Thrift Clothes Closet in need of warm winter clothing

FRANKLIN — The Thrift Clothes Closet is looking for clean, gently used, warm winter coats and snow pants for the children of Franklin.

Those who would like to donate such items are asked to bring them to the store at 332 Central St. which is open Wednesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The Closet also needs girls and boys pants, sweatshirts, leggings, sizes 5 and 6 are needed the most. Girls and boys Pants, sweatshirts, leggings sizes 7, 8 and 12 to 14.

Also needed are little socks and undies, both boys and girls sizes, as well as sneakers and boots sizes 8 through 13½.


History of the Laconia Grant explained on Monday

LACONIA  — The Laconia Historical and Museum Society will host a celebration of the 385th anniversary of the signing of the Laconia Grant of 1629 by welcoming Pat Tierney on Monday, November 17, who will present a history lesson and discussion about "The Laconia Grant of 1629".

"This presentation is the culmination of research Pat has been working on for quite some time., says Laconia Historical and Museum Society Director Brenda Kean, " I am sure those in attendance will be impressed and intrigued with this incredible history lesson about Laconia."

This lecture program will be held at The Laconia Public Library beginning at 7 pm. This lecture is free and open to the public and refreshments will be served. For more information about this lecture program, contact Laconia Historical and Museum Society at (603) 527-1278, by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or on the web at

PSU to stage The Threepenny Opera starting Nov. 20

PLYMOUTH —The Department of Music, Theatre and Dance at Plymouth State University will bring to life the tale of Macheath (Mac the Knife) and his cronies, and the underbelly of early Victorian London, with their production of Bertolt Brecht's The Threepenny Opera. Performances of 'The Three Penny Opera' in the studio theatre at the Silver Center for the Arts will be Thursday through Saturday, November 20–22 at 8 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday, November 22 and 23 at 2 p.m.

Director Sharon Rae Paquette says this "play with musical elements" tells a story, and in so doing illustrates social and cultural challenges not unlike what has become familiar in the U.S. over recent decades, with our citizenry decrying "the one percent," bailed-out bank failures, and politics directed by the wealthy while the middle class withers and shrinks." The Threepenny Opera depicts the subculture of cronyism and illegality that developed in London in the face of such challenges. American theatre critic Brooks Atkinson said, "The Threepenny Opera turns the accepted values of the good life upside down."

Composer Kurt Weill talked about "the importance of the sound-scape" in all his works, and Nadine Gordimer says, "Kurt Weill's music is not an accompaniment to Brecht's play, of course, but intrinsic to its conception." Weill developed songs characterized by raw intensity for the play, setting "reality to music" with a 1920's cabaret vibe. In fact, Threepenny likely inspired other plays such at Cabaret, Chicago and Urinetown.

The Plymouth State production will be totally acoustic, without microphones, and with instruments such as harmonium, piano, banjo, guitar, saxophone, clarinet and drums. In the initial production, seven musicians played 23 instruments according to Professor Kathleen Arecchi, music director. Arecchi says the music is more challenging for the cast than it seemed at first introduction. "The melodies alone were easy to learn, but when put together with the accompaniment, the singers became quite disoriented initially," she says. However, the dissonant music helps to set the time and place of the story.

Tickets for the play are $21 for adults and $18 for seniors and youth at the Silver Center Box Office, (603) 535-2787 or (800) 779-3869. Tickets are also available online at

‘Up-cycling’ artist at The Studio on Saturday

LACONIA — The whimsical, funky and colorful artwork of Stacey Lucas, the well-known "Veggie Art Girl", once again comes to The Studio, 50 Canal Street, for a holiday exhibit and sale that will delight and inspire. On Saturday November 15 from noon to 4 pm, the artist will be at The Studio for a meet and greet reception with live music by Holly Furlone, refreshments, laughter and of course great gift ideas. The public is encouraged to come on by.

"Used to Be" is the result of a year of transition and change for the artist; by creating something new and beautiful out of old, she's made a body of work that will resonate with anyone who's looking to support their own creative and life journey, or who knows someone who could use a word of encouragement in theirs. The work is delightful, affordable and meaningful, perfect for gift-giving or decorating. In an unusual gallery practice, purchased pieces can be taken at the time of purchase; the artist will replace sold pieces with new pieces, keeping the exhibit fresh and allowing patrons to have their purchases for giving without having to arrange pick up or shipping.

The Studio is located at 50 Canal Street in downtown Laconia. For information or with questions contact Melissa at 603-455-8008 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Regular hours Tuesday through Sunday; see for times.