CALENDAR OF EVENTS:
The newsletter typically announces events in the next week. The calendar shows you events in the coming months.
Saturdays Twin Mountain 7 PM at the town gazebo, junction of Routes 3 & 302
Sundays Bethlehem 6 PM at the town gazebo, corner of Main Street & Prospect Street
Thursdays Lisbon 3-6 PM and Berlin 3-7 PM
Fridays Franconia 4-7 PM
Saturdays Bethlehem 10 AM - 2 PM
Sundays Littleton 10 AM - 1 PM
5TH ANNUAL CULTIVATE CONTEMPORARY DANCE FESTIVAL, BETHLEHEM
Weds. August 13 through Saturday August 16. Cultivate returns with a line-up of award-winning dance artists from around the world. Free dance classes for kids, dance performances, screendance festival, shared meals, opportunities for artists and audience to linger and mingle. This year the festival is structured to allow dancers of all levels the opportunity to dig deeper into the kind of movement research that most interests them, with 5 intensives and an array of master classes. For complete festival information visit www.CultivateDanceNH.com. To order tickets via Eventbrite visit
Wednesday July 30 through Saturday August 16, except Sundays. Shows at 7:30 PM except 2 PM matinees on Weds. August 6 and August 13. Jean's Playhouse, 10 Papermill Drive, Lincoln. With help from Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Spamalot retells the legend of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table, and features a bevy of beautiful show girls, not to mention cows, killer rabbits, and French people. For more information, visit http://jeans-playhouse.com/shows/2014-season/spamalot-2014/
LIFE AT THE TOP, LANCASTER
Thursday August 14 at 7 PM Weeks State Park Summit Lodge, 2 miles south of Lancaster on Route 3. Presentation by Eric Pinder. Come early and enjoy the park trails and views, climb the fire tower for one of the best views north of the notches, bring a picnic supper. Free and open to the public. For more information, visit http://www.nhstateparks.org/explore/state-parks/weeks-state-park.aspx
WEATHERVANE THEATRE, WHITEFIELD
Thursday, Friday, Monday and Weds. August 14, 15 & 18 & 20 see Memphis. Saturday August 16 see Mary Poppins. Tuesday August 19 see God of Carnage. 8 PM plus a 2 PM show on Saturday. The Weathervane Theatre is on Route 3 at 389 Lancaster Road, about 2 miles north of Whitefield center. Tickets $32 adults. For more information and to purchase tickets online visit www.weathervanetheatre.org.
PATCHWORK PLAYERS: FREESTYLE FROLICS
Friday August 15 at 11 AM Weathervane Theatre, Whitefield
Wednesday August 20 at 11 AM Colonial Theatre, Bethlehem
Friday August 22 at 11 AM Weathervane Theatre, Whitefield
The Weathervane Theatre's Patchwork Players conceived, wrote, directed and staged this show themselves. How will the Patchwork Players score, and what wacky events will they demonstrate? This is a free-wheeling Olympics of song, dance, and entertainment. Tickets $6 at the door. For more information, visit weathervane.org.
CHILDREN'S THEATRE: CINDERELLA
Friday August 15 at 2 PM at the Littleton Opera House and Saturday August 16 at 9:30 AM at Jean's Playhouse, 10 Papermill Drive, Lincoln. Children’s Theatre, the professional children’s performance company of Jean’s Playhouse, writes and performs eight children’s musicals every summer. Each is different and all promise a good time for adults and kids. For more information, visit http://jeans-playhouse.com/for-kids/childrens-theatre/.
FRIDAY AFTERNOON CLASSICAL CONCERT SERIES, BETHLEHEM
Friday August 15 at 5 PM, Bethlehem Hebrew Congregation sanctuary, Strawberry Hill Road off Route 302. Charilie Powers of the Pittsburgh Symphony performs a cello recital. Light refreshments after the concert. Tickets $10. For more information, visit www.bethlehemsynagogue.org.
LANDAFF 250TH BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION AND OLD HOME DAYS
Friday, Saturday & Sunday August 15, 16 & 17. For details, visit landaffnh.org/birthday.html. Activities are in Landaff center. Friday activities start at 4 PM and include opening ceremonies, Jeoparty game on Landaff trivia at 6 PM, pizza party, campfire at 8PM with singing and s'mores. A visit from the Mountain Man concludes Friday evening. Saturday includes the annual fireman's auction (8 AM preview with 9 AM start) with many quality items including tools and furniture (a lot of Ethan Allen), a variety of knick knacks, gift certificates to local businesses, and over 25 raffle itmes. Visit Friends of Landaff booth, Lisbon Stump Jumpers booth, Dori Hamilton spinning wool, dunk tank sponsored by LHS class of '63, exhibits at Landaff Church, afternoon hot dog eating contest, pie-eating contest, other contests, chili competition, ham and bean supper sittings at 5 and 6 PM, music by Chris Cate and Friends at 6 PM, dancing to Still Kickin' starts at 8PM. Sunday offers a parade starting at noon, concert by the Bavarian Band at 1 PM, jazz with the Speakeasy Trio at 2 PM, at 7 PM "The Bunga Road Dispute", a musical, will be performed. Fireworks finale at 9 PM in Kevin Schofield's field.
LOCAL THEATRE GROUP PRESENTS "YARD SALE: A PLAY", BERLIN
Friday and Saturday August 15 & 16 at 7:30 PM at WREN Berlin, 921 Main Street. Dennis and Robert have been left with the task of taking care of their aunt Irene's belongings after she goes into assisted living. They decide to have a yard sale to sell off what was left of her things. Living in a small French Canadian town you never know what kinds of crazy people will stop by to check things out. Suggested Donation $10. For more information, visit wrencommunity.org.
ST. JOHNSBURY PLAYERS PRESENT "THE DINING ROOM"
Friday August 15 and Saturday August 16 at 7:30 PM and Sunday August 17 at 2 PM. The auditorium at St. Johnsbury Academy. "The Dining Room" by A. R. Gurney is a comic drama focused on the dining room of a typical well-to-do household, a place where families gather for all occasions. Tickets $10 at the door. For more information and advanced ticket sales, visit www.catamountarts.org.
PEACHAM ACOUSTIC MUSIC FESTIVAL, PEACHAM VT
Friday and Saturday August 15 & 16. Music genres include Celtic, old time fiddle, contra, blues, bluegrass and more. Concerts, dances, workshops, jams. Local and national talent. Crafts and food too. For program schedule, visit http://www.pamfest.com/home/schedule. For online ticket prices and/or purchase, visit http://www.pamfest.com/home/tickets.
WHITE MOUNTAIN BOOGIE N' BLUES FESTIVAL, THORNTON
Friday August 15 - Sunday August 17, Sugar Shack Campground. Indigenous, Samantha Fish, Moreland & Arbuckle, Carolyn Wonderland, Southern Hospitality, Shakura S'Aida, John Nemeth, Kelley Hunt, Brandon Santini, Nick Moss Band, The Jeremiah Johnson Band, Gracie Curran & The High Falutin' Band, Jesse Dee. On-site parking, on-site campling, fireworks Saturday night, under 12 free. For more information, visit nhblues.com.
BETHLEHEM ART WALK
Saturday August 16 9 AM - 9 PM Main Street, Route 302. Artists, musicians, crafters, glasswork, woodwork, textiles, clothing, ceramics, drawings, photography, painting, open stage performances, community mural project revealed at 1 PM, not-so-secret flash mob at 1:05 PM. Steven Bahrakis Art Auction. For more information, visit bethlehemartwalk.com.
NORTH COUNTRY CHAMBER PLAYERS, SUGAR HILL
Saturday August 16 at 7:30 PM Sugar Hill Meetinghouse and Sunday August 17 at 4 PM Alumni Hall at Court Street Arts. The players partner with poets from The Frost Place Poetry Center to bring you original verse inspired by the music on the program. Tickets $20. For more information, whitemountainsmusicfestival.com
CONCERT: HOMMAGE A DEBUSSY, LANCASTER
Saturday August 16 at 7:30 PM St. Paul's Episcopal Church. Franconia-born soprano Victoria Cole and Russian pianist Sergey Marchukov joined by clarinetist Marjorie Tassey will give a concert of music for voice, clarinet and piano. The concert includes music by Debussy, Schubert, and Tchaikovsky. Suggested donation $12 adults. Free for youth. Handicapped accessible. For more information, call Victoria Cole at 603 823 8125.
ONE-PERSON PLAY AND A LECTURE-RECITAL KICK OFF BACH FEST VI
Saturday August 16 7:30 PM Gorham Congregational Church, Charles S. Brown performs his play "Cousin In Art". Sunday August 17 4:30 PM Randolph Church on Route 2, organist Christopher Anderson will lecture and perform "Bach as Luther". "Cousin In Art" explores the emotions and thoughts of Bach's cousin and childhood companion Johann Walther as he watches the meteoric rise of a genius. Using the Hook and Hastings organ, Brown plays the role of Walther. Donations at the door encouraged. For more information, visit musicgnw.org.
5K RUN/WALK BENEFITS BOY SCOUTS & SKI MT. EUSTIS, LITTLETON
Sunday August 17 race starts at 10 AM, registration on race day is 9-9:30. Start and end at VFW, 600 Cottage Street. Run to the top of Mt. Eustis and back. All money raised benefits Ski Mt. Eustis, a non-profit organization working to re-open the Mt. Eustis ski area, and also benefits Boy Scout Troop 2009, which has been committed to improved outdoor education in the greater Littleton area for over 75 years. For more information or to register online visit http://www.tendercorp.com/5krunwalk.
THE CHILDREN'S HOUSE MONTESSORI SCHOOL TOUCH-A-TRUCK FUNDRAISING EVENT, LITTLETON
Sunday August 17 10 AM - 1 PM at Secured Network Services, Inc. 775 Industrial Park Road. $3 per child, caregivers free, open to the public.
WWSD? (WHAT WOULD STEVE DO?) STEVEN BAHRAKIS ART AUCTION, BETHLEHEM
Sunday August 17 2-6 PM Colonial Theatre, Main Street. Join members of the area art community in celebration of the life of local artist Steven Bahrakis. Steve passed away unexpectedly in March 2014 leaving a ripple of loss for family, friends and community members. Twenty artists will be auctioning off original pieces of art, made in the spirit of Steve's creations, and live music will be performed by three bands. 100% of proceeds will go to Steve's wife and children. Tickets $10. For more information, visit bethlehemcolonial.org.
MOVIE AT THE COLONIAL: THE DANCE OF REALITY, BETHLEHEM
Monday & Tuesday August 18 & 19 at 7:30 PM and Weds. August 20 at 5:30 PM. Legendary filmmaker Alejandro Jodorowsky was born in 1929 in Tocopilla, a coastal town on the edge of the Chilean desert where the film was shot. It was there that Jodorowsky underwent an unhappy and alienated childhood as part of an uprooted family. Blending his personal history with metaphor, mythology and poetry, The Dance of Reality reflects Alejandro Jodorowsky’s philosophy that reality is not objective but rather a “dance” created by our own imaginations. For more information, visit bethlehemcolonial.org.
BOOKS OF JEWISH INTEREST CLUB, BETHLEHEM
Tuesdays August 19, Sept. 2, 16 at 4 PM, Bethlehem Hebrew Congregation library, Strawberry Hill Road off Route 302. Come to any or all of the meetings. No assigned books. Just bring a book you would enjoy recommending to other readers, or just come to enjoy the book chattin. Light refreshments. All welcome. For more information, visit www.bethlehemsynagogue.org.
COLONIAL CHILDREN'S SERIES: PATCHWORK FREESTYLE FOLICS, BETHLEHEM
Wednesday August 20 at 11 AM The Colonial, 2050 Main Street. The Weathervane Theatre's Patchwork Players Conceived, wrote, directed and staged this show themselves. How will the Patchwork Players score, and what wacky events will they demonstrate? This is a free-wheeling Olympics of song, dance, and entertainment. For more information, visit bethlehemcolonialtheatre.org/childrens-series.
SUSTAINABLE COMPROMISES AT LITTLETON LIBRARY LOCAL AUTHORS SUMMER SERIES
Weds. August 20 at 6:30 PM McClure Program Room, Littleton Public Library, Main Street. Presentation by St. Johnsbury area author, Alan Boye, whose recently published book, "Sustainable Compromises: A Yurt, a Straw Bale House, and Ecological Living" chronicles his two attempts to live simply in two disparate American eras. An informed and engagin reflection on what sustainability really means in personal, communal, ethical, and environmental terms. Alan Boye is an English professor at Lyndon State College and author of numerous other published books. The series continues on 1st and 3rd Wednesdays through the 3rd Wednesday in October.
ST. JOHNSBURY ATHENAEUM CELEBRATES 21ST ANNUAL READINGS IN THE GALLERY
Wednesday August 20 at 7 PM at the Athenaeum Art Gallery. Events that celebrate poetry through the works of poets, artists and musicians. Third Wednesday of the month May through October. Free and open to the public. For more information, visit www.stjathenaeum.org.
THE 39 STEPS, LINCOLN
Wednesday August 20 through Saturday August 30, except Sundays. Shows at 7:30 PM except 2 PM matinee on Weds. August 27. Jean's Playhouse, 10 Papermill Drive, Lincoln. Mix a Hitchcock masterpiece with a juicy spy novel, add a dash of Monty Python and you have The 39 Steps, a fast-paced whodunit for anyone who loves the magic of theatre. For more information, visit http://jeans-playhouse.com/shows/2014-season/the-39-steps-2014/
THE SCIENCE BEHIND WEATHERLORE WITH MARK BREEN, BETHLEHEM
Weds. August 20 at 7 PM Bretzfelder Park, Prospect Road. The weather is a favorite topic of discussion in New England, and we’ve all heard sayings like, “Red sky at night, sailor’s delight.” During the program, Breen will discuss these sayings, or “weatherlore.” Even as people access up-to-the-minute forecasts and weather radars on smartphones, and television and radio provide constant weather updates, many of these weather sayings have passed the test of time. The program is part of the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests’ Bretzfelder Park Family Educational Series, which continues on Wednesdays in August. For more information, visit www.therocks.org.
FAMILY STORIES: HOW AND WHY TO REMEMBER AND TELL THEM, BETHLEHEM
Weds. August 20 at 7 PM Bethlehem Public Library, 2245 Main Street. Professor and storyteller Jo Radner shares foolproof ways to mine memories and interview relatives for meaningful stories. Sponsored by the NH Humanities Council. Free and open to the public. For more information, visit www.bethlehemlibrary.org.
ONE OFF FEATURE AT THE COLONIAL: MANAKAMANA, BETHLEHEM
Weds. August 20 at 8 PM. Directors Stephanie Spray and Pacho Velez present a documentary shot entirely inside the narrow bubble of a cable car, high above a jungle in Nepal, as it transports villagers and tourists to an ancient mountaintop temple. Comprised of 11 rides, each is a character study of its passengers and a window in to the rolling landscape of a country in transition from ancient tradition to modernity. For more information, visit bethlehemcolonial.org.
WANTED: ADULTS IN THE NORTH COUNTRY WHO WANT TO MAKE A POSITIVE DIFFERENCE
Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) of NH is looking for North Country adults who want to make a positive difference in the life of an abused child or youth. Training will be provided starting on August 23. Applications to participate in the training are being acccepted now. To apply to be trained as a volunteer CASA, contact Jen Buteau at 603 752-9670 or email@example.com.