Humor, history in ‘Round Mountain’

  • Buzz McLaughlin

    Buzz McLaughlin

  • Paul Klemperer

    Paul Klemperer

  • Buzz McLaughlin
  • Paul Klemperer

Ken Sheldon’s humor, music, and history show “Round the Mountain” will be presented at the Monadnock Center for History and Culture on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. This will be the final show for the 2014 Round the Mountain series, a summer program celebrating the Monadnock region.

Special musical guests for this show are Paul Klemperer and his New Hampshire Ensemble. Born in Boston, Klemperer discovered jazz at an early age, sneaking into smoky clubs by age 13. He studied with jazz legends Archie Shepp, Max Roach and Ray Copeland before moving to Austin in 1982 where he worked with such blues greats as Marcia Ball and members of the Fabulous Thunderbirds. He figures prominently in the Austin music scene but enjoys coming to his family’s summer home in Nelson, and in recent years has teamed up with local musicians to play in the Monadnock region. His New Hampshire Ensemble includes Max Nunnemaker on bass, Gordon Peery on keyboard, and Spencer Peery on drums.

Film producer Buzz McLaughlin also will join the show in a conversation with Sheldon. McLaughlin produced the feature film “The Sensation of Sight,” which was filmed in Peterborough and starred Academy Award nominee David Strathairn. McLaughlin is a playwright and screenwriter whose plays have been produced in New York City and regionally in the U.S. and Canada. His work has won numerous national competitions, including the National Play Award. He currently directs the Master of Fine Arts program in Writing for the Stage and Screen at the New Hampshire Institute of Art.

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.

Round the Mountain is part of the Monadnock Center’s Music in Bass Hall series, sponsored by The Waterhouse Restaurant.

Admission is $15 and $12 for members, seniors and students. Reservations may be made online at, by calling 924-3235, or stopping by the Center between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., Wednesday through Saturday.

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