Arts & Entertainment

Poet Verandah Porche leads regional residency Sept. 29-Oct. 9

Poet Verandah Porche will be artist in residence in northern New Hampshire middle and high schools and in communities including Bethlehem, Lancaster and Lincoln this fall, offering workshops, trainings, community poetry readings and conversations, all based on the theme "Writing on the Land: Exploring the nature of the place we live."
This residency, coordinated by the Arts Alliance of Northern New Hampshire as the first of its 2014-15 fall offerings, will provide students and community members throughout the region an opportunity to think, write and talk about their personal relationship with the land and landscape of northern New Hampshire.
"Each of us has stories and unlinked images about our relationship with the land," Verandah says. "The weather is our intimate. The seasons make demands and offer rewards. These are uncertain times everywhere, for ourselves and our students. What does the land we live on mean to us? What does our home place have to offer for strength and solace? These are some of the questions we'll explore."
The residency begins Sept. 29 through Oct. 1. During these first three days, Verandah will work with students and teachers during the day; each evening she will offer a poetry reading related to the land and landscape and introduce her "told poetry" process to the community, training interested participants as scribes, who can then create short, powerful writing based on interviews with friends, family, colleagues or other community members, offering the interviewees a chance to tell their own story.
On Wednesday, Oct. 1, she will also offer an after-school teacher workshop at the Lin-Wood Public School.
On Oct. 8 and 9, Verandah will return to Bethlehem and Lincoln, working in the schools during the day and offering evening gatherings to share the poetry the community has created and to participate in a discussion of one's connection to the land and ideas around land, land use, and community.
Adults from throughout the region as well as middle, high-school and college students are invited to attend the free evening programs.
Verandah Porche, an award-winning poet from Vermont, has been publishing her poetry for more than three decades. In addition to her own books of poetry, her work has been seen in The Atlantic, The Village Voice, Ms., The New Boston Review and Vermont Organic Farmer, among others.
In 1998, the Vermont Arts Council awarded Verandah a Citation of Merit for her contribution to the state's cultural life, and in 2012, Marlboro College awarded her an honorary degree, doctor of humane letters.
Preregistration is requested for the Sept. 29-Oct. 1 evening programs and for the teacher workshop. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 323-7302 to register or for additional information. Read more about Verandah and the residency at

The Schedule:

Writing on the Land: A Reading and Training with Verandah Porche
Monday, Sept. 29, 7-8:30 p.m.: Weeks Memorial Library, Lancaster
Tuesday, Sept. 30, 7-8:30 p.m.: Bethlehem Public Library, Bethlehem
Wednesday, Oct. 1, 7-8:30 p.m.: Lincoln Public Library, Lincoln

Verandah will share poems from her books and her daily writing practice as well as narratives gathered from her work as a writing partner. She will invite participants to reflect on their own relationship with the land and the experiences, writing and ideas that have influenced and shaped this relationship. Verandah will show participants how to become "scribes" in their own communities, creating short, powerful "told poems" giving voice to the stories of others. Free; preregistration is requested.

Writing on the Land Teacher Workshop:
Wednesday, Oct. 1, 4-5:30 p.m. (networking and snacks 3:30-4 pm) at the Lin-Wood Public School, Lincoln. In this informal workshop, participants will reflect on their place and read, create and share poems drawn from living on the land, seeking a language rooted in place. Cost: $10 (certificates will be provided); $5 for Arts Alliance members. Preregistration is requested.

Writing on the Land: A Community Poetry Sharing and Conversation
Wednesday, Oct. 8, 7-8:30 p.m.: Bethlehem Public Library, Bethlehem
Thursday, Oct. 9, 7-8:30 p.m.: Lincoln Public Library, Lincoln
Verandah will read several poems and students and adult community members will share their writing and the "told poems" they have gathered with a wider audience. After the reading, Courtney Wrigley, project coordinator of North Country Listens, will facilitate discussions about land, land use and community. Free.



Guildhall's Cabin Fever concert series season starting Oct. 11

The organizers of the Guildhall Cabin Fever concert series will expand their season this year to host a total of six shows. Beginning in October, these popular shows take place on the second Saturday of each month from October through March at 6:30 p.m. in the heart of beautiful Guildhall village at the Guild Hall (town hall) situated right on Route 102.

The evening starts with an open mic session in which everyone is welcome to share their talent, whether it be in playing, singing, telling a story, a poem or a good joke. Then the evening moves on with entertainment by special guest performers from around the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont and northern New Hampshire.
The season's line up will begin on Saturday, Oct. 11 with a group of musicians, including Lee Baker, Joyce Ball, Tim Berry, Lyndall Demers, JoAnne Gilman, Dick Rosser, Dave Saikin and Suzan Shute as the Super Star Kitchen Band to benefit the Guild Hall building fund.
Nov. 8 brings out artists Greg Nadeau from Stratford, with some thoughtful and entertaining folk music, as well as singer/songwriter Aaron Siebert from Maidstone, Vt.
On Dec. 13 the series welcomes back the North Country favorites, The Fireside Fiddlers.
Jan. 10 sees Concord, Vermont's, own country singer Ashley Miles, who shares the stage with the songwriting entertainer Victor Tremblay from Granby, Vt.
Scheduled for Feb. 14 is the well-known trio Uncommon Folk featuring Paul Amey, Samantha Amey and Tom Bishop.
The final concert of this season on March 14 will feature a young lady from Bath, singer and songwriter Mikala Woods followed by the muli-talented Barry Moore out of St. Johnsbury, Vt.
Your donation of $5 at the door will benefit local charitable organizations. Refreshments and a 50/50 raffle will round out the evening's entertainment.
"We welcome you back as we celebrate the cozy warmth of good music and good cheer along the river in downtown Guildhall, Vt.," said organizer Suzan Shute.

Step Falls Nature Walk Oct. 4


The Mahoosuc Land Trust invites young and old to explore Step Falls on a Nature Walk on Saturday, Oct. 4 beginning at 10 a.m. The walk will be led by Dr. Roger Zimmerman. Roger is a graduate of both the Maine Master Naturalist and Yellowstone Association Naturalist certification programs. He is a ski guide and a Registered Maine Guide, and has a particular interest in wolves (though no wolf sightings are expected on the Nature Walk).

Since assuming ownership of Step Falls the Mahoosuc Land Trust has made improvements to both the trail and the parking lot. This hike, a mile in length, will be an opportunity to view the work that has been done as well as to explore the natural landscape with an expert guide.

The walk will focus on "what's there" and "how did it get there"? The New England landscape reflects the junction of natural and cultural changes. Step Falls reflects these changes, and has aspects of both geological and natural interest, including a lone Eastern White Cedar.

Meet at Step Falls Trailhead, just south of Grafton Notch State Park on Route 26, eight miles north of the intersection of Route 26 and Route 2 in Newry. Participants are encouraged to car pool, as parking is limited. (Please do not park on neighbors' property.) Please wear boots or good walking shoes, and bring rain gear, water, snack and what you need for personal comfort.

The Mahoosuc Land Trust is an accredited community land trust encouraging public interest in conservation in central Oxford County and eastern Coos County, supporting a balance of growth and conservation and emphasizing sustainable and traditional land uses.

For more information visit or call 207-824-3806.


Free admission to Squam Lakes Science Center with Museum Day Live ticket Sept. 27


HOLDERNESS - Squam Lakes Natural Science Center will open its doors free of charge on Saturday, Sept. 27, as part of Smithsonian magazine's tenth annual Museum Day Live! A nationwide event, Museum Day Live! offers free admission to visitors presenting a Museum Day Live! ticket at a participating museum or cultural institution.

Inclusive by design, the event represents Smithsonian's commitment to make learning and the spread of knowledge accessible to everyone, giving museums across all 50 states the opportunity to emulate the admission policy of the Smithsonian museums in Washington, D.C. Last year's event drew over 400,000 participants, and this year's event expects record-high participation.

"We are very proud of the Science Center participating in Museum Day Live! for another year," said Amanda Gillen, Marketing and Visitor Services Manager at Squam Lakes Natural Science Center. "The event makes places like the Science Center truly accessible to everyone."

Through spectacular live animal exhibits, natural science education programs, and lake cruises, Squam Lakes Natural Science Center has educated and enlightened visitors for nearly fifty years about our natural world. In September 2006 and again in September 2011, the Science Center gained national accreditation from the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) and are the only AZA-accredited institution in northern New England.

The Museum Day Live! ticket is available to download at Visitors who present the Museum Day Live! ticket will gain free entrance for two at Squam Lakes Natural Science Center on Sept. 27 only. One ticket is permitted per household, per email address. For more information about Museum Day Olive! 2014 and a list of participating museums and cultural institutions, please visit


Hampshire Highland Alpacas LLC participates in National Alpaca Farm Days Sept. 27-28

MILAN--On Sept. 27 and 28, alpaca breeders from across the United States and Canada will invite the public to come to their farm or ranch to meet their alpacas and learn more about these inquisitive, unique animals, the luxury fiber they produce, and why the alpaca business is perfect for environmentally conscious individuals!

From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, Hampshire Highland Alpacas of Milan, will welcome guests to join them for many activities including farm tours, a 'meet and greet' with the alpacas, hands on skirting demonstrations and more - all free! All men's alpaca sweaters will be half off for this event only. Special pricing on alpaca packages and scheduled breedings will also be offered during National Alpacas Farm Days.


Hampshire Highland Alpacas LLC. is located at 693 Milan Rd., Milan.  Conveniently locate on rte. 16 in the heart of Milan Village, across from the Town Gazebo. 


To find out more about National Alpaca Farm Days visit To learn more about Hampshire Highland Alpacas, visit or call 915-6925.