Arts & Entertainment

Pet and livestock adoption day at Gorham Tractor Supply location

GORHAM — Tractor Supply Company in Gorham will host pet and livestock adoptions on Saturday, June 17. During the event, which is held in celebration of pet and livestock owners. Families will have the opportunity to visit with adoptable animals, and are also invited to interact with adoption volunteers to learn more about owning anything from cats and dogs to rabbits, goats, pigs, horses and more.
Purina Days is an annual in-store event from June 14-18 that highlights pets and livestock, as well as the tools needed to properly care for them. Gorham Tractor Supply team members with experience caring for a wide variety of animals will be on-site to lend expert advice to customers.
The community groups participating on Saturday, June 17, include the Conway Animal Shelter, on site from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
"Pets and animals provide families with years of joy and we're proud to recognize the community organizations that work so hard to ensure as many as possible are going to good homes," said Kelley Timblin, manager of the Gorham Tractor Supply store. "Whether you own a dog or a goat, Purina Days is all about celebrating our partnership with families who lovingly and responsibly raise animals of all kinds."
Contact the Gorham Tractor Supply store, located at 491 Main Street, Suite 8, in Gorham or call (603) 752-5300 for details about Purina Days. Groups looking to participate should visit and click Purina Days under the "Choose Event" tab.

Kirstan Knowlton: Visiting the big city

By Kirstan Knowlton
Despite the brutally hot weather, Jamie and I had a fantastic weekend down in Boston. From watching the pride parade, to visiting the aquarium, taking a duck boat tour and catching up with an old friend, we had a great time.
Of course, one of the highlights of the trip was going to Fenway Park and watching the Red Sox play. We had great seats, and got to see the Red Sox win it in extra innings.
Besides the experience of seeing my first game, I found it really entertaining to watch the other people who were attending the game. We had our typical loud-mouth fans, the person who complained every time they had to pay $4.75 for a bottle of water, and a group of people who were rooting for the other team.
Admittedly, I also didn’t realize that there wouldn’t be a commentator, like when you watch the game on television. Not sure how that one slipped my mind, but I felt a little silly when I shared that realization with Jamie. Thankfully, she was nice enough not to laugh at me, and even offered to narrate the game for me.
But for the sake of those around us, I politely declined.
Along with my misunderstanding of not being able to hear those iconic voices, I didn’t realize just how busy the stands would be. I’m pretty sure that there were people walking up and down the aisles at every point throughout the game. Jamie described it perfectly, and said that it reminded her of an ant farm.
By the end of the game, I found myself cheering on the team just like everyone else, although by the time the 11th inning rolled around there weren't very many of us left.
It might take us another year to make our way back down to Boston, but we will definitely be doing that again.
This weekend’s weather looks to be a little cooler than last weekend, and Jamie and I are hoping to tackle a small renovation project in our living room — good-bye carpet!
This Sunday is also Father’s Day, so don’t forget to get them something as way to say thank you for all that they do. Even if it’s just a heartfelt note, sometimes the smallest gesture can mean the most.
While you’re out and about, swing by the Brown Company Barns for their yard sale running from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. I always love looking through their items, especially their art pieces.
I hope that everyone has a wonderful weekend. After you’re done with all that yard work, go out and do something fun!
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..

Archaeology field school openings near capacity for Summer 2017

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 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 or by calling (603) 271-3483.


WREN to hold new business series 'Lunch Box' in Berlin

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

North Country Chamber Players announce music festival schedule

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 (, 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

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.

Chamber PlayersThe North Country Chamber Players celebrate 39 years of producing the White Mountains Music Festival, with concerts in July and August at the Sugar Hill Meeting House, the Mountain View Grand Resort in Whitefield, and Alumni Hall in Haverhill. From left are Players Ronnie Bauch, violin; Joel Timm, oboe; Ah Ling Neu, viola; Miki-Sophia Cloud, violin; Allen Blustein, clarinet; Susan Palma Nidel, flute; and Chris Finckel, cello.