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‘Plunge’ in Waterville Valley on Saturday afternoon

WATERVILLE VALLEY — Grab your bathing suit or costume and dive into the icy waters of Corcoran Pond on Saturday, Nov. 29, during the second annual Cold Turkey Plunge, to benefit the Waterville Valley Adaptive Sports program, which provides athletic opportunities for persons with cognitive and physical disabilities.

Participants will take to the pond at 1 p.m. Anyone looking to take the plunge is asked to raise a minimum of $50 in donations, which earns you a Waterville Valley Adaptive Sports "empowered bracelet," an official Cold Turkey Plunge long sleeve T-shirt and a tasty cold turkey sandwich made by Chef Sean Stout of the Wild Coyote Grill.

Last year, after clearing ice measuring 8 inches thick, more than 70 participants plunged and raised more than $12,000 for Waterville Valley Adaptive Sports.

More information about the Cold Turkey Plunge a link to download a registration form can be accessed at www.watervilleadaptive.com. Or go to https://wtrvlfdn.ejoinme.org/coldturkeyplunge2014 to set up your on-line Cold Turkey Plunge Page.

Following the Plunge, Santa and his elves will arrive at the Waterville Valley Town Square at 3:30 p.m. pulled by the dogsled team from the Valley Snow Dogz. Santa will visit with children until 7 p.m. and then light the holiday tree in the Town Square to signal the start of the fireworks show over Corcoran Pond. There is a suggested donation, from those who are able, of $5 per child and $10 per family. All proceeds will be donated to the Whole Village Family Resource Center.

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Winnipesaukee Playhouse to host 2 holiday concerts

MEREDITH — The Winnipesaukee Playhouse invites audiences to get into the holiday spirit with two concerts which will kick off the holiday season with great music and lots of fun.
On December 3rd and 4th at 2 pm, the Playhouse welcomes back audience favorite Kristhani Pappas for a show called Sleigh Bells Swing. Krisanthi has performed at the Playhouse on and off since 2004, and this time she will be joined by her band. They will be performing jazzy renditions of holiday favorites like Winter Wonderland, White Christmas, Santa Baby, and many more. The show contains some audience involvement, adding interactive fun into the mix. The Jazz Times says, "Krisanthi Pappas has a soft, dusky voice like Norah Jones' or Diana Krall's... her performance is one of subtle restraint and beauty."
On December 6th at 2 pm and 7:30 pm, NH-based theatre company Not Your Mom's Musical Theatre will be at the Playhouse performing "Something Wonderful I Missed! Holiday Edition." This innovative concert mixes great songs from Broadway and off-Broadway musicals with the often hilarious history behind those songs. Four versatile, talented performers, playing a range of characters to live piano accompaniment, will present a concert of holiday selections from musicals, from now classics like "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas" and "We Need A Little Christmas" to lesser-known gems you might have missed from shows as varied as Striking 12 and Promises, Promises. The show gets into the holiday spirit with a glimpse of musical theater at its finest and simplest - actors onstage, telling a story through music. The Nashua Telegraph says, "NYMMT consistently provides cutting-edge, lesser-known -- and FUN! -- theatrical performances. Go."
Tickets for both productions are $25 in the orchestra and $15 in the balcony. Group rates are available for groups of 20 or more. Tickets are available at www.winnipesaukeeplayhouse.org or by calling (603) 279-0333.

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Christmas Cookie Buffet supports Minot-Sleeper Library

BRISTOL — The Friends of the Minot Sleeper Library are asking people who are baking their favorite cookies to bake an extra few dozen for the Friend's Annual Christmas Cookie Buffet.

The Christmas Cookie Buffet proceeds provide materials and support for the many free library activities during the coming year and those cookies can help. Participants can bring their home baked cookies to the Minot Sleeper Library on Thursday December 11th from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and on Friday December 12th from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m.

The Friends would really appreciate those special cookies, no bars or brownies please. To help the purchasers of the cookies please label them with the name and nut products if any are used.

The Cookie Buffet itself will be held at the Mason's building on Friday, December 12th from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Then on Saturday the 13th from 8 am to 12 noon the Cookie Buffet combines with the Masons' free Breakfast with Santa.

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PSU holiday concert to be held Dec. 7

PLYMOUTH — The Department of Music, Theatre and Dance at Plymouth State University will continue a 24-year holiday tradition with the presentation of A Joyful Noise! at 3 p.m. Sunday, December 7, in Hanaway Theatre at the Silver Center for the Arts. The New England Musical Artists, a professional brass ensemble, will join PSU Chamber Singers and the University Chorale in the concert, directed by Professor Dan Perkins.

PSU Professor Jonathan Santore's composition, "The Return (Armistice Poems)" will be the featured work on the program. "The Return" was originally commissioned and premiered by the New Hampshire Master Chorale. "The performance of Santore's piece is part of the choirs' yearlong theme of honoring the 150th anniversary of the end of the American civil war," Perkins said.

Two of the three texts set in the work deal specifically with WWI and the Armistice—from an English soldier in the trenches, and an American woman far from the battlefields of Europe, receiving news of the war's end, according to Santore. The third text, contained in a larger work by Robert Louis Stevenson which predates the Armistice by some 40 years, "seems apt for a piece about the conclusion and aftermath of war, particularly as seen through the quickly-dimming lens of remembrance," Santore says.

Sacred works for brass and chorus by 17th century composers Gabriele (Jubilate Deo) and Praetorius (In dulci jubilo) are also on the program.

The Chamber Singers will present excerpts from their repertoire for an upcoming January study performance tour in the Southern California desert. Chamber Singers includes 21 auditioned singers whose majors are primarily music and music theatre. The University Chorale is a non-auditioned ensemble of 70 singers from a wide variety of majors and disciplines.

Tickets for A Joyful Noise! are $15-13 for adults, $14-12 for seniors and $12-10 for 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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