Category Archives: Arts and Cultural Events

October News from White Birch Books

The staff of White Birch Books just returned from their annual New England Independent Bookstore Association Trade Show in Providence. It was three jam-packed days or books and authors and lots of conversations about books and authors.

This year the trade show held special significance to North Conway’s independent bookstore as owner Laura Cummings was elected president of the NEIBA Board. Laura has served on the Board for the past two years and has gotten to know many people throughout the New England bookselling world and is very much looking forward to her presidential stint and getting to know even more about the business she loves.

ONE BOOK, ONE VALLEY!
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 26 AT 7 PM
KENNETT HIGH SCHOOL

This is the 12th Annual One Book One Valley program and this year’s book will be THE ONE-IN-A-MILLION BOY by Maine author, Monica Wood.

The mission of this program is to strengthen community ties and promote literacy through reading and discussing a book with a theme that resonates locally. The vision: Imagine if folks throughout Mount Washington Valley read the same book. Then talked about it. And THEN got to come together to meet the author at a special valley-wide event. One Book One Valley is successful because of you, the individual reader, and YOU, our community of readers, coming together.

For more information call White Birch Books at 603.356.3200

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Harnessing History: On the Trail of New Hampshire’s State Dog, The Chinook

On October 18, 2017 Bob Cottrell will present a program on how  dog sledding developed in New Hampshire and how the Chinook played a major role in this story. Explaining how man and his relationship with dogs won out over machines on several famous polar expeditions Bob will cover the history of Arthur Walden and his Chinooks, the State Dog of New Hampshire. Cottrell will be accompanied by his appropriately named Chinook, Tug.

Held at  Bartlett Elementary School Cafeteria, Route 302, Bartlett at 7:00 p.m. following a brief Annual Meeting of the historical society.  The event is free and open to the public.  Donations are gratefully accepted at the door.

Bob Cottrell holds an MA from the Winterthur Program in Early American Culture in Delaware. The founding director of the Remick Country Doctor Museum in Tamworth, he is now the Curator of the Henney History Room at the Conway Public Library, a Board member of the Conway Historical Society, and President ex-officio of the Tamworth Historical Society. He serves as an independent history and museum consultant.

STREETSIDE AT SETTLERS GREEN CELEBRATES GRAND OPENING WITH DANCING IN THE STREET, OCTOBER 9-15, 2017

Streetside, Settlers Green’s newest ten-store-and-restaurant addition, is poised to celebrate a grand opening that’ll get visitors dancing in the street.  Starting on Tuesday, October 10, with a ribbon cutting ceremony and concluding on Sunday, October 15th, the Settlers Green Streetside Grand Opening festivities will include a full line-up of musical themed events, community celebrations, shopping specials, art unveilings, giveaways, fundraisers and a gala fireworks display, plus more.  Dancing in the Street is the theme for the Grand Opening events, and that’s just what visitors will be doing throughout the celebration.

Kennett High School Dance Team – Photo courtesy of Holly Fougere
Photo Kennett High School Dance Team – Jay Philbrick

Get ready for a brand-new beat on the North Conway shopping scene

While retail is the primary focus at Settlers Green, the commitment to “shoptainment” here is evident in the mall’s many playscapes, photo opportunities, and the new Streetside Art Project featuring works of public art by local and regional artists. In addition to Streetside’s ten new stores and locally owned restaurant, shoppers will savor a sense of excitement and commitment to the community, taking shopping to the next level here.

An important part of Streetside’s Grand opening will include a unique fundraising partnership with Mountain Top Music, intended to put the music education and performance non-profit organization closer to their fundraising goal to create a community-oriented performing arts center and gathering place. Settlers Green has pledged a $15,000 match for any donations made to Mountain Top Music between September 15-October 15th, and the Streetside Grand Opening will create multiple opportunities for community giving to be matched. Look for a display in center court focused on this project.

Throughout the Grand Opening festivities, take time to view the Streetside Art Project, with works from Northern New England artists.  Dancing in the Street offers up the following schedule of events and entertainment:

 Tuesday, October 10, 12:30pm: Celebrate with a Ribbon-Cutting Event: Official ribbon cutting followed by light refreshments.  Chamber members, politicians, media and interested public welcome to attend and meet the developers, artists and more.

 Wednesday, October 11: Discover The Art:  Learn more about White Mountains art history and culinary art from local experts.   All programs are free and open to the public. Events take place at the Pedestrian Walkway by Francesca’s and Skechers at Settlers Green Streetside.

  • 10:30am: Special presentation by local artists, Erik Koeppel & Lauren Sansaricq  – a 45-minute presentation by two local artists from Jackson, NH. The art talk includes review of their recent “Recovering the American Sublime” exhibit plus other works and techniques by these traditional landscape artists.
  • 11:30am:  Bob Cotrell from Conway Historical Society – Local historian, Bob Cotrell, will discuss the history of art in the White Mountain during a 30-minute presentation, highlighting 19th century and early 20th century artists.
  • 1:00pm: Culinary art demo by Kathy Iannuzzi from White Mountain Cupcakery –  Kathy Iannuzzi, co-owner of the White Mountain Cupcakery, and winner of the 2011 Cupcake Wars, will demonstrate cake decorating at the White Mountain Cupcakery at Settlers Green Outlet Village Suite D52.

Thursday, October 12: Beauty Stroll in the Street

Today is the day to shop for a cause! October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and to celebrate, from 11:00am to 5:00pm, Jen’s Friends Cancer Foundation will have volunteers on-site with information about the nonprofit and how it serves the Mt. Washington Valley. Receive one of only 100 commemorative canvas bags with free goodies and coupons with your minimum $10 donation. Proceeds go directly to Jen’s Friends, and Settlers Green will match it! Plus, enter to win a $500 raffle prize to the stores at Settlers Green Streetside. Tickets are $5 each with proceeds also benefitting Jen’s Friends Cancer Foundation.

Friday, October 13: #ShopStreetside Part I, throughout the day:  “It’s all about the shopping” New brands featuring Grand Opening special deals.  Sign up for all day raffles for merchandise prizes and more.  Random acts of customer appreciation gifts throughout the day.

Saturday, October 14: Dancing in the Street: Throughout the day enjoy plenty of reasons to dance in the street at Streetside.

  • 10:00am – 3:00pm: Enjoy a full day of festivities including the Streetside Art Festival.
  • 4:00pm-until 6 pm: American Bandstand-style festival!  It’s a dance party and you’re invited!  Dozens of dancers from regional and student led dance groups will take you through the best dance years of the century.  Grand final featuring Sarah-Katarina “SkooJ CorE-O” Jerome and director of the Boston Community Dance Project.  As seen on MTV, ESPN, Sarah-Katarina will dazzle with her dance troupe for a grand finale event.
  • 6:45 pm/Dusk:  A gala fireworks display over Streetside fills the sky with celebration.

Sunday, October 15: #ShopStreetside Pt. 2:  Close out the Grand Opening celebration with shopping specials and raffles throughout the day.  Sign up for all day raffles for merchandise prizes and more.  Random acts of customer appreciation gifts throughout the day.

More than 500,000 square feet of North Conway retail centers, including Settlers Green, Settlers Crossing and Settlers Corner, are developed and managed by OVP Management, Inc. a Newton, Massachusetts based company with management offices in North Conway.  For more information please contact General Manager, Dot Seybold at dot@ovpmanagement.com or for leasing information please contact Robert M. Barsamian at RMB@ovpmanagement.com.  Additional details about the shopping centers located in North Conway, NH is available at Settlersgreen.com or OVPManagement.com.

Photos:  Members of the Kennett High School Dance team will perform at Settlers Green during the Dancing in the Street celebration.  Please note photo credits in file name.

MET ‘LIVE IN HD’ 2017-18 SEASON AT THE LHE/PAC

The Emmy and Peabody Award-winning Met Opera Live in HD series is returning to the Leura Hill Eastman Performing Arts Center for the 2017-18 season starting on Saturday, October 7th. Located inside Fryeburg Academy’s state-of-the-art theater, the live simulcast’s high-definition picture and surround sound audio makes it seem as if you are watching the performance from inside New York City’s famed opera house.

The 2017-18 season opens with a new production of Bellini’s masterpiece, Norma, on October 7th at 1:00 pm. Sir David McVicar’s evocative production—starring Radvanovsky as the Druid priestess and Joyce DiDonato as her archrival—sets the action deep in a Druid forest where nature and ancient ritual rule. The run time of the show is approximately three hours with one intermission. Light refreshments will be available during intermission.

Joe De Vito will be returning to host his always informative and entertaining Opera Lecture Series every Thursday before a Live in HD show at 3:00 pm. De Vito’s workshop, which is free and open to all, provides an in-depth look at the upcoming opera’s music, story, composer, and much more.

The 2017-18 season will also feature Die Zauberflote (October 14th), The Exterminating Angel (November 18th), Tosca (January 27th), L’Elisir d’Amore (February 10th), La Boheme (February 24th), Semiramide (March 10th), Cosi fan tutte (March 31st), Luisa Miller (April 14th), and Cendrillon (April 28th).

Single tickets are $26 for adults, $23 for seniors, and $18 for students. You can purchase tickets in advance online at http://www.fryeburgacademy.org, or by calling the box office at 207-935-9232. If you are a loyal attendee of the Live in HD series at the LHE/PAC, season tickets—which grant you access to all ten simulcasts for the price of nine—are available now through Saturday, October 7th. Please contact the box office for more details. The LHE/PAC is located at 18 Bradley Street in Fryeburg, Maine.

Artist Reception at Opening Night of The Last Romance

In conjunction with M&D Playhouse’s latest production, “The Last Romance,” an artist reception will be held for local artist Mary Bastoni-Rebmann on Thursday, September 28, at 6 p.m. at 1857 White Mountain Highway, North Conway.

Bastoni-Rebmann has lived in Mount Washington Valley for 34 years and is a professional musician and voice teacher. She has her masters degree in performance in classical voice and teaches at the University of Southern Maine and Mountain Top Music School, and has her private studio in Fryeburg. She directs and composes scores for her children’s musical theater workshops which are held throughout the year, and has directed several musical and non-musical productions throughout Maine and New Hampshire.

Bastoni-Rebmann made her first acrylic painting over a year and a half ago and has found a new and deep passion for working with watercolor, oils, pastels, drawing, and charcoal. She joined Friday Painters in 2016 and became a juried artist with the Mount Washington Valley Arts Association in the late summer. In this time, Bastoni-Rebmann has had her paintings featured at The Met in North Conway, Ellis River Gallery, Art in the Park, her home studio and has done commission work thanks to Facebook.

There is no cost to attend the reception, which will offer refreshments and a cash bar. However, tickets for “The Last Romance” are $20 in advance or $25 at the door.

For more information, call (603) 733-5275 or visit online >

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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Denise Vallee
dvallee@gorhamnh.org
603-466-3322 x3

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.