Red Dress Gala early sell-out success with 320 guests


LACONIA — This February will mark the 13th anniversary of the LRGHealthcare Red Dress Gala presented by MB Tractor & Equipment. Gala committee members are pleased to announce that the event is now completely sold out and that 320 guests are expected.

Held each year during American Heart Month, this signature event will take place on Friday, Feb. 10, at Church Landing at Mill Falls at the Lake. Proceeds from the Red Dress Gala support cardiac services and technology at LRGHealthcare.

This year's theme is An Evening in Tuscany and will feature an Italian/Tuscan-inspired meal created by The Common Man culinary team, live and silent auctions, and dancing to the Eric Grant Band.

Although the Red Dress Gala is sold out, there are still opportunities to advertise your business in the program booklet or to donate to the auction. Contact the LRGHealthcare Office of Philanthropy: 527-7063 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. to learn more, or to be added to the gala wait list.

MB Tractor joins Candy Bar Sponsor Cartier Group - HAZMAT Solutions; Champagne Toast Sponsor DiGiorgio Associates Inc./Monitor Builders Inc.; Cocktail Reception Sponsor MRS - Medical Reimbursement Specialists, LLC; Entertainment Sponsor Lakes Region General Hospital Auxiliary; Photo Booth Sponsor Bank of New Hampshire; Silver Sponsors Decorative Interiors and Lovering Volvo; Valet Sponsor Atlantic Parking Services,  and Bronze Sponsors Binnie Media, Bonnette, Page and Stone Corp., Creative Marketing Guru, Cupples Car Company, Dr. Paul F. Racicot, FairPoint Communications, Franklin Regional Hospital Auxiliary, Franklin Savings Bank, Lakes Cosmetic Institute, Lawson Persson & Chisholm, PC/Meredith Bay Laser, LRGHealthcare Senior Team, Prism Healthcare Partners LTD, Rae Mello-Andrews and Friends, Salon Amara, and The Brilliant Gems.

Major event supporters include: Comcast Spotlight; Church Landing at Mill Falls at the Lake; Geoff Cunningham, pianist; Divine Inspirations; Eric Grant Band; JMG Marketing; Lakes Region Floral Studio; Stacey Brobst Photography; The Common Man; Jesse Thompson, and Tylergraphics, Inc.






01 12 Gala Sellout 

Community business leaders come together to support and promote LRGHealthcare's Red Dress Gala, to be held on Friday, Feb. 10, at Church Landing in Meredith. From left: Gala Co-chair and interior designer at Decorative Interiors Stephanie Wentworth; Heidi and Marc Bourgeois of MB Tractor & Equipment; and Gala Co-chair and Bank of New Hampshire Commercial Banking Officer Katie Reid. (Courtesy photo)

Theater collaborative features 'Fiddler on the Roof'

PLYMOUTH — On Friday, Jan. 20, the Educational Theatre Collaborative will open a two-week run of "Fiddler on the Roof," starring Bruce Goldman as Tevye. But audiences may notice some other familiar faces — from the Interlakes Summer Theatre and Interlakes Children's Theatre. Interlakes Summer Theatre Producer Nancy Barry, will be appearing in the production as "Grandma Tzeitel."

"I just wanted to do a show that someone else was in charge of," Barry said. "It's been a great opportunity to get to know so many folks from the community. This production has 95 people in it!"

Barry also admits that it is fun to share the stage with 10 performers who have graced the Interlakes Summer Theatre stage. Perhaps most notably, Teghan Kelly, who performed with IST as Louisa in "The Sound of Music" in 2011, and numerous roles with the Children's Theatre including Tinkerbell and Tigger, is playing Chava, Tevye's youngest daughter. Other IST/ICT participants are Holly Alexander (box office manager/performer), Skyler Alexander, John Findlay (tech at Plymouth State University) Maggie Godsoe, Essie Humphrey, Laryssa Humphrey, Ethan Larson and Sharleigh Thomson. And just to make it extra special, Ian Connor, a singer/dancer from IST 2015 company, has been brought in with several of his colleagues making it an all-around family affair for the Interlakes Summer Theatre.
For ticket information call (603) 535-ARTS or visit For details, visit


01 13 ETC Fiddler 

Bruce Goldman stars as Tevye in ETC's "Fiddler on the Roof" Jan. 20 to 28. (Courtesy photo)

Canterbury Shaker Village appoints interim director

CANTERBURY — Susan Bennett has been appointed interim executive director of Canterbury Shaker Village, according to Kirk Leoni, chairman of the Canterbury Shaker Village Board of Directors.

Bennett succeeds Funi Burdick, who led the historic site for nine years and departed in November to become executive director of the Martha's Vineyard Preservation Trust.

Bennett comes to Canterbury from Lexington, Massachusetts, where she led the Lexington Historical Society for 12 years. During her tenure, the Society renovated and restored all three of its historic house museums, created a program center for the Society and the community in the 1846 railroad station in the center of town, overhauled the care of its collections, began a rotating exhibits program, and created year-round programming for the community. Bennett has undergraduate and law degrees from Yale University and a master's in archives management from Simmons College.

"Susan's appointment as interim director will provide stability for operations during this transitional period while we search for a 21st century leader for the Village," Leoni said. "Susan brings a wealth of nonprofit and historic site management that will stand us in good stead during 2017."

Bennett joined the village staff on Jan. 4 and said, "I am impressed by the dedication of the Board and staff of CSV and look forward to working with them. The village has incredible assets in its history, buildings and collections, and I feel privileged to contribute to its work in the coming year."

LHS Class of '77 plans reunion meeting

LACONIA — The Laconia High School Class of '77 plans a reunion meeting on Monday, Jan. 16, at 6:30 p.m. at 405 Pub and Grill. Interested parties can come early for social time. Members aare including Gilford Class of '77 and LHS Class of '76.