Arts & Entertainment

Marty Basch: Shaping sustainable trails at Bear Paw


6-20-14-biking-bear-paw-bridgeBridges span the Bear Paw property. (ED PARSONS PHOTO)By Marty Basch

One of the valley's most not-so-secret mountain biking trail network is getting some TLC.

Wooden bridges, reroutes and flowing single track are all taking shape in the wondrous woods of a winding network on the edge of the New Hampshire-Maine border.

The Tin Mountain Conservation Bear Paw lands in Center Conway are coming out of hibernation thanks to an amiable partnership of helping hands.
Jotham Oliver, Chris Krug and Mike Elliott are stewards of the land.

Oliver, a Molly Ockett middle school teacher with the experiential learning based Maine Environmental Science Academy, and Eastside Bike Guide Krug took part in an Eco-Forum lunch program at Tin Mountain Conservation Center in Albany last week about building sustainable trails. Oliver did the talking and shed some light on the trail work being done in the Bear Paw lands on acreage he calls East Bear Paw Grounds.

Done with volunteer labor, even the MESA kids get in on the project bicycling to the forest from school and getting hands-on knowledge in environmental education, team work and leadership.

The trails have existed for nearly 15 years and riders have called them and their brethren a number of names over the years — Blackcat Brook area, Davis Hill area and State Line trails.

White Birch Books to host first time author Lisa Kent June 21


6-21-14-white-birch-books-lisa-kentVermont author Lisa Kent discusses her first novel, "Peace Cottage," at White Birch Books Saturday, June 21, at 2 p.m. (COURTESY PHOTO)CONWAY — Looking for a little romance, then look no farther that "Peace Cottage," the first novel by Vermont author Lisa Kent. Kent will be at White Birch Books, located in North Conway Village just south of the park, across from TD Bank, on Saturday, June 21, starting at 2 p.m. to discuss her book and answer questions about her writing and what she has coming next.

Lucy Cook is a woman struggling to come to terms with her husband's sudden death. No one is prepared for the death of a loved one – least of all Lucy, whose life shatters when tragedy strikes. Alienated and alone, Lucy cannot stay in Vermont, so she packs up her two daughters and heads to the coast of Maine to start again.

M&D holding 'Godspell' auditions June 22, June 24


CONWAY — M&D Productions will be holding auditions for "Godspell," (2012 version) based on the Gospel According to St. Matthew, on Sunday, June 22 and Tuesday, June 24, at 6 p.m.

"Godspell (2012)" is a "masterful retelling" of the original sensation, "Godspell," injected with contemporary pop-culture references and dazzling new arrangements of Stephen Schwartz's score. Told through parable, a small group of people help the character of Jesus bring together a community by using a wide variety of games, storytelling techniques, and hefty dose of comic timing. An eclectic blend of songs ranging in style from pop to vaudeville is employed as the story unfolds, telling a timeless tale that spans countless generations

Auditions will consist of an a cappella song of your choice, with cold readings from the script.

Show dates are Thursday through Saturday, Aug. 14 through Aug. 30. All performances will take place at Your Theatre, home of M&D Productions, located at 1857 White Mountain Highway in North Conway.

For more information, contact the theater at 733-5275 or visit


AVH to host Family Resource Center's Second Annual Restaurant Challenge and Project Youth Art Contest June 22

The Androscoggin Valley Hospital announced that it will host The Family Resource Center's 2nd Annual Family Restaurant Challenge and Project Youth Art Contest. That event, originally scheduled for Sunday, March 30, 2014 will now take place on Sunday, June 22 to be able to utilize the Hospital's facility for this event.

This event will feature art work created by the FRC's Afterschool Program Students from Brown, Hillside and the Berlin and Gorham Middle Schools with five winners to be selected by a group of celebrity judges. Guests at the event will also be able to enjoy the 'Best in the Valley' appetizers submitted by area restaurants and guests will vote on a winning entry.

The winners of the FRC's Convertible Raffle and Fire Wood Raffle will also be drawn during the event. The FRC has been conducting a limited raffle, with only 300 tickets available, for a Mitsubishi convertible generously made available by AutoNorth and a separate Wood Raffle with three cords of wood generously donated by Chapman Scrap Metal and Recycling.



A Day in the Life of a N.H. Conservation Officer lecture June 26

The Weeks State Park Association's summer events series will kick off with a free evening lecture entitled "A Day in the Life of a N.H. Conservation Officer" at 7 p.m. on Thursday, June 26. The speaker, Matt Holmes, has been a Conservation Officer with the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department since July of 2005.

Matt is a native of New Hampshire and has patrolled the area around Mt. Washington since 2006. Matt's presentation will describe what it is like to be a N.H. Conservation Officer. He will cover search and rescue in the White Mountains where he has participated in dozens of missions over the years.

Prior to becoming a Conservation Officer, Matt attended Unity College in Maine, earning a B.S. degree with an emphasis in conservation law enforcement. Matt also completed training at the N.H. Police Academy and is certified as a full-time law enforcement officer. Matt's regular duties include enforcing laws relative to hunting, fishing and OHRV operation, stocking fish, handling nuisance wildlife complaints, teaching portions of outdoor education classes and conducting search and rescue missions.

The program will be presented in the Great Room of the Summit Lodge of Weeks State Park starting at 7 p.m. Come early and bring a picnic supper, or climb the Fire Tower for one of the best views north of the notches. Weeks State Park is located on the east side of Route 3, approximately 2 miles south of Lancaster. The Evening Program Series is sponsored by the Weeks State Park Association, N.H. Division of Parks, and UNH Cooperative Extension. All programs are free and the public is invited.