Arts & Entertainment

Dinner and Dance for Sydney Jackson

BERLIN – A dinner and dance will be held this Saturday, May 24 at the White Mountain Chalet to raise money for 11-year old Sydney Jackson. Sydney is battling a rare tumor. A spaghetti supper will be served starting at 5 p.m. The fee is $6 for adults and $3 for kids between 3 and 12. Kids under three eat free. A Sydney Jackson account has been set up at Northway Bank in Berlin for donations to help the family with travel expenses.

ATV trails open for the season on May 23

COOS COUNTY –The entire Ride the Wilds network of 1,000+ miles of interconnected All-Terrain-Vehicle (ATV) trails spanning Coos County is set to open for the 2014 season Friday, May 23. That includes the ATV trails at Jericho Mountain State Park in Berlin and the connector trails in Berlin and Gorham.
One of the largest networks of Off-Highway Recreational Vehicle (OHRV) Trail Systems in the country, Ride the Wilds is the premier destination for ATV riders and those wishing to learn in the eastern United States. It is recognized as a "Grand Adventure" by NH Grand, the official visitor information source for Coos County.
"More visitors from all over the Northeast and down to the mid-Atlantic are incorporating ATVs into their NH Grand North vacation plans. Like no other ATV destination in the country, Ride the Wilds is more than just a trail system," said Harry Brown, President of the North Country OHRV Coalition, a leader of the Ride the Wilds initiative. "This network allows riders to conveniently get from trails to restaurants, local shops, gas stations, and accommodations on main roads, all while exploring 1,000 connected miles of trails throughout Coos County. Riders can travel throughout New Hampshire's Grand North without having to trailer vehicles from one location to the other."

"Now in its second full season, Ride the Wilds has literally put Coos County 'on the map' as the Northeast's number one destination for ATV trail riding," said Cathy Conway, executive director of NH Grand. "It has quickly become one of the many outstanding 'Grand Adventures' that visitors love so much about New Hampshire's North Country."

Ride the Wilds, which spans the entirety of Coos County, consists of five regions or "portals" for riders to choose from: North Portal in Pittsburg; Northwest Portal spanning Colebrook, Stewartstown, Columbia and Stratford; Northeast Portal spanning Millsfield, Errol, Dummer and Dix Grant; Southeast Portal spanning Berlin, Cambridge, Gorham, Milan and Success; and the Southwestern Portal spanning Lancaster and Groveton.

Riders could use the Ride the Wilds trail network to ride from the western side of Coos County clear across to the eastern edge of the county. For example, they could start their adventure at Coleman State Park in Stewartstown, have lunch at the Moose Muck Coffee House in Colebrook, and then take off for Pittsburg, where they could have a great meal and a good night sleep at the Rainbow Grille & Tavern at the Tall Timber Lodge. Or, riders could begin at Jericho Mountain State Park in Berlin with 80 miles of varied and exciting terrain, have lunch at the Northland Restaurant and Dairy Bar in Berlin, ride to Errol and have dinner at the Hawg Trawf, and then spend the night at the Errol Motel. Or perhaps riders would rather kick off their ride in Lancaster, before making their way north into Groveton and Stratford—the options are endless.

All towns within the Ride the Wilds trail system allow ATVs on town roads along with some state highways to access services such as food, gas and lodging, or to connect with other sections of trail. Look for ATV Permitted signs on open sections of highway.

"A fantastic experience for the whole family, Ride the Wilds is not only the best-kept secret of ATV enthusiasts, it is also a great vacation adventure option for those wanting to try it for the first time. Several businesses along the Ride the Wilds trails offer ATV rentals, all necessary safety equipment, as well as the option of taking guided tours," said Corrine Rober, of Bear Rock Adventures in Colebrook, which provides ATV rentals, guided tours and access to the Ride the Wilds network. "You do not need to own an ATV to experience all the thrills, scenery and fun of Ride the Wilds since there are plenty of affordable rental options as well."

The following businesses offer rentals, guided tours, sales, and/or service:

Absolute PowerSports (rentals, tours, sales and service)
461 Main Street, Gorham

Bear Rock Adventures (rentals & tours)
107 Bear Rock Road, Colebrook

Dalton Mountain Motorsports (rentals, sales & service)
475 Lancaster Road, Lancaster

Jericho Motorsports (rentals, tours, sales and service)
232 Jericho Road, Berlin

Northeast Snowmobile & ATV Rentals (rentals & tours)
299 Main Street, Gorham



Memorial Weekend Craft Show in North Conway

The Memorial Weekend Craft Show takes place this Saturday and Sunday, May 24-25 at the North Conway Community Center. North-Conway-craft-fair
There will be over 75 fabulous arts and crafts exhibitors displaying a variety of media including 3-D glass art, beautiful quilts and table decor, fabric fairies, Ben's NH maple syrups, handpoured soaps, fine jewelry, bat and bird houses, handcrafted walking canes, unique room fresheners, wooden clocks/pepper mills/cutting boards/cribbage boards, beautiful pressed floral art, handsome pottery, pillow quilts, children's accessories, florals, and lots more. There will be food and the music of Tim Janis.
The community center is located on Rt 16 next to the Scenic Railroad in downtown North Conway. Admission is free and the show will be held rain or shine under the canopy. FMI call 528-4014 or email

Tales from the Trail May 24

This Saturday, May 24 join AMC volunteer Pete Lane, for a presentation on his 2001-2002 Appalachian Trail hike, "Tales from the Trail." Approximately 2,000 people a year attempt to hike the Appalachian Trail, but only 10% (150-200) who start make it the whole way. The presentation is free and starts at 8 p.m. For more information contact the AMC at 466-2727. The AMC Pinkham Notch Visitor Center is located on Route 16, Pinkham Notch. This schedule is subject to change.

Brush and Pen May 25

Sunday, May 25, the Pinkham Notch AMC presents "Brush and Pen: Artists and Writers of the White Mountains." Brush and Pen is a documentary featuring the nineteenth century artists and writers of N.H. White Mountains. This film offers the audience a tour through the nineteenth century with some of New Hampshire's most famous works of art. Brush and Pen bridges a gap in the art and literature worlds by combining significant White Mountain art and prose in one format.

Programs are free and open to the public. AMC Pinkham Notch Visitor Center, Route 16, Pinkham Notch, NH. For more information contact the AMC at 466-2727. This schedule is subject to change.