Arts & Entertainment

Berlin High School senior gives Music for a Cause concert June 8

Luis Cardenas-Osorio is a senior at Berlin High School and he wants to give back to the Berlin/Gorham Milan Community for the support, kindness, and encouragement he has received to pursue his career in music something in return. For years he has dreamt about what to do and how to use his music for the community. With his graduation and his Senior Piano Recital the opportunity has come; he is going to perform his Piano Recital not only for a select group of friends, but to the entire community. This first piano/organ recital of "Music for a Cause" will be held at St. Kieran Community Center for the Arts on Sunday, June 8, at 1:30 p.m.
Mr. Cardenas-Osorio will be attending Princeton University in the Fall and states that before he begins his college career he has many friends for whom he wanted to express his gratitude and affection. Luis has been a student of Nancy Winsor for six years and he received the Donald Norton Scholarship to study organ music with Mrs. Winsor.
There will be a free-will offering for the concert to benefit non-profits in our area, that's why the name "Music for a Cause." Two of the charities that have already been selected by Luis are St. Kieran Center for the Arts and the North Country Relief Fund c/o Coos County Family Health Services.
This concert is an "add on" at the Arts Center and we hope many friends and colleges of the Cardenas-Osorio Family and the entire community will support this effort to show-case the importance of music in our schools and in our lives, and how these gifts can be used for an altruistic cause. Please mark your calendars and note the time of the concert: June 8 at 1:30 p.m.


Appalachia‚Äčn Mountain Club to host The Peoples Forest June 7

On Saturday June 7 at 8 a.m. the AMC Pinkham Notch Visitor Center will host a showing of The Peoples Forest: The Story of the White Mountain National Forest with writer, and director David Huntley.
The People's Forest is about one of the greatest environmental comeback stories in American history. The 48 minute documentary examines a dramatic period in the life of New Hampshire's great woods from 1860 to 1910 and shows how the human forces that conspired to nearly destroy the land came together again to save it. The destruction of New Hampshire's forests sparked one of the nation's first grassroots conservation movements and a decades-long national battle over the fate of eastern forestlands.

Leading the way was a unique partnership of citizens, business and civic groups that believed conservation could benefit both the environment and economy. This is the dramatic story of how those unlikely allies helped to save the White Mountains and create the eastern National Forests.

The People's Forest is produced, directed and written by David Huntley. Filmmaker David Huntley runs Moore Huntley Productions, a television production company based in Sudbury, Mass. An avid outdoorsman and glutton for punishment, David specializes in productions in extreme and isolated environments, from the Arctic tundra to the jungles of Central America.

David's connection to the White Mountains of New Hampshire runs deep. His great-grandparents emigrated from Norway to Berlin in 1903. His great grandfather Richard Christiansen was a charter member of the Nansen Ski Club and worked for the Brown Paper Company for more than forty years. David spent six summers in the White Mountains working for the Appalachian Mountain Club's Huts System. There will be a panel discussion after the showing of the film.

The program is free and open to the public. AMC Pinkham Notch Visitor Center, Route 16, Pinkham Notch. For more information contact the AMC at 466-2727. AMC Outdoor Explorations are sponsored in part by L.L. Bean & the William T. Morris Foundation. The AMC is an equal opportunity service provider. The AMC operates Pinkham Notch Visitor Center and its system of backcountry huts in the White Mountain National Forest under a special-use permit from the US Forest Service


North Country Fly-fishing workshop June 7-8


CONCORD-- If interested in learning how to fly fish, take advantage of a free workshop coming up in June in New Hampshire's beautiful North Country. Sign up soon, as registration is limited and is conducted on a first-come, first-served basis. This workshop is free and open to anyone age 13 and older (age 13-16 must be accompanied by an adult).

Act fast if you want to get in on the popular beginning fly-fishing weekend at Coleman State Park in Stewartstown. The two-day workshop will take place on June 7 and 8. Registration forms must be received by June 2.

Designed primarily for first-time fly-fishers, these weekend workshops cover the basics of equipment, fly casting, stream ecology, knot tying, safety and how to find those "hot spots" along New Hampshire's rivers and lakes. The highlight of the two days will be Sunday, when the class pulls on waders and heads out to put their newly learned skills to the test! A limited number of rods will be available for use; please indicate on the registration form if you will need to borrow equipment.

To sign up, print out and return the registration form available on the Fish and Game website at Registration forms can also be requested at 271-3212 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Non-local participants are expected to make their own arrangements for overnight accommodations; camping is available by reservation at Coleman State Park, and there are also motels and lodges available in the area.

The workshop is presented by the N.H. Fish and Game Department's "Let's Go Fishing" Program and the N.H. Division of Parks and Recreation.


New theater group plans first production, auditions June 13

Last September, in response to a notice placed by the Tillotson Center Board of Directors, a small group of citizens from around the region began meeting to explore the possibility of forming a local theater group. The result of their efforts is the Carriage Lane Players, a nonprofit organization. This core group has chosen a play and now seeks interested parties to volunteer for roles onstage and off. The group has chosen Neil Simon's "Barefoot in the Park" as its first production. The performances are scheduled for Sept. 12 and 13 at the Tillotson Center.
Melanie Reese and Becky Hassett have agreed to serve as Co-Directors. The play has six adult parts, two female and four male. Open auditions will be held at 5:30 p.m., on Friday, June 13, in the Tillotson Center Kaufmann Auditorium. Those interested in non-performing roles such as scenery construction, painting, costumes and props are asked to attend the audition, where sign-up sheets will be available and Carriage Lane Players members will be on hand to answer questions.
Helpers of all sorts are vital to the success of this venture. The offstage jobs are every bit as crucial to the outcome as those of the actors. Although experience is a plus, the only real prerequisite for signing on is a firm commitment to putting on the best production possible.
For more information, please contact Becky Hassett at 348-1671 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Spring Wildflower Walk at Weeks State Park June 1

Spring is a great time of year to get outdoors and enjoy a walk in the woods. Weeks State Park will hold a free spring wildflower walk on Sunday, June 1, from 1 to 4 p.m. The group will learn about the wildflowers and other signs of nature in the park with the aid of professional naturalist, Matt Peters.

Matt Peters is an independent ecologist and botanist with extensive field experience in diverse North American landscapes from Alaska and the Great Plains to the forests of the northeast. His work focuses on botanical and natural resource inventory, mapping, and management in northern New England. He leads workshops on foraging, edible wild plants and plant identification. In his home community of Plainfield, Vt., he is involved in local river conservation efforts, serving on the town's Flood Management Advisory Committee and other non-profit boards. His past work has included researching native grassland restoration practices, and assessing the impacts of industrial forestry and rangeland management practices.

Participants should meet at the main entrance of Weeks State Park at 1 p.m. Bring raingear just in case and suitable clothing and footwear for an easy walk in the Park. Persons with special needs should call (603) 788-4961 in advance of the event. We will be glad to make suitable arrangements.

Weeks State Park is located on the east side of Route 3, approximately two miles south of Lancaster.. This program is sponsored by the Weeks State Park Association, NH Division of Parks, and UNH Cooperative Extension. All programs are free and the public is invited.