Sunapeee CoffeeHouse: Heather Pierson heartfelt soulful music Nov. 7

Heather Pierson,pngSunapee, N.H. — Award-winning pianist and mutli-genre singer/songwriter Heather Pierson will be performing her heartfelt, soulful music at the Sunapee Community CoffeeHouse, at the Sunapee Methodist Church, Lower Main Street, on Friday, November 7, from 7 to 9 p.m.

“There’s a real pureness to her voice as she leads us through intimate corners of her experiences and tells stories with a Joni Mitchell kind of edge . . . it’s as if it’s as second nature as breathing.” – Portland Press Herald

Heather’s performances move seamlessly and effortlessly from one style to the next, from New Orleans-style jazz and blues to rousing Americana and poignant folk narratives. She is now finishing up work on her eighth studio recording, Motherless Child, a collection of inspired originals and renditions of blues and jazz standards that promises to be her best release to date. It’s due for release this November.

Tom Donnelly is the scheduled CoffeeHouse emcee for the evening. Leena Marks (Sunapee Canvas Works) is the local sponsor.

Sunapee Community CoffeeHouse is an all-volunteer effort that provides a community-based concert series for professionals and amateurs wishing to play in a quiet setting with an attentive audience.There is no cover charge, but the CoffeeHouse passes the hat with donations going to the musicians. For directions, performance and volunteer and sponsorship opportunities, visit website

CFA Micro Gallery shows paintings by Sunapee Artist Susan Parmenter


“Who Cooks For You” – Barred Owl Portrait by Susan Parmenter, Sunapee, N.H. An exhibit of Susan’s oil paintings and pastels are on display through January 2015 at the CFA micro gallery at Lake Sunapee Bank, Main Street, New London.

Sunapee, N.H. — An exhibition of over 20 original works by Sunapee artist Susan Parmenter is now on display at the Lake Sunapee Bank, at its 321 Main Street branch, in New London. A First Fridays opening reception, with an opportunity to meet the artist, will be held on Gallery Night–Friday, November 7, from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. Light refreshments will be served, and the public is invited to attend.

The Lake Sunapee Bank location is one of several micro galleries in New London affiliated with the Lake Sunapee Region Center For The Arts.

You can view Susan’s paintings at the bank through January 2015 during regular banking hours (Monday – Friday, 9 to 5).

CFA’s November 7 Gallery Night will also feature opening receptions at the New London Inn, ZeroCelius Wealth Studio, CFA’s Member’s Gallery at Whipple Hall, and Marian Graves Gallery at Colby-Sawyer College. CFA invites the public to stroll Main Street, New London, this Friday evening and enjoy an array of inspiring art. Visit the CFA website for more information. View Susan’s website at Susan Parmenter Fine Art.


On display at the CFA micro gallery at Lake Sunapee Bank, Main Street, New London, is “Sunset Over Mount Sunapee” by Sunapee artist Susan Parmenter.

Ausbon Sargent sponsors talk on wildlife, climate change

Photo by Jim Sandberg

Moose crossing during the Kearsarge Klassic, Ausbon Sargent’s randonnee. Photo by Jim Sandberg

New London, N.H. – The Outreach Committee of the Ausbon Sargent Land Preservation Trust will host “How You Can Help Wildlife Adapt to Climate Change” starting at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 6 at the Wilmot Community Association’s Red Barn, 64 Village Road, Wilmot.

Emily Preston, a wildlife biologist with the N.H. Fish and Game’s Nongame and Endangered Wildlife Program, will give an illustrated overview about how climate change will affect wildlife and how our actions can either help or hinder that. Climate change will affect wildlife in many ways, especially though changes in habitat.

Preston will discuss the effects on moose, birds, northern shrimp and other species. She will present the “Ecosystems and Wildlife Climate Change Adaptation Plan” and will discuss several ways participants may help wildlife adapt to changing habitat.

N.H. Fish and Game’s Nongame and Endangered Wildlife Program, established in 1988, is the steward for the state’s nongame wildlife – species not hunted, fished or trapped. Through wildlife monitoring and management, plus outreach and education, the Nongame Program works to protect more than 400 species of mammals, birds, reptiles, and amphibians, and thousands of insects and other invertebrates.

Refreshments will be served.

Registration is requested by Monday, Nov. 3 for this free workshop. Registration is available from Nancy Smith at the Ausbon Sargent office, (603) 526-6555, or by email:

Ausbon Sargent, established in 1987, is a non-profit land trust whose mission is to preserve the rural landscape in 12 towns in the Mount Kearsarge/Lake Sunapee region. These towns include Andover, Bradford, Danbury, Grantham, Goshen, Newbury, New London, Springfield, Sunapee, Sutton, Wilmot and Warner. 

Woodchucks’ Revenge to perform at Sunapee Coffeehouse

SCCoffeeHouseThe musical quartet Woodchucks’ Revenge will be performing at the Sunapee Community CoffeeHouse at the Sunapee Methodist Church, Lower Main Street, on Friday,  Oct. 17 from 7 to 9 p.m.

The Woodchucks’ repertoire ranges from New England fiddle tunes to modern cowboy songs and from Irish Ballard’s to ’60s folk, blues and bluegrass. Songs about Vermont and mountains and life in New England are show staples along with a healthy dose of humor and a small but growing number of originals, according to the release.

The quartet includes Peter Cady (on guitar), Kristina Cady (on fiddle and bass), Sandy Morse( on guitar, mandolin, and banjo) and Mike Lussen (on banjo, tenor and six-string guitar, bouzouki, ukulele, and bohdran.)

The Sunapee Community CoffeeHouse is an all-volunteer, community-based concert series. The venue is for both professionals and amateurs who wish to play in a quiet setting with an attentive audience. There is no cover charge but the CoffeeHouse emcee for the evening will pass the hat for the musicians. For directions, performance or volunteer info, visit

Three Local Towns Launch “Kearsarge Solar”

sun_smile_cartoonDartmouth/Lake Sunapee Region, N.H. — A team of Andover, New London and Wilmot residents this fall will undertake an effort to double the number of solar-electric (or photovoltaic) residential and small-business installations in their towns. The project, called Kearsarge Solarize Andover/New London/Wilmot, is part of a larger Solarize Upper Valley effort coordinated by local nonprofit Vital Communities.

Residents in the three towns are encouraged to learn more at the project’s launch event on Saturday, October 18, at 10 a.m. in Colby-Sawyer College’s Clements Hall (part of the Ivey Science Center), in New London.

Round One of Solarize Upper Valley yielded 120 new solar homes in five towns in the region. In Round Two, the Andover/New London/Wilmot team will launch a 15-week campaign (running mid-October through the end of January) to help residents and small businesses in their towns go solar. They join seven other towns across the Upper Valley in both New Hampshire and Vermont that are Solarizing this fall.

Asked why Vital Communities is behind the project, Sarah Simonds, its energy and transportation manager, replies: “We’re committed to moving our region toward energy independence. With growth in solar technology finally leveling out, and incentives available at the state and federal level, now is the perfect time for New Hampshire residents to be looking into solar.”

Team leaders for the Kearsarge Solarize project are retirees Larry and Susan Chase of Andover, Colby Sawyer professor Bill Spear of New London and New Hampshire State Representative Tom Schamberg of Wilmot. Both the Andover Energy Group and the New London Energy Committee are also behind the effort.

Here’s how the project works: Continue reading

Sunapee’s Harbor House Livery Hosts Arts & Crafts Show Oct. 12

Sunapee, NH. — The Pop-Up Gallery at the Harbor House Livery on Main Street in Sunapee Harbor Village will host an arts and crafts exhibit and sale on Sunday afternoon, October 12 from noon to 4 p.m. A local non-profit, Project Sunapee, sponsors the annual event to showcase local talent and to share information about the 1890 landmark building. HHL docents will share a video history and plans for its restoration and reuse.

Featured artisans in this year’s show include:

  • Artists who paint on wood, paper, canvas & whimsical sculptures
  • Potters of wheel thrown & hand-built ceramics
  • Purveyors of sweet & savory edibles
  • Designers of wearable art, hand spun wool & fine needlework
  • Sunapee Graniteworks American Beads
For more information, visit

Muster Field Farm Celebrates Harvest Day Oct. 5

The barn at the Muster Field Farm Museum, North Sutton, N.H.

The Pillsbury Barn at the Muster Field Farm Museum, North Sutton, N.H., will host live music by Sferes & White and Click and Jonie Horning on Harvest Day, October 5.

North Sutton, N.H. — Celebrate the summer’s harvest at Muster Field Farm Museum on Harvey Road on Sunday, October 5, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. It’s a time to enjoy the beauty of the farm and reap the benefits of the growing season. This event is free to all.

Special activities include guided tours of the historic Matthew Harvey Homestead and live music by Sferes & White and Click & Jonie Horning in the Pillsbury Barn. There will be hayrides, old-time games, and artist exhibits & demonstrations. A warm meal will be available for purchase in the Pillsbury Barn: homemade soups, fresh bread and cider. Fresh produce will be for sale in the farm stand.

New this year will be a Food Preservation Workshop (1-3 p.m.) presented by UNH Cooperative Extension Service in partnership with Muster Field Farm Museum.

For more information and/or directions, call 603-927-4276 or visit


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