Arts & Entertainment

Retirement party being held for Tom Wagner

WagnerWhite Mountain National Forest Supervisor Tom Wagner is retiring and the public is invited to attend an open house hosted by the AMC in his honor on Friday, Aug. 18, from 2 to 5 p.m. at the Highland Center in Crawford Notch Washburn Room and Thayer Hall. (COURTESY PHOTO)

Kirstan Knowlton: The lost art of postcards

Every year I see this event, and every year I end up having other plans. Maybe this will be my year to go?

My love of postcards came from my biological father who would send them in the mail to me while he was out traveling for work. Some would be local to the areas he was visiting and others would be relevant to state I call home, our beloved New Hampshire.

Sending postcards might seem like a lost past time, but I just love the imagery and art that can be found on these items. Call me crazy, but postcards will always have a special place in my heart.

Fingers crossed I’ll get my ducks in a row and attend the annual Northern New Hampshire Postcard Show and Sale at the Jefferson Town Hall this Saturday, Aug. 19, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Now in its 20th year, the postcard show attracts dealers from all over New England, bringing with them local views of area towns and the endless variety of topical cards depicting all subject matter.

A donation of $2 is asked at the door; all proceeds to benefit the Jefferson Historical Society. For any questions, contact Joe Marshall at (603) 586-7021.

Looking to stay a little closer to home this weekend? There is plenty going on right in town, too.

This Saturday, the Berlin and Coos County Historical Society will be having its barn sale from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Remember this is rain or shine!

There will also be a fundraising horseshoe tournament at Eagles Field in Berlin to honor Maureen Cloutier. Registration will take place from 9 to 10 a.m. The tournament will run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and the cost is $10 per person. "Luck of the Draw" will determine teams. Cash prizes will be awarded for first, second and third place. There will also be a 50/50 held.

To learn more about the fundraiser or to make a donation go to gofundme.com/makingmemoriesformoe.

To wrap up the day, head on over to St. Kieran Community Center for the Arts where Beatles for Sale will be performing live starting at 7 p.m. Tickets for this performance are $15 for adults and $10 for those under 18 are available online, at the door on the evening of the concert or at the art center’s office at 155 Emery St., Berlin, NH (603) 752-1028.

As always, I hope that everyone has a wonderful weekend. Along with potentially going to the postcard show, I hope to get my in-house studio set up so I can finally move all my stuff out of the dining room. I think if I wait much longer, Jamie will go crazy from looking at it everyday!

Kirstan Knowlton writes a weekly column for The Berlin 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..

 

Jefferson to host 20th Annual Northern New Hampshire Postcard Show and Sale

JEFFERSON — The Jefferson Historical Society will bring its Northern New Hampshire Postcard Show and Sale to the Jefferson Town Hall at 698 Presidential Highway on Saturday, Aug. 19, with show hours are from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

This show will be the society’s 20th, capping two decades of bringing dealers and collectors alike to the area to participate in one of the world’s largest collecting hobbies. As always there will be a variety of postcards and ephemera, along with collecting supplies and materials.

Dealers from all over New England participate in the show bringing with them the local views of area towns and the endless variety of topical cards depicting all subject matter. The society welcomes all to the show, seasoned collector and beginners alike, there is much to see. Food will be served.

A donation of $2 is asked at the door; all proceeds to benefit the Jefferson Historical Society. For any questions contact Joe Marshall (603) 586-7021.

2nd Annual 'Railway to the Moon' Steampunk Festival is Saturday, Aug. 19, at the Mount Washington Cog Railway

MARSHFIELD STATION — In celebration of the 150th Anniversary of the Mount Washington Cog Railway in 2019, the Mount Washington Cog Railway is hosting the second annual “Railway to the Moon” Steampunk Festival on Saturday, Aug. 19.

This Steampunk event is based on the story of The Cog’s inventor, Sylvester Marsh, and his desire to build a railroad to Mount Washington’s summit. When Marsh applied for a charter in 1858 allowing him to build a railway up Mount Washington, a disbelieving New Hampshire legislator nicknamed the project “Railway to the Moon” — a nickname that continues on today.

Steampunk melds the Victorian age with modern technology, Goth, science fiction and a Comic Con edge. During Steampunk events, participants of all ages create a world of modern machines set in the age of steam power. The Citizens of Antiford, a New Hampshire-based Steampunk community, representatives from the Springfield, Vt. Steampunk Festival, and Sylvester Marsh with his wife Cornelia will take the Mount Washington Cog Railway back to the fantasy Victorian age of Steampunk during the Railway to the Moon event.

The event features a variety of free activities for all ages, including: a Steampunk-themed fashion show at 12:45 p.m., which is open to all visitors; Todd Cahill’s Steamachine Sculpture demonstrations; view a model train display; try your hand at a “Dueling Teacups”; shop for a variety of Steampunk themed products; learn about cycling in the White Mountains from The Wheelman; meet Benjamin West Kilburn, famous stereoscopic photographer from Littleton; and learn more about steam trains and engines at The Cog.

There will be a special Steampunk Steam train ride at 3:30 p.m. to the top of Mount Washington. Call (603) 278-5404 for advance reservations. To round out the event, participants and visitors may also visit the recently renovated Cog Museum, and watch Climbing to the Clouds, an Emmy-award winning documentary that chronicles the building of The Cog and explore the history of the Mount Washington Cog Railway.

This free weekend event takes place at the Base Station of the Mount Washington Cog Railway located only 6 miles from Bretton Woods, on Friday and Saturday, Aug. 18-19, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Advance ticket purchase is strongly recommended when making plans to ride The Cog. Tickets for Cog Railway excursions are available online at thecog.com or by phone at (603) 278-5404. The Cog is located at Marshfield Base Station on Base Road, Mount Washington, 6 miles off route 302 near Bretton Woods. For more information, go to thecog.com.

SteampunkFashionShowContestantsIn celebration of the 150th Anniversary of the Mount Washington Cog Railway in 2019, the Mount Washington Cog Railway is hosting the second annual “Railway to the Moon” Steampunk Festival on Saturday, Aug. 19. (COURTESY PHOTO)

 

Presentation on 'Lighthouses and the people who kept them' at the Medallion Opera House

GORHAM – The Medallion Opera House has received a grant from New Hampshire Humanities to present New England Lighthouses and the People Who Kept Them—The presentation will take place on Wednesday, Aug. 23, at 7 p.m. at the Medallion Opera House at Gorham Town Hall, 20 Park St., Gorham.

Event organizers say everyone knows that there's "something about lighthouses" that gives them broad appeal but their vital role in history and culture is little appreciated. The early nation was built on maritime economy, and lighthouses were part of the system that made that possible. Due to automation, traditional lighthouse keeping is a way of life that has faded into the past.

Jeremy D'Entremont tells the history of New England's historic and picturesque lighthouses, primarily focusing on the colorful and dramatic stories of lighthouse keepers and their families. The presentation will feature past and present images and video clips of the lighthouses, and describe present-day preservation efforts.

This program is free and open to the public. Learn more about New Hampshire Humanities at www.nhhumanities.org. Additional local support is provided by the Gorham Public Library and Tim Sappington.

For more information, contact Denise Vallee at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (603) 466-3322 x3.

Lighthouse photo The Medallion Opera House will host a presentation, "New England Lighthouses and the People Who Kept Them," on Wednesday, Aug. 23, at 7 p.m. at the Medallion Opera House, 20 Park Street, Gorham Town Hall, Gorham. (COURTESY PHOTO)