ALTON — The Society for the Protection of N.H. Forests is hosting a free guided hike up Mt. Major in Alton on Monday, July 22, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Hikers will visit some of the hidden features located just off the main trails and learn about the effort to purchase and conserve 950 acres on or near Mt. Major and in the nearby Moulton Valley of Gilford.
Hike leaders Dave Anderson and Tom Howe of the Forest Society will share cultural history, wildlife habitats, forest ecology and land use in the Belknap Range. The hike will cover 3.4 miles of moderately strenuous trails to and from the summit, where the group will have a picnic lunch overlooking Lake Winnipesaukee.
Participants should wear good hiking boots and bring a lunch, water and insect repellent. This hike is family-friendly but best suited for older children. The hike will start at the trailhead parking area off Route 11.
Last Updated on Thursday, 18 July 2013 09:56
GILMANTON — Jim Barnes, NH Balladeer, of Gilmanton Iron Works, is pleased to announce the release of his new CD, You Can't Get There From Here.This latest CD of "New Hampshire-flavored music" is Jim's third, following the successes of New Hampshire On My Mind and Made In The Granite State. He has also recorded a CD of traditional Irish pub-style music, On the Rocky Road To Dublin.
You Can't Get There From Here is a compilation of 13 of Jim's original songs, plus one poem and features the fine fiddle work of Jordan Tirrell-Wysocki, with bass and lead guitar by Matt Marcil. Jim plays six and twelve string guitar and five string banjo and percussion on the disc.
Jim Barnes is well-known throughout New Hampshire for his thought provoking, melodic and sometimes humorous lyrics. This new CD features titles such as Apple Pickin' Time, Snow Day, Hard Times and The Backyard Swing, in addition to the title tune.
Barnes has appeared in any number of New Hampshire venues, from The Deerfield, Hopkinton and Hillsborough County Fairs to the MS Mount Washington, with stops at numerous Old Home Days, summer concert series' and Farmer's Markets along the way. He has twice represented New Hampshire at The Big E, Eastern States Exposition, West Springfield, Mass at the invitation of the NH Department of Agriculture.
CD's of Jim Barnes, NH Balladeer are available in nearly 40 stores across New Hampshire. A complete list of retail locations is available on Jim's website: www.thefolkmusician.com.
Last Updated on Thursday, 18 July 2013 09:54
MEREDITH —Although a first time vocalist at the Union Church on Meredith Neck Road, Nancy Narducci has supplied beautiful music for many church services around the country.
She will be singing "Prayer" by Gabriel Faure, and "I Cannot Fall" by Martin Broones, on July 21 at the 10 a.m. service. Retired UCC minister, Reverend Sid Lovett, returning to the Union Church for a second year, will supply the message entitled, "Ransomed, Healed, Restored, Forgiven." The Union Church, a small summer chapel at 258 Meredith Neck Road, is open to all denominations.
Nancy Narducci (Courtesy photo)
Last Updated on Thursday, 18 July 2013 09:52
PLYMOUTH — The New Hampshire Music Festival's legacy is rich with musical traditions, families and summer memories. About a decade after it began on Melody Island in Lake Winnipesaukee, Joel and Karen Johnson joined the Festival family, later sharing this tradition with their daughter, Heather. A fourth Johnson named Keith, no relation to the others, also happened to join the Festival around the same time.
This summer, they all celebrate 50 years with the Festival and continue this musical ritual as part of the Festival's 2013 summer concert lineup.
"All of the Johnsons' longevity with the Festival is an attest to their love of music and passion for the organization itself," said Festival Board Member Gene Bishop.
The Johnsons will be celebrating their 50th season at concerts in Plymouth and Concord. Joel will be joined by his Heather, as soloist in two special performances that culminate not only years of musical traditions, but of family ties ones as well. Keith will play as well. See them perform together in the Festivals fifth week concerts: August 8 at the Silver Center for the Arts at Plymouth State University, a night honoring Joel Johnson, and at the Capitol Center for the Arts in Concord on August 9.
Joel joined the Festival as a tenor soloist, later moving on to conduct the Symphonic Chorus in 1970. An award-winning educator, he has been Director of Music at Falcon Heights United Church of Christ for the past 47 years. He also served 32 years as the Director of Choral Activities and Music Department Chair at Roseville High School in St. Paul, MN.
In recent years, Joel has conducted the Festival's Symphonic Chorus in several pieces, including Haydn's Lord Nelson Mass and Beethoven's Mass in C and Choral Fantasy.
Karen is a retired Roseville music teacher and organist at Falcon Heights United Church who joined the Festival along with her husband in 1970 as accompanist for the Symphonic Chorus. She is a featured soloist in the Festival's Handel Organ Concerto No. 5 and the Saint-Saëns Organ Symphony and has also served as keyboardist with the orchestra, playing piano, organ, harpsichord and celeste.
Joel and Karen's daughter, Heather, was proud to grow up a "Festival kid," and has gone on to have her own musical career as a mezzo soprano in the Metropolitan Opera's production of Parsifal.
While still a student at the University of Illinois, Keith auditioned for the Festival in the spring of 1964 at the encouragement of one of his classmates. He played with the Festival that summer, was invited back the following summer and has been part of the orchestra ever since.
During his first year as a member of the orchestra, he met a young woman named Cecile LeBlanc who was working during summer break as a chambermaid in a hotel where members of the Festival were staying. They became friends and eventually married. Their two children, Andrea and Stephen, spent their childhood summers in New Hampshire while Keith played with the Festival. He is now a music teacher at the University of Northern Iowa, where he helps hundreds of students play the trumpet.
Last Updated on Thursday, 18 July 2013 09:48
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