Arts & Entertainment

Nominations open for 2017 Governor’s Arts Awards

As part of its ongoing celebration of supporting the arts in New Hampshire, the N.H. State Council on the Arts is seeking nominations for the 2017 Governor’s Arts Awards.

The awards, which are non-monetary, publicly recognize outstanding contributions made by individuals, organizations and communities that have reached distinguished levels of achievement as they support the cultural life of the state.

Categories for the 2017 Governor’s Arts Awards include: arts education, arts in health, creative communities, distinguished arts leadership, folk heritage and Lotte Jacobi living treasure, a lifetime achievement award.

To be eligible for nominations, individuals must reside in New Hampshire or have made significant contributions to the arts while living in New Hampshire; nominated organizations, cities and towns must be physically located in New Hampshire.

The deadline for nominations is Aug. 1. Nominations are being accepted exclusively online. To learn more about the 2017 Governors Arts Awards, visit


Pet and livestock adoption day at Gorham Tractor Supply location

GORHAM — Tractor Supply Company in Gorham will host pet and livestock adoptions on Saturday, June 17. During the event, which is held in celebration of pet and livestock owners. Families will have the opportunity to visit with adoptable animals, and are also invited to interact with adoption volunteers to learn more about owning anything from cats and dogs to rabbits, goats, pigs, horses and more.
Purina Days is an annual in-store event from June 14-18 that highlights pets and livestock, as well as the tools needed to properly care for them. Gorham Tractor Supply team members with experience caring for a wide variety of animals will be on-site to lend expert advice to customers.
The community groups participating on Saturday, June 17, include the Conway Animal Shelter, on site from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
"Pets and animals provide families with years of joy and we're proud to recognize the community organizations that work so hard to ensure as many as possible are going to good homes," said Kelley Timblin, manager of the Gorham Tractor Supply store. "Whether you own a dog or a goat, Purina Days is all about celebrating our partnership with families who lovingly and responsibly raise animals of all kinds."
Contact the Gorham Tractor Supply store, located at 491 Main Street, Suite 8, in Gorham or call (603) 752-5300 for details about Purina Days. Groups looking to participate should visit and click Purina Days under the "Choose Event" tab.

Kirstan Knowlton: Visiting the big city

By Kirstan Knowlton
Despite the brutally hot weather, Jamie and I had a fantastic weekend down in Boston. From watching the pride parade, to visiting the aquarium, taking a duck boat tour and catching up with an old friend, we had a great time.
Of course, one of the highlights of the trip was going to Fenway Park and watching the Red Sox play. We had great seats, and got to see the Red Sox win it in extra innings.
Besides the experience of seeing my first game, I found it really entertaining to watch the other people who were attending the game. We had our typical loud-mouth fans, the person who complained every time they had to pay $4.75 for a bottle of water, and a group of people who were rooting for the other team.
Admittedly, I also didn’t realize that there wouldn’t be a commentator, like when you watch the game on television. Not sure how that one slipped my mind, but I felt a little silly when I shared that realization with Jamie. Thankfully, she was nice enough not to laugh at me, and even offered to narrate the game for me.
But for the sake of those around us, I politely declined.
Along with my misunderstanding of not being able to hear those iconic voices, I didn’t realize just how busy the stands would be. I’m pretty sure that there were people walking up and down the aisles at every point throughout the game. Jamie described it perfectly, and said that it reminded her of an ant farm.
By the end of the game, I found myself cheering on the team just like everyone else, although by the time the 11th inning rolled around there weren't very many of us left.
It might take us another year to make our way back down to Boston, but we will definitely be doing that again.
This weekend’s weather looks to be a little cooler than last weekend, and Jamie and I are hoping to tackle a small renovation project in our living room — good-bye carpet!
This Sunday is also Father’s Day, so don’t forget to get them something as way to say thank you for all that they do. Even if it’s just a heartfelt note, sometimes the smallest gesture can mean the most.
While you’re out and about, swing by the Brown Company Barns for their yard sale running from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. I always love looking through their items, especially their art pieces.
I hope that everyone has a wonderful weekend. After you’re done with all that yard work, go out and do something fun!
Kirstan Knowlton writes a weekly column for The Berlin Daily Sun. Her inspiration comes from events and people in the community who continue to work hard to make the North Country one of the best places to live. You can contact Kirstan by sending an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Archaeology field school openings near capacity for Summer 2017

After nearly doubling its usual number of archaeology field schools for the summer, registration for the New Hampshire Division of Historical Resources’ State Conservation and Rescue Archaeology Program (SCRAP) program is nearing capacity.

Two different sites, one occupied by Paleoindians 12,000 years ago and the other a 17th-19th century mill community, will be the focus of this year’s archaeological investigations. The Paleoindian site in Jefferson has yielded evidence of caribou hide processing, tool manufacturing and encampment areas. Last year’s survey of “the Hollow” at Livermore Falls site revealed sites of milling and light industrial activities as well as the former locations of several buildings.

The Jefferson sessions take place June 26-July 7, July 9-21 and July 23-Aug. 4; Livermore Hollow’s are Aug. 7-18 and Aug. 21-Sept. 1. Fieldwork will take place from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekdays. Participants can choose to participate in one, several or all of the sessions.

SCRAP field schools conform to archaeology standards set by the National Park Service. Participants receive hands-on instruction in data recovery techniques, artifact identification and excavation documentation. While graduate and undergraduate credit through Plymouth State University is available, most field school attendees are volunteers who participate to receive an introduction to archaeology.

June 12 is the deadline to register for all 2017 SCRAP summer field schools. For more information and to register, visit and click on “Upcoming Events & Opportunities,” then “SCRAP Field School 2017” or contact the NHDHR at (603) 271-6433.

New Hampshire's Division of Historical Resources, the “State Historic Preservation Office,” was established in 1974. Its mission is to preserve and celebrate New Hampshire’s irreplaceable historic resources through programs and services that provide education, stewardship, and protection. For more information, visit us online at or by calling (603) 271-3483.


WREN to hold new business series 'Lunch Box' in Berlin

BERLIN — This summer the Women's Rural Entrepreneurial Network is offering Launch Box, a workshop series designed to help those who want to start up their own business. For any who have longed to find the ideal career in their lives, the time for you could be now.

The six week series meets once a week and focuses on topics designed to help you scaffold your business from an idea into reality. The various sessions will cover everything from what it takes to build a business to what type of business you are able to build into, to rules and regulations to target markets and marketing.

Instructor Joyce Presby has years of experience in the field of business development and helping people to launch their careers as entrepreneurs. She will be holding sessions at two WREN locations. She will be in the classroom at 22 Park Ave., in Bethlehem, on Tuesdays, from June 13 through July 18, from 10 a.m. to noon, and Thursdays, June 15 through July 20 (no class July 4), 10 a.m. to noon, at 117 Main Street, Berlin.

For more information, or to register call (603) 752-0060, or reach them on the web at