Arts & Entertainment

Local author Eric M. Vogt named featured author for July

CONWAY -- Conway Public Library has announced that Eric M. Vogt will be featured as their Writer of the Month for July 2014. His books will be on display in the library, located at 15 East Main Street, Conway, throughout the month of July.

On Monday, July 28, at 6:30 p.m. Eric will read selections from his non-fiction book “Terrorists Within Our Walls, The Principles of Correctional Counterterrorism” and from his poetry collections “Letters to Lara”, “Paths and Pools to Ponder”, “Life Lies in Layers”, “My Letter to the World”, “North Country Calls”, and “Mountain's Morning Song.” He will then be open to questions about the management of terrorist prisoners in civilian prisons and his poetic writings.

Eric M. Vogt grew up in New England and has been publishing poetry since he was 18 years old.

Eric wrote the journal article "Terrorists in Prison: The Challenge Facing Corrections", published in the 2007 fall edition of Inside Homeland Security. He was the guest speaker on prison terrorism issues at the American Board for Certification in Homeland Security's annual conferences in 2007 and 2011. Eric was the counterterrorism instructor for local law enforcement officers at the United States Medical Center for Federal Prisoners in Springfield, Missouri from 2005 to 2011, when he retired with 27 years of federal service.

Eric is a member of the N.H. Writers' Project, the Poetry Society of New Hampshire and the North Country Writers' Night Out group. He is the webmaster of the Berlin group's blog at:

Eric M. Vogt also produces his personal writer's blog, located on the web at:

14.9 million visitors expected to spend $1.95 billion in New Hampshire for the popular summer season

New Hampshire's summer season is expected to be a busy one, as state tourism officials anticipate more visitors than last year, who will spend more money.

According to a report by the Institute for New Hampshire Studies, about 14.9 million visitors will come from out-of-state during the summer season, about two percent higher than last year. These visitors are anticipated to spend about $1.95 billion, up by 2.5 percent from a year ago.

Summer is New Hampshire's busiest travel season, with the three summer months of June, July, and August accounting for more than 40% of visitation and spending to the state on an annual basis.

Most of the visitors for the summer season will be from New England, the Middle Atlantic States, and eastern Canada. The number of visitors from Europe is likely to increase by three percent compared to 2013, with UK, French, and German travel to New Hampshire expected to improve. has a new summer look with trip ideas for outdoor adventure, entertainment, culinary and more. Take the quiz to see what type of adventure you should have when traveling to the Granite State. Get engaged with New Hampshire tourism on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and YouTube and be sure to follow the #NHSummer hashtag to see what people are saying about summer in New Hampshire.


Learn Tai Chi

Four-week beginner Tai Chi classes will be held at the Medallion Opera House in Gorham. 

There will be Tuesday morning classes from 6:45 to 7:45 a.m. on July 8, 15, 22, and 29 and Wednesday evenings from 5:15 to 6:15 p.m. on July 9, 16, 23, and 30.

The cost is $40 for just morning or just evening classes or $70 for both sessions. Discounts available for families and seniors. 

Instructor for the course is Anne Bennett, ACE & AFPA certified. For more information call 466-3322x3.  

Renowned Fiddler Don Roy at Graymist Fiddle Fest in Groveton June 29

What has developed into the North Country's annual outdoor music festival gets underway at noon on Sunday, June 29, at the GrayMist Farm on the Brown Road in Groveton. The fifth annual GrayMist Fiddle Fest will take place rain or shine.

It is a chance for fiddlers and other musicians to show off their abilities and for the audience to enjoy hours of music, food and crafts in the hayfield of a well-known North Country farm. There will be plenty of food and ice cream on tap to help make the day a festive summer event, along with numerous vendors. A new "sessions" tent will be set up in one part of the field for those who would like to wander in and have some jam time.

Anyone attending the festival is welcome to bring their own food or beverages, a blanket or chair, and pets are welcomed. The music gets underway right at noon with opening ceremonies. The first on stage will be the group the Fireside Fiddlers, a group of local musicians who have been playing as a group for a few years now. With two successful CDs under their belt, the group is currently working on a third CD featuring which they hope to have available before next Christmas. Following the Fireside Fiddlers will be several acts with individual musicians. Fiddlers are encouraged to sign up to perform onstage when they arrive at the fiddle festival.
The featured band for the day, the Don Roy Trio, will perform two shows, the first at 2 p.m. Fiddler Don Roy, his wife, Cindy (on piano and step dancing) and bassist Jay Young (who also is known to have a lively step dance or two) are from the Portland, Maine area, and have entertained audiences around New England for many years.

The trio is at the forefront of the Franco American community in the Greater Portland area. Don Roy is a champion fiddler with depth in many styles of fiddling. Hailing from roots deep in the Maritimes and Quebec, the Roys' musical passion lies with the French Canadian tradition followed closely by Celtic music. Don has been a member of many successful groups including Bluegrass, Irish and French and directed the popular Maine French Fiddlers for its duration. Under his management for 11 years, the Maine French Fiddlers, a large fiddle orchestra played such venues as Carnegie Hall, the Lincoln Center, The Barns at Wolf Trap, on the radio program "A Prairie Home Companion" and the National Folk Festival in Lowell, Mass.
Admission to the GrayMist Fiddle Fest is $10 adults, $5 children. Under age three is free. Admission covers all music as well as parking. For more information on the GrayMist Fiddle Fest, contact Nancy Gray at 636-1294 or visit



Barn Sale June 21

The Berlin and Coos County Historical Society will hold its next barn sale in Saturday, June 21. This huge sale will take place rain or shine from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the larger Brown Company barn in the East Milan Road in Berlin, across from the state prison entrance, as restoration work is being done on the smaller barn.
Proceeds from these barn sales go towards expenses to keep open the Moffett House Museum and Genealogy Center and to help preserve the barns. Donations are always welcome. The museum, located at 119 High Street in Berlin, is open year round, Tuesday through Saturday, from noon to 4 p.m. or by appointment. Call 752-4590 for an appointment or to arrange for groups to tour the museum.