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Arts & Entertainment around Mount Washington Valley, NH

The History of Railroading in the Mount Washington Valley – May 11, 7pm

cog railwayThe town of Conway was founded in 1765 and for the next 109 years the only way for the townspeople to get from one place to another was by walking, riding a horse, or being transported in wagons pulled by horses.

In 1874 this all changed for the better with the arrival of the railroad. With the ‘iron horse’ it was now possible for the people of Conway, and their goods, to be transported fast and efficiently for great distances in safety and comfort.

Join Dwight Smith to learn more about how trains transformed life in the Mt Washington Valley.

Local resident for the past 44 years, Dwight Smith worked for Boston & Maine RR in Boston, for over 25 years. He retired from there to spend time on his goal of restoring the 1874 North Conway railroad system and to establish the Conway Scenic Railroad. Both of which he was successful at and which he retired from in 1990.

This program is free and open to the public.

Whitney Community Center, Jackson, NH

27th Running of the Ducks Sunday May 28, 2017

27th Running of the Ducks Sunday May 28, 2017JACKSON NH – FREE admission… Food, Duck Races, Kids Activities, Traveling Train Rides, 5 Minutes of Fame, Jackson Cake Boss Competition and other individual events may have a fee to enter.

With so many different things happening at this event at different times we have prepared a brochure listing everything happening and when. You can request this brochure on line at www.JacksonNH.com as we get closer to the event or you can call the Jackson Area Chamber of Commerce at 603-383-9356 and request one that will be mailed to your home address. This brochure will help you plan your day at the Wildquack Duck River Festival.

The day’s events start at 8 AM. The Big Duck Race goes off at 1:45 PM and the Regular Duck Race time is 2 PM.

Everyone should come hungry and be sure to check out all the fabulous different foods offered by local and visiting chefs, try the kettle corn, ice cream, lobster sandwiches as well as other select items. Watch the “ever growing” parade starting from the Covered Bridge at 1:30 PM, have your picture taken with “Wildquack” the Jackson Area Chamber of Commerce Duck, visit local businesses and really enjoy this ‘ole’ fashioned “Day in the Park” created for you and your family.

Visit and bid often at the amazing Silent Auction tables. Find out who will be this years “Jackson’s Cake Boss” by visiting the Jackson Cake Boss Competition Tent area (why not enter to win) and try out all the yummy entrees. Do you think you’ve got talent? Be sure to register for your “5 Minutes of Fame” contest. Just make sure you add this event to your “event choice for Memorial Day Weekend” in Jackson, New Hampshire.

To learn more about how and where you should go to get your Duck Tickets, to volunteer, to register for Jackson’s Cake Boss or 5 Minutes of Fame Contests call the Jackson Area Chamber of Commerce today at (603)383-9356 or visit us on the web at www.jacksonnh.com.

Cold River Mini Series – Amarantos String Quartet – April 15th

Amarantos String QuartetJACKSON NH – The Amarantos String Quartet was formed in Portland, Maine with the mission to reinvent the role of the string quartet in the modern cultural landscape. Through presentation of new music, unique collaborations and never­before­heard arrangements violinists Lauren Hastings Genova and Meagan McIntyre, violist/arranger Bryan Brash and cellist Hannah Schroeder are attracting new, diverse audiences to the chamber music genera. Classically trained, each member of the quartet has also performed extensively with musicians from a wide variety of styles such as jazz, rock, pop, folk, middle ­eastern, alternative and world music. These collective experiences are the basis for what makes the Amarantos Quartet and their diverse repertoire a truly unique experience.

Dinner Reservations are Required for Guaranteed Seating
Tickets may also be available at the door but these shows often sell out.
(603) 383-6502

Cold River Mini Series Webpage

Lost Ski Areas of the White Mtns – Thursday, March 30

Lost Ski Areas of the White MtnsJACKSON NH – The White Mountains of New Hampshire are world renowned for the array of skiing opportunities offered to every skier, from beginner to gold medal Olympian. Today over a dozen resorts entice tourists and locals each year with their well-manicured trails, high-speed lifts and slope-side lodging. But scattered throughout this region, the ghosts of former ski areas can still be found. In the White Mountains alone, sixty ski areas have closed since the 1930s. Author Jeremy Davis has compiled rare photographs, maps and personal memories to ensure that these beloved ski outposts, cherished by generations of skiers, are given recognition for transforming the White Mountains into a premier ski destination. Join us as we celebrate these former ski areas at this presentation. Attendees are encouraged to bring along their skiing momentos, photos, and stories to share.

Presented by: The Whitney Community Center
Location: Whitney Community Center
Date: Thursday, March 30, 2017
Time: 7:00pm

Met Opera Live in HD: La Traviata – March 11 – Leura Hill Eastman Performing Arts Center – Fryeburg Academy

Met Opera Live in HD: La Traviata FRYEBURG ME – Sonya Yoncheva sings one of opera’s most beloved heroines, the tragic courtesan Violetta, a role in which she triumphed on the Met stage in 2015, opposite Michael Fabiano as her lover, Alfredo, and Thomas Hampson as his father, Germont. Carmen Giannattasio sings later performances of the title role opposite Atalla Ayan, with the great Plácido Domingo as Germont. Nicola Luisotti conducts. White Mountain Cider Company will be serving lunch in the lobby from 12:00 to 1:00 pm. Joe De Vito will be hosting his Opera Lecture Series on Thursday, March 9th at 3:00 pm.
Estimated Run Time – 2:33 (1 intermission)
$26-Adults, $23-Seniors, $18-Students

NHWP’s Three Minute Fiction Slam! – February 28th

NORTH CONWAY NH – A fast paced literary competition that challenges writers to perform original pieces of fiction in three minutes or less in front of a panel of judges. This year’s regional winners will gather for a final showdown at the NH Institute of Art on Thursday, March 9, 2017 at 7:00 PM.

White Birch Books is co-sponsoring this event with the Jackson Women Writers. For more information about this event contact Anne Barber at [email protected].

NHWP’s Three Minute Fiction Slam!

About Understanding Bobcats in the Granite State – February 16th

bobcat nhCome learn about one of NH’s most fascinating, and elusive creatures..the bobcat. New Hampshire’s bobcat population has rebounded since the wildcat was protected from hunting in 1989. UNH researchers estimate there are as many as 1,400 bobcats in the state.
A recent multi -year cooperative research study between UNH and NH Fish and Game was conducted to examine the distribution and abundance of bobcats in the state, identify what habitat features they rely upon, and to develop an understanding of how bobcats respond to expanding human populations.

This program will include information about the natural history of bobcats, habitat needs and the implications of research findings for future management.
This program is free and open to the public.

Presented by: The Whitney Community Center
Location: The Whitney Center
Date: Thursday, February 16, 2017
Time: 7:00pm

Cold River Mini Concert Series Featuring David Massengill – March 25th

By birth a Tennessean, David Massengill “emigrated” to the Greenwich Village folk scene in the mid-70’s, walking the same streets and playing the same storied coffee houses as Dylan and Van Ronk.

David MassengillThirty years later, he’s still walking those streets—but now he’s being recognized universally for his pivotal role in keeping the American folk music tradition alive. Called “a master of vivid lyrical imagery”(Boston Globe), David continues to create beautiful and poignant “story songs” that are intimate and relevant and tug at your emotions. Songs like “Rider On An Orphan Train“ a narrative ballad ringing with truth and anguish” (Washington Post), “Number One In America”, a riveting and ironic civil rights anthem” (Boston Globe) and the biting political statement, “The Gambler”, a thing of beauty about all things ugly” (Barry Crimmins).

His songs have been covered and recorded by Joan Baez, The Roches, Lucy Kaplansky, Tom Russell, Nanci Griffith and his mentor, Dave Van Ronk, who said David “took the dull out of dulcimer!”  Notes Music Boulevard, “That David made the lap dulcimer his instrument of choice tells us a lot about the soft-spoken native of eastern Tennessee. He accompanies his performance with an instrument indelibly Appalachian, yet conquers even the most urban of musical communities. He does it without losing that remarkable gift for true storytelling.”

Musical Style: American Folk

Website: davidmassengill.com

Lisa Gardner International Book Launch Party @ Horsefeathers

RIGHT BEHIND YOUNORTH CONWAY NH – It’s that time of year again, when we look forward to a new thriller by award-winning author, and Valley resident, Lisa Gardner.

Monday, January 30 at 7pm
Horsefeathers Restaurant in North Conway Village

RIGHT BEHIND YOU is the new book and it comes out on Tuesday, January 31. The first place to see Lisa and get your signed copy is the night before at the White Birch Books International Book Launch Party, hosted by Horsefeathers Restaurant, right in the center of North Conway Village.
The book launch party is a truly collaborative event. Horsefeathers, a North Conway village landmark, will be offering their regular menu for those who want to make a night of it. The bookstore will be there with all of Gardner’s books.

“We have always enjoyed teaming up with Horsefeathers for this event,” said Laura Cummings, owner of White Birch Books. “They are great hosts and this has become quite the regular annual outing!”

Lisa GardnerRIGHT BEHIND YOU. Eight years ago, Sharlah May Nash’s older brother beat their drunken father to death with a baseball bat in order to save both of their lives. Now thirteen years old, Sharlah has finally moved on. About to be adopted by retired FBI profiler Pierce Quincy and his partner, Rainie Conner, Sharlah loves one thing best about her new family: They are all experts on monsters.

Lisa Gardner is the Valley’s own New York Times bestselling author and has written 17 previous thrillers. She lives with her family in Jackson where she is always at work on the next book, or involved with various community projects.

Snow Sculpting Competition in Jackson, NH – January 17th

JACKSON NH – The Village of Jackson, New Hampshire and member businesses are preparing for one of it’s favorite winter events… The 16th New Hampshire Sanctioned & Jackson Invitational Snow Sculpting Competition.

This incredible winter event begins on Friday January 27th at noon when teams from all over the Northeastern part of the United States will converge on Jackson Village. Sculpting continues through out the weekend and finishes at noon on Sunday the 29th. Spectators are welcome to view the entire process but to see finished pieces it is recommend you come back on Sunday the 29th. See first hand how our sculptors take 8’ high by 4 foot round cylinder of compacted snow and create incredible art frozen in time. Sculpting pieces usually remain available for viewing for at least a week after the event giving visitors ample time to get coveted photos, however as weather is a factor we can not guarantee how long they will be standing. At night, during the event, the Sculptures are lit up giving them an entirely different perspective. We anticipate at least 15 teams for 2017 and a spectacular show!
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