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North Country
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North Country Events


The newsletter typically announces events in the next week. The calendar shows you events in the coming months.


Thursday April 30 1:00 PM Littleton Area Senior Center, 77 Riverglen Lane. Welcome an Arctic Fox, a Wallaby, a giant tortoise, a monitor lizard, a mini pig and a pigmy goat.  Free and open to the public. For more information, visit http://www.gcscc.org/littleton.html.

GRANITE GALLOWS: ORIGINS OF NH’S DEBATE OVER THE DEATH PENALTY, NORTH WOODSTOCK Thursday April 30 7:00 PM Woodstock Town Office Building. Presented by the Moosilauke Public Library with a grant from the NH Humanities Council. As one of the last northeastern states with capital punishment still on the books and with its first person on death row since 1939, NH continues to struggle with this controversial issue. Chris Benedetto examines the history of the death penalty in NH and the major legal and social issues that challenged our predecessors, revealing that many of the them still haunt us today. Free and open to the public. For more information: moosilpl@roadrunner.com.

RICHARD THOMPSON LIVE AT THE COLONIAL, BETHLEHEM Thursday April 30 8:00 PM The Colonial Theatre, Main Street. Internationally acclaimed solo acoustic singer songwriter guitarist. Reserved seats $60, general admission $49. For more information, visit www.BethlehemColonial.org.

POET LAUREATE OF THE WHITE MOUNTAINS REGION, LITTLETON Friday May 1 1:00 PM Littleton Area Senior Center, 77 Riverglen Lane. Writing and poetry workshop. Sign up at the front desk. For more information, call 603 444 6050.


Friday May 1 5:00-7:00 PM The Gallery at WREN, 2013 Main Street. Kristine Lingle and Dayna Talbot present two very different approaches to landscape painting in their shared exhibit MINDSCAPES. Embracing elements of personal experience, color theory, gesture and mark making, the two offer unique entryways into appreciating the beauty and power of the natural word around us. The event is free and open to the public. The Gallery at WREN opens a new exhibit every First Friday of the month. These “meet the artist” receptions are a great way for the community to connect with artists, and for artists to network with each other as well as with potential buyers. For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/events/1579263345675276/. This exhibit is generously sponsored by Edward Shanshala and Leah M Sperbeck

CINDERELLA BALLET PRODUCTION BY CREATIVE EDGE, LITTLETON Friday May 1 6:00 PM and Saturday May 2 at 2:00 and 6:00 PM. Littleton Opera House. The Cinderella story set to the music of Sergei Prokofiev. For more information, email creativeedgedancestudio@msn.com.


Friday May 1 7:00 - 9:00 PM 42 Maple: A church for kinetic and contemporary art. An evening of art, mead, honey tasting and education to benefit research into stopping Colony Collapse Disorder. A representative of Sap House Meadery will offer mead tastings and NH Beekeepers Association members will offer honey tastings and eduction about honey bees and their importance. For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/events/391762264281795/.

THE SECOND BEST MARIGOLD HOTEL AT THE COLONIAL, BETHLEHEM May 1 - 6, Friday and Saturday 7:00 and 9:15, Sunday 2:30 and 7:30, Monday and Tuesday 7:30, Weds. 5:30 is 2 for 1 buddy night. Now that The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is full up with its long-term residents, co-managers Muriel Donnelly (Maggie Smith) and Sonny Kapoor (Dev Patel) have a dream of expansion, and they’ve found just the place: The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. With plans underway, Evelyn and Douglas (Judi Dench and Bill Nighy) venture into the Jaipur workforce, wondering where their regular breakfast dates will lead. As his marriage to Sunaina (Tina Desai), the love of his life, quickly approaches, Sonny finds his plans for the new hotel making more claims on his time than he has available. As the big day nears, family and guests alike find themselves swept up in the irresistible intoxication of an Indian wedding.


Friday and Saturday May 1 & 2 7:00 PM and Sunday May 3 2:00 PM. Jean's Playhouse, 34 Papermill Drive. Lincoln-Woodstock community theatre group stages Noel Coward's supernatural comedy about wives fighting over one man. For more information. visit JeansPlayhouse.org.

GUITAR FLAT PICKING BOOT CAMP WITH STEVE KAUFMAN, LITTLETON Friday May 1 7:00-9:00 PM and Saturday May 2 9:30 AM-3:30 PM  All levels, hands on, bring a guitar, learn flat picking from 3-time national guitar champ Steve Kaufman. $90. For more information and to register, visit http://www.northernlightsmusic.com/event-registration/.

NORTH COUNTRY CHORUS PRESENTS CARMINABURANA Friday May 1 7:30 PM First Congregational Church, 189 Main Street, Littleton Saturday May 2 7:30 PM Bradford Congregational Church, Main Street, Bradford, VT Sunday May 3 3:00 PM South Congregational Church, 1052 Main Street, St. Johnsbury, VT In collaboration with St. Johnsbury Academy Hiltons and St. Johnsbury School Chorus, North Country Chorus presents CarminaBurana by Carl Orff, plus other short works. Tickets available in advance at catamountarts.org or at the door. For more information, visit northcountrychorus.org.

BETHLEHEM CONSERVATION COMMISSION ANNUAL ROADSIDE CLEANUP Saturday May 2 9:30 AM - Noon. Rain/snow data is Saturday May 16. Sign up is from 9:30 - 10:00 AM at the town gazebo. You will receive blue trashbags, instructions, route assignments and T-shirts. From noon - 1:00 PM enjoy hot dogs and more at Bretzfelder Park. Come prepared with proper footwear, work gloves, water and insect repellent. A grabber can be helpful. For more information, call Cheryl Jensen at 869-5453.

COUNTRY WESTERN NIGHT WITH ERIC GRANT BAND, LITTLETON Saturday May 2 6:30 PM - Midnight. Littleton Elks Lodge, Route 302 Bethlehem Road. Presented by the Littleton Community Center, Mexican grub, line dance lessons, raffle prizes, must be 21 or older, $28 per person at the door or purchase in advance at Littleton Community Center, Northern Lights Music, Local Works Marketplace at WREN. For more information, call 603 444 5711.

COFFE HOUSE MUSICIANS BOB DEMARCO AND RACHEL CLARK, COLEBROOK Saturday May 2 7:00 PM Tillotson Center on Carriage Lane in the first-floor gallery. Great North Woods Committee for the Arts presents these Vermont musicians making their first appearance as Blackbird. Theirs is a mixture of Celtic, Norwegian, and American folk music with fiddle, Irish flute, penny whistles, accordion, cittern, piano, guitar and voices. Tickets $15.

MUSICAL SATIRE "NO PLACE TO GO", ST. JOHNSBURY Saturday May 2 at 7:30 PM Fuller Hall, St. Johnsbury Academy. Performed by Ethan Lipton and his orchestrat, hilarious, Obie Aware-winning satire about a nocturnal playwright whose temporary day job as an information refiner is outsourced to Mars. Presented by Kingdom County Productions. Tickets can be purchased online at KingdomCounty.org.

3-TIME NATIONAL GUITAR CHAMP STEVE KAUFMAN IN CONCERT, LITTLETON Saturday May 2 8:00 PM Northern Lights Music, 57 Main Street. Steve Kaufman is a three-time winner of the national flat picking championships, with over 100 award-winning instructional books, CDs, and DVDs to his credit, and 19 CD recordings. $20. For more information and to purchase a ticket, visit http://www.northernlightsmusic.com/event-registration/.

NATIONAL FINGER STYLE GUITAR CHAMPION RICHARD SMITH IN CONCERT, LITTLETON Monday May 4 7:00 PM at The Loading Dock, enter at the loading doc behind The Topic of the Town, above Bad Art. Richard Smith plays classical guitar, Gypsy, jazz, popping’ tele, bluegrass, bebop and more. $20. For more information and to purchase a ticket, visit http://www.northernlightsmusic.com/event-registration/.

JOCELYN’S ABC: ALPHABET BROADWAY CABARET, GORHAM Tuesday May 5 7:00 PM Medallion Opera House, 20 Park Street. Musical theater dynamo Jocelyn Duford with one musical theater song for each letter of the alphabet. The latest show from Not Your Mom’s Musical Theater is presented by the Arts Alliance of Northern New Hampshire. To learn more and purchase tickets, visit www.aannh.org.