North Country Events
CALENDAR OF EVENTS: The newsletter typically announces events in the next week. The calendar shows you events in the coming months.
Lancaster Saturdays 9:00 AM-Noon Main Street through Oct. 10.
Littleton Sundays 10:00 AM-1:00 PM Next to Littleton Area Senior Center through Oct. 10.
THE BRETTON WOODS IV CONVOCATION: LIVE FREE & PROSPER
Tuesday September 29 through Tuesday October 6 Omni Mount Washington Resort. The convocation begins in Bretton Woods and will journey to North Conway, Gorham/Berlin, Colebrook, Lancaster, Littleton, and Franconia, visiting their distinctive sites and holding community forums that address the fortunes of the North Country. The convocation returns to the Mt. Washington Hotel on Oct. 6th. The closing ceremonies will include the world premier of folk singer Joanne Shenandoah’s song “One World” and the performance of the anthem, “Finlandia: This Is My Song, O God of All the Nations”. North Country choirs, choruses, orchestras, bands, and citizens are invited to offer their music and voices. The purpose of the convocation is to lift, together, the spirits and fortunes of the North Country. There is no cost. All welcome. For the full schedule, visit www.brettonwoodsiv.org.
NH HUMANITIES PROGRAM: FAITH & FANTASTIC FICTION, BETHLEHEM
Thursday October 1 6:00 PM Bethlehem Public Library, 2245 Main Street. Humanities scholar Maren Tirabassi will lead the discussion on the connection between fiction and the spiritual imagination. She will touch on classics and bestsellers: The Hobbit, Hunger Games, Chronicles of Narnia, Neverland, Wonderland, the Long Earth, as well as the religious dimensions of Twilight, Golden Compass and The Graveyard Book. Participants of all ages are invited to share their reflections and favorite books. The library received a grant from the New Hampshire Humanities Council to sponsor this program.
ONE OFF FEATURE: THE SECOND MOTHER, BETHLEHEM
Thursday October 1 7:30 PM The Colonial Theatre, 2050 Main Street. Val spends 13 years working as nanny to Fabinho in Sao Paulo. She is financially stable but has to live with the guilt of having left her daughter Jessica, in the north of Brazil, raised by relatives. As college entrance exams roll around, Jessica comes to Sao Paulo to take hers. When Jessica arrives, cohabitation is not easy. Everyone will be affected by the personality and candor of the girl and Val finds herself right in the middle of it. For more information, visit bethlehemcolonial.org.
STORYTELLING & CHILDREN’S BOOK GIVEAWAY, BATH
Friday October 2 10:00 AM Bath Public Library, Route 302. Storytelling with Duncan McDougall and a book giveaway presentation. Every child will have the opportunity to select a book of their choice to keep. This program is thanks to a Children’s Literacy Foundation grant. For more information, contact the library at 603 747 3372.
FIRST FRIDAYS IN BETHLEHEM
Friday October 2 5:00-7:00 PM at The Gallery at WREN, 2013 Main Street. Clay and Rock: Potter Alison Dodd and photographer Andrew Hepburn. 7:00-9:00 PM at 42 Maple, Photographer Meg Brown & sculptor William Bloomfield artist opening reception. For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/events/1628356744113967/ and www.42Maple.org.
HOLOCAUST SPEAKER, BETHLEHEM
Friday October 2 5:00 PM Bethlehem Hebrew Congregation, Strawberry Hill Road. Holocaust researcher and speaker Geoffrey Brahmer will present “Three Diaries and Some Letters - Windows to the Holocaust in the Netherlands”. Free and open to the public. For more information, email@example.com.
MANHATTAN SHORT FILM FESTIVAL, BETHLEHEM
Friday & Saturday October 2 & 3 7:00 PM same films both nights at the Colonial Theater, 2050 Main Street. View and vote on the finalist films in the 18th Annual Manhattan Short Film Festival. Join more than 100,000 film lovers in over 250 cities across 6 continents. You are the judge. Viewers at each venue vote for the one film they think should win. Votes from all venues are tallied and the winner is announced on Monday October 5. For more information, visit bethlehemcolonial.org.
ZANY ACTS: A CONCERT OF CLOWING & FUN, GORHAM
Saturday October 3 10:30 AM Medallion Opera House, 20 Park Street. Michael Zerphy, theater artist, mime, clown and storyteller. Audience participation, juggling and music for young and old. $6 per person, $20 per family, no one turned away. For more information, visit www.aannh.org.
HIKE IN COOLEY-JERICHO COMMUNITY FOREST, SUGAR HILL
Saturday October 3 11:00 AM Meet at the newly constructed parking area off of Trumpet Round Road. Join Ammonoosuc Conservation Trust for this beautiful hike. Trail volunteers have been at work all summer creating a multi-use recreational loop trail. There will be an easy hike and a more difficult hike with more elevation gain. Good hiking boots and comfortable clothes are a must. Bring lunch and water. For more information, visit www.aconservationtrust.org.
FITNESS EXTRAVAGANZA AT EVERGREEN, LISBON
Saturday October 3 from noon - 4:00 PM Evergreen, 2572 Route 302. Free and open to the whole family. Try everything that Evergreen, North Country Climbing Center and Mount Washington CrossFit have to offer: rock climbing, gymnastics, tennis, yoga, spinning, swimming, and CrossFit. The goal is to bring in new people who don’t realize everything that is offered under one roof as well as to educate folks who participate in one or two of the activities offered here about all the other ways that families can be active, healthy, and happy. Mini lessons starting every half hour will provide experience with each of the activities (and their instructors). Participants can try something without any emotional or financial commitment. For more information, visit http://NorthCountryClimbing.com/event/ultimate-fitness-extravaganza/
CAMERATA NEW ENGLAND, COLEBROOK
Saturday October 3 at 3:00 PM Tillotson Center, 14 Carriage Lane. The concert includes works by Brahms including Piano Quartet op. 26 in A major and String Quintet op. 111 in G Major. Presented by the Great North Woods Committee for the Arts, tickets $15, for more information, visit www.gnwca.org.
ANNUAL COOLEY-JERICHO COMMUNITY FOREST POTLUCK, LANDAFF
Saturday October 3 5:00 PM Landaff Town Hall. Hosted by Ammonoosuc Conservation Trust. Hear updates about the new trail and how the forest is being used as an outdoor classroom. Please bring a covered dish, serving utensil and ingredient list. For more information, visit www.aconservationtrust.org.
36TH ANNUAL HARVEST SUPPER & SILENT AUCTION, LITTLETON
Saturday October 3 5:00-7:00 PM First Congregational Church, 189 Main Street. Baked ham, raisin sauce, mashed potatoes, baked beans, squash, coleslaw, rolls, homemade pies and cakes, beverages. Adults $10. Family style, continuous seating, take out and free delivery in Littleton. Call 603 444 3376.
MATUTO: FOLKLORIC MUSIC OF BRAZIL, HAVERHILL
Saturday October 3 7:30 PM Alumni Hall, Court Street Arts. Drawing on Brazil’s folkloric rhythms like forró, maracatu, or coco, and on deep Americana — from bluegrass to spirituals to swampy Louisiana jams — Matuto uses unexpected Pan-American sonic sympathies to craft appealing, rootsy, yet philosophical tales of love, self-discovery, nostalgia, and true peace. Matuto are part of a broader, loosely defined movement of acoustic innovators, musicians savoring their own heritage as they commune across genre and cultural bounds. Rolling drums and quicksilver accordion licks, earthy vibes and thoughtful reflections mingle on the latest refinement of their Appalachia-gone-Afro-Brazilian sound. Tickets $20. For more information, visit www.alumnihall.org/events.html.
ANNUAL COTTAGE HOSPITAL WALK-A-THON & ROAD RACE, WOODSVILLE
Sunday October 4 8:00 AM Kings Plain Field, 9 High Street. 8K USA track & field sanctioned road race for all levels of runners. 5K fun walk for all. All proceeds benefit Cottage Hosptial. For more information or to register, visit www.cottagehospital.org/2015walkathon.
EVA, FORMERLY JAMMIN’ DIVAS, BERLIN
Sunday October 4 2:00 PM St. Kieran Community Center for the Arts, 155 Emery Street. Tickets $15. A blending of traditional and contemporary music of Ireland, Australia and the United States. EVA is comprised of three contemporary singer/songwriters Liz Simmons, Nicole Zuraitis (USA), Kath Buckell (AUS) who blend traditional and contemporary original folk music and elements of improvisation from the roots of these cultures. Through three part harmonies and acoustic instrumentation, EVA shares songs and stories of how each country culturally influences and enriches one another. For more information, visit https://tickets.catamountarts.org/public/shows/eva%20(formerly%20jammin'%20divas)/info.
NORTH COUNTRY CHAMBER PLAYERS: HARVEST NOTES, SUGAR HILL
Sunday October 4 3:00 PM Sugar Hill Meetinghouse, Route 117. Guest violinist Cal Wiersma from the Manhattan String Quartet will the Players’ Chris Finckel, cello, Ahling Neu, viola, Ronnie Bauch, violin, and Bernard Rose, piano. Music includes Luigi Boccherini’s Duet in E Major for 2 violins, Op. 5 No. 2; Dimitri Shostakovich’s String Quartet No. 8, Op. 110; and Johannes Brahms’ Piano Quintet in f minor, Op. 34. Tickets may be purchased online at https://tickets.catamountarts.org/public, or at the door. The cost is $20 general seating, $25 reserved, and free for students under 18. For more information, visit www.whitemountainsmusicfestival.org.
APRIL VERCH BAND, COLEBROOK
Sunday October 4 at 7:00 PM Tillotson Center, 14 Carriage Lane. An evening of music that digs deep into songs and tunes from the era before the often-mined mid-century heyday of bluegrass and folk. Harkening back to vaudeville and beyond, Verch and her fellow trio members pare down their arrangements, highlighting the simple pleasures of upright bass, guitar, clawhammer banjo, mandolin, voices, fiddle, and stepping in intimate conversation. Presented by the Great North Woods Committee for the Arts, tickets $15, for more information, visit www.gnwca.org.
MERU AT THE COLONIAL, BETHLEHEM
Sunday through Tuesday October 4, 5, 6, at 7:30 PM, Wednesday October 7 5:30 PM is 2 for 1 buddy night. Gripping visually as well as narratively, Meru is the rare documentary that proves thought-provoking while offering thrilling wide-screen vistas. In the high-stakes pursuit of big-wall climbing, the Shark’s Fin on Mount Meru may be the ultimate prize. Sitting 21,000 feet above the sacred Ganges River in Northern India, the mountain’s perversely stacked obstacles make it both a nightmare and an irresistible calling for some of the world’s toughest climbers. MERU is the story of an expedition through nature’s harshest elements and one’s complicated inner demons, and ultimately on to impossible new heights. For more information and ticket details, visit bethlehemcolonialtheatre.org. Also: The Gift Friday & Saturday October 2 & 3 at 9:15 PM and Sunday October 4 at 2:30 PM.
EASTON HOUSE CONCERT: NASHVILLE-BASED MICHAELA ANNE NELLER & HER BAND
Tuesday October 6 7:30 PM at the home of Bill Adam & Brenda Shannon Adam, 351 Easton Valley Road. $20, all money goes to the musicians. Potluck starts at 6:00 PM. To reserve a seat, call 603 823 7061 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. One of the most-recognizable alt-country singer/songwriters in, of all places, Brooklyn, NY. A former unhappy jazz student with a passion for Patsy Cline and Otis Redding, Michaela Anne has claimed her place among singers who go their own way, looking to the timeless with little regard for passing trends and current zeitgeist. Jefferson Hamer will accompany Michaela on guitar with his amazing harmonies. To hear her music, visit http://www.michaelaanne.com.
AN EVENING OF ABENAKI STORYTELLING, BERLIN
Wednesday October 7 6:00 PM White Mountains Community College, 2020 Riverside Drive. Jesse Bruchac combines Abenaki stories, language, and song to engage participants of all ages. Part of a NHHC grant funded series: The Abenaki Then and Now. For more information, contact Meagan Carr at 342-3086 or visit http://wmcclib.blogspot.com/2015/09/fall-lecture-series.html Free and open to the public.
SKI MT. EUSTIS NEEDS VOLUNTEERS AND DONATIONS
Volunteers who can help with the following are needed: carpentry, excavation, sonnet tubes and cement, electrical and lighting, gearing configuration, telephone pole placement for lights and rope tow. To donate time or funds, contact email@example.com. For more information, visit www.mteustis.org.