Adonis Puentes & the Voice of Cuba Orchestra at The Colonial Theatre

Get ready for some hot Latin jazz! Adonis Puentes’ rich, soulful voice is the perfect front for his all-acoustic orchestra, layering traditional Cuban rhythms with deep bass lines, jazzy horns, and his melodic guitar. A Grammy-nominated vocalist and composer from Cuba who weaves passionate, hypnotic Salsa and Cuban Son melodies through jazz arrangements, Puentes and the Orchestra create a worldly experience that is as emotive as it is danceable!

“Original compositions richly imbued with tradition; superb arrangements with an international flavor; a world class band that delivers with great precision; witty, intelligent lyrics inspired by everyday life and by the greatest power of all: Love.” —Latin Jazz Network

RiverFire & Zombie ATV Poker Run

RiverFire is the hottest event of the season. 

It is a spectacle you won’t want to miss!

At dusk, the Androscoggin River will be lit up with fires that appear to be floating on the water! The blazes will actually burn on the historic boom piers that dot the river. These piers were used during the height of the logging era, when they separated and guided the many trees that were sent down the river to the mills of Berlin. For RiverFire, these old piers will be stacked with skids, which when set aflame create a dynamic contrast of light over the dark waters. Take a walk along the bridge and admire the wonderful glowing carved pumpkins on the bridge.

RiverFire features fun, family-oriented activities such as:

  • Pumpkins on the bridge
  • Hay ridesparade, live music, 5K run, Zombie ATV Poker Run, ATVs, poker run, zombies
  • Helicopter rides
  • The “Not So Scary” Halloween Party
  • A costume parade
  • Live Music
  • Mouth watering food
  • Spectacular fires on the water
  • RiverFire 5K along the picturesque Androscoggin River
  • For more information, call 603-752-6060 or find RiverFire Berlin, NH on Facebook.

ZOMBIE ATV POKER!

Another ATV friendly event! Join in on all the zombie fun…dress up like a Zombie and decorate your ATV!  Prizes will be awarded for the BEST hand and the WORST hand. Be the BEST Zombie and decorated ATV and win that contest too! The poker run fun starts early enough in the day that you still make it to the RiverFire Event in time to join in all the festivities. What a way to start your day! So much fun collecting all your cards…invite all your friends for a scenic and adventurous ride to RiverFire.

Registration begins at 9 a.m., with last zombie in at 2 p.m.

WOMEN’S ADVENTURE: OUTDOOR SKILLS WEEKEND

This weekend is designed for active women seeking to learn new outdoor skills and enjoy some great hiking among good company in Crawford Notch. Participants will learn essential skills, such as hiking safety, use of map & compass, Leave No Trace©, camp cooking, and basic first aid skills. Hikes will be moderately challenging.

Lancaster Historical Society Flea Market

Head to the Wilder-Holton House at the intersection of Routes 2 and 3 North for the Lancaster Historical Society’s popular Flea Markets.

The Flea Markets, held every other weekend throughout the summer, are where you’ll find antiques, collectibles, fine crafts and much more, including refreshments. Free admission. Begins at 10 a.m.

While there, take a tour of the historic 1780 Wilder-Holton House and the adjacent barn. On the National Register of Historic Places, the Wilder-Holton House is believed to be the first two-story house built in the area, and the oldest surviving house in Coos County

Flea Market Dates: May 26; June 9, 23, 30; July 7, 21; August 4, 18; Sept. 1, 15, 29; Oct. 13.

More info: 603-788-3004

The Colonial Theatre Presents: Iris DeMent

The youngest of 14 children, born in Arkansas and raised in Southern California, Iris DeMent spent her childhood immersed in gospel and traditional country music. Beginning with her 1992 debut, ‘Infamous Angel,’ which was hailed as “an essential album of the 1990’s” by Rolling Stone, Iris DeMent released a series of stellar records that established her as “one of the finest singer-songwriters in America” according to The Guardian. The music earned her multiple Grammy nominations, as well as the respect of peers like John Prine, Steve Earle, and Emmylou Harris, who all invited her to collaborate. Merle Haggard dubbed her “the best singer I’ve ever heard” and asked her to join his touring band, and David Byrne and Natalie Merchant famously covered her “Let The Mystery Be” as a duet on MTV Unplugged. NPR called her “one of the great voices in contemporary popular music” and The Boston Globe hailed her work as “a work of rare, unvarnished grace and power.”

“Iris DeMent makes music that celebrates humanity’s efforts toward salvation, while acknowledging that most of our time on Earth is spent reconciling with the fact that we don’t feel so redeemed. Grounded in hymns, early country songs, gospel and folk, DeMent’s work is treasured by those who know it for its insight and unabashed beauty.” —NPR

The Tillotson Center Presents: ‘Sunday on the Steinway’ with Matthew Odell

The New Hampshire-born pianist Matthew Odell began his studies at the age of 10 and has since won acclaim for performances of a wide range of repertoire as a solo recitalist, soloist with orchestra, and chamber musician. Mr. Odell currently teaches at The Juilliard School and frequently presents master classes, workshops, and lectures at professional conferences and universities throughout the U.S and Europe. Admission $10/Students $5.

Lancaster Historical Society Flea Market

Head to the Wilder-Holton House at the intersection of Routes 2 and 3 North for the Lancaster Historical Society’s popular Flea Markets.

The Flea Markets, held every other weekend throughout the summer, are where you’ll find antiques, collectibles, fine crafts and much more, including refreshments. Free admission. Begins at 10 a.m.

While there, take a tour of the historic 1780 Wilder-Holton House and the adjacent barn. On the National Register of Historic Places, the Wilder-Holton House is believed to be the first two-story house built in the area, and the oldest surviving house in Coos County

Flea Market Dates: May 26; June 9, 23, 30; July 7, 21; August 4, 18; Sept. 1, 15, 29; Oct. 13.

More info: 603-788-3004

Lancaster Historical Society Flea Market

Head to the Wilder-Holton House at the intersection of Routes 2 and 3 North for the Lancaster Historical Society’s popular Flea Markets.

The Flea Markets, held every other weekend throughout the summer, are where you’ll find antiques, collectibles, fine crafts and much more, including refreshments. Free admission. Begins at 10 a.m.

While there, take a tour of the historic 1780 Wilder-Holton House and the adjacent barn. On the National Register of Historic Places, the Wilder-Holton House is believed to be the first two-story house built in the area, and the oldest surviving house in Coos County

Flea Market Dates: May 26; June 9, 23, 30; July 7, 21; August 4, 18; Sept. 1, 15, 29; Oct. 13.

More info: 603-788-3004

The Colonial Theatre Presents: Gangstagrass

Bluegrass and Hip-Hop may sound like an odd combination, but don’t tell that to Producer Rench, who birthed the fusion in 2006, with Gangstagrass. “There are a lot more people out there with Jay-Z and Johnny Cash on their iPod playlists than you think.” says Rench, who had previously made a name for himself as an in-demand Brooklyn country and hip-hop producer and singer/songwriter. He should know – he’s toured the country with a band of bluegrass pickers and hip-hop emcees to the delight of standing room crowds everywhere.

When FX Network came to Rench looking for the Gangstagrass sound for the theme song to their new series Justified, he had bluegrass players lay down an original track with rapper T.O.N.E-z, the younger brother of early hip-hop legends Special K and T-LaRoc. The result was “Long Hard Times To Come,” the song that opened every episode of six seasons of the hit series. “Long Hard Times To Come” was nominated for an Emmy Award in 2010, contending for best theme song after critical praise and massive fan response.

The same live bluegrass band approach was used to make Lightning On The Strings, Thunder On The Mic, a full length album of with T.O.N.E-z, the emcee featured on the Justified theme song. Two years later the Gangstagrass sound was expanded with the release of Rappalachia, a 15 song album featuring a variety of rappers, including Kool Keith, Dead Prez, Nitty Scott MC, T.O.N.E-z, BROOKLYN35, R-SON, and Dolio The Sleuth. Country singers Brandi Hart from the Dixie Bee-Liners and Jen Larson added gritty harmonies alongside Rench’s choruses. Broken Hearts and Stolen Money was released in 2014 featuring performances by legendary rap team Smif-N-Wessun, Juno award winning rapper Liquid (of BranVan 3000), Brandi Hart of the Dixie Bee-Liners and Alexa Dirks of Chic Gamine in addition to the now regular crew of emcees and pickers. The album received universal critical acclaim including the Boston Globe labeling the raucus single Two Yards “essential.” A fourth official album titled American Music was released in April 2015. Featuring a collection of standout original cuts and traditional folk anthems the band once again broke new ground, while also paying tribute to their cast of American songwriting heroes, and debuted at #5 on the Billboard bluegrass charts.

Gangstagrass has toured internationally, blowing minds on main stages from SXSW to Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival, with a live stage act taking full advantage of the improvisational aspects of both hip-hop and bluegrass. With two emcees R-Son and Dolio The Sleuth trading verses, Dan Whitener on Banjo, Landry McMeans on dobro, and Rench on guitar, and frequent 3 part harmonies, the Gangstagrass live show has garnered a reputation among fans for its dynamism and spontanaety. Currently touring across the US, Gangstagrass is using live performances to organically develop new material for an album that will further explode the boundaries between genres generally thought to be incompatible.

LODGE TO HUT: ZEALAND VALLEY

Join AMC for an opportunity to focus on the scenery of Zealand Valley. Our journey to Zealand Falls Hut takes us to the Pemigewasset Wilderness, through hardwood forests and beaver ponds and over ridges offering spectacular views. After an introductory meeting and comfortable night’s lodging at AMC’s Highland Center, we gear up for our backcountry adventure. Backcountry lodging and hearty meals are provided at AMC’s Zealand Falls Hut.