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.

 

Char Miller on the Legacy of the Weeks Act

June 21st, 2011 by Melissa

Char Miller, W.M. Keck Professor of Environmental Analysis at Pomona College and Senior Fellow at the Pinchot Institute for Conservation spoke about the legacy of the Weeks Act and the history of forest conservation in the United States.  Miller’s talk integrates the historical, philosophical, and economic conditions that eventually led to the passing of the Weeks Act.

This video was produced by the US Department of Agriculture for the centennial celebration of the Weeks Act.

Colebrook event to recognize writers featured in North Country anthology

June 17th, 2011 by Melissa

New Hampshire Union Leader
Published Jun 16, 2011

Colebrook Public Library and the Monadnock Institute will hold a special event Saturday, June 18, to celebrate local writers featured in the new book, “Beyond the Notches: Stories of Place in New Hampshire’s North Country.’’

The event, which is free and open to the public, will run from 1 to 3 p.m. on the lawn in front of the library, and copies of the long anticipated anthology of North Country stories will be available for the first time.

The anthology, designed by Stinehour Editions of Lunenburg, Vt., and jointly published by Bondcliff Books of Littleton and Franklin Pierce University of Rindge, features 50 new essays that reveal the unique character of northern New Hampshire.

Colebrook area writers John Harrigan and Susan Zizza will be celebrated at the afternoon event and will be available to autograph books. Additional writers whose essays focus on northern Coos County are also expected to attend the event.

These writers will include Laura Alexander, Barbara Tetreault, and Alex DiCicco. In addition to the contributing writers, cover artist Amy Delventhal from Bethlehem will be present to share the paintings she created for the book, while North Country fiddler Patrick Ross will be on hand to play a variety of traditional music. Light refreshments will also be served.

In appreciation for its support in hosting a summer research intern, the Colebrook Historical Society will be presented a complimentary copy of the book. Both Colebrook Public Library and Colebrook Academy library will also receive books at this event.

This community celebration, as well as several others planned around the North Country, is being funded in part by the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts. They are also being presented in collaboration with the Arts Alliance of Northern New Hampshire, which is working with partners throughout the state on events celebrating the Weeks Act Centennial.

For more information, contact Kay Morgan, project coordinator, at 868-2485 or via email at morgan.katherin@comcast.net.

Hands-On Forest Activities at the Weeks Act Centennial Festival, July 29!

June 17th, 2011 by Melissa

The Weeks Act, passed in 1911, is marking its 100th Anniversary and the White Mountain National Forest along with several partner organizations is hosting a family-friendly festival on July 29 at the base of the Mt. Washington Auto Road. This free, public event is part of a coordinated New Hampshire effort celebrating the Weeks Act Centennial.

Read about the list of activities at the Weeks Act Centennial Blog!

Additional information about the Weeks Act Centennial Festival and a list of other events are available at www.weekslegacy.org and www.fs.fed.us/r9/white
For more information:
Colleen Mainville
cmainville@fs.fed.us

or

Kelly Cioe, Kelly@whalenpr.com
O. 603-436-2347
C. 207-441-5624

AHEAD “Secrets of Homebuying” Workshop, June 25

June 15th, 2011 by Melissa

Affordable Housing and Development (AHEAD) is sponsoring a “Secrets of Homebuying” workshop being held in Plymouth on Saturday, June 25th, 8 a.m to 4 pm at the Pease Public Library.

For additional details, view the entire post on the Coos County Outreach Initiative blog.

“The Remarkable John Weeks” Available Now!

June 14th, 2011 by Melissa

Iris Baird and the Friends of the Weeks Memorial Library in Lancaster, NH have just published a new 60 page booklet about the life of John Wingate Weeks and his achievements including the passage and implementation of the Weeks Act.

The booklet is well illustrated with photographs and is available for $5 plus $2 for shipping from:

Weeks Memorial Library
128 Main Street
Lancaster, NH 03584-3031

Only 1,000 copies were printed locally at Sherwin Dodge Printers in Littleton, NH. This is a “must-have” for anyone interested in the Weeks Act or the life of John Wingate Weeks and his Lancaster, NH ties.

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