North Country Events

Aug 13, 2015

Bethlehem's Art Walk is Saturday from 10 am to 10 pm.
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.

FARMERS MARKETS
Berlin Thursdays 3:00-7:00 PM Main Street through September 24.
Lisbon Thursdays 3:00-6:00 PM Main Street through September 24.
Stratford Fridays 4:30-7:00 PM Town Common through August.
Lancaster Saturdays 9:00 AM - Noon Main Street through Oct. 10. 
Bethlehem Saturdays 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM 2013 Main Street through September 26.
Littleton Sundays 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM Next to Littleton Area Senior Center through Oct. 10.
Littleton Regional Healthcare Wednesdays 3:00-6:00 PM medical offices parking lot. 

IMPACT CHILDREN’S THEATRE COMPANY FROM JEAN’S PLAYHOUSE
Thursdays 9:30 AM Rialto Theatre, Main Street, Lancaster
Fridays 2:00 PM Littleton Opera House, 2 Union Street
Saturdays 10:00 AM Jean’s Playhouse, Papermill Drive, Lincoln
Wednesdays 10:00 AM Jean’s Playhouse, Papermill Drive, Lincoln
Pinocchio August 10-15
Tickets $7.50 can be purchased online at http://jeans-playhouse.com/tickets/
IMPACT stands for Imagination and Music! Professional Artistry in Children's Theatre and is the White Mountain’s touring Children’s Theatre company. IMPACT performs a new 40-minute musical every week. These shows, while based around well-known fairy tales, are original works written and choreographed by IMPACT’s talented and aspiring writers and composers. After each performance, the company greets their young audiences for another half-hour, autographing programs and speaking with those who have questions.

THE BIG LEBOWSKI QUOTE-A-LONG, BETHLEHEM
Thursday August 13 7:30 PM Colonial Theatre, 2050 Main Street. White Russians and snacks on the patio at 6:30 PM, tickets $10, come in your bathrobe and get in for half price. Written and directed by Ethan & Joel Coen, starring Jeff Bridges, John Goodman, Steve Buscemi, Ben Gazzara, David Huddleston, Tara Reid, Julianne Moore, Philip Seymour Hoffman and John Tuturro. Part of the Colonial’s centennial anniversary celebration. The plot of this comedy crime caper pivots around a case of mistaken identity complicated by extortion, double-crosses, deception, embezzlement, sex, pot and gallons of White Russians made with fresh cream, please. For more information, visit bethlehemcolonial.org. 

STAR STORIES AND THE NIGHT SKY, LANCASTER
Thursday August 13 7:00 PM Great Room, Summit Lodge, Weeks State Park, Route 2 about 2 miles south of Lancaster. Presented by teacher and storyteller Matthew Krug, stories, myths, science and audience participation to introduce the night sky. The program starts indoors and moves outside if the sky is clear. Bring a jacket, blanket and/or lawn chair. Family program, come early and bring a picnic supper, climb the fire tower for mountain views. Evening programs are sponsored by the Weeks State Park Association, NH Division of Parks, and UNH Cooperative Extension. 

PIPPIN AT JEAN’S PLAYHOUSE, LINCOLN
Thursday through Saturday August 13-15, Monday & Tuesday August 17 & 18 at 7:30 PM, Wednesday August 19 at 2:00 PM. 34 Papermill Drive. Heir to the Frankish throne, the young prince Pippin is in search of the secret to true happiness and fulfillment. He seeks it in the glories of the battlefield, the temptations of the flesh and the intrigues of political power (after disposing of his father King Charlemagne the Great). In the end, though, Pippin finds that happiness lies not in extraordinary endeavors, but rather in the un-extraordinary moments that happen every day. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit http://jeans-playhouse.com/shows/2015-season/.

THIS WEEK AT THE WEATHERVANE THEATRE, WHITEFIELD
Thursday August 13, 8:00 PM Smokey Joe’s Cafe
Friday August 14, Monday August 17 8:00 PM Lend Me a Tenor
Saturday August 15 2:00 PM and 8:00 PM The Full Monty
Tuesday August 18, Weds. August 19 8:00 PM Floyd Collins
For more information, visit www.weathervanetheatre.org

PEACHAM ACOUSTIC MUSIC FESTIVAL, PEACHAM VT
Friday and Saturday August 14 & 15. 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

LITTLETON ARTS COMMUNITY PRESENTS SECOND FRIDAY ARTS NIGHT
Friday August 14 5:00-8:00 PM Main Street and Mill Street businesses. Art, live music, food, demonstrations. For more information, visit golittelton.com. 

TESTAMENT OF YOUTH AT THE COLONIAL, BETHLEHEM
Friday August 14 at 7:00 PM, Sunday through Tuesday August 16, 17, 18 at 7:30 PM, Wednesday August 19 5:30 PM is 2 for 1 buddy night. The Colonial Theatre, 2050 Main Street. A story of love, war and remembrance, based on the First World War memoir by Vera Brittain, which has become the classic testimony of that war from a woman’s point of view. A searing journey from youthful hopes and dreams to the edge of despair and back again. For more information and ticket details, visit bethlehemcolonialtheatre.org.  Also: Infinitely Polar Bear, Friday August 14 at 9:15 PM and Sunday August 16 2:30 PM. 

RUSSIAN NESTED DOLL (MATRYOSHKA) PROGRAMS, LANCASTER
Friday August 14 7:00 PM Weeks Memorial Library, 128 Main Street. Traditional Russian artist Marina Forbes will present a lecture. On Saturday August 15, 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM, Marina Forbes will offer a workshop at the library. Open to adults, families with children 6 and up, and teens. Participants will hear the story of the Matryoshka doll and will learn about her traditional Russian dress and customs. The goal will be to produce a finished piece of Russian folk art on wood. Students can work on 7, 5, 3, or 1 piece sets. Paints and brushes provided. The Friends of the Library will provide a 1-piece doll for the first 15 registrants. Dolls with more pieces are available for purchase. For more information or to register, call the library at 603 788 3352. 

TAG SALE BENEFITS SHINING LIGHTS LEARNING CENTER, LITTLETON
Saturday August 15 8:00 AM - 2:00 PM First Congregational Church, 189 Main Street. Rain or shine community yard sale. For more information, fccshininglights@myfairpoint.net

LANDAFF OLD HOME DAY
Saturday August 15 9:00 AM - 8:00 PM Landaff volunteer fire association annual auction (antiques, furniture, glassware, musical instruments and much more) 9-1 at the fire station, morning snack shack, midday burgers, friends of Landaff booth 9-1, Landaff tees on sale, Landaff cook books, grocery totes, Landaff caps, handmade items, Mount Hope Grange exhibits at  town hall 10:00-6, ice cream sundaes at 1, BBQ chicken supper $10 adults with settings at 5:00 and 6:00 PM call 838-6059 to reserve, Parker Hill Road band live at 6:00 PM. 

PITTSBURG OLD HOME DAY
Saturday August 15. Celebrate Pittsburg's 175th birthday on Old Home Day with events held all day. Organizers expect to begin events at 8 a.m. with a service at Farnham Methodist Community Church, followed by a light community breakfast at the church hall. Festivities will continue alone Main Street, at the town park next to the church, and at the school. The historical society museum is scheduled to be open most of the day at the old town hall, and the annual parade steps off at 11 a.m. Updates will be available on town's web site, at www.pittsburg-nh.com, and interested vendors may contact event chairman David Covill at 603-538-7184.

NORTHERN NH POSTCARD SHOW, JEFFERSON
Saturday August 15 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM Jefferson Town Hall, Route 2. Hosted by the Jefferson Historical Society, hundreds of thousands of cards offered by postcard dealers from all over New England. Cards depict every imaginable subject. Postcard collecting supplies available. Homemade food and beverages available. Donation $2 supports Jefferson Historical Society. For more information, call Joe Marshall at 603 586 7021. 

BETHLEHEM ART WALK
Saturday August 15 10:00 AM - 10:00 PM Main Street, Route 302. Artists, musicians, crafters, glasswork, woodwork, textiles, clothing, ceramics, drawings, photography, painting, open stage performances. From 10am-noon, children can visit the library, which will have materials available to make picture frames. For more information, visit bethlehemartwalk.com. 

FLOWER SHOW, FRANCONIA
Saturday August 15 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM Franconia Town Hall, Main Street. 

LOCAL FEST, LITTLETON
Saturday August 15 Noon-3:00 PM Littleton Food Co-op, Bethlehem Road (Route 302). Enjoy an afternoon of free samples from local vendors. 

SUMMER CONCERT SERIES NORTH WOODSTOCK
Saturday August 15 6:30-8:30 PM at Soldier’s Park, Main Street. Free and open to the public. Swift River Jazz Band.

THE MAGIC OF LYN, BERLIN
Saturday August 15 7:00 PM St. Kieran Community Center for the Arts, 155 Emery Street. America’s top female illusionist presents eye-defying illusions that have been astounding audiences for over two decades. In 2013 she was the first female illusionist in history to receive the prestigious Milbourne Christopher Award – the Academy Award of magic – from the Society of American Magicians (past recipients have included David Copperfield, Penn and Teller and Siegfried and Roy), and the Merlin Award for Female Illusionist of the Year from the International Magician’s Society in 2009. Tickets $20. For more information, visit www.stkieranarts.org

LJOVA & THE KONTRABAND WITH THE NORTH COUNTRY CHAMBER PLAYERS, BETHLEHEM
Saturday August 15 8:00 PM The Colonial Theatre, 2050 Main Street. Tickets $25. If genre-defying music was a genre, Ljova and the Kontraband would probably defy that too. For if bringing together influences from classical, klezmer, tango, jazz and Gypsy music has been done before, nobody does it quite like this. North Country Chamber Players is a group of world-class musicians from major orchestras and musical institutions across the U.S. Every year since 1978 they have delighted White Mountain audiences with the gift of outstanding performances, innovative collaborations, and creative community and educational outreach. This concert is the center piece of a weekend of activities presented by the North Country Chamber Players, The Bethlehem Hebrew Congregation and The Colonial Theatre. For more information about this and other White Mountain cultural events visit: www.whitemountainsmusicfestival.com and www.bethlehemsynagogue.org. To purchase tickets or for more information, visit bethlehemcolonialtheatre.org. 

5K RUN/WALK BENEFITS SKI MT. EUSTIS & BOY SCOUT TROOP 209, LITTLETON
Sunday August 16 9:00 AM registration 10:00 AM start. VFW, 600 Cottage Street.  The course goes up Mt. Eustis and back down. This course does have a portion that goes off road and is trail bound. There are also parts of this course that have at least a 15% grade. For more information, email Jogden@tendercorp.com

EXPLORERS CONCERT FOR LISTENERS OF ALL ABILITIES, LITTLETON
Sunday August 16 3:00 PM Littleton Opera House, 2 Union Street. Free. A specially designed 1-hour program for listeners who may struggle attending a longer, evening concert. This program will delight listeners of all ages and levels of accessibility. North Country Chamber Players and special guest Ljova give an up-close and personal look at what makes a great piece of music. For more information, visit http://www.whitemountainsmusicfestival.org

BETHLEHEM GAZEBO CONCERT
Sunday August 16 from 6:00-8:00 PM Corner of Main Street and Prospect Street. Rain or shine, free, pack a picnic, bring the family, enjoy the music. North Woods Playboys - classic and southern rock.

THE BIG THREE AT BRETZFELDER PARK, BETHLEHEM
Wednesday August 19 11:30 AM Prospect Street (one mile from Main Street). Forest entomologist and coordinator of the State Forest Health program, Kyle Lombard, discusses the big three pests: Emerald Ash Borer, Hemlock Wooly Adelgid, and Asian Long Horned Beetle. Lombard will show samples of these pests and the damage they do and describe what landowners can do to help slow or stop their damage. For more information, visit therocks.org. 

GRANITE STATE GRIND & ROLL BENEFITS HONDURAS HOPE, FRANCONIA
Saturday September 19, bicycle 100, 50 or 25 miles, starts and ends at Franconia Community Church, Easton Road (Route 116). All proceeds benefit the poorest country in Central and South America and provide families and children with skills and opportunities needed to build a viable life in Honduras. For details, visit www.granitestategrind.org