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Meet the candidates in Sandwich on Oct. 26

SANDWICH — All Sandwich voters will have an opportunity to "Meet the Candidates" on Sunday, October 26 at 3 p.m. at the Methodist Meetinghouse on Main Street in Center Sandwich.

All candidates on the Sandwich ballot have been invited to attend and will explain why they are seeking to be elected and answer any questions which may be asked. The election takes place at the Sandwich Town Hall on Tuesday, November 4 from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 21 October 2014 10:30

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Halloween festivities planned at Black Swan Inn this weekend

TILTON — The Black Swan Inn once again will be hosting a fun family weekend filled with halloween festivities Friday through Sunday, October 24, 25 and 26 to benefit Make A Wish of New Hampshire.

The weekend will kick off on Friday and Saturday night from 6:30-10:30 p.m. in association with The Haunted Alliance out of Massachusetts with Haunted Halloween Walk filled with zombies, a torture chamber, gravediggers and more for kids 13 years and older. Admission is only $8 per child or $20 for a family.

Granny Grues Grimson Tales will be there on Sunday, October 26 for their second annual Kids HalloweenFest from 1-4 p.m. with Zombie Pirates to entertain children of all ages. Kids of all ages will enjoy Granny's very own gruesome storytelling and songs, a scavenger hunt with treasure, face painting, games, cider and donuts. For more information call the Black Swan Inn at 286-4524.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 21 October 2014 10:21

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‘Wild Gardens of Yosemite’ talk on November 6

SANDWICH — The Bearcamp Valley Garden Club will host horticulturalist Mary Ellen Vana on Thursday, November 6 for a slide presentation about the Wild Gardens of Yosemite. The program will take place at the Benz Center in Center Sandwich from 1-3 p.m., and is free to garden club members and the public.
Mary Ellen Vana lived in the Yosemite region for six years, then worked as horticulturist at White Flower Farms in Lichfield, Connecticut, before moving to New Hampshire. She combines professional knowledge of cultivated, native, and wild plants with a passion for hands-on gardening in New Hampshire, and she will offer practical advice as well as creative insights about the kinds of plants that can prosper in cold New England climates.
The informal presentation will focus upon natural flower combinations, with inspiration and ideas for a less formal look in New Hampshire home gardens. Naturalist John Muir wrote of the Yosemite region, "When California was wild, it was the floweriest part of the continent, so exuberant was the bloom of the main valley of the state, it would still have been extravagantly rich had ninety-nine out of every hundred of its crowded flowers been taken away."

Many of Yosemite's flowers or flower family groups, such as Penstamons, Primroses, Asters, Buttercups, and Lupines, will be familiar to gardeners everywhere. Nature, however, offers unique, seldom-seen, and often exquisite combinations which are never cliched. It is these uncommon combinations that Vana will illustrate and discuss.
Reservations may be made online at bearcampvalleygardenclub.org.

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LHS drama program staging ‘Much Ado About Nothing’

LACONIA — The Laconia High School Drama program will be presenting the classic comedy Much Ado About Nothing on Thursday and Friday, October 23 and 24 at 7 p.m. and on Saturday, October 25 at 2 p.m. All performances will be held in the Laconia High School auditorium.

While retaining the original Shakespeare language, the setting and location of the show have been updated to the modern era, with a few subtle winks and nods at current events. Don Pedro (junior, Taylor Gagne) and his half-sister, Don Joan (senior, Emily Paronto) have recently struggled for control of their father's company. Successful in the corporate takeover, Don Pedro visits his friend Leonato (senior, Adasha Santos), with his trusted lieutenants Claudio (sophomore ,Tim Mackzo) and Benedick (senior Reese Miles), with his disgruntled sister and her henchmen in tow. While visiting at Leanoto's, Claudio falls in love with the fair Hero (sophomore, Colleen O'Brien). And Benedick renews his "merry war of wits" with ex-
girlfriend Beatrice (junior, Jessica McDermott). But Don Joan sees opportunity for mischief and revenge in the goings-on.

"I love Shakespeare," said Director Bernie Campbell, "And I love the new film version of Much Ado that came out a year or so ago. A lot of the directorial choices were inspired by that new version, and the kids are having a great time with it. I'm really proud of them."

Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for students and seniors, and may be purchased at the door. For more information about the show, you can call the school at 603-524-3350.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 21 October 2014 10:08

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