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  • Concord Insider's Ben Conant and Keith Testa<br/><br/>(SAMANTHA GORESH / Monitor staff)

    Concord Insider's Ben Conant and Keith Testa

    (SAMANTHA GORESH / Monitor staff)

  • Concord Insider's Ben Conant and Keith Testa<br/><br/>(SAMANTHA GORESH / Monitor staff)

Follow us into the kitchen as we cook up a pot of Stone Soup with the Junior Service League. The group is putting on its annual spring show tonight and tomorrow with the story of the town of Whisker, and its a tale too tasty to pass up (mmmm, rocks). To whet your appetite a little, we grabbed Kris Boule, Junior Service League president and actor in the show, and forced her to answer the following questions.

Was Stone Soup chosen because it was such a good metaphor for what the Junior Service League does?

We try to have a message for the kids in every show, and this one happened to really go along with our mission, for a couple reasons. It features knights that are girls playing boy characters, to show children they should take part in what they want to do, not what they are expected to do. This year it really does go with our mission and the message that we’d want to spread to kids.

Who are you playing in Stone Soup?

Lillian Scum. She’s a scheming, underhanded, somewhat evil person who gets her son to go along with the evil plot she’s concocted. One of her sons, anyway – her other son is a good guy.

What is your favorite non-stone soup?

Pumpkin bisque.

Showtimes are 7 p.m. tonight and 1 p.m. tomorrow at Memorial Hall at St. Paul’s School. Tickets are $5 and are available at the door. Attendees are encouraged to bring a can of soup to be donated to the local food pantry.

Roses are red, violets are blue, some other flowers are some other colors, and you should go to tonight’s state finals in the Poetry Out Loud competition in Representatives Hall at the State House beginning at 7 p.m. (doors open at 6:30.) Eleven finalists who moved on after four semifinal competitions will vie to be selected as the New Hampshire representative at the national championship in Washington, D.C., where as much as $50,000 will be given out in awards and school stipends. More than 9,000 students from 36 high schools in the state took part in the competition this year. In honor of them all, we’ve written none of the sentences in this column in the form of haiku (unless we did by accident).

You’re not done yet, either. The Woman’s Club of Concord is holding its fifth annual St. Patrick’s Day celebration tonight, from 6 to 8 at the Chamberlin House, 44 Pleasant St. And what a celebration it is: A traditional Irish dinner, Celtic fiddle musicians and dancing highlight the docket. Tickets are $30 per person, and the money raised will help the club hand out its annual scholarship to a deserving college-bound senior girl from a local high school. Tickets can be purchased through PayPal at the club’s website, womansclubofconcord.org, or at the door. RSVPs are appreciated, and can be sent to Linda Graham at lgrahamnh@gmail.com.

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