Sanbornton, Tilton Democrats to ‘Meet the Candidates’

 SANBORNTON — Voters of Sanbornton and Tilton, the towns of Representative District, Belknap #4, are invited to meet their local Democratic candidates on Thursday night, September 25 at 6:30 p.m. at the Lane Tavern, Sanbornton Square. There will be time to socialize and to speak with the candidates as the evening begins. Each candidate will address the group and will be available for individual conversations over coffee and dessert that will follow.

Incumbent State Representative Ian Raymond of Sanbornton and candidate for state representative Jane Alden, Tilton, are expected to participate. Dave Pollak, Candidate for Belknap County Commissioner has been invited, along with Mike Cryans, candidate for Executive Council, District #1, and Carolyn Mello, candidate for State Senate District #2.

Lawn signs, bumper stickers and buttons will be available for those who desire to show support for the candidates. Those who wish to volunteer in preparation for the General Election on November 4 will be welcomed. For further information, contact Gail Morrison, 603-286-4596.

Gilford Youth Center hosting ‘Princess Tea Party’

GILFORD — Anna and Elsa from Disney's "Frozen" return to the Gilford Youth Center for a one-of-a-kind "Princess Tea Party" on Saturday, October 4th. There will two parties 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 1-2:30 p.m.

Children will enjoy one-on-one time with Anna and Elsa, a live performance and Sing-a-Long, Arts and Crafts, refreshments and snacks, pictures with the princesses, and more. Children are encouraged to dress as their favorite princess, however it is not mandatory.

Tickets are only $25/per child. Accompanying parents do not need a ticket. Reserve a your tickets at Payment must be made to hold your spot. Payments can be dropped off at the Gilford Youth Center, or made using our online payment system. For more information call 524-6978.

Poetry set to music at PSU’s Silver Center Sept. 25-27

PLYMOUTH — PSU faculty members Elizabeth Daily and Allan DiBiase will present a program titled Living in the Moment featuring poems set to music, Thursday through Saturday, September 25–27, at the Silver Center for the Arts. Performances are Thursday and Friday, 8 p.m. and Saturday at 2 p.m. in the Smith Recital Hall.

The program developed from research Daily conducted during a sabbatical leave regarding how close the speaking voice could be in relation to the singing voice. One result of her investigation was collaboration with DiBiase on a program of poetry read with accompaniment of music by familiar composers and improvisation by DiBiase.
Daily says, “I have so enjoyed the discovery of seeing poems set to music and how even the reading of the pieces can be enhanced with musical accompaniment.” The poems that do not have composed music now have what the performers call ‘textural music,’ which although improvised, provides additional support to the poet’s words.
The program primarily presents music by composers Daron Aric Hagen (1961-) and Ricky Ian Gordon (1956-). Daily says, “Here we have poems set for singers by two contemporary American composers. In our performance, the piano accompaniments and sometimes the melodic lines composed for the singers make up the piano underscore for the spoken poetry.” Poets in this group include Emily Dickinson, Dorothy Parker, Paul Muldoon, Kim Roberts, Jane Kenyon, Alice Wirth Gray, Ray Underwood, Marie Howe and Frank O’Hara. DiBiase improvised the piano underscoring for the poetry of Liz Ahl, William Shakespeare, Maya Angelou, May Sarton, Philip Booth, Jason Shinder and Rainer Maria Rilke.
Daily is professor of acting and voice/diction at Plymouth State. She holds a B.A. in speech and dramatic art and a M.Ed. counseling from the University of Missouri-Columbia. She earned her M.F.A. in acting at the University of North Carolina-Greensboro, where she taught acting and drama appreciation. Her professional work also includes directing, voice/speech coaching and video/voice-over for commercial and educational purposes. She also teaches sign language at PSU and has developed an actor training pedagogy utilizing sign language.
DiBiase is a collaborative pianist in the PSU Department of Music, Theatre, and Dance where he is a frequent recitalist with students and faculty. For many years before moving to Sandwich, DiBiase was a vocal accompanist in recital in the New York metropolitan area. He has worked with Opera North, the Cooperative, the Sandwich Singers, the Yeoman’s Fund for the Arts and a variety of freelance engagements around New England. Dr. DiBiase retired from Franklin Pierce University where he was associate professor in philosophy of the arts in the Doctor of Arts program in leadership.
Tickets are $9 for adults, $8 for seniors and $7 for youth at the Silver Center Box Office, (603) 535-2787 or (800) 779-3869. Tickets are also available online at

Full day of fun for ‘Celebrate Sanbornton’ on Oct. 4

SANBORNTON — “Celebrate Sanbornton” will happen on Saturday, October 4, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Town Square, including the library, UCC church, Old Town Hall, Lane Tavern and Currier Building and field, and Life / Safety Building. Parking with Sant Bani School-provided shuttle bus will be in the elementary school lot.

Country Store, demonstrations, art display, food including 19 cakes spelling out Celebrate Sanbornton, children's games, safety talks, scouts participation, vendors in the field, band music in the gazebo, Lane Tavern tours, sandwich lunch for sale at the church should give plenty of great family-time on an early fall day. 

People are asked to support Eagle Scout Luke Morrison's project to benefit the community homeless, working with Carey House in Laconia to collect 300 blankets and 600 pairs of socks. Blankets need to be clean and socks need to be new. For more information call Lynn Chong at 934-6486.