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Groton Historical Society Program on Gettysburg Battle

GROTON — In July 1863, over 150,000 Union and Confederate soldiers converged on the small crossroads town of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. From July 1–3 General Robert E. Lee's Army of Northern Virginia and General George G. Meade's Army of the Potomac (including NH men) clashed there in what was to become the greatest battle ever fought on North American soil.
This July 3rd, the 151st anniversary of the last day of the Battle of Gettysburg, gifted historian Mike McKinley of Bristol has been invited by the Groton Historical Society to present the battle through the personal accounts and human interest stories of the soldiers and civilians – men, women and children- who participated in or witnessed the events of those three memorable days.
The program will also highlight Lee's retreat, how Gettysburg citizens coped with the terrible aftermath of battle, and Lincoln's Gettysburg Address.
Presenter, Mike McKinley, has over 20 years of experience in the history field and holds a Master's Degree in history from the University of Idaho and a Bachelor's Degree in history from Plymouth State. He has worked as a seasonal Park Ranger and historical interpreter for both the US National Park Service and the Idaho State Park system.

Come to Groton's Town House, 754 No. Groton Rd., July 3rd at 7 pm. Refreshments will follow this fascinating program.

Last Updated on Thursday, 19 June 2014 09:45

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Piano Monster Concerts

PLYMOUTH — The 22nd annual Piano Monster Festival at Plymouth State University serves as an intensive learning experience for piano players in grades 5–12. The camps conclude with final concerts at Silver Center for the Arts. Junior campers will perform on Wednesday, June 25 at 7:30 p.m., and Seniors on Sunday, June 29 at 4 p.m.

Sponsored by the Department of Music, Theatre, and Dance, the camp gives students the opportunity to spend time with peers, learn to perform in an ensemble setting, and work under the direction of a conductor. Piano Monster founder and Director Carleen Graff, PSU Professor of Music, noted anyone who appreciates music is urged to attend the concerts.

"The public will enjoy the unique experience of hearing and seeing multiple pianos played simultaneously by 32 hands, or 160 fingers, under the direction of a conductor," Graff states. "Numerous interesting pieces will be performed, including The Pink Panther theme, rags, marches, selections from the Sound of Music, works by classical composers Grieg, Tchaikovsky, and Moszkowski, and original compositions by Robert Vandall. In addition, the Festival Chorus will sing at the Junior Camp concert, and a vocal ensemble and hand bell choir will perform at the Senior Camp concert. Both concerts will include digital keyboard orchestras."

Internationally recognized composer Robert Vandall is returning for his third year as instructor and conductor. Vandall has travelled extensively throughout the US, presenting workshops to teacher groups and directing large piano ensembles.

Tickets are available for $8 at the Silver Center Box Office (603) 535-ARTS (2787) or (800) 779-3869, or may be purchased online at http://silver.plymouth.edu.

Last Updated on Thursday, 19 June 2014 09:42

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Wolfeboro Sailboat Sharing Program Wins "Best in NH" Award

WOLFEBORO —  The Wolfeboro Sailboat Sharing Program (a partnership between Wolfeboro Parks and Recreation, New Hampshire Boat Museum and Brewster Academy) has been selected by the editors of New Hampshire Magazine as "Best of NH 2014".

The innovative program was started 3 years ago when a boat was donated to the New Hampshire Boat Museum by Tuftonboro resident Bill Stockman. While the staff and volunteers of the Museum were considering what to do with the boat, Wolfeboro resident Bob Lemaire came forward with the idea of a sailboat sharing program, which he pitched to the Wolfeboro Parks and Recreation Department and the New Hampshire Boat Museum. The basic concept of the program is that community members and visitors can buy a "membership" or "share" of the boat for a season (which was set as a low flat fee of $400), and then use the boat throughout the season without the hassle of ownership, registration, maintenance and repairs, moorings, trailering, insurance, etc.

The program effectively lowered the cost of boating so that a diverse array of community members can get out and enjoy sailing on Lake Winnipesaukee without having to cover the full expense of ownership on their own.

Both the Wolfeboro Parks and Recreation Department and the New Hampshire Boat Museum enthusiastically endorsed the innovative idea from Lemaire. Ethan Hipple, Wolfeboro's Director of Parks and Recreation, said, "Think about the typical boat on the lake—it sits vacant for probably 95% of the time and gets used only occasionally after work or on the weekends. And then think of all of the people who sit on shore wishing they could afford to get out on the water. Well, this innovative concept solved both of these problems simultaneously."
While New Hampshire Boat Museum volunteers set about restoring the boat for use by the public, the Wolfeboro Parks and Recreation Department developed a scheduling system, guidelines for members of the program and set up an partnership with Brewster Academy to be able to moor the boat on one of the school moorings in Wolfeboro Bay, creating a convenient public access point for members of the program.

Wolfeboro Parks and Recreation Staff run skill tests for each member of the program, after which they are permitted to take the boat out on their own throughout the operating season from mid-June to the end of September. 2014 is the third year of operation of the program and enrollment is high, with plans in place to grow the fleet of boats that are available to members in the future. Space is limited in the program and only a few memberships remain; those interested should contact the Wolfeboro Parks and Recreation Department at 603-569-5639 or register online at http://www.wolfeboronh.us/Pages/WolfeboroNH_Recreation/index.
"We're thrilled to have our cooperative partnership honored by the editors of New Hampshire Magazine. The sailboat sharing program is one of the many programs of the New Hampshire Boat Museum which actively get people out enjoying our pristine lakes," said Lisa Simpson Lutts, Executive Director of the museum.
New Hampshire Magazine is the state's premier lifestyle magazine. It is published by McLean Communications, a media company based in Manchester, New Hampshire. Its other publications include New Hampshire Business Review, New Hampshire Home, Parenting New Hampshire and BRIDE. McLean, which also specializes in event and custom publishing projects, is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Yankee Publishing, Inc., publishers of Yankee Magazine and The Old Farmer's Almanac.

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Godspell to Open at Interlakes Summer Theatre on June 24

 

MEREDITH — The Interlakes Summer Theatre will kick off the summer season on June 24th with the hit musical Godspell, with a score by Stephen Schwartz, composer of many popular hits including Pippin and Wicked. The book is based on the gospel according to Matthew with songs including "Day by Day", "All Good Gifts", "Bless The Lord My Soul", and "Beautiful City".

This professional company from NYC is led by Director Choreographer Kenney Green and Musical Director Adam Tilford, with costumes by Sylvianne Shurman and scenery by Bryce Cutler.

Performances are Tuesday June 24th thru Sunday June 29th, Tuesday-Saturday at 7:30, Sunday at 5 with matinees on Wednesday and Thursday. All performances are at the air conditioned Interlakes Auditorium at One Laker Lane, Meredith.

For tickets and information call the box office at 1-888-245-6374 or visit the website at www.interlakestheatre.com.

Sponsors for this production are Meredith Village Savings Bank, Planet Green and Preferred Vacation Rentals.

Last Updated on Thursday, 19 June 2014 09:34

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