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Yale Whiffenpoofs Coming to Wolfeboro on January 26

WOLFEBORO — The Yale Whiffenpoofs, the nation's oldest and best-known male collegiate a cappella group, is performing at the Kingswood Arts Center on Sunday January 26. The concert, presented by Wolfeboro Friends of Music will take place at 2 p.m. and is sponsored by New England Window and Door - Pella Distributor.

What is a Whiffenpoof and how did a group of college choral guys, including, in 1913, a fellow named Cole Porter,come to use the name?! In 1903 on a frosty January night in New Haven, Connecticut, five of the Yale Glee Club's best singers convened at Mory's Temple Bar to escape the cold. They were warmly welcomed inside, wowed the clientele with their talent and humor, and were invited back again and again. As their fame on campus grew, the quintet began their search for a name. Quintet member Denton 'Goat' Fowler, tickled by a joke featuring a mythical dragonfish named the whiffenpoof, suggested the name to his companions.

Every spring, a group of 14 male Yale juniors is selected to be a Whiffenpoof for the following school year. Getting into the group is considered an exceptionally prestigious accomplishment at Yale. 2012 Whiffenpoof member Brandon Levin shared in Cape Town South Africa's "Daily Maverick": "You need to have completed your third year, be a male, and be able to sing...there is an extensive audition process. You sort of don't try out unless you know you have a shot." Prestigious - and exceptionally rigorous - as most of them will take the year off from classes, getting jobs in New Haven that will allow them to travel to the over 200 worldwide concerts they'll give.

The Whiffs, as they call themselves, have performed for almost every American president since the 1900s, including performances for President Obama at the White House and former Presidents George H. W. Bush, Yale '48, and George W. Bush, Yale '68, whose grandfather Prescott Bush was a Whiffenpoof of 1917. They have performed in such venues as Carnegie Hall, Broadway's Lincoln Center, and the Rose Bowl. They have been featured on television shows such as NBC's The Sing Off, The West Wing, The Today Show, 60 Minutes, Gilmore Girls, Jeopardy!, Saturday Night Live, and on Season 4 finale of the hit television show Glee.

In 2014, the current Whiffs are scheduled for a 12 week world tour which moves from Iceland, UK, and Ireland to Europe to Sub-Saharan Africa, to the Mideast to India and Nepal and Australia and New Zealand. In addition, throughout the 2013-14 concert season, they will travel the continental USA coast to coast.

The Whiffenpoof' srepertoire features a diverse selection of songs, ranging from traditional such as the Irish folksong "Down by the Salley Gardens" to "The Yale Football Fight Song Medley"to original compositions to hits from every decade, "I Only Have Eyes for You" and "Rainbow Connection" to name a few. The ensemble's signature "Whiffenpoof Song," which has been recorded by artists Rudy Vallee, Elvis Presley, Bing Crosby, and countless others, has closed their concerts for more than one hundred years "as a celebration of brotherhood and tradition."

This is the fourth of eight programs presented by Wolfeboro Friends of Music to people of the greater Lakes Region during its season, which runs from September through May. Tickets are available for $20 at the door; at Black's Paper Store and Avery Insurance in Wolfeboro; or at Innisfree Bookshop in Meredith; by calling (603) 569-2151; or by visiting the website: www.wfriendsofmusic.org. Please note WFOM's special policy: High school students with ID will be admitted free of charge. A child accompanied by an adult ticket purchaser will be admitted free of charge.

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Lakes Region Tea Party meeting on January 15

MOULTONBOROUGH — The Lakes Region Tea Party will hold its next meeting on Wednesday, January 15 at 7 p.m. at the Moultonborough Public Library. 

Guest speaker Matt Ciepielowski will be explaining what citizens can do to effectively help the conservative cause. The meeting will allow participants to understand the direction the Lakes Region Tea Party is taking in 2014. More information about the party's founding documents, including a video on the Constitution, will be shown.

Social hour and desserts will be provided. For more information, contact Peggy Graham at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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Arts Alliance hosting ‘B.Y.O.P.’ event January 21 at Karl Drerup Gallery

PLYMOUTH — Artists and arts supporters of all ages are invited to perform, present, and display their work  at an informal "BYOP–Bring Your Own Poetry, Painting, Performance, Presentation and Potluck (Dessert)" on Tuesday, January 21, at 6:30 p.m. at the Karl Drerup Art Gallery in Plymouth.

The BYOP is hosted each year by the Arts Alliance of Northern New Hampshire as an informal celebration and showcase of the region's talent and artistic enterprise, and follows the Alliance's annual meeting, which begins at 6 p.m. Participants are welcome to attend the meeting, or to come for the potluck or for the 7 p.m. program.

Writers, dancers, actors, musicians, storytellers, visual artists, and traditional artists and craftspeople of all ages and artistic experience are encouraged to bring work, and to talk about their art-making process. In addition to two-minute performances and presentations, stands will be set up and space made available for an exhibit of visual arts and crafts. Cultural organizations and educators are also invited to give brief presentations on their organizational or school arts activities.

"We've discovered some amazing artists at these events," notes Executive Director Frumie Selchen. "It's always particularly interesting to hear painters and other visual artists talk about the thinking behind their work, and to talk about it with them. We're especially excited about being hosted by the Drerup Gallery and having a pop-up exhibit in such a beautiful gallery space. We hope this opportunity will draw people from around the state."

Cold drinks will be provided, and potluck participants are invited to bring their favorite dessert to share. Free admission but donations are welcome and memberships to support Arts Alliance activities are encouraged.

Pre-registration is requested, particularly for those interested in performing or bringing artwork, and for organizations that wish to give a brief presentation. To register, or for more information, call 323-7302, or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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Turkey Survey begins January 1

CONCORD — The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department is currently conducting a NH Wild Turkey Winter Flock Survey through March 31. Citizens who pass a wild flock of turkeys are encouraged to fill out a simple electronic survey form posted on the Fish and Game website at http://www.wildnh.com/turkeysurvey.

Turkeys are easy to see during the winter because they gather in large, highly visible flocks. The winter flock survey bolsters Fish and Game's understanding of the abundance and distribution of turkeys during New Hampshire's challenging winter months. Participants are asked to report the number of turkeys in the flock; where they were seen; the type of habitat the birds were observed in; and what the turkeys were feeding on.

The survey is designed to fill gaps in Fish and Game's existing winter flock data collection efforts. "This reporting system allows the public to contribute important information to our understanding of winter turkey status in an inexpensive, efficient and, hopefully, enjoyable way," said Ted Walski, Turkey Project Leader at Fish and Game.

Knowledge of the status of wintering turkeys is particularly important in New Hampshire, because severe winter weather and limited natural food supplies can present serious challenges for wild turkeys.

Last winter, people responding to the survey reported seeing 1,787 flocks – more than 28,389 turkeys in all. Results are also in from Fish and Game's 2013 Summer Brood Survey, another online reporting survey that helps monitor turkey hens and poults. The public reported a total of 1,676 turkey broods, comprised of 3,987 adult hens and 13,755 chicks and poults (young turkeys). Based on reports from August, when turkey broods are most observable, weather during the spring and early summer of 2013 likely influenced turkey nesting success. Observers reported 3.33 poults per hen in August 2013, down from 3.84 in August 2012, and 4.38 in August 2011. For a summary of 2013 NH Summer Turkey Brood Survey results, visit http://www.wildnh.com/turkeybroodsurvey/report_pdfs/2013_Brood_Survey.pdf.

Wild turkeys had disappeared from New Hampshire by the mid-1800s because of overhunting and habitat loss from extensive land clearing. Their successful recovery in the state began with a reintroduction of 25 turkeys by N.H. Fish and Game in 1975. Today, New Hampshire now has an estimated 45,000 wild turkeys.


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