Arts & Entertainment

Second Artwalk of summer back in Gorham


GORHAM - The ArtWalk returns Tuesday, August 12 from 5-8 p.m. on Exchange St. and beyond in Gorham. 


The newest edition to the ArtWalk will be a Wine Tasting  event at Saalt Pub.

The ArtWalk Committee is very excited about the addition of the Wine Tasting event to this year’s ArtWalk festivities.  

This Artwalk there will be a new and different selection of red and white wines to sample than those featured at the June 15 walk and each wine sample will be served with a food pairing.  Tickets are $15 for four wine samples with pairings.  Tickets are available in advance at the Androscoggin Valley Chamber of Commerce office in Berlin and at SAalt Pub/Libby’s Bistro in Gorham and the Gorham Town Hall.  Wine by the glass and additional food pairings will also be available.  Tickets sold out for the Wine Tasting Event held in June, so get your ticket today.

Of course, visitors can enjoy watching artists demonstrate their skills and purchase art directly from them.  Will O’Brien is a professional artist and employed at the Community Services Center by Northern Human Services.  Along with Will, the ArtWalk team has had the opportunity to connect with many talented people and to recognize the importance of art in our communities.

To date, artists include Gail Scott, photographer; Will O’Brien, artist; Sarah Glines, Mt. Crescent Crafters; Robin Henne, Wandering Woolies; Wendy Mayerson, quilting; Chester Annis, photographer; Paul Robitaille, photographer; Carly Goss, hand woven scarves; Kelli Shedd, hand-made cards; Jane Burdick, paintings; Carol Walker, dolls & doll clothes; Deborah Dale,  Crescent Creations; Deidre Blair, artist; Eric Breault, Quantum Tones Healing; Lorraine Lajoie,  Body, Mind, Spirit; Lloyd Alexander,  wildlife photography and cards; Lynn Bisson; Merrily Lepage,  goat soap and lotions, candles; and the Coos County Botanical Garden Club. 

A display of motorcycles with air brushed artwork will be at Ray Bergeron’s Northeast Snowmobile and ATV Rental.

There will also be Farmers Market vendors to offer local crafts, food, flowers and more.



The deadline for vendors to register is Aug. 11. It is $15 for WREN members and  $20 for non-members, or $5 plus 5 percent of sales. 


There will also be a Summer Concert Series concert on the Common that night from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.  by the Houston Bernard Band, featuring Country and Americana music along with a Community BBQ.


Several acoustic guitarists will be playing along Main Street.  



Gorham Fire Department will have a fire truck on display for the kids and the 1916 Federal Antique will also be on display and there will be FREE face painting for the kids!


The Artwalk is sponsored by the  Androscoggin Valley Chamber of Commerce, Town of Gorham, WREN, the Arts Alliance of Northern NH and Northern Human Services.



26th Wildman Biathlon is this weekend

The Wildman Biathlon is a three-part event for teams and individuals. Celebrating its 26th year in 2014.

The Wildman is New England's toughest single day, multi-sport event, challenging individuals and 2 or 3 person teams who enjoy a variety of terrain and scenery. 

The race begins at 8 a.m. in Shelburne at the Town Garage. Racers take off down Meadow Road and do a 10k run down North Road. 

The next leg is a 22.3 mile bike ride from Shelburne to the base of Wildcat Mountain. 

From there, racers head up the mountain for a 3 mile run. 

Racers can participate individually or in teams of two or three. 

The race benefits the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP), a program for people 55 and over to work in many different capacities in the community.

For more information, visit

19th Annual 24 Hours of Great Glen this weekend


PINKHAM NOTCH -Great Glen Trails Outdoor Center welcomes back the 12 & 24 Hours of Great Glen for its 19th season on August 9 and 10. The unique mountain bike race is wrapped into a weekend-long mountain bike festival enticing intermediate and hardcore racers to tackle single-track and carriage roads of Great Glen Trails at the base of Mt. Washington.

Each year the race incorporates a theme, which just happens to be circus related this year, and is appropriately named “The Greatest Show on Dirt." Competitors and their crews are invited to join the festival-like weekend with free camping and kayaking as well as a full slate of activities and offerings planned for the weekend, including a gigantic festival tent, expo area, movie night, face painting, numerous circus-themed games, and much more.

There will be a Kid’s Movie Night and free kayaking on the Great Glen Pond. The Glen View Café and Outfitters Shop will be open for business as part of the Expo under the tent.

In 2013, which featured a beach party theme and atmosphere, over 100 teams and 300 competitors logged over 16,000 miles during race weekend.

Updates, course descriptions, maps and additional information can be found on the new Facebook site, online at or by calling (603) 466-2333.

Great Glen Trails Outdoor Center, in Pinkham Notch, New Hampshire, is found at the base of Mt. Washington. Offering an abundance of outdoor activities for people at all skill levels, the Center has programs and resources for adventure in every season in the White Mountains. For more information, visit


Hiking: '50 More Hikes in New Hampshire' improving with time


By Ed Parsons

White Mountain hikers of the Baby Boomer generation remember well the publishing of the guidebook "50 Hikes in the White Mountains" by Daniel Doan, which came out in 1973, and was the seed that started a long list of 50 hikes books that span the country.

By 1978 there had been three new editions to the original guidebook and 50,000 copies sold. In that year Doan, a prolific New Hampshire writer who wrote novels, histories, reminiscences and guidebooks about his beloved state, came out with "50 More Hikes in New Hampshire," which covered more hikes in the north/central part of the state plus many classic hikes in the southern part.

When Doan passed away in 1993 his daughter Ruth Doan MacDougall, who had hiked with her father since she was very young, willingly took over creating new editions of the two books. Last year, the seventh edition of "50 Hikes in the White Mountains" came out, and this week the new sixth edition of "50 More Hikes in New Hampshire" has arrived in bookstores.

This is a review of the new "50 More Hikes in New Hampshire." One can honestly say that the book has improved with time, incorporating 21st Century technology and publishing skill in a way that enhances the strong message that began with the first edition. Talking to Ruth Doan MacDougall, I suggested that her father might be proud of today's guidebook. "I think he would be very happy with it," she gladly responded.

Ruth has been careful to keep her father's award-winning writing in each new edition. Only when changes are necessary — in the details of a hike or adding new hikes — does she change or add something. "I don't touch a word unless there is a change in the trail," she confirmed. "We have a family voice. I feel it is a form of harmonizing when I inject something."

This family voice has included her sister Penny, who did many of the harder hikes for the earlier editions with her father Dan. Penny's daughter Thane continued hiking with her grandfather. Today Thane, 50, lives in Syracuse, N.Y., yet often comes back to New Hampshire with her son Hamish, 18, to visit and hike, and to recheck hikes for the next edition of the hiking books for her aunt. For example, Ruth mentioned that Thane went to Mount Paugus for the new "50 More." Ruth also talked of the future — "When I can't continue editing new editions of the hiking books, they with carry on," she said.

What is new in this edition? This is the first "50 More" with color photos (the present edition of "50 Hikes" was the first in that series with color photos). The photos are by professional White Mountain photographer Robert Kozlow of Meredith, and not only add appropriate "eye candy," but each photo gives a clear representation of the beauties found on each hike, helping one decide which to do.

Also Steve Smith, AMC White Mountain Guidebook editor and owner of the Mountain Wandered Book and Map Store in Lincoln, has three color photos in the book of out of the way locations.

The maps have evolved over time from drawn maps with trails, to trails superimposed on USGS topo maps, to the maps in the new edition which are done purely from data. The earth tones of light brown and green help make the topo lines easily visible, yet the emphasis is on the accuracy of the trail itself drawn in red, and taken from GPS data. Also created from GPS data is the convenient elevation profile of each trail, located below each map.

The earth colors of green and light brown are also used for the info block at the start of each hike description, and also to hold appropriate and inspiring quotes from Daniel Doan's other New Hampshire books.

In the three editions of "50 More" that Ruth has done, she has had to take something out and put something in. One of the important hikes she added early on was Mount Magalloway in Pittsburg. This enlarged the territory covered in the book to the length of the state. In the new edition she has added two hikes- a trail in Great Bay, now a National Wildlife Refuge, and Elephant Head in Crawford Notch. Though a short climb, the Elephant Head description in the book includes much history and appreciation of the unique view.

A hike she depleted this time was Mount Hale, where the view has literally disappeared because of the growing spruce forest surrounding the bare summit with it giant cairn.

If you know the name of a hike and want to look up the details, the AMC White Mountain Guide is invaluable. But it can also be like a giant video rental store with too many options. Personally I like a small country store with a small yet intelligently picked video collection. This is what "50 More Hikes in New Hampshire" is for hikers, both beginners looking for where to start, and for the experienced, to get turned on to places you haven't been.

When I glance through the book, the first half is of hikes to the south, most of which I haven't done. Yet.
Note: The new edition of "50 More Hikes in New Hampshire" is available at White Birch Books in North Conway, and the Mountain Wanderer Book and Map Store in Lincoln, and is also likely at area outdoor equipment stores and the Mount Washington Observatory valley facility in North Conway.


One-person play and a lecture-recital kick off Bach Fest VI Aug. 16 and 17

GORHAM - Two brilliant artists return to the North Country to kick off the "Mini-moose Bach Fest," early events of the 2014 Big Moose Bach Fest VI. The first is a one-person play, "Cousin in Art," written by and starring Charles S. Brown. The play explores the emotions and thoughts of Bach's cousin and childhood companion, Johann Walther as he watches the meteoric rise of a genius beside him.

Using the historic Hook and Hastings organ at the Gorham Congregational Church, Charles Brown will play the part of J. G. Walther. The play begins at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, August 16. Tickets are not required, but donations will be encouraged at the door.

The second event will feature a demonstration and talk about "Bach as Lutheran," to take place at the Randolph Church Sunday afternoon at 4:30 p.m., August 17, performed by Christopher Anderson, who impressed listeners with a memorable recital last year in Gorham.

Chris Anderson is an organist and scholar with particular interests in early musical modernism, modern German history and philosophy, the organ's position in Western culture, and points of intersection between music and theology. He has written extensively on Reger and his music and has contributed many essays in international journals.

Recently, he has translated into English the second volume of Jon Laukvik's Historical Performance Practice in Organ Playing and edited the first complete survey of organ music in the twentieth century. Currently, he is working on a full-length documentary biography of the early twentieth-century German organist and pedagogue Karl Straube, to appear in parallel editions in German and English. He serves on the Governing Board for Research and Publications of the Organ Historical Society. He and his wife, Lisa, fell in love with the N. Country last summer and return to the delight of all.

Charles S. Brown is a brilliant thinker, scholar and musician, who holds degrees in music from Westminster Choir College, as well as the Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees with Performer's Certificate from the Eastman School of Music. A Fulbright Scholar to Vienna, Austria, he has served churches in Dallas and held faculty positions at Arizona State University and the University of North Texas, where he was Professor of Organ and Harpsichord, mentoring many successful young performers.

Dr. Brown also holds the Master of Divinity degree from Brite Divinity School of Texas Christian University and pursued graduate studies in theater at UNT and Texas Woman's University. He recently served five and a half years as pastor of St. Paul United Church of Christ in Corpus Christi, Texas. Charles Brown holds the coveted FAGO and ChM certificates of the American Guild of Organists. He is a past dean of the Dallas Chapter and a past national AGO Councillor for Education. Among several current projects, Dr. Brown is exploring the meeting of music, theatre, and theology as constituting a "trifocal" view of the origins and practice of Christian worship. His plays connect with grown-ups and children alike with their occasional use of puppetry and masks, using "everyday themes that apply to everybody."

Christopher Anderson is also active as an organ recitalist. His recent CD Max Reger at SMU highlights the C. B. Fisk and Aeolian-Skinner organs at Southern Methodist University, Dallas, where he is Associate Professor of Sacred Music, teaching organ and courses in history and analysis in the Perkins School of Theology and the Meadows School of the Arts. He holds the PhD in Musicology/Performance Practice from Duke University. His principal organ teachers have been Robert T. Anderson (SMU), Ludger Lohmann (Musikhochschule Stuttgart), and Robert Parkins (Duke).

The Board of Music in the Great North Woods sponsoring both early events is pleased to announce the award of a grant from N.H. Charitable Foundation "to draw listeners to the N. Country" to experience the Big Moose Bach Fest VI on Labor Day Weekend. Admission is open to all with donations enthusiastically encouraged. For more information, go to where donations may be made online, or call 466-2865.

Many-faces-of-Charles-BrownCharles S. Brown performs his play "Cousin in Art" at Gorham Congregational Church, Saturday, August 16, at 7:30 p.m.

Christopher-Anderson Christopher Anderson will lecture and perform at the Randolph Church on Route 2, Sunday, August 17, at 4:30 p.m.