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Tapply Thompson Santa Village and Open House kicks off on December 12

BRISTOL — The 59th Annual Santa's Village will be held from Friday, December 13 through Sunday, December 15 at the Tapply-Thompson Community Center in Bristol. The Village will be open from 6-8 p.m. on Friday and 2-5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

On Thursday, December 12 an Open House will be held from 5-7 p.m. for all the contributor's that donate money, materials and time to the Village. Refreshments and

treats available for those who attend the Open House.

Visitors to Santa's Village should also be aware that there is a Christmas Craft Fair on the main floor during the three days. The Craft Fair begins one half hour prior to the Village and ends one half hour after the Village closes. There will be over 25 vendors at the fair.

Some of the exciting cast of characters that will be encountered this year will be Cadderly the Bear, Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer, Raggedy Ann & Andy, the Elves, and of course Santa & Mrs. Claus.

All children will have the opportunity to receive a cookie from Mrs. Claus and to visit with Santa and receive a small Christmas gift to take home for their tree. There will be instant photos available with Santa for a small fee. Cameras are allowed.

This event is free to all individuals. Canned good items for donation appreciated. For more info call the TTCC at 744-2713 or check the website at www.ttccrec.org.


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Nashville Nights Songwriters perform at Tower Hill on December 12

LACONIA — The Nashville Nights Songwriters in the Round will perform at the Jazz Bar stage at Tower Hill Entertainment on Thursday, December 12 at 7 p.m.

The Nashville Nights Songwriters in the Round is a collection of musicians who play original and classic folk music. The line-up features celebrated New England artists Phil Henry, Audrey Drake and Eric Erskine. While sharing the stage they will offer a rare glimpse into the stories behind the songs throughout this intimate concert experience.

Phil Henry is that rare contemporary folk artist with a sweet voice, intricate guitar work, and songs rich and sweeping. He's an old-school storyteller who builds songs from a place of honesty, a skill that has earned him praise from the proprietor of legendary club Caffe Lena, who simply stated that "it's no surprise that Phil is finding his way onto the best folk stages."

Audrey Drake is a singer and guitarist whose long history of songwriting has earned her high regards in New England folk circles. A New Hampshire native who often incorporates pastoral landscapes and rural life into her works, Audrey is a spiritually-oriented musician who embodies the connectivity of music. Her formal training combined with real-world tour experience sum up to a multi-dimensional performer who is a delight to hear.

Combining elements of pop, folk and rock, Eric Erskine delivers songs that can elicit emotions, provoke the mind, or just relax the body. With a unique vocal and writing style Eric takes the listener on a musical journey with varied but integrated themes and musical styles. Erskine has teamed up with acclaimed musician Tom Dean to produce four albums, all released to rave reviews. Eric was recently nominated for Best Male Vocal Performance by the LA Music Awards.

The show will feature a short opening set by Mike Rossi. While known as an in-demand electric bassist with Mighty Sam McClain and Donkilo! Afrofunk Orkestra, Rossi has been quietly establishing himself as a singer, songwriter and guitarist. Mike's songs rely on subtle shifts in rhythm and harmony, and are lyrically driven. His songs, a reflection of his life experience and innumerable musical influences, are always delivered with honesty, passion and respect.

Tickets are $10 and available at www.Towerhillclub.com or by calling (603) 366-9100. Full bar and menu are available.

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Girl Scout volunteers needed

PLYMOUTH — Girl Scouts of the Green and White Mountains serves more than 12,300 girls in New Hampshire and Vermont, thanks to 5,000 trained and dedicated volunteers.

But more leaders, co-leaders and other volunteers are needed to help them discover, connect and take action.

Girl Scouts of the Green and White Mountains offers more than 100 programs for girls; adult membership is $15 a year. Volunteers receive training and learn marketable skills, make new friends, and make a real difference in girls' lives. See www.girlscoutsgwm.org and click on Volunteer to see the many opportunities available.

Register online at www.girlscoutsgwm.org or call 888-474-9686 X165.

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120313 St. Car Kids Get Ready to Play with Dr. Seuss

LACONIA — On December 6-8 at the LHS auditorium the young people of Street Car Company will put on their first completely kid produced play. “Seussical, Jr”, which  is produced through special arrangement with Music Theatre International.

Street Car president J Alward says, “Seussical is such a fun show for kids to do and for anyone to see. It takes a lot of the favorite Dr. Seuss characters and puts them together in one production with some great music. You will see the Cat in the Hat, Horton the elephant, the Grinch, all the Whos, Yertle the turtle and some new characters you may not know yet.”

The kids, who come from all over the Lakes Region, have been working for the last month and half to get this show up on its feet.

The production team is headed by 16-year-old Braeden Alward of Laconia, who has been with Street Car since he was three. Alward now serves on the company’s board of directors with his music director, Kayla Zarella. The two are the youth representatives to the company which is working to ensure that there is another generation of people who love to work in the theatre, both on stage and off. Other production areas are headed up by youth, both veterans to the process and new to theatre.

Choreographer is Allie Dennis, costumer is Alexa Dembiec and Johanna Morris will serve as stage manager. Alward’s brother, Riley, has both a lead role appearing as Horton the elephant and is handling the publicity and tickets for the production.

All of these youths are paired with an adult mentor who provides support and advice during the process. The youth have come up with the concept and design for the production, held production meetings, made props and costumes as well as handling things like booking venues to rehearse and perform, paying bills and building and decorating the set.

Street Car hopes that the process not only teaches the kids about putting on a musical, but also about teamwork, patience, persistence, working with other people and following through on commitments even when things aren’t always easy.

All of these tasks are coordinated by producer Willow Farley of Gilford. The cast of about 30 between the ages of 2 and 18 will take the stage at LHS at 7 p.m. on December 6 and & 7 and again at 2 p.m. on December 8.

Tickets are available at the company’s website, streetcarcompany.com or at Greenlaw’sMusic in downtown Laconia.

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