Visit Art Galleries & Theatres Like a Local

Northern New Hampshire is brimming over with exciting cultural activities and events to attend, art-filled galleries to visit, and many beautiful and historic buildings to explore and enjoy. Year round, but particularly during the summer months, there are so many cultural happenings to choose from that it would be easy to be out every day and night of the week — and still miss some.

COLEBROOK 

Find locally-created art and local history at the Tillotson Center for the Arts, with its community heritage museum and art gallery, and attend a concert of local and national performing artists in its 175-seat theater. The historic building was originally the horse barn for The Balsams hotel!

The Great North Woods Committee for the Arts organizes musical, cultural and performing arts concerts at the Colebrook Country Club  and Monadnock Congregational Church.

The artists of the Connecticut River Artisan Group display their talents in an on-site gallery at Fiddleheads on Main Street, where you can also find U. S. and Canadian-made products, and Fair Trade items.

Whitefield

Look for the big red barn on Route 3, home to The Weathervane Theater, whose summer playbill includes seven classic and contemporary shows in alternating repertory, along with daytime performances of timeless tales and musical stories for the kids. On the playbill this summer are “Hairspray,” “Seussical,” “Inherit the Wind,” “West Side Story,” and several other exciting productions.

The North Country Chamber Players & White Mountains Music Festival present six summer weekends of classical music at the Mountain View Grand in Whitefield and the Sugar Hill Meeting House in Sugar Hill, along with a variety of community events.

Lancaster

Drop by the William Rugh Gallery in downtown Lancaster to view the abstract expressionist paintings of Ed Widmayer (1923-2010), award-winning photographs by Olympics photographer Fletcher Manley, and a selection of locally made fine furniture.

There is an old-timey feeling to the Rialto Theatre. The theater’s distinctive marquee advertises first-run movies, a free summer family film series, and a growing schedule of concerts and other community events.

Gorham

The beautifully restored Medallion Opera House (in the same building as the Town Hall) is the heart of the town’s cultural activities, with a year-round schedule of performing arts.

Grab a cup of coffee and check out the rotating art exhibits at the White Mountain Cafe & Bookstore, along with books by local and regional authors, White Mountains maps and guides, and children’s books and toys.

Berlin

Both the terrific performing arts series and the lovely architecture of 500-seat St. Kieran Community Center for the Arts are worth a look. The former church was built in the baroque architectural style, and includes a central portal with a rose window and two elaborate stained glass accents. The Hook and Hastings pipe organ, donated in 1898, is in excellent condition.

Overlooking the city is the oft-photographed Holy Resurrection Orthodox Church at 20 Petrograd Street, with its six cross-topped domes and distinctive blue and white exterior. The interior includes Byzantine-style Icons, early 20th century oil paintings, framed imported prints and faux marble wainscoting.

A glimpse into Berlin’s history can be found in the Berlin Murals, adorning a wall of the former Brown Company Research Building on Main Street, just south of the Service Credit Union Heritage Park. The images depict scenes from Berlin’s history including the city’s paper industry, logging, ski jumping and hockey. 

Bretton Woods

The AMC Highland Center hosts an impressive display of the mountain photography of explorer, mountaineer, and pioneering aerial photographer Brad Washburn. And the AMC’s series of Free Evening Programs introduce visitors to a variety of subjects, from musical evenings and visiting authors to tales of mountaineering in far away places and identifying the stars overhead.

Although it’s neither an art gallery nor a theater, it’s worth a stop at the architecturally magnificent Omni Mt. Washington Hotel, a National Historic Landmark. First opened in 1902, the hotel was built by 250 master craftsmen in the Spanish Renaissance style.

The WREN Local Works (Women’s Rural Entrepreneurial Network) gallery in the lobby of the hotel showcases the work of dozens of regional artisans, including original art, jewelry, pottery, textiles, photography and unique and handmade gifts.

Bethlehem

The Colonial Theatre is one of the oldest continuously operated movie theaters in the country. The summer season features Grammy Award-winning artists, independent feature films, film series & festivals, children’s programs, community events and more. The Live! 2018 season includes performances by Greg Brown, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, The Secret Sisters, the Cashore Marionettes, Girls Guns & Glory and more!

Don’t miss First Friday at the Gallery at WREN where you can meet the local and regional artists whose art will be on display for the remainder of the month. The juried artists include painters, photographers, potters, sculptors, fiber and multi-media artists. While you are there, browse the adjacent Local Works store for handmade jewelry, pottery, textiles and more.

Sip a latte, munch on a scone (recommended!), or order up a delicious breakfast sandwich or luncheon salad at Maia Papaya while you browse the art on the walls. The café’s rotating selection of arts and artists is always interesting and is guaranteed to add some extra spice to your coffee or sandwich!

Housed in a historic church, circa 1877, 42 Maple Contemporary Art Center includes a communal working art studio, a fine art gallery, and live performance space. Resident artists include sculptor Valery Mahuchy, Nitty Gritty Pottery, Kool Kinetics, Deathmau Studios, The Artworks Custom Framing and Larcom Studios. Artist receptions are held on the first Friday of each month.

A rotating selection of art, including an annual jewelry show, adorns the walls at the Cold Mountain Café, just across the street from The Colonial Theatre. Great food, the cozy atmosphere, and artwork on the walls makes this a must-stop spot.

And new to Main Street Bethlehem, Rek’-lis Brewing Company will be featuring local artists in their stairway to the sum•it bar, the highest bar in a town east of the Rockies. They will also be part of First Friday’s in Bethlehem! 

Littleton 

Situated on the banks of the Ammonoosuc River, the League of NH Craftsmen Littleton Gallery showcases some of New Hampshire’s finest craftsmen working in jewelry, clay, glass, fibers, wood, metal, photography, baskets, printmaking and mixed media. Or sign up for a hands-on workshop in pottery, jewelry making, basketry, painting, and more at the gallery’s Studio School.

The Loading Dock is a multi-disciplinary collaborative space, with performances by emerging artists, open mike, art studio and classes.

Jax, Jr. Cinemas has been a Main Street destination since 1951, with two cinemas showing first-run movies.

For a wonderful photo op stop check out the Pollyanna statue on the Littleton Library front lawn. The hometown of Eleanor H. Porter, author of the beloved children’s book “Pollyanna,” Littleton is now known as the “Glad!” town.

Franconia

Poet Robert Frost’s former homestead is now a museum for poets and poetry. The Frost Place hosts three summer poetry writing conferences, including poetry readings open to the public.

“Your Adventure Starts Here” – Time to plan your family adventure in the Androscoggin Valley!

NH_Grand_Great_Glen_TrailsIt seems like Mother Nature does not want to let go of winter just yet in the Androscoggin Valley.  There is STILL some great downhill & cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, dogsledding, tubing and snowmobiling for the winter enthusiasts out there! Visit the Androscoggin Valley Chamber of Commerce website to make plans to Eat, Shop & Explore our winter wonderland while it lasts! You will find a great variety of lodging, dining, exploring & retail establishments that will be sure to satisfy every visitor.

 

Bisson Sugar House In the Androscoggin Valley, you could say we have 6 seasons instead of 4!  With the warmer temps during the day, our sweetest season of all is in full swing…Maple Season!  A visit to Bisson’s Sugar House in Berlin, NH is a treat for the entire family.  Family owned and operated dating back to 1921. Their family will make your visit a memorable one while touring the facility and sampling some maple butter, taffy, candy and my all-time favorite…pure maple syrup over vanilla ice cream!  Visit their website and call ahead for operating times as the weather has a major influence on their hours.

Wondering what the 6th season is that I mentioned? Well…with the days getting warmer and warmer and the snow melting, you guessed it – Mud Season!  The miles and miles of trails will be closed for mud season soon so be sure to check the trail conditions often and you can also sign up for trail updates to be sent to your email.  What can you do during Mud Season? You can take the time to plan YOUR next adventure in the Androscoggin Valley.

Santa's Village Whether you are planning a weekend or week, with a family or as a couple…the variety of things to do and places to explore are endless!  Storyland, Santa’s Village and the Mt. Washington Auto Road are just minutes away.  Then…take a ride on the wild side…Ride the Wilds that is! Pack up your OHRV and head north, stay at our OHRV friendly lodging hotels, cabins or campgrounds and ride right from your room!  Don’t have an OHRV?  We got that covered too! Call to reserve at one of our local rental businesses.  The fun is endless with hiking, biking, kayaking and white water rafting too!

Paula Kinney, Executive Director
Androscoggin Valley Chamber of Commerce

Find a Deal Like a Local

Let’s face it … we all live on a budget especially when it comes to dining out. Well you’re in luck because between Littleton and Bethlehem you can pretty much find a great deal almost every night of the week.

Cold Mountain Cafe Let’s start in the little town of Bethlehem at the Cold Mountain Cafe.

Mondays are for a Burger & a Beer at the Cold Mountain Cafe. For just $10 you can get a burger and a beer and not just any burger a LOCAL beef burger and a LOCAL craft beer. Now that’s a deal you can’t  beat. And if you haven’t been to the Cold Mountain Cafe yet, you should because their tagline rings true “Every town should have a restaurant like the Cold Mountain Cafe.”

Tuesdays are for SIN Tuesday (Service Industry Night). If you work in the service industry, just bring in your paystub and your in at SIN! Enjoy 30% off entrees and drinks!

Thursdays are for Mangia Thursday. Enjoy Cold Mountain’s weekly pasta dish and a glass of vino for just $16!

Rek'-Lis Brewing CoMondays are for Pint & Pizza for $10 at Rek’-lis Brewing Co.  Enjoy a pint of beer and a flat bread pizza for just $10 on Monday nights at Rek’-lis Brewing Co. You have to get both to get the deal!

 

 

 

Rosa Flamingo's Wednesdays are for Wings  at Rosa Flamingo’s. You’ll notice that a Wednesday special is missing at the Cold Mountain Cafe, but not in Bethlehem … if you like wings, you’re in luck because voted in the Top 10 for the best wings in New Hampshire, Rosa Flamingo’s offers half off wings on Wednesday nights in the winter months. That’s right, HALF OFF WINGS! And trust me, they are good so if you are in the area on a Wednesday night and want a taste of the local scene, head to Rosa’s for some wings and music.

 

 

Gallery at WRENFirst Friday in Bethlehem at the Gallery at WREN (Women’s Rural Entrepreneurial Network). Enjoy a different type of bar crawl at WREN’s First Fridays. The First Friday of every month, from 5-7pm, a local artist is featured at the WREN Gallery on Main Street, right next to the Cold Mountain Cafe. In addition to viewing beautiful art by a local artist, you can also enjoy complimentary appetizers, wine and beer. (Donation is recommended.)

 

 

Maia Papaya At 7pm, the art crawl continues to Maia Papaya, a coffee shop featuring local art, amazing vegetarian breakfast and lunch items and specialty coffee drinks. Here you can also enjoy light appetizers and beverages.

The art crawl ends at 42 Maple with another local art exhibit and you guessed it … more food and beverages.

I am sure there are more deals but this is what I have found so far …

 

The Beal House

Moving on to Littleton. Let’s start with the amazing deals at The Beal House.

Sundays are for $12 Fried Chicken and $3 drafts. I mean who doesn’t  love a good fried chicken and a $3 beer?

Mondays are for $3 tacos, $3 Modelo Cans and $4 margaritas. Let’s talk about The Beal House’s tacos for a second. They are not just made with mystery meat … the Beal House offers three different kinds, usually a beef, chicken and fish option and they are amazing. On top of that, Modelo Cans are only $3 too!

Thursdays are for Burger Night. Your choice; a burger with a beer for $11 or a burger and a glass of wine for $15. Either way, it’s the best deal in town. And man, are their burgers good.

Alburrito'sLet’s move on down the road to Alburrito’s Mexican Restaurant and check out their weekly deals and specials.

Mondays are for Margaritas. Enjoy half off house margaritas.

Tuesdays are for … you guessed it, Tacos. Tacos are just $2. Enjoy other specials as well.

Wednesdays are for wings. Enjoy 10 for $7, 12 for $8 and 14 for $9.

 

The Little Grille Moving across the bridge, The Little Grille also offers deals that you can’t beat.

Wednesdays are for $7 burgers. Just $7 for a burger with fries. Yum!

Thursdays are for BBQ!

Sundays are for BRUNCH! For $15.99 enjoy a delicious breakfast buffet! Brunch is served on Sundays from 11am-3pm.

 

Grille One ElevenNow, head  back up to Main Street to Grille One Eleven for these amazing weekly specials!

Wednesdays and Thursdays are for Grille Night. Try our amazing mixed grill creation for just $20.

Fridays are for Prime Rib. Hand cut rib-eye served with au jus sauce,
horseradish sauce and two sides. 8 oz $22 / 12 oz $27

Saturdays are for Hand cut rib-eye.  Hand cut rib-eye served with au jus sauce, horseradish sauce and two sides. 8 oz $22 / 12 oz $27

Sundays are for Happy Hour and Appetizers.  Happy Hour All Day – Our amazing happy hour menu is available all day on Sunday. Cheers!
Half Price Appetizer – All day on Sunday, any item of our appetizer list is half price