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.
Last Updated on Monday, 26 May 2014 07:14
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
Last Updated on Monday, 26 May 2014 07:10
GILFORD — The Belknap County Sportsmen's Association is holding their annual spring fishing derby Sunday, June 1 at Gunstock Pond from 9 a.m. to noon.
No need to preregister---free for all children under16 years of age. Food and beverages are provided free of charge by the Sportsmen's Club and Bank of NH. Trophies awarded for 1st 2nd and 3rd place.
Last Updated on Monday, 26 May 2014 06:45
PLYMOUTH — The Enterprise Center at Plymouth (ECP) and the Plymouth Regional Chamber of Commerce will present the last program in their Retirement Planning Series for Small Business Owners: Financial Planning on Thursday, May 29, from 7:30-9 a.m. at the Enterprise Center at Plymouth.
Rebecca Lackey, a financial professional with Prudential, will host an informative program designed to help the small business owner prepare for planned and unplanned challenges in retirement. Focusing on developing a lifetime income strategy, Lackeywill share her years of experience in financial services and offer attendees best practices to prepare for the future.
Lackey offers investment advisory services to small business owners and individuals as a representative of Prudential Financial Planning Services. Her 24 years of financial services experience, including expertise in Fixed Income and Stock Plan Services with Fidelity Investments, allows her to help clients develop a financial plan to realize their goals. With a BS in Accounting from SNHU, Rebecca and her family live locally to pursue their goals while she serves on the board of the Community Closet and as Treasurer for the local Rotary Club.
This event is offered at no cost to attendees, but space is limited, Reserve a seat by clicking the "Seminars" page on the ECP website www.EnterpriseCenterNH.com, contacting the Center office at 535-3222, or the Chamber Office at 536-1001.
Last Updated on Monday, 26 May 2014 05:59
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