Kirstan Knowlton: St. Patrick’s Day Weekend

Some people wish for a pot of gold at the end of their rainbow, but right now I would be happy with some bright sunshine.

While I was knee deep in a blizzardy mess Tuesday night trying to shovel out my driveway, I recalled some vague memories of wearing sundresses and taking photos of flowers, and going for afternoon walks with the dog.

Although this weekend’s forecast doesn’t call for 75 and sunny, it does look like we might get a nice stretch of weather. This is good news for our outdoor loving friends who will be able to get out and enjoy all this fresh snow.

For those of us who prefer to stay indoors, there is also quite a bit going on this weekend, which might help your winter blues.

For starters, the Medallion Opera House in Gorham will be hosting three great events on Saturday, yes three!

Burlington Taiko, performers of traditional Japanese drumming will hold a free public workshop, starting at 10 a.m., where anyone can come out and try their hand at drumming.

Later in the afternoon, at 1:30 p.m., Burlington Taiko will put on a must see performance. I’ve heard really good things about them from past performances, so definitely worth checking it out.

Information for both of these events can be found on the Arts Alliance of Northern New Hampshire’s website,

Then that evening, international guitarist Peppino D’Agostino returns to the Opera House for a live performance. Show starts at 7 p.m., and tickets will be available at the door.

In hockey news, the Berlin Fire Department will be battling the Northern N.H. Correctional Officers in a benefit hockey game for Make A Wish New Hampshire at the Notre Dame Arena. The benefit game will start at 1 p.m. Tickets for the game are just $8, and all proceeds benefit Make A Wish N.H.

If you are like me, and love to dance, one of my all time favorite New England bands, Last Kid Picked, is coming to the White Mountain Chalet in Berlin tonight.

I’ve come out to watch them play several times, and I’ve never been disappointed. I seriously even considered asking them to play at my wedding! Doors open at 8 p.m., and the show runs from 9 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. This is a 21 and older event.

I hope that everyone had a wonderful St. Patrick’s Day. I am hoping to spend some time with friends this weekend and catch up on things around the house. Gold House is back open, after a two-week vacation, so it’s time to get back into a regular routine.

It was nice having Jamie home in the evenings, and she even cooked us dinner, but I know many of you were waiting with bated breath for their return. Enjoy the sunshine!

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..