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082413 Water Street Cafe Reopens, Hosting Business After Hours Tuesday (450 w/3 col Water Street) BizAfterhours 3 col. photo

LACONIA — Water Street Café will celebrate a grand reopening with Lakes Region Chamber Of Commerce Business After Hours and ribbon cutting ceremony on Tuesday, August 27, 4-6 p.m.

Members and guests will enjoy refreshments, hors d'oeuvres and a wine tasting along with several door prizes.

Patrons of this well-known restaurant will be happy to know that the Water Street Café , which has been closed down since a fire on March 27, has reopened.

The fire, which started in the kitchen, damaged almost the entire interior of the building. The owners, Ted and Jen Roy, have been working tirelessly, along with the employees, contractors, family and friends to generate the new atmosphere which will give patrons the opportunity to create new memories and preserve the old.

The rebuilding process has given the Roys a chance to make changes and give the restaurant a new appearance. Some of those changes include added outside seating, new tile floors, granite counter tops, as well as some exciting new décor. However, the food quality still remains their first priority along with continued friendly service. Some new food items have been added to the menu, but the favorites that have made the Café a crowd pleaser remain the same.

Ted and Jen want to thank all of those loyal customers who have been patiently waiting for the Café to open again. "Not a day has gone by since the fire that we have not received calls of support or anxious inquiries as to when we will reopen" says Jen Roy. ''We could not be more excited to get back to doing what we enjoy, offering good food and providing a cheerful gathering place. We have always been committed to our local community and proud to support schools, religious organizations and a number of nonprofits in the area. We're happy to help whenever possible, and are truly grateful for the support we have received in return.''

The restaurant is open for breakfast and lunch daily and dinner on Friday and Saturday nights.

Ted and Jen Roy have proudly owned the Water Street Café since August 1988. When they bought it, the Cafe was a tiny coffee shop called LaFlamme's, named for the original owners, whose business dated back to the early 1920's and which was relocated to Water Street in the early 1970s. The Roys rebuilt in 1992 and opened their doors as the Water Street Café.



Water Street Café will have a ribbon cutting ceremony along with Business After Hours on August 27, from 4-6 p.m. Planning this event are

owners Ted and Jen Roy, Chamber Executive Director Karmen Gifford, Deb (Mimi) Roy, Emily Roy and Richard Roy. (Courtesy photo)

Last Updated on Friday, 23 August 2013 08:31

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082413 Girl Scout Troop Looking for Items for Yard Sale (140)

TILTON — Girl Scout Troop 10639 from Sanbornton, Tilton, and Northfield is looking for items for their yard sale which will be held at Daniels Artesian Well on Rte. 3 on Saturday, August 31, from 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. (The rain date is September 1.)

Items sought are toys, books, dishes, glassware, jewelry, garden items, and knick-knacks. The troop is not able to take computers and accessories, and are limited on the number of clothes it can take. If interested in donating contact the troop at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (603) 524-9256. Arrangements can be made to pick up the items that are being donated.

The troop is on a mission to earn $500 from this sale to help fund a planned trip in February. The five high school girls have had their sights on going to Florida for over five years. Now that the majority of the girls are seniors in high school, they are hoping to realize their dream.

Last Updated on Friday, 23 August 2013 08:27

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083013GIlmantonYearRoundMeeting (197)

GILMANTON — The Gilmanton Year-Round Library held its annual meeting on August 14, attended by Association members and members of the public. Three new members were elected to the board: Lisa Gosselin, Mike Krebs and Randy Perkins. Retiring Board members Cindy Hatch and Kristyn Fischev, were thanked for their work on the Board over the past two years.

The current Year-Round Library Board consists of Anne Kirby, President; Lisa Gosselin, Vice President; Fred Buchholz, Treasurer; Carol Mitchell, Secretary. Board of Directors includes Bill Foster, Chris Schlegel, Laura Stephan, Joanne Gianni, Mike Krebs and Randy Perkins.

The Board is also pleased to announce that fundraising efforts continue to be successful. To date, $31,000 of the $45,000 goal needed to keep the Library open through the current fiscal year has been raised through donations and fundraising. The next opportunity to support the Library will be at Patrick's Pub the week of September 8. Stop in for lunch or dinner and tell your server you are supporting the Year-Round Library. Twenty-five percent of the food bill will go to the Library.

This year Board meetings will be held the second Tuesday of each month. All meetings are open to the public and the Board welcomes comments.

Last Updated on Thursday, 22 August 2013 09:15

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082713 Winni Playhouse Presenting First Professional World Premiere (475)

MEREDITH — It's just another day on tour for the Kelly Family Circus where backstage life supplies as many laughs, thrills, and dramatic moments as the afternoon's performance.

A young girl's visit to the circus and the surprise romance between two performers has ripple effects on all the members of the circus family including the jugglers, trapeze artists, tightrope walkers and, of course, clowns.

The Winnipesaukee Playhouse's Executive Director Bryan Halperin's dramatic comedy, which runs from August 28 through September 1, is the Playhouse's first ever professional world premiere. The script started out as a short play about a clown and a girl from the Playhouse's 2010 Playwriting Workshop and grew from there.

Halperin had a lot of support from the professional actors who saw something in his work and encouraged him to continue you with it. Actors Adam Kee, Richard Brundage, Tonya Free, and Jaydie Becket Halperin read the play out loud for Halperin two summers ago and that gave him the confidence he needed to bring the script to life and show it to the Playhouse audience.

He says, "I wrote this play with our Lakes Region community and The Winnipesaukee Playhouse audience in mind. I think our community likes plays that make people laugh as well as touch the heart. My goal in everything I do at the Playhouse is to have people leave our campus saying "I'm glad I came today" - I think this play will achieve that."
The actors include Richard Brundage, Adam Hadas, Tonya Free, Alex Jacobs, Adam Kee, and Jaydie Becket Halperin. Although this is Jaydie's first appearance on the Playhouses main stage, she is no stranger to Winnipesaukee Playhouse audiences. Jaydie is thrilled to be appearing onstage with some of the professional actors she has been watching on the Playhouse stage for years. The director, Patricia Runcie-Rice is thrilled to return to the Playhouse for her 7th season.
The Unicycle of Life is the last play in The Winnipesaukee Playhouse's summer season. Pre-show dinners are available at the lobby bar and catered by Magic Foods Restaurant Group, the owners of Canoe in Center Harbor and O Steak and Seafood in Laconia. On selected nights, free pre-show entertainment is available at the outdoor amphitheatre beginning at 6:45pm.
The Summer 2013 season is generously sponsored by Meredith Village Savings Bank and Laconia Harley-Davidson. The Unicycle of Life is recommended for ages 12 and above. Performances are Wednesday, August 28  to Sunday, September 1 beginning at 7:30 p.m. with a showing at 2 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. The Thursday, August 29 performance will include a post-show discussion and Q & A with the cast and crew.

Tickets are $20 for seating in the orchestra, $15 for seating in the balcony. Student rush tickets can be purchased for best seating available one hour prior to the show for $12 cash only. Tickets can be ordered by calling (603) 279-0333 or by using a credit card at www.winniplayhouse.org.

Last Updated on Thursday, 22 August 2013 09:11

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