Arts & Entertainment

Around Town 11-16

Around Town

This Week:

Things are happening this weekend. Attend a concert, see a play, enjoy a community dinner, stop by a fair, shop at a farmer’s market. Whatever your pleasure, put down that cell phone and get out on the town.

Gorham Town Hall's Medallion Opera House, 20 Park Street
Friday, Nov. 17, 7:30 p.m. — Gerard & Marshall & Farrell Unplugged
Tickets can be purchased in advance for $15 at the Gorham Town Hall and at, or for $20 at the door.
Saturday, Nov. 18, 7:30 p.m. — Mark Manderville & Ralanna Richards Folk Duo
Tickets are available for $12 at the door.

Berlin Recreation Center, 672 First Ave.
Saturday, Nov. 18, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. — Berlin Community Market Indoor Harvest Market
Arts and crafts, jewelry, baked goods and more.

Berlin Middle School, 200 State Street
Friday, Nov. 17 and Sat. Nov. 18, 7 p.m. — "Sixteen in 10 Minutes or Less"
The Berlin High School Players are going to share their experiences, frustrations and celebrations in this play presented in one-act segments that last 10 minutes or less. Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for students.

St. Paul Lutheran Church, 101 Norway St., Berlin
Saturday, Nov. 18 , 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. — Annual Holiday Fair
The event will feature a variety of unique Christmas gift ideas and, of course, St. Paul’s famous Norwegian baked goods.

Milan Community Methodist Church, Main St. (Rte 16), Milan
Saturday, Nov. 18, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. — Community Thanksgiving Dinner.
The menu is traditional. The venue is handicap accessible. Home delivery is available if you live in Milan or Dummer. See the Calendar listing for more details.

Androscoggin Valley Hospital, 59 Page Hill Road, Berlin
Saturday, Nov. 18, 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. — AVH Auxiliary Christmas Fair
Over 40 new and returning crafters, discounts at the Gift Shop, home baked pastries, raffles and more. See the Calendar listing for more details.

Service Credit Union Heritage Park, Main St., Berlin
Saturday, Nov. 18, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. — Penny Sale and Silent Auction
Androscoggin Valley Chamber of Commerce is holding its annual fund raising event. The Penny Sale runs from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., and the aution from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.




BHS Players to take stage and explain 'Sixteen Year-Olds'


How does it really feel to be 16 years old?

The tumultuous trials and tribulations of being a 16-year-old comes to life on stage in the Berlin High School Players production of "Sixteen in 10 Minutes or Less.”

Prepare yourselves for a series of one-act plays, each lasting “10 Minutes or Less,” all tied together, to accurately paint a picture of what it feels like to be a teenager, as they experience problems with the internet and social media, parents, friends and even themselves. Laced with humor, even when struggling with issues like wearing braces or dealing with bullies, each performance carries a powerful message.

The lives of seven teenagers become intertwined, as they share their innermost hopes and fears with each other, 10 minutes at a time. Each performer brings something special to the show, capturing the essence of being 16, as they embody a common struggle any teenager may face.

Featuring seven talented actors, some portraying multiple characters and voices, “Sixteen in 10 Minutes or Less” features Justice Coy, Ashlin Lozeau, Maria Young, Ariel Houle, Jadyn Campbell, Amber Drew and Tiana Lagace.

The play was written by Bradley Hayward and the production is directed by Amber Cloutier, with costumes designed by Louise Donato.

All performances take place at the Berlin Middle School Auditorium. There will be a “students-only” matinee (free admission for the Middle-School students) on Thursday morning, Nov. 16, at 8 a.m. 

Evening performances are scheduled for Friday, Nov. 17, and Saturday, Nov. 18, beginning at 7 p.m. Admission is $8 for adults and $5 for students.

The Berlin Middle School Auditorium is located at 200 State St., in Berlin.

Recycled Percussion doing three shows in Gorham

GORHAM — Hundreds turned out last July when the nationally acclaimed act, Recycled Percussion, came to Berlin to film an episode of its television show “Chaos and Kindness.”

Now the band is returning to the Androscoggin Valley to perform its headlining show in three performances at the Medallion Opera House in Gorham on Nov. 25 and 26.

Band member Ryan Veniza is guaranteeing the band’s high-energy show will wow audiences of all ages.

“We’re excited,” he said, in a phone interview with the Berlin Sun. “We’re going to do some really cool stuff we haven’t done before.”

The band performs its version of junk rock using everything from trash cans and ladders to their beloved power tools.

Veniza said audience participation is key, making no two shows ever the same. Plus the band thrives on constantly trying to outdo its previous performances.

The band has dedicated 2017 to giving back to its home state and is committed to doing 22 shows in New Hampshire while on break from Las Vegas, where it performs regularly at the Saxe Theater at Plant Hollywood on the strip in Las Vegas.

Veniza promised New Hampshire audiences will see the same full-fledged show the band puts on in Las Vegas. The only difference, he said, is the ticket price is about half the price.

“The show is incredible,” he promised.

This summer the band filmed its 12-episode “Chaos and Kindness” show, performing acts of kindness as it traveled the state. Its fourth episode brought the band to Berlin, where the camera rolled live while Veniza and band founder Justin Spencer raced from place to place handing out everything from toys to gift certificates.

The band decided to return to the Androscoggin Valley this fall and perform three shows because of its interesting people and rural culture.

“It’s such a beautiful place,” Veniza said.

The band was hit hard by the recent mass shooting in Las Vegas. Recycled Percussion has performed in the city for eight years and it has become a second home. Veniza said the band members had friends in the crowd at the concert, but fortunately none were hit. They dedicated their ninth episode of “Chaos and Kindness” as a tribute to the victims and took a 104-foot card signed by hundreds in the Granite State to the memorial site in Vegas. The band planted a flag at the site with a heart for each of the victims.

Founded by Justin Spencer in 1995 in Goffstown, the band achieved national prominence after their hit performances on the television show, “America’s Got Talent” in 2009. Since then, the band has played over 5,000 shows in 15 countries. The band has been voted “National Act of the Year” six times and has appeared on the cover of USA Today.

On Saturday, Nov. 25, there is a show scheduled for 4 p.m. and again at 7:30 p.m. On Sunday, Nov. 26, the show will start at 4 p.m.

Doors will open one hour prior to the performance.

Tickets are non-refundable once purchased, and are only available electronically. For questions email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Chamber holds 11th annual Penney Sale and Silent Auction

BERLIN —Thousands of dollars of goods and services have been donated for the Androscoggin Valley Chamber of Commerce's annual penny sale and silent auction on Saturday, Nov. 18.

Held at the Service Credit Union Heritage Park, the day-long event gets underway at 9 a.m. in the park’s cookhouse and bunkhouse.

The silent auction runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., with some great bargains to be had, especially for those looking to get some Christmas shopping done.

Admission is free and people are encouraged to come and see some of the great items and services donated by local businesses.

Or get lucky in the Penney Sale, taking place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., with a sheet of tickets costing $5.

The chamber has not forgotten kids — there will be toys in the penny sale for children.

There will also be a 50/50 drawing for those looking for a chance to win cash.

Gorham Corner Market will have refreshments available for purchase throughout the event.

The auction is the chamber’s largest annual fundraiser. Money raised by the auction goes to support the work of the chamber promoting the valley.

The auction is sponsored by Northway Bank, Great North Woods Container, Capone Iron, Bank of NH, Marshall Insurance Agency and Chapman Recycling. For more information call (603) 752-6060.

Miss Berlin-Gorham 2018 cutlines

Josie Pearce of Hanover was crowned Miss Berlin-Gorham 2018 at last week’s competition by outgoing Miss Berlin-Gorham Reagan Murphy. (PHOTO BY PAUL ROBITAILLE)



Miss Berlin Outstanding Teen 2018 Mia Letourneau of Berlin and Miss Berlin-Gorham 2018 Josie Pearce of Hanover posed for a picture after last week’s competition. (PHOTO BY STEVE LETOURNEAU)