Arts & Entertainment

R.P. Hale, to present harpsichord, dulcimer and organ concert at St. Kieran

BERLIN — R.P. Hale will present a harpsichord, dulcimer and organ concert Sunday, May 4, at 2 p.m. at St. Kieran Community Center for the Arts.

This multigenerational artist-craftsman has been teaching his skills nationwide since 1976. His expertise seems endless as he not only performs on the harpsichord and grand dulcimer, he constructs them. The Smithsonian Institute recognized Hale as one of the top musical instrument makers in the United States and included his work in their exhibit devoted to these craftsmen.

In addition to his musical crafts, he is recognized as a master calligrapher and illustrator, a pen-and-ink artist, a wood-engraver, an Intaglio and Letterpress printer, a wood carver, a maker of marbleized papers and fabrics, a period re-enactor, a linguist, a solar and archaeo-astronomer and historian.

Hale will perform works played on the harpsichord, the grand dulcimer and on the art center’s own Hook & Hastings organ from Hale’s early Mexican and Baroque ancestry and one of his favorite’s, Sir William Herschel.

The performance is being co-sponsored by Passumpsic Savings Bank and the Town & Country Inn and Resort. Tickets will be available at the door ($12 for adults and $6 for minors). St. Kieran series membership holders may simply present membership cards. Colonial Theatre members presenting proof of 2014 membership will receive a $2 discount on the price of admission.
Information regarding a series membership and a listing of the scheduled 2014 events can be obtained at the time of the show, by contacting the arts center at 752-1028, visiting the website at or stopping in at the center, located at 155 Emery Street in Berlin. The art center is also on Facebook at .
The center’s schedule also includes these upcoming events:
May 6, 6 p.m. — St. Kieran Center Fundraiser with Paula Ward from Thirty-One.
May 16, 7 p.m. — North Country Community Chorus.
May 18, 2 p.m. — North Country Community Chorus.
June 20, 7 p.m. — Symphony N.H. Brass Quintet.

Programming at St. Kieran Community Center for the Arts is made possible by the support of the N.H. State Council on the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, the N.H. Charitable Foundation, North Country Art Ventures fund, an Anonymous Fund, the Libby Family Fund, the North Country Region Community Fund and the Stanton and Elizabeth Davis Fund.

Million-seller Michael Johnson to appear at Gorham's Medallion Opera House Theater

Michael Johnson, a singer-songwriter best known for a decade of hits beginning in 1978, will perform in Gorham at the Medallion Opera House on Sunday, April 27, at 3 p.m. Johnson's performance will be supported by a special appearance from a local favorite, Conway's own Red Gallagher.

Gallagher is very excited to be opening the show. "Michael in concert is one of the best one-man performers you'll ever see — a guitar virtuoso with a beautiful voice and warm, funny personality. His captivating, intimate performance is on a par with Tom Rush, Jonathan Edwards and James Taylor."

Johnson began playing the guitar at the age of 13, later winning an international talent contest while attending Colorado State University. He went on to hone his guitar playing skills at the famed Liceu Conservatory in Barcelona Spain. Upon his return to the United States, Johnson formed a trio with Chad Mitchell and John Denver. He eventually went out on his own and had a string of hits, including the number one song on the Billboard Adult Contemporary chart, "Bluer Than Blue."

Johnson followed up with more charting hits such as "Almost Like Being In Love", "This Night Won't Last Forever", Billboard Country Chart No. 1 hits "Give Me Wings," "The Moon Is Still Over Her Shoulder," and Billboard top ten hits "Crying Shame," "I Will Whisper Your Name," and "That's That." He has appeared on numerous television shows including the Country Music Awards (CMAs), The American County Music Awards (ACMs), The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Austin City Limits, and Entertainment Tonight.

The event will benefit the North Country Veteran Committee, Jay Sprinkle, team leader of the Berlin Gorham Veteran's Center explains: "The Committee works to identify unmet needs of North Country Veterans and their families and to find innovative solutions to these issues." The fundraising concert is produced and presented by the Gorham Police Association in partnership with the White Mountain Cafe and Bookstore.

The Gorham Police Association and the White Mountain Cafe and Bookstore are proud to bring another world class performer to the stage at the Medallion in support of a worthy local cause. The Gorham Police Association's Mark Santos worked with Johnson to bring him here for the event "Michael is a Top Notch entertainer with serious chops. His warm personality comes through in his performance. He loves to talk to people, and he loves to make them laugh. I am really looking forward to seeing him again."

Tickets are $12, and are available at The White Mountain Cafe and Bookstore, the Gorham Town Hall, Northern Lights Music in Littleton, the North Conway Music Center, and online at A limited number of tickets will be available at the door.



Cake Making 101 at WREN May 4

Learn with Don Wood of Morningstar Acres Bake Shoppe on Sunday, May 4, 12-3 p.m. at 921 Main Street, Berlin. Understand the science of what makes a great cake and how to "torte" a cake. In this class, we will learn how to make the perfect yellow and chocolate cakes with buttercream frosting. Each student will make their own custom cake. Bring your own apron and favorite 8" round cake pan. Ages 13 and up. WREN members $10, non-members $15 (includes all materials).

Fiddlehead Adventure at WREN May 7

Learn all there is to know about local vegetable, the fiddlehead with Douglas Gralenski of White Mountain Forager on Wednesday, May 7, 4 p.m. to dusk at Nansen Wayside Area.

Join Doug Gralenski, the White Mountain Forager, for an outdoor guided field trip and learn to harvest local fiddleheads. Learn the "tricks of the trade" in locating, picking, and handling fiddleheads properly. As an added bonus, Doug—who has spent 27 years as a Game Warden here in the Androscoggin Valley—will gladly attempt to answer any questions regarding our great outdoors. Never short on thoughts and opinions, Doug will gladly engage you in the conversation of your choice. Participants that sign up prior to April 30 will be guaranteed two pounds of freshly picked fiddleheads (a $10 value), field- cleaned and packaged, at the beginning of the outing, so you can spend your time learning and asking questions. Additional field-cleaned fiddleheads may be preordered at $5/lb. Dress for the outdoors. Bring a small pocket knife and a container to carry your fiddleheads (day pack, large fanny pack, shoulder bag, etc.). Meet at Nansen Wayside Area. Pre-register on the website WREN members $20, non-members $25 (children under 12, free).

Beading 101 at WREN May 8

Beading 101 with Carol Walker, Fiber Artist onThursday, May 8, from 6 to 9 p.m. at WREN 921 Main Street, Berlin.

This is a great opportunity for the person who has little to no beading experience. You will receive an introduction to basic tools, threads, wires, and assorted components of jewelry making. Learn the difference between an E bead, seed bead, and pony bead while discussing the elements of design. Carol will teach you basic beading techniques, including off-loom weaving and cage beading, to create your own necklace or pair of earrings. WREN members $15, non-members $20. Materials fee TBD, pre-register on the website