MANCHESTER — Historic buildings and other structures are at risk all over the state. Each year, the New Hampshire Preservation Alliance spotlights endangered historic properties and helps make the case for preserving and re-investing in these landmarks. Nominations for the Alliance's Seven to Save program are due on September 16 for the 2013 list, which will be announced on October 22.
New Hampshire is known for its historic character. Brick mill buildings, old barns, and stately homes and churches define the places that visitors and residents appreciate and enjoy. Arts and cultural activities are often centered in historic theaters, granges or schools, and recreational pastimes include dining in historic restaurants, traveling on historic roads and trails, and shopping in historic downtowns. However, many places have historic landmarks that are in decline, have not yet been revived, or may even be close to demolition. The uncertain future and deteriorated condition of these structures often jeopardizes surrounding property values and can represent a lost opportunity for economic and community development.
"Obstacles to the continuing or new use of many of these landmarks can frequently be overcome through creative planning, new investment, and the hard work of local advocates—all aspects of preservation that the Seven to Save program supports," said Maggie Stier, field service representative and coordinator of Seven to Save for the NH Preservation Alliance.
The Seven to Save program is now in its eighth year, with nearly half of the previously listed sites considered saved. Major success stories of properties that were once on the list include the revitalized Pandora Mill in Manchester and the restored Acworth Meetinghouse. Many others are making significant progress toward preservation. Last year's list included the Kensington Town Hall, the Littleton Community Center, Exeter's Ioka Theater, the Moultonboro Grange, New Durham's 18th century Meetinghouse, the Drew Mill and Dam in Union (Wakefield), and Walpole's Vilas Bridge.
"Investment in these properties provides opportunities for new uses, economic development and environmentally sustainable construction," said Jennifer Goodman, director of the NH Preservation Alliance. "Our goals include increasing local capacity for saving historic landmarks, and engaging more people in the worthwhile activities of the preservation movement, activities that have broad public benefit for the health and appearance of our communities."
Nominations to the New Hampshire Seven to Save list can be for residential or commercial properties, industrial heritage sites such as bridges or transportation structures, agricultural buildings, threatened building types, or a group of similar resources. The nominated resource must be over 50 years old and a significant representation of the state's heritage. Criteria for Seven to Save include the property's historical or architectural significance, severity of the current threat, and the extent to which the Seven to Save listing would help in preserving or protecting the property.
Anyone can submit a nomination for the Seven to Save list. Previous nominations have come from concerned citizens, neighborhood advocacy groups, non-profit organizations, and municipal governments or commissions. Nomination forms may be downloaded at the Preservation Alliance's website, www.nhpreservation.org, or may be requested from the Preservation Alliance office at 603-224-2281. The submission deadline is September 16. The list will be announced at the N.H. Preservation Alliance's annual meeting on October 22 at the Masonic Temple on Elm Street in Manchester.
Last Updated on Friday, 13 September 2013 10:04
SANBORNTON — Mark your calendars for Friday, September 20, at 6:30 p.m. because you will want to be in Sanbornton when the Showboat docks.
Come early to get your seat on the upper deck (sanctuary) and expect to be entertained by the finest and best of the Sanbornton Congregational Church's talent from young to young at heart in age. Even a few from the community might sneak in to perform.
Jasper the Therapy Dog will perform, along with guitar players, pianists, soloists, and choral groups. This is sure to be a light hearted and fun evening, reminiscent of the old riverboat shows on the Showboats.
You will not need a ticket to get in the door, but be prepared to dig deep into your pockets at intermission time. This Showboat of Talent is a fundraiser for the building of the Lakes Region Habitat for Humanity's first handicapped assessable house. The home is for the Soboslai/Emerson family and is being built on Dearborn Street in Franklin. During the social/refreshment time on the lower deck (Undercroft) guests will get to meet this family.
The Soboslai/Emerson family has been working with the Lakes Region Habitat for Humanity for four years to make their dream come true of owning a home that will meet their special needs. The family is Rob and Kelly Soboslai, their son RJ who has entered middle school this fall, and Kelly's mother, Barbara Emerson.
Last Updated on Friday, 13 September 2013 08:39
PLYMOUTH — The 2013-14 season at Plymouth State University's Silver Center for the Arts opens Sunday, September 15 at 7 p.m. with the New Gary Burton Quartet, led by iconic vibraphonist and seven-time Grammy winner Gary Burton. This undisputed king of the four-mallet technique has created a winning vibe alongside an array of musicians from Chet Atkins to k.d. lang and Chick Corea.
Tickets for the New Gary Burton Quartet in the Hanaway Theatre are $35-30 for adults, $33-28 for seniors and $20-15 for youth.
Singer/songwriter/acoustic guitarist David Wilcox will perform Friday, September 27 at 8 p.m. in the Smith Recital Hall at the Silver Center. Acoustic Guitar described Wilcox as "James Taylor combined with the husky breathiness more reminiscent of the late Nick Drake." In a career marked by personal revelation and wildly loyal fans, David Wilcox has fearless ability to mine the depths of joy, sorrow and everything in between—all tempered by a quick, wry wit. Tickets are $35 for adults, $33 for seniors and $20 for youth.
Comedian Ted Alexandro performs at the Silver Center on Saturday, October 5 at 8:30 p.m. Blog Talk Radio reports, "A native New Yorker, Ted moonlighted as a comedian while teaching music to grade schoolers during the day. His comedy career took off and he has appeared on all the big late night shows numerous times, made two Comedy Central specials, and a hit CD and DVD. When he's not making people belly laugh at the nation's top comedy clubs, Ted spends time with Occupy Wall Street." A comedian for 20 years, Alexandro has performed internationally in Jordan, Egypt, Kuwait, Hong Kong, South Korea, Singapore, Jakarta, England, Holland, Israel, South Africa and Qatar.
Tickets for Alexandro's performance in the Hanaway Theatre, which may contain adult language and themes, are $25-20 for adults, $23-18 for seniors and $20-15 for youth.
To purchase tickets or for more information about any of the performances call (603) 535-2787 or (800) 779-3869. Tickets are also available online at silver.plymouth.edu. Convenience fees apply.
Last Updated on Friday, 13 September 2013 08:37
FRANKLIN — Singer-songwriter Katie Rose, the rose of the North Country, will appear at Franklin Opera House on Friday, September 20 at 7:30 pm.
A native of Whitefield, Rose has appeared in venues across New Hampshire and Vermont and has been featured at the Eastern States Exposition, W. Springfield, Mass at the invitation of the NH Department of Agriculture. Her powerful voice and meaningful lyrics resonate with audiences, whether she is singing a love song, happy song or delivering a message with a powerful, socially conscious piece of music.
Prior to the performance at Franklin Opera House, Rose will present two workshops at the Paul Smith Elementary School, in Franklin, working with the children there to help them develop their musical sense. Any child attending the workshop will be given a free ticket to the evening performance, to be used in conjunction with a paid admission by an adult.
To reserve a ticket in advance or for more information call 934-1901 or online at franklinoperahouse.org.
Last Updated on Friday, 13 September 2013 08:26
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