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Winni Playhouse co-founder releases first children’s book ‘Too Hot for Santa’

MEREDITH — Bryan Halperin, co-founder of The Winnipesaukee Playhouse, has released his first illustrated children's book, Too Hot for Santa, with illustrations by Wolfeboro, resident Emily Marsh. A holiday themed book geared toward pre-K through elementary aged children, Too Hot for Santa is the story of Hopey the Elf and how she teaches Santa and the kids of the world how to do their part to take care of the environment.
Halperin is no stranger to using creative arts to teach kids about being good to the Earth. At the Playhouse he has written, directed and performed in The RecyclaBulls, a series of musicals performed by adults that teach kids about recycling, water waste, climate change, and deforestation. Two of the musicals toured to elementary schools around New Hampshire. He also wrote the musical version of Too Hot for Santa which originally was performed by Lakes Region kids in the Playhouse's youth ensemble in 2007. Halperin is directing an updated version of the musical with two new songs by composer David Polansky which will premiere in November by the Inter-Lakes Middle Tier Theater Company.
According to Halperin, "Hopey's story started out as a Twas the Night Before Christmas style poem and then developed into a full blown musical comedy. After a few years I decided it was time to revisit the poem and see if I could turn it into an illustrated children's book and spread Hopey's story to children further afield."
Halperin enlisted Marsh to create the illustrations and the two worked together with an online printing company to produce the soft cover books. He plans to read the book at libraries and elementary schools this fall around the Lakes Region and hopes that families will want to bring the book home for the holiday season to read together.

"To see my story brought to life in a full color tangible book to hold and share with my friends and family was really exciting. I look forward to sharing the book around the Lakes Region and beyond," says Halperin.
For more information on the book and musical versions of Too Hot for Santa check out www.toohotforsanta.com. The book can be ordered directly from the website. To contact Bryan Halperin with questions or to arrange to meet the author for a reading of the book for your organization or group, e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Last Updated on Wednesday, 29 October 2014 08:18

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Gilmanton School Craft Fair and Pancakes with Santa

GILMANTON — The Gilmanton School PTA is reviving the Gilmanton School Craft Fair & Pancakes with Santa (9-11 a.m.) to be held at the Gilmanton School on Saturday, November 29th from 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

Proceeds benefit the children of Gilmanton School through the Gilmanton School PTA. The Gilmanton School PTA is dedicated to funding field trips and other enrichment programs for the students of Gilmanton School.
Vendor tables are available. Contact Sarah Meserve (603 )219-1219 or via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for an application form.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 29 October 2014 08:08

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Gilford Library celebrating National Novel Writing Month

GILFORD — Gilford Public Library will be celebrating National Novel Writing month with fiction writing workshops for adults and teens, led by Abi Maxwell, the author of the novel Lake People. The adult writing workshop will be held on Saturday, November 22 from 10 a.m. to noon. 

The month-long, drop-in fiction workshop for teens is open to grades 5 through 8. Sessions will take place on Tuesday, November 4, 18, and 25 and will run from 3-4 p.m. Interested teens above the 8th grade level may participate in the adult program with approval from Abi and a parent or guardian.

Abi holds an MA in literature and an MFA in fiction. She teaches writing at both the college and community level.The library will also have a number of ongoing activities at the circulation desk all month, including a "Start a Story" activity that will culminate in a drawing for a grand prize. For more information or to sign up for a workshop call the Gilford Public Library at (603) 524-6042.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 28 October 2014 12:09

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‘Stage Coaching in the Old West’ talk in Sanbornton

SANBORNTON — The Sanbornton Historical Society presents lecturer Mike McKinley on Thursday, November 6 at 7 p.m. at the Lane Tavern.

McKinley who has experience as a guide for various National Parks historical sites, will describe colorful characters and their adventures while approaching and crossing the Great Divide by stage coach: "A through ticket and fifteen inches of seat: Stage Coaching in the Old West"

Refreshments are served after the program. For more information call 286-4526.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 28 October 2014 09:59

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