Bette Davis Birthday Bash

Did you know that Bette Davis celebrated her 33rd birthday at the Littleton Opera House? The date was April 5, 1941. It was the same night as the world premiere of her movie “The Great Lie.”

See a slide show of the event that was taken from the photo album that was produced by Warner Brothers. The Littleton Historical Museum owns that album and it is the only one of its kind in existence. Hear stories about Bette Davis and her life in Sugar Hill (1939-1947) and being a part of the Littleton community. There will be cake and punch.

The event takes place in the Tower Room at the Littleton Opera House (upstairs, accessible by elevator or stairs). Presented by the Littleton Historical Society. More info at: [email protected] or http://littletonnhmuseum.com

32nd Annual Littleton Christmas Parade

Join us for a day of festive fun in Littleton with exceptional shopping and eateries and the 32nd Annual Christmas Parade. The parade begins at noon, on Union Street near the former Hitchiner Building and makes its way down Main Street ending at the Littleton Fire Department!

The Christmas Parade is a wonderful way to kick off your holiday season and give your first holiday greeting to Santa Claus himself!

 

PRKR Mtn. Trails 5K Zombie Challenge

Come to Remich Park in Littleton and try to navigate the 5K Zombie Challenge course without being eaten by a zombie!

Runners will navigate a 5K course wearing a belt with two flags. They can work with other runners to outsmart the zombies who will be chasing them through the course. There are “safe” zones and “Zombie” zones throughout the course. No pushing, shoving allowed. It’s basically flag football with zombies.

Food and refreshments  supplied. Costumes are encouraged. All proceeds go to PRKR Trails.

Cost: Zombies – $10 – must have costume or makeup; Adult runners – $20; Kid runners – $10; Family package – $40.

Questions? Call (603) 444-3437 or email [email protected]

Gathering of the Jack O’Lanterns

The Gathering of the Jack O’Lanterns takes place over three days in downtown Littleton. Many events are planned, including the lighting of the pumpkins illuminating the Ammonoosuc River, from 6 to 9 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 27.

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 26

  • Noon–5pm (Thursday, Friday, & Saturday) – Pumpkins that have already been carved may be dropped off at Littleton Bike & Fitness. Candles will be provided.
  • 6pm – Annual Boofest at the Colonial Theater in Bethlehem featuring Marko The Magician. More information at bethlehemevents.org
  • 7pm – 11pm – Live Music & Costume Party at The Loading Dock featuring Mad Cat Habitat $10 – All ages – Doors @ 6:30p. This night will be a diverse musical offering to the realms of hallowed out pumpkins. Not to be missed! Visit theloadingdocknh.com for more information.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 27

  • 10am–12pm – Annual Littleton Police Department Halloween Festival at 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.
  • 11am -6pm – Deep Earth Arts Open House They’ll be opening their new studio space at 97 Main Street for an Open House celebration! Come by to check out our new space and all the different retail offerings we have. Josh will be offering 20-minute readings for $20 starting at 2 pm and we’ll be there right up until the Gathering of the Jack o’Lanterns begins at 6 pm!
  • Noon–2pm – Chili Cook-off at the Littleton Food Co-op. Visit littletoncoop.com for more information
  • 1pm – 4pm – Become a Zombie for the evening’s festivities and Zombie Walk! Stop by Aylakai on Main Street. You bring your costume they’ll help with the makeup.
  • 2pm–4pm – Downtown Trick-or-Treat on Main St. and Mill St. Look for “Welcome Trick or Treaters” signs in participating shop windows. No Sign, No Treats!
  • 3pm–9pm – Rock climbing, trampoline bungee jumping, basketball, and duck pond with Vertical Entertainment. Glow-in-the-dark novelties will also be available. Tickets $5-7 per activity.
  • 3pm–9pm – Food Trucks Fill up with delicious food from local vendors and food trucks located along Riverglen Lane.
  • 3pm–6pm – The Pumpkin Patch Hangout at the First Congregational Church. Warm food and kid-friendly activities available. Visit 1stconglittleton.org for more information.
  • 5pm – Zombie Walk All Zombies are encouraged to meet at Aylakai on Main Street for the ghoulish infestation of the Riverwalk Area.
  • 5pm–8pm – Snacks & Treats at the Littleton Senior Center including a variety of delicious baked goods, warm beverages and more!
  • 6pm–9pm – The Haunted Organ at the Riverglen Gazebo Presented by Dick Alberini.
  • 6pm–9pm – Gathering of the Jack‘O’Lanterns. View hundreds of pumpkins carved by members of the community, illuminating the Ammonoosuc River. Enjoy a bonfire built and lit by the Littleton Volunteer Fire Department.

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 28

  • 12:00pm Zombie Run/Walk to benefit Parker Mountain Trails – Sponsored by Littleton Bike & Fitness, Parker Mountain Trails & Littleton Parks & Recreation. Stay tuned for more details!

 

Jazz Concert on the Lawn

The Littleton Community Center is again hosting the Sippican School Jazz Band on the front lawn. Last year’s concert was full of energy and lots of fun.  The band is made up of 25 students ages 10 to 12 from a small public school in the seaside town of Marion, Mass.  Despite their young ages, they perform at a very high level and audiences thoroughly enjoy their performances. Bring a chair and come listen to this talented group of musicians directed by Hannah Moore.

Pollyanna Day

If Anne of Green Gables can get her own Netflix reboot, maybe our local literary heroine is due for a resurgence soon too. Snag a selfie with the Pollyanna statue (which turns 16 this year) and celebrate the Littleton-born character on Glad Day and all weekend long with events including live music and a production of “Pollyanna the Musical.”

More info: (603) 444-5741; golittleton.com

“Art of the Duo” Features International Musical Artists

Internationally acclaimed Syrian clarinetist/composer Kinan Azmeh and Sri Lankan-born pianist/composer Dinuk Wijeratne share a stirring “Art of the Duo” performance/discussion program across northern New Hampshire, May 20-22.

The duo fuses elements of Arabic and Southeast Asian vocabulary with classical and jazz music idioms to create a new sonic world that the legendary Marcel Khalife called “wings of breath.”

In their informal northern New Hampshire programs, the musicians will play work from their album, “Complex Stories, Simple Sounds” and new compositions, and talk about collaboration and improvisation, their musical inspirations, life on the road around the world, and the role of the arts in times of crisis.

Programs take place

• 3 p.m., Sunday, May 20, All Saints Episcopal Church
35 School St., Littleton NH
• 7 p.m., Sunday, May 20, Starr King Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 101 Fairgrounds Road, Plymouth
• 6:30 p.m., Monday, May 21, Medallion Opera House, 20 Park St., Gorham NH

• 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, May 22, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 113 Main St., Lancaster. Dessert reception to follow.

Tickets for all programs cost $15 per person or $30 for families; tickets purchased in advance online at www.aannh.org are $12; reduced rates are available for Arts Alliance members. Absolutely everyone is welcome; anyone for whom the ticket price is too high is welcome to pay what they can or come at no cost.

“We are so excited to be offering our communities a chance to meet, listen and talk to these amazing musicians as part of a new partnership with the West Claremont Center for Music and the Arts, which has worked with them for the past decade,” says Arts Alliance director Frumie Selchen.

Kinan and Dinuk’s three-day visit to northern New Hampshire also includes programs with students from Franklin to Woodsville as part of a residency funded in part by the Expeditions program of the New England Foundation for the Arts, made possible with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts, with additional support from the six New England state arts agencies, including the NH State Council on the Arts. They will return this fall for two more days in the region.

For advance tickets and additional information, visit www.aannh.org, email [email protected] or call (603) 323-7302.

About Kinan Azmeh:

Hailed as a “virtuoso” who is “intensely soulful” by the New York Times and “spellbinding” by the New Yorker, Kinan Azmeh’s distinctive sound spans different musical genres and has gained him international recognition as a clarinetist and composer.

Kinan has been touring the world as soloist, composer and improviser. Notable appearances include: Opera Bastille, Paris; Tchaikovsky Grand Hall, Moscow; Carnegie Hall and the UN’s general assembly, New York; the Royal Albert Hall, London; Teatro Colon, Buenos Aires; der Philharmonie; Berlin; the Library of Congress, the Kennedy Center, Washington DC; the Mozarteum, Salzburg, Hamburg’s Elbphilharmonie and the Damascus Opera House for its opening concert in his native Syria. He serves as artistic director of the Damascus Festival Chamber Players, a pan-Arab ensemble dedicated to contemporary music form the Arab world. He is also a member of Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble with whom he was awarded a Grammy in 2017.

About Dinuk Wijeratne:
The Sri Lankan-born, Canada-based composer-performer Dinuk Wijeratne has been described by the Toronto Star as “an artist who reflects a positive vision of our cultural future,” and by the New York Times as “exuberantly creative.” His boundary-crossing work sees him equally at home in collaborations with symphony orchestras and string quartets, tabla players and DJs, and takes him to international venues as poles apart as the Berlin Philharmonie and the North Sea Jazz Festival.

Dinuk’s 2016 highlights include JUNO and ECMA wins for his string quartet pieces Two Pop Songs on Antique Poems, and his appointment as Composer-in-Residence of Symphony Nova Scotia. His music and collaborative work embrace the great diversity of his international background and influences.

 

 

Littleton Library Presents: Brewing in NH

Glenn A Knoblock explores the fascinating history of New Hampshire’s beer and ale brewing industry.  Whether you’re a beer connoisseur or a “tea-totaler,” adults of all ages will enjoy!  This event is funded by NH Humanities.