Arts & Entertainment

Harvest Christian Fellowship looking for local talent

BERLIN — If you like to sing, dance or tell a joke or two. The Harvest Christian Fellowship is looking for you. On Saturday, April 29, there will be a talent show at the church. All interested talent should contact Nancy Younie at (603) 723-0054 or (603) 215-6347. The cost will be $5 at the door and all profits will go to the church. 

The Singing of Compline returns to St. Barnabas in preparation for Easter

BERLIN — The singing of the Office of Compline offers a time for meditation, silence and reflection. The singing of the Anglican Office of Compline continues at 7:15 p.m. each Sunday evening at St. Barnabas throughout the Sundays of the season of Lent, in preparation for Easter, through April 9.

The singing of Compline will focus on chanted prayers, anthems, sung Psalms and hymns appropriate to each special Sunday. The short service is sung in soft lighting, with candles and incense. The Compline Choir is a community group of singers supported by St. Barnabas Church and Music in the Great North Woods, a non-profit organization devoted to enriching the musical culture of the North Country. The event is open to all, free of charge, located at St. Barnabas Episcopal Church, 2 High Street, in Berlin. For more information call (603) 466-2865 or visit www.musicgnw.org.

Singing a hymnSusan Ferre directs the Compline Choir. (COURTESY PHOTO)

WREN to host 23nd annual meeting and open house

BETHLEHEM — The Women’s Rural Entrepreneurial Network (WREN), will host its 23nd Annual Meeting and Open House on Monday, March 20, from 5 to 6:30 p.m., in the Gallery located within its LocalWorks retail store at 2011 Main Street in Bethlehem. All members and anyone interested in WREN’s programs are invited to attend.

The meeting will kickoff with a half-hour of informal networking. Attendees may browse in the store, while having refreshments and conversation. At 5:30 p.m., the formal meeting will be called to order and members will vote in new directors, celebrate the accomplishments of the past year and acknowledge the work and support of several volunteers.

“WREN has identified as a community of members since our beginning in 1994,” notes Board President Natalie Woodroofe. “Our annual meeting is an opportunity to gather, celebrate and to do the essential business of being a non-profit organization.”

For more information, call (603) 869-9736 or visit www.wrenworks.org.

Burlington Taiko returns to the Medallion Opera House for drum concert

GORHAM — Experience Taiko drumming and a glimpse into Japanese music and culture during a performance of traditional Japanese drumming at the Medallion Opera House.

According to a press release submitted by the Medallion Opera House, Burlington Taiko estimates that since 1987 it has introduced over half a million people to the power of Taiko via public performances, including feature performances at the 100th running of the Boston Marathon, annual performances at Burlington's First Night, the Joseph Campbell - Keepers of the Lore festival, the Black Ships Festival in Newport, R.I., and over 200 corporate, collegiate and public performances.

Using a background of drums and movement, Burlington Taiko provides audiences of all ages with an opportunity for both lively entertainment and engaging learning.

“Taiko is an exciting display of strength and power through music that enthralls all ages, from preschool to seniors,” says Frumie Selchen, director of the Arts Alliance of Northern New Hampshire, which is presenting the concert in partnership with the Medallion. “They were such a hit when we brought them here a couple of years ago — we wanted to give more people a chance to experience this amazing art form.”

Showtime is at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 18. Tickets for the performance at the Opera House, 20 Park Street, Gorham, are $12 for adults, $5 for students, $30 for families, with reduced rates for Arts Alliance members. Save $2 per ticket and $5 for families by purchasing in advance at White Mountain Cafe and Bookstore, Gorham Town Hall or online at www.aannh.org. All those interested are welcome to attend; those who can't afford the ticket price can pay what they can or come as guests of the Arts Alliance.

The performance is sponsored in part by Yokohama Family Restaurant in Gorham and presented as part of Burlington Taiko founder and director Sensei Stuart Paton's eight day North Country residency, coordinated by the Arts Alliance and funded in part by the New England Foundation for the Arts as part of the NEA Regional Touring Program, with support from the six New England State Arts Agencies, including the N.H. State Council on the Arts. The residency brings assemblies, workshops and performances to schools and communities through the region.

Learn more about the Arts Alliance and the residency in northern New Hampshire, including information about additional performances and educator and community workshops, at www.aannh.org.

Burlington Taiko groupBurlington Taiko group. (COURTESY PHOTO)

St. Kieran Community Center for the Arts makes plans for St. Patrick’s Day Dinner and Auction

BERLIN — St. Kieran’s annual St. Patrick’s Day Friends of the Arts Dinner and Auction will be held at the Town & Country Inn and Resort, Route 2, Shelburne, on Thursday, March 16, starting at 6 p.m. This annual dinner serves as a major fundraiser which supports the center’s efforts to provide a broad variety of programs throughout the year as well as to maintain their historic building.

In addition to dinner, they will, once again, be holding raffles and auctions offering the many prizes donated to them by their business partners. Among those items are some hand crafted quilted items from the Berlin Quilters Guild/Material Girls, Historic Books and DVD from the Berlin Historical Society, a hand crafted, Swedish-weave blanket from Lucille Paradis, two tickets to Cirque Eloize at Foxwoods Casino, golf for four with two carts at The Mount View Grand, one night stay for two people at the Eagle Mountain House, two lift tickets for Wildcat/Attitash, two admissions to Santa’s Village, buffet for two at the Mohegun Sun Casino, two tickets to the July 2015 Nascar Race at the N.H. Motor Speedway and certificates from Berlin Bowling Center, Berlin Marketplace, Northwoods Acupuncture and more.

Ticket prices will be $30.00 per plate or a table of eight can be purchased for $200.00. Tickets will be sold in advance and are now available at the Arts Center office, online via the performing series link at www.stkieranarts.org and in the main hall at each scheduled event up through March 15.