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Big Laughs in 'I Hate Hamlet' at Advice to the Players

SANDWICH — Advice To The Players, the Shakespeare theater company in Sandwich, has broadened its summer offerings with the comedy "I Hate Hamlet" by Paul Rudnick as well as a concert series, staged readings and summer-long exhibitions at the new Arts Center at 12 Main. Their main-stage production will be Shakespeare's "Twelfth Night", performed during Old Home Week.

"I Hate Hamlet" will be playing at the Sandwich Town Hall in Center Sandwich on Friday and Saturday July 17, 18 and 24, 25 with Sunday matinees on July 19 & 26 at 2 p.m.

"I Hate Hamlet" is a 'backstage' comedy about a young and successful television actor who relocates to New York, where he rents a marvelous, gothic apartment. His television career is in limbo, and he is offered the opportunity to play Hamlet onstage, but there's one problem: He hates Hamlet. This gets harder for him, and funnier for the audience, with the entrance of John Barrymore's ghost, who arrives intoxicated and in full costume to the apartment that once was his. This leads to a wildly funny duel over women, art, success, duty, television, and the apartment. Added to the mix are a psychic realtor, a blissfully idealistic girlfriend, a hot-shot LA producer, and the actor's agent with a past

An ensemble of old and new players will be seen in the show: Conor Moroney is the TV actor with Chiara Hollander as his girlfriend, joined by Pat Langille playing the agent and Doug Shapiro as the scene-stealing Barrymore. Advice To The Players veterans Candace Clift and Mark Woollett play the realtor and the LA producer. The show is directed by Geoffrey Cunningham in his directorial debut with the company

The Arts Center at 12 Main is open for exhibition viewing and theatre ticket sales on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday & Sunday from noon to 6 and on Saturday from 10 to 6. It is closed Monday & Tuesday. The box office stays open after 6 for evening events. For tickets or information go to www.AdviceToTheplayers.org, call 603-284-7115 or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Last Updated on Monday, 13 July 2015 08:29

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Bear expert Ben Kilham to speak in Alton on July 21

ALTON — The Alton Garden Club is pleased to present the well know wild life biologist,  Ben Kilham from Lyme, NH. This free presentation will take place at the Alton Bay Christian Conference Center, Alton Bay N.H., at 7 p.m. on July 21. :00 PM. Donations will be accepted.
Kilham's love of and devotion to black bears has enabled him to study their habits and interact with them for more than two decades. He and his wife Debra have accepted orphaned bear cubs into their home and enabled them to successfully return to the wild. Ben has been the focus of several news articles and documentaries including National Geographic's A Man Among Bears and Animal Planet's Papa Bear. He is also co-author of the book Among the Bears, Raising Orphaned Cubs in the Wild.



Last Updated on Friday, 10 July 2015 07:58

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Audubon Center hosting Newfound Lake Swim for Wildlife on August 8

HEBRON — The Newfound Audubon Center is hosting a fundraiser, the Newfound Lake Swim for Wildlife, on August 8 in Hebro. Participants will swim across Sanborn Bay from Paradise Point to Camp Mowgli and back, a total of half a mile, raising money to spport New Hampshire Audubon's mission to protect the state's natural environment for wildlife and people. The swim will begin at 8:30 a.m. All swimmers must pre-register and are expected to raise a minimum of $50.

"The Newfound Lake Swim for Wildlife is a wonderful event that gives participants the opportunity to experience first-hand the incredible natural beauty of our state," said Ruth Smith, Community Engagement Manager for NH Audubon. "I had the privilege of participating in last year's inaugural swim and we encourage anyone with a passion for swimming, a love for beautiful lakes, or simply an appreciation for nature and wildlife conservation to join us for this year's fundraiser."

The 43 acres that make up Paradise Point Wildlife Sanctuary were conserved by Colonel and Mrs. Alcott Elwell and ultimately came to NH Audubon for permanent protection. In 2014, Ruth Smith and Becky Suomola, two long-time New Hampshire Audubon staff members, decided to complete the swim as a way to appreciate the beauty of Newfound Lake and to honor the history of Paradise Point. Bolstered by the cheers of their friends and donors who shared their passion for conservation, the swimmers completed the challenge with a decision to continue the event and to expand it to include other enthusiasts.

To pre-register for the Newfound Lake Swim for Wildlife or to learn about the fundraiser's volunteer opportunities, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 603-224-9909 ext. 313. For more information about Paradise Point, visit www.nhaudubon.org/paradise-point-at-newfound-audubon-center/.

Last Updated on Friday, 10 July 2015 07:54

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Household hazardous waste disposals set on consecutive saturdays

MEREDITH — Twenty-four Lakes Region communities have pooled their resources to participate in the annual Lakes Region Household Hazardous Waste collections program to ensure proper and safe disposal of unwanted hazardous products.

On Saturday July 25, from 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. collections will be held in Belmont, Franklin, Gilford, and Meredith. On Saturday August 1, collections will be held in Bristol, Center Ossipee, Laconia, and Moultonborough from 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Residents and taxpayers of Alexandria, Andover, Belmont, Bridgewater, Bristol, Center Harbor, Effingham, Franklin, Freedom, Gilford, Gilmanton, Hebron, Hill, Holderness, Laconia, Meredith, Moultonborough, New Hampton, Northfield, Ossipee, Sanbornton, Sandwich, Tamworth, and Tilton are eligible and encouraged to bring up to ten gallons or 50 pounds of their household hazardous waste products in for safe disposal with no direct cost to the individual.
Participants should bring their HHW to the collection site that is most convenient to them.

To be assured of disposal, do not wait to come at the last minute; in the rare case that a site fills up or exceeds its budget, the gates may be closed before noon.

When bringing hazardous material to the collection facility, be advised that the quantity of hazardous waste accepted from each household is limited to 10 gallons or 50 pounds. Products should be kept in their original container with the lid tightly secured. If there is a leak in the container, place it in a larger container and add an absorbent substance such as cat litter or paint hardener (available at your local hardware store). To ensure safe transport, products should be placed in a cardboard box in the trunk.

Items that will not be accepted include: latex paint, propane tanks, tires, asbestos, and alkaline batteries. Check with local transfer station or waste hauler for proper disposal of these items.
All participants will be asked to complete a brief survey before proceeding to the drop-off area; those wishing to complete the survey in advance can download a copy at http://www.lakesrpc.org/hhw/Survey2015web.pdf. Please remain in the vehicle at all times, for safety's sake.
For a more comprehensive list of acceptable and non-acceptable items as well as maps and directions to each of the collection sites, please visit: http://www.lakesrpc.org/serviceshhw.asp. If you have further questions, call the Lakes Region Planning Commission office at 279-8171.

Last Updated on Friday, 10 July 2015 07:49

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