Category Archives: 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

Independent Bookstore Day – Saturday, April 29th

Annual Independent Bookstore Day!NORTH CONWAY NH –Join the Party on April 29th for the 3rd Annual Independent Bookstore Day!

White Birch Books will be celebrating all day with lots of great giveaways, morning story time, kids activities, staff favorites AND more. We will also offer exclusive day-of merchandise created especially for Independent Bookstore Day by major publishers and authors.

Independent bookstores are not just stores, they’re community centers and local anchors run by passionate readers. They are entire universes of ideas that contain the possibility of real serendipity.

So we encourage you to come join the party, show your community support and shop local!

White Birch Books website

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!

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

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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