Kirstan Knowlton: Dance the night away before springing forward

The past few weekends, our community events have been lining up perfectly. I love it when people can catch a dinner and a show, or in this case, dinner and a night of dancing.

Tonight there are two great community events happening, and you don’t have to drive far to enjoy either of them.

Getting a jump-start on St. Patrick’s Day, the St. Barnabas Church will be hosting a free traditional boiled dinner this evening. Dinner is open to anyone who would like to come. No tickets are required, and doors will be open from 5:30 to 7 p.m., with dinner being serviced until 6:30 p.m.

Once you’ve had your fill, you can work off those calories at the Contra and Square Dance at the Randolph Town Hall from 7 to 10 p.m. The Randolph Mountain Club is sponsoring the event, and money raised will go directly to benefit the club. Paul Cormier, Points North and Friends will provide music, with calling by Eric Rolnick. Tickets for the evening are just $8, and can be bought at the door.

I want to wish the Berlin High School Hockey team good luck in the finals as they face off against Kenneth High School in Manchester today. Go Mounties!

For more information about the dance in Randolph call Jenn Scarinza at (603) 631-0870. The Randolph Town Hall is located at 130 Durand Road in Randolph.

St. Barnabas Church is located on the corner of Main and High Streets in Berlin. The phone number is (603) 752-3504, and you can visit their website at for more information about these and other events.

So before I let you go, I wanted to share a little funny story about the recent snowfall. On Wednesday afternoon I came home to a clean back porch. The snow shovels were put away, the landing had been swept and things were looking pretty good.

Jamie joked that because she put away the snow shovels, that it would likely snow again, and just as predicted it did. We thought it was too funny not share, but what we weren’t expecting was how many other people thought they had done the same thing.

A few of our friends had commented that they had just removed their winter tires, or finally taken the snow scraper out of their car. It just reminded me of the folklore and superstitions that we all have around triggering weather.

Also, just a quick note in wedding prep news. I decided to make an impromptu stop at Betty Dee's Bridal Shop in Berlin on Thursday to try on some dresses. Initially I wasn’t sure if a traditional white dress would be up my ally, but good news, I bought a dress! It is beautiful and fits perfectly, but best of all, it has pockets!

I hope that everyone has a wonderful weekend. Don't forget to set your clocks forward this weekend. I will miss the sunshine in the morning, but I know spring is on its way! It’s going to be a chilly one, and I also hear that some major snow might be in the forecast.

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..