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‘Stories of Our Town’ oral history program at Gordon-Nash Library on Oct. 23

NEW HAMPTON — The Gordon-Nash Library will be holding its "Stories of Our Town" program on Thursday, October 23 at 7 p.m.
The history of the community can best be told through the voices of the people who have lived that history. The first "Stories of Our Town" program, was held in November, 2013, and was a hugely successful storytelling event. The evening whetted local appetites for town history, triggered many individual memories, and brought the old-timers and new residents in the audience together with the gift of a common trove of local knowledge. Twenty-two elders were interviewed for the NHHS Oral History project and told stories about life in the community. In Part II, residents will tell stories revealing values that shaped the character of our town.

For more information, contact Gordon DuBois 279-0379.

Last Updated on Monday, 06 October 2014 10:11

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Meredith Community Craft Fair to be held on Nov. 22

MEREDITH — The Meredith Parks & Recreation Department will be holding its 3rd annual Craft Fair on Saturday, November 22 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Meredith Community Center.

The premise of this craft fair is homemade/handmade crafts, foods and items that can be sold to help local crafters while stimulating the economy and giving back to the community. This craft fair has provided many local, as well as non-local crafters with the opportunity to share their talents with the general public. Over the last 2 years the craft fair has been held there have been various artists that have participated including woodworking, knitters, painters, crafters, jewelers, bakers and musicians as well as many others. 
Those interested in participating as a vendor or are seeking more general information, can visit www.meredithnh.org or call the Community Center at 279-8197. 

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Thrift Clothes Closet gives $1,000 to Opera House

FRANKLIN — The Franklin Opera House is pleased to acknowledge the receipt of a generous donation of $1,000 from the Thrift Clothes Closet of Franklin.

The Opera House currently serves as home to Franklin Footlights Theatre, FHS Player (Franklin High School's theater group) and FACT (Franklin Area Childrens' Theater), a summer program for students K-12 to learn theater skills, working cooperatively with others and self-confidence. The Opera House welcomes performers from the greater Franklin area and New England, and sometimes reaches out to performers beyond.

On October 9, 10, 11 and 12, the theater will host Franklin Footlights Theatre's production of "Run for the Hills", the creation of "Doc" Barry Taylor and his father William. This is community theater at its very best. On November 8th we will host NH artists Joe Deleault and the Reel Tuckermans on our stage.
The building at 316 Central Street was originally constructed in 1892 and served as a theater and function hall, as well as serving the office needs of City Hall, the police and water departments and city court. After World War II, many communities found the use of their theaters in decline and for several years the theater ceased to operate.

In 1999 a group of citizens took up the task of transforming City Hall back into the Opera House. A drop ceiling was removed, partitions which had formed offices on the stage were removed and many other aesthetic and technical improvements were made. By 2001, the first shows in 30 years graced the stage of the Opera House.

Today, the Franklin Opera House still shares space with the City Manager's office, the City Clerk and other business offices and appreciates the cooperative working relationship it has with the City. The Franklin community is fortunate to have this tremendous asset, a place where people of all ages can hone their theatrical and musical skills as well as seasoned performers bringing quality entertainment to the greater Franklin area.
The Franklin Opera House invites people to visit its website: franklinoperahouse.org for more history, activities and listings of up-coming events. The volunteer organization welcomes people with all kinds of skills and interests to join as ushers, membership, refreshments, maintenance, fundraising, Board members, to name a few. Donations can be mailed to: Franklin Opera House, PO Box 172, Franklin NH 03235, and we are a 501 c(3) organization. The office (on the Memorial Street side of City Hall) is open Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday (staffed by volunteers) from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and messages can be left at 934-1901 as well.

Last Updated on Monday, 06 October 2014 10:00

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Gilmanton Old Home Day is Aug. 15, 2015

GILMANTON — The Gilmanton Old Home Day Organization has set the date for next summer’s event for Saturday, August 15, 2015. Officers for the 2015 Old Home Day celebration will be Sarah Baldwin Welcome, president, Rick Puleo, vice president, Paula Gilman, secretary, and Barbara Angevine, treasurer.
The committee will be welcoming volunteers for many tasks. For information, contact Sarah Baldwin-Welcome at 267-7943 or e-mail at HYPERLINK mailto:provpalt@metrocast.netprovpalt@metrocast.net.

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