Central NH VNA & Hospice support meetings for grief through the holidays

LACONIA, WOLFEBORO— Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice is offering a 90 minute information and support meeting regarding grief during the holidays at the following locations and times. Tuesday's, November 18 from 5:30-7 p.m. and December 16 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Library Room at All Saints Episcopal Church, 258 S. Main Street in Wolfeboro. An additional meeting will be held on Tuesday, December 9th from 6-7:30 p.m. in the Conference Room, Central NH VNA & Hospice, 780 N. Main Street in Laconia, NH.

Through this program, the VNA and Hospice workers will help community members cope with the loss of a loved one around the holiday season. There is no cost to attend and no pre-registration is required. All are welcome to attend. For more information contact James Miller, Bereavement Coordinator: 603-569-2729 or 603-524-8444 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Plymouth State University to host All New England Choral Fest on Nov. 6

PLYMOUTH —The 37th annual All New England Choral Festival will be held at Plymouth State University on Thursday, November 6 at 7 p.m.

Two hundred thirty high school students and their directors from 50 New England Schools will convene at spend the day working with PSU Professor and Director of Choral Activities Dan Perkins.  Teachers will attend workshops by music therapist Emily Grant and voice and yoga specialist Emily Jaworski.

The evening concert includes performances by the PSU Chamber Singers and University Chorale, the featured guest school choir from Timberlane Regional High School in Plaistow, and the combined choirs with more than 300 people on the Hanaway Theatre stage. Pianist for the festival is PSU staff accompanist Charlie Blood.

PSU Professor Jonathan Santore's composition, "The Return," is the featured work on the program. "The Return" was originally commissioned and premiered by the New Hampshire Master Chorale.

Santore says two of the three texts he set in the work deal specifically with WWI and the Armistice—from an English soldier in the trenches, and an American woman far from the battlefields of Europe, receiving news of the war's end. The third text, contained in a larger work by Robert Louis Stevenson which predates the Armistice by some 40 years, "seems apt for a piece about the conclusion and aftermath of war, particularly as seen through the quickly-dimming lens of remembrance," Santore says.

Tickets for the All New England Choral Festival concert are $15 for adults, $14 for seniors and $12 for youth at the Silver Center Box Office, (603) 535-2787 or (800) 779-3869. Tickets are also available online at silver.plymouth.edu.

Jeanie Forrester hosting apple crisp social in Campton today

CAMPTON — Sen. Jeanie Forrester, R-Meredith, will host a meet and greet in Campton at the Pemi Valley Chamber and Visitor's Center, Exit 28, 12 Vintinner Road today from 4:30-6:30 p.m.

"As the state senator for District 2 I believe it is extremely important to listen and be accessible to constituents. NH House Candidate Eric Johnson from Campton will be joining me at this event to talk with voters as well. This event is just one more way I am continuing this focus all while having a little fun too," added Senator Forrester.

The apple crisp social is free and open to the public. RSVP's are appreciated by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 279.1459.

Winni Playhouse co-founder releases first children’s book ‘Too Hot for Santa’

MEREDITH — Bryan Halperin, co-founder of The Winnipesaukee Playhouse, has released his first illustrated children's book, Too Hot for Santa, with illustrations by Wolfeboro, resident Emily Marsh. A holiday themed book geared toward pre-K through elementary aged children, Too Hot for Santa is the story of Hopey the Elf and how she teaches Santa and the kids of the world how to do their part to take care of the environment.
Halperin is no stranger to using creative arts to teach kids about being good to the Earth. At the Playhouse he has written, directed and performed in The RecyclaBulls, a series of musicals performed by adults that teach kids about recycling, water waste, climate change, and deforestation. Two of the musicals toured to elementary schools around New Hampshire. He also wrote the musical version of Too Hot for Santa which originally was performed by Lakes Region kids in the Playhouse's youth ensemble in 2007. Halperin is directing an updated version of the musical with two new songs by composer David Polansky which will premiere in November by the Inter-Lakes Middle Tier Theater Company.
According to Halperin, "Hopey's story started out as a Twas the Night Before Christmas style poem and then developed into a full blown musical comedy. After a few years I decided it was time to revisit the poem and see if I could turn it into an illustrated children's book and spread Hopey's story to children further afield."
Halperin enlisted Marsh to create the illustrations and the two worked together with an online printing company to produce the soft cover books. He plans to read the book at libraries and elementary schools this fall around the Lakes Region and hopes that families will want to bring the book home for the holiday season to read together.

"To see my story brought to life in a full color tangible book to hold and share with my friends and family was really exciting. I look forward to sharing the book around the Lakes Region and beyond," says Halperin.
For more information on the book and musical versions of Too Hot for Santa check out www.toohotforsanta.com. The book can be ordered directly from the website. To contact Bryan Halperin with questions or to arrange to meet the author for a reading of the book for your organization or group, e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..