After nearly doubling its usual number of archaeology field schools for the summer, registration for the New Hampshire Division of Historical Resources’ State Conservation and Rescue Archaeology Program (SCRAP) program is nearing capacity.
Two different sites, one occupied by Paleoindians 12,000 years ago and the other a 17th-19th century mill community, will be the focus of this year’s archaeological investigations. The Paleoindian site in Jefferson has yielded evidence of caribou hide processing, tool manufacturing and encampment areas. Last year’s survey of “the Hollow” at Livermore Falls site revealed sites of milling and light industrial activities as well as the former locations of several buildings.
The Jefferson sessions take place June 26-July 7, July 9-21 and July 23-Aug. 4; Livermore Hollow’s are Aug. 7-18 and Aug. 21-Sept. 1. Fieldwork will take place from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekdays. Participants can choose to participate in one, several or all of the sessions.
SCRAP field schools conform to archaeology standards set by the National Park Service. Participants receive hands-on instruction in data recovery techniques, artifact identification and excavation documentation. While graduate and undergraduate credit through Plymouth State University is available, most field school attendees are volunteers who participate to receive an introduction to archaeology.
June 12 is the deadline to register for all 2017 SCRAP summer field schools. For more information and to register, visit nh.gov/nhdhr/SCRAP.htm and click on “Upcoming Events & Opportunities,” then “SCRAP Field School 2017” or contact the NHDHR at (603) 271-6433.
New Hampshire's Division of Historical Resources, the “State Historic Preservation Office,” was established in 1974. Its mission is to preserve and celebrate New Hampshire’s irreplaceable historic resources through programs and services that provide education, stewardship, and protection. For more information, visit us online at nh.gov/nhdhr or by calling (603) 271-3483.
BERLIN — This summer the Women's Rural Entrepreneurial Network is offering Launch Box, a workshop series designed to help those who want to start up their own business. For any who have longed to find the ideal career in their lives, the time for you could be now.
The six week series meets once a week and focuses on topics designed to help you scaffold your business from an idea into reality. The various sessions will cover everything from what it takes to build a business to what type of business you are able to build into, to rules and regulations to target markets and marketing.
Instructor Joyce Presby has years of experience in the field of business development and helping people to launch their careers as entrepreneurs. She will be holding sessions at two WREN locations. She will be in the classroom at 22 Park Ave., in Bethlehem, on Tuesdays, from June 13 through July 18, from 10 a.m. to noon, and Thursdays, June 15 through July 20 (no class July 4), 10 a.m. to noon, at 117 Main Street, Berlin.
For more information, or to register call (603) 752-0060, or reach them on the web at www.wrenworks.org.
Recognized as one of New England’s foremost musical ensembles for nearly four decades, the North Country Chamber Players have announced their summer season, the 39th annual White Mountains Music Festival, which will include six weeks of concerts, lectures, open rehearsals and outreach programs in northern New Hampshire, beginning on Saturday, July 8, at the historic Sugar Hill Meeting House and concluding, on Sunday, Aug. 13, at the Mountain View Grand Resort in Whitefield.
According to Chamber Players’ Artistic Director Ronnie Bauch, “This is one of our most ambitious and dynamic summer seasons to date. These programs, blending classic works and totally accessible, cutting edge repertoire, organized in compelling combinations, will delight listeners of all ages, musical tastes and backgrounds.”
Joining the North Country Chamber Players this summer as featured guest artists will be the renowned Portuguese guitarist Pedro Joia, whose work with fado legend Mariza has placed him prominently on the World Music map; the brilliant American soprano Sara Heaton now singing with the Metropolitan Opera at Lincoln Center; and the Solera String Quartet.
Making their New Hampshire debut, this rising young chamber group has been described by music critics as “top notch, intense, stylish, and with an abundance of flare and talent,” and is currently in residence at the University of Notre Dame. In addition, Bernard Scully, horn player of the well-known Canadian Brass Quintet, will return to the White Mountains Festival for a special tribute concert dedicated to the late Kendall Betts, who, up until last summer, was a fixture of the Philadelphia Orchestra, Minnesota Orchestra and North Country Chamber Players for over 30 years.
Themes for this summer’s concerts include “Iberia,” a guided musical tour of the folk music of Portugal and Spain, from a classical perspective, that celebrates the release of a critically acclaimed new album, Lisboa Intima, by North Country Chamber Player flutist, Susan Palma Nidel (www.susanpalmanidel.com), and guitarist Pedro Joia; “Mendelssohn Octet,” a pairing of Mendelssohn’s incomparable teenage masterpiece with his dramatic final string quartet, the Opus 80; “Rhapsody,” a concert driven by the hot-blooded passion, driving rhythms and colorful sounds of the Eastern European countryside, featuring Hungarian and Romanian dances and rhapsodies by Brahms, Bartok and Enesco; “Vivaldi’s Venice” will highlight popular concertos for oboe, mandolin and piccolo penned by the great violinist, composer and teacher whose work epitomizes both the Italian Baroque era and his magical home city, legendary for its commerce, carnivals, architecture and intrigue; “Fantasia” surveys the powerful music of film, opera and theater with vocal works by Verdi, Bernstein, and Korngold, and remembers the extraordinary cinematic partnerships of Alfred Hitchcock and Bernard Herrmann, and Walt Disney and Leopold Stokowski, whose chance encounter in a Los Angeles restaurant produced an animated concert that changed, forever, the way people think about music and movies; “Grand Finale” will serve as a musical tribute, including music of Brahms, Mozart and PDQ Bach, to the consummate artistry and grand sense of humor of Kendall Betts, one of America’s greatest horn players for four decades.
All concerts, during Weeks 1 through 5, will be preceded by pre-concert talks delivered by Dr. Joel Timm, Professor of Music at the University of Southern California, as part of the Fritz Kramer Lecture Series. His introductions will provide valuable and entertaining background information and inside looks at the music and composers featured each week. They will also include interviews, musical examples and the personal experiences and reflections of an oboist who has collaborated with many of the most famous classical and popular artists of the 20th and 21st centuries, and who can be heard on the film scores of more than150 Hollywood films.
Concerts at the historic Sugar Hill Meeting House, located on Route 117 in Sugar Hill, will take place on July 8, 15, 22, 29 and August 5 and 12, beginning at 7:30 p.m.
Programs in the air-conditioned ballroom at the spectacular Mountain View Grand Resort, located off Route 3 in Whitefield, will be presented on July 9, 16, 23, 30 and August 13, beginning at 4 p.m. The concert on Sunday afternoon, August 6, will take place at Alumni Hall, 75 Court Street, Haverhill, also at 4 p.m. Tickets cost $25 for all concerts and may be purchased on line, at the door, or by calling (603) 444-0309. Students, under the age of 18, are admitted free of charge. Dates and locations of free open rehearsals and showcase presentations, throughout July and
August, can be accessed at www.whitemountainsmusicfestival.org.
North Country Chamber Players programs are made possible by the generous support of Eleonor and Fritz Kramer Endowment Fund; New Hampshire State Council on the Arts; New Hampshire Charitable Trust/Tillotson Fund; Ridgeline Wealth Management; Woodsville Guaranty Savings Bank.