Arts & Entertainment

St. Kieran Community Center for the Arts welcomes Jerry Rittenhouse and family in concert

BERLIN — Jerry Rittenhouse, his wife Lauren his daughter, Julie and his son, David, all cellists, along with his sister, Connie, pianist, will present a benefit concert at St. Kieran Community Center for the Arts on Sunday, July 16, at 2 p.m.

Jerry Rittenhouse grew up in Massachusetts and studied cello with Mark Churchill and Raya Garbousova at Hartt College of Music. He was the principal cellist and cello soloist of the New England Youth Ensemble, directed by Dr. Virginia-Gene Rittenhouse. Over the years, the ensemble performed throughout the United States, Canada, Europe and the Soviet Union. Later, he played with Symphony Pro Musica in Central Massachusetts as one of the principal cellists. Currently, he is a practicing urologist with the Androscoggin Valley Hospital in Berlin, and the Upper Connecticut Valley Hospital in Colebrook.

Jerry's sister, Connie Rittenhouse Drexler, started playing piano at the age of six and later studied piano with her aunt, Dr. Virginia-Gene Rittenhouse. She played violin and viola with the New England Youth Ensemble and was frequently the piano soloist with the orchestra. She graduated from Boston University with a master's degree in piano performance. Connie is currently the director of the Youth Ensemble of New England and teaches piano part-time at the Thayer Performing Arts Center in South Lancaster, Mass. She practices internal medicine in Northborough, Mass.

Lauren Aastrup Rittenhouse studied cello with Mark Churchill and Raya Garbousova. She and husband Jerry met in the New England Youth Ensemble where they shared a stand for many years. She currently teaches cello at Thayer Performing Arts Center in South Lancaster, Massachusetts and at her private home studio in Lancaster.

Julie Escarza Rittenhouse started studying cello at the age of 4. Her teachers include Nancy Hair and Mark Churchill. She just completed her residency in family medicine in June and will be working as a hospitalist at Kaiser Permanente Hospital in Fontana, Calif.

David Rittenhouse started cello at the age of 8. He studied cello with Nancy Hair, of Newton, Mass. David recently graduated college with a bachelor's degree in chemistry and will be starting Dental School this coming August in Loma Linda, Calif. According to a press release submitted by the art center, he has enjoyed being a member of the Rittenhouse Cello Quartet.

Together, this musical family will be presenting pieces for solo piano, piano with cello and cello quartet. This event is free and open to the pubic, because of the sponsorship by the N.H. State Council on the Arts.

For more information about this event, to get tickets, a membership or to make a donation to the annual or capital improvement funds, contact the Arts Center at (603) 752-1028; visit the website, or the Facebook page at

2017.07.16 Jerry Rittenhouse photoJerry Rittenhouse. (COURTESY PHOTO)


Registration for Jean’s Playhouse Broadway Bound Summer Camp is Now Open!

LINCOLN — Do your kids love to sing and dance? Do they dream of someday being on the stage? Well, give them a great kick start with Broadway Bound! Jean’s Playhouse’s summer day-camp is filled with opportunities for kids wishing to be involved in the theatre.

Jean’s Playhouse is a non-profit performing arts center located at 34 Papermill Drive in Lincoln.The camp runs from Monday, Aug. 7, to Friday, Aug. 11 with a final performance on Saturday, Aug. 12, at Noon.

The theme changes each year, but focuses on daily sessions in creative arts ranging from improvisation, arts and crafts, singing, dancing and theatre games. All of the campers’ families are encouraged to come to the final showcase Aug. 12. Register online at or call the box office at (603) 745-2141 for tickets.

A limited number of partial scholarships for camp are available; call the office at (603) 745-6032 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to inquire about receiving a scholarship. Visit or call (603) 745-2141 for more information.

Broadway Bound 2016 2Aspiring young performers take part in the final performance for Broadway Bound Summer Camp 2016


Mount Washington Regional Airport Fly In and 5th Annual Presby Transportation Tractor show June 24 and 25

WHITEFIELD — On June 24-25, the Mount Washington Regional Airport and Presby Transportation Museum invite community members to join them to celebrate the fifth annual tractor show and swap meet and the airport’s 70 anniversary. The event has quickly become an annual tradition with over 1,000 people attending last year’s event. There is no charge for admission or parking, and activities will be offered for all ages.

On Saturday, June 24, attendees can enjoy a variety of activities and exhibits free of charge including; ice cream, a large selection of antique tractors and classic airplanes on display, hay rides, a classic car cruise in, large-scale model railroad, radio control airplane demonstrations, OHRV safety demo rides, OHRV simulator, pedal tractors, children’s aviation crafts and more.

Airplane and helicopter rides will be offered for a donation or small fee. Food and craft vendors will be on site offering their products as well. Airport activities will run from 9 a.m.-5 p.m., with tractor show activities running from 8 a.m.-3 p.m.

Once the sun sets, a Hangar Dance will be held from 7:30-10:30 p.m. featuring the music of the Not Your Mother Band. Tickets for the dance cost $15 in advance and $18 on-site, and include light refreshments with beer and wine available for purchase.

On Sunday, June 25, a free pancake breakfast sponsored by the Neil and Louise Tillotson Fund will be held from 8-11 a.m. Activities will be held rain or shine. For more information or to purchase tickets for the Hangar Dance visit: or

The Presby Transportation Museum is home to a collection of antique tractors that are both restored and in the original condition. The museum showcases equipment that was used in New Hampshire’s North Country and highlights the rich agricultural history of the region. For more information visit: or call (800) 473-5298.

The Mt. Washington Regional Airport has provided general aviation services in the White Mountains of New Hampshire for 70 years. Located just west of Mount Washington, the airport is 60 miles east of Montpelier, Vt., and 25 miles southwest of Berlin. For airport information visit: or call (603) 837-9532.


The art of O’Brien R. Murphy currently on display at Androscoggin Valley Hospital

BERLIN — There’s a new art show hanging on the wall in the Androscoggin Valley Hospital Cafeteria. It will be up until Monday, July 17, courtesy of the hospital rotating art program.

Artist O’Brien R. Murphy is known for his work throughout the North Country. He has been featured and acclaimed for his acrylic on canvas paintings and his pastel drawings at a number of galleries and exhibitions. Best known for his landscapes in a neo-impressionist style, this show gives the viewer renditions of the four seasons. The centerpiece for this display is a triptych of white birches, showcasing the yellows of the North Country autumn. Those who have skied at Wildcat Mountain will recognize the winter scenes, and, of course, there are the spring and summer sun and water renditions of January.

Murphy is a life-long area art educator and currently is an instructor at White Mountain Community College. He works on location and from his studio in Gorham. His works are in private, public and corporate collections throughout the United States.

The public is encouraged to stop by the hospital cafeteria to view the show, Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., and weekends, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

If you are an artist or kno, an artist or craftsperson who would like to exhibit in the Androscoggin Valley Hospital Rotating Art Program, call Linda Morris, hospital volunteer coordinator and auxiliary liaison, at (603) 326-5676 or volunteers Brad and Sue Wyman at (603) 915-6035. Currently, the hospital is booking for 2018.

Murphy OBrien ArtistWork by O'Brien Murphy will be on display for the rotating art program at the Androscoggin Valley Hospital through Monday, July 17. (COURTESY PHOTO)


Strawberry Shortcakes at Gorham Congregational Church on June 24

GORHAM — On Saturday, June 24, the Gorham Congregational Church will hold its Strawberry Shortcake Day. There will be strawberry shortcakes, crepes and pie for just $4. The day includes a yard sale starting at 9 a.m. and strawberry shortcakes will be ready by 10 a.m. The day will wrap up by 2 p.m. Gorham Congregational Church is located at 143 Main St. For more information call (603) 466-2136. Worship is held every Sunday at 10 a.m.; visit the website at or find the church on Facebook.