North Country Events

Jan 15, 2015

Credit Chris Jensen for NHPR

CALENDAR OF EVENTS

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

THE GALLERY AT WREN GALA PREVIEW SHOW, BETHLEHEM
Friday January 16 5:00-7:00 PM at 2013 Main Street. Come celebrate the 2015 season at a wine & cheese reception. Get a preview of the artists whose work will be shown this year: Barbara Newton and Dawn Berg, Deidre Blair and Lucy S. Golden, Kristine Lingle and Dayna Pastura-Talbot, Meryl Nevins, Robert Moore, and Birginia Stillman-Kirschner, Kristen Pobatschnig and Orion Kugel, Rebecca Kiementovich and Stefan Saal, Deborah A. Aldrich and Marghie Seymour, Alison Dodd and Andrew Hepburn, Dianne Taylor Moore and Michele Johnsen. On display through February 2.

ALL AGES POETRY & MUSIC OPEN MIC, GORHAM & LITTLETON
Friday January 16 6:30 PM Medallion Opera House, 20 Park Street, Gorham. And Saturday January 17 7:00 PM Littleton Opera House, 2 Union Street. Part of the Artis in Residence programs with Mckendy Fils- Aime, slam poet. Free, donations gratefully accepted, sponsored by Arts Alliance of Northern NH. Whether you are a writer, love to read your favorite poems, or want to share a few songs (original or covers), join in, bring your family and friends, all ages welcome. Mckendy Fils-Aime, Haitian-American slam poet and educator visits from Manchester, NH where he is an instrumental organizer and co-host of Slam Free or Die. Mckendy teaches poetry to students and adults in NH and MA, and he performs slam poetry throughout the country. Some of Mckendy’s work focuses on race & identity, and he will lead an exploration of issues of race & poverty in light of Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy during his residency.

COLLABORATIVE POETRY WORKSHOP FOR FAMILIES, LITTLETON
Saturday January 17 9:30-11:00 AM Littleton Opera House, 2 Union Street. Join Artist in Residence, Slam Poet Mckendy Fils-Aime. Participants will look at various poetry forms and a template that can be used write multi-voice poems. Students and family members are invited to participate together. Free, open to all, donations accepted. Sponsored by the Arts Alliance of Northern NH. For more information, visit www.aannh.org.

AGES 12 & UP WRITERS WORKSHOP WITH MCKENDY FILS-AIME, BETHLEHM
Saturday January 17 3:00 PM Bethlehem Public Library, 2245 Main Street. Part of the Artist in Residence programs featuring Mckendy Fils-Aime, Slam Poet, sponsored by the Arts Alliance of Northern NH. $10 adults, $5 students. No one turned away if price is a hardship. For professionals and new writers. Long before it was written, poetry was an oral art form. It was spoken. Because of movements like Poetry Slam as well as Poetry Out Loud, more and more people are returning to these roots. In this workshop, we discover new ways to give life to the written word. Learn the basics of giving an effective poetry performance. For more information, visit www.aannh.org.

TALL GRANITE JAZZ BAND, LINCOLN
Saturday January 17 7:00 PM Jean’s Playhouse, 34 Papermill Drive. 17-piece band, horn harmonies, big-band beat, the way music used to be before live bands needed an electrician and a forklift. Tickets $20. For more information, visit JeansPlayhouse.com.

THE WHISKEY BOYS IN CONCERT, BERLIN
Saturday January 17 7:00 PM St. Kieran Community Center for the Arts, 155 Emery Street. Boston-based modern Bluegrass and Americana band. Tickets available at the door, $12 adults, and online at www.stkieranarts.org.

AUDITIONS FOR “LOVE, SEX, AND THE I.R.S”, ST. JOHNSBURY VT
Sunday January 18 & Monday January 19 6:00 PM St. Johnsbury Middle School. The St. Johnsbury Players are holding auditions for their spring show. This is a comedic farce by William Van Zandt and Jane Milmore. Those auditioning should try to come on both days. Call backs will be on January 22 at 6:00 PM. For more information, nikkiarts@aol.com.

ECUMENICAL CHOIR FEST REHEARSALS BEGIN, LITTLETON
Sunday January 18  1:00 PM Littleton Congregational Church, 189 Main Street. All singers are welcome. You do not need to be a regular member of a church choir to participate. This year's festival is under the direction of Victoria Cole who has planned a program entitled  From Haydn to Rockin'  Music ranges from anthems by Handel and Haydn to gospel and praise.  For further information  and full rehearsal and concert schedule, visit https://www.facebook.com/events/433765923420748/?ref=br_tf

BIG BAND BALL & WINTER AUCTION BENEFITS JEAN’S PLAYHOUSE, LINCOLN
Saturday January 31 5:00 PM Indian Head Resort Lakeview Room. Tickets $75 per person, limited seating, semi-formal. 5:00-6:30 Music by pianist Connie Chesebrough, cocktail s, silent auction. 6:30-7:00 live auction. 7:00-8:00 dinner. 8:00-10:00 dance music with the Plymouth State Univ. Faculty Jazz Quartet (David Lockwood, Don Williams, Tim Gilmore, RikPfenniger.

NON-PERISHABLE FOOD DRIVE
Until January 31, all Passumpsic Savings Bank Branches are collecting non-perishable food items to replenish local food pantry shelves.

BATH LIBRARY BOOK CLUB DISCUSSES “IN THE GARDEN OF BEASTS”
Thursday February 12 6:00 PM “In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler’s Berlin” by Erik Larson. In 1933, William E. Dodd becomes America’s first ambassador to Hitler’s Nazi Germany. Dodd, along with his wife, son, and flamboyant daughter, Martha, travel to Berlin. Martha is entranced by the parties and pomp, and the handsome young men of the Third Reich with their infectious enthusiasm for restoring Germany to a position of world prominence, but, before a year has passed, the Dodd’s realize that things aren’t what they seem. Books may be picked up at the Bath Library; hours are Tuesdays and Thursdays 9:00am to noon and 1:00pm to 6:00pm and Saturdays 9:00am to noon. Anyone with an interest in reading and conversing about books is welcome to attend. For  more information, contact the library at 603 747-3372 or email bathlibrary@together.net.

JUST DESSERTS: VALENTINES DAY FUND RAISER FOR LITTLETON STUDIO SCHOOL
Saturday February 14 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM Littleton Studio School, 21 Mill Street. A $10 donation lets you fill a plate with handmade chocolate delicacies, including truffles, eclairs, cookies, tortes, cupcakes, and more. This annual event typically sells out so early arrival is encouraged. Raffle tickets will also be available for special items. Rose bouquets and arrangements from EH Floral Studio will be available for purchase. Tickets can be purchased at the door, or purchased in advance at the Littleton Studio School and at the Littleton League of NH Craftsmen Gallery. For more information, call the school at 603 444 1066.

CASA OF NH LOOKING FOR NEW VOLUNTEERS
Each day in the North Country abused and neglected children face uncertain futures and an overburdened child welfare system. They deserve a caring adult to get to know them and be their voice through the court proceedings to ensure they have a safe and nurturing home. If this is the year you want to use your skills and experiences to give back in a meaningful and impactful way, consider being a volunteer advocate for the most vulnerable children and youth in our community. CASA of NH will be holding a pre-service training in March. For more information, contact Jen Buteau jen@casanh.org. To register to become a volunteer, visit http://www.casanh.org/onlineapplication.