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Broadway Idol at Winnipesaukee Playhouse Saturday

MEREDITH — The Winnipesaukee Playhouse will be alive with the sound of music... theatre music, that is, when the Playhouse holds its first Broadway Idol musical theatre competition on Saturday, September 21 at 7:30 p.m. Fifteen local teens and adults will be singing their hearts out for the title of Broadway Idol.

Based on American Idol, this one-night only event will feature performances from classic and contemporary musicals including Funny Girl, Mamma Mia!, Shrek and many more.

Taking on the roles of Simon, Paula and Randy will be three well-respected musical theatre professionals: Nancy Barry, Producing Artistic Director at Interlakes Summer Theatre; Joel Mercier, Artistic Associate and Resident Music Director at the New London Barn Playhouse and Keith Weirich, Artistic Director for the Peacock Players.

The judges will offer commentary after each contestant's turn and will vote at the end of the evening. However, the audience will also help decide who will win the title of Broadway Idol by purchasing "votes" for their favorites. All proceeds from the admission sales ($10 per person) and voting tickets ($1 per vote) will support the theatre and educational programming of the non-profit Winnipesaukee Playhouse.

Prizes for Idol winners include a $100 Tanger Outlets Gift Card (teen first prize) and an overnight stay at Mill Falls at the Lake plus a $50 Gift Card from Canoe in Center Harbor(adult first prize). The grand prize will be a Weekend Theatre Getaway for two including a two-night stay at the luxury Westminster Hotel in Livingston NJ, plus two tickets to the world premiere of Honeymoon in Vegas The Musical starring Tony Danza at the Paper Mill Theatre in Millburn NJ. The Winnipesaukee Playhouse extends a huge thank you to the local businesses who donated prizes as well as to the event sponsor, Bruno Coppola of Lakes Region Realty Group.

The event takes place at the new Winnipesaukee Playhouse at 50 Reservoir Road in Meredith. Magic Foods Restaurant Group will be offering pre-show dinners from the lobby bar beginning at 6 p.m. Tickets can be ordered by calling (603) 279-0333 or by using a credit card at www.winnipesaukeeplayhouse.org.

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American Legion Post 33 hosting Karaoke event

MEREDITH — The American Legion Post 33 in Meredith is hosting a Karaoke event on Friday, September 20 at 8 p.m. at the Post at 6 Plymouth Street in Meredith. 

All interested people are invited to come sing and watch others sing. $5 donation requested at the door. There is no smoking at this event.

 

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POW/MIA Will Be Observed Friday

MEREDITH — The Northeast POW/MIA Network, which holds what is believed to be the longest consecutively held POW/MIA vigil in the United States every Thursday evening at Hesky Park, reminds the public that Friday, September 20 is National POW/MIA Recognition Day.

National POW/MIA Recognition Day is held each year on the third Friday in September. This Friday ceremonies will be held across the country to commemorate the sacrifices of the missing servicemen and their families.

The Thursday evening vigils in Meredith  started in August of 1989 in an effort to raise awareness about the abandonment of Prisoners of War and those Missing in Action. The first Vigil lasted 15 minutes; one minute to symbolize each year since the US State Department declared, "There are no more prisoners in Southeast Asia. They are all dead." The vigil now spans 32 minutes.

There has never been a Thursday night Vigil unattended since its inception. Attendance ranges from 3-4 in the depths of winter to approximately 2000 during Motorcycle Week in June, which features the Freedom Ride Vigil goers have weathered rain, sleet, snow, hail, thunder, lightning, and even temperatures of -37 degrees Fahrenheit.

 

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Poet Sophie Cabot Black Launches 2013-14 Eagle Pond Authors' Series at PSU

PLYMOUTH  — Connecticut poet Sophie Cabot Black will open the 2013-14 Eagle Pond Authors' Series at 7 p.m. Thursday, September 19 in Smith Recital Hall at Plymouth State University's Silver Center for the Arts.

Black writes lyrical poems that place her among our most spiritually meaningful poets. Her poems are both revelatory and elusive, exploring a landscape sharpened with grief and devotion. A Los Angeles Times book reviewer said, "Sophie Cabot Black ... is absolutely direct and absolutely removed—a strange confluence of tones that is both intellectually provocative and deeply moving."
Collections of Black's poetry include The Misunderstanding of Nature, which won the Poetry Society of America's Norma Farber First Book Award, The Descent, which won the Connecticut Book Award, and her newest collection, The Exchange.
The Wilton Bulletin (Conn.) columnist Chris Burns says the poetry in The Exchange draws heavily on Black's experience watching a friend fight a terrible and eventually fatal illness. "Though not explicitly narrative, the book follows a certain story," according to Burns' interview.
Black's father was a noted Broadway producer and her mother produced opera theater in Boston and New York. Black spent 10 years living in Manhattan, but she spent the majority of her time at the family farmhouse in Wilton. Burns says Black's experiences caring for animals and raising children on the farm helped shape her understanding of the cycles of life and death.
Black has been awarded the Grolier Poetry Prize, and fellowships from the MacDowell Colony, the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, and the Bunting Institute at Radcliffe. Her poetry has been anthologized in Best American Poetry and Never Before: Poems About First Experiences. Her essays have been included in Wanting a Child.

In Eagle Pond Series tradition, PSU senior business major Patrick O'Sullivan of Hudson will open the program reading some of his own works.

Now in its 16th year, the Eagle Pond Authors' Series is a tribute to Donald Hall, one of the nation's most beloved poets and authors. Hall remains the heart and soul of this series and is instrumental in bringing nationally and internationally revered poets to the PSU campus.

An author's reception and book signing with both Black and Hall will follow the reading.

Free tickets for the Eagle Pond Authors' Series are available at the Silver Center Box Office, (603) 535-2787 or (800) 779-3869, and are highly recommended. The series is presented with generous support from the Follett Higher Education Group (PSU Bookstore).

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