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Round the Mountain at Bass Hall this Saturday

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The Monadnock Center for History and Culture presents Ken Sheldon’s humor, music, and history show Round the Mountain on Saturday at 7:30 p.m., in Bass Hall. Ken is known to many as Fred Marple of the town of Frost Heaves, “the most under-appreciated town in New Hampshire.”, and indeed Mr. Marple may be putting in an appearance in this show.

The featured musician for July’s Round the Mountain is Skip Gorman, a fiddler and cowboy singer. Gorman has performed on Garrison Keillor’s A Prairie Home Companion, at bluegrass festivals, cowboy gatherings and at folk venues and Celtic music festivals throughout the US and Europe. Documentary filmmaker, Ken Burns, has featured Skip’s music in Lewis and Clark, Baseball, Dust Bowl Days and National Parks. Skip Gorman has released sixteen recordings on the Old West, Rounder and Folk Legacy labels.

The show will also include special guest Gus Kaikkonen, Artistic Director of the Peterborough Players. Ken will be talking with Gus about his extensive career as an actor, director, and playwright-a career that began with his appearance in the original Broadway production of Equus, and has since including many roles on stage and television. His own plays, translations and adaptations have been produced at theatres across the country, and he is the recipient of numerous honors and awards. Gus will also give us a look at this year’s summer season at the Peterborough Players.

Other features of the show will include “From the Attic” to highlight the fascinating items in the Monadnock Center’s historical archives. And, as one might expect, a variety of skits and other shenanigans designed to entertain, if not enlighten.

Whether you’re a life-long resident, new to the area, or just visiting, you’ll find Round the Mountain to be a joyful celebration of the Monadnock region, with humor, music, and interviews with the folks who make this a wonderful place to live.

Round the Mountain is part of the Monadnock Center’s Music in Bass Hall series, sponsored by The Waterhouse Restaurant. Admission is $15 ($12 members, seniors, students). Reservations may be made online: MonadnockCenter.org, by calling 924-3235, or stopping by the Center at 19 Grove St. between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., Wednesday through Saturday.

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