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Founding Members of Advice To The Players Reunited for 'The Merry Wives of Windsor'


SANDWICH — Caroline Nesbitt and Vivian Nesbitt, two of the founding members of Advice To The Players, a non-profit Shakespeare company, will be returning to the stage together to perform in The Merry Wives of Windsor at the Sandwich Fairgrounds in August.

In the spring of 1999, Caroline Nesbitt founded Advice To The Players to bring Shakespeare into the lives of teens and adults in the White Mountains region. As the company grew, Nesbitt began to dream of an outdoor, summer Shakespeare festival and in 2002 brought her sister, Vivian Nesbitt, along with Becca Boyden, on board to found the summer season on the Sandwich Fairgrounds Stage with a drama camp for children and a production of As You Like It.

Twelve years later, Advice To The Players, truly a "locally sourced Shakespeare company," now provides the Lakes and White Mountains regions with Shakespeare camps for children and teens, professional productions, and more throughout the year. This year, for the annual summer production at the Sandwich Fairgrounds, the sisters are back on stage together for the first time in more than ten years as main characters in The Merry Wives of Windsor, a comedy full of love - or attempts at it.

The Merry Wives of Windsor follows the silly, slapstick wooing attempts of Falstaff, a broke, hedonistic knight, as he tries to get two rich women (played by the Nesbitt sisters) to fall in love with him simultaneously. The catch? Both women are already married! When the women and their husbands figure out Falstaff's plan, the game is on!

"I am SO beyond excited that I get to play with my incredible sister Vivian in Advice To The Players' The Merry Wives Of Windsor this summer. The last time we got to do this was playing the Dromios in ATTP's The Comedy Of Errors years ago." says Caroline Nesbitt. "There are not many great roles for two ladies of a certain age to play together, especially in Shakespeare, and we are so ready to rumble."

"It's a blast to be here in Sandwich with my sister and our Advice To The Players family," Vivian Nesbitt added. "I'm so happy to be back on stage, performing with the group we started more than ten years ago! It's an honor to see how the company has changed and grown over the years."

The Merry Wives of Windsor is directed by Candace Clift, an Advice To The Players veteran actor and director. She and Becca Boyden, the Executive Director of the company, are the ones who decided to bring the Nesbitt sisters back together to Sandwich's stage.

"Caroline and Viv are incredible, fun actors and I am so happy that they're both in the show this summer. When they started Advice To The Players' summer season in 2002, they gave so many kids, teenagers, community members, and professional actors like myself a great opportunity to come together and play with Shakespeare each summer," said Clift.

The family friendly and funny The Merry Wives of Windsor will be performed at the Sandwich Fairgrounds Stage in Sandwich,  from August 1-10 at 2 p.m. each day. An evening performance will take place in the Sandwich Town Hall on Tuesday, August 5 at 7:30 p.m. There are no shows on Monday, August 4 or Wednesday, August 6. Adult tickets are $20, $10 for seniors and students and free for 12 and under at the Fairgrounds. Youth tickets (12 and under) are $7 at Town Hall.

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Volunteer work day at Sewall Woods Area

CENTER HARBOR — The Lakes Region Conservation Trust is inviting the public to help LRCT volunteers initiate an invasive plant control program at the trust's Sewall Woods Conservation Area in Wolfeboro on Thursday, July 31.

Participants will learn how to identify several important invasive plant species and the best management practices for their control, and they will help remove Oriental Bittersweet, Japanese Barberry, and Multiflora Rose along trails.

The workday will run from 9:00 a.m. to noon. Participants should meet at the Sewall Woods Conservation parking area on Clow Road in Wolfeboro. Participants should bring plenty of water and a lunch or snack and be prepared for the weather. Tools to bring include loppers, bow/folding saw, spades, work gloves, eye protection, and sturdy hiking shoes/clothes.

Anyone planning to attend or wants more information about becoming a volunteer may contact Erin Mastine or David Mallard of LRCT at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 603-253-3301.


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Camp Spinnaker Empowers Kids with Asthma

TUFTONBORO — For families of a child with a chronic health condition, the summer months can present some unique challenges in regards to summer camps and programs. Many camps do not have the staffing capacity or program structure that supports the needs of children with a chronic medical condition. Zebra Crossings aims to provide that level of support for kids and families. Our medical staff provide support and administer medication which gives parents the much needed peace of mind and respite. Our program model considers the various needs of our participants and provides a fun and engaging environment for kids to thrive in and to gain a sense of independence.

Last year Zebra Crossings, supported by New Hampshire's Hospital for Children, successfully launched Camp Spinnaker, a residential asthma camp for kids ages 8 to 12 in the Lakes Region of New Hampshire. Campers from New Hampshire, Massachussetts and Vermont joined for an empowering experience. Campers discovered what they are capable achieving when their asthma is well controlled.

A 2013 camper parent reflected on the impact of the camp on her son:
"This is such a great experience for children with asthma. Being surrounded by kids in the same situation takes away the shyness and hesitation in learning more about what "having asthma" means. For my child, he came home owning it rather than it owning him."

This summer we welcome more kids to join us the week of August 17-22,  at Camp Merrowvista in Center Tuftonboro. In addition to usual summer camp activities such as swimming, archery, rock climbing and crafts, we integrate an extensive but fun asthma education program into the week. The camp fee is $400 per camper.

Zebra Crossings' mission is to enrich the lives of children with a chronic health condition, including those at risk of developing chronic health condition by fostering greater self-confidence, a sense of independence and a desire to realize their full potential through fun and engaging enrichment programs that build a strong and caring community support network for families.

Zebra Crossings ability to grow and provide more opportunities for children with a chronic medical condition is as a result of community support from our sponsors and supporters. For all programs Zebra Crossings provides need based scholarship support.

To find out if Zebra Crossings could benefit a child you know,  visit our website at www.zebra-crossings.org, call Astrid (603) 312-2052 or email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Last Updated on Monday, 28 July 2014 09:21

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Bristol Baptist to host chicken barbecue

BRISTOL — A chicken barbecue will take place Saturday, Aug. 9, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the Bristol Baptist Church, 30

Summer St.

The meal will consist of barbecue chicken, potato and pasta salads, mixed vegetables, cranberry sauce, rolls and beverage. Dessert will be blueberry cobbler with ice cream.

The cost for the meal is $8 for adults, $3.50 for children under 12 years outs will be available.

Further information is available by calling 744-3885.


Last Updated on Monday, 28 July 2014 09:18

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