Belknap Quilt Guild hosting workshop on March 26

GILFORD — A scrappy quilt workshop is being offered this month by the Belknap Mill Quilters Guild at the Gilford Community Church on Thursday, March 26, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The pattern calls for 3-inch squares in a variety of fabrics, with the option for those who wish to swap fabrics in class for even more variety in their quilts. Paired with 1 3/8 yards of cream or white tonal fabric, this will produce a great looking scrappy lap-sized quilt and reduce the scraps in their stashes
Fee is $25 for members and $30 for non-members. To register, call Linda McCloskey at 603-293-2975 or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
The guild also welcomes new members at its monthly meetings. Inquiries may be made with the Belknap Mill Quilters Guild by e-mailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by visiting

Danbury grange to screen Buster Keaton silent comedy The General

DANBURY — Buster Keaton's comic masterpiece set during U.S. Civil War will be screened at historic Grange Hall on Saturday, April 4. The double feature will begin at 7:30 p.m.

Keaton's comic masterpiece, 'The General' (1926) set during U.S. Civil War and his feature 'Sherlock, Jr.' (1924), will be accompanied by live music performed by silent film composer Jeff Rapsis. The film tells the story of a southern locomotive engineer whose engine, named The General, is hijacked by Northern spies with his girlfriend onboard. Keaton, stealing another train, races north in pursuit behind enemy lines. As the plot unfolds the viewer will watch as Keaton attempts to save his girl and and make it back to warn of a coming Northern attack.

Jeff Rapsis, a New Hampshire-based silent film musician, performs on a digital synthesizer to reproduce the texture of the full orchestra and create a traditional "movie score" sound. Rapsis said Keaton's films were meant to be shown in theaters on a large screen. In reviving them, the Blazing Star Grange will give the public a chance to experience silent film as it was meant to be seen in high quality prints, with live music, and with an audience."

The show is open to the public with a suggested donation of $5. For more information about Jeff Rapsis and the music, visit For program information call (603) 768-5579 or see

Advice to the Players to perform Romeo and Juliet

SANDWICH — Advice To The Players will host Kevin Coleman as director of their spring production of William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet performed from Friday, March 27 through Saturday, April 4 in North Conway and from Friday through Sunday, April 10-12 in Center Sandwich.

Coleman has been a visiting artist teaching stage combat and mentoring performers and directors since the earliest years of the Sandwich Shakespeare troupe but this is his first time in the director's seat. Heis a founding member of Shakespeare & Company in Lenox MA, one of the largest Shakespeare festivals in North America, an actor and director in their performance programs, and one of the master teachers in the Training Program.

He is also the director of Shakespeare & Company's Education Program, which strives to bring the classical poetry and plays of Shakespeare alive and into the lives of as many students and teachers as possible in ways that are personally meaningful, educationally inspiring, and theatrically compelling. Identified by the MacArthur Foundation and the President's Committee on the Arts and Humanities as a Champion of Change, Shakespeare & Company's Education Program is recognized as an innovative leader in the field of integrating the arts into education.

"Advice To The Players is doing it right—Shakespeare wrote these plays to be shared theatrical events within a community," says Coleman. "Having students and community members share the stage with professional actors fosters a collaboration that both grounds and enriches these productions within the community that is palpable to all who attend."

"It's an great treat to have Kevin here," remarked Executive Director Rebecca Boyden. "He has such a great knowledge and understanding of the play and of our company. I can't imaging a better director for our new production of Romeo and Juliet. I don't know that our community knows how fortunate we are."

Kevin has taught, directed or been a guest artist at the theaters all around the world and is also the Project Director for the National Institute on Teaching Shakespeare, a program funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities beginning in 1988, where high school teachers from across the nation train with the master teachers of Shakespeare & Company and internationally renowned Shakespeare scholars in a month-long, intensive workshop.

Details are available about the show at or by calling 284-7115 or emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Ladies and Wheels event at Irwin Automotive Group

LACONIA — The fourth annual Irwin’s Ladies and Wheels event will be held on Wednesday, April 8 from 6-8 p.m. at Irwin Automotive Group located at the Ford Toyota Store. 

The event will feature three guys speakers from local business and organizations. Speakers include; Wayne Thayer, Senior Toyota Technician who will be sharing Smart Tips, LPD Captain Matt and Officer Michelle who will share Smart Choices, and Matt O’Leary of Auto Trader who will share Smart Shopping.

The group asks that participants donate pet food or a pet toy to be donated to the New Hampshire Humane Society. The event is open to all women in the community. To sign up call Betty Ballantyne at 603-581-2968 or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.