Arts & Entertainment

Sprouting Sessions held in Lancaster this weekend

LANCASTER — The second gathering in the "Sprouting Sessions" — a new series of sharing music, lyric and the spoken word in Lancaster, will take place on Sunday, April 23, at 1 p.m.

Suzan Shute, a musician from nearby Guildhall, Vt., will share some of her favorite "songs from the heart," featuring artists such as Nanci Griffith and Red Molly, as well as a few gospel tunes and some originals as well. 

This particular show will give the opportunity to share some of the many special tunes she has collected over the years.

The "Sprouting Sessions" will be held monthly in the room upstairs over the Polish Princess Bakery and Root Sellar Store at 73/77 Main Street in Lancaster at 1 p.m. This location gives the performer and audience a small setting to share their interests.

Other upcoming shows will include Littleton area musician Dave Saikin on Sunday, May 7, and Mark Fixter on June 4. Donations will be accepted at the door. For more information, or if you are interested in sharing your craft contact Suzan Shute at (802) 328-2013.

Kirstan Knowlton: Spring Cleaning

Earlier this week I was having a conversation with someone about preparing our children for life as  adults.

Things like knowing how to sew on a button or how to open a checking account or even setting up electricity in your name when you move into an apartment.

The list is endless, and even as a fairly well rounded adult, there are still plenty of things that I had yet to experience on my own.

But today that is about to change!

One of my favorite memories, growing up was going to the town dump with my father. I’m pretty sure that we still had trash pick-up at the house, but every so often we would head to the dump with our recycling.

I remember the makeshift dirt roads leading up to these big metal containers. It always seemed busy with people waiting their turn to use specific bins.

I could hardly wait for our turn to unload the items — the glass containers were my favorite. I loved the sound they made as they shattered at the bottom of the metal bin.

Some of the containers had an elevated road leading right up to it. There would be a metal-grated walkway along the edge of the bin. I loved looking in to see all the trash, but being afraid of heights I didn’t stay there for long.

By now, you’re likely thinking, well that’s cute, or this lady is a little strange, but it all has relevance.

I’m probably way more excited than I ever should be, but today Jamie and I are making our first trip out to the dump together. We’ve been working on cleaning up the yard and going through some of the old stuff at the house and finally decided it was time.

A small milestone for sure, but at least for me there is something very satisfying about doing this basically on my own.

Over the years I became very reliant on others for their help, and a lot of tasks became something that a man did. It feels good to be more independent.

I’m sure I’ll get the "look" from Jamie, which usually includes an eye roll and a long sigh, but I will definitely be taking a picture of this.

I hope that everyone has a wonderful Easter weekend. Tonight two comedians will be performing at St. Kieran’s at 7 p.m., and don’t forget about the special Sunrise Service at 7 a.m., at the Bryant Farm on Hillside Ave., in Berlin.

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..

Cutline: Upstage Players perform final two shows of 'The Drowsy Chaperone' this weekend

D Robert and Janet TDC 1600Will Robert (Sam Brown) and Janet (Courtney Vashaw) make it to the altar? Or will her boss Feldzieg's plot hitch her to lothario Aldolpho? Find out about this and other madcap pairings as the Upstage Players present "The Drowsy Chaperone," for the final two shows and Saturday, April 15, at 8 p.m. and Sunday, April 16, at 2 p.m. The show will be held at the Littleton Opera House, 2 Union St., Littleton. Tickets are $16 dollars at the door or $14 in advance at Littleton Area Chamber of Commerce or through Catamount Arts. (COURTESY PHOTO)

Cantrip returns to Rialto Theatre in Lancaster

LANCASTER — The Scottish trio Cantrip will return to Lancaster to perform at the Rialto Theatre on Tuesday, April 18, at 7 p.m.

"We are pleased to have this opportunity to work again with the folks at the Rialto Theatre on Main Street in downtown Lancaster," said GNWCA President Charlie Jordan. "It’s been a few years since we’ve sponsored a show in Lancaster. We’re hoping to have a good turnout for Cantrip and be able to bring more world-class performers to Lancaster."

According to a release submitted by GNWCA, Cantrip has been breaking boundaries in the tradition, touring extensively throughout Scotland and the United States. Known for its innovative arrangements, sound and dry wit, this power trio can be seen on some of the largest Celtic stages in the world. From the strong base of its Celtic roots, their music branches out into, and takes influences from, the music of other European cultures. Weaving together songs and tunes, both traditional and contemporary, Cantrip takes an audience on a cultural journey, putting their own spin on each style.

Members include Dan Houghton on bagpipes, flute, whistles, guitar, bouzouki, vocals; Jon Bews on fiddle and vocals; and rounding out the trio, Eric McDonald on guitar, mandolin, bouzouki and vocals. 

"Our loyal GNWCA audience and music fans in the region will enjoy this wonderful show at the Rialto," said Jordan. "If you’ve never been to one of our shows, be sure to come and find out what everyone’s been talking about."

Tickets are available at the Rialto Theatre, 80 Main St., Lancaster; Fiddleheads, 110 Main St., Colebrook, or at the door on the night of the show. Tickets are $15. For more information on this and other GNWCA shows, find the Great North Woods Committee for the Arts on Facebook, visit or call (603) 237-9302 or (603) 246-8998.

CANTRIP PR 1The Scottish trio Cantrip will return to Lancaster to perform at the Rialto Theatre on Tuesday, April 18, at 7 p.m. (COURTESY PHOTO)

Comedians Mark Scalia and Kyle Crawford bring their show to the art center

BERLIN — Bringing years of experience entertaining audiences across the country, New England comics, Mark Scalia and Kyle Crawford, will be performing at St. Kieran Community Center for the Arts on Saturday, April 15, at 7 p.m. 

Scalia is a twenty-six year veteran of the Boston comedy scene and has entertained tens of thousands of people at comedy clubs, colleges, universities, corporate events, and private venues across the United States and Canada. According to a release submitted by the art center, Scalia brings his audiences into the show by being funny, clever, personable and warm. Scalia has been invited to many comedy festivals all over the country including: The Boston International Comedy Festival, Seattle International Comedy Festival and the New Orleans Comedy Festival.

Hailing from southern New Hampshire, Crawford’s been performing nationally in clubs, colleges and festivals and has featured for a number of national acts. According to the art center, Crawford's quick wit and broad range of subject matter, with a slight twist, will captivate the audience from the moment they catch his magnetic stage presence. He has worked with comedians Joe Wong, Tony V, Kevin Knox, Stephanie Peters and Kelly Macfarlane and has been featured on the internationally syndicated talk show The Steve Katsos Show. Crawford was the first runner up in New Hampshire’s Last Comic Standing, and has been featured on Comcast Comedy Spotlight twice.

With the sponsorship from the Town and Country Inn and Resort, tickets for this performance are $15.00 for adults only, and are available online, at the door on the evening of the concert or at the art center’s office at 155 Emery St., Berlin. (603) 752-1028. For more information about this event visit the website, or the Facebook page at

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