Sunapee Coffeehouse to host Christmas/Solstice Concert

Kathy LoweSunapee, N.H. — The Sunapee Community Coffeehouse will host a Christmas/Solstice Concert with Kathy Lowe on Friday, December 20, 2013, at 7 p.m., at the Lake Sunapee United Methodist Church, Lower Main Street, Sunapee. The performance will include original seasonal carols from Lowe’s CD Wishing You Peace. The evening will include an audience sing-along with music books made available. Al Peterson will emcee the concert and Alan Carruth is the program sponsor.

The Coffeehouse will not meet on December 13 and will take a Christmas break after the concert on December 20. Music resumes on January 10 with a performance by John Fuzek.

SCCoffeeHouseFor Coffeehouse information, including volunteer and sponsorship opportunities, visit:

Gail Finnie to perform at Sunapee Coffeehouse May 3

Gail Finnie is one of New England’s finest folk performers, playing Gail Finnie is one of New England’s finest folk performers, playing Appalachian dulcimer and guitar. Photo by Susan Wilson.

Gail Finnie, one of New England’s finest folk performers, playing Appalachian dulcimer and guitar, will be performing in Sunapee at the Community Coffeehouse on May 3. Photo by Susan Wilson.

The Sunapee Community Coffeehouse, held at the Methodist Church, Lower Main Street, Sunapee, has a full schedule of music this May. Time: Friday nights, 7 to 9 p.m. The emcee for the evening passes the hat for the musicians.

May 3 – Gail Finnie plays Appalachian dulcimer and guitar and teaches dulcimer, privately and in workshops at various festivals in the Northeast.  She has been performing as a solo artist for over 25 years in New England’s coffeehouses, clubs, festivals, concert halls, museums, and schools.

“…one of the best ballad singers I’ve ever heard!” ~ Boston Globe

May 10 – Ray Mason and his road-worn 1965 Silvertone guitar have been tirelessly touring since 1982. “Averaging over 140 shows a year, he’s like a teenager with thirty-plus years of experience,” says the release. Ray has opened shows for NRBQ, The Band, Marshall Crenshaw, Bill Morrissey, Graham Parker, They Might Be Giants, Nils Lofgren, Warren Zevon, Joan Osborne, Freed Johnston, Joan Jett, Blue Mountain and more.

May 17 – Derek Knott is a recording artist, singer-songwriter and acoustic performer. He has two studio albums and many released demos and videos to his credit. He’s also a guitarist, both electric and acoustic, as well as a bass player. He toured with multiple Grammy winner and world figure Joanne Shenandoah and has played in concert with artists as diverse as Iggy Pop, Rita Coolidge, and Brian Ray (Paul McCartney’s guitarist/bassist), before returning to his first love: acoustic guitar, writing and singing.

May 10 – Second Wind: “classy, sassy and always fun.” The popular local music duo of Terry Ray Gould and Suzi Hastings has a modern sound with classic roots. They play a range of music, classic folk/rock, easy listening, blues, country and modern pop.

May 31 – Open mic

We love our Open Mics, and the people it supports. The atmosphere can be magic. You get up to 15 minutes or three songs. We have all levels perform, from professionals to first timers, and all are welcome. Not only that, you’ll be amazed by the supportive atmosphere. In fact, that’s part of why we started the Coffeehouse. – Sunapee Community Coffeehouse

For more info, visit:

Sunapee Coffeehouse presents award winning Catskill Mountain songwriter

James KruegerSunapee, N.H. — Award winning singer/songwriter James Krueger will be appearing at the Sunapee Community Coffeehouse on Friday, March 22, at 7:00 p.m. The Coffeehouse is held at the Sunapee Methodist Church, Lower Main Street. Admission is by donation.

Hailed as “an extraordinarily talented writer with a real talent for poetic imagery,” the Catskill Mountain tunesmith James Krueger is recipient of two honor awards from the Great American Songwriting Competition.

His songs illustrate his great love for nature and the outdoors, and one of his favorite compositions, called “Shot Through,” features a mention of Sunapee’s own Sugar River.

Krueger’s newest CD release “The Unspoken Hope of Love” includes performances from folk giants Jay Ungar and Molly Mason.

Striking the listener hard with the haunting opening track “Frost,” the album bears its hearer on a journey of loss and redemption.

Krueger has entertained for the North American Bluebird Society, the Sierra Club, The Hudson River Sloop Clearwater’s Environmental Center, The Catskill Center for Conservation and Development, The New York Maple Growers’ Association, National Artists for Mental Health, The Thendara Mountain Club, The Hunter Mountain Foundation’s Mountain Culture Festival, and more.

He tours the eastern United States appearing in performing arts centers, clubs, coffeehouses, nature centers, museums, libraries and private homes.

Founded in July of 2004, the Sunapee Community Coffeehouse’s mission is to encourage and foster professional and amateur musicians alike in a warm, listening-room environment. Visit:

Sunapee Coffeehouse: The music line up for March 2013

Now in its ninth year, the Sunapee Community Coffeehouse continues to bring live music to downtown Sunapee.  For March, the Coffeehouse has lined up performances by EJ Tretter, Kenny Weiland, Fat Hands (brothers Dominic and Walt Kutylowski), and James Krueger.

Coffeehouse concerts are held seasonally on Friday nights at the Sunapee Methodist Church, Lower Main Street, Sunapee. Time:  7 – 9 p.m. Light refreshments are available. There is no cover charge. The MC for the evening passes the hat for the musicians. For more info:

Sunapee Coffeehouse: March 2013

Friday, March 1 – Singer-songwriter EJ Tretter, who hails from the Lebanon area, plays a “solid six- and 12- string guitar. He’s been described as a cross between Leo Kottke and Leonard Cohen,” says the press release. “Music in the finger picking style of James Taylor and Paul Simon.”

The Coffeehouse host for the evening will be Debbie Blesedell. Mountain Spirit Institute is the sponsor. (Concert sponsors and volunteers help sustain Coffeehouse.)

Kenny Weiland

Kenny Weiland

Friday, March 8 – Kenny Weiland, with a solo career that spans nearly 30 years, is a popular performer around the Concord (N.H.) area. Kenny’s music is jazz and swing oriented, covering old standards from the 30’s and 40’s, but he is equally comfortable playing blues, folk rock, and contemporary songs by Jamie Cullum, Van Morrison, Ray Charles, Paul Simon, The Beatles, John Prine, and others.

Kenny will be joined by Brad Myrick on lead guitar. Listen to Kenny’s music at

Al “Doc” Rogers will host.

Friday, March 15 – Fat HandsTwo brothers, Walt and Dominic Kutylowski, on guitar and bass, return to the Coffeehouse by popular demand.

Their songwriting and performances are stunningly sincere and professional, says the Coffeehouse release. “Without a doubt, some of the best songs and performance you’ll see and hear.”

For a preview, go to

Tom Pirozzoli will MC the Fat Hands show. Sponsor: Mountain Spirit Institute.

James Krueger

James Krueger performs in Sunapee on March 22.

Friday, March 22  – James Krueger - “Extraordinary!  An extraordinarily talented writer with a real talent for poetic imagery.  Impressive poetic lines, beautiful and original.  Remarkable work!” said the judges of the Great American Song Contest. Listen via James

James’ music is inspired by traditional folk while remaining contemporary and original. He has five solo albums, including his latest CD “The Unspoken Hope of Love.”

James’ poetry comes from a connection between the landscapes and the seasons of the northeast.  The emotion and spirit of James’ music is touching. – Jay Ungar, noted American fiddler, composer and folklorist

James is from the central Catskill Mountains of New York.

Judy Thackaberry will  be the MC for the evening. is the sponsor.

No open mic this March.

Sunapee Schools: News and Notes

Feb 13 2013 WAP 011 FINALStudents deliver Valentine boxes to Sunapee seniors

A group of students, staff and parents of Sunapee Central Elementary School delivered decorated Valentine’s boxes to area seniors on February 13. This is the 13th year for the Valentine Community Service Project at the school.

Each classroom preschool through fifth grade decorated three boxes and enclosed a handmade valentine. Appoximately 40 boxes were delivered.

Bags and Bows in Groton, Mass., donated the boxes and SCES staff and families contributed items including candy and baked goods to fill the boxes.

“It was especially gratifying for the generosity of so many people to complete a project and ultimately seeing the response of our seniors who appreciated the gesture so much,” said Patty Zimmerman, administrative assistant at SCES.

Photo courtesy of SCES.

Sunapee students preform at NH music festival

On Saturday, February 16, 2013, seventeen Sunapee Middle High School students performed at the NHMEA (New Hampshire Music Educators Association) Solo & Ensemble Festival. The annual event rotates between UNH, Keene State College, and Plymouth State University. This year students performed at The Silver Cultural Arts Center on the campus of the Plymouth State University in Plymouth, N.H. Read more via the school website…

Winter Break

Sunapee School District is on winter break February 25 – March 1.

School Ballot and Warrant Articles

View/download the Sunapee School District ballot via the Town of Sunapee website. It is posted with the Town ballot. Election Day is March 12, 2013.

Tom Pirozolli performs at Sunapee Coffeehouse Feb. 15

Tom PirozzoliSinger-songwriter Tom Pirozzoli, Goshen, will be at the Sunapee Community Coffeehouse on Friday, February 15, 7 to 9 p.m. The Coffeehouse is held Friday evenings at the Sunapee Methodist Church on Lower Main Street. Pirozzoli will be performing both originals tunes and favorite songs that he has learned and heard in 45 years of playing music.

Pirozolli’s songs have been recorded by artists as varied as Tonto’s Big Idea, Willy Porter, and Pam Prior. His co- writes with Willy Porter have been performed in Carnegie Hall, at Madison Square Garden and The Royal Albert Hall.  His skills as a performer and singer-songwriter were honored by Musician Magazine as a winner in their “Best Unsigned Band” contest.

The Sunapee Coffeehouse provides a family friendly listening room for musicians and appreciative audiences. For more information including a calendar of concerts and open mics, visit:

Sunapee Coffeehouse goes online: BlizzardFest with Ian Ethan Case

Ian Ethan v2The Sunapee Community Coffeehouse will hold its first ever online-only concert on Saturday, February 9, starting at 7:30 p.m.

BlizzardFest will feature acoustic double-neck guitarist Ian Ethan Case.

Winter Storm Nemo has forced cancellations across the region including Friday night’s performance by Case in Sunapee that was to be held at the Lake Sunapee Methodist Church.

“Ian will be live streaming a concert, BlizzardFest, for us and his other fans on Saturday evening,” says Coffeehouse founder Randy Richards.

“A full concert will be streamed to you live, video as well as high quality audio, from our living room to yours!” says the update on Case’s website.

“Tuning in is simple: go to at 7:30 p.m. eastern time this Saturday (Feb. 9) and enjoy a 1.5-hour concert from the comfort of your home!”

Sunapee Coffeehouse: Ian Ethan Case returns by popular demand

Ian Ethan v2He’s back by popular demand! Multi-instrumentalist Ian Ethan Case returns to the Sunapee Community Coffeehouse on Friday, February 8. The music starts at 7 p.m. at the Lake Sunapee Methodist Church, Lower Main Street, Sunapee. There is no cover charge. The Coffeehouse passes the hat for the musicians.

“Ian Ethan Case’s strikingly unconventional, self-invented approach to the double-neck guitar is both magical to hear and fascinating to watch,” writes Tom Daniels in the Coffeehouse release. His performances promise both visual showmanship and “harmonically rich, multi-layered music of his composing.”

Hopefully, weather will not force a cancellation. A major Nor’easter could hit the area Friday and Friday night. Cancellations are posted on the Coffeehouse website.

Daniels will emcee Friday night.

Singer, songwriter and artist Tom Pirozzoli, Goshen, will perform at the Coffeehouse on Friday, February 15, from 7 to 9 p.m. Al Peterson, Sunapee, will be emceeing.

Open mic, a Coffeehouse tradition, will close out the month on February 22, from 7 to 9 p.m.  For more information including volunteer jobs and sponsorship opportunities, visit the Coffeehouse website:

Sunapee Coffeehouse: Tom O’Carroll to perform Jan. 11

T OCarrollSunapee, N.H. – Dublin born folklorist, folk-singer and instrumentalist Tom O’Carroll brings to his performances: stories, humor and a bit of history. For the start of the Sunapee Community Coffee 2013 season, O’Carroll will be on stage on Friday, January 11.

The Coffeehouse listening room is at the Lake Sunapee United Methodist Church, Lower Main Street, Sunapee. Music is from 7 to 9 p.m. The emcee for the evening will pass the hat for the musicians; there is no cover charge.

Whether playing a plaintive air on the tin whistle or singing and playing rousing traditional songs to the accompaniment of the guitar or the bodhrán (Irish drum), O’Carroll will captivate all with his lively program of Irish culture. – Tom Daniels, Sunapee Community Coffeehouse.

O’Carroll performs at concerts, festivals, colleges, libraries and pubs all over the U.S., Canada and Ireland.

The evening’s sponsor is Pizza Chef Restaurants of New Hampshire and Vermont.

Jeff Warner on January 18

On January 18, Jeff Warner will perform at the Coffeehouse, 7-9 p.m.  Jeff Warner is among the nation’s foremost performer/interpreters of traditional music. His songs from the lumber camps, fishing villages and mountaintops of America connect 21st century audiences with the everyday lives–and artistry–of 19th century Americans.

Warner has performed widely, from large festivals in the U.K. to clubs, festivals and schools across the U.S. He plays concertina, banjo, guitar and several “pocket” instruments, including bones and spoons.

John Kiernan’s Village Sports, New London, N.H. is the sponsor.

SCCoffeeHouseOpen mic on January 25

The Coffeehouse open mic will be on January 25, on the last Friday of the month.

For more information and volunteer and sponsorship opportunities, visit the Coffeehouse website:

Sunapee Coffeehouse: “Soulful Strings: A Holiday Concert”

SCCoffeeHouseSunapee, N.H. – Music enriches the holiday season, and this December the Sunapee Coffeehouse will enrich the community with an evening of music perfect for a winter’s night: “Soulful Strings: A Holiday Concert.”

Guitarist Ken Bonfield and Kristen Miller on cello will perform at the Coffeehouse on Friday, December 14 (7-9 p.m.). Location: Lake Sunapee Methodist Church, Lower Main Street, Sunapee. $: No cover charge, the hat is passed.

Bonfield and Miller combine their talents bringing cello, voice, high-string guitar, steel string guitar, and harp guitar to their interpretive music, Celtic, traditional, and original tunes.

“Being in a room while Ken Bonfield plays his guitar is a treat for both eyes and ears. The innovative compositions are what keep you listening and watching to see how he coaxes the guitar to make ever new and delightful sounds.” – Mary Wiklanski, Crooked Tree Arts

The Coffeehouse will resume its winter schedule on Friday, January 11, 2013. For the winter/spring 2013 line-up, visit:

Dec. 2012: Sunapee Coffeehouse hosts two holiday concerts

SCCoffeeHouseThe Sunapee Community CoffeeHouse will host two holiday concerts this December. Both shows are back this season by popular demand: Kathy Lowe and friends will perform on Friday, December 7, and Ken Bonfield and Kristen Miller will present a Soulful Strings Holiday Concert on Friday, December 14. The music start at 7 p.m. at the Lake Sunapee United Methodist Church, Lower Main Street.

Kathy LoweThe Christmas/Solstice concert on December 7 will include Lowe’s original carols from her CD “Wishing you Peace” and an impressive lineup of New Hampshire musicians: Kent Allyn, Steve Schuch, Gwen Dunn, Julie Cory, Jimmy Spheres, Greg Gutgsell and George Beaton.

“Last December, her concert was a resounding success,” said Randy Richards. “It’s expected to be a repeat performance this season. Songbooks will be passed out for audience members to sing along with both traditional and original seasonal songs.”

Bonfield on guitar and Miller on cello performed their holiday show in 2011 to joy-filled audiences around New England. On December 14, the duo will return to Sunapee for a second season and will share their musical artistry in the form of new music and old favorites.

“We are overjoyed to bring our holiday concert back to new Hampshire,” says Miller, a classically trained cellist who has been pushing the boundaries of the instrument for the past eight years with her rich, multi-layered trademark style. “The sound of cello and guitar together is truly inspirational. I’m surprised there hasn’t been more music written for that combination!”

The Sunapee Community Coffeehouse is an all-volunteer effort providing a listening room for professional and amateur musicians and appreciative audiences. There is no cover charge; the Coffeehouse passes the hat for the musicians and to help cover venue expenses.

For more info and sponsorship and volunteer opportunities, visit or call Richards at 603-763-2668.

Neptune’s Car to perform in Sunapee Nov. 17

Neptune’s Car will be at the Sunapee Community Coffeehouse for a Saturday night performance on November 17 from 7 to 9 p.m. The music venue is at the Sunapee Methodist Church on Lower Main Street. There is no cover charge; the Coffeehouse passes the hat for the musicians. Randy Richards will be the emcee, and E J Tretter is Coffeehouse sponsor for the evening.

Holly Hanson, a singer-songwriter from Massachusetts, and Steve Hayes, a guitarist-songwriter from New Hampshire, blend contemporary folk with alternative county. The duo has toured since 2010.

Hanson and Hays share a passion for lighthouses and historical biographic songs and for Neptune’s Car, a clipper ship from the 1800s that sailed the high seas and had for a time a female captain, a true heroine of the sea.

View and listen to the duo’s new music video “Flashing in the Dark” filmed at Rose Island Lighthouse off Newport, Rhode Island. The song is on their second album “Letters from the Road” released in July 2012.

For the Coffeehouse schedule, visit:

Click Horning to perform at Sunapee Coffeehouse Nov. 9

Singer, guitarist, composer Click Horning will be joined by Joanie Horning on bass and Justin Ferren on guitar for a Sunapee Community Coffeehouse performance on Friday, November 9 from 7 to 9 p.m. The CoffeeHouse is held at the Sunapee Methodist Church, Lower Main Street. There is no cover charge. The hat is passed for the musicians. Al Peterson, Sunapee, will be the emcee. Paul Howe Photography is the evening sponsor.

Horning has a number of albums to his credit including the favorite: Tracks. He was the lead and front man for Night Kitchen; the group still plays occasionally in the area.

The following Coffeehouse show will be on Saturday, November 17 (7 to 9 p.m.) when Neptune’s Car performs. This is a special Saturday performance.

For more info including volunteer and sponsorship opportunities, visit the Coffeehouse website:

Sunapee CoffeeHouse hosts Joel Cage on Oct. 5

Singer and songwriter Joel Cage returns to the Sunapee Community Coffeehouse on Friday, October 5. The music starts at 7 p.m. at the Community Methodist Church (meeting room), Lower Main Street, Sunapee.

As described in the Boston Globe: “Joel Cage’s thoughtful songs are straightforward and sure, with a voice to match, but it’s his brilliantly sharp guitar-work that ignites the tunes.”

A one-time member of the internationally acclaimed rock & roll group Southside Johnny & the Asbury Jukes, Cage has been performing regionally and nationally as a soloist for the past 15 years.

“Cage has been a big fan of the Sunapee Community Coffeehouse, and the feeling is mutual. The CoffeeHouse welcomes him back with open arms,” says CoffeeHouse founder Randy Richards.

“His evenings leave you with a full heart. He reminds me a bit of U2, in energy and style.”

The CoffeeHouse is an all-volunteer effort that seeks to offer a listening room for professional and amateur musicians and appreciative audiences. There is no cover charge; they pass the hat for the musicians and venue expenses.

For performance, volunteer, sponsorship and venue information, visit

Sunapee Coffeehouse opens season with Chelsea Berry

The fall season begins! Music returns to the Sunapee Community Coffeehouse Friday, September 14, with a performance by singer/songwriter Chelsea Berry.  The Coffeehouse listening room is at the Sunapee Methodist Church, 17 Lower Main Street, Sunapee. There is no cover charge. They pass the hat for the musician.

Tom Daniels will emcee on the 14th and the show starts at 7 p.m.

The community coffeehouse hosts music from 7 to 9 p.m. on most Friday evenings during the fall, winter and spring. Open mic, a Coffeehouse tradition, is held on the last Friday of each month.

View the Coffeehouse 2012 calendar.

Berry’s music has an “incredible edge, power, and finesse,” according to the release.

“Her presence has been described by listeners as ‘compelling… she draws the entire house into her world like moths to a flame. Her vocals are controlled, smooth, and intensely powerful. Her original lyrics are reminiscent of the folk music of the sixties.”

Berry was born and raised in Alaska and made her way through Montana, Nashville and Chicago before settling in the Boston area three years ago.

Berry has performed at many of New England’s listening rooms, including House of Blues (Mass.), Tupelo Hall (N.H. and Vt.), The Firehouse (Mass.) and Vanilla Bean (Conn.). She has opened for Cheryl Wheeler, Livingston Taylor, Chris Smither, Roger McGuinn, Patty Larkin, Vance Gilbert, Buskin & Batteau, Jill Sobule, Marshall Crenshaw, and many others.

Coming later in the month…

Friday, September 21, from 7 to 9 p.m. – Folk Fusion, three local women — Susan Cancio -Bello, Nicole Densmore and Laurie Reeder — will perform classics from the Indigo Girls, Paul Simon, Kate Wolf and others along with a selection of Celtic ballads. Al Peterson will emcee.

Friday, September 28, from 7 to 9 p.m. – Open Mic with host Alan Carruth.

For more information including volunteer and sponsorship opportunities, visit:


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