Arts and Events Top 10
Your season’s pass
Music Director Jonathan McPhee will lead Symphony NH in its season opening concert at the Peterborough Town House on Oct. 6
The Gran Slambovians will open the season for Peterborough Folk Music Society on Oct. 18.
"R27 with Sidecar" by Christopher Myott of Jaffrey is among the new works Myott is likely to show vistors to his studio during Art Tour 18 with Monadnock Art / Friends of the Dublin Art Colony.
"After the Storm," watercolor on paper by Edith Tuttle of Dublin, will be on view during Monadnock Art / Friends of the Dublin Art Colony's Art Tour 18.
Standing at the Mariposa Museum’s 2012 geography bee are team “Señor Moments,” composed of Jim Van Valkenburgh, left, Mark Fernald and Carl Brezovec. Seated from the left are “The Stans,” Alec Doyle, Bill Stevens and John Round and Chip Krakoff of team “Three Generations.”
As you take in that crisp autumn air, breathe a sigh of relief, knowing your line up of entertainment for the season is complete. Here at last is your ticket to some of the region’s best offerings of music, fine arts, dancing and festivals.
In a region rich with history, culture and the arts, it would be impossible to tell you about everything that’s coming up this fall. But here’s a list of 10, in chronological order, to get you started, and we hope you’ll follow the calendar and arts section of the Monadnock Ledger-Transcript each week to learn more.
Wellness Festival, Sept. 28
The Eighth Annual Monadnock Rotary Wellness Festival is kicking off at 8:30 a.m. in Putnam Park, with the ConVal 5K Walk for Wellness in downtown Peterborough. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. health screenings and flu shots will be offered at Home Healthcare, Hospice and Community Services at 45 Grove St., and across the way at the Town House wellness experts will be on hand to share their tips, expertise and services. Outside on Grove Street, local farmers will be selling produce and other goods. A pet festival — with agility and behavior demonstrations — and a fitness festival — with yoga, Zumba, aerobics, and Pilates instruction — will be offered at Putnam Park. The SoupFest downtown will feature unique creations by local chefs. Organizers of the Wellness Festival say they expect 1,000 people this year; proceeds will benefit local health and wellness programs.
Monadnock Chorus Dinner Dance, Sept. 28
An evening of dancing with live music brings back memories. There’s nothing like it, so when an opportunity comes along it shouldn’t be ignored. The Amherst Jazz Orchestra, led by Dave Sporny, will perform at Hidden Hills in Rindge to help Monadnock Chorus — a nonprofit group of area volunteer singers — raise money for its performances of major choral works accompanied by professional instrumentalists. The dinner dance will begin at 6 p.m. and will include a silent auction. Tickets are $60. The deadline for ticket purchases is Sept. 23; tickets are available via the chorus website www.monadnock-chorus.org or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Symphony NH, Oct. 6
Founded in 1923, Symphony NH is the state’s oldest professional orchestra, and this year its beginning its 90th season in “Our Town,” with a concert at the Peterborough Town House at 3 p.m. Internationally renowned violinist Ruth Palmer will make her New Hampshire debut in the program titled “Dare to Begin.” The British soloist has performed and recorded around the world, notably with the London Philharmonia and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic. Ticket prices vary, and can be purchased at the door or by phone at 595-9156.
Studio art tours, Oct. 12 to 13
Columbus Day weekend in the Monadnock region is an art lover’s dream. Here’s the chance to get inside the workshops and studios of some of the area’s finest artists, while taking in the breathtaking scenic views of autumn’s landscape. And there are two tours from which to partake.
Monadnock Art / Friends of the Dublin Art Colony is now preparing for its 18th annual tour. A window into the world of painters, such as Dublin’s Edith Tuttle and Jaffrey’s Christopher Myott, awaits. There are jewelers and woodworkers and fiber artists, too, all from towns surrounding Dublin. An opening reception for an Art Tour Preview Exhibit will be held Oct. 7 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Jaffrey Civic Center; the exhibit will run through Oct. 13.
On the Fall Foliage Art Studio Tour, you’ll take in a wider sweep of the region with studios open from Antrim to New Ipswich to Keene. Antrim painter Linda Dessaint, who joins the tour for the first time this year, says, “Capturing emotion through light and shadows, colors and shapes, thought and instinct — this is art for me.”
Electric Earth’s Fall Foliage Concert, Oct. 13
Young Boston musicians Trio Cleonice is joining Electric Earth musicians and pianist Audrey Axinn to open the season with a concert at the Peterborough Unitarian Universalist Church at 4 p.m. . This graduate piano trio-in-residence at the New England Conservatory of Music, has a playing schedule that’s taken them from small-town concert halls to the likes of the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., working with such greats as Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Richard Wernick.
The Peterborough program will include Beethoven: “Ghost” Trio, Op. 70, No. 1; Hummel: Sonata in D major for flute, Op 50; and Mozart: Piano Concerto TBA. For ticket prices, email email@example.com.
Peterborough Folk Music Society:
Grand Slambovians, Oct. 18
The Grand Slambovians — or Gandalf Murphy & The Slambovian Circus of Dreams as they are also known — will kick off the 2013-2014 season of the Peterborough Folk Music Society. These hip Americana rock musicians have made the rounds of folk festivals throughout the U.S., Canada and the U.K., having formed in Sleepy Hollow, N.Y., in 1998. “The Grand Slambovians” is their fourth studio album.
The concert will take place at the Peterborough Players theater at 8 p.m.
Tickets are $20 in advance and $23 at the door. Call 827-2905 for more information.
A Folkway Potluck Supper, with Lui Collins, Oct. 19
The Monadnock Center for History and Culture is hosting a nostalgic evening of wholesome food and music at Bass Hall in Peterborough, with Folkway favorite Lui Collins.
Collins achieved national acclaim as a folksinger in the late 1970s, and was a regular at The Folkway in Peterborough. The Folkway opened in 1975 as a coffeehouse, where musicians and audiences gathered, up until 1996, for good eats and live music. Collins, a Vermont native, has recorded numerous albums and is a published poet.
There’s room for just 60 people for this event, so you’ll need to register. The potluck is free; the concert is $15 and $12 for seniors, students and members of The Monadnock Center for History and Culture in Peterborough. For reservations and tickets call 924-3235 or visit monadnockcenter.org.
Celebrate Samhain, Oct. 19
For the second year, New England’s festival dedicated to the Celtic harvest and day of the dead will be held at the Peterborough Community Center from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Wiccan High Priestess of the Georgian Tradition Dorothy Morrison is the featured speaker this year. Founder of the Temple of Witchcraft Christopher Penczak, a New Hampshire native, will also be a guest speaker, among others. Celebrate Samhain is in its eighth year.
There will be workshops, live musical performance, vendors and a closing ritual. Admission is $8 with a non-perishable food item or $10 without a donation; children under 10 accompanied by an adult are free. Last year, the non-perishable foods went to the Peterborough Food Pantry.
Mariposa’s 3rd Annual Geography
Challenge, Oct. 20
Are you a geography buff? Do you like to dress up in crazy costumes? Are game shows a guilty pleasure? If you said yes to any of the preceding questions, you may want to sign up a team or just plan to attend the Mariposa Museum’s 3rd Annual Geography Challenge from noon to 4 p.m. at the Peterborough Town House.
They’re planning for 15 teams of three each with people of all ages. There’s going to be prizes for winners, as well as a costume contest. Call 924-4555 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up.
Peterborough Players 25th Annual
Gala & Auction, Nov. 2
“As Time Goes By” is the theme of the Peterborough Player’s 25th Annual Gala & Auction. It’s the Players’ biggest annual fundraiser, and they go all out with an open bar, hors d’oeuvres, desserts, and the chance to bid in silent and live auctions on everything from a dinner out on the town to $1,000 Red Sox ticket packages to a two-week vacation house in Italy. Charlie Cobb is the auctioneer, and organizers are never quite sure which of the Players’ preeminent actors will turn up.
The evening’s festivities begin at 5:30 p.m. and go into the night; there’s a $75 per head ticket price. Dress is as you like, but this year some may choose to dress in an era from the Players’ past, which stretches back to the ’30s. RSVP by Oct. 26 by calling 924-7585.