Category Archives: Arts and Cultural Events

Early Music Week at World Fellowship

The 2017 World Fellowship’s Early Music Week, from June 22nd to June 29th, 2017, will explore the fruitful and multifaceted perspective of nature in music and the performing arts with the help of their talented and energetic faculty, inspired by the breath-taking natural surroundings of Mount Chocorua and Whitton Pond, and sustained by the garden-fresh organic vegetables on everyone’s dinner plates.

early music week.jpegThe World Fellowship describes nature’s strong influence on music since the days of Pythagoras: Natural imagery informed the lyrics of many medieval songs and musicians expanded their music by imitating the sounds of birds and animals, whose physical gestures also inspired new dance movements. In the Renaissance, the dynamics of wind and water gained their musical counterparts, and it wasn’t long before madrigals were turning landscapes, with their mountains, valleys, plains, heat and cold, heights and depths, into song. The inner aspects of human nature, such as pulse, breathe, sleep, excitement, rage, melancholy, and sorrow, came to be represented as well, often in a pastoral setting, with the help of musical-rhetorical figures. In the resulting form, opera, instrumental music and dance (along with costumes and scenery) brought the natural and human worlds together.

Learn more about these inspirations and inspire your own musical and performing arts talents during Early Music Week. Group classes are available and are tailored to participant abilities from advanced beginners to advanced, including classes for viol, recorder, voice, mixed ensembles and historical dance. For more information, visit worldfellowship.org or call 603-447-2280.

M&D Playhouse Presents “Dirt”

M&D Playhouse is pleased to present Dirt, the sixth production in their 2017 series of eleven plays about relationships.  This drama, written by Bruce Gooch, explores the ravages of old age, painful estrangement among family members, and our lifelong connections to home and nature.

The play is best described by Rogue Machine Theater: “When an estranged son returns home and finds his father fighting to hold onto his mind, they are thrust into a struggle to control their land and the memories it holds.  Dirt explores how we forge our identities through our connections to our home, to our past, and to each other.”

Dirt-Poster-663x1024.jpgHere’s what reviewers elsewhere have said about Dirt:

Dirt is an extremely interesting play; a fine work filled with poetic imagery, expressing the grandeur, beauty, and mystery of the circles of life and death, nature, and man’s place in the world.  An estranged son returns home to aid his mentally declining father – a farmer fixated on his land, his need to work, and his identity inseparable from the regular changing seasons and nature’s inevitable flow around him. Dirt…offers a serious contemplation on each of us trudging toward our own end.”   — Review from stagehappenings.com 

“It’s a very primal play about growth and death, the cycles of land and building relationships.”     — Review from dcnews.com

The M&D performance of Dirt is directed by Eric Jordan and will be presented June 22 – July 2, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 PM with matinees Sundays at 4:00 PM at Your Theatre, Willow Common, 1857 White Mountain Highway, North Conway.

Guests can enjoy food and beverages from the theater’s Culture Cafe during the performance.  The Cafe opens 45 minutes prior to the performance with light snacks, coffee, soft drinks, wine, beer and liquors available.

To reserve seats, please visit our website at www.mdplayhouse.com or call (603) 733-5275.

 

Author Luncheon with Michele Campbell at Sea Dog Brewing Company

Sea Dog Brewing Company in North Conway will host an Author Luncheon with Michelle Campbell on Wednesday, June 14th at 12pm. Michelle will discuss her first book, titled, It’s Always the Husband, a novel about troubled friendships, loss, and mystery.

Tickets for the luncheon are $20 per person and includes the cost of lunch, the author talk, and a donation to the North Conway Library. Tickets can be purchased through White Birch Books by calling 603-356-3200 or at the North Conway Library by calling 603-356-2961. Tickets must be purchased before the event, with a purchase deadline of Tuesday, June 13th.

For more information, visit www.whitebirchbooks.com.

 

About Campbell’s Book, It’s Always The Husband

In college, Kate, Aubrey, and Jenny are inseparable. Twenty years later, their friendship takes a deadly turn. It’s Always the Husband, by Michelle Campbell is a brilliant and propulsive debut novel about the troubled friendship of three women and the aftermath when one of them is found dead. . . It will have you guessing “who did it” until the very last page.

Kate, Aubrey, and Jenny. They first met as college roommates and soon became inseparable, despite being as different as three women can be. Twenty years later, one of them is standing at the edge of a bridge, and someone else is urging them to jump.

How did things come to this?

As the novel cuts back and forth between their college years and their adult years, you see the exact reasons why these women love and hate each other—but can feelings that strong lead to murder? Or will everyone assume, as is often the case, that it’s always the husband?

A graduate of Harvard University and Stanford Law School, Michele Campbell worked at a prestigious Manhattan law firm before spending eight years fighting crime as a federal prosecutor in New York City.

Mountain Garden Club’s Spring Plant Sale

spring plant saleThis year, the Mountain Garden Club’s acclaimed annual Spring Plant Sale will take place on Saturday, June 3rd at the North Conway Community Center from 9:30-11:30am, or until plants are sold out.

The annual Spring Plant sale offers a wide variety of special plants lovingly cultivated by the Mountain Garden Club members. Shoppers can choose from annuals, perennials, and hanging baskets. This annual sale is treasured by plant enthusiasts throughout the Mt. Washington Valley and is for a good cause! The sale benefits the Mountain Garden Club Alice T. Madden Scholarship fund that provides educational scholarships for Valley residents pursuing plant science disciplines as well as their community beautification projects.

 

About the Mountain Garden Club

The Mountain Garden Club is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization. Established in 1973, the organization is a Federated member of the New Hampshire Federation of Garden Clubs – District I and of the National Garden Clubs, Inc. – New England Region branch. Membership is open to all residents of the Mount Washington Valley, with dues of $20 per year for Active Members. The club presently holds 192 members.

Among its many projects, the Mountain Garden Club is actively engaged in roadside beautification and environmental education and conservation of the Mount Washington Valley. The club sponsors many events, including flower sales for cancer awareness, scholarship funds, and flower shows that benefit local organizations.

The Mountain Garden Club works with local nursing homes in their Garden Therapy as well provides youth programs to introduce others to the benefits of horticulture, the importance of plant education, and teaching others how they can plant and protect native plants of the Mount Washington Valley.

For more information about the Mountain Garden Club and their annual Spring Plant Sale, please visit Mountain Garden Club’s website at www.mountaingardenclub.org or call (603) 264-9068.

White Birch Book’s 25th Anniversary Celebration

white birch books2White Birch Books in North Conway is traveling back to 1992 when the store first opened to celebrate its 25th anniversary on Saturday, May 27th. Join in the celebration and party like it’s 1992: learn what was on the best-seller list, what staff was reading, and even what people were wearing while they were reading!

In addition to the bookstore’s blast from the past, shoppers will receive a 25% discount on 25 selected staff favorite books. There will be giveaways for adults and children as well as fun activities for the whole family.

For more information on the event, visit http://www.whitebirchbooks.com or call 603-356-3200.

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The Friends of Jackson Public Library Annual Book Sale

On Saturday, May 27th-Sunday, May 28th, the Friends of Jackson Public Library will host their annual book sale at the Whitney Community Center in downtown Jackson from 10AM-3PM.

friends of the jackson public library.jpgThe book sale is a vital fundraiser for the Friends of the Jackson Library, a registered 501(c)3 nonprofit group of community members that help the library through planning, funding and hosting programs to support the library’s book budget, technology upgrades, equipment, and furnishings.

To help with this annual sale, the Friends of Jackson Library will happily accept donations of books throughout the year. They ask that interested donors please bring donations to the library during library hours and to not leave items outside or place them in the library’s book drop.

Accepted items include:

  • Books, hardcover and paperback, in good condition.
    No musty, mildewy or moldy books, please!
  • Audio Books on CD only
  • Videos on DVD or Blu-ray only

They cannot accept:

  • Magazines
  • Textbooks of any kind
  • Encyclopedias or dictionaries
  • Condensed books or self-help books
  • VHS tapes and cassette tapes

For more information about the Jackson Public Library, Friends of the Jackson Public Library, or the Annual Book Sale, please visit www.jacksonlibrary.org or call (603) 383-9731.

M&D Playhouse Presents ‘Avenue Q’

Visit M&D Playhouse in North Conway on scheduled dates in May and June to experience the production, Avenue Q. Avenue Q is an original concept by Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx and is based upon a Book by Robert Lopez and Jeff Whitty, and the winner of the Tony “Triple Crown” for Best Musical, Best Score and Best Book. M&D Playhouses’s adaptation of this play is directed by Christopher Bellis and is the fifth production in their 2017 series of eleven plays about relationships.

Avenue-Q-PosterThe laugh-out-loud musical tells the timeless story of a recent college graduate named Princeton, who moves into a shabby New York apartment all the way out on Avenue Q. He soon discovers that although the residents seem nice, it’s clear that this is not your ordinary neighborhood. Together, Princeton and his new-found friends struggle to find jobs, dates, and their ever-elusive purpose in life.

Filled with gut-busting humor and a delightfully catchy score, not to mention puppets, Avenue Q is a truly unique show that has quickly become a favorite for audiences everywhere. Although the show addresses humorous adult issues, it is similar to a beloved children’s show; a place where puppets are friends, monsters are good, and life lessons are learned.

Avenue Q is presented at M&D Playhouse Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from May 18th until June 3 at Your Theatre, Willow Common, 1857 White Mountain Highway in North Conway. All performances begin at 7:30 PM.

Guests may purchase food and beverages from M&D’s Culture Café during or before the performance. The Café opens 45 minutes before performances and offers light snacks, coffee, soft drinks, wine, beer, and liquors.

For more information about M&D Playhouse and Avenue Q, or to reserve seats, visit www.mdplayhouse.com or call (603) 733-5275.

 

Arts, Antiques, and Treasures Event to Benefit MWV Arts Association

Treasure seekers, come find your treasure! Browse arts, antiques, and treasures galore at the Conway Market Place on Friday, May 12th and Saturday, May 13th to benefit the Mt. Washington Valley Arts Association. Discover fabulous art pieces, antiques, and treasures while supporting a local non-profit centered on building a strong arts community in the Valley!

The event will take place Friday and Saturday from 9am to 3pm at the Conway Market Place #50 White Mountain Highway in Unit 7 near Bea’s Café. For more information on the event, call 603-356-2787. For more information about the MWV Arts Association, visit their website at www.mwvarts.org.

mwv arts association.jpgThe MWV Arts Association Mission Statement & Vision

The Mt. Washington Valley Arts Association desires to collaborate with other arts and non-profit organizations to help build the arts community in the Mt. Washington Valley.

The Mt. Washington Valley Arts Association is a community focused non-profit organization which exists to promote the study, appreciation, and display of the visual arts, particularly the art of the Mt. Washington Valley.

Beatles For Sale: The Tribute to Perform at Medallion Opera House in May

Press Release by Dan Kirouac

BEATLES FOR SALE, a New England Beatles tribute band, will perform at the Medallion Opera House, 20 Park Street in Gorham, NH on Saturday, May 20th at 7:30 PM. Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 at the door and will be available at Gorham Town Hall and the White Mountain Café and online at www.medallionoperahouse.org. The concert is sponsored by The Tassey Group and Verizon Wireless.

beatles for sale

BEATLES FOR SALE is a touring, New England-based Beatles tribute band from Massachusetts that is committed to recreating the sounds of the Beatles live in concert. They are past recipients of the Best Tribute Band in New England award by Limelight Magazine. This band delivers a fun and energetic performance complete with original instrumentation and vocal harmonies that are as accurate as possible to the original Beatles recordings. There are no offstage performers or pre-recorded tracks – everything is performed completely live.

More information on the band can be found at www.beatlesforsale.net. If you would like more information, please contact band manager/keyboard player Dan Kirouac at 508-662- 5471, or email: dankirouac66@gmail.com.

 

Artist Forum by Tamworth Economic Development Commission with Famous Artist Hai-Ou Hou

haiou2Attend the Artist Forum on Wednesday, May 10th, from 4-5pm at The Preserve At Chocorua with guest speaker Hai-Ou Hou, nationally known artist, as she shares insight on Plein Air Painting. The event, located at 88 Philbrick Neighborhood Road in Tamworth, will be catered by Rosie’s Restaurant.

The Artist Forum, part of The Tamworth Made Festival, is a free event open to the public. The Artist Forum is part of The Tamworth Made Festival.  A 10-day arts festival hosted by the Tamworth Visitors Council and the town of Tamworth, New Hampshire.  This lecture in presented by the Tamworth Economic Development Comission to help educate local artists about the changing landscape of art marketing from a well-established nationally acclaimed artist and Hai-Ou will also share some wonderful ideas on how to enjoy painting Plein air and have fun with it.

For more information, contact Pat Farley at 401-524-6655.

haiouAbout Hai-Ou Hou
Hai-Ou Hou was born in Beijing China. She received a B.A. from the National Academy of Fine Art and Design in Beijing, China. After graduating Hai-Ou Hou taught at Hu Bei Fine Art Institute in Wu Han, China. Following her immigration to the United States, she received her Master’s degree in Fine Arts from Towson State University.

Hai-Ou has received numerous awards and acknowledgments for her landscape, and figurative oil paintings. Also a portrait artist, she designed a unique portrait style called Passport Portraits incorporating documents, seals, and personal memorabilia painted into the portrait to tell that person’s story of their journey to America.

Food For Thought Film Festival at the Leura Hill Eastman Performing Arts Center

FRYEBURG – Spice and Grain presents the final 2017 Food For Thought Film Festival screening, Seed: The Untold Story, at the Leura Hill Eastman Performing Arts Center on Sunday, April 30th starting at 2:00 pm. The festival will include a farmers’ market from 2-4 pm, live music from Bobby Sheehan & Jeremy Holden of Junco from 3-4 pm, the film at 4 pm, and guest speaker Will Bonsall (author and director of the Scatterseed Project) following the film. Admission is $2-$10 suggested donation.

Few things on Earth are as miraculous and vital as seeds. Worshipped and treasured since the dawn of humankind, these subtle flecks of life are the source of all existence. Seed: The Untold Story follows passionate seed keepers protecting our 12,000 year-old food legacy. In the last century, 94% of our seed varieties have disappeared. As biotech chemical companies control the majority of our seeds, farmers, scientists, lawyers, and indigenous seed keepers fight a David and Goliath battle to defend the future of our food. In a harrowing and heartening story, these reluctant heroes rekindle a lost connection to our most treasured resource and revive a culture connected to seeds.

“Food For Thought” is designed to encourage a discussion among neighbors and friends about the food we eat, and the importance of where it comes from. Local farmers, producers, and restaurateurs will be on hand to provide information, samples, and food.

The Leura Hill Eastman Performing Arts Center is located at 18 Bradley Street in Fryeburg, Maine. For more information contact the box office at 207-935-9232, or email boxoffice@fryeburgacademy.org. For a complete list of upcoming shows visit www.fryeburgacademy.org/pac.

Will’s Red Coat Book Launch Event to Benefit Conway Area Humane Society

On Tuesday, April 25th at 7 p.m., the wait is over! New York Times bestselling author Tom Ryan is launching his new book, Will’s Red Coat, at the Kennett High School Auditorium in North Conway, New Hampshire. Tom will talk about his book, sign copies, and answer your questions. All proceeds from this event will be donated to the Conway Area Humane Society.

Tickets for this event are $30 for a signed copy of Will’s Red Coat and a ticket to the event, $5 for each additional ticket as an add-on to the $30 book and ticket combo, $25.99 for each additional book at retail price, and ages 10 and under are free. Tickets are available for purchase at White Birch Books in North Conway Village. To order tickets, please stop in or call 603-356-3200.  For more information, visit www.whitebirchbooks.com.

ABOUT WILL’S RED COAT

A true story of acceptance, perseverance, and the possibility of love and redemption as evocative, charming, and powerful as the New York Times bestseller Following Atticus.

Drawn by an online post, Tom Ryan adopted Will, a frightened, deaf, and mostly blind elderly dog, and brought him home to live with him and Atticus. The only owners Will ever knew had grown too fragile to take care of themselves, or of him. Ultimately, Will was left at a kill shelter in New Jersey.

Tom hoped to give Will a place to die with dignity, amid the rustic beauty of the White Mountains of his New Hampshire home. But when Will bites him numerous times and acts out in violent displays, Tom realizes he is in for a challenge.

With endless patience and the kind of continued empathy Tom has nurtured in his relationship with Atticus, Will eventually begins to thrive. Soon, the angry, hurt, depressed,and near-death oldster has transformed into a happy, gamboling companion with a puppylike zest for discovery. Will perseveres for two and a half years, inspiring hundreds of thousands of Tom and Atticus’s fans with his courage, resilience, and unforgettable heart.

A story of a dog and an indelible bond that is beautiful, heartbreaking, uplifting, and unforgettable, Will’s Red Coat honors the promise held in all of us, at any stage of life.