Arts & Entertainment

'On the Road: India and Turkey with a Little One' — Free even offered by the Gorham Public Library on Jan. 11

GORHAM — The Gorham Public Library invites everyone out to an evening of stories and pictures to break up the winter doldrums! Join them on Wednesday, Jan. 11, at 7 p.m., as longtime journalist, author and traveler Dan Szczesny presents “On the Road: India and Turkey with a Little One.” With his usual wit and candor, Szczesny will share the joys and challenges of traveling abroad with a young child. Maybe, as an added bonus, they can get him to talk about his latest project: spending a year exploring Mt. Washington and its unique culture in order to capture it all in his new book, “The White Mountain”, which will be available in spring, 2018. This event is free and open to the public. The Gorham Public Library is located at 35 Railroad Street in Gorham.  For more information please call (603) 466-2525.

on the road in india and turkeyDan Szczesny and his family pictured while traveling through India and Turkey with their little one. Szczesny will share his experiences during a free presentation at the Gorham Public Library. (COURTESY PHOTO)

Family Movie Night schedule for The Salvation Army, first movie plays Jan. 12

BERLIN — Family Movie Night was such a success over the summer and fall that The Salvation Army will be starting up a once monthly Family Movie Night beginning this month and running through June. The movies will be played on their large indoor projection screen in the gymnasium at 15 Cole Street in Berlin. There is no admission cost and there will be movie theater popcorn and other foods and drinks available for a small charge.

The schedule is as follows:

Thursday, Jan. 12, Finding Dory.

Thursday, Feb. 9, Storks.

Thursday, March 9, The Secret Life of Pets.

Thursday, April 13, Kubo and the Two Strings.

Thursday, May 11, The Jungle Book.

Thursday, June 8, Moana.

All movies start at 7:15 p.m. Please note that movies may be subject to change. For more information please contact The Salvation Army at (603) 752-1644.

Gorham Public Library hosts a variety of interactive children’s programs

GORHAM — The Gorham Public Library has a variety of children’s programs available this winter. On Monday afternoons budding artists and architects can join them for art class or Lego program from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday afternoons, send your future engineer to explore electricity and building with their plug-ins and 3D printing programs at 3 p.m. Wednesday mornings, at 11 a.m., your little scientist can join in their mad lab program and be delighted by fun experiments, while learning about science. Wednesday afternoons they offer two reading programs. Bring your favorite bookworms by to hear a variety of stories as well as participate in coordinating crafts at 3:30 p.m. Or come at 1:30 p.m. for their shorter story time.

Call (603) 466-2525 for more information about the children's programs. The staff would be happy to help match your child to the program that best fits their age and interests.

Kirstan Knowlton: Looking ahead to the New Year

Well here we are, the last day of the year, and with 2017 right in front of us, it’s hard to imagine what the upcoming year will bring.

I know that many people have a love/hate relationship with New Year Resolutions, but I think that I have found a middle ground that seems to work well for me.

I used to begin each year full of determination to make changes; and like most people, those attempts at bettering myself failed.

OK, so maybe failed isn’t the right word, but I basically set myself up to fail, because I created unrealistic expectations for myself that really didn’t address the root of what I wanted to change. And after just a couple of months (if I even made it that long), I was back where I started.

A few years back I decided to ditch those old and ineffective resolutions and focus my energy on one or two key words that held special meaning to me. I used those words like a guide in my day-to-day life to remind me of what I wanted to achieve.

Words like love, kindness and appreciation have been at the center of my mentality recently as I look for ways to connect with the people around me.

Although I haven’t nailed down exactly what I am planning for this year, I’m thinking it will be along the lines of productivity and happiness.

They say you should do what makes you happy and let go of the negative things, but I think that’s easier said than done. How often do we stay committed to something far to long because we feel like we can’t let some one down?

It’s a tough call, and everyone’s situation is different, but I believe that we all need a little self-care because, if we don’t take care of ourselves, then how can we really effectively care for others?

This coming year, I also want to focus my attention on getting my to-do-list done. I want to tackle those projects and tasks and start moving forward with the things that I want to do.

Things like finishing my memoir, applying to colleges and getting back to blogging. All of these things cross my mind several times a day, but I just haven’t been prioritizing them in my life.

Routines are hard to create, but I’m confident that I can get myself there. They say the more people you tell about your goals the more likely you are to keep them, so I guess now I should consider myself accountable!

I would love to hear your tips or stories of success for reaching your goals. So feel free to send me an email.

I hope that everyone has a joyous and safe weekend. Happy New Year to all of you, here’s to 2017!

Kirstan Knowlton writes a weekly column for The Berlin Daily Sun. Her inspiration comes from events and people in the community who continue to work hard to make the North Country one of the best places to live. You can contact Kirstan by sending an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The Gallery at WREN announces its 2017 season with a Gala celebration

BETHLEHEM — Gallery at WREN kicks off 2017 with its annual Gala Preview Exhibit on Friday, Jan. 6, from 5 to 7 p.m. Open year round, the gallery presents a new show each month, featuring artists who have been carefully juried and selected by committee. This gala show serves as a preview of upcoming exhibits, and gives viewers a sneak peek at the diversity of work that will be shown in the coming year.

The gala is a celebration of the breadth, depth and talent of the 18 artists selected by committee to be featured in month-long exhibits. Acrylic and oil paintings, photography, pastels, watercolors, illustrations, installations, sculpture, ceramics and mixed media collages are but a sampling of what’s in store for the public at this festive preview.

The juried artists of 2017 are: Kristen Pobatschnig and Brooke Hammerle (February), Kate Odell and Cheryl Johnson (March), Ella Carlson and Sinead Cleary (May), Mimi Wiggin and Carole Keller (June), Marghie Seymour and Susan Retz (July), Michele Johnsen and Teresa Ekasala (August), Jason Tors, Larry Golden and Ann Steuernagel (September), and Daniela Snow, Michele Matuzas, Ruth Ann Hacking (October). The exhibits in April and December are both open-call member shows, featuring works from across the WREN membership. The exhibit in November will feature work from six artists participating in a new pilot program called LEAP, which is a year-long business and practical training program for emerging artists.

Monthly exhibits are made possible with support from local patrons and community businesses. Gallery sponsors for 2017 include The White Mountain School, Cafe Noche, Woodsville Guaranty Savings Bank, Wiley Architecture, Littleton Coin Company, Cherry Blossom Floral Design, Union Bank, Leigh B Starer Landscape Design, Garnet Hill, and Tami Nason and Kent Lage. Sponsorship opportunities are still available. For more information, write to Gallery Manager Katherine Ferrier at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

This exhibit opens on Friday, Jan. 6, runs through Monday, Jan. 30, and is generously sponsored by The White Mountain School in Bethlehem.

The Gallery at WREN is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, call Local Works Marketplace, WREN’s retail market, at (603) 869-3100.

WREN is a nationally recognized non-profit that provides and supports strategies for entrepreneurial development, access to markets, Main Street revitalization, and rural economic development. WREN inspires possibilities, creates opportunities, and builds connection through community and is dedicated to bringing rural people together to realize better lives and livelihoods by providing resources, education, and opportunity. For further information, call (603) 869-9736, email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or reach them on the web at www.wrencommunity.org

the gallery at wrenOn the first Friday of every month, the Gallery at WREN hosts and open house for the featured artists. (COURTESY PHOTO)