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Taiko demonstration at Plymouth church on Feb. 4



PLYMOUTH — Experience the extraordinary power of Taiko and a glimpse into Japanese music and culture during a solo performance of traditional Japanese drumming by Burlington Taiko founder Stuart Paton at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, February 4, at Plymouth Congregational United Church of Christ.

Since 1987, Paton and his troupe, Burlington Taiko, have been mesmerizing audiences with the powerful, spellbinding and propulsive sounds of the Taiko. Burlington Taiko Group estimates it has introduced over half a million people to the power of Taiko via public performances, including feature performances at the 100th running of the Boston Marathon, annual performances at Burlington's First Night, the Joseph Campbell — Keepers of the Lore festival, the Black Ships Festival in Newport, Rhode Island, and over 200 corporate, collegiate and public performances. Using a background of thunderous drums, graceful movement and colorful pageantry, Burlington Taiko provides audiences with a unique opportunity for both lively entertainment and engaging learning.

Sensei Stuart Paton, Founder and Artistic Director, spent most of his childhood in Japan. His formal study of Taiko began in 1984 during a summer apprenticeship with Grandmaster Seiichi Tanaka, the founder of the first Taiko group in North America, and he founded the Burlington Taiko Group in 1986 not long after settling in Vermont.

"Taiko is an exciting display of strength and power through music that enthralls all ages, from preschool to seniors," says Jamie Feinberg, Program Manager for the Arts Alliance of Northern New Hampshire, which is presenting the concert as part of the PCUCC's Winter/Spring concert series.

Admission for the performance at the Plymouth Congregational United Church of Christ, 4 Post Office Square, is by donation. The suggested donation is $10 Adult, $5 Student, $20 Family. All are welcome, regardless of ability to pay.

The performance is presented as part of Burlington Taiko's 10-day North Country residency, coordinated by the Arts Alliance of Northern New Hampshire. The residency, funded in part by the New England Foundation for the Arts as part of the NEA Regional Touring Program, brings assemblies, workshops and performances to schools and communities throughout the region. Many of the school programs are presented through a collaboration with the New Hampshire Music Festival, with support from the New Hampshire Electric Cooperative Foundation.

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Cota-Robles elected chairman of Lakes Region Chamber


LACONIA — The Lakes Region Chamber of Commerce announced and voted on the 2015 Officers and Board of Directors on January 15 at their 96th Annual Meeting & Luncheon at The Margate Resort, Laconia, NH. The Officers and Board of Directors serve 3 year terms with a maximum of two consecutive terms.

"The commitment and support by individuals and businesses is what continues to propel our local economy forward," states Karmen Gifford, Executive Director. "With 450 businesses supporting 18 communities, our 21 board of directors represent businesses throughout the Lakes Region, with diverse industries and voices for corporate, small business and non-profit organizations." Joining the 2015 Lakes Region Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors are: Caroline Rolfe, Franklin Savings Bank; Heidi Laramie, Barons Major Brands; Kamal Gosine, AutoServ; Sue Gaudette, Gunstock Mountain Resort; and Mike Bednaz, WaLa Marketing Group.

The Board of Directors returning are: Jay Bolduc, T-Bones/Cactus Jack's; Beth San Soucie, The Belknap Mill; Allen Voivod, Epiphanies, Inc.; Scott Kalicki, Lakes Region Community College; John Giere, Wescott Law; Bob Strang, Mill Falls at the Lake; Kathy Morin, Laconia Refrigeration; Christine Harris, Meredith Village Savings Bank; Lindsay Cota-Robles, Bank of New Hampshire; Penny Raby, Malone Dirubbo & Co; Elaine Blinn, Horizons Counseling Center; Ted Fodero, Melcher & Prescott Insurance; Denise Sharlow, Franklin Business & Industrial Development Corporation; Maureen Wilkins, LRGHealthcare; Donna Keeley, PSNH; and Warren Bailey, Comcast Spotlight.

The Chamber's Executive Board for 2015 includes newly elected Chairman/President – Lindsay Cota-Robles, Bank of New Hampshire; 1st Vice Chair – Bob Strang, Mill Falls at the Lake; 2nd Vice Chair – Donna Keeley, PSNH; Treasurer – Penny Raby, Malone Dirubbo & Co; and Secretary – John Giere, Wescott Law.

The Lakes Region Chamber of Commerce is a non-profit, 501c-6 organization. Chamber members work together to improve business in the Lakes Region and the quality of life for residents. For more information about the Lakes Region Chamber of Commerce, on-line business directory or a list of community events, visit LakesRegionChamber.org, Facebook, Twitter, or call (603) 524-5531.

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Daylong celebration of dance at PSU on February 7

PLYMOUTH — A daylong celebration of dance, with master classes taught by Plymouth State University (PSU) faculty and members of Boston's Pantos Project, will bring together dancers of all ages and experience levels from across the region February 7.

The day includes classes in ballet, tap, jazz, contemporary, dance repertory, improvisation and somatics, taught by PSU Director of Dance Amanda Whitworth, and dance faculty Ashley Whalley and Lisa Travis, with alumna Kathleen Pantos and members of Pantos company, Jessica White, instructor at Lakes Region Dance in Center Harbor and Rene Martinez, dance faculty at Granite State Arts Academy in Derry.

Dancers, companies and studios submitted choreography for adjudication and possible acceptance into the gala performance at 8 p.m. in Hanaway Theatre. Whitworth says, "The Dance Premiere is a day to celebrate and engage in the process of dance. There is something for dancers, dance educators and dance enthusiasts throughout the day. The evening gala is presented in the spirit of the PSU Dance Division where there is an emphasis on community, collaboration and innovation in dance. Both the master classes and gala feature the creative and vibrant choreography of Pantos Project, a troupe of dancers committed to nurturing the craft of dance to create and perform artistic, athletic, innovative works—pushing boundaries, inspiring audiences and stimulating souls."

Dances by Dance Professions of Derry, Edgewater Dance Academy of Gilford, Danielle Harmon of The Ninth State of Plymouth, A Dancer's World of Longmeadow, Mass., PSU alumnae Rebecca Martin and Suzanna Derynioski, and PSU senior and dance team captain Sequoyua Molzan, were accepted into the program.

The gala will also feature special performances by Free Fall Dance Company of Bedford, Bosoma 2 Dance Company of Boston (co-directed by PSU alumna Lindsay Jarvis) and Tributary Dance of New Hampshire with PSU faculty member Lenore Sousa and alumnae Vanetta Porth, Brittany Hill, Lindsay Jarvis, Rene Martinez, Jessica White and Tessa Hamza.

The gala will begin with a dessert reception at 7:30 p.m. in the Silver Center lobby. Guests are invited (but not required) to wear formal attire for this special program.

Tickets for the gala are $20 for adults, $15 for seniors and youth, at the Silver Center Box Office, (603) 535-2787 or (800) 779-3869. Tickets are also available online at silver.plymouth.edu.

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Valentine’s Day Dinner at Canterbury Shaker Village

CANTERBURY — Canterbury Shaker Village and the Concord Food Co-op will host a Valentine's Day Dinner at The Shaker Table in Canterbury, New Hampshire on Saturday, February 14 from 5-8 p.m. The five-course prix fixe meal is $75 per person and includes a bottle of wine per couple. A cash bar will be open throughout the evening. Seating is limited to 70 people and proceeds will benefit Canterbury Shaker Village.

Diners can spoil their Valentine and themselves this February 14 at The Shaker Table—Canterbury Shaker Village's onsite restaurant—by enjoying an intimate seated five-course meal lovingly prepared by guest chef Scott Jones of the Concord Food Co-op. The menu will feature locally sourced ingredients, perfectly paired wines, and more. Cocktail hour will begin at 5 p.m. with an imported and local domestic gourmet cheese display with assorted flatbread and crackers. Selections from the five-course menu include Oysters Rockefeller; baby arugula topped with fried goat cheese, grilled Vidalia onions and candied pecans; filet mignon with a peppercorn crust; chocolate dipped strawberries; and a trio of chocolate obsession. The full menu can be viewed at www.shakers.org.

"The Concord Food Co-op is known for their fresh, locally sourced ingredients and their delicious cafe food," noted Funi Burdick, Executive Director of Canterbury Shaker Village. "We are excited to open The Shaker Table to the Co-op and Executive Chef Scott Jones and to be co-hosting this unique Valentine's Day dinner."

To purchase tickets, please visit www.shakers.org.

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