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Gifted Pianist to Perform In Gilford at First United Methodist Church

 

GILFORD — Sam Jones, from New Durham will be presenting a piano concert Sunday August 10th at 3 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church in Gilford. He is a student of Phil Breton, who describes Sam as "a very gifted musician".

Sam began his study of music at age five, learning piano under the mentorship of Heather Arlin. Later he became a student of Phil Breton in viola and piano. He has performed at the Concord Community Music School and serves in his local church as a pianist, performing his own arrangements of hymns and choral pieces. He has also performed in various concerts and church services in the Seacoast Region. He is in his senior year at A Beka Academy. Sam will present classical, sacred and pop music. Included in the program will be Franz Liszt's Liebestraum, works by Chopin and the popular song, "In the Mood".

Also on the program will be Miriam Jones, Sam's sister, who is twenty years old and is a senior studying cello performance at Pensacola Christian College in Florida. Although she began her music career as a pianist, she has since shifted her focus to the cello. She studied under Donna Denniston from the Lakes Region Symphony before moving to Florida for college. Miriam has played in a wide variety of orchestras and string ensembles. She will perform a cello solo and then the program will wrap up with Telemann's Partito Number 3 for piano, cello and oboe. Playing oboe will be Phil Breton, widely known as a public school music teacher, performer in the Lakes Region Symphony and member of many performance groups.

Following the program cookies and punch will be served in the Fellowship Hall. A free will offering will be taken. The concert is sponsored by the Wesley Arts Committee of the church which encourages creativity and performance in the Lakes Region. Its goal is to open the church building to bring cultural events to the community.

Last Updated on Thursday, 07 August 2014 09:11

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Goldfish Girl, an Original Romantic Comedy, Debuts at The Little Church Theater

HOLDERNESS —  "Goldfish Girl" is an original romantic comedy written by Monique Devine of Holderness and co-directed by Devine and Thom Coupe of Plymouth. It is the story of love and life in a fishbowl with a girl who has the memory of a goldfish. The crux of the play is about relationships. It's about loyalty, monogamy and truthfulness. Each character has a reason for being able or unable to achieve those things in their relationships. The play moves through a series of holiday gatherings starting with Cinco de Mayo and ending on New Year's Day. Audiences will laugh at this quirky portrayal of life, love and relationships in a New York City apartment.

Devine and Coupe have pulled together a multi-generational cast of nine to portray the wide variety and ages of the characters. "The structure of the rehearsals are more like workshops and each actor has input into what is happening on the stage," explains Monique. "The many connections revealed in this play has transformed this silly romantic comedy into a meaningful story on taking risks and making commitments. Our hope is that it will be the same for our audiences." Co-director Thom Coupe adds, "Everyone will relate to one or more of the characters and their situations, whether they're twenty or seventy."

The cast includes Hannah Richard of Campton, Lisa Travis, Charlie Day, both of Holderness, Josh Nungesser of Meredith, Abby Catalano of Sandwich, Ken Chapman of Lincoln, Hannah Shaper of Vermont along with Coupe and Devine who are also part of the cast. Though the role of Cassie, the 'Goldfish Girl', is the leading character, it is an ensemble piece and every character is intertwined. The older next-door neighbors spend a great deal of time at the young people's apartment doling out advice and support. The celebration of the holidays is what brings the group together as they escape the loneliness of a big city.

Monique is the Theater Director/Art Department Chair at Holderness School, and a regular director, producer and actor at The Little Church Theater. She will play Rhonda, the casting agent, in the play. Thom Coupe, of Plymouth, is an elite bike racer, writer and actor. Thom will play David, the writer.

Ticket prices for "Goldfish Girl" are $25 for the first four rows, $20 for general admission, and $10 for Student Rush. Student Rush tickets go into effect the day of the show, 30 minutes before the curtain, on a space available basis. Students will be asked to show a current student ID to be eligible. Full price tickets can be purchased by calling 603-968-2250 or by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Last Updated on Thursday, 07 August 2014 09:08

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Public Meeting on Transportation Plans at Moultonborough Library

MOULTONBOROUGH — The Carroll County Regional Coordinating Council (CCRCC) will be hosting a public meeting on Wednesday August 13 at 1:30 p.m. in the Moultonborough Public Library 4 Holland Street to share information about options for accessing transportation, what the CCRCC is, and to gather input about public transportation in the region.

The information gathered during the listening session portion of the meeting will be incorporated into the update of the Regional Coordinated Transit Plan.

For more information about the meeting contact David Jeffers at Lakes Region Planning Commission 279-8171. Transportation is available for the meeting by calling 1-866-752-6890.

Last Updated on Thursday, 07 August 2014 09:03

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Architecture expert to speak at Belknap Mill

LACONIA — Architectural historian, television commentator and author, Richard Guy Wilson, will present 'Wild and Colorful: Victorian Architecture in Laconia and New Hampshire' on Thursday, August 14 at 6 p.m. The presentation will be held on the 3rd floor of the Belknap Mill in Laconia.

Wilson will speak about the architectural heritage of New Hampshire's Victorian buildings including; houses, mills, court houses, rail road stations, libraries, and stores created between the 1830s and early 1900s. This presentation will examine these unique buildings with a focus upon Laconia and the Lakes Region. During the lecture, Wilson will provide a slide show that explores elements of visual literacy and point out how architecture can reflect the cultural and civic values of its time and place.

Wilson holds the Commonwealth Professor's Chair in Architectural History at the University of Virginia, where he also serves as chair of the Department of Architectural History. A graduate of the University of Colorado and the University of Michigan, Wilson has received a number of academic honors, among them a Guggenheim fellow, prizes for distinguished writing, and in 1986 he was made an honorary member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA). He received the outstanding professor award at the University of Virginia in 2001. He has directed the Victorian Society's Nineteenth Century Summer School since 1979 that has been located in Boston, Philadelphia and currently Newport, RI. He has served as an advisor and commentator for a number of television programs on PBS, C-Span, History Channel and A&E; he appeared on most sixty-seven segments of America's Castles.

A frequent lecturer for universities, museums and professional groups, he has also published widely with articles and reviews to his credit. He is the author, joint author and/or editor of 16 books that deal with American and modern architecture. Among the most recent publications include Edith Wharton at Home: Life at the Mount (2012), Harbor Hill: Portrait of a House (2008) and a reissued new edition of Thomas Jefferson's Academical Village (2009).

Tickets for the presentation are $5 per person. To reserve a space for the presentation, visit www.belknapmill.org or call 524-8813.

Last Updated on Thursday, 07 August 2014 02:06

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