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  Arts & Entertainment

Courtesy photo: NCCA, Papermill Theatre

Arts & Entertainment

Cultural Arts | Theaters | Movie Theaters | Educational | Outdoor Concerts
Live Music and Entertainment

Since 1805, nothing has inspired as much artistic endeavor and entertainment than the Old Man of the Mountain. Since the great stone face fell from it's natural home, poets, writers, artists, and visitors alike continue to draw on renewed inspiration from the White Mountains of New Hampshire. Today's vast array of artistic mediums, musicians, performers, promoters and even sponsors, provide entertainment to celebrate and define the quality of life that is found in the grand Franconia Notch region. Many well-known entertainers and professional musicians started their careers in this inspiring region and return to honor their roots. Our community theaters and those of the performing arts, draw visitors to concerts and performances in historic meeting houses, opera houses and town halls. Many lovers of art and entertainment have restored abandoned historical structures to provide entertainment venues to honor the past and assure the future by providing showcases for North Country entertainment and art.

Lodges and resorts maintain year round schedules of entertainment activities for guests and visitors, and often, if not regularly, are hosts to local organizations and communities for charitable and philanthropic causes that draw the best from the entertainment centers of New York and Boston. Local talents and returning veteran's of various entertainment circuits fill the gazebos, town parks and main street plazas from late spring through fall and "pack them in" from the corners and stages of several tavern lounges and restaurants all year round. The last up-to-date and modern movie house with leisure seats, popcorn buckets and cotton candy for kids is found only on the Main Street of Littleton. From Chamber music to folk bands, poetry readings to stand-up comics, live theatre to movies, or dance bands to concerts- there is entertainment for every age and enjoyment in the western White Mountains. Check our calendar of events and plan your visit or vacation to savor the best of it all.

Cultural Arts

      Bob Copeland's North.of.the.Notch Studio & Gallery
23 Ammonoosuc Street, 2nd Floor 
Littleton, NH  03561
Since retiring from Channel 5 in Boston after 36 years of keeping New Englanders one step ahead of the next snowstorm, Bob Copeland has built a retirement home and an art studio right in the middle of snow country!  Check out Bob's new webcam looking south toward Franconia Notch & Cannon Mountain Ski Area. Bob operates and provides his artistry, art graphics and technology in four venues: Gallery I - Recent Paintings of Bob's oil and pastel impressions of New Hampshire's North Country. Gallery II - Abstractions from Nature features Bob's macro photography, Gallery III - Atmospheric Abstractions features Bob's weather photography, and Weather Maps where anyone can order a custom weather map hand drawn by Bob for any date since 1900!
  Arts Gallery  
The ARTS Gallery
28 Main Street, Lisbon, NH  03585
Located in donated space next to Woodsville Guaranty Bank in Lisbon, we are a not-for-profit artisan cooperative open Wed, Thurs, Sat & Sun 10-4, Fri 10-6. Run exclusively by member volunteers, we exhibit and sell local works from all mediums-paintings, photos, jewelry, stained glass, pottery, basketry and fiber arts.

Neskaya Movement Arts Center 
1643 Profile Road, PO Box 624
Franconia, NH 03580

Neskaya is a non-profit organization emphasizing health, relaxation, and personal growth. It comprises a large open circular area for movement, a kitchen, showers and dormitory style sleeping accommodations. It offers both ongoing and special activities and is available to rent for classes, retreats and workshops. Ongoing activities include *CIRCLE DANCE, Sundays 4:30 to 6:30.  All dances are taught and no partner is necessary. Beginners & families welcome. For more information about Circle Dance click here.   *NIA (non-impact aerobic exercise) Tuesdays  6 to 7pm and Fridays 5:30 to 6:30 pm.  *TAI CHI Mondays 6 to 7:30 pm.  *DRUM CIRCLE every 2nd and 4th Friday 7 to 9pm.  Drums provided or bring your own. Families welcome. For a full listing of activities click here.        

North Country Chamber Players
PO Box 865, Franconia, NH  03580
World class chamber music ensemble performances during a 6 week summer festival mid-July through mid-August, additional concerts and school programs in October, February, May. The 34th annual White Mountain Music Festival begins in early July at the Sugar Hill Meetinghouse on Route 117, Main St., Sugar Hill, NH.  Click here for the complete concert schedule for 2014. The Festival's mission is to culturally enrich the communities of Northern New Hampshire through quality chamber music and creative, interactive educational and community programs.  For ticket information and ordering, click here.  




North Country Center for the Arts
Home of Jean's Playhouse

10 Papermill Drive, Lincoln, NH  03251

Jean's Playhouse, formerly the Papermill Theatre,  is named for long time NCCA supporter and community leader Jean Hallager, It is the new year-round home for North Country Center for the Arts.  Jean’s Playhouse allows NCCA to expand programming beyond the summer months, provide much needed facilities to local schools, non-profits, and arts organizations, strengthen the region and businesses by increasing local employment opportunities and attracting visitors, and continue to produce the wonderful theatrical performances that NCCA’s patrons have come to love and expect. Year round use comes from 4 great groups- Papermill Theatre, Playhouse Players, Children's Theatre, Jean's Teens,  2013 summer brings Musical of Musicals, The Complete History of America (abridged), The Sound of Music, My Way: A Musical Tribute to Frank Sinatra and  Adventure Improv. To view dates and productions of all, click on their links. To purchase tickets online,visit their website.  More information is available for Group tour dinner and theatre packages, or lodging inclusive packages can be arranged.

Upstage Players
29 Towle Street, Lisbon, NH  03585
The Upstage Players have been promoting community theatrical endeavors throughout the Western White Mountains of New Hampshire for over 30 years through the encouragement of participation in theatre arts by all generations in Lisbon and the surrounding communities while developing talent, fostering growth and continual improvement of community theatre in our region.  Production venues vary continually to include theater opportunities for all  interests while providing live theater entertainment for audiences.  





Weathervane Repertory Theatre
PO Box 127, Route 3, Whitefield, NH  03598
603-838-6072 off-season  
603-837-9322  box office summer
Professional Award-winning outstandoing repertory theatre opening July 6th for its 49th season offering live professional theater experiences to countless audiences, introducing children-and adults-to a consistently high level of classic and contemporary live theater and productions.  Season 48 will run from July 5th to August 30th with musicals and comedies: Annie | The 39 Steps | Cotton Club | Mary Poppins | God of Carnage | Next to Normal | Memphis.  For a full schedule of dates and shows, click here for drop down tabs for Season 49's calendar.  The Box Office opened June 20th, for the season.  Call 603-837-9322 or email to:  wvboxoffice@yahoo.com  for ticket info and purchase.  Directions: I-93 to Exit 36, left on Rte 3 North thru Whitefield-Theater is opposite the Mountain View Grand Resort & Spa. 

Catamount Arts
60 Eastern Avenue, St. Johnsbury, VT 
Featuring a film series, performing arts showcase and the Northern Kingdom Classical Series.  


Movie Theaters


Jax Jr. Cinemas
32 Main Sreet, Littleton, NH  03561
Jax Jr. Cinemas I and II are the Ultimate Cinematic Experience of a modern movie theater, featuring first run movies, Dolby & DTS digital sound, pre-show trivia, new signature rocking chair seats, mix of traditional and modern movie snack bar- all at yesterday's prices.  Show times: Friday & Saturday: Two shows- 7:00 & 9: 15 PM. Sunday thru Thursday, one show- 7:00 PM. Special Summer Time Schedule and Matinee features for the Kids.  Please call to verify show times and program,  603-444-5907 . Directions: I-93 exit 41, Main Street, Littleton.

Lincoln Cinema 4
Route 112, Lincoln, NH  03251
Directions, Rte 93 south to exit 33 take a right. After Clark's Trading Post take a left. Watch out for sharp curve. At set of lights take a left and then a right into shopping area. Cinema at far end.




AMC Evening Series
Route 16, Pinkham Notch Visitor Center
Gorham, NH  03581

Appalachian Mountain Club of New Hampshire presents evening programs  programs by naturalists, authors, hiking experts and others on the natural resources and outdoor activities of this region.


  Frost Place  
The Frost Museum and Poetry Center

PO Box 74, 158 Ridge Road, Franconia, NH  03580

Talks and poetry readings are hosted throughout the summer; celebrates contemporary poetry through conferences and residencies. Directions: Exit 38 off I-93.  Proceed to Franconia Village.  At blinking lights go straight across to Route 116.  Right on  Bickford Hill Rd (2 miles), cross river, turn left on Ridge Road, dirt road leading directly to th Frost Place on the right.

The Rocks Estate
Route 302, 4 Christmas Lane, Bethlehem, NH

Located in Bethlehem this historic country estate features educational family programs. The Rocks Estate staff includes several naturalists and outdoor enthusiasts who are willing to offer bus tours or educational lectures at your facilities.  Other educational offerings include unforgettable outings to one of the Forest Society's North Country Properties for teachers and students.


Outdoor Concerts  (Check Chamber Calendar for details)

    Concerts at the Gazebo on the Dow
Academy Street  
Franconia, NH  03580

Variety of Friday/Saturday afternoon/night summer concerts subject to booking dates and availability. Lawn chairs, coolers, and umbrellas welcome; concessions tents on the field; children's playground adjacent.


Concerts in the Park(s)
Summer concert series run from June through August in the towns of Lisbon, Littleton, Bethlehem, and Twin Mountain. Check the website calendar for dates, times and offering.


Live Music and Entertainment   
(Check Chamber Calendar for details)

Dutch Treat Bar and Tavern
317 Main Street, Franconia, NH  03580
Live music in the lounge of the Dutch Treat Restaurant on weekend evenings; headliners, local favorites and variety entertainment.  Lounge offers games, DVDs, pool table and more all week long.


Indian Head Resort
664 US Route 3, Lincoln, NH  03251

NH Magazine "Best of NH" 2009 Editors Award for Family Friendly Resort. 180 acres of scenic splendor in the heart of the New Hampshire White Mountains. 50" HDTV in all rooms. "Best of Chefs" winning Profile Dining Room daily specials, pub menu and more. Thunderbird Lounge, Gift Shop "Best NH Souvenirs". Heated Outdoor Pool and Hot Spa Open All Year! Indoor Pool, Hot Spa and Saunas. Near area attractions, scenic drives and much more.

Mountain View Grand
101 Mountain View Road, Whitefield, NH  03598
603-837-2100  or  866-484-3843 
One of America's truly grand hotels that combines 1st class comfort with casual elegance and attentive personalized service.  A classic that presents a dazzling array of offerings and amenities wrapped in a timeless storybook setting thought to have disappeared forever. Floor-to-ceiling views of the White Mountains from the prestigious Spa- this grand resort offers an experience unlike any other. Tavern expereience with entertainment to be had year-round.

Woodward's Resort
527 US Route 3, Lincoln, NH  03251
603-745-8141  or  800-635-8968 
Woodward's Resort is family owned and operated with 85 units in 5 buildings surrounded by lush gardens and recreational opportunities.  All with an Open Hearth Steak House, lounge, indoor/outdoor pools, sauna, jacuzzi, racquet ball and tennis- well known for excellent customer service.  



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