LACONIA — The Lake Winnipesaukee Museum is presenting "The Floating Classroom", featuring Heidi Baker Friday, July 19 at 11 a.m.
The floating classroom is a fun and informative hands-on program designed to teach adults, children, students and summer campers the issues threatening the lake.
This event is free for LWHS members, non members pay $5 per person. The museum is located on Route 3 in Weirs Beach, next to Funspot. RSVP to 366-5950.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 16 July 2013 08:27
MEREDITH — Barefoot in the Park, Neil Simon's light-hearted romance between a straight-laced lawyer and an impetuous free spirit begins where most romantic comedies end – with the marriage! It runs at The Winnipesaukee Playhouse from July 17 to July 27.
Paul and Corie Bratter are newlyweds moving into their fifth-floor walkup apartment. Adjusting to married life soon becomes complicated by a leaking skylight, the appearance of her mother, an eccentric neighbor, and all those stairs! Will solving their problems be as simple as taking a barefooted walk in the park?
After a six-day honeymoon, Corie and Paul move into their apartment and find that it is not furnished, painted incorrectly, and is up six flights of stairs! Set in Greenwich Village in the early 1960s, this couple learn to live as a "couple" while facing the usual daily ups-and-downs in Barefoot in the Park. This is Neil Simon's longest-running hit, and the tenth longest-running non-musical play in Broadway history and was nominated for three 1964 Tony Awards.
The Winni Playhouse Professional Company is excited to have Playhouse veterans Alex Jacobs, Richard Brundage, Jonathan Weber and Donna Schilke in this play and welcomes Julie Ek in her Playhouse debut. A rotating list of "local celebrities" will make guest appearances in the cameo role of the Delivery Man. The play is directed by NH Theatre Award-winning director, Bryan Halperin.
"It's easy to see why Barefoot in the Park was Neil Simon's longest running Broadway play. The classic "opposites attract" scenario mixed with Simon's signature wit makes for a perfect summer evening - plenty of laughs and the chance to experience or reminisce about young love. Throw in a terrific cast and Barefoot will be a summer night to remember,'' says Halperin.
Barefoot in the Park is the third play in The Winnipesaukee Playhouse's summer season. Pre-show dinners are available at the lobby bar and catered by Magic Foods Restaurant Group, the owners of Canoe in Center Harbor and O Steak and Seafood in Laconia. On selected nights, free pre-show entertainment is available at the outdoor amphitheatre beginning at 6:45pm.
The Summer2013 season is generously sponsored by Meredith Village Savings Bank and Laconia Harley-Davidson. Barefoot in the Park is further supported by the generous sponsorship of Bank of New Hampshire and Lovering Volvo.
It is recommended for ages 12 and above. Performances are Mondays through Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. with a matinee at 2 p.m. on Monday. The Wednesday, July 24 performance will include a post-show discussion and Q & A with the cast and crew. Tickets are $27 for seating in the orchestra, $22 for seating in the first row of the balcony and $15 for seating in the second row in the balcony. Tickets can be ordered by calling (603) 279-0333 or by using a credit card at www.winniplayhouse.org.
Jonathan Weber and Julie Ek in rehearsal for Barefoot in the Park. (Courtesy photo)
Last Updated on Tuesday, 16 July 2013 08:24
LACONIA — The Kiwanis club of Laconia is bringing back a motorcycle ride that ran for 3 years in honor of former Kiwanis President Roger Ballantyne, and successfully raised $12,000 for local and national charities.
Roger Ballantyne passed away as a result of kidney cancer, and his wife Betty, along with family, neighbors and friends, started the ride in his honor. After a one-year hiatus, it is being brought back with a fund-raising goal of $5,000 all for the Kiwanis Club Charity Fund. The date of the ride is Sunday, August 25, beginning and ending at Rotary Park.
The ride will feature a beautiful 75-mile course, riders will be greeted with coffee and a light breakfast snack, and ends with a BBQ picnic at the park. Kevin Halligan of the Village Bakery and Laconia Local Eatery will be preparing the food.
The Kiwanis Club has a long history of supporting children-related charities in the Lakes Region, to include; Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice, Gilford Youth Center, Got Lunch! Laconia, Laconia Little League, Laconia Youth Soccer, Lakes Region Scholarship Foundation, Kiwanis K.A.R.E.S. (Kids And Reading Equals Success, an elementary school reading program), Circle Program, Mayhew Program, Laconia Anti-Bullying Program, DARE, and RVYSEF.
Ballantyne was well-known in Laconia. He was a 30-year Kiwanian. A former Marine and a West Virginia University grad, Roger returned to Laconia and became a Middle School teacher, Senior VP of HR at Citizen's Bank, Adult Ed teacher for 28 years, and also Taylor Community Director of HR until retirement. He was also the father of four and was devoted to children and children's causes.
Riders will be asked for a $25 registration fee to participate. In addition, Kiwanis has secured a donation which will allow them to sell raffle tickets to win a two-night stay in one of the new Lodge accommodations at Church Landing in Meredith. Tickets will cost $5 each and will be available for purchase at NAPA Auto Parts 580 Union Avenue, Laconia, Greenlaw's Music 633 Main Street, Laconia, Wedbush Securities, 569 Main St., Laconia, All My Life Jewelers, 639 Main St., Laconia, and Irwin Ford/Toyota, 59 Bisson Ave., Laconia. Tickets go on sale Thursday, July 25. Only 500 tickets will be sold to increase one's chances of winning. The drawing will be done following the ride at Rotary Park.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 16 July 2013 08:09
FRANKLIN — Franklin Footlight Theatre will present the Tony award winning musical "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying" July 18th to the 21st at The Franklin Opera House on Central Street.
Directed by Jule Finley and Jennifer Simpson, the 1960s-based musical follows the meteoric rise of J. Pierrepont Finch in the World Wide Wicket Company — from window washer to chairman of the board by simply following the rules of a book that shares its title with this musical. His encounters along the way include a smitten secretary, the big boss and his paramour and the boss's devious nephew. Based on the book by Shepherd Mean, the musical first appeared on Broadway in 1961 starring Robert Morse with music and lyrics by Frank Loesser and the book by Abe Burrows, Jack Weinstock, and Willie Gilbert. Subsequent revivals featured Matthew Broderick, Daniel Radcliffe and Nick Jonas.
Filling J. Pierrepont's shoes in Franklin will be Mitchell R. Beroney. Featured players in the cast of more than 40 include Krystal Boynton (Rosemary), Dan Morris (Mr. Biggley), Sheri Collins (Hedy LaRue) and Cameron Brand (Bud). The show is produced through special arrangement with Music Theater International (MTI).
Show times are at 7:30 on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, with matinee performances Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m. Tickets may be obtained on the Franklin Opera House Website at www.franklinoperahouse.org or by calling the box office at 934-1901.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 16 July 2013 07:50
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