Kirstan Knowlton: Celebrating the Grand Opening of Assemble

I just have to take a minute and brag a little bit about some good friends of mine that are doing awesome things in the community.

This Friday, Sept. 8, at 5 p.m., Maria Neal, Heather Piche, Laura Jamison and Gary Coulombe will celebrate the grand opening of Assemble, A creative space to make, design, experiment or collaborate.

Located at 38 Glen Ave. in Berlin, above the Aubuchon Hardware store, these four artisans have made a space where they can create their craft. In addition to the clay, glass, wood, metals and media studio, the creators of Assemble have also brought in fellow artisans to hold and teach classes in their space.

Along with my excitement for all the possibilities of their new venture, I am really excited to have a place to go and create some pretty items. I can’t wait to try my hand at something new.

If you can’t make it out to their open house, be sure to follow them on Facebook to stay up-to-date on the different classes that they're offering. Right now they have some great classes open for registration like stained-glass jewelry making, leaf plates with clay, linocut relief prints and card making.

Along with the grand opening of Assemble, the Berlin and Coos County Historical Society will hold its next barn sale on Saturday, Sept. 9, at the historic Brown Company barns.

Swing by to find a plethora of fall and Halloween decor just in time to welcome my favorite time of year!

The barns are located on the East Milan Road in Berlin, about a mile north of the hospital and across from the state prison entrance. As usual, this sale will take place rain or shine, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Organizers of the event have asked that people do not come early.

I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend. Don’t forget WingZilla is also happening this Saturday at the Service Credit Union Heritage Park. Gates open at 9 a.m. and admission is free!

Come out for the Luau ATV Poker Run hosted by the professional firefighters of Berlin 1088. Money raised will go to Operation Warm, a program that supplies new coats for kids in need. Remember to dress yourself and your ATV for a chance to win prizes in the best use of theme category. The poker run will start and end at Heritage Park.

For more information about the poker run, call the chamber at (603) 752-6060.

For more information about Assemble go to, find it on Facebook, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call (603) 631-5988.

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..