Arts & Entertainment

Mount Washington Regional Airport Fly In and 5th Annual Presby Transportation Tractor show June 24 and 25

WHITEFIELD — On June 24-25, the Mount Washington Regional Airport and Presby Transportation Museum invite community members to join them to celebrate the fifth annual tractor show and swap meet and the airport’s 70 anniversary. The event has quickly become an annual tradition with over 1,000 people attending last year’s event. There is no charge for admission or parking, and activities will be offered for all ages.

On Saturday, June 24, attendees can enjoy a variety of activities and exhibits free of charge including; ice cream, a large selection of antique tractors and classic airplanes on display, hay rides, a classic car cruise in, large-scale model railroad, radio control airplane demonstrations, OHRV safety demo rides, OHRV simulator, pedal tractors, children’s aviation crafts and more.

Airplane and helicopter rides will be offered for a donation or small fee. Food and craft vendors will be on site offering their products as well. Airport activities will run from 9 a.m.-5 p.m., with tractor show activities running from 8 a.m.-3 p.m.

Once the sun sets, a Hangar Dance will be held from 7:30-10:30 p.m. featuring the music of the Not Your Mother Band. Tickets for the dance cost $15 in advance and $18 on-site, and include light refreshments with beer and wine available for purchase.

On Sunday, June 25, a free pancake breakfast sponsored by the Neil and Louise Tillotson Fund will be held from 8-11 a.m. Activities will be held rain or shine. For more information or to purchase tickets for the Hangar Dance visit: or

The Presby Transportation Museum is home to a collection of antique tractors that are both restored and in the original condition. The museum showcases equipment that was used in New Hampshire’s North Country and highlights the rich agricultural history of the region. For more information visit: or call (800) 473-5298.

The Mt. Washington Regional Airport has provided general aviation services in the White Mountains of New Hampshire for 70 years. Located just west of Mount Washington, the airport is 60 miles east of Montpelier, Vt., and 25 miles southwest of Berlin. For airport information visit: or call (603) 837-9532.


The art of O’Brien R. Murphy currently on display at Androscoggin Valley Hospital

BERLIN — There’s a new art show hanging on the wall in the Androscoggin Valley Hospital Cafeteria. It will be up until Monday, July 17, courtesy of the hospital rotating art program.

Artist O’Brien R. Murphy is known for his work throughout the North Country. He has been featured and acclaimed for his acrylic on canvas paintings and his pastel drawings at a number of galleries and exhibitions. Best known for his landscapes in a neo-impressionist style, this show gives the viewer renditions of the four seasons. The centerpiece for this display is a triptych of white birches, showcasing the yellows of the North Country autumn. Those who have skied at Wildcat Mountain will recognize the winter scenes, and, of course, there are the spring and summer sun and water renditions of January.

Murphy is a life-long area art educator and currently is an instructor at White Mountain Community College. He works on location and from his studio in Gorham. His works are in private, public and corporate collections throughout the United States.

The public is encouraged to stop by the hospital cafeteria to view the show, Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., and weekends, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

If you are an artist or kno, an artist or craftsperson who would like to exhibit in the Androscoggin Valley Hospital Rotating Art Program, call Linda Morris, hospital volunteer coordinator and auxiliary liaison, at (603) 326-5676 or volunteers Brad and Sue Wyman at (603) 915-6035. Currently, the hospital is booking for 2018.

Murphy OBrien ArtistWork by O'Brien Murphy will be on display for the rotating art program at the Androscoggin Valley Hospital through Monday, July 17. (COURTESY PHOTO)


Strawberry Shortcakes at Gorham Congregational Church on June 24

GORHAM — On Saturday, June 24, the Gorham Congregational Church will hold its Strawberry Shortcake Day. There will be strawberry shortcakes, crepes and pie for just $4. The day includes a yard sale starting at 9 a.m. and strawberry shortcakes will be ready by 10 a.m. The day will wrap up by 2 p.m. Gorham Congregational Church is located at 143 Main St. For more information call (603) 466-2136. Worship is held every Sunday at 10 a.m.; visit the website at or find the church on Facebook.


Kirstan Knowlton: When you love an old home

Our beloved home was built in 1937. I should have known better to think that a “simple” carpet removal would be an easy process. Silly me, what was I thinking.

Last Saturday Jamie and I were full of energy as we arrive home from our trip to Lowes for flooring supplies. We were going to tear out the old carpet, clean the floor and put down a new faux wood floor.

Easy-peasy; that is until we actually removed the carpet. Underneath our carpet and standard looking pad we found a thick black layer of something almost unrecognizable glued to a perfectly good hardwood floor.

Now I can’t point any fingers, because I don’t know who was responsible for this, but who in their right mind does that to hardwood!

Okay, change of plans. I guess we will just have the scrape it up, sand it down and refinish the floors.

For any of you who’ve ever done this, it’s not an easy process. We told a few people about our project and what we found under the carpet, and their response was always the same, “Oh, good luck with that.”

Good luck, indeed. All I can say is that my arms better look mighty fine in that wedding dress after all that scraping and sanding.

It was way more work than I thought it would be ever be, but one week later we now have beautiful hardwood floors in our living room.

Rumor has it there also might be hardwood in out dinning room too, but we’ll save that for another day. These two ladies are calling it quits for now.

If you’re like us and looking to relax this weekend, you should go check out the strawberry festivals happening in both Dummer and Gorham today.

Sponsored by the Word of God Christian Church Women, the Strawberry Festival in Dummer will run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at their location on East Milan Road. They will have homemade pies, shortcakes, ice cream, cream puffs and a food table. Delicious!

The Gorham Congregational Church will also be hosting a Strawberry Shortcake Day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. today as well. They are located at 143 Main St., in Gorham. There they will have strawberry shortcake, crepes and pies along with a yard sale and bake sale.

What better way to kick off summer than with a little strawberry fun!

As always I hope that everyone has a wonderful weekend. After a little cleaning we hope to spend some time with family. Maybe if the weather holds we will even do a little fishing. Honk if you see us by the river!

Kirstan Knowlton writes a weekly column for The Berlin Daily Sun. Her inspiration comes from events and people in the community who continue to work hard to make the North Country one of the best places to live. You can contact Kirstan by sending an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Nominations open for 2017 Governor’s Arts Awards

As part of its ongoing celebration of supporting the arts in New Hampshire, the N.H. State Council on the Arts is seeking nominations for the 2017 Governor’s Arts Awards.

The awards, which are non-monetary, publicly recognize outstanding contributions made by individuals, organizations and communities that have reached distinguished levels of achievement as they support the cultural life of the state.

Categories for the 2017 Governor’s Arts Awards include: arts education, arts in health, creative communities, distinguished arts leadership, folk heritage and Lotte Jacobi living treasure, a lifetime achievement award.

To be eligible for nominations, individuals must reside in New Hampshire or have made significant contributions to the arts while living in New Hampshire; nominated organizations, cities and towns must be physically located in New Hampshire.

The deadline for nominations is Aug. 1. Nominations are being accepted exclusively online. To learn more about the 2017 Governors Arts Awards, visit