetic and technical improvements were made. By 2001, the first shows in 30 years graced the stage of the Opera House.

Today, the Franklin Opera House still shares space with the City Manager's office, the City Clerk and other business offices and appreciates the cooperative working relationship it has with the City. The Franklin community is fortunate to have this tremendous asset, a place where people of all ages can hone their theatrical and musical skills as well as seasoned performers bringing quality entertainment to the greater Franklin area.
The Franklin Opera House invites people to visit its website: franklinoperahouse.org for more history, activities and listings of up-coming events. The volunteer organization welcomes people with all kinds of skills and interests to join as ushers, membership, refreshments, maintenance, fundraising, Board members, to name a few. Donations can be mailed to: Franklin Opera House, PO Box 172, Franklin NH 03235, and we are a 501 c(3) organization. The office (on the Memorial Street side of City Hall) is open Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday (staffed by volunteers) from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and messages can be left at 934-1901 as well.

Last Updated on Monday, 06 October 2014 10:00

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Gilmanton Old Home Day is Aug. 15, 2015

GILMANTON — The Gilmanton Old Home Day Organization has set the date for next summer’s event for Saturday, August 15, 2015. Officers for the 2015 Old Home Day celebration will be Sarah Baldwin Welcome, president, Rick Puleo, vice president, Paula Gilman, secretary, and Barbara Angevine, treasurer.
The committee will be welcoming volunteers for many tasks. For information, contact Sarah Baldwin-Welcome at 267-7943 or e-mail at HYPERLINK mailto:provpalt@metrocast.netprovpalt@metrocast.net.

Last Updated on Monday, 06 October 2014 09:55

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Blessing of animals at Lutheran church

LACONIA — A service for blessing of animals and the soil will take place Sunday, Oct. 12, at 11:30 a.m. at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 2238 Parade Road.

This short service is open to everyone.

The Rev. David Dalzell, pastor of Good Shepherd, has been conducting this animal and soil blessing service for several years, and it has become a cherished tradition for many. People are welcome to bring their dog, cat, goldfish, gerbil, or other animal companion, properly restrained and/or contained, or course, for a special blessing. Folks may also bring pictures of their beloved animals if the pet would be disturbed to be among other critters, or if the old friend has passed on.

Weather permitting, the event will take place outside in the church lawn and garden.

Refreshments for people and pets will be served. More information can be had by calling Good Shepherd Lutheran Church at 528-4078, or by visiting the website at www.goodshepherdnh.org

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Meredith Library hosting local authors this month in honor of ‘Read Local’

MEREDITH — The Meredith Public Library invites community members to "Read Local" in October as the library promotes local authors. 

Rosamond Van Der Linde, A Piano in Every Room, will be held on Tuesday, October 7, 4-5 p.m. tells the astonishing tale of a family living in a 42-room house with 34 pianos. Their story includes Rosamond’s victory over childhood polio, while her husband, Rein van der Linde, survived the Nazi occupation of Amsterdam. Their sheer courage created their destiny. Later, raising a remarkable musical family of seven pianists the parents shaped their own children’s lives, embraced their community, and grew into a cultural treasure for America, and friends around the world.

Lynn Durham, RN, author of From Frazzled to Fantastic will hold a presentation on Thursday, October 16, 6:30-7:30 p.m. This event will help participants find out how to stay in balance, increase clarity of decision making and relax and enjoy the moment using the ABC’s of Stress Hardiness and how to dance with life.

Dan Szczesny, author of The Nepal Chronicles will be the featured speaker on Thursday, October 23, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Join hiker and author Dan Szczesny as he discusses marriage, mountains and momos in the highest place on Earth.

Live Free and Eat Pie Book Discussion held on Thursday, October 30, 12-1 p.m. Participants will be treated to homemade pie, while listening to Rebecca Rule discuss her book Live Free and Eat Pie. 

Writing your Family History with Thatcher Freund will be held on Tuesday, November 4, 4-5 p.m. 

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