Announcements for May 11, 2021

Published: 5/13/2021 8:13:38 AM
Warner Community conversation

The Warner Historical Society is collecting information about life in Warner by holding community conversations. In May we’d like to hear your stories about the Simonds Free High School. Before the Kearsarge Regional School District was created in 1970, students from Warner and surrounding towns attended high school at the Simonds Free High School. If you were one of those students, what are your favorite memories? How did you transition to attending the regional school district? Come chat with your fellow alumni and share the history of this significant town institution. Join us online May 26 at 7 p.m. Register at If you are unable to join us online, please feel free to mail your story to Warner Historical Society, PO Box 189, Warner, NH 03278. We’ll be happy to read it during the program. This evening is the third of an ongoing series of community conversations facilitated by the Warner Historical Society. We’ll use zoom for now, but we look forward to meeting face to face later in the coming year. The Warner Historical Society formed over 50 years ago to preserve, educate about and keep alive Warner’s heritage. The Society has yearly exhibits, and programs in the Upton Chandler House Museum on Main Street and maintains the Lower Warner Meeting House which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Laconia Park play festival

The Community Players of Concord have teamed up with Laconia’s Powerhouse Theatre Collaborative to produce a COVID-sensitive festival of short plays this spring. The plays were all written by New Hampshire playwrights who participated in the Players/Powerhouse Fall 2020 playwriting workshop, led by Players Director and Powerhouse Producer Bryan Halperin. Part One of the festival, which streamed online in April, consisted of plays specifically written to be performed on Zoom. Part Two, the Park Play Festival, features plays designed to be performed outdoors. Festival Producer Bryan Halperin says, “We had a great time working on April’s Zoom Festival, but now with the weather warming up and vaccination rates increasing we are happy to be able to step outside and bring people together to perform some live theatre in a safe manner.” The Park Play Festival will be performed May 29 and 30 at 3 p.m. in Rotary Riverside Park next to the Belknap Mill in Laconia. The Festival is generously sponsored by the Dow Realty Group and TS Event Productions, which will also be providing the sound design for the event. The plays are a mix of comedies and dramas by Doris Ballard, Betsey Buteau, Joe Elcock, Chuck Fray, Sherry Gardner, Bryan Halperin, Tess Hodges, and Nora McBurnett. Director include J. Alward, Lauren Shelby Douglas, Bryan Halperin, Kathleen Hill, Dorothy Piquado, John Piquado, Jim Rogato, and Doreen Sheppard. Over 20 actors are involved in the performance. While there is nothing particularly inappropriate for younger viewers, the subject matter of the plays is more geared towards older teens and adults. The event will be managed similarly to how the Belknap Mill’s 2020 Arts in the Park series was handled. Covid-safe socially distanced squares will be marked out in the park for audience members to sit with those they came with. Audience members should plan to bring their own chairs or blanket to sit on the grass in their designated area. There is no fee to watch the plays, but if a viewer is inspired to help Powerhouse and the Players raise money for future productions, donations to both organizations will be gladly accepted via their websites or in person at the Festival. To learn more about the Players, visit For more details on Powerhouse and all the programs at the Belknap Mill or to find out how to become a sponsor, visit or email

Hopkinton Book discussion

Hopkinton Reads 2021 will hold a book discussion on May 20 at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. with Dr. Dottie Morris on “How to Make a Slave and other essays” by Jerald Walker. The discussions will take place online via Zoom. The book is a bracing and often humorous examination by an acclaimed essayist of what it is to grow, parent, write and exist as a Black American male. Walker urges readers to do better as they consider, through his eyes, how to be a good citizen, how to be a good father, how to live and how to love. This project is made possible with the support of the Hopkinton Library Foundation, GOBI, the Hopkinton School Family Partnership, the NH Department of Education and Keene State College. Dr. Morris is vice president of institutional equity and diversity at Keene State College. Books are available for $5 at the library or for loan. For more information, call 603-746-3663.

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