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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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Cold River Mini Concert Series Featuring Acoustic Nuisance – December 17th

JACKSON NH – A night with Acoustic Nuisance is a unique trip through the musical minds of it’s main protagonists: multi-instrumentalist Scots born Davey Armstrong……. fellow Scot and guitar/guitar-synth Folk-Rocker Simon Crawford…. and acoustic guitar and bouzouki playing London-Irishman Kevin Dolan..all ably accented by Becky Armstrong’s fine vocals, for an entertaining blend of acoustic/electric virtuosity and vocal harmony…

Humour is ever present, as is audience participation, and alongside a varied menu of Celtic and Americana, plus their own original tunes and songs, you are likely to be confronted by guitar, tin-whistles, Irish and Scottish Pipes, bouzouki, banjo, harmonica, bass-pedals and synths – and that’s just from Davey(!) …often while singing and playing 2 or 3 at the same time…

Hailing from the British Isles but living right here in the Mount Washington Valley, the band is looking forward to another fun night in the Cold River Radio Show Mini-Series and hoping old friends (and new!) will join them at this pre-Christmas event. Come on out!

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Cold River Mini Concert Series at Wildcat Tavern Featuring Cormac McCarthy

Cormac McCarthy Singer SongwriterJACKSON NH – Cormac was nominated for both Outstanding Folk/Acoustic Act, and Outstanding Folk/ Acoustic Album by the Boston Music Awards. Cormac’s album, Troubled Sleep helped to kick off the Green Linnet Records’ prestigious singer-songwriter Redbird Series devoted to the most creative of this generations acoustic musicians and songwriters. Troubled Sleep won high praise and some overseas attention in the UK. Cormac was honored to be one of the artists asked to perform in Boston’s WUMB Folk Radio 10th Anniversary Celebration.

He has been invited 3 times to the stage of the Newport Folk Festival, and twice to appear on NPR’s “Mountain Stage” Live radio show. A fan favorite and regular at the Hartland Folk Festival, and a frequent special guest to many of the performances by the most popular musician’s of the genre. His talents as an on stage humorist have been well remarked upon over recent years, and gave cause to have him invited to headline for the Night of Humor and Songwriters in Boston’s Somerville Theater.

Cormac is regarded by fellow musicians and fans alike as one of New England’s finest songwriters. He writes and sings of a heartfelt, sometimes funny, sometimes desperate, sometimes glorious world of common people, struggles, hope, relationships, madness, and love. He sings the poetry of real life with a silky baritone voice and just enough grit.

Musical Style: folk, ballads, blues

Website: cormac-mccarthy.com

Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MTXHOEUO2aU

Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony – Jackson, NH – November 27th

Christmas Tree Lighting CeremonyJACKSON NH – The entire Jackson Community invites you to come and see the unvailing of our all new and glimmering Christmas Holiday Tree Lighting. Jackson Village boasts one of the most beautiful evergreen trees you will see and this year the tree was very much a focal point of our Jackson Village Christmas Holiday/Winter Beautification Project. The Jackson Area Chamber of Commerce along with a committee of local businesses, residents and the Selectmen set out to enhance all the village winter decorations… and we want to show it off to you. You are personally invited to attend…

The gathering for the Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony is scheduled for Sunday evening November 27th, at 4:00 PM. The first 20 people to arrive will receive a candy cane and their choice of a Christmas Holiday hat. The Jackson Grammar School children and the Da Capo Singers will delight us with Christmas Caroling. Santa will do the honors of lighting the tree at exactly 4:30 PM.

Immediately following the Tree Lighting Ceremony Christmas Farm Inn & Spa has invited everyone back to their “Open House”; celebrate the beginning of the festive season with your friends and neighbors by the roaring fire in the historic Barn. Enjoy hot chocolate and home-made cookies by the Christmas Tree. Santa will be making an appearance.

Location: Jackson Village
Date: Sunday, November 27, 2016
Time: 4:00pm

http://www.jacksonnh.com

Cold River Radio Mini Concert November 5th will feature The Tom Dean Trio

coldriver-tomdeanWildfires in the hills and canyons of Los Angeles, radio ghosts, the road, redemption, Elvis, the moon, Robert Johnson, small town New England life and of course love and all its entanglements. These are the themes one can expect from this well traveled, seasoned songwriter and his prolific song writing partner, lyricist George Wardwell.

After ten years of touring and three independently released recordings the legendary Ahmet Ertegun, Chairman of Atlantic Records, signed Devonsquare after hearing Tom’s song “Walking On Ice” from the self released CD of the same name. Devonsquare went on to record another CD “Bye Bye Route 66” for Atlantic (which spawned the critically acclaimed single “If You Could See Me Now”) tour internationally and to share stages with the likes of Bonnie Raitt, Peter Frampton and Steven Stills.

This special appearance will feature Teg Glendon (bass guitar) & Rob Coffin (electric and acoustic guitars) and Jonathan Sarty opening the show.

Dinner Reservations are Required for Guaranteed Seating
Tickets may also be available at the door but these shows often sell out.

Musical Style: Americana, folk rock

Website: tomdeansongs.com

Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u61JSbb8lB8

46th Annual Eastern Slope Ski Club Ski Sale Nov. 11th & 12th

eastern slope ski clubNORTH CONWAY NH – The Eastern Slope Ski Club (ESSC) will be hosting its 46th annual gear sale at the (NEW) North Conway Community Center.

Wednesday, November 9th (6pm – 8pm) DROP OFF
Thursday, November 10th (6pm – 8pm) DROP OFF
Friday, November 11th (3pm-8pm) SKI SALE
Saturday, November 12th (9am-12pm) SKI SALE
Saturday, November 12th (4pm – 6pm) PICK-UP

At this sale you will find everything from new to used ski and snowboard equipment, boots, poles, helmets, goggles, socks, winter coats and more! A portion of all sales go to benefit the Eastern Slope Ski Club Junior Program, helping to make skiing and riding affordable and fun for our youth!

Looking to sell the gear in your house? Read below.

Plan on dropping off your clean and ‘modern’ Alpine, Cross Country and Snowboard gear you’d like to sell at the North Conway Community Center on the evenings of Wednesday, November 9th and Thursday, November 10th between 6pm-8pm. Each item requires a tag ($1 each), which will be available for purchase when you are dropping items off. Or, you can save time and buy them at Bob and Terry’s Sports Outlet in North Conway.

All unsold items (and proceeds from your sales) MUST be picked up at the Community Center on Saturday, November 12th between 4pm-6pm. PICK-UP IS ON A NEW DAY AND TIME, please take note. Anything NOT picked up will be considered a donation, and all proceeds from the sale will benefit the ESSC.