This year, Arts Jubilee is presenting Kotzschmar 4 Kids, a study of the pipe organ, an introduction to a curriculum that integrates language arts, mathematics, music, science and social studies, using a small, portable pipe organ as the focus for activity-based instruction.
The original Kotzschmar Organ is one of the oldest working municipal pipe organs in the United States. It lives at the beautiful century-old Merrill Auditorium where Ray Cornils, a well-known musician and educator, is the current "Municipal Organist" for the city of Portland and has served in the post since 1990.
A graduate of Oberlin College Conservatory of Music and New England Conservatory of Music, Cornils is known for his teaching skills for all ages. An integral part of the Friends of the Kotzschmar Organ's education program, he has creatively brought the music and lives of composers such as J. S. Bach to classrooms and stage for seven years.
A long-time friend of the annual Bach Festival presented in the area in August by White Mountain Musical Arts, Cornils has presented several organ recitals as part of the festival. His most recent appearance was in December 2012 when he was featured in a "White Mountain Christmas" holiday fund-raiser for the Bach Festival.
"I am thrilled to introduce the organ, the 'King of Instruments' to students in the White Mountain valley," said Cornils. "With music of such great variety, this complex and wonderful instrument will provide a hands-on and interactive exploration of emotion, expression and energy in music."
The "Kotzschmar 4 Kids" school program originated from the Friends of the Kotzschmar Organ organization, based in Portland, Maine, which was founded to be responsible for the care and maintenance of the Kotzschmar Organ and also includes in its mission the support of a growing education program to bring awareness and understanding of this musical gem of Portland to school children. A major part of this unique school program features the portable, demonstration organ that Friends of Kotzschmar Organ had designed and built by David Wallace, specifically for educational purposes. The organ, affectionately known as "Kotzschmar Junior", has been constructed with exposed pipes and Plexiglas panels so that students can see the inside workings of the organ and play the instrument by manually pumping air to its pipes or by observing the electric blower do the work. It also provides a concrete example of how sound is produced.
The larger Kotzschmar Organ was built in 1912 and is one of only two municipal organs in the USA, the other located in San Diego, Calif.
The Friends of the Kotzschmar Organ organization, on its website, describes the Kotzchmar 4 Kids program as " embarking on the third year of our educational program designed to acquaint sixth grade students with the workings of the pipe organ." The two-week long course of study has been modified and abbreviated to permit an introductory program for kids of all grade levels in nine schools in the Mount Washington Valley. A generous grant from the Mount Washington Valley Kiwanis Club has assisted in the cost of presenting this musical and scientific treat to our area students. The presentation by Cornils will take place over a four-day period at the end of this month and will be presented to public school students from Tamworth to Bartlett, including Conway El, John Fuller, Pine Tree schools, Madison and Freedom schools, the Jackson Grammar School and Kennett High School.
Arts Jubilee is hoping to provide a longer classroom experience studying the science of sound with Kotzschmar Junior during the school year 2013-2014.
Arts Jubilee presents a five-part series of outdoor concerts hosted by Cranmore Mountain in July and August. For concert details check www.mwvevents.com .
Last Updated on Monday, 20 May 2013 05:55
Abigail Adams once wrote to John Adams, during his time as a Congressman working to create a new Code of Laws in reaction to the end of the Revolutionary War, reminding him to "remember the ladies and be more generous and favorable to them than your ancestors."
Last Updated on Friday, 08 March 2013 03:23
Swift Diamond Riders Club president Kevin Drew, of Intervale, said the SnoCross was tested at last year's event as a replacement for the old radar runs.
"We found that there was diminished interest the last few years in the radar runs, but we wanted to continue something in the SnoDeo that allowed regular snowmobile riders to test their skills and their sleds," Drew said. "So we developed a modified SnoCross track."
Explaining the new racing feature, Drew said, "This is isn't head-to-head competition. Riders will race against the clock, but it will still sure be fun."
The Swift Diamond Riders' SnoDeo takes place at Coleman State Park in Stewartstown. Snowmobilers are encouraged to ride the trails to the event; the SnoDeo is right off corridor trails 5 and 18 at Coleman State Park.
The SnoDeo has lined up gift certificates for the fastest riders in the following categories from several New England snowmobile dealers. $100 gift certificates will be awarded to the fastest Ski Doo by Garneau's Garage in Twin Mountain, fastest Yamaha by LL Cote Sports Center in Errol, fastest Arctic Cat by Jericho Motorsports in Berlin, and fastest Polaris will be provided by Robertson's Power & Sports in Sanford, Maine. HK Powersports of Laconia and Hooksett will award a $250 gift certificate for the fastest overall racer for the weekend.
It will only be $5 per run to participate in the N.H. SnoDeo SnoCross time trials after riders pay the $5 donation to enter the SnoDeo. All money raised by the SnoCross and donations at the gate benefit the Swift Diamond Riders Club and SnoDeo.
The Swift Diamond Riders Club is a snowmobile club based in West Stewartstown. The club boasts nearly 800 members. Named one of Snowgoer Magazine's "top 10 must experience snowmobile events" in the U.S., the SnoDeo is held March 1-2 and benefits the club for trail maintenance, as well as other club activities that promote snowmobiling in New Hampshire's North Country.
To learn more about the event and the club, visit nhsnodeo.com, facebook.com/nhsnodeo or twitter.com/nhsnodeo.
Last Updated on Friday, 22 February 2013 05:56
Presented by the Mount Washington Valley Chamber of Commerce, the International Chili Society and with help from Memorial Hospital and Hannaford Supermarkets, the event has been spiced up a notch this year with ice carving demonstrations, a crazy hat contest, and chili cook-offs complete with plenty of additional tastings and festivities throughout North Conway Village.
Two simultaneous chili cookoffs
There will be two cookoffs happening throughout the day. The ICS Regional Cook-off will held at the Mount Washington Valley Chamber of Commerce, 2617 White Mountain Highway, North Conway. Three cook-off categories will be included: Red (traditional red chili), Chili Verde (green chili) and Salsa.
The winner of this event in each category will qualify to compete in the Last Chance Cook-off at the International Chili Society's 2013 annual championship event, to be held at the Spa Resort Casino in Palm Springs Oct. 11 through 13. All chefs competing must be a member of ICS to compete. Judging of the ICS Competition is managed by an official ICS Chief Judge and ICS Scorekeeper.
Additionally and at the same time, a second non-ICS sanctioned People’s Choice chili cookoff will take place at Rafferty’s Restaurant and Pub and the North Conway Community Center in North Conway Village with chili chefs vying for the People’s Choice award for their chilis and cornbread.
People’s Choice cash awards will be offered to the first-, second- and third-place chili chefs who receive the most votes from chili tasters. Recognition awards will be given for best themed display, best crazy hat and best corn bread along with the best chili. The People’s Choice Award is separate from the ICS-sanctioned competition. All chefs are invited to participate in this award and ICS membership is not required, and restaurants from throughout New Hampshire will be on board to compete for the People’s Choice Award.
Carol Hanson of Carol Hanson Art, Inc. in Fryeburg, Maine, will hold a "Crazy Hat" workshop at The Rugged Mill, 2633 White Mountain Highway in the Village of North Conway from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Stroll North Conway Village with your zany creation as you taste chilies along the way. A trophy will be awarded for the best overall hat. A panel of secret judges will be strolling alongside chili tasters to spot the best hat.
Josh Nylin of Inspirational ICE will carve a sculpture from a block of ice as part of the festivities.
Take the Chilly Chili Stroll
To round out the chilly chili stroll North Conway village businesses will offer chili-inspired activities. Here’s a complete schedule of events and locations:
Schedule of Events – (Subject to Change)
1. MWV Chamber of Commerce – ICS Competition & ICS People’s Choice Chefs
2. North Conway Community Center – Host to Several People’s Choice Chefs & Entertainment by Sound FX
3. Rafferty’s Restaurant & Pub: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. - Host to Several People’s Choice Chefs; Noon to 3 p.m - Face Painting; 1 to 3 p.m. - Smugglers Notch Vodka Tastings; 3:30 to 5 p.m. - Hornitos Plata Tequila & Give-A-Ways sponsored by Southern Wine & Spirits; 4:45 p.m. – ICS & People’s Choice Winner Announcements.
4. The Rugged Mill – Crazy Hat Creation
5. Penguin Gallery of N.H. – Hot Sauce Samplings
6. Zeb’s – Hot Sauce Samples
7. Soyfire Candle – (1) People’s Choice Chili (Vegetarian Chili)
8. Kearsarge Café – (1) People’s Choice Chili
9. The Design Bungalow – Apple Enchiladas
10. Eastern Slope Inn Playhouse – Arts In Motion – People’s Choice Chili, Hot Chocolate & Cookies
11. Flatbread Company – (1) People’s Choice Chili
12. Leila Rose, LLC – Cupcakes with a Mexican Flair
13. Chef's Market of North Conway – (2) People’s Choice Chilies (Vegetarian & Meat) & Sap House Meadery
14. The Funky Bubble - Salt is the antidote! Try free mint-lime scented salt scrub samples and enjoy “Free” bubbly while you play in the sink.
15. Vintner’s Cellar Winery – (1) People’s Choice Chili & Wine Sampling
16. Two Black Dogs Country Pub – (1) People’s Choice Chili & Tuckerman Tastings
17. Boston Brothers' Pizzeria – Pizza with a Mexican Flair Samplings
18. The Met – Coconut Ice Cream Mexican
19. Ben & Jerry’s Scoop Shop – (1) People’s Choice Chili & Ice Cream Samplings
20. Fields of Ambrosia – (2) People’s Choice Chilies – Janelle Stewart, Sous Chef at Purity Spring Resort and Jason Bunch, sous chef Tuckerman’s Tavern
21. Mount Washington Valley Arts Association – (1) People’s Choice Chili
22. Vintage Frame Works – Chili Dog Prints
23. Sawyer River Knife & Trading Co. – (2) People’s Choice Chilies – Black Cap Grill (Vegetarian Chili) and Delaney’s Hole in the Wall
24. North Conway Fire Station – (1) People’s Choice Chili
25. Salvatore Michaels Framed Art Superstore – (1) People’s Choice Chili and Hot New Southwestern Art Collection
26. League of New Hampshire Craftsmen & Earth & Fire – Pottery wheel demonstration – chili bowls
For the most up-to-date list of events, visit www.mtwashingtonvalley.org/events/2013_Chilly_Chili_Cook-Off.cfm#events or call 356-5701
Last Updated on Friday, 22 February 2013 05:55
The season of Lent, which began on Ash Wednesday, is a time of reflection, of soul-searching and taking stock of our lives. For thousands of years, people have made journeys of the heart as a way of gaining perspective and insight, with pilgrimages of many different kinds. As we journey through this Lenten season, the Center Conway United Methodist Community invites the people of the Mount Washington Valley seeking to find "the way" to begin with a viewing of this feature film.
"The Way" is a powerful and inspirational story about family, friends and the challenges we face while navigating this ever-changing and complicated world. Martin Sheen plays Tom, an irascible American doctor who comes to France to deal with the tragic loss of his son (played by Emilio Estevez). Rather than return home, Tom decides to embark on the historical pilgrimage "The Way of St. James" to honor his son's desire to finish the journey. What Tom doesn't plan on is the profound impact this trip will have on him. Through unexpected and oftentimes amusing experiences along "The Way," Tom discovers the difference between "the life we live and the life we choose."
The show times are Friday, Feb. 15, at 6:30 p.m., and Saturday, Feb. 16, at 4:30. There is no cost. For more information, contact Pastor Sue Davidson at 662-9945.
Last Updated on Thursday, 14 February 2013 04:18