Arts & Entertainment

10-16-17 Around Town

Around Town

This Week:

St. Kieran Community Center for the Arts, 155 Emery Street, Berlin

Saturday, Oct. 28, 7 p.m. — 17th Annual Arts Benefit Concert: Berlin Jazz
Berlin Jazz, in existence since 1987, has had many talented North Country musicians join the ensemble. With a library of over 200 selections, among the songs for Saturday's concert are: "All of Me, Stardust," "My Funny Valentine," "Sing, Sing, Sing" and "Quiet Nights of Quiet Stars."

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Gorham Town Hall's Medallion Opera House, 20 Park Street

Thursday, Oct. 26, 3 p.m. — Jose Lezcano Workshop and Concert
Jose Manuel Lezcano is a Grammy-nominated Cuban American guitarist, composer, folklorist and Professor of Music at Keene State College where he teaches and coordinates guitar, directs the Guitar Orchestra and Latin Ensemble. Lezcano presents a variety of musical styles, including Flamenco-inspired pieces by Spanish nationalist composers, European parlor waltzes from Venezuela, Afro-Cuban popular dances, Haitian Creole Dances and Afro-brazilian samba-pagode.

Thursday, Oct. 26, 7 p.m. — Mediterranean Muses
Following the afternoon workshop, Jose Manuel Lezcano teams up with virtuoso pianist Virginia Eskin to present a program of music that showcases the Mediterranean spirit with works from Spain, Italy, and Hispano-America. Admission is free but donations will be gratefully accepted.

 

Saturday, Oct. 28, 7 p.m. — Trails in Motion

An annual international tour that brings a collection of trail and ultra running films to audiences around the world. 

 

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White Mountain Chalet

Saturday, Oct. 28, 9 p.m. to midnight.

Everyone is invited to a Halloween Costume party to benefit the Hope for N.H. Recovery Center in Berlin. All proceeds beyond the cash prizes for the Costume Contest benefit the Center. Costume Party Contest Cash Prize Categories: scariest, cutest, creepiest, funniest and the best group/couple. Tickets at the door are $15. This is not a dry event so those who may be triggered by this should abstain from attending.

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Mountain View Grand Hotel, Whitefield

Monday, Oct. 30, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. - North Country Fruit and Vegetable Seminar and Trade Show

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Mahoosuc Land Trust, Valentine Conservation Center, 162 North Road, Bethel

Saturday, Oct. 28, 6 p.m. — A Night Under the Stars
Star-lover Tom Hoffelder will guide you in discovering the wonders of the night sky. This will be a good night to see the first-quarter moon, the rise of Saturn, and a sky full of stars. Telescopes will be available for use, you may bring your own. If the night is cloudy, Mr. Hoffelder will give an indoor presentation. For more information visit www.mahoosuc.org.

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Next Week:

Halloween arrives. The night when ghosts, goblins, and ghouls roam the streets and little children knock on doors looking for treats.

The Salvation Army, 15 Cole St., Berlin

Oct. 30, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. – "Trunk or Treat"
A celebration for children and their families. The festivities will take place outside in the parking lot at 15 Cole Street. For more information please contact the office at 752-1644.

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Down Town Berlin and Citywide

Tuesday, Oct. 31, 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Trick or Treat in the downtown area. Tuesday, Oct. 31, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Trick or Treat citywide.

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St. Kieran Community Center for the Arts, 155 Emery Street, Berlin

Saturday, Nov. 4, 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. - Francofest Dinner
Sunday, Nov. 5, 2 p.m. - Le Vent du Nord

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Randolph Public Library, Town Hall complex, 130 Durand Road
Monday, Oct. 30, 6:30pm - Halloween Movie: "Scared Shrekless"

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Dummer Town Hall, Hill Road
Saturday, Nov. 4, 4 to 7 p.m. - The Annual Harvest Soup Supper

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Shelburne Town Hall, 74 Village Road
Saturday, Nov. 4, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. – Village Craft and Food Fair

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Lancaster Town Hall, 25 Main Street, Lancaster
Friday and Saturday, Nov. 3, Nov. 4, Nov. 10 and Nov. 11, at 7 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 5, 1 p.m. “Noises Off.”

 

Young children won’t be the only ones dressing up and going door to door this Halloween

By Jacey Turmel, student at Berlin High School

Young children won’t be the only ones dressing up and going door to door this Halloween.

The Berlin High School Key Club and its junior partner, the K-Kids, will be going door to door, asking for donations as part of their participation in Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF.

This has been an event since 1994, and since 2012, all the money collected has gone toward The Eliminate Project.

The Eliminate Project aims to eliminate maternal and neonatal tetanus through providing vaccines to expectant mothers. This is an important cause to support, as tetanus kills one baby every 15 minutes, adding up to over 2 million each year.

The Berlin High School Key Club and K-Kids are coming together to stop this tragedy by going door-to-door with a UNICEF box and asking for donations. Each donation will help provide vaccine doses to protect a woman and her future newborn. Remember that every penny helps make a difference!

 

 

Colonel Town Players Are in Rehearsal

LANCASTER — “Nosies Off” is the hysterical farce about putting on the farce "Nothing On," which the audience gets to see from backstage as well. How does that happen? Burglars, axes, whisky, various and varying romances, sheikhs, and even some small fish provide for manic problems from beginning to end. This delirious romp of slamming doors, backstage intrigue, and a bit of bawdy humor, exposes the soap operas and nightmares and guffaws of rehearsing and touring a show and many of the hilarious trials of theater.

Everyone needs to see this show for that special belly laugh prescription, repeat repeatedly as needed.

Peter Gair, who plays the role of director of “Nothing On,” the farce within the farce, said this is one of the best and funniest farces ever written according to many critics when it opened, and more importantly, by hundreds of audiences. The play’s director, John Ayers, also designed and built the set.

The play will open on Friday, Nov. 3, at the Lancaster Town Hall. See the Around Town Column for more show information.

Since starting in the early 1970s, the Colonel Town Players have continuously produced shows, usually with a fall musical and a spring drama or comedy, with occasional reviews and cabarets. The company is always open to new members — actors, directors, anyone who enjoys theater. In addition to actors, the company is always looking for stage managers, lighting techs and helpers for set building and costuming. Come to the auditions if interested or call or email for more information.

10 26 17 Noises Off CastColonel Town Players' "Noises Off "cast, front row, from left): Wendy Muello, Cat Carter, John McCormick and Christine Caouette; and back row: Nathan Gair, Becky Crawford, John Quigley and Dan Adams.

 

Weekender: Around Town (10/19/17)

Around Town

This Week:

Tonight, Oct. 19, from 4 to 8 p.m., Ladies Night in Down Town Berlin.
Eat, shop and explore the shops and eateries along Main Street.

St. Kieran Community Center for the Arts, 155 Emery Street, Berlin.

Saturday, Oct. 28, 7 p.m. — 17th Annual Arts Benefit Concert: Berlin Jazz
Berlin Jazz, in existence since 1987, has had many talented North Country musicians join the ensemble. The 18-plus musicians that now fill their ranks donate their time each week for rehearsal and play for the love of music. With a library of over 200 selections, among the songs for Saturday's concert are: "All of Me," "Stardust," "My Funny Valentine," "Sing, Sing, Sing" and "Quiet Nights of Quiet Stars." Come early to check out the exhibits, meet a few friends, have a cold beverage from our adult beverage bar, a hot beverage and/or a snack baked by our awesome team of volunteer bakers.

Gorham Town Hall's Medallion Opera House, 20 Park Street

Saturday, Oct. 21, 7 p.m. — North Country Drag Show
The first-ever North Country Drag Show will be hosted by the current Miss Berlin-Gorham, Reagan Murphy, to raise awareness for her platform of gender, sexual and romantic minority advocacy. Admission is donation only and all proceeds will go toward the Children’s Miracle Network. All ages are welcome.

Next Week:

Gorham Town Hall's Medallion Opera House, 20 Park Street

Thursday, Oct. 26, 3 p.m. — Jose Lezcano Workshop and Concert
Jose Manuel Lezcano is a Grammy-nominated Cuban American guitarist, composer, folklorist and professor of music at Keene State College where he teaches and coordinates guitar, directs the Guitar Orchestra and Latin Ensemble. Lezcano presents a variety of musical styles, including Flamenco-inspired pieces by Spanish nationalist composers, European parlor waltzes from Venezuela, Afro-Cuban popular dances, Haitian Creole Dances and Afro-brazilian samba-pagode.
7 p.m. — Mediterranean Muses
Following the afternoon workshop, Jose Manuel Lezcano teams up with virtuoso pianist Virginia Eskin to present a program of music that showcases the Mediterranean spirit with works from Spain, Italy and Hispano-America. Lezcano’s collaborations with Eskin over the past decade include duo performances for Boston’s St. Botolph Club, Natick Concert Series, the Bass Hall Monadnock Series in Peterborough, N.H., the Keene State College International Guitar Festival, and the Sumner Hall Concert Series in Keene. Admission is free but donations will be gratefully accepted.

Saturday, Oct. 28, 7 p.m. — Trails in Motion
An annual international film tour that brings a collection of the finest trail and ultra running films to passionate audiences around the world. Join like-minded trail runners and adventure sports enthusiasts at film festival-styled events in over 130 cities across 30 countries, all hosted by people who love to share this "dirty art" with their local running communities.

Randolph Public Library, 130 Durand Road

Monday, October 23, 10 a.m. — Mildred Horton Book Group
Meet September-June (except December). Everyone is welcome.

Mountain View Grand Hotel, Whitefield

Monday, Oct. 30, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. — North Country Fruit and Vegetable Seminar and Trade Show

Mahoosuc Land Trust, Valentine Conservation Center, 162 North Road, Bethel

Saturday, Oct. 28, 6 p.m. — A Night Under the Stars
Have you ever viewed the moon through a telescope? This is your chance. Star-lover Tom Hoffelder will guide you in discovering the wonders of the night sky. This will be a good night to see the first-quarter moon, the rise of Saturn, and a sky full of stars.
Telescopes will be available for use, and of course, you may bring your own. If the night is cloudy, Mr. Hoffelder will give an indoor presentation.
The Valentine Conservation Center is located .8 miles from the intersection of North Road and Route 2, beyond the cemetery. For more information visit www.mahoosuc.org or call (207) 824-3806.

 

10K helps communities stand up against substance abuse

The first Stand Up Androscoggin Valley certified 10K race will bring two great communities together, Berlin and Gorham, this Saturday, Oct. 21.
The starting line will be at the Berlin Veterans Memorial Park at the south entrance to the city, and the race finishes at the Gorham Town Common. The race begins at 10 a.m.
The entry cost for adults is $30 and $18 for students under 18. Food, raffles and informational exhibit tables will be available at the event for participants as well as spectators and interested community members.
Proceeds from the event will be split between two leadership groups, one at Berlin High School and one at Gorham Middle-High School, to conduct prevention and awareness activities in their communities.
Stand Up Androscoggin Valley is a coalition of organizations and citizens from the communities of the Androscoggin Valley. The mission of the Stand Up Androscoggin Valley coalition is to reduce and prevent substance abuse among the area’s youth.