Arts & Entertainment

Mother and son reunion: After 47 years and the Gulag April 23

Reuben Rajala, president of the Gorham Historical Society, will talk about the unique, tragic and heartwarming story of an American-born couple and their families, his relatives, who were arrested in the late 1930's and sentenced to ten years of hard labor in Siberia.

The Gulag, a huge system of labor camps in the former Soviet Union, swallowed up millions of Soviet citizens. Few know that hundreds of thousands of foreign workers, including Americans and later soldiers captured during WWII were also sent to the Gulag camps. Millions of prisoners died. Some survived.

Their infant son, born in Moscow, was left stranded in the United States Embassy in Moscow for five to six years before being allowed to come to America, thanks to New Hampshire Senator Styles Bridges.

Eventually, 47 years later, the mother and son would finally be reunited in the United States after a concerted effort by Reuben, some in the media, multiple politicians and the United States government.

The presentation will be held at the Gorham Public Library on Wednesday, April 23, 7 p.m. The free slide show and talk is entitled "Mother and Son Reunion: After 47 Years and the Gulag". For more information contact Elizabeth at the Gorham Public Library 466-2525.



Red Gallagher inspired by Michael Johnson

Red Gallagher will be opening for Michael Johnson during a benefit concert Sunday, April 27 at 3 p.m. The concert will be held at the Medallion Opera House located in the Gorham Town Hall. Proceeds from the concert will benefit the North Country Veteran Committee.

Red Gallagher began his professional music career in 1975. He was 25 and Michael Johnson was 30. In the late 70's Red made a road trip to see Michael in concert. Michael was then a mainstay of the College Circuit and was very popular in the Minneapolis area where Gallagher lived.

"Michael in concert embodied the kind of musician/entertainer that I was aspiring to be. He's 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."

Red followed in his footsteps by touring on the College Circuit, opening for major acts and recording. He has enjoyed a varied and exciting 39 year career including 8 albums and a single. He now finds himself invited to open a concert for one of his biggest influences in his new home of New Hampshire.

"This is a great thrill for me. Michael's music and mine, while both rooted in acoustic folk music, are quite different. He is he master of beautiful ballads such as his hit song, Bluer than Blue. My other influences, Arlo Guthrie, B. B. King and John Prine helped me develop my own style which is bluesy and satirical."

Red Gallagher will be the opening act for Michael Johnson on April 27, at The Medallion Opera House in Gorham. The concert begins at 3 p.m. and admission is $12.00. Lorraine Gallagher, the better looking half of Gallagher's Redbird Duo and Berlin/Dummer native will also appear.

Concert and ticket information: Presented by The Gorham Police Association and the White Mountain Cafe & Bookstore to benefit
The North Country Veteran Committee. Tickets are $12.00 and are available at: The White Mountain Cafe & Bookstore, The Gorham Town Hall, Northern Lights Music (Littleton), North Conway Music Center or online at

For more information on Red Gallagher call 986-7736.




Scottish, Irish and Acadian musical traditions of Prince Edward at St. Kieran

BERLIN--The International Celtic Festival Tour will be performing at St. Kieran Community Center for the Arts at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 27.
Featuring renown artists Richard Wood, Cynthia MacLeod, Gordon Belsher and Carolyn Bernard, this tour is a collaboration between Crossroads International Celtic Festival and The Festival of Small Halls in Prince Edward Island.
Hailed as “ of the most entertaining fiddlers...” by the Shetland Times of Scotland, Richard Wood returns to the stage at St. Kieran’s with and ensemble of musicians sure to expand your musical mind. Last here in 2012, this group brought the house down from the opening explosion of sound to the standing ovation.
“Picture it: A graceful tune to start off a set, with beautiful zippering lines, played while caressing the fiddle to his ear, eyes closed, off in a serene realm in a dance with time, as he lures us there with him. Then a cutting Strathspey (Scottish country dance) to kick it into a higher gear as he whoops out loud and smiles at the crowd – a total of six reels in a row, all executed with flawless precision, pounding in rhythm, intoxicating in a firing energy, which brings about numerous fits of spontaneous applause from the crowd who spring to their feet in ovation immediately at the set’s end. Wood simply dropped every single jaw in the house – certainly making us all proclaim he is back, and he is better than ever.” – Todd MacLean, Charlottetown Guardian.
Sunday’s performance is being co-sponsored by the Bank of New Hampshire 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 $2.00 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 our website, or stopping in to see us at 155 Emery Street, Berlin. You can also find the center on Facebook at
The center has also planned the following upcoming events:
May 4, 2 p.m. - RP Hale, Concert Harpsichordist
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.

Eureka Night with WREN

WREN is presenting the Eureka Night, a "boot camp" for community-minded entrepreneurs and the general public on April 16 6-9 p.m. Spotlight on small businesses their business and marketing challenges with facilitator Carrie Gendreau, sponsored by Bank of N.H. at the Medallion Opera House, 20 Park Street Gorham. This event is free and open to everyone.

The Eureka Night offers an intensive and interactive environment for entrepreneurs to learn about marketing, challenges and different aspects of running local small businesses. The program was conceived by Stonyfield Farm co-founder Gary Hirshberg, as the Stonyfield Entrepreneurship Institute "boot camp". This version, done with permission is shorter, face paced and only one night.

A panel of local experts will offer their expertise in solving the marketing challenges of four entrepreneurs chosen from WREN applicants. The panel includes Stewart Gates, (N.H. Small Business Development North Country), Mollie White (Northern Community Investment Corporation), Josh Simonds (Facefirst, Nichols Communication), Heather Piche (Local Business Owner) and the emcee for this fast- paced and exciting evening, Carrie Winn Gendreau(Emma & Co Boutique and the Training Connection).

The WREN member businesses in Coos County who will present their marketing & business challenges to audience and experts are: Carla Lapierre of Gateway Gallery and Gifts, Kathleen Uland Kelley of Kathleen Kelly, CPA, Todd and Ellen Ross of Mountain Fire Pizza, and Mark Peabody of Mahoosuc Inn!

Eureka is that Aha! moment when you finally solve a problem. Modeled on the "boot camp" style perfected at the Stonyfield Entrepreneurship Institute, participants will get a chance to present their business and the specific marketing or business challenge they are facing. There will be a short comment and questions period and then the participants must be silent while the panelists and audience make suggestions and offer strategies for the business. This "case method' approach ensures a practical and grounded real world experience. Participants, as well as the audience, are assured of taking home a wealth of pragmatic and useful ideas that can be immediately put to work. The facilitator makes sure there are no long-winded talkers, keeps things moving along and ensures that everyone gains from the evening. Between presentations there will be time for networking; light snacks and drinks will be provided.

WREN inspires possibilities, creates opportunities and builds connections through community. For twenty years our work connects people with one another, provides access to resources many couldn't afford on their own, offers learning opportunities including entrepreneurial business training and technical assistance, creates and supports markets for entrepreneurs, actively engages in local revitalization, and serves a national model for rural economic and community development.


Prime Cut - North Country Community Band performs April 15

The North Country Community Band will be performing on Tuesday, April 15 at 7 p.m. at the Rialto Theater in Lancaster. Although the concert is free and open to the public, donations will gladly be accepted at the door. The band, under the direction of Andrew Tobin, will be performing works by Gould, Vaughan Williams, Zawinul, and others. For more information please call 631-5987.