Youth Playwrights’ Cooperative

Beginning in January, 2014, Kids Coop Theatre will launch a new youth theatre initiative that will offer young people the opportunity to learn the craft of playwriting and give them a chance to see their new works go from page to stage.  Youth Playwrights’ Cooperative will offer ten workshop sessions covering the building blocks to creating a dramatic work for the stage.  Participants will also apply what they learn to developing and writing their own plays.  Workshop sessions will run from January through May.  Dates and times are to be determined based on interest and availability of participants and teacher.

A Youth Playwright Festival will give each workshop participant an opportunity to see their new play performed.  The festival is tentatively scheduled for June, 2014.  Dates and times will be determined during the workshop process.  Participants must be between the ages of twelve (12) to eighteen (18).  The cost is $75 which includes ten workshop sessions and the festival.

The program director is playwright Donald Tongue.  He will be conducting the ten workshop sessions and will be producing the new play festival.  Mr. Tongue has four published plays available through Heuer Publishing.  He has had plays produced in Boston, New York City, Los Angeles and Wellington New Zealand.  In 2010, Theatre KAPOW commissioned and produced his play My Neighbor, the Poet, a play about the poet Robert Frost.  Mr. Tongue produced the 2010 and 2011 Playwrights’ Platform New Play Festival at the Boston Playwrights’ Theatre in Boston, MA.  He is a member of the Dramatist Guild of America, Inc.

Registration can be done through the Kids Coop website at or by contacting Mr. Tongue at 603.264.4041 or through email at  Participants will be limited and taken on a first come, first serve basis.



Speakers Announced for Upcoming Brunch and Auction

The Londonderry Democratic Committee announced speakers for its annual Holiday Homecoming brunch and silent auction on Saturday, December 21, 2013, at 10:30 AM at The Coach Stop restaurant.

Speakers will include Congresswoman Carol Shea Porter, NH Executive Council member Chris Pappas, NH State Representative Lisa Whittemore, and NH Democratic Party Chair Raymond Buckley.

“Join us to thank our elected officials and our wonderful volunteers for the great work they have done for New Hampshire,” said president Tam Siekmann

Tickets are $35 per person or $60 per couple and can be purchased at this website. For more information, contact Tam Siekmann, (603) 785-1999.


Just Booked: Rik Emmett, Livingston Taylor, English Beat, and second Sister Hazel show!

BELLEVUE CADILLAC – Only 3 tickets remain!
STEPHEN KELLOGG- Only 16 tickets remain!
– Only 30 tickets remain!
BEATLEJUICE – Selling Fast!
SISTER HAZEL- First show nearing sell out!
PAULA COLE – Only 30 tickets remain!
JEFFERSON STARSHIP- Only 12 tickets remain!
ROYAL SOUTHERN BROTHERHOOD – Only 13 tickets remain!
Y&T – First show is SOLD OUT! Second show selling fast.
JON ANDERSON – Selling Fast!

Pretty excited, the kitchen is done! And it looks great! We have a few things to finish up, but we are trying our best to be up and running for Friday’s Comedy Show. We’ll have some different soft drinks that we know you will really like. Spindrift Sodas are made with all natural juices and fruit, lightly carbonated and full of flavor. We’ll have two flavors to start. Maine Root Beer sodas also will have a spot, starting with the original root beer and their Mexicane Cola. It’s delicious! NH Coffee’s Soprano Roast will be in house as well.

Head on over to the website and check out the menu. We may start off with a limited version this weekend, but it will all be up and running soon.


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This Month’s FREE Frank FM show is with AIR TRAFFIC CONTROLLER. Sponsored by Small Dog Electronics, this is gonna be a great one. Let us know if you’d like to attend. (Listen)

Need a laugh? Take a couple of hours out of your busy holiday schedule and come see some of the best East Coast Comics at Tupelo for only $18. Such a bargain. I love our comedy Nights.

Only a precious few tickets remain for our show with this really fun swing band. (Listen)

(second show added)
Sister hazel is of the most revered American alternative rock bands ever. Their unique sound is characterized by an infectious blend of folk rock, pop, classic rock ‘n’ roll and southern rock. Best known for the mega radio hit “All for You”, their music is defined by highly melodic tunes, prominent harmonies and optimistic lyrics. The band’s instrumentation often features abrupt shifts among electric, acoustic and a cappella, with a striking use of tacets.

Sister Hazel’s creative train just keeps rolling. Last year’s well-received “Release” reached the band’s highest ever spot (#37) on the Billboard Album Charts, topping even their platinum disc “Somewhere More Familiar,” and they are keeping the momentum going with “Heartland Highway”, marking the band’s quickest album-to-album turnaround in their 15-plus-year career. (Listen)

“Liv Taylor is a must-see in concert; the man knows how to entertain!” -

“One of the most consistently entertaining, tasteful, and intelligent of songsmiths—”
Dirty Linen Magazine

Consistently impressive and entertaining— – The Washington Post

Livingston Taylor is the ultimate crowd pleaser. – Performing Songwriter Magazine

“An unrepentant romantic, with a razor-sharp mind, a biting sense of humor, and a quirky view of the world.—” – Wood and Steel Magazine

“I remember we played at this club called the Iron Horse, in Massachusetts, opening for Livingston Taylor. He sold it out two nights in a row. Three hundred people. I remember thinking, ‘What a great career!’ “– Norah Jones

Come join Rik Emmett, lead singer and guitarist for the rock band Triumph, for a special performance at Tupelo! Rik will be performing a mix of classics, acoustic , jazz and blues, as well as performing as part of the Strung Out Troubadours with guitarist Dave Dunlop. It is a show not to be missed as these two master guitarists duke it out on stage.

Emmett and Dunlop (from the rock band Full Nine) first played together during a master class session at the National Summer Guitar Workshop in 1990. Much of their material originates from their acoustic guitars, with Rik singing lead vocal on some selections.

In 2007, Strung-Out Troubadours won “Album of the Year” and “Group/Duo Of The Year” at the Canadian Smooth Jazz Awards, where they were the most heavily-nominated act. Both Rik and Dave were also nominated for “Best Guitarist”, a category that Emmett had captured back in 2005. (Listen)

Formed in Birmingham (UK) in 1978, this much loved multi-racial sextet (Dave Wakeling, guitar/vocals; Rankin’ Roger, vocals; Andy Cox, guitar; Dave Steel, bass; Everett Moreton, drums; Saxa, saxophone) took the Specials’ blueprint and added high-spirited pop appeal, all spiced up with a ska authenticity provided by legendary bluebeat saxophonist Saxa.

February 2003 saw a dream come true for many Beat fans as the band reunited for a minitour in the UK, which culminated in their acclaimed, sold out command performance at the Royal Festival Hall! It was a magical homecoming for the band and for the fans, with band members and fans gathering from around the globe for a night or irie, ska-ful rock-steady Beat!

Being the hard driving ska legend that he is, however, Dave was not content to rest on his laurels after the RFH reunion. Dave continues to tour the U.S., Canada, Mexico and the UK with an amazing all-star ska backing band playing the hits of The Beat, General Public, and his new songs. (Listen)


Color the 12 Days of Christmas this Holiday Season

Free Coloring Book! 12 Pages of the 12 days of Christmas!

A direct link to our Coloring Book pages. HERE

A popular Christmas song known by many, though some may not remember all the words, “The Twelve Days of Christmas” was first believed to have been published in 1780. Many sing the song of strange gifts given by a “true love” without ever realizing the song’s history or meaning. Here’s the song’s interesting, and surprisingly religious, history:

The twelve days of Christmas begin on Christmas Day, December 25, and end on January 5, just before the Epiphany. Some believe the song was created during the 16th century religious wars in England. During this time, practicing certain faiths was prohibited, so the song was created to pass the beliefs on to children without prosecution.

Because of this belief, it is thought that the “true love” in the song refers to God, the “me” in the song refers to Christians, and the “days” represent each of the aspects of the Christian Faith. Below is the lyrics for each of the days, along with the religious meaning and a fun coloring page to print!

“On the first day of Christmas, my true love gave to me,
A Partridge in a Pear Tree!”
The partridge in a pear tree is said to represent Jesus Christ, Son of God, whose birthday we celebrate on December 25.

To read about the rest of the “days of Christmas” and print the corresponding coloring page, be sure to click Read More! To print the images, click on one. When the image opens, right click, select “Save As” and save under a simple name. Then simply open, print and color!

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Margaret A. Bennett of Londonderry

Margaret A. Bennett, 71, of Londonderry, passed suddenly, Saturday, December 14, 2013, at Parkland Medical Center of Derry. She was born January 28, 1942 in Derry, a daughter of the late Chester and Marion (West) Smart. She was raised in Derry and was a graduate of Pinkerton Academy, Class of 1960. She had been a resident of Londonderry since 1960.

Mrs. Bennett was employed as an apple packer with Mack Apples of Londonderry for 25 years and then with Woodmont Orchards of Londonderry for 5 years. Prior to her retirement, she had been employed with Mashalls, for 6 years. She enjoyed reading and will forever be remembered as a loving wife, mother and grandmother.

Surviving relatives include her son, Patrick Bennett of Brookline, NH, her daughter Lisa Bennett of Londonderry, two grandsons, Nicholas and William Bennett, and her sister, Marilyn Clukey of Derry. She was predeceased by her beloved husband of 15 years, Lloyd Bennett in 1975.

There are no calling hours. After cremation, private services are being planned by the family. The Peabody Funeral Homes and Crematorium of Derry are assisting the family.


Santa Live in Londonderry Returns Saturday!

Santa Claus and the Mrs. will be returning to the Londonderry Access Center this Saturday, December 21, 2013, from 12 until 2 PM.

During this free event, kids can tell Santa what they want for Christmas Live on CTV-20! Santa will be giving out goodies, telling stories, and kids can even sing their favorite Christmas carols. It is always a lot of fun and Santa cannot wait to see you!

This is also a perfect opportunity for parents to get a picture of their child(ren) on Santa’s lap. The Londonderry Access Center is located at 281 Mammoth Road Londonderry, NH 03053. For more information please contact Erin at 432-1147.

Be sure to watch this video that highlights nearly 20 years of Santa Live in Londonderry!