Arts & Entertainment

Weekender: Around Town (10/19/17)

Around Town

This Week:

Tonight, Oct. 19, from 4 to 8 p.m., Ladies Night in Down Town Berlin.
Eat, shop and explore the shops and eateries along Main Street.

St. Kieran Community Center for the Arts, 155 Emery Street, Berlin.

Saturday, Oct. 28, 7 p.m. — 17th Annual Arts Benefit Concert: Berlin Jazz
Berlin Jazz, in existence since 1987, has had many talented North Country musicians join the ensemble. The 18-plus musicians that now fill their ranks donate their time each week for rehearsal and play for the love of music. With a library of over 200 selections, among the songs for Saturday's concert are: "All of Me," "Stardust," "My Funny Valentine," "Sing, Sing, Sing" and "Quiet Nights of Quiet Stars." Come early to check out the exhibits, meet a few friends, have a cold beverage from our adult beverage bar, a hot beverage and/or a snack baked by our awesome team of volunteer bakers.

Gorham Town Hall's Medallion Opera House, 20 Park Street

Saturday, Oct. 21, 7 p.m. — North Country Drag Show
The first-ever North Country Drag Show will be hosted by the current Miss Berlin-Gorham, Reagan Murphy, to raise awareness for her platform of gender, sexual and romantic minority advocacy. Admission is donation only and all proceeds will go toward the Children’s Miracle Network. All ages are welcome.

Next Week:

Gorham Town Hall's Medallion Opera House, 20 Park Street

Thursday, Oct. 26, 3 p.m. — Jose Lezcano Workshop and Concert
Jose Manuel Lezcano is a Grammy-nominated Cuban American guitarist, composer, folklorist and professor of music at Keene State College where he teaches and coordinates guitar, directs the Guitar Orchestra and Latin Ensemble. Lezcano presents a variety of musical styles, including Flamenco-inspired pieces by Spanish nationalist composers, European parlor waltzes from Venezuela, Afro-Cuban popular dances, Haitian Creole Dances and Afro-brazilian samba-pagode.
7 p.m. — Mediterranean Muses
Following the afternoon workshop, Jose Manuel Lezcano teams up with virtuoso pianist Virginia Eskin to present a program of music that showcases the Mediterranean spirit with works from Spain, Italy and Hispano-America. Lezcano’s collaborations with Eskin over the past decade include duo performances for Boston’s St. Botolph Club, Natick Concert Series, the Bass Hall Monadnock Series in Peterborough, N.H., the Keene State College International Guitar Festival, and the Sumner Hall Concert Series in Keene. Admission is free but donations will be gratefully accepted.

Saturday, Oct. 28, 7 p.m. — Trails in Motion
An annual international film tour that brings a collection of the finest trail and ultra running films to passionate audiences around the world. Join like-minded trail runners and adventure sports enthusiasts at film festival-styled events in over 130 cities across 30 countries, all hosted by people who love to share this "dirty art" with their local running communities.

Randolph Public Library, 130 Durand Road

Monday, October 23, 10 a.m. — Mildred Horton Book Group
Meet September-June (except December). Everyone is welcome.

Mountain View Grand Hotel, Whitefield

Monday, Oct. 30, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. — North Country Fruit and Vegetable Seminar and Trade Show

Mahoosuc Land Trust, Valentine Conservation Center, 162 North Road, Bethel

Saturday, Oct. 28, 6 p.m. — A Night Under the Stars
Have you ever viewed the moon through a telescope? This is your chance. Star-lover Tom Hoffelder will guide you in discovering the wonders of the night sky. This will be a good night to see the first-quarter moon, the rise of Saturn, and a sky full of stars.
Telescopes will be available for use, and of course, you may bring your own. If the night is cloudy, Mr. Hoffelder will give an indoor presentation.
The Valentine Conservation Center is located .8 miles from the intersection of North Road and Route 2, beyond the cemetery. For more information visit or call (207) 824-3806.


10K helps communities stand up against substance abuse

The first Stand Up Androscoggin Valley certified 10K race will bring two great communities together, Berlin and Gorham, this Saturday, Oct. 21.
The starting line will be at the Berlin Veterans Memorial Park at the south entrance to the city, and the race finishes at the Gorham Town Common. The race begins at 10 a.m.
The entry cost for adults is $30 and $18 for students under 18. Food, raffles and informational exhibit tables will be available at the event for participants as well as spectators and interested community members.
Proceeds from the event will be split between two leadership groups, one at Berlin High School and one at Gorham Middle-High School, to conduct prevention and awareness activities in their communities.
Stand Up Androscoggin Valley is a coalition of organizations and citizens from the communities of the Androscoggin Valley. The mission of the Stand Up Androscoggin Valley coalition is to reduce and prevent substance abuse among the area’s youth.

Annual fruit and vegetable seminar and trade show is Oct. 30

WHITEFIELD —The annual North Country Fruit & Vegetable Seminar and Trade Show will be held on Monday, Oct. 30, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., at the Mountain View Grand Resort in Whitefield, N.H. 
The daylong event will feature sustainable horticulture specialist Becky Sideman, providing updates on vegetable production research at the University of New Hampshire. Bruce Hoskins, a soil scientist with the University of Maine, will discuss soil fertility management in high tunnel production systems. Olivia Saunders of UNH Cooperative Extension will discuss innovations in cover crops. And Jeremy Delisle, also of UNH Cooperative Extension, will discuss new and old tree fruit production systems that will fit with North Country production.
There is a substantial pre-registration discount if you sign up by Oct. 23. For more information, call the UNH Carroll County Cooperative Extension office at (603) 447-3834.
In addition to the educational programming, pesticide recertification credits will be available for licensed applicators, and there will be ample time to visit trade show booths highlighting companies that provide the services, supplies and equipment needed for fruit and vegetable production.

The good medicine of foliage on Middle Sugarloaf

By Ed Parsons
“What is foliage?” my grandson wondered as I drove him to school, after I had commented on a bright red roadside maple. Five seconds later the conversation was on another topic. My answer to his question had been simple and direct — the fall color of leaves.
That’s what I like about foliage — its simple “suchness.” There are no expectations about how you are supposed to react to it. With fireworks, for example, it feels like people in a crowd have an obligation to go: “Oooh, Aaahhh!” I prefer the quiet natural explosion of foliage. Take it or leave it.
This Wednesday, I was finally feeling better after an extended cold. I needed to get out and see the color — like I needed to breathe.
Friend Tom Barrett and I drove up through Crawford Notch and climbed Middle Sugarloaf (2,539 feet). It was good medicine.
Every year, and especially lately with an evolving climate, foliage unfolds in a different way along with the changing weather. This fall in the north-country around Errol, some cold weather in the beginning weeks of September spurred some leaves to start cutting off food supply from their stems early — a normal precursor of fall color. Then a couple weeks ago, we had a frost. Hot spells before and after that caused the cut-off leaves to turn brown and shrivel up. So the foliage up there has not been great.
But down here in the White Mountains we have fared much better, though it has been a week late because of those mild spells.
That was fine with me, I thought, as we drove up Route 302 through Crawford Notch. The sides of the notch were amply streaked yellow. There were not a lot of reds in the notch.
We continued north, and about a mile after Bretton Woods, Middle and North Sugarloaf both appeared ahead, above the trees to the left. They were handsome little peaks, especially the round granite dome of Middle Sugarloaf.
Six and a half miles after AMC Highland Center we turned left onto the Zealand Road at the Zealand Campground. We immediately crossed the bridge, and soon the road turned to dirt. A mile after leaving Route 302, we turned into a trail parking lot on the right.
Donning our packs, we continued on the road, immediately crossing a bridge over the Zealand River, and then took a sharp right downstream on the Sugarloaf/Trestle Trail. After 0.2 miles, the Sugarloaf Trail bore left, and we departed the murmuring river.
The Sugarloaf Trail climbs almost a mile up to a saddle between Middle and North Sugarloaf. From there, a left-hand spur climbs a half mile to the bare summit of Middle Sugarloaf, a lively, steep, yet fairly easy 1.4-mile hike.
On the lower section you pass some humongous boulders that probably fell from the summits above. One is smoothly split down the middle, presumably by frost action, yet the final split probably happened all at once. I commented that it must have been an interesting sight when that happened, though it probably did in the freeze of a cold night.
The trail then steepened and we arrived at the sign in the notch. We silently bore left. The upper section passed quickly. We climbed some wooden stairs over a steep ledge. Then there was light between the trees ahead, and we stepped out on the rocky overlook.
For many who frequent the White Mountains, the landscape has a personal history. When you get to a lookout, the familiar landscape is laid out below. It is not yours, yet you are part of it.
The same with the foliage. On the big slope below, between Middle Sugarloaf, Mount Hale and the Zealand Road, many red maples were scattered evenly among the yellow beech, birch and other maples. The sun came in and out of the clouds, illuminating then darkening the slope like a natural light show.
We walked around the 180-degree vista that the wide ledge offered. I won’t bother with the names of the peaks. On this real life map, there were no printed names.
Two other hikers showed up in a hour, and we headed down. On the lower trail, groups passed us on their way up.
Back in Bretton Woods, we stopped at the store for coffee and muffins.

Around Town

Around Town

This Saturday at Berlin's Service Credit Union Heritage Park, 942 Main Street

Saturday, Oct. 14, all day, 14th annual RiverFire

Registration for the ATV Poker Run starts at 9 a.m., with the last Zombie leaving the park at 11 a.m., and all vehicles returning by 2 p.m. This Poker Run can be completed by car, truck, motorcycle or ATV. The cost is $15 per hand, and all proceeds will go back to support the RiverFire event. Prizes will be awarded for the first, second, and third best hands and the worst hands.  

The main festival begins at 2 p.m. at the Heritage Park with a whole range of events that include a bouncy house and a petting zoo, hayrides and hot air balloon rides, lots of food and of course a beer tent. A 5k run begins at 2 p.m.  A "Not So Scary Halloween Party" begins at 5:30 p.m. And live music with Duke begins at 6 p.m. The boom piers in the river and the pumpkins along the pedestrian bridge that crosses the river not far from the park will be lit up at dusk.  

Saturday, Oct. 14 — Deadline to enter 2018 Miss Berlin-Gorham Competitions

In addition to scholarship funds, the newly crowned Miss Berlin-Gorham will have the opportunity to make appearances in various parades and a host of other local events. The Miss Berlin-Gorham Scholarship Program held on Nov. 4 is a local preliminary into the 2018 Miss New Hampshire Scholarship Program, to be held on April 26-28, 2018, in Derry. Applications may be downloaded at There is no entry fee. For more information, prospective contestants may contact the director of the Miss Berlin-Gorham Scholarship Program, Denise Vallee, at (603) 723-3421 or the director of the Miss Berlin-Gorham's Outstanding Teen Program, Lorraine Coulombe, at (603) 723-2862.


Next week at the Gorham Town Hall's Medallion Opera House, 20 Park Street 

Sunday, Oct. 15, 6:30 p.m. - An Evening with Spirit 

Join Lauren Rainbow as she brings to you an evening of Messages from Spirit. This is a wonderful and powerful opportunity to witness our departed loved ones, connect with those in the living, bringing validation and messages to some audience members. Reserve tickets at

Wednesday, Oct. 18, 7 p.m. - Abraham and Mary Lincoln: The Long and the Short of It

Distinctly different paths led Abraham Lincoln and Mary Todd to Springfield, Ill., where they met, married and began a family. The years that followed their move to the White House were filled with personal and national crises. Steve and Sharon Wood portray President and Mrs. Lincoln in this living history program, telling stories of their early lives and the challenges they faced during this turbulent time in the country's history. A New Hampshire Humanities Council program, free and open to the public. Contact information: Connie Landry, (603) 466-2525. 

Saturday, Oct. 21, 7 p.m. - North Country Drag Show

The first ever North Country Drag Show will be hosted by the current Miss Berlin-Gorham, Reagan Murphy, to raise awareness for her platform of gender, sexual and romantic minority advocacy. Admission is donation only and all proceeds will go toward the Children’s Miracle Network. All ages are welcome.