Drama-filled Appalachian Trail documentary comes to Gorham

GORHAM --What happens when you put a lawyer, an Ivy Grad, and a city chick on the Appalachian Trail?  Find out on Monday, July 23, 7 p.m. at Hikers Paradise Hostel in Gorham, NH.
"Beauty Beneath the Dirt" is a far cry from your typical outdoor adventure travelogue. Unlike other Appalachian Trail documentaries that focus on camp life and the natural environment, Director Katherine Imp takes a raw and uninhibited look at what happens to the mind, body, and soul over the course of a 2178.3-mile journey.
“I’ve always had a fascination with nature’s ability to transform, ever since my days of working for Outward Bound,” says Kate. “And though none of us were looking to be ‘transformed,’ I knew that five months on the trail would change each of us in some way. And I wanted to capture that change on film.”
Kate was joined on the trail by her brother Brandon, a 21-year-old Ivy grad fresh out of college, and her best friend Emily, a 23-year-old “city chick” born and raised on Chicago’s South Side.
“When Kate says she’s going to do something, she does it,” says co-producer Jason Furrer. “So when she told me she was making a film and wanted me to co-produce I was like, where do I sign-up?”
“I knew from the beginning that I couldn’t compete with one of those National Geographic films with the helicopter views and the close-ups of wild animals. I mean, let’s be real here, my initial budget was less than $15K,” Kate laughs. “Helicopter views weren’t happening.”
Kate, Brandon, and Emily obtained a number of sponsorships prior to hiking the trail to help with the cost of the trip. Sponsors include some of the nation’s leading outdoor food and clothing companies such as Superfeet, PrAna, Minute Rice, and Backpacker’s Pantry.
“We don’t hold anything back in this film,” laughs Brandon. “It was one of the craziest experiences of my life and I can’t wait to share it with the Gorham community.”
"Beauty Beneath the Dirt" will be shown at Hikers Paradise Hostel on Monday, July 23, at  7 p.m. A question and answer session with cast member Brandon Imp will follow the screening. Gorham is one of the final stops on the film’s two-month Georgia to Maine tour. For more event details, see beautybeneaththedirt.com.

Ben and Brad return with Cynthia Mork for annual Jefferson Historical Society concert

This year saluting 1912 and local family history

JEFFERSON -- The annual Ben and Brad benefit for the Jefferson Historical Society focuses on the year 1912, when Ben's great-grandparents first came to Jefferson for a summer, and stayed on. Cynthia Mork again will be joining them again as a special guest. Show time is 7:30 p.m., Friday July 27. Donation is $5 at the door.
Ben gives some of the family history, "My grandmother's brother had tuberculosis and in those days the mountain air was considered helpful in dealing with the disease. He even spent a whole winter living in a hut on the side of Mt. Starr King. Sadly the cure did not work, but the family loved Jefferson and continued to spend their summers here (their winter home was Watertown, Massachusetts, just outside of Boston, so their commute was similar to ours). My grandparents were married at the house in 1926 and my father and his siblings spent many happy summers here as small children. I wanted to honor 100 years of my family – and now five generations – here in Jefferson, and for me a concert focused on 1912 is a great way to do it."
1912 was a great year for songs, some of which will be featured, including "When Irish Eyes Are Smiling", "Melancholy Baby", "When the Midnight Choo-Choo Leaves for Alabam'" and "Moonlight Bay".
Besides Jefferson history, 1912 was a significant year for the Boston Red Sox. Fenway Park opened in April of that year with a game against the New York Highlanders (later the Yankees). Ben and Brad and Cynthia have been involved in musical tributes to Fabulous Fenway, including singing the National Anthem at the second home game of this season. "That Baseball Rag", some songs about the Red Sox and Fenway and, of course, "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" are on the program.
1912 is the year the ship the Titanic had its ill-fated voyage and some of the popular songs performed on board, including The Man on the Flying Trapeze will also take us back to an earlier era.
Finally, 1912 is the birth year of one of America's great musical film stars, Gene Kelly. Songs from his films, including "Singin' in the Rain", "For Me and My Gal", "An American in Paris", and others will round out the program.
Ben and Brad are delighted to be returning again for another benefit for the Jefferson Historical Society. Since last year they have produced a new CD of Irving Berlin songs from the period 1935-1945, called "Marching Along With Time", with song duo Valerie Anastasio and Tim Harbold. Ben has published his first book, "", with Oxford University Press. Both will be available at the concert.
With Cynthia Mork they were featured performers in the American Classics concert Fabulous Fenway in March, 2012, the only Boston-area group to give a musical salute to one hundred years of Fenway Park, which led to the invitation to sing at the park in April.

Berlin Police Department to hold sobriety checkpoint

BERLIN – As a result of the increasing incidents of drinking and driving, the Berlin Police Department applied for, and was granted, a Superior Court Petition to conduct a Sobriety Checkpoint. The Sobriety Checkpoint is the most effective method of detecting and apprehending the impaired operator, said Lt. Daniel Buteau.
The program, approved by the NH Highway Safety Agency and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, provides federal highway safety funds to support these checkpoints, will be conducted in Berlin.
According to Lt. Buteau, a review of records has shown that the use of alcohol by individuals who operate motor vehicles has resulted in an alarming number of deaths and personal injury accidents. Therefore, in an effort to maintain safe roads in the city of Berlin, the Berlin Police Department will be conducting a Sobriety Checkpoint in the Berlin area on the week of July 29.
The purpose of the Sobriety Checkpoint is to detect and apprehend the impaired driver. Berlin Police Chief Peter Morency and the Berlin Police Department have taken an aggressive stance to prevent persons from driving while intoxicated, Lt. Buteau said.
"New Hampshire has some of the most aggressive laws in the country to fight the intoxicated driver and the law enforcement community will use those tools to their full extent."


Trail from Dummer Loop to Success Pond now open

DUMMER -- The trail from Dummer loop to Success Pond is now open. Through the efforts of the NH Bureau of Trails and the Sunset Riders ATV club there is now a trail connecting Dummer to Success. There is parking on Blake road on Dummer loop, the trail goes to Success Pond (about 15 miles) and continues on to connect to the Berlin club trails into Berlin and Gorham (about 18 miles to Berlin). This is the latest step in connecting Berlin to the Millsfield area and north. Sunset Riders is based in the Success Pond area and with the permission of landowners Landvest, Plumcreek, Yankee Forest and Barry Kelley they were able to open this latest section of trail. Plans are now being worked on with landowners with the hopes of opening a trail from the Success trails to the Millsfield trails for next year that would connect two ATV parks and 200 plus miles of riding.
If you have any questions or need information on joining the club all of their contact information is at www.sunsetridersatv.com


Harpsichord workshop by one of the world's leading musicians

GORHAM -- Amsterdam's well respected Richard Egarr will offer a Harpsichord Workshop during his stay in Gorham, to take place the day before his concert with Baroque violinist, Mimi Mitchell, also from Amsterdam.  The event will take place at the Medallion Opera House in Gorham Town Hall on Wednesday afternoon, July 25, at 4 p.m.. Admission is by donation and keyboard players are welcome to sign up to play. 
Called “the Bernstein of Early Music” by NPR Music for his always exhilarating and engaging performances, Egarr has made countless appearances from Europe to China, including thrilling Boston audiences with appearances on the Boston Early Music Festival concert stage with the Academy of Ancient Music and the Handel and Haydn Society.  Richard regularly conducts other leading period instrument orchestras including Philharmonia Baroque and Portland Baroque. He is increasingly sought-after by non-period orchestras such as the Dallas Symphony, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, the Berlin Konzerhausorchester and the Rotterdam Philharmonic. His numerous recordings range from solo works by Frescobaldi, Purcell, Bach and Purcell to orchestral works with the Academy of Ancient Music and the Flemish Radio Orchestra.
“Music history contains a few blessed instances of composer and instrument achieving a perfect symbiosis,” said Egarr. “The harpsichord had its 'golden age' in the 17th and 18th centuries. This instrument’s roots lie firmly in the sound-world and repertoire of the lutenists, with its ornaments, broken chords, and reliance on resonance. Few composers have ever really understood this, apart from the few geniuses from this golden time.” 
The Thursday concert will also be performed in Conway Village at Salyards Center for the Arts on Tuesday, July 24, at 7:30 p.m., with a Baroque violin masterclass with Mimi Mitchell scheduled for that morning at 11 a.m. also at Salyards. The Masterclasses and concerts are sponsored by Music in the Great North Woods, a non-profit organization supporting outstanding concerts in the North Country. 
For more information or to sign up to play: 603-326-3242 or 603-466-2865, www.musicgnw.org, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or on Facebook, an open page for Music in the Great North Woods.