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An Evening of Dance with the PSU Contemporary Dance Ensemble December 6 & 7

PLYMOUTH — The Plymouth State University Contemporary Dance Ensemble will present an evening of dance in two acts, December 6 and 7 at 7 p.m. in the Hanaway Theatre at the Silver Center for the Arts.

Act I will present works by student choreographers on humanistic themes ranging from love to hate as well as relationship building and teamwork. Musical selections for the works "represent a broad selection from spoken word to pop," according to Amanda Whitworth, PSU director of dance. Whitworth says the works were selected through an adjudication process and showcase several genres of dance including contemporary, performance art, theatrical, jazz and lyrical.

Student choreographers are Danielle Aucoin, a senior theatre arts major from Hudson, Mass.; Jeannette LaPlant, a senior psychology major from Sutton, Mass.; Tayleia Meader, a sophomore undeclared major from Swanzey; Rebecca Martin, a senior theatre arts major from Rochester; and Mariah Rasmussen, a sophomore health education major from Pomfret Center, Ct.

Act II will unveil a collaborative performance piece created by PSU dance faculty Lisa Travis, Lenore Sousa and Whitworth. The 40-minute uninterrupted work was inspired by the "schizophrenic qualities of lucid dreaming," according to Whitworth. More than 30 dancers will participate in this monumental work that includes a physical wall the dancers manipulate and break open to reveal pivotal scenes and ideas.

"In the spirit of American dancer and choreographer Merce Cunningham, and American composer, writer and artist John Cage, the dancers are challenged further by performing elements of the dance through chance," Whitworth says. "The movement phrases are cut into chunks or sections and the dancers will find out the order of the work by drawing slips from a hat. The drawing will take place during intermission so the dancers will be forced to act spontaneously and with calculated risk." Through this experience, the dancers will exhibit their level of mastery in the use of muscle memory while remaining fluid and relaxed, similar to the lucid sleeper who has the ability to consciously manipulate their dreams.

Pieces of the musical score have been created and edited by both dancers and choreographers to add a layer of tonal and rhythmic sophistication to the work.

Tickets for the evening of dance are $12 for adults, $8 for seniors and youth, and $8 in groups of 15 or more, at the Silver Center Box Office, (603) 535-2787 or (800) 779-3869. Tickets are also available online at silver.plymouth.edu.

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Student artwork displayed at Gilmanton Year-Round Library

GILMANTON — A display of of Gilmanton School students' work honoring American Education Week will be on display at the Gilmanton Year-Round Library from Tuesday, November 19 through Saturday, November 23.

Samples of work from kindergarten through eighth grade will be displayed.

On Thursday, November 21 from 3:15 to 4 p.m., the library will host a reception for Gilmanton School staff. The Gilmanton community, aelectmen and other town officials, have been invited to this reception to view student work and help celebrate American Education Week with teachers, parents and students. during the library’s open hours.


Last Updated on Tuesday, 19 November 2013 09:20

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'The Harriers' Young Birders Club at the Squam Lakes Science Center

HOLDERNESS —  "The Harriers," a Young Birders Club for the state of New Hampshire, was founded in the spring of 2013 and later adopted as an outreach project of Squam Lakes Natural Science Center. Since then, membership has grown to twenty students and more than a dozen Club outings have been held around the region.

The mission of the group is to go birding together, learn from the adult naturalists who are invited to lead them, and enjoy the company of others who are passionate about the outdoors. Weekend outings have included spotting Peregrine Falcons along the Connecticut River, surveying shorebirds along the New Hampshire coast, listening for the Bicknell's Thrush atop Cannon Mountain, an introduction to bird-banding, and participating in a competitive 24-hour bird census.

The Harriers are open to all kids under 18. Parents are welcome and encouraged to join the excursions. Membership costs $25 per year. New members receive their own copy of the brand-new Stokes Field Guide to Birds, a birding notebook, checklist, membership sticker, and more. Best of all, members and their families may attend any or all Harriers events for free.

The Harriers will have a part in helping to expand the Science Center's educational outreach efforts to interested students statewide. Executive Director Iain MacLeod was himself, as a young man in Scotland, a member of a Young Ornithologists Club run by the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds.

"The YOC program was so important in my early birding career. Having an opportunity to spend time in the field with experienced birders, learning field craft and where the bird hot spots were, was so important. I later became a YOC leader and passed on my knowledge to younger kids," said MacLeod. He added, "I am delighted to help support the YBC in New Hampshire and help shape the next generation of birders and conservation professionals of the future."

For more information on upcoming events or how to join, visit the Club's website at www.nhyoungbirders.org. Questions can be addressed to YBC Coordinator Henry Walters at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , or by phone at (603) 525-3572.

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Guinness Rematch Announced for August 2014 on Lake Winnipesaukee

LACONIA — The energy, excitement, and enthusiasm at LakeFest 2013 were palpable – that's why NH LAKES is thrilled to announce LakeFest 2014 will return to Lake Winnipesaukee's Endicott Rock Park in Laconia on August 3, 2014.

LakeFest 2014 will feature a Guinness Rematch, as paddlers try once again to capture a Guinness World Record for the largest free floating raft of canoes and kayaks. Ninety-eight percent (98%) of 2013's hundreds of paddlers intend to return in 2014, with plans already underway to recruit additional family, friends, neighbors, and colleagues in order to successfully seize that Guinness gold for NH. On-land, the free family-friendly Festival is expanding, with more food vendors, additional programming, exciting new activities, popular live bands, and more.

In addition to offering a fun-filled day of paddling and on-shore entertainment, LakeFest also educates the boating public about the new Clean, Drain & Dry! protocol to prevent the spread of aquatic nuisance species.

LakeFest 2013 attendees displayed a fun-loving competitive streak, with Facebook commenters observing:

"We had a great time. Next year we will beat that record!!!"

"What a wonderful and rare opportunity to kayak this lake which is usually overrun by tons of loud, fast moving boats. It was surreal."

"Had a blast....we will definitely be there again next year!"

"Everyone I spoke with thought it awesome and look forward to setting a new record next year!!"

LakeFest 2014 planners are already hard at work crafting a larger event with expanded partners, additional corporate and recreational paddling groups, new family programming, increased educational displays, bigger vendor assortment, and much more.

Volunteer to help with LakeFest 2014 coordination or learn more about becoming a Founding Sponsor before Thanksgiving by contacting Kim Murdoch at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 603.226.0299.

Funds raised through LakeFest 2014 directly support NH LAKES' work to protect local lakes and their watersheds through education and advocacy. Since 2002, hundreds of paid and volunteer NH LAKES Lake Hosts have conducted more than 576,000 courtesy boat inspections and have made more than 1,409 "saves" of aquatic nuisance plant fragments that were about to enter or had just left a waterbody.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 19 November 2013 09:03

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