Thurber Carnival performed by WRHS drama club

TILTON — The cast of Winnisquam Regional High School's drama club will present the hilarious evening of sketch comedy "A Thurber Carnival" by James Thurber, from Friday to Sunday, December 5 through 7. Curtain is at 7 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and at 2 p.m. on Sunday.

Thurber was widely popular during the 40s, 50s and 60s. He is best known for his cartoons that appeared regularly in publications such as the New Yorker and several national newspapers. One of the most popular humorists of his time, Thurber celebrated the comic frustrations and eccentricities of ordinary people.

"A Thurber Carnival" is a compilation piece Thurber himself wrote and staged. It includes the very famous story of "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty" made popular again by the recent movie. Also, included are skits that poke fun at marriage, work, pets and social situations. They include titles like; "The Word Dance", "The Pet Dept.", "A Unicorn in the Garden", "Casual of the Keys", "Take Her Up Tenderly" and several more.

Working hard to bring these short glimpses of human experience to life are 40 kids from grades 9-12. Many have stage experience but several are brand new to the craft. The new drama director, Jessica Alward reports, "this is one of the most dedicated group of actors I have had the pleasure of working with. They are committed to the process and have brought some great ideas to the table in how to make these stories modern, pertinent and very very funny."

Ticket are available at the door and priced so the whole family can attend. All proceeds will go to help the kids put on a larger, musical production this coming spring.

Silent auction at Gilmanton Year-Round Library

GILMANTON — A silent auction will be running from Wednesday, December 3-10 at the Gilmanton Year-Round Library. Bidding ends on Wednesday, December 10 at 4 p.m. Items will be available for pick up on Thursday, December 11 by 1 p.m.

There will be many items to bid on: original art pieces, holiday themed baskets of goodies, homemade items such as hats, mittens, place mats, and jewelry. There are also a variety of gift certificates to bid on including a summer CSA share from Winnipesaukee Woods Farm, tickets to holiday shows at the Capital Center for the Arts, tickets to the Winnipesaukee Playhouse, Cole Gardens, Lakeside Grooming and more. For more information call 364-2400.

Tour of historic churches in Laconia and holiday sing-a-long on December 7

MEREDITH — The Lakes Region Art Association's third annual Small Painting Show and Sale will be hosted at VynnArt Gallery from Wednesday, Dec. 3, through Sunday, Jan. 4, during normal business hours.

There will be a reception and Christmas party on Wednesday, Dec. 3, from 4 to 7 p.m. More than 80 original paintings and photographs created by 40 Art Association members will be on display. All the works are 8 by 10 or smaller, not counting the frame.

Show organizers note that all pieces are framed and make very fine holiday gifts.

VynnArt Gallery is located at 30 Main St. in Meredith. For more information call VynnArt at 279-0557.

Tour of historic churches in Laconia and holiday sing-a-long on December 7


LACONIA —  On Sunday, December 7, Laconia Historical and Museum Society will host a driving tour of the Historic Churches in Laconia from 12 – 2 pm. Tickets and maps for this self-guided tour are available at The Laconia Public Library or through the LHMS office. Ticket holders will be provided with a map and historic information about the eleven churches participating in the event. "I have always loved the amazing architecture of our many beautiful churches in Laconia and have wondered about how beautiful the interiors must be ... now we all have an invitation to visit," says LHMS Executive Director Brenda Kean.

Following the driving tour, the public is invited to participate in a Festive Holiday Sing-A-Long which will occur at 3 p.m. at the former Trinity Methodist Church located at 25 Belvidere Street in Lakeport. The Sing-A-Long is free and open to the public.

For more information regarding either event, call Laconia Historical and Museum Society at 603-527-1278 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..