Kirstan Knowlton: Chaos and Kindness

I am all about showing others a little love, so when I heard that Recycled Percussion was coming to town to film a live episode of Chaos and Kindness I was thrilled.

I remember seeing the group play when I was still in high school. They performed in our auditorium, and put on a great show. It was really interesting to see how they used everyday items to make music, and they had great energy on the stage.

That was the only time I’d ever seen them perform, but from that point on, whenever I saw someone playing recycled instruments in the street I always thought of them.

Having them come up to Berlin a few weeks ago was great, because it got the community excited. I didn’t care what they gave away based on the momentary value, but loved that it got everyone out of their homes and spending time with others.

When we take a moment to look at what we have in common with one another, you tend to forget about the differences that divide us. Even if it was just for that one night, their visit brought us that much closer together.

A few days following their appearance, I saw several posts online where people talked about paying it forward to others. There were cups of coffee, bills paid and other small gifts to brighten someone’s day.

Paying it forward can also mean doing a task for someone too. Mowing their lawn, offering to watch their children while they run errands or just checking in with someone to see how they are doing.

We are all capable of doing something thoughtful for someone else, and don’t forget, what might seem like a small act of kindness to you could mean the world of difference to the person receiving it.

Now that I have you in a good warm and fuzzy mood, it’s time to make plans for the Gorham Congregational Church’s Blueberry Pancake Breakfast on Saturday, Aug. 5, from 8 a.m. to noon.

They will be serving hotcakes, sausage and coffee. They will also have scones, made-to-order crepes, and homemade cookies. Parking is free at the lot on Church Street. The Gorham Congregational Church is located at 143 Main St., in Gorham.

I hope that everyone has a wonderful weekend. Of course it is also the big ATV festival this weekend, and there will be a lot of activities going on. I plan on making it down to Heritage Park on Saturday to see Last Kid Picked perform. If you see me out and about, make sure to say hello!

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..