Category Archives: Arts and Cultural Events

HIGHWAYMEN TRIBUTE TO PERFORM AT ARTS JUBILEE

Arts Jubilee presents The Highwaymen Live—a musical tribute to the country music super group made up of Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash, and Waylon Jennings—outdoors at Cranmore Mountain this Thursday, August 3rd at 7 pm.

Perhaps the greatest country music super group in history, The Highwaymen traveled the world performing to millions of fans. Concertgoers will watch in amazement as each song, one hit after another, is sung just as if they were seeing the original band perform. This country music tribute show is full of upbeat, honky-tonk hits like Ring of Fire, Dukes of Hazard, and On the Road Again. Relive the glory days when county music was made by Good Men, Country Men, the Highwaymen. The Riley Parkhurst Project—voted ‘Best of the Mount Washington Valley’ in 2017—will be performing the opening concert at 6 pm.

Admission is $12 for adults, $10 for seniors, $5 for students, and free for kids 12 and under. Tickets are available at the gate (we accept cash, Visa, and Mastercard). Please note that there is no seating provided at the venue, but attendees are welcome to bring blankets or set up lawn chairs. There is plenty of free, convenient parking on site. Food and beverages are available on the Zips Pub deck. Arts Jubilee requests that our audience comply with the following Cranmore policy: Dogs, with the exception of leashed service dogs, are not allowed on the property. The concerts are ‘rain or shine’ events, so we advise concertgoers to come prepared as they would for any outdoor events. Cranmore Mountain is located at 239 Skimobile Road in North Conway, NH. For more information.

35th Annual Pops Concert and Fireworks Event Presented by Arts Jubilee

Experience Arts Jubilee’s annual family favorite traditional outdoor pops concert on Thursday, July 27th at the base of the North Slope at Cranmore. This year’s concert will feature The Seacoast Wind Ensemble, a 50-piece symphonic band performing pops favorites, light classics, and some familiar Americana. Fireworks will follow the concert, presented by Atlas Pyrotechnics.

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The Seacoast Wind Ensemble

This is a family friendly event with convenience parking and indoor restrooms. Food and beverages are available for purchase on the Deck at Zip’s Pub, guests are welcome to pack a picnic lunch. Guests are asked to bring their own seating and to keep alcoholic beverages at home, please. Remember, this is a family event!

Headline performances will begin at 7pm, but guests may enjoy an early “warm-up” performance at 6pm featuring local and professional musicians.

This event has family friendly admission. Adult tickets are $12, seniors (65 & up) are $10, students are $5, and kids 12 and under are free. Tickets and payment will be received at the gate.

For more information on Valley events http://www.mtwashingtonvalley.org

 

About Arts Jubilee 

Arts Jubilee is a non-profit cultural arts organization in the Mount Washington Valley with a mission to bring unique arts performances to New Hampshire. Since 1983, Arts Jubilee has been bringing exciting, world-class musical entertainment to the residents and visitors of the Mt. Washington Valley.

The Heather Pierson Acoustic Trio Live at Medallion Opera House

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Contact: Denise Vallee
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The Heather Pierson Acoustic Trio will perform live on Thursday, July 13th at 7:30 pm at the Medallion Opera House, 20 Park Street, Gorham Town Hall, in Gorham. Tickets are $12.00 and are available at White Mountain Café, Gorham Town Hall and online at http://www.medallionoperahouse.org. The concert is sponsored by Hub North (Jason & Kara Hunter).

At first glance, Heather Pierson appears to be the girl next door – youthful, friendly, a little bit shy. At the seat of a piano or brandishing an acoustic guitar, however, she transforms into a world-class performer, baring her soul in a manner that leaves her listeners breathless and aching for more.

Heather Pierson is an award-winning pianist, multi-genre singer/songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, arranger, bandleader, and performer. From New Orleans-style jazz and blues to rousing Americana and poignant folk narratives, Heather’s memorable, intimate, and cathartic live performances, both solo and with her acoustic trio (Davy Sturtevant on strings/cornet and Shawn Nadeau on bass), feature her virtuosity on piano, her bell-tone vocals, and her commanding yet playful stage presence while wielding a tenor banjo, melodica, ukulele, or acoustic guitar. Her music moves seamlessly and effortlessly from one style to the next, and a growing catalog of wildly divergent CD releases reflects her boundless creativity.

heather pierson acoustic trio.PNGAfter enjoying modest success with the release of several solo records (Make It Mine in 2010; The Open Road in 2012; The Hard Work of Living in 2013; Motherless Child in 2014), Heather burst upon the national folk scene in 2015 with her trio. The Heather Pierson Acoustic Trio features Shawn Nadeau on upright bass and Davy Sturtevant on, as Heather often puts it from stage, “everything else” – guitar, mandolin, dobro, fiddle, cornet. Originally hailing from Erie, PA, Davy Sturtevant is a veteran touring artist, producer, engineer, songwriter, and performer who now makes his home in Lovell, ME.

Armed with a gorgeous tenor voice and a mighty arsenal of instruments ranging from dobro to fiddle to cornet that come to life in his capable hands, Davy is at once a witty, thoughtful, and engaging stage presence. New Hampshire native Shawn Nadeau brings a rock solid thump and nearly two decades of performing experience to the trio, informed by a wide spectrum of unique rhythmic and melodic sensibilities ranging from rockabilly to reggae to jazz. In their able hands, these three veteran musicians have catapulted Heather’s live performances of her deep well of Americana originals – folk, jazz, blues – with intricate instrumental arrangements and stirring three-part vocal harmonies. The trio’s debut EP, Still She Will Fly, was released in May 2015. Its title track was the #2 single on the Folk radio charts for the year in 2015, and three other songs were also in the Top 100 singles on Folk radio in 2015. The trio’s full-length debut, Singin’, releases on June 30, 2017, the tenth release on Heather’s own record label, Vessel Recordings.

Throughout her colorful career, her eclectic skill set continues to propel her onto concert hall stages and into barrooms, coffeehouses, resort hotels, living rooms, and churches. Her nearly non-stop performance schedule (with over 200 shows a year) speaks of her tireless work ethic and endless devotion to her crafts. Defying genre and classification and yet fully embracing all musical styles, Heather is an artist who speaks the language of music in as many dialects as her abilities will allow. Her life’s work, she says, is to share her love of music and of life with others – one song, one heart, one mind at a time.

A Forever Frozen Story Performance at the Leura Hill Eastman Performing Arts Center

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Experience a magical musical theater performance on Tuesday, July 18th at 7pm at the Leura Hill Eastman Performing Arts Center in Fryeburg, Maine. Prepare to travel to an enchanted world filled with magical characters, song, dance, laughter, emotion, and surprise! Tohu-Bohu Productions presents an amazing and interactive large-scale musical based upon Han Christian Andersen’s tale, The Snow Queen and the well-known children’s movie, Frozen.

The suggested audience for the performance is 2-12 years old and the length of the show is approximately 90 minutes plus a meet-and-greet afterwards. Tickets range from $12-20 per person depending on seating area. For more information, or to order tickets online, visit http://www.aforeverfrozenstory.com/me.

Children’s Summer Theater Series

childrens summer theater seriesJoin Jean’s Playhouse & IMPACT on Fridays at 10am for family summer fun from June 30th-August 18th for their Children’s Summer Theater Series. The plays are original, incorporating unique songs and a new twist on classic children’s tales.

Tickets for each theater performance are $8/person, and children under the age of 3 may enjoy the show for free. For families that are interested in seeing every show of the series, season passes are available for a more affordable price of $40 per person, and children under the age of 3 still receive free admittance to shows.

 

Show Schedule:

  • June 30th – Anansi – Keeper of the Stories: Anansi, a spider of great cunning, out wits the Sky-God Nyami to bring stories back to earth. Based on the folklore of the Ashanti culture from Ghana.
  • July 7th – Thumbelina: Thumbelina, a tiny girl, uses her imaginative and ingenious spirit to be true to her own heart. Based on the story by Hans Christian Andersen.
  • July 14th – The Bremen Town Musicians: An aging donkey, dog, cat, and rooster, all discarded by their masters, band together and discover delight in their new found freedom! Based on the story by the Brothers Grimm.
  • July 21st – The Nightingale: The Emperor falls in love with the song of the nightingale until he finds a bejeweled mechanical bird, but when he becomes sick who comes to his aid? Based on the story by Hans Christian Andersen.
  • July 28th – Snow White and Rose Red: Snow White and Rose Red are generous and kind.  Confronted by both a dwarf and a bear, one day, the girls are in awe when things resolve unexpectedly. Based on the story by the Brothers Grimm.
  • August 4th – Momotarō – Ogre Hunter: Momotarō and his friends a talking dog, monkey and pheasant go to a distant island to fight the marauding ogres and save their village. Based on a Japanese fairy tale.
  • August 11th – How the Rainbow was Made: Nanabozho, an Ojibwe spirit, deciding the world is too boring brings out his paints to color the flowers, and the day takes an unexpected turn. A creation tale from the Ojibwe Nation.
  • August 18th – Humpelken-Pumpelken or the Adventures of Humpty Dumpty: Humpelken-Pumpelken and her friends defend the town of Eggland as it is attacked by a devious chef and his crew! Based on an English Nursery Rhyme.

childrens summer theater series 2For more information on the Children’s Summer Theater Series and to buy tickets or season passes, please visit http://believeinbooks.org/children-s-summer-theater-series.html.

Thursday Night Book Club at White Birch Books

Any and all readers are welcome to attend White Birch Book’s Thursday Night Book Club. The club meets every fourth Thursday of the month and is filled with collaborative, intriguing, inspiring discussion. Not only is the Thursday Night Book Club an opportunity to meet community members, it is an opportunity to meet lifelong friends with a shared love for reading while experiencing a variety of literature.

June’s Thursday Night Book Club is scheduled for Thursday, June 22nd at 7pm. The book discussion for this month is based upon the book, The One-in-a-Million Boy by Monica Wood.

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“Wood’s exquisitely crafted prose radiates warmth, perception, and insight…Funny and uplifting.” – Review from Guardian

About The One-in-a-Million Boy By Monica Wood

The incandescent story of a 104-year-old woman and the sweet, strange young boy assigned to help her around the house — a friendship that touches each member of the boy’s un-moored family.

For years, guitarist Quinn Porter has been on the road, chasing gig after gig, largely absent to his twice-ex-wife Belle and their odd, Guinness records–obsessed son. When the boy dies suddenly, Quinn seeks forgiveness for his paternal shortcomings by completing the requirements for his son’s unfinished Boy Scout badge.

For seven Saturdays, Quinn does yard work for Ona Vitkus, the wily 104-year-old Lithuanian immigrant the boy had visited weekly. Quinn soon discovers that the boy had talked Ona into gunning for the world record for Oldest Licensed Driver — and that’s the least of her secrets. Despite himself, Quinn picks up where the boy left off, forging a friendship with Ona that allows him to know the son he never understood, a boy who was always listening, always learning.

The One-in-a-Million Boy is a richly layered novel of hearts broken seemingly beyond repair and then bound by a stunning act of human devotion.

For more information on White Birch Book’s Thursday Night Book Club, and to see upcoming book discussions, visit http://www.whitebirchbooks.com.

 

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.”

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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.