Arts & Entertainment

The art of Jim Boucher currently on display at hospital cafeteria

BERLIN — Jim Boucher has done pencil sketches for a hobby for about as long as he can remember. This month, he is showing samples of his drawings in his first ever public art exhibit at the Androscoggin Valley Hospital Auxiliary Art Show in the hospital cafeteria. His work will be on display until Oct. 13.

An artist’s reception is planned for Thursday, Sept.14, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the cafeteria. Jim will be on hand to talk about his work and hobby. All are welcome.

Boucher is a self-taught artist who says that it’s a miracle that he graduated from Berlin High because he sketched all through his classes. Everyone knew that he had a knack for realistic drawings, and he used to make spending money by drawing pictures of his classmates’ cars. One of his drawings was featured in the 1976 Berlin High yearbook.

Boucher’s selection is an eclectic mix leaning towards automobiles and other mechanical subjects. It consists of a half dozen framed pieces in great detail and several original sketches on various slips of paper, unframed, some with random marks or tears; in other words, right out of his box of memories. The latter includes a portrait of Teddy Roosevelt, who is immediately recognizable, which he did when he was 6 years old. Among the framed works are elaborately detailed renditions of a Grateful Dead album cover and a Cadillac, which can pass for a photograph.

Every six weeks, the Androscoggin Valley Hospital Auxiliary Rotating Art Program features an artist and his/her work for display in the cafeteria, giving employees, patients, and visitors an opportunity to admire the artwork. The public is welcome anytime during cafeteria hours, Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., and weekends, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

If you are, or know of, an artist or craftsperson who would like to exhibit in the Androscoggin Valley Hospital Auxiliary Rotating Art Program, call Linda Morris, AVH volunteer coordinator and auxiliary liaison, at (603) 326-5676 or Brad or Sue Wyman, volunteers, at (603) 915-6035.

Boucher Jim ArtistJim Boucher is showing samples of his drawings in his first ever public art exhibit at the Androscoggin Valley Hospital Auxiliary Art Show in the hospital cafeteria. His work will be on display until Oct. 13. (COURTESY PHOTO)

 

Next barn sale to be held on Saturday, Sept. 9

BERLIN —The Berlin and Coos County Historical Society will hold its next barn sale on Saturday, Sept. 9, at the historic Brown Company barns. The barns are located on the East Milan Road in Berlin about one 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.

This is the annual fall decorations and Halloween sale. Everything for your decorating needs! Table cloths, candy jars and bowls, scarecrows with hats, etc. There is also a fair amount of spooky, scary-themed books.

These specialty items are in addition to the regular departments: baskets, sports, records, cloth, books and more. Large print books are with the audio books; the furniture department is located on the lower level of the larger barn. There is also a large selection of picture frames, both large and small, in both barns.

Proceeds from the yard sales go towards expenses to keep open the Moffett House Museum and Genealogy Center and to help preserve the barns. The museum, located at 119 High St. in Berlin, is open year-round, Tuesday through Saturday, noon to 4 p.m. or by appointment. Call (603) 752-4590 for an appointment or to arrange for a group tour of the museum. Admission is free. Donations are graciously accepted.

The last sale of the 2017 season will be held on Saturday, Sept. 30. 

 

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 assemblenh.com, 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..

 

Mount Washington: Narratives and perspectives program and book signing on Thursday, Sept, 7

BETHEL, Maine — Mike Dickerman of Littleton will present a well-illustrated program about Mount Washington on Thursday, Sept. 7, at the Museums of the Bethel Historical Society in Maine. 

For more than two centuries, Mount Washington has been the object of countless writers’ wonder and fascination. Well familiar with the mountain’s story, Dickerman of Littleton is the owner of Bondcliff Books and has authored or edited numerous books, as well as a weekly hiking column published in many Granite State newspapers.

In his newest book, "Mount Washington: Narratives and Perspectives, Dickerman" includes more than 20 previously written pieces inspired by New England’s highest peak that cover nearly every aspect of the mountain’s storied past.

Following a 6:30 p.m. pot-luck supper and brief annual meeting starting at 7:30 p.m., Dickerman will present a program about Mount Washington. After the presentation, he will sign copies of his new book, which will be on sale at a special, reduced price that evening only.

The program is free and open to the public.

Located at Bethel, Maine, the Museums of the Bethel Historical Society interpret the history of western Maine and the White Mountain region of Maine and New Hampshire through exhibits, lectures, events and publications. Eight exhibit galleries and nine period rooms are spread throughout two buildings: the 1821 O'Neil Robinson House and the 1813 Dr. Moses Mason House. Also on site is an extensive library and archival collection of books, manuscripts, photographs and digital records, plus thousands of historic objects that tell the story of the town of Bethel and the surrounding region.

Museums of the Bethel Historical Society is located on 10 Broad St., in Bethel, Maine. For more information call (207) 824-2908 or go to bethelhistorical.org.

 

Touch A Truck event held at Service Credit Union Heritage Park

BERLIN — Kids can climb, honk, play, and pretend they’re driving the big rigs at Touch A Truck, an annual favorite taking place this year from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 16, at Service Credit Union Heritage Park in Berlin.

Presented by MOMS of Lancaster, the event will feature all kinds of fire trucks, police and EMS vehicles, a school bus, bucket loader and N.H. Marine Patrol boat, the Berlin Police Department’s BearCat, and a demonstration by the N.H. State Police K-9 unit. MOMs will have an ATV display and offer kids’ demo rides for children under age six. A bounce house, food concessions, a Child ID kit station and children’s activities round out the day.

Admission costs $6 per adult and $3 for children ages 2-12, and is free for kids under two, with all proceeds to benefit the Child Advocacy Center of Coos County. Additional sponsors are Abbott Rental and Party Store in Littleton, North Country Ford in Lancaster, The News and Sentinel in Colebrook, and Coca-Cola Bottling Company of Northern New England in Gorham.

The Child Advocacy Center of Coos County, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, is a member of the Granite State Children’s Alliance. Child Advocacy Centers around the nation coordinate a team approach to investigating and prosecuting child abuse cases, and providing services to victims and their families.

For more information go to cac-nh.org/coos. Questions about child abuse and prevention may be obtained by contacting the CAC office in Groveton, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (603) 636-1999.