St. Kieran Art Center Presents: The Nutcracker Ballet

The Robinson Ballet Company will present this seasonal favorite at the Berlin High School Auditorium.

There will be no online sales for this event — please call (603) 752-1028 to reserve tickets. Advance ticket prices are $25, $20 and $15. All seats purchased on the day of the show are $25 (as available; this show sells out quickly).

Le Vent du Nord at St. Kieran Arts Center

New to the arts center — and part of the Francofest ’17 weekend celebration — is the highly acclaimed quintet, Le Vent du Nord. The group’s vast repertoire draws from both traditional sources and original compositions, while enhancing its hard-driving soulful music (rooted in the Celtic diaspora) with a broad range of global influences.

Featuring button accordion, bouzouki, guitar and fiddle, the band’s sound is defined by the hurdy-gurdy, which adds an earthy, rough-hewn flavor to even the most buoyant dance tunes.” — Boston Herald

Since its inception in August 2002, Le Vent du Nord has enjoyed meteoric success, performing well over 1,600 concerts over 5 continents and racking up several prestigious awards, including a Grand Prix du Disque Charles Cros, two Junos (Canada’s Grammys), a Félix at ADISQ, a Canadian Folk Music Award, and “Artist of the Year” at the North American Folk Alliance Annual Gala.

The group exhibits great finesse and flexibility, appearing regularly on Canadian, American, French, and UK television and radio, and participating in a wide variety of special musical projects. They’ve collaborated and performed with a diverse range of artists including: Harry Manx, Väsen, Dervish, The Chieftains, Breton musical pioneer Yann-Fañch Kemener, Québecois roots legend and master storyteller Michel Faubert, the Scottish folk band Breabach, singer Julie Fowlis, and the trans-Mediterranean ensemble Constantinople.

Not content with standard approaches to tradition, Le Vent du Nord has also created a symphonic concert that, according to Voir Montreal, “puts all traditional folk naysayers to shame.”

On stage these five friends create intense, joyful and dynamic live performances that expand the bounds of tradition in striking global directions. This is the modern sound of tradition, a music of the here and now.

 

NH Open Doors

Experience the best New Hampshire has to offer during this weekend-long touring and shopping event.

During this statewide tour, artists, craftsmen, and businesses owners are opening their doors with special activities and promotions.

  • Shop (tax-free) for locally-made art, food, and other products
  • Get an inside look at artists and craftsmen working in their studios
  • Taste locally-sourced products from food purveyors
  • Connect and engage with NH’s cultural heritage
  • Take the road less traveled and visit our main streets, big and small
  • Spend the night in a cozy accommodation overlooking NH views

Francofest ’17 Dinner at St. Kieran Arts Center

Come join us for a taste of homemade French cuisine on Saturday, November 4. The dinner, which includes tourtieres, baked beans, chicken pie, coleslaw, dinner roll, a beverage and a number of sweet culinary delights, will be served in the community room of the arts center starting at 4:30 p.m. Wine will be available for purchase with proper identification. Tickets for the dinner are $12 per plate and are  available at the arts center office and on line at www.stkieranarts.org via the performing art series link. Tickets at the door are $15. Seating for the dinner is in half hour increments. Please indicate which seating you would prefer when purchasing your tickets.

Limited seating on the half hour:
Group 1: 4:30 to 5:00
Group 2: 5:00 to 5:30
Group 3: 5:30 to 6:00
Group 4: 6:00 to 6:30

Tickets: $12 each

NH Open Doors

Experience the best New Hampshire has to offer during this weekend-long touring and shopping event.

During this statewide tour, artists, craftsmen, and businesses owners are opening their doors with special activities and promotions.

  • Shop (tax-free) for locally-made art, food, and other products
  • Get an inside look at artists and craftsmen working in their studios
  • Taste locally-sourced products from food purveyors
  • Connect and engage with NH’s cultural heritage
  • Take the road less traveled and visit our main streets, big and small
  • Spend the night in a cozy accommodation overlooking NH views

Harvest Festival

A wonderful three-day event celebrates the season in downtown Littleton and Bethlehem — Friday, October 27-Sunday, October 29.

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 27

6pm – Annual Boofest at the Colonial Theater in Bethlehem featuring Circus Minimus, the one-man circus in-a-suitcase!

Noon–5pm (FRI & SAT) Pumpkins that have already been carved may be dropped off at Littleton Bike & Fitness. Candles are not necessary, we will provide them. Let’s break our record of pumpkins on the river from last year!

5pm–7pm – Time Out Timmy / Mad Cat Habitat Halloween Show at The Loading Dock

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 28

10am–12pm – Annual Littleton Police Department Halloween Festival at the Littleton High School for grades K–6. Pumpkin carving contest, bouncy houses, Home Depot kids build kits, face painting, donuts and cider. Participants are encouraged to bring a ready-to-carve pumpkin (scooped out); there will be a limited number of pumpkins available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Noon–3pm – Chili Cook-off at the Littleton Food Co-op.

Noon–5pm – Become a Zombie for the evening’s festivities! Stop by Aylakai, you bring your costume we will help with the makeup.

2pm–4pm – Trick-or-Treat on Main St., Mill St. and Cottage St. If you see a skull and crossbones in the window, this means the storeowner has graciously bowed out of the treat giving, so please abstain from bringing wily trick-or-treaters inside.

3pm–8pm – Refuel! Fill up with delicious food from vendors located along Riverglen Lane. Vendors include, Profile High School Arts Alliance and Alburritos!

5pm–8pm – Bake Sale – The Littleton Senior Center including donuts, whoopie pies, cookies, brownies, cider, hot chocolate, and coffee.

4pm–6pm – The Pumpkin Patch Hangout at the First Congregational Church. Warm food and kid-friendly activities available.

6pm – Zombie Walk All Zombies are encouraged to meet at Aylakai on Main St. for the ghoulish infestation of the Riverwalk Area.

6pm–8pm – Haunted Trick-or-Treat hosted by the Upstage Players; Family friendly, $3 adults, $2 children, kids 5 and under free.

6pm–9pm – Gathering of the Jack‘O’Lanterns. View hundreds of pumpkins illuminating the Ammonoosuc River. Enjoy a bonfire built and lit by the Littleton Volunteer Fire Department.

7pm – Phoenix Bazaar An eclectic troupe performing with fire and LED props. (Fire only available in VT and MA).

8pm–10pm – House of Terror Get scared! Hosted by the Upstage Players; Adults only, $5 per person.

9pm – Halloween Special: Rocky Horror Picture Show at the Colonial Theatre. Doors at 8:00pm for cash bar, the evening’s signature cocktail (Time Warp Punch) and free Hor d’ourves (Frank. N. Furters and Meatloaf) and costume ogling. RHPS behavior of all sorts encouraged.

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 29

9am–11am – Buffet Breakfast fundraiser at the Littleton Senior Center.

AMC Presents: The People’s Forest —The Story of the White Mountain National Forest

The People’s Forest — The Story of the White Mountain National Forest is a David Huntley film.

The public is invited to enjoy this film about one of the greatest environmental comeback stories in American history.

Pinkham Happenings programs are free and open to all. Call to find out more or to be added to the monthly email list: (603) 466-2721. outdoors.org/pinkhamhappenings

AMC Presents: Trail Signs of the White Mountains & Finding Your Way

AMC volunteer and historian Bill Moss speaks on trail signage in the White Mountain National Forest. If you’ve ever wondered about trail blazes, trail names, or the rhyme and reason behind the signs that you see in the woods, check out this interesting talk.

Featured Evening Programs are free and open to the public. For more information, please call (603) 278-4453.

Berlin Jazz Benefit Concert

St. Kieran will host local jazz favorite, Berlin Jazz in its 17th annual benefit concert. In addition, the Material Girls of the Berlin Quilters Guild are currently exhibiting their works in the main hall. Come and check out the show and the exhibit, meet a few friends, have a cold beverage from our adult beverage bar, a hot beverage and/or a snack baked by our awesome team of volunteer bakers!

The jazz band, in existence since 1987, has amassed a library of over 200 selections. Among the selections for Saturday’s concert are All of Me, Stardust, My Funny Valentine, Sing, Sing, Sing and Quiet Nights of Quiet Stars.

“We have such a great book of music, we could play for more than 10 hours non-stop” claims the group’s president, Monique Lavertu. “It’s becoming increasingly difficult to select the play list for a 2-hour show: a great problem to have!”

Berlin Jazz has been blessed over the years to have many talented North Country musicians join the ensemble. The 18+ musicians that now fill their ranks donate their time each week for rehearsal and play for the love of music.

 

Silly, Spooky Halloween at Santa’s Village

The entire park is transformed into a magical Halloween adventure, and Santa is usually here at this time, to see all of the children in costume, and those thinking ahead to Christmas.

Bring your children to celebrate this holiday in a safe and friendly atmosphere. There are “spooky” areas for the older children; some “fun” areas for the younger goblins. It’s a treat not to be missed. Shops cater to the Trick or Treaters, and it’s much more fun if you arrive in costume. Even many of the Silly Helpers are dressed for the occasion. Rides and food shops will be open too. It’s silly. It’s spooky. It’s Halloween at Santa’s Village.

Admission is $27 per person, with children ages 3 and younger free. This includes all rides and festivities for the day.