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Reception at Belknap Mill for Suzanne Cronin exhibit

LACONIA — The Belknap Mill Art Gallery is holding its second Artist Reception featuring Suzanne Cronin on Thursday, August 7 from 5-7 p.m. For more information call This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , visit www.belknapmill.org, or call 603-524-8813.

Cronin, a New Hampshire resident since the age of eleven, is an avid hiker of trails near the White Mountains. With her enthusiasm for nature and photography, she has developed a special fondness for the New Hampshire state tree - the white birch. Through her travels, Cronin collects various pieces of colored birch bark, as she has always admired its characteristics; color, strength and vulnerability.

Cronin states, "The white birch represents who we are as a nation; still standing, still strong and devoted to a life of courage."

All of the painting is done directly on the white birch bark as it is found in its original state of well-being and is not tampered with except for drying purposes. Following the natural pattern of the birch bark, the thirteen stripes and the fifty stars are strategically painted on by hand making each piece unique in its characteristics.

Cronin’s work will be on display at the Belknap Mill until the end of September. Art Gallery hours are Wednesday through Friday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 



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Winni Playhouse Presents New England Premiere of Psychological Thriller

MEREDITH — Lakes Region audiences will have the privilege of being the first in New England to see the premiere of a play the New York Times calls, "intelligent, cynical, disturbing and easy for 21st-century theatergoers to relate to" when George Brant's Any Other Name takes to The Winnipesaukee Playhouse stage from August 6th through 16th.
Set in Victorian England, the exciting melodrama introduces a brilliant poet who languishes in a dank asylum while a ruthless husband-and-wife team plots to steal his identity and, with it, the fortune and glory they believe await him. As the couple gets pulled further and further into their own deceit, the audience may be left wondering just who is sane and who is mad.
The production, directed by Bryan Halperin, will be Playhouse audience's only chance to see actor Richard Brundage onstage this summer. Brundage, returning for his sixth summer, became a Playhouse fan favorite with performances including Passepartout in Around the World in 80 Days, Louis de Rougemont in Shipwrecked, Moriarty in Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure and many others. In Any Other Name, Brundage plays John Clark, a poet whose fame has receded since entering an asylum. Struggling poet Edward (played by Nicholas Wilder) and his wife, Margaret, (played by Rebecca Tucker) discover Clark's whereabouts and set out to steal his latest poems in order to receive a hefty advance from Clark's former publisher (played by Toby Miller).
Any Other Name begs the question about how far someone will go in their insatiable hunger for fame and fortune and, in that, proves to be both relatable and compelling to a modern audience. With first rate performances from a brilliant cast and top quality production values, Any Other Name is a must-see for audiences eager to experience something new and exciting this summer.
The Winnipesaukee Playhouse provides a full evening of food and entertainment. Drinks, light meals, and snacks are available before each performance. Patrons can enjoy their food and drink outdoors, either in the sun or under shade, while being entertained by free "Busker Alley" pre-show performances of live music on the outdoor stage. Buskers will be performing on selected nights, so be sure to check the website ahead of time to catch these acts.
Any Other Name will be the fourth play of the summer season performed at the new Winnipesaukee Playhouse campus in Meredith. The Summer 2014 season is generously sponsored by Meredith Village Savings Bank, Kovio's K-9, and the Bank of New Hampshire. Any Other Name is further supported by the generous sponsorship of Gilford Home Center. It is recommended for ages 13 and above.

Performances are Mondays through Saturdays at 7:30 pm, with additional matinees Thursday, August 7th and Monday, August 11th at 2 pm. Tickets for the Orchestra are $29, with Balcony seats for $10. There are also Student Rush tickets available one hour prior to show time, for $20 in the Orchestra, cash only.
Tickets can be ordered by calling (603)-279-0333 or by using a credit card at www.winnipesaukeeplayhouse.org. The Winnipesaukee Playhouse also offers free educational programs: "How'd They Do That?" a backstage tour at 6-6:3 pm on Thursday, August 7th, "Symposium" a pre-show presentation offering insight on the play from 6-7 pm on Tuesday, August 12th and "Talk-Back Wednesday" a post-performance Q&A with cast and director on Wednesday, August 13th.

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Gilmanton Thrift Shop holding bag sale during August

GILMANTON — The Gilmanton Food Pantry and Thrift Shop will hold another bag sale in August. Patrons will be able to purchase a brown paper bag full of items for $5. If the items customers select are not enough to fill the bag, then they can buy them at half price.

The workers at the Pantry and Thrift Shop are grateful to those who participated in the recent Annual Yard Sale, whether by donating items, working at the sale and/or stopping by to browse and buy.

The Barnstead/Gilmanton Fire Explorers Post 900 recently held a food drive. As a result, they donated a big box of food items to the Food Pantry.

The program is also thankful to Mark Sisti and his family and friends for their recent generous donations of food and money in honor of Mark's birthday.

The Thrift Shop has partnered with the Helping Hands Shelter in Concord. Items that cannot go on our racks for sale due to tears, stains or other defects, the shelter can salvage many of these things to help the homeless in that community. As part of their outreach, Helping Hands needs tents and/or tarps. Tents, tarps, or other items that can assist in providing shelter can be brought to the Thrift Shop which will then arrange from them to be delivered to Helping Hands.

Correspondence and/or monetary donations should be mailed to Gilmanton Food Pantry, Post Office Box 16, Gilmanton, N.H. 03237. The Food Pantry and Thrift Shop are located at 1817 Route 140 in Gilmanton Iron Works. Parking and entrance to the Shop and Pantry is available at the Gilmanton Community Church parking lot. The hours are Mondays, 1-5 p.m.; Wednesdays, 3-7 p.m.; and Saturdays, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Telephone number: 603-364-0114.

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History of Meredith Center Village talk on Saturday

LACONIA — Lake Winnipesaukee Museum in Weirs Beach will present a program on the history of Meredith Center Village on Saturday, Aug. 9, at 11 a.m.

Dan Heyduk, a local historian and member of the Meredith Historical Society who is researching local history, will lead the illustrated program titled "Water Power, Mills and Life in Meredith Center Village Through the Years."

This presentation will include historical slides showing the village of Meredith Center from days gone by.

This lecture is free for members of the Lake Winnipesaukee Historical Society, and $5 for non-members.

Further information is available by calling 603-366-5950 to RSVP. The museum ise located on Route 3 in Weirs Beach, next to Funspot.


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