Green Mountain Foliage Festival Celebrates the Weeks Act

September 26th, 2011 by Melissa

Head over to the Green Mountain National Forest to celebrate 100 years of the Weeks Act and enjoy the fall foliage at Sugarbush Resort at Lincoln Peak in Warren, VT on Sunday, October 2 from 1-5 pm.

The free, rain or shine event will feature: live music by the Starline Rhythm Boys; foliage tours (by chairlift); environmental and conservation exhibits; a recognition ceremony; local premiere of “Legacy of the Weeks Act” film; nature tours; a discussion about heritage resources on the Forest; and other kid-friendly outdoor activities. Retail food and beverages will be available.

For complete details, please visit the Green Mountain Club’s website.

Lake Winnipesauke Museum Upcoming Events

August 31st, 2011 by Melissa

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

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

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

Wednesday
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.

Brown Company R&D Mural Unveiled: PSU Student Work Receives Rave Reviews!

July 29th, 2011 by CfRP

 

Berlin NH July 29, 2011—A series of twenty-four 4′x8′ mural panels depicting scenes that capture elements of Berlin’s scientific and cultural history were unveiled  this week as part of a trio of events celebrating the restoration of the Brown Company Research & Development Building.  An article in the Berlin Daily Sun tells the story in greater detail.  Click here to read more!

Photo from the Berlin Daily Sun

The mural project idea was fostered by a conversation between Jim Wagner (Northern Forest Heritage Park and Brown Company Research and Development Building Rehabilitation Project) and Keith DuBois (NH Department of Environmental Services) about the ongoing destruction to the West Wing of the R&D building resulting from twenty-four damaged windows on the street-facing side.  DuBois suggested the idea of having them covered with student art and Wagner, who has worked with the Center for Rural Partnerships on other projects, contacted us right away.  PSU Art department faculty member, Tom Driscoll, was enthusiastic about the project and created a course in public mural art for the Spring 2011 semester.

From there, the project grew to include substantial support from community businesses and an array of funding sources.  Wagner and Linda Upham-Bornstein provided cultural and historical expertise to guide the students in their design process.  PSU student, Kaleb Hart (2011), documented the process and installation in photographs and video.

The panels will protect the building during its restoration and then move indoors to become a permanent exhibit.

Public feedback is overwhelmingly positive.  At the unveiling, people volunteered that they altered their routes to come and see the panels and that the images make them feel proud.

The students involved in the project include: Michelle Boudreau, Tara Krebiel, Kristin Sarette, Olivia Benish, Katie Cotoir, Nathan Cote, Sam Smart, Craig Maines, Elizabeth Dalp, Nicole Copple, Meredith Gourley, and Brittany Connors.

 

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.

Mark Your Calendar! July 29 Festival at Mount Washington!

July 19th, 2011 by Alice

On Friday, July 29, from 9am-3pm, organizations from all over are hosting a festival celebrating this historic event.  It will take place at the base of the Mount Washington Auto Road.  (Click to view Google Map)  There will be music, hands-on activities, storytelling, and more!

This article in the Nashua Telegraph tells more about the history of the Act, its relevance today, and details about the festival.

2011 is the centennial anniversary of the Weeks Act, named for New Hampshire native John Wingate Weeks.  This act established the Eastern National Forests, of which we have a stunning local example: the White Mountain National Forest.

The July 29th festival is presented by the Appalachian Mountain Club (AMC), the Arts Alliance of Northern New Hampshire, the Center for Rural Partnerships at Plymouth State University, the New Hampshire Department of Resources and Economic Development (DRED), the New Hampshire Timberland Owners Association, the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests (SPNHF), the Weeks State Park Association, and the White Mountain National Forest (WMNF).

 

 

 

 

 

 

For more information about the Weeks Act, events, and other resources, please visit: www.weekslegacy.org.

Upcoming Events at St. Kieran Performing Arts Center

July 14th, 2011 by Melissa

Berlin-“Imagined” the critically acclaimed tour celebrating the Songs of John Lennon will be presented by the Nu-Utopians, a seven member folk/rock band at St. Kieran Arts Center on Thursday, July 21 at 7 pm. Tickets $12 adults, $6 students.

In a labor of love, celebrated folk/rockers Rex Fowler of Aztec Two-Step and Tom Dean of Devonsquare have teamed up with Tom’s former band mate Alana MacDonald and a host of talented musicians to recapture the spirit of John Lennon’s legendary music.

The Nu-Utopians (formerly the John Lennon Song Project) is a unique and compelling 7-piece band that celebrates the genius and artistry of John Lennon, one of the greatest songwriters of all time. Created and led by Rex Fowler of Aztec Two-Step and Tom Dean of Devonsquare, the ensemble gives remarkably fresh treatments to Lennon’s best and least known Beatles and solo songs that often inspire a whole new appreciation for John’s music.

The band’s live show features entertaining storytelling, and like their CD Imagined, superb lead singing and 3-part harmonies, plus a host of talented musicians on acoustic, electric and bass guitars, cello, violin, mandola, accordion, chromatic harmonica and light percussion. In a series of singles and mini-medleys, the band’s arrangements frequently involve weaving melody, lyric and song together in new and unexpected ways.

Rex Fowler and Tom Dean emerged as prominent folk/rock artists in the 1970s. Rex’s band, Aztec Two-Step, burst upon the scene with their self-titled debut album on Elektra Records in 1972. Tom Dean’s band Devonsquare was signed by Ahmet Ertegun, the legendary Chairman of Atlantic Records, after hearing Dean’s “Walking On Ice” from their self-released album of the same name.  Collectively Rex and Tom have toured worldwide, been reviewed in Rolling Stone, performed on David Letterman and shared stages with such musical luminaries as Bruce Springsteen, Bonnie Raitt, Jackson Browne and The Band.

When looking for a new name for this unique group touring project focuss“Celebrating the Songs of John Lennon” we went with The Nu-Utopians. It’s simple. It rolls off the tongue and it references Nutopia, the fictitious country that John and Yoko founded in 1973 as a symbolic refuge for themselves and like-minded people seeking world peace.

This program is sponsored by Woodlands Credit Union and is made possible with support of 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.

The 2011 Summer Series includes the spectacular mini-series: August “Celtic Mondays”: The Spinney Brothers, August 1; De Temps Antan, August 8; Ashlin, August 15; JJ Chaisson’s PEI Kitchen Party, August 22 and The Tartan Terrors on August 29.  Ticket are $15-20 and are available at the door. Seats are discounted $2 for St. Kieran Season Members.

For a full schedule of events contact the Arts Center at 752-1028, 155 Emery Street or visit www.stkieranarts.org

Brown Company R&D: “Industrial Explorers” Exhibition Online

July 13th, 2011 by Alice

The “Industrial Explorers” exhibition of panels tracing the origins and history of the innovative Brown Company Research and Development group is now available to view online and to download (see links below).

The Berlin, NH, company pioneered a number of innovations, driven by a desire to make better use of the forest as a resource for a wide array of products—from “aeroplane spruce” to “kraft” pulp/paper, and including some unlikely stops along the way (“Kream Krisp,” anyone?).

Below are links to two files and one web page. The first is to a file of the panels, themselves. The second is a transcription of the text on the panels. The third is a page on this website, where you can view images of the panels.  We’ll post a link to an online slide-show version of the exhibition in the near future.

INDUSTRIAL EXPLORERS – Text

INDUSTRIAL EXPLORERS EXHIBIT – Panels

JPEG Panel Images

Please contact Linda Upham-Bornstein, who did the research and developed the content of the exhibition, with questions or comments.  She can be reached best via email: luphambornstein@plymouth.edu.

All of the photos used on the panels came from the Beyond Brown Paper collection, which you can view and annotate online at: beyondbrownpaper.plymouth.edu.

New Hampshire Farm-to-Restaurant Connection Launches Voluntary “Certified Local” Program for Restaurants

July 8th, 2011 by Melissa

The New Hampshire Farm to Restaurant Connection (NHFRC) has developed a new “Certified Local” program to highlight New Hampshire restaurants that are committed to supporting local agriculture. The “Certified Local” designation indicates that restaurants meet selected criteria to demonstrate the purchase and incorporation of New Hampshire farm and food products.

The New Hampshire Farm to Restaurant Connection began in 2004 and is a collaboration of organizations and individuals whose goal is to link New Hampshire producers of food and farm products with New Hampshire restaurateurs and chefs. NHFRC has also been working to strengthen and improve the distribution system that directly connects the farms to the restaurants and other retailers. Growers’ Dinner events, which feature all New Hampshire menus, and are held at restaurants and farms around the state each summer and fall, are coordinated by NHFRC.

The new “Certified Local” program from NHFRC recognizes a restaurant’s commitment to local food culture. This is a voluntary program intended to benefit farms, restaurants and consumers. To participate, restaurants complete and submit an application found on the NHFRC website and schedule an evaluation by NHFRC staff. The organization plans a directory of certified restaurants to be available before the end of the year.

Supporting local agriculture results in economic, environmental and quality of life benefits. Supporting local farms helps preserve the heritage, rural character and economy of New Hampshire, while enabling families eat fresh, healthy food, grown close to home. For more information about the “Certified Local” restaurant program visit www.nhfarmtorestaurant.com and click on the Certification tab. Contact Charlie Burke at 286-4282 or Rachelle Lyons at 412-2694 or both at info@nhfarmtorestaurant.com.

July Performances at St. Kieran Community Center for the Arts

July 8th, 2011 by Melissa

Berlin, NH–Circle your calendars for great performances coming up in July! Please support our guest artists and the magic of live entertainment at the Arts Center! All seats $12 for adults and $6 for students. Tickets sold at the door.

Tuesday, July 12 at 7 PM: IMAI International Musical Arts “All Strings” Chamber Concert

Thursday, July 21 at 7 PM: Nu-Utopians (formerly the John Lennon Project)  in a special tribute performance “IMAGINED” featuring the songs and music of John Lennon. Artists include members of Aztec Two Step and Devonsquare!  Wow. Don’t miss this one!

The St. Kieran Community Center for the Arts provides a wide variety of cultural events for the enrichment of residents and tourists in the Androscoggin Valley.  The Community Arts Center was opened in 2000 after the former St. Kieran Church was closed, and an area-wide committee of community residents spearheaded an effort to transform the church into a cultural center. For more information, please visit www.stkieranarts.org.

 

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