Arts & Entertainment

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.


University of Dubuque Concert Choir

The University of Dubuque Concert Choir will perform at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Berlin on Saturday, May 24 at 7:30 p.m. as part of their 2014 spring concert tour. The concert is free but an offering will be collected to help defray tour costs for the students.
The concert will be under the direction of Dr. Charles Barland, who will do a short organ prelude preceding the concert at 7:15 p.m.
The choir will also participate in a Sunday morning Festival Worship Service on Sunday, May 25 at 10:30 a.m., also at St. Paul Lutheran Church.

Mount Washington Auto Road opens to treeline for 153 season

PINKHAM NOTCH—The Mt. Washington Auto Road will officially open to the summit this Memorial Day weekend for its 153 season. The 7.6-mile Auto Road will be open for guests to drive themselves by car, light truck or motorcycle. Guided tours are also available beginning this weekend.
Despite the heavy snow and colder than average temperatures this winter and spring, the Road Crew worked steadily throughout April to clear ice and snow in order to get the lower section of the road open by May 10.
John Gardner, Auto Road foreman since 1990 noted an unusually thick layer of ice this spring. "We weren't too surprised by the deep snow levels on the road but the ice was certainly thicker than what we're used to dealing with." Gardner continued. "We had as much as three feet of ice in places on the upper parts of the road. But other than that, it was business as usual to get the road cleared for traffic by the holiday weekend.
As recently as fifty years ago, it was considered a success if the Mt. Washington Auto Road was open to the summit by Independence Day. Photos and video showing the intricate process of clearing the Auto Road are available at
New for the 2014 season, the Mount Washington Observatory will introduce visitors to a Mount Washington winter—the peak's most remarkable season—through their all-new Extreme Mount Washington Experience. Located in the lower level of the Mt. Washington State Park Visitor Center at the summit, the interactive museum will present a compelling sampling of the "World's Worst Weather" through hands-on, high-tech exhibits for the entire family. A sneak preview of the new museum will be available this weekend while the grand opening will take place in mid June. Admission to the museum is included in the price of the Mt. Washington Auto Road toll or guided tour.

Regular pricing for the Auto Road is set at $28 for car and driver and each additional passenger is $8. Kids ages 5-12 are just $6 while children under 5 are free.
Season passes for the 2014 season are available for $150 per person providing unlimited access to the Auto Road for the passholder, vehicle and all occupants. The season pass also includes admission to the new Mt. Washington Observatory Museum at the summit as well to all three sunrise drives on June 22, July 27 and August 21.
The Mt. Washington Auto Road also offers a hiker shuttle service from the top of Mt. Washington back to the AMC Pinkham Notch Camp, the Great Gulf Trail head and the base of the Auto Road as well as one-way up trips for those hiking down. One-way up or down hiker shuttle rates are available at $30 per person.
Memorial Day weekend also marks the opening of the The Douglas A. Philbrook Red Barn Museum, adjacent to the main lodge at the base of the Auto Road. In addition to objects and memorabilia from the Auto Road’s history, you can see some of the vehicles that once made the eight mile journey to the summit including an original 1870′s Abbot-Downing Concord Coach, a 12 passenger Mountain Wagon, a 1918 Pierce-Arrow from the fleet of the 20’s, a 1938 Ford Woodie Station Wagon and a 1963 International Travelall. Admission to the museum is free of charge.
First opened in 1861, the Mt. Washington Auto Road is America’s oldest man-made attraction. At nearly eight miles long, it stretches to the summit of Mt. Washington at 6,288 feet, the highest peak in the Northeast.
The Mt. Washington Auto Road will be open daily from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., weather permitting. For the latest updates on Road conditions and the operating schedule, visit or call 446-3988.


Put in a Box: Workshops with Karen Montanaro

Karen Montanaro will offer a series of workshops, "Speaking Without Words — Using Movement and Body Awareness to Reach All Students," in Berlin and Conway. Karen will lead participants in exploring ways to introduce students of all ages, abilities and learning styles to important movement concepts. Participants will learn strategies they can use to help children be more focused, creative and collaborative. The workshops are open to the public and geared toward educators, parents and all those who work with children Additional information and registration is available at or by calling 323-7302.

Tuesday, May 27, 4-5 p.m. (networking 3:30): Workshop for Educators/Parents/Caregivers for all ages at Conway Elementary School, Conway. $12; $10 AANNH members.

Thursday, May 29, 6-7:30 p.m. (networking 5:30): Early Childhood Workshop (preK-Grade three) at White Mountains Community College, Berlin. $12, $10 AANNH members.