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Winni Players to stage All My Sons

MEREDITH — The Winni Players, the community theater branch of The Winnipesaukee Playhouse, performs Arthur Miller's drama All My Sons from Thursday through Saturday, February 5-7 ay 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, February 8 at 2 p.m.

Inspired by a newspaper article, Miller, American's groundbreaking playwright, wrote the 20th century masterpiece in 1947. The news story described how in 1941–43, the Wright Aeronautical Corporation based in Ohio had conspired with army inspection officers to approve defective aircraft engines destined for military use.

Miller's fictionalized account is a drama about family, business, ethics, loyalty, and love. At the heart is the flawed main character, Joe Keller, who knowingly shipped out defective airplane parts which ultimately caused the death of twenty-one servicemen. While his business partner paid the price and went to jail, Joe has escaped prosecution and prospered nicely. However, his security comes crashing down as his lies and betrayals take their toll on his wife, son, their neighbors, and loved ones.

The Winni Players' production is directed by The Winnipesaukee Playhouse's Artistic Director, Neil Pankhurst, and features a strong cast of local actors. Leading the cast are Gilmanton's Ray Dudley as Joe Keller and Plymouth's Barbara Webb as his wife, Kate. The cast also includes David Bleiler, Rick Morten, Nerrishia Bodwell, Suzanne Banister, Katie Dunn, Jim Gocha, Chris Peck and Griffin Plourde. The stage manager is Judi Rogato.

In a podcast that was recently launched on the Playhouse's website, www.winnipesaukeeplayhouse.org, Pankhurst says of the play, "it is a rollercoaster, because it will make you laugh at times and at other times think, oh my gosh, this person is the worst person in the world, and at another times feel completely sympathetic for them."

The play is a searing portrait of America at a vulnerable time in its history, yet the themes are ultimately just as relevant today as they were almost seventy years ago. Business ethics, corporate responsibility and accountability are certainly topical in today's news. Miller couches those broad topics in a play that is ultimately about a flawed man, his family, and his relationship with his own past.

Early reservations are strongly encouraged. Tickets are $18 for seating in the orchestra, $12 for seating in the balcony. Tickets can be ordered by calling (603) 279-0333 or by using a credit card at www.winnipesaukeeplayhouse.org.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 03 February 2015 11:34

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Synergy Cafe to open within Natural Roots & Remedies store in Gilford

GILFORD — In mid-January, Natural Roots & Remedies moved to a larger location in Gilford, as their fist year they exceeded expectations for retail products and needed a larger location to respond to customers demands for healthy take out food.

"Since the move, we've experienced a lot more traffic for our health foods retail store and there's a lot of great buzz about our café. It's called Synergy Café and it will be open around February 15th," says owner Chellsey Latham. "The tagline is: 'Where the Tribe meets and eats.' There's a story there which our customers discover when they walk through the store."

Synergy will have a wide verity of soups every day rustic butternut squash, carrot ginger and tortilla soups. People asked for authentic southwestern burritos so in response the cafe will offer its own healthy version with grass feed beef and an organic vegetarian burrito with some incredible fermented probiotic rich sauces. All ingredients from local growers in season, therefore giving local customers a farm to table experience.

"Having lived in the Southwest for a number of years, I found I loved what they cooked at Wild Oats for breakfast and lunch take out and I've duplicated the tastes with healthy ingredients," says Chef Jeff Thayer. "I've also added a few Native American additions which make these burritos unique. Same with our Tortilla soup."

Other food options include vegetable pesto and curried vegetable cold wraps with unique sauce toppings. For those who want a lighter fare, the cafe will offer carrot, pepper, sun dried tomato, smoked cheese, and a caprese panini.

"People ask what makes Synergy different? Because we ferment some of our vegetables and sauces, the process heightens the taste and their probiotic content is high. We've made sure our wraps and burritos taste incredibly good and they are healthy," says Chef Jeff. "I have been fermenting foods and kefirs for a number of years and the benefits are worth the effort. We've designed each of the wraps and burritos to be a fusion food work of art blending one or more ethnic food combinations with toppings and sauces."

Synergy is a unique experience for all guests pertaining to both food and atmosphere. The cafe will hold a Movie Night which features cutting edge films and documentaries concerning the organic, and non-gmo foods movements. Additionally, food workshops will be held regarding fermenting foods, cooking fusion foods and making fermented beverages such as water kefirs. The space itself is unique, as much time was spent designing the interior to give it a tribal and eclectic feel. Much of the interior materials have been recycled from pallets, old tin and reused wood.

Last Updated on Friday, 30 January 2015 11:11

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Dietician to speak to Altrusa Club on Feb. 10

LACONIA — Altrusa International of Laconia will hold its next meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 10, at 6 p.m. in the Woodside Building at Taylor Community.

The guest speaker for the program will be Lisa Garcia, the registered dietitian for Food Coach LLC in Laconia.

Altrusa of Laconia is a volunteer service organization dedicated to improving our community through personal service.

Service projects include scholarships, literacy projects, donations to local libraries, LRGH Eldercare Program, LRGH Newborn Program, Hands Across the Table, donations to local food pantries, and monthly birthday parties for Belknap County Nursing Home residents.

Last Updated on Friday, 30 January 2015 11:04

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um group to make flag pins

GILFORD — The Gilford Parks and Recreation Department is sponsoring a Senior Moment-um program on Monday, February 9 in the Fellowship Hall at the Gilford Community Church at noon to create American Flag pins in honor of President's Day.

Participants are encouraged to bring a bag lunch and are asked to RSVP by Friday, February 6. To RSVP contact the Gilford Parks and Recreation Department at 527-4722.

Last Updated on Friday, 30 January 2015 10:57

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