Old Man of the Mountain: Substance and Symbol

March 5th, 2012 by Melissa

Join the Plymouth Historical Society in welcoming Maggie Stier to Pease Public Library on Tuesday, March 13th as she discusses the “Old Man of the Mountain: Substance and Symbol.”

The story of the Old Man of the Mountain is a story of New Hampshire itself, reflecting our history, arts, literature, As the multi-faceted story of this icon unfolds, the audience will be challenged to think about the different and evolving ways that this image has touched the public imagination over its 200 year history.  The presentation will include images of paintings, literary passages, souvenirs, and film clips of interviews with those closest to the Old Man, and conclude with a discussion of current efforts to memorialize the state symbol.

This presentation is made possible through a grant from the New Hampshire Humanities Council and is part of their Humanities to Go! program.

“Re-Wilding of the White Mountains”

February 27th, 2012 by Melissa

Join the Museum of the White Mountains at the Eastern Slope Inn in North Conway on March 7 to welcome photographer Jerry Monkman.  Jerry will talk about the “re-wilding” of the White Mountains as told in his book “White Mountain Wilderness.”

Enjoy free samples from event sponsors Flatbread Pizza and Tuckerman Brewery.

This is the first in a series of programs to raise awareness of the Museum’s membership program.  Please share the event flyer!


NH Agriculture Opportunities Available Now!

January 11th, 2012 by Melissa

The New Hampshire Institute of Agriculture and Forestry (NHIAF) has announced 2012 open and rolling acceptance of applications for:

1. Internships (typically college or high school students desiring agriculture experience; includes cultivation/husbandry and marketing/sales/logistics)
2. Apprenticeships (growers with some cultivation/business experience; aspiring, yet not quite ready for independent farm ownership)
3. Farm/forestry incubator residencies we call “farmerships” and “foresterships” (somewhat experienced professionals who lack land/capital and desire commercial farm and forestry ownership)
4. Beginner farmers, foresters, and food artisans (new farmers/foresters with land and food producers who need business and cultivation coaching/development/support)
5. Mentor farmers and foresters (experienced organic/biodynamic and sustainable agricultural/forestry/food professionals to support and train new farmers; compensation arrangements available)
6. Land owners with underutilized farm and forest land who would like to see their property placed in sustainable production

Any aspiring or established ag/forestry/food professional from New Hampshire (or any other part of the United States) is encouraged to apply for customized operational consultation/planning, career coaching, and other support. Using innovative strategies and practical solutions, NHIAF advocates and facilitates fast-track preparation for new farmers and foresters leading to independent farm operations and land ownership.

Services and support for qualified applicants will be delivered at no charge by experienced staff. There is an extensive interview process for farmership and forestership residencies, typically located on NHIAF incubator and mentor sites in several locations throughout New Hampshire and border towns.  Incubator residents own their operations on borrowed/leased land for an average duration of 2-3 years, with NHIAF transition assistance to permanent sites when ready.

For both established and new producers, as well as fishermen and food artisans, NHIAF also offers marketing solutions through “NH Farm Fresh”, a statewide developing distribution system and contract-growing of organically/sustainably produced products.

All NHIAF programs and services are designed to increase the viability and profitability of independent family farms, as well as increase high-quality, affordable food security and independence for residents of New Hampshire, our border towns, and the greater New England region. We place special emphasis on organic practices, environmental stewardship, use of renewable resources, ingenuity and thrift.

We invite all interested participants to visit our web site at www.nhiaf.org and email inquiries, including resume/CV for program applicants: info@nhiaf.org

Programs for New Hampshire’s North Country generously supported in part by The Neil and Louise Tillotson Fund of the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation and the Rural Business Enterprise Grant (USDA Rural Development). Donations and sponsorships welcome and appreciated.

New Hampshire Women in Agriculture Conference coming soon

December 20th, 2011 by Melissa

2012 NH Women in Agriculture Conference: Empowering women in Agri-business today
Pre-Registration must be received by January 20, 2012
$10/person pre-registration includes one day pass to the NH Farm & Forest Expo

Hear from a panel of three NH farm women who share their experiences with starting and operating their businesses and how they connect to the land and their communities.
Panelists: Donna Ducharme, Snow Dragon Mountain Farm, Meredith, NH
Mary Boucher, Boucher’s Greenhouse, Litchfield, NH
Renee Cantara, New Roots Farm, Newmarket, NH

This group of panelists each own and operate a value-added business. They take raw agricultural products and make it into something else. Examples to be discussed are
breads, cheeses and beer.
Panelists: Jenny Chartier, Abigail’s Bakery, Goffstown, NH
Jenny Tapper, Via Lactea Farm, Brookfield, NH
Annette Lee, Throwback Brewery, North Hampton, NH


For more information contact Gail McWilliam Jellie at (603) 271-3788 or gail.mcwilliam.jellie@agr.nh.gov

Bid Now to Benefit the Northern Forest Canoe Trail!

November 2nd, 2011 by Melissa

The 7th annual online auction benefiting the Northern Forest Canoe Trail is underway!  From now through December 1, visit the NFCT’s online auction page at BiddingForGood, and bid on over 200 paddling-related items–from paddles to PFDs, racks to river tours, and more.

All proceeds go directly to support the mission programs and operations of the Northern Forest Canoe Trail: Stewardship, Economic Development, Connecting People & Place.  The NFCT has a vision for the health, vitality and sustainability of the Northern Forest with the Northern Forest Canoe Trail as a model and lynchpin of how a recrational trail can help anchor vibrant communities, businesses and the region.

Experience Caravanserei in NH!

October 12th, 2011 by Alice

Caravanserai: A Place Where Cultures Meet brings Muslim art and artists to American audiences

October 12, 2011—The Arts Alliance of Northern New Hampshire (AANNH) will host Caravanserai: A Place Where Cultures Meet in a special activity-packed residency from October 16-22, 2011.  This year’s residencies feature the creative arts of Pakistan.  The AANNH residency hosts two musical groups: Qawal Najmuddin Saifuddin & Brothers and the Tari Khan Ensemble.

Qawal Najmuddin Saifuddin & Brothers are the direct descendents of the first choirs to sing in the Khusrou qawwali tradition, more than 700 years ago.  They are considered the present-day torch bearers of this transcendent form of Sufi devotional music.  The Caravanserai residencies mark their first appearances in the U.S.

The Tari Khan Ensemble is led by percussionist Ustad Tari Khan, internationally acclaimed as “The Tabla Prince of India and Pakistan.”  Tablas are hand drums that whose mastery results in a wide array of sounds and tones.  His mesmerizing tabla performance will be accompanied by additional percussionists playing dholis.  Dholis are double-headed drums worn suspended from a strap across the player’s neck.  The player holds a different kind of stick in each hand and plays both ends of the drum simultaneously while spinning.

In addition to the culminating concert, the schedule of events includes a vegetarian potluck welcoming reception, world music jam, an intergenerational drumming workshop, and two informal presentations (for schedule details, click here).  All events except the final concert are free and open to people of all ages.

Launched by Arts Midwest in 2010 (on behalf of the US Regional Arts Organizations) with support from the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art, Caravanserai residencies provide  American audiences a unique opportunity to “experience the diversity of contemporary Muslim artistic expressions.”   The AANNH is honored to be one of only five organizations in America selected as a host for the 2011-2012 season.  Please attend one or more of these unique and enriching events!

(Click the images below for one-page PDF study guides about each of the artists!)

Qawal Najmuddin Saifuddin & Brothers








Tari Khan Ensemble

Lake Winnipesauke Museum Upcoming Events

August 31st, 2011 by Melissa

The Lake Winnipesaukee Museum announces several upcoming events during the month of September.

September 10th at 11 a.m. “Civil War”
Steven Class

September 17th at 11 a.m. “What Lies Beneath”
Hans Hug, Jr.

September 21st at 7 p.m. “Franklin Fire Department”
Andrew Nadeau

The Lake Winnipesaukee Historical Society was founded in 1985 with the goal of opening a facility dedicated to the rich history of Lake Winnipesaukee. In June 2004 the Lake Winnipesaukee Museum opened its doors to the public.

In 2008, the Lake Winnipesaukee Historical Society won the Finlay Foundation award for adding the most members of any non-profit organization in NH. The grand prize was $25,000. The Museum is now utilizing those funds to make renovations to the existing museum building which will more than double its meeting and exhibit space.

For additional information, news, and more about our friends at the Museum, please visit the Lake Winnipesaukee Museum’s website.

Weeks Act Centennial Festival = Great Success

August 4th, 2011 by Melissa

Campton, N.H., August 01, 2011—The White Mountain National Forest would like to thank all the exhibitors, partners, artists, and volunteers, for participating in the July 29, 2011, Weeks Act Centennial Festival. Your enthusiasm and energy truly made the festival a success and we appreciate your presence.

The event—commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Weeks Act—attracted several hundred people (and over 50 retirees) to the base of the Mount Washington Auto Road to learn more about the National Forest, wood products, outdoor safety, water, and much more. Music, storytelling, and historical interpretations were entertaining and educational. Demonstrations from expert wood workers exhibiting their crafts were major highlights along with the hands on activities in the Family Pavilion.

“Having all our partners and friends in conservation and tourism along with the great group of retirees join us in this event was a clear statement of the legacy of the Weeks Act and the White Mountain National Forest,” reflected Forest Supervisor Thomas Wagner. “It’s in large part due to the Weeks Act that the White Mountain National Forest is here today, providing clean water, wildlife habitat, outdoor recreation, forest products, and many other unique opportunities.”

For those who were unable to attend the festival, the Weeks Act made the creation of the National Forests east of the Mississippi River possible. This landmark piece of conservation legislation helped to create 41 National Forests in the Eastern United States. The Society for Protection of NH Forests, Appalachian Mountain Club, NH Department of Resources and Economic Development, Plymouth State University, Weeks State Park Association, Arts Alliance of Northern New Hampshire, the New Hampshire Timberland Owners Association, members of the Weeks family, and the White Mountain National Forest, will be providing several more activities and celebrations for the Weeks Act Centennial throughout the rest of the year. You can find a current list of events at www.weekslegacy.org.

For more information on the White Mountain National Forest please visit www.fs.fed.us/r9/white or call (603) 536-6100.

St Kieran Arts Center Launches the 2nd Annual Celtic Mondays Series

July 29th, 2011 by Melissa

Berlin– St. Kieran Art Center will launch the 2nd Annual August Celtic Mondays Mini-Series on August 1 at 7 pm with The Spinney Brothers, one of Nova Scotia’s best bluegrass bands. Tickets are $15 at the door and $13 for Arts Center subscribers.

From the Annapolis Valley of Nova Scotia, Canada, The Spinney Brothers Band is comprised of Allan Spinney, Rick Spinney, Gary Dalrymple and Terry Mumford. Brother Allan and Rick established their band in 1992, showcasing a tight brother duet vocal style that was immediately recognized for its energetic and distinctive sound. The cornerstone of The Spinney Brothers musical identity is the sound of traditional, southern-flavored bluegrass music.

The first generation bluegrass legends have been an important musical influence because  their music is shaped by their personal lives and local heritage. By incorporating original material, which draws from various sources, the Spinney Brothers effortlessly intertwine the past with the present. www.spinneybrothers.com Tickets $15 / $13 for members

“We are so excited to have such a great line-up of international touring bands coming to the North Country!  We are extremely thankful for our special partnership with Phill McIntyre at Skye Theatre who put together such a strong and diverse series. Circle your calendars, because St. Kieran Arts Center is the place to be on Monday nights this August!” states Joan Chamberlain, Executive Director.

DE TEMPS ANTAN – Monday, August 8.
ASHELIN – Monday, August 15
THE TARTAN TERRORS – Monday, August 29

All shows are at 7 pm. All tickets are $15, except Tartan Terrors at $20. St. Kieran members receive a $2 courtesy discount.  Arts Center performances are supported in part by the NH State Council on the Arts, National Endowment for the Arts, and the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation/North Country’s Art Ventures Fund, an Anonymous Fund, Libby Family Fund, North Country Region Community Fund and the Stanton and Elizabeth Davis Fund.  For more information and a series brochure call 752-1028 or visit 155 Emery Street/ www.stkieranarts.org                           

Upcoming Events in Berlin Celebrate the Northern Forest Heritage Park

July 19th, 2011 by Melissa

Tri-County Community Action Program, in coordination with The Northern Forest Heritage Park and The Center for Rural Partnerships at Plymouth State University invite you to the unveiling of three exciting projects based on the Brown Company Research Building:

  • Student murals covering the west windows on the Research Building
  • A student film project documenting the research and production of the murals
  • An exhibition on Brown Company’s “Industrial Explorers

Please join us to celebrate this exciting and unique partnership and to help raise awareness about the Brown Company Research Building and some of the great things happening in Berlin.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011
5:00 p.m.
at the NFHP Bunk House
961 Main Street, Berlin, NH

R.S.V.P. Northern Forest Heritage Park, (603) 752 -7202
via email: heritage@ncia.net or luphambornstein@plymouth.edu

For more information about the Northern Forest Heritage Park, please visit www.northernforestheritage.org.

Support for these projects was provided by Plymouth State University, Tri-County CAP, The Northern Forest Heritage Park, White Mountain Lumber, the New Hampshire Department of Corrections, A. R. Couture Construction Corporation, the Neil & Louise Tillotson Fund of the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation, and several volunteers.

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MSC 68, 17 High St.
Plymouth State University

(603) 535-3275 (Voice)

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