Apr 9, 2014 8:02 AM

Living NH Cultural Heritage: April 2014

April, May, and the spring thaw can’t help but spread a sense of renewal and beginning. More hours of sunlight, yellow-green grass emerging from underneath melting mountains of snow, perennials peeking out of the ground, and of course many cultural heritage organizations will open for their 2014 season.

This month’s newsletter shares over 100 traditional arts and cultural heritage events and opportunities happening across NH, with many more probably not listed. Please be in touch and share your events for future newsletters and promotion.

Happy Spring!

Living NH Cultural Heritage is a monthly newsletter to help share the many heritage and traditional arts events, demonstrations, performances, and news that makes New Hampshire so culturally vibrant. Please share this newsletter, and email or call with any events, news, performances, or meetings you would like to include in the newsletter. Contact: Julianne Morse, Heritage & Traditional Arts Coordinator , NH State Council on the Arts Julianne.morse@dcr.nh.gov (603)271-0791

*This list is compiled by the NH State Council on the Arts. NHSCA is not responsible for the organization, planning, quality, or scheduling of these programs. Please contact the program host organization directly to confirm the final date and time of the program. All underlined content is a hyperlink to more information.

NHSCA Grants & Roster Opportunities

Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Grants assist in the preservation of traditional/heritage-based arts (crafts, dance and music) by funding a master traditional artist to teach an experienced apprentice in one-to-one sessions. Deadline 7/11/14.

Traditional Arts & Folklife Listing A juried listing of traditional artists, community scholars and folklorists who are available for presentations, demonstrations, lectures, performances and workshops. Many organizations reference this listing when planning for their events. Deadline 7/11/14

Arts in Education Artist Roster a juried roster of artists that represent diverse disciplines, cultures, and regions of the state can bring new ideas, skills, energy, and creativity to schools and communities in New Hampshire. Deadline 4/11/2014.

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Community Events

Strawbery Banke presents Preservation Series
The series takes place in the Tyco Visitors Center. Each 5:30 pm talk is open to the public, with a suggested donation at the door of $10 ($5 for members). Light refreshments.
April 17- Richard Candee and Bob Chase, Preservation in the North End of Portsmouth
May 6- John Schnitzler and Elizabeth Farish,
Tour of Strawbery Banke’s Thales Yeaton House

April 19- Annual Sugar Run Pow-wow, Laconia Indian Historical Assoc.(LIHA): Memorial Middle School, 150 McGrath St., Laconia, NH 603-878-5697

April 23, 2 PM - American Indian Beadwork of the Northeast, "Made of Thunder, Made of Glass ": Spring Mariposa Afternoons Presentation: with artist and writer Gerry Biron. Peterborough, NH. Biron will share examples of beadwork and examine the historical context and currents that contributed to the emergence of “Souvenir” beadwork produced in the 19th century by the Northeast woodland tribes, including the Iroquois and Wabanaki.

May 1 - Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum opens for the Summer Season with new exhibit, “Along the River”

May 1 - Strawbery Banke Museum Opening Day for 2014 Season, 9:00 am - 6:00 pm.
Come visit the museum and experience four centuries of American life in New Hampshire's oldest waterfront neighborhood. Special additions for the 2014 season: Finding Home: Stories from A Neighborhood of Newcomers

May 3 - Canterbury Shaker Village Opening Day Heifer Parade with Food & Fiddle.
10:00 am. Free admission.Celebrate the return of the Brookford Farm cows to the Village pastures with a parade to their first spring grass. Featuring 2 Fiddles with Maypole Dancing, Outdoor Barn Dancing, Brookford Farm Sausage Grill, and Head Wreath Making. Self-guided exhibits open.

May 10- 11- Native Americans at Dartmouth Pow-wow, Dartmouth College Green, Hanover NH 603-646-2110 powwow@dartmouth.edu

May 10 - Quilt Symposium: The Monadnock Center for History & Culture is collaborating with the Monadnock Quilters’ Guild to host a quilt symposium at the Monadnock Center. The symposium will feature episodes from the Kentucky Quilt Project’s Why Quilts Matter video series and keynote speaker Pam Weeks, quilt historian and curator at The New England Quilt Museum. Pam is a a state-juried member of the League of NH Craftsmen, and makes traditional and art quilts. Her most recent book, Civil War Quilts, tells the stories of 14 Civil War quilts and the women who made them. The video and keynote talk will lead us on a journey exploring both antique and contemporary quilts, seeing quilts as art as well as how quilts have been and can be viewed and collected.

May 10 & 11 - NH Sheep & Wool Festival, Deerfield Fair Grounds Sat. 9am - 5pm, Sun. 9am - 4pm Adults - $5.00 Seniors 62 and over - $4.00 Children 12 and under – Free. There is a wide variety of presenters to help educate the public on everything sheep or wool related. Your family can take advantage of the many activities, demonstrations, and talks on everything from sheep shearing to sheep dogs to nutrition for your sheep and raising angora rabbits for fiber use taking place throughout the weekend. Presented by NH Sheep & Wool Growers Association.

May 17-18 - Honoring of the Elders Powwow
, Tamowrth Camping Area 194 Depot Rd , Tamworth NH, 603-617-5852 honoringoftheelders@gmail.com

May 31-June 1- Committee of Sobriety Powwow: 2nd Annual Hidden Valley Pow-wow, Hidden Valley RV & Golf Camping, 81 Damren Road, Derry, NH 508-880-6887

May 31 Newmarket Heritage Festival, the award-winning Newmarket Heritage Festival, one of the Seacoast region’s most anticipated annual cultural events, will return this spring on May 31, 2014. Produced by the Newmarket Main Street Corporation, the event celebrates the arts, culture, history, and community spirit, bringing together a host of talented performers and artisans. Known as the Seacoast’s favorite international block party, the festival has gained a reputation for its eclectic mix of entertainment and activities, as well as its friendly atmosphere.

Canterbury Shaker Village now accepting applications for the 3rd annual Canterbury Artisan Festival on Saturday, September 13, 2014, 10:00 am-5:00 pm. The Festival celebrates traditional arts with a juried Artisan Craft Fair & Farmers’ Market, music, artisan food and demonstrations. First application deadline: May 16, 2014. Second application deadline: August 1, 2014. Craft Fair Categories include:Clay, Fiber/Fabric, Metal, Wood, Jewelry, Glass, Baskets, Leather , Toys, Photography, Printmaking, Drawing, Oils, Watercolors, Acrylics, Sculpture, Multi-Media.

American Independence Festival looking for local artisans & craftsmen.
We are searching out vendors that embody the creative spirit of Colonial era craftsmen and merchants. We are looking for local artisans, craftsmen and entrepreneurs to add to the atmosphere and fun of the day. The 24th Annual American Independence Festival will be held July 12, 2014, on the grounds of the American Independence Museum, on Water Street, and at Swasey Parkway. This is a family event attended by approximately 3,000 people and is filled with historic reenactments, music, Traditional Arts demonstrations, children’s activities, and more!
New Music at Fiddleheads - A Great North Woods Shoppe, 110 Main Street, Colebrook
(603) 237-9302 Tuesday-Saturday, 10am-5pm
Promoting the talents of local, regional and national artisans in all mediums. The fundraising CD, titled The Fireside Fiddlers, Volume 1: Common Fiddle Tunes of Coos County New Hampshire, is available, the sales of which will benefit the new Tillotson Center for performing, visual and heritage arts in Colebrook.

Workshops/ Classes

Remick Doctor & Farm Museum is offering a
Painted Floor Cloth Workshop April 11 & 12. $45.00 includes materials, instruction, and refreshments.

Mariposa Museum & the NH Humanities Council offer West African Drumming Workshop for Teachers with Theo Martey April 15, 2014 3:45 p.m. - 5:45. Free! Part of the cast of the NHHC-commissioned play Dreaming Again, about immigration in NH, Theo Martey is a extraordinarily talented Ghanaian drummer and dancer, whose drumming residencies for students have been a popular offering at many NH schools. This workshop offers teachers a chance to get into the drumming action, while learning techniques for teaching percussion and West African music to students. For information, contact Terry Reeves, (603) 924-4555; education@mariposamuseum.org.

Canterbury Shaker Village has a number of Shaker Inspired Workshops

League of NH Craftsmen Classes and Workshops

Education is an essential part of the League's mission and an integral part of everything we do. We have classes, workshops, and demonstrations that are open to everyone. There are opportunities for people of all ages and skill levels. If you want to read about craft or are conducting research, visit the League's headquarters on 49 South Main Street, Suite 100, in Concord. The Kira Fournier Library Resource Center includes more than 2000 craft-related books and periodicals, the Archives provide a wealth of information, and The Grodin Permanent Collection Museum displays a fascinating show of historical craft objects.*
Please visit the League website to see class descriptions as there are classes offered in Concord, Sandwich, Littleton, Hanover, Meredith, North Conway, and Nashua

WREN Workshops & Technology Classes 921 Main Street, Berlin (603) 869-9736
http://www.wrencommunity.org At WREN, improving lives and livelihoods is not just about financial empowerment, it is also about personal enrichment. WREN members are invited to share their area of expertise with others, by offering classes and workshops on any topic of interest. Please visit WREN’s website to see a full offering of arts classes.

Guild & Artisan Meetings

Blacksmithing: New England Blacksmithing Guild: meets twice a year in NH

Quilting: There are over 28 Quilting Guilds across NH. Visit the NH Quilt Guild website to find monthly meeting dates for each guild.

Woodworking: Guild of NH Woodworkers There are many subgroups of the guild of NH Woodworkers including: Beginners & Intermediate Group (BIG), Boat Builders, Period Furniture Group (PFG), Granite State Woodturners (GSWT), Granite State Luthiers, Hand Tools, Windsor Chairmaking, Woodworking as a Pro

Traditional Irish Music Sessions

Kathleen’s Cottage Irish Pub & Restaurant, Bristol, Fridays 7pm
The Press Room, Portsmouth, Fridays 5-9pm
Salt Hill Pub, Hanover, Thursdays 6pm
Harlow’s Pub, Peterborough, Tuesdays start 7-7:30 pm
Ri-Ra Irish Restaurant And Pub, Portsmouth, Sundays 5-8pm
Mel Flanagan’s, Rochester, Fridays 7:30pm
May Kelley’s Irish Cottage, North Conway, Sundays 3:30-7pm
Salt Hill Pub & Restaurant, Lebanon, Tuesdays 6-9pm
The Shaskeen, Manchester, Saturdays 3-6pm
The Barley House, Concord, Tuesdays start 7-7:30 pm

This list is compiled from several sources including the calendars compiled by Charlie Seelig and David Millstone. Please visit their websites for more information.

April 2014
Thursday, April 3, 2014 Dance Series: Dover - NH Location: Dover Caller(s): Sarah Mason and Peter Yarensky; Band(s)/Musician(s): The Lamprey River Band;
Friday, April 4, 2014 Dance Series:
Keene Location: Keene Caller(s): Brendan Taaffe;
Friday, April 4, 2014 Dance Series:
Wentworth - Squares Location: Wentworth Caller(s): Adam Boyce; Band(s)/Musician(s): Adam Boyce and Sue Hunt;
Saturday, April 5, 2014 Dance Series:
Deerfield - NH Location: Deerfield Caller(s): TBA;
Saturday, April 5, 2014 Dance Series:
Peterborough - Play Ball Location: Peterborough Caller(s): Adina Gordon and Steve Zakon-Anderson; Band(s)/Musician(s): Notorious (Eden MacAdam-Somer, Larry Unger) w/Jeremiah McLane and Perpetual e-Motion (John Coté, Ed Howe);
Monday, April 7, 2014 Dance Series:
Nelson - Monday Location: Nelson Caller(s): TBA;
Friday, April 11, 2014 Dance Series:
Londonderry Location: Londonderry Caller(s): Alice Morris; Band(s)/Musician(s): Flaire Eire
Saturday, April 12, 2014 Dance Series:
Exeter Location: Exeter Caller(s): TBA; Band(s)/Musician(s): Stone Soup
Saturday, Arpril 12, 2014 Norwich, VT Northern Spy. Contras, squares, occasional dances in odd formations! All dances taught! Information:
Rick Barrows
Monday, April 14, 2014 Dance Series:
Nelson - Monday Location: Nelson Caller(s): TBA;
Friday, April 18, 2014 Dance Series:
Manchester - 3rd Friday Location: Manchester Caller(s): Gale Wood; Band(s)/Musician(s): JumpStart (Gene Albert, Nancy Fiske, Paul Lizotte, Victor Troll);
Saturday, April 19, 2014 Dance Series:
Albany - NH Location: Albany Caller(s): TBA;
Saturday, April 19, 2014 Dance Series:
Concord - NH Location: Concord Caller(s): TBA; Band(s)/Musician(s): The Dorsey-Parrott PIck-Ups;
Sunday, April 20, 2014 English Country Dance, Venue: Dublin Town Hall,1120 Main Street, Dublin, NH, Musicians: Allison Aldrich Smith with Aldo Fabrizi and Karen Axelrod Time: 2:00 - 5:00 PM. Admission: $10 Phone: (603) 209-3304 Email:
Monday, April 21, 2014 Dance Series:
Nelson - Monday Location: Nelson Caller(s): TBA;
Friday, April 25, 2014 Dance Series:
Milford - NH Location: Milford Caller(s): Open mic ; Band(s)/Musician(s): Milford Town Hall Band; Note: Sit-in musicians welcome
Saturday, April 26, 2014 Dance Series:
Ossipee - 4th Saturday Location: Ossipee Caller(s): TBA; Band(s)/Musician(s): Puckerbrush;
Monday, April 28, 2014 Dance Series:
Nelson - Monday Location: Nelson Caller(s): TBA; Band(s)/Musician(s): TBA

May 2014
Thursday, May 1, 2014 Dance Series: D


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