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North Conway Public Library Presents Antiques Roadshow with Ken Gloss on the Value of Old and Rare Books

The North Conway Public Library will present Ken Gloss, a frequent guest appraiser on PBS’ Antiques Roadshow, for a discussion of the value of old and rare books. Gloss, owner of the internationally known Brattle Book Shop in Boston’s Downtown Crossing section, will give the free and open talk on Wednesday, Feb. 21 at 6 p.m. at the Obs-Weather Discovery Center in North Conway Village, in the fully accessible downstairs meeting room.

Gloss will talk about and show some of his favorite finds of old and rare books and describe some of the joys of the “hunt,” as well as explain what makes a book go up in value. He has many fascinating anecdotes to share as well as guidelines for what to look for when starting a collection. There is also a Q&A session before the conclusion of his talk.

Following the talk and question-and-answer session, he will give free verbal appraisals of all books that attendees have brought with them or will do so at his shop in Boston.

Gloss has appeared as a guest appraiser on PBSAntiques Roadshow numerous times over the years and has been a popular guest on WBZ Radio as well as other radio, TV, and cable stations numerous times. His articles continue to appear in various antique journals and in print and online consumer publications.

“Ken Gloss has the reputation of being very entertaining and very informative, and he certainly knows all there is about old and rare books,” says North Conway librarian Andrea Masters.

“I’m sure there are a lot of people who have old and rare books, or have an interest in them,” she said. “We’re hoping people will come to find more information about the value of them.”

Gloss will also talk about the history of his historic bookshop (brattlebookshop.com), which goes back to circa 1825. He is a second-generation owner.

The Brattle Book Shop, Yankee Magazine Editor’s Choice Award for Best of New England, is one of America’s oldest and largest antiquarian bookstores. Kenneth Gloss succeeded his late father, George Gloss, a well-known figure both in Boston and national antiquarian circles. “I found that books were in my blood and that I would never be really happy if I abandoned the business,” says Ken Gloss.

This event will be held at the Weather Discovery Center, no reservations necessary. There will be time after the presentation for questions and discussion.  Homemade cookies will be served and coffee is generously provided by Frontside Grind of North Conway.

The program is free of charge, although donations to the Library are greatly appreciated. For more information about the program, please check the library’s website at NorthConwayLibrary or call the library at 603-356-2961.


Holiday Gift Ideas

The Second Annual Art Celebrates Place calendars are flying off the shelves. Have you ordered yours yet? 

These gorgeous calendars feature selected artwork by local artists from the 2010-2017 Art Celebrates Place shows. They are wire-bound, high-quality calendars printed on heavy cardstock measuring 11 1/2″ x 11 1/2″. One for the office, one for home, and three for those hard-to-buy-for-cousins you’ll see at holiday dinners this month!

Pick one up at: the USVLT office in North Conway, White Birch Books, the Met Coffee House, Soyfire Candle, the MWV Chamber of Commerce office, Vintage Frameworks, the Local Grocer, Dutch Bloemenwinkel (Jackson), Jackson Art Studio, Edge of Maine Gallery (Brownfield), Spice & Grain (Fryeburg) or online at usvlt.org/2018-art-celebrates-place-calendar/.

Give the Gift of Land Conservation this Year!

What better way to spread joy this holiday season? Land Conservation is a powerful gift — a gift that only becomes more valuable over time. Give a gift membership to all those who value the precious landscapes of the upper Saco River region. The recipient of your gift will receive a “Welcome Package” with information on USVLT and local land conservation, recent newsletters, and schedules of upcoming events.  All members have voting privileges at our annual meeting, and all memberships are good for one year. Click here to give a gift membership today .

Got your calendars and gift memberships already? There are many more ways you can support USVLT:

  • Select USVLT as your preferred nonprofit while purchasing your holiday gifts on Amazon via smile.amazon.com (Amazon will donate 0.5% of eligible purchases to USVLT).
  • Make a tax-deductible donation online here to the operating fund which funds the behind the scenes of our land conservation work.
  • Email info@usvlt.org to explore volunteer opportunities.
  • Help us finish the fundraising for the Pine Hill Community Forest by donating to this specific land project today!

As always, your support of the Land Trust today ensures that we can protect our region’s rivers, farms, and forests for the future.


The White Mountain Waldorf School’s 31st Annual Winter Craft Faire, November 18, 2017, 10am-2pm

A Family Event of Children’s Crafts, Puppet Shows, Student Art, Local Artisans, Musicians and delicious refreshments.  Come join in the fun as we celebrate the season at our 31st Annual Winter Craft Faire, presented by the Development Committee, Parent Association and Faculty of the White Mountain Waldorf School!

The faire will take place at the Waldorf School, at 1371 NH Rt. in Albany, NH just two miles south of Conway village.

Admission to puppet show and student performances is free.  Bring your family and shop for beautifully handcrafted gifts from local artisans and student crafters. There will also be an Elf Shop with handcrafted gifts for kid shoppers only! Don’t forget to search for the Pocket Lady with her many treasures, or to visit King Winter in his Crystal Cave for a magical storytelling experience. There will be unique craft activities for kids ongoing throughout the day, as well as marionette puppet shows, student musical performances, and much more! Come hungry because the food is not to be missed; a delectable assortment of homemade baked goods and comforting choices are part of the hearty lunch menu.

This is a great opportunity to shop locally for the holidays while supporting a wonderful school that nurtures children in a loving environment! 

Some well known local artisans & vendors:

  1. Crystal Saujon- clay jewelry
  2. Christiane Hilbrig-Tauroney- Jeweler
  3. Melanie Moore- Moore Fibers
  4. Diane Eldridge- Felt Nature and Paint NH
  5. Jesse Mixer- Jeweler
  6.   Andrea Walker- Reusable snack bags, dryer balls, knit and crochet.
  7. Sarah Davidson-Essential Oils
  8. Hillary Twigg-Smith – Authentic Jamaican and West African crafts, baskets, hand knit products.

Founded in 1985, The White Mountain Waldorf School is an independent, not-for-profit; non-sectarian school providing pre-school, kindergarten and elementary education for grades 1-8.  For more information about the 31st Annual Winter Craft Faire or the White Mountain Waldorf School, please contact us: 603-447-3168 and visit our website at whitemountainwaldorf.org

Mark Mandeville and Raianne Richards will perform live on Saturday, November 18th at 7:30 pm at the Medallion Opera House

Mark Mandeville and Raianne Richards will perform live on Saturday, November 18th at 7:30 pm at the Medallion Opera House, 20 Park Street, Gorham Town Hall, Gorham.  Tickets will be $12.00/Adult and will available in advance at the Gorham Town Hall and online at Medallion Opera House or at the door. The concert is sponsored by Marie’s Boutique and Scoggins General Store in Gorham.

Mark Mandeville and Raianne Richards are clearly inheritors of a timeless legacy, creating music that is both original and evocative of a rich tradition. Blending distinctive voices and a wide range of accompaniment (guitar, harmonica, ukulele, clarinet, penny whistle, electric bass), their songs have been well-received by audiences around the eastern United States since 2010. Transcending the genre of folk Americana, their music echoes inspiration from traditional folk duos and singer/songwriters like Ian & Sylvia, Kate Wolf and Neil Young – combining beautiful harmonies and a lyrical intensity, while establishing a unique sound of their own.

Their new CD, Grain by Grain, demonstrates an ever progressive richness in songwriting and performance. From the opening title song through its closing track—“Across the Morning”—it is an exemplar of what modern Americana can and should be. I maintain that Mark and Raianne’s previous CD—Hard Times & Woes—is one of those rare singularly perfect albums, but with Grain by Grain this talented duo takes it all to a new level, rivaling their earlier effort with terrific original songs beautifully presented.

Both artists are products of central Massachusetts mill and factory towns, and for all their national exposure, they are passionately dedicated to the region and what it has to offer. Each summer for the past eight years they have organized the “Massachusetts Walking Tour” where they hike the roads and trails of the Commonwealth, more than 100 miles in less than two weeks, in support of the arts in local communities along the way. Each eveningthey stop over in yet another Massachusetts town, putting on a free concert there, along with local performers and fellow artists who accompany them on their journey. These annual two-week treks also raise awareness of the trails and greenways in Massachusetts, using music to make important connections. It is my privilege to be able to join them each year for these annual walks and evening concerts, just as it has been my pleasure and honor to have Mark and Raianne on my radio program multiple times over the last several years. They also represented the folk tradition at WICN’s 45th Anniversary gala at Worcester’s Mechanics Hall. With their bandmates—Doug Williamson on bass and piano and Peter Hart on pedal steel guitar—they continue to  impress listeners with their heartfelt songs and to inspire in me an even deeper appreciation of contemporary American folk music.

North Conway Library’s Book Group reads “The House Girl” by Tara Conklin on February 9

noco-public-libraryNORTH CONWAY—  The North Conway Library’s Book Group is reading “The House Girl” by Tara Conklin and will discuss it on Thursday, February 9 at 10:30 a.m. at the library.

This is an open book discussion group. Everyone is welcome, whether or not you are a library member.

The Library Book Group reads both fiction and nonfiction and meets on the SECOND Thursday of each month at 10:30 a.m. at the library in North Conway Village.


The House Girl is an unforgettable story of love, history, and a search for justice, set in modern-day New York and 1852 Virginia.

Weaving together the story of an escaped slave in the pre–Civil War South and a determined junior lawyer, The House Girl follows Lina Sparrow as she looks for an appropriate lead plaintiff in a class-action lawsuit seeking compensation for families of slaves. In her research, she learns about Lu Anne Bell, a renowned prewar artist whose famous works might have actually been painted by her slave, Josephine.

Featuring two remarkable, unforgettable heroines, Tara Conklin’s The House Girl is riveting and powerful, literary fiction at its very best.

Check the library’s website at www.NorthConwayLibrary.com for more information or call the North Conway Library at 603-356-2961 to reserve your copy of “The House Girl.”

Mt. Washington Valley Arts Classes

September 2013
see, learn, and connect with Mount Washington Valley Arts

Contact Us

P. O. Box 1603
North Conway, NH 03860

16 Norcross Place
(Lower Level)
North Conway Village, NH





Phone: 603.356.2787

 Office Hours:

Wednesday – Saturday

10 am – 3 pm

Fall Class:

Fall classes & workshops are here again at MWVAA, we are offering Watercolors and Photography. Please see below for which class or workshop is perfect for you..


Please click on attached Class Registration Form to sign up or you can obtain a detailed summary which can be found on our website at:mwvarts.org.  Should you have any further questions please contact Laura at 603-356-2787, she will be happy to help…


They are filling up quickly don’t delay…..



Instructor: Sharon Soule: 6 Wednesdays

Oct 16 – Nov 20,  10 am – 12 noon

Fee: $120/members; $145/non-members



Digital Photography-with David Gorke & David Sordi

Friday evening, October 18th; 6 pm-9 pm & Saturday October 19th, (rain date: Sunday)


You will begin with an overview of digital cameras on Friday evening.Saturday will be an outdoor adventure in search of beautiful foliage; afterwards you will review your photos and discuss your experiences.

Friday workshop only: $20/members; $45/non

Saturday workshop only: $80/members; $105 non

Both workshops: $90 members/$125 non-members



MWVAA Upcoming Events:   

October/November Exhibit:  “Artist’s Choice”

December Exhibit:  5th Annual “Affordable Art Show & Sale”

Lunch & Learn: Bonsai – History & Pruning Demonstration


Myrla & David Bryant



Bonsai Designers

October 21, 2013Lunch & Learn:
Bonsai – History
& Pruning DemonstrationMyrla & David Bryant DBMB Bonsai & SaikeiAuthor,
Garden Designer, Consultant, Public SpeakerRed Fox Restaurant – Jackson, NHAdvance Reservations Requiredcontact: Peggy DiPace for reservations or email: info@mountaingardenclub.org

Price: $20 members / $25 guests

Time: 10:30 am

This Lunch & Learn presentation will be extremely educational and will last approximately 1½ to 2 hours.

Myrla and David currently teach classes on Bonsai horticulture and will talk about the history of Bonsai culture from its early beginnings in China and Japan.

They will perform a live demonstration of making a medium size apanese Juniper tree that will be one of the raffle prizes; review bonsai tree care; present a slide show of Signature Bonsai Trees and conclude with an open Q & A.

After the program they will be selling bonsai trees from their special collection.

David and Myrla believe that participating in bonsai art has a nurturing and creative affect on the artist, so come and see for yourselves!


MWV Arts Association Presents “Artists Without Boundaries” Exhibit

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“Artists Without Boundaries” Exhibit

 see, learn, and connect with the visual arts

Contact Us

P. O. Box 1603
North Conway, NH 03860

16 Norcross Place
(Lower Level)
North Conway Village, NH




Phone: 603.356.2787


 Office Hours:

Wednesday – Saturday

10 am – 3 pm 






The Mt. Washington Valley Arts Association (MWVAA) summer show, “Artists Without Boundaries” is currently on view at the MET coffeehouse in downtown North Conway through Tuesday, October 1 and at the MWVAA’s Downstairs Gallery in Norcross Circle through Saturday, August 31.  The show is purposely open-ended, allowing the talented MWVAA juried artists and photographers the freedom to exhibit works in the styles and subjects of their choice.  The public is invited to view these interesting and varied works during regular business hours from 7 AM to 8 PM and to 10 PM weekends at the MET.  The Downstairs Gallery is open 10 AM to 3 PM Mondays and Thursday through Saturday.  Come and view these one-of-a kind works at both locations, support our local artists and perhaps find that perfect work of art for purchase.  Prints of many works are also available at the Downstairs Gallery.


One of the featured artists in this show is local artist, Ernie Brown, whose painting, “Dickerson’s Bog-1” is shown below.  Ernie has recently returned to the valley after several years of living in Vermont.  Long time residents may remember his early work in the valley doing signs and billboards for Heritage, New Hampshire and other local businesses.  Ernie is an accomplished painter, working in acrylics on board in a realistic, detailed style which has won him many awards, both locally and nationally.  His focused attention to detail is widely admired and has served him well both in his fine art work and in this work as an illustrator.  He also is one of the premier illustrators for White Mountain Puzzles of Jackson, NH where he has created over 60 titles and has 5 of the 10 top selling titles and has sold well over 500,000 units across the United States and the United Kingdom.  He is happy to be back living and working in the valley at his Conway studio on River St. and is available for a variety of projects both large and small.

Ernest Brown 


The Mt. Washington Valley Arts Association is an independent, community focused, non-profit organization which exists to promote the study, appreciation and display of the visual arts, particularly the art of the Mount Washington Valley.  It’s premier annual event is Art in the Park, this year scheduled for Saturday, August 10.  Membership is open to all interested artists, fine craftsmen and arts supporters.  Artists may be juried for inclusion in future shows during regular jury sessions six times a year.  The next jury session will be on Monday, September 16.  Information about MWVAA events and jury application forms are available on their website, http://www.MWVArts.org or by calling the office at 603-356-2787.


Arts Jubilee Continues the 31st Summer Concert Season

Don Campbell alone B&WArts Jubilee begins the month of August with the first of two remaining concerts in the 31st summer concert season, presenting high energy, world-class performers performing a wide range of entertainment hosted at Cranmore Mountain, North Conway.

Music that has stood the test of time will take the spotlight on Thursday, August 1st as the Don Campbell Band presents a tribute to Dan Fogelberg. Don Campbell is an adult contemporary/country crossover and folk-rock singer-songwriter whose uniquely clear and well-delivered presentation of music supports the story in the song and welcomes the audience on board for the ride. Often compared to the sounds of Dan Fogelberg, Vince Gill, and Chris Isaak, Don and his ensembles are based out of New England. The band has been celebrating the release of their new CD in Fogelberg’s honor, “Kites to Fly”.  Whatever the age, most people will recognize such Fogelberg hits as “Leader of the Band” and “Longer”. The double disc album tribute is named Kites To Fly Celebrating The Music Of Dan Fogelberg. Campbell has said that these treasured songs were like kites he had to fly, things to be put up there and given space to breathe and fly. Also appearing on stage with Don will be special guest, Tom Dyhrberg, performing Gordon Lightfoot favorites.

Opening for the evening at 6 PM will be local band, Rek’lis.  Started in 2009, Rek’lis over the years has evolved from a few friends playing around having a good time into a band that has gained notoriety as one of the Valley’s well known groups. Starting off in the après music scene, Rek’lis has played at numerous venues throughout the area. With over 60 years combined experience they are known to please the crowd with an eclectic mix of 80’s, punk rock and new wave tunes. Rek’lis appeared in an opening concert for Arts Jubilee in 2012 and their good vibes and an endless amount of energy will get the evening off to a great beginning.  The Don Campbell Band will take the stage at 7 PM.

In keeping with tradition, the concert series will end with a “symphony pops” style performance on August 8th.  Returning to the stage will be Clayton Poole and the New England Wind Symphony, but this year they will be presenting an all-Broadway show!  Broadway Classics will feature hits from over 20 Broadway shows with vocals by Patty Barkas.  Patty has performed, recorded and toured globally and she enjoys re-creating the classic vocal jazz interpretations of the swing era as well as the fabulous iconic music of Broadway.  The evening will be hosted by the valley’s own theatrical celebrity, George Cleveland and will open with the vocal/instrumental duo, Dennis & Davey – whose music is known throughout the area as the next best thing to visiting the Emerald Isle.

Arts Jubilee’s outdoor festival concerts are found at the base of the North Slope at Cranmore Mountain in North Conway, New Hampshire.  Headline concerts begin at 7:00 PM and a ‘warm up’ performance begins at 6 PM. Beverages and food available on the Deck at Zip’s Pub with a full view of the stage.  Picnic suppers are permitted, and please provide your own seating with a blanket or lawn chairs.  Admission is family friendly requesting a small charge to help defray expenses for the series.  Adults are $10, Seniors: $8 and kids 12 and under are free.  Arts Jubilee is a non-profit organization with support from area corporate sponsors, private donations, and grants.  Our host sponsor, Cranmore Mountain provides ample free parking, indoor restrooms, and beautiful mountain views in a natural amphitheater setting.  For additional information go to MWVEvents.com or call 1-800-Sun-n-Ski.

African Drumming at the Freedom Village Store!



The Freedom Village Store is currently selling farm fresh organic raspberries. Wednesday we start carrying Sherman Farm Milk in 1/2 gallon and quarts. We will carry Sherman Farm Lemonade along with milk in a variety of flavors.

African Drumming

Friday night join FVS for African drumming. We will be hosting our local African Drummer Janet Meyers along with her drumming group. Event is appropriate for all ages and open to the public. Food and refreshments are free.

JULY 26th 6pm

Today & Parade Day

FVS is selling fresh organic raspberries, Sherman Farm Milk and farm fresh eggs. FVS will be open and running specials on Parade Day. We will be serving breakfast and beverages.


Artisan of the Month-August

Carol Ames will be showcasing her handmade quilts. Carol also makes a variety of hand sewn goods such as place mats, table runners and baby/lap quilts. Traditional fabrics, prints and batiks are used for these

amazing creations.

AUGUST 30th 6pm

M&D Productions Hosts Summer Open Mic Nights

A Musical Revue

Come join us for an evening of musical delight!

With a variety of local singers, you will surely enjoy!

Doors open at 7pm, Show starts at 7:30pm

Eastman Performing Arts Center Hosts a Fashion Show to Benefit the Mother Seton House


Come out to the Fashion Show Benefit for the Mother Seton House at the Leura Hill Eastman Performing Arts Center on Saturday, June 29 at 7:00 PM. Tickets are $10.00 per person and may be purchased at the door the night of the show. For more information, please contact Ellen Belcastro at 603-520-9828 or visit http://www.fryeburgacademy.org/pac.The theater is located at 18 Bradley Street on the Campus of Fryeburg Academy in Fryeburg, ME. Parking is free.

The Fashion Show Benefit will give patrons the opportunity to enjoy fashions provided by local merchants and modeled by local males and females of all ages ranging from the young at heart to the seasoned fashionista, Designs ranging from “summer fun” to “Sunday best” will be showcased.

All proceeds from the Fashion Show Benefit will be donated to the Mother Seton House, a private, nonprofit, 501c3 organization serving pregnant women and new mothers in difficult circumstances in western Maine and Mount Washington Valley since 2007. A pregnant woman or new mother is invited to live at Mother Seton House at no charge during pregnancy and the first year of her child’s life. In this supportive and caring community the development of parenting skills, knowledge of self-care and wellness, relationship skills, job skills and educational goals is fostered. For more information, please visit http://www.mothersetonhouse.com.