Arts and Culture – Rochester New Hampshire News https://rochesternhnews.com Official News Portal Fri, 15 Jun 2018 20:52:42 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.6 https://i2.wp.com/rochesternhnews.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/114/2017/06/cropped-color-seal-correct.png?fit=32%2C32&ssl=1 Arts and Culture – Rochester New Hampshire News https://rochesternhnews.com 32 32 129230579 Rochester Named a ‘City on the Rise’ by New Hampshire Magazine https://rochesternhnews.com/2018/06/15/rochester-named-a-city-on-the-rise-by-new-hampshire-magazine/ https://rochesternhnews.com/2018/06/15/rochester-named-a-city-on-the-rise-by-new-hampshire-magazine/#respond Fri, 15 Jun 2018 20:50:10 +0000 https://rochesternhnews.com/?p=1749 Rochester was named as a City on the Rise in New Hampshire Magazine's Best of NH edition. The city's commitment to supporting its arts and culture scene played a big part in helping the city earn the accolade. 

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Rochester was named as a City on the Rise in New Hampshire Magazine’s Best of NH edition. The city’s commitment to supporting its arts and culture scene played a big part in helping the city earn the accolade.

“There’s a significant grassroots movement to bootstrap the city into prominence as a center for art, culture, dining and economic vitality. Great bone structure helps, notably the unique and historic Rochester Opera House that hosts touring acts and has its own production company for the stage, plus a new Performance & Arts Center for smaller acts and events.”

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*MEDIA ADVISORY* Rochester to Dedicate POW/MIA Display at City Hall https://rochesternhnews.com/2018/06/11/media-advisory-rochester-to-dedicate-pow-mia-display-at-city-hall/ https://rochesternhnews.com/2018/06/11/media-advisory-rochester-to-dedicate-pow-mia-display-at-city-hall/#respond Mon, 11 Jun 2018 13:50:38 +0000 https://rochesternhnews.com/?p=1744 ROCHESTER -- City Manager Daniel Fitzpatrick is pleased to announce that the city of Rochester will be holding a dedication ceremony for a new POW/MIA Missing Man display later this month and invites the public to attend.

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ROCHESTER — City Manager Daniel Fitzpatrick is pleased to announce that the city of Rochester will be holding a dedication ceremony for a new POW/MIA Missing Man display later this month and invites the public to attend.

WHEN:

Thursday, June 21, at 9 a.m.

WHERE:

City Hall, 31 Wakefield St. (First floor, outside of the city manager’s office)

WHAT:

Gordon Oliver, chaplain of the Rochester Veteran’s Council, will be performing a dedication ceremony at City Hall for the new POW/MIA Missing Man Table display which will consist of a table and chair.

The chair was donated by the Rolling Thunder Veterans Organization and the Public Works Department will be donating a table and table settings to complete the display.

Together, the two donations are meant to honor all of America’s prisoners of war and personnel missing in action.

“We want to honor all those who serve in our military, especially those who were unable to return home to their families,” said City Manager Fitzpatrick. “By creating this display at City Hall, we hope to keep their memory alive.”

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Photo Gallery: Greater Rochester Camera Club Celebrates First Anniversary https://rochesternhnews.com/2018/05/16/photo-gallery-greater-rochester-camera-club-celebrates-first-anniversary/ https://rochesternhnews.com/2018/05/16/photo-gallery-greater-rochester-camera-club-celebrates-first-anniversary/#respond Wed, 16 May 2018 20:00:51 +0000 https://rochesternhnews.com/?p=1676 ROCHESTER — Shawn Pierce and Tanya Hervey are both passionate about photography, and were eager to share their passion with the rest of their community, which they did last spring after launching the Greater Rochester Camera Club. This week, the club celebrated its first anniversary at its regular monthly meeting. Gatherings feature guest speakers and …

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ROCHESTER — Shawn Pierce and Tanya Hervey are both passionate about photography, and were eager to share their passion with the rest of their community, which they did last spring after launching the Greater Rochester Camera Club.

This week, the club celebrated its first anniversary at its regular monthly meeting. Gatherings feature guest speakers and workshops, as well as time to socialize and discuss photography. The group also dedicates time each month to critique members’ photos and reflects on what photographers did well with their work and what they can do to improve. The meetings conclude with a new photo challenge for the upcoming month.

“Both Tanya and I own photography businesses in Rochester, so we’re familiar with everything that goes into pursuing this as a career or just as something fun to do in your free time,” Pierce said. “We decided to start the camera club so that we could share our love for the art with our neighbors and be part of the city’s budding arts community.”

In its second year, the camera club remains focused on serving as a forum for photographers across all skill levels while also working to expand its footprint in the Rochester arts scene. This summer, the club will host its first photography exhibition at The Franklin Gallery at Riverstones Custom Framing on Main Street. The opening reception will be held on July 6, and is open to the public.

The group meets monthly each month except July and August, and membership dues are $35 per year on a May through April cycle. Anyone who is interested in joining may attend up to two regular meetings — those not featuring a speaker — as guests.

“Our goal is to build a strong community of photographic artists, and we’re really proud of how vibrant its become a year after we started the camera club,” Pierce said. “We want anyone who is interested in photography, whether they do it for a living or are just starting out, to take part so that we can all develop our skills together.”

Meetings are typically held from 6-8 p.m. on the third Tuesday of each month at the Rochester Performance and Arts Center, 32 North Main St. The next meeting is scheduled for June 19.

For more information about the club, and to keep up to date on photo challenges and meeting information, visit the club’s website and its Facebook page.

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Rochester Museum of Fine Arts to host Grand Opening https://rochesternhnews.com/2018/05/11/rochester-museum-of-fine-arts-to-host-grand-opening/ https://rochesternhnews.com/2018/05/11/rochester-museum-of-fine-arts-to-host-grand-opening/#respond Fri, 11 May 2018 16:17:41 +0000 https://rochesternhnews.com/?p=1660 ROCHESTER — The Rochester Museum of Fine Arts will host a Grand Opening celebration for its newly acquired and renovated suite in the Rochester Community Center.  The museum already maintains a large collection of art adorning the walls of the long first floor corridor, since 2014. The new suite will compliment the collection display and …

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ROCHESTER — The Rochester Museum of Fine Arts will host a Grand Opening celebration for its newly acquired and renovated suite in the Rochester Community Center. 

The museum already maintains a large collection of art adorning the walls of the long first floor corridor, since 2014. The new suite will compliment the collection display and add additional free programming to the community.

The suite was recently vacated by the city’s Economic Development team after they relocated to the the City Hall Annex building. The suite will allow for the museum to have another gallery, host events, and store art and supplies. The suite will also offer internet access on a number of donated Apple computers.

The new gallery will feature a different artist every other month and will be named for former Rochester Mayor Harvey Bernier. A dedication ceremony will take place later in the year. 

In addition to opening the suite, the museum will debut a smart phone app that patrons can utilize to learn more about the works in the collection.

“We are trying to foster the understanding of the works of art in our collection. We want to offer more than just the artist’s name and title. The app will include a lot more information so the viewer can better understand what we are exhibiting.” said museum co-founder and president Matt Wyatt.

The museum will provide iPads with the app preloaded for patrons without smart phones. The app will also be available on all the computers in the suite as well as the museum’s website.

All the renovation projects and furniture purchases were made entirely with donated funds from the museum’s new “Friends” program. The museum is all-volunteer organization that relies completely on individual donations. Visit www.rochestermfa.org/donate to contribute to this effort.

The Grand Opening reception will take place on Friday, June 1st from 5-8pm. Light refreshments will be served. A special ribbon cutting provided by the Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce will take place earlier in the day at 2pm. The public is encouraged to attend. The Rochester Community Center is located at 150 Wakefield Street in Rochester, NH. Visit www.rochestermfa.org for more information.

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The Rochester Public Library presents: Vision Board Workshop https://rochesternhnews.com/2018/04/11/the-rochester-public-library-presents-vision-board-workshop/ https://rochesternhnews.com/2018/04/11/the-rochester-public-library-presents-vision-board-workshop/#respond Thu, 12 Apr 2018 00:23:58 +0000 https://rochesternhnews.com/?p=1567 May 9th at 6pm with Certified Life Coach Laura Klain So what is a Vision Board? This visual representation of your goals, hopes, and dreams will inspire you to work toward what you really want. We’ll be using collage to create a unique personalized, and inspiring poster to display in your personal space at your …

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May 9th at 6pm

with Certified Life Coach Laura Klain

So what is a Vision Board? This visual representation of your goals, hopes, and dreams will inspire you to work toward what you really want. We’ll be using collage to create a unique personalized, and inspiring poster to display in your personal space at your home or office.

This workshop is free but space is limited and registration is required. You may register at the Main Desk or by calling 332-1428 or by emailing reference@rpl.lib.nh.us

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Friends of the Rochester Public Library Announce Upcoming Events and New Pass Offering Following Annual Meeting https://rochesternhnews.com/2018/04/05/friends-of-the-rochester-public-library-announce-upcoming-events-and-new-pass-offering-following-annual-meeting/ https://rochesternhnews.com/2018/04/05/friends-of-the-rochester-public-library-announce-upcoming-events-and-new-pass-offering-following-annual-meeting/#respond Thu, 05 Apr 2018 19:38:17 +0000 https://rochesternhnews.com/?p=1442 Library Director Brian Sylvester is pleased to announce that the Friends of the Rochester Public Library held their annual meeting earlier this week.

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Library Director Brian Sylvester is pleased to announce that the Friends of the Rochester Public Library held their annual meeting earlier this week.

At the meeting, the group voted to add the New Hampshire State Parks to the library’s list of museum and parks passes, which would provide members access to Pawtuckaway, Bear Brook, Northwood Meadows State Parks nearby, among others.

Tickets are also now on sale for the Sweet Art Baking Contest, where attendees will have the opportunity to sample and judge more than a dozen baked goods.

The Sweet Art event, a joint effort between the Friends of the Rochester Public Library and the Rochester MFA, will be held on Saturday, April 28 in the library community room. Doors open at 1 p.m. and the event will continue until 3:30 p.m.

Tickets cost $5 and are on sale at the library circulation desk. All proceeds go to supporting the library and its programs, and the winner of the baking competition will receive a custom apron. There will also be a reception in the Carnegie Gallery hosted by the MFA. The Friends are currently seeking additional bakers for the event.

Anyone interested in baking may sign up at the circulation desk. There is a $5 fee to participate.

In May, the Friends of the Library will sponsor a selfie booth outside the library for Free Comic Book Day on May 5. Visitors will have the opportunity to take selfies wearing comic book themed masks provided by the Friends of the Public Library.

“The Friends are an essential resource that the library depends on to keep our programs fresh and engaging,” Director Sylvester said. “I am grateful for their dedication and continued support of our mission.”

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Rochester Writers Night and the Rochester Public Library present: Young Writers Night https://rochesternhnews.com/2018/03/22/rochester-writers-night-and-the-rochester-public-library-present-young-writers-night/ https://rochesternhnews.com/2018/03/22/rochester-writers-night-and-the-rochester-public-library-present-young-writers-night/#respond Thu, 22 Mar 2018 15:39:57 +0000 https://rochesternhnews.com/?p=1333 April is National Poetry month! Rochester Writers Night holds its 10th annual Young Writers Night at the Rochester Public Library on Weds. April 11 at 6 PM. Our group strives to support young writers and showcase their work in an effort to encourage young people to write, and to introduce them to other area writers. …

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April is National Poetry month! Rochester Writers Night holds its 10th annual Young Writers Night at the Rochester Public Library on Weds. April 11 at 6 PM. Our group strives to support young writers and showcase their work in an effort to encourage young people to write, and to introduce them to other area writers. There will be several feature writers of high school age, presenting their original work to a listening audience. This will be followed by an open mic, but priority will be given to young people. Sign ups will begin at 6 on site, and our features will begin at 6:15. After the features there will be a short break, followed by the open mic portion of the program. Writers of poetry, prose, or music are welcome to sign up to share their original work. There is a 5 minute limit per participant. The evening ends promptly at 8 PM. This event is free and open to the public.

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The Rochester Public Library presents: Seated Yoga and Creative Movement https://rochesternhnews.com/2018/02/21/rochester-public-library-presents-seated-yoga-creative-movement/ https://rochesternhnews.com/2018/02/21/rochester-public-library-presents-seated-yoga-creative-movement/#respond Wed, 21 Feb 2018 00:20:03 +0000 https://rochesternhnews.com/?p=1237 Join Healthy Lifestyle Coach Cindy Simon one Friday per month, at 11am, at the Rochester Public Library. March 16, April 27, May 18, June 15 Learn stretches, yoga positions, tai chi exercises, and deep breathing while seated in a chair or standing (with a chair for support if needed). These classes are for everyone, including …

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Join Healthy Lifestyle Coach Cindy Simon one Friday per month, at 11am, at the Rochester Public Library.

March 16, April 27, May 18, June 15

Learn stretches, yoga positions, tai chi exercises, and deep breathing while seated in a chair or standing (with a chair for support if needed). These classes are for everyone, including seniors, people wanting to get back in shape, and anyone with physical limitations and any sort of chronic health issues.
Classes are free but registration is required. You may register at the Main Desk or by calling 332-1428 or by emailing reference@rpl.lib.nh.us

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The Rochester Public Library presents: Seed Starting with UNH Master Gardener Christine Templeton https://rochesternhnews.com/2018/02/01/rochester-public-library-presents-seed-starting-unh-master-gardener-christine-templeton/ https://rochesternhnews.com/2018/02/01/rochester-public-library-presents-seed-starting-unh-master-gardener-christine-templeton/#respond Thu, 01 Feb 2018 20:14:30 +0000 https://rochesternhnews.com/?p=1156 Wednesday, March 28th, at 6pm This is a great time to start seeds! We will discuss obtaining quality seeds, selecting or making the right soil to start your seeds, what containers work best, proper lighting, when to start which seeds, and tips and tricks for success. This event is free but registration is required. You …

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Wednesday, March 28th, at 6pm

This is a great time to start seeds! We will discuss obtaining quality seeds, selecting or making the right
soil to start your seeds, what containers work best, proper lighting, when to start which seeds, and tips and tricks for success.

This event is free but registration is required. You may register at the Main Desk or by calling 332-1428 or by emailing us at reference@rpl.lib.nh.us.

 

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Rochester Public Library Invites Public to Take Advantage of a Wide Range of Services https://rochesternhnews.com/2018/01/24/get-to-know-the-rochester-public-library/ https://rochesternhnews.com/2018/01/24/get-to-know-the-rochester-public-library/#respond Wed, 24 Jan 2018 15:57:21 +0000 https://rochesternhnews.com/?p=1142 With the celebration of its 125th anniversary underway, Director Brian Sylvester invites residents to connect with the Rochester Public Library and learn more about how it can best serve their needs.

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With the celebration of its 125th anniversary underway, Director Brian Sylvester invites residents to connect with the Rochester Public Library and learn more about how it can best serve their needs.

Rochester’s library has come a long way since it first opened its doors in 1893, expanding its offerings from printed books and periodicals to include a broad range of services that can help residents remain engaged with and informed about their community and their world. 

Audio/Visual

  • Overdrive: Library members have unfettered access to Overdrive, allowing them to borrow e-books and audiobooks for their smartphones, tablets and e-readers directly from the Libby smartphone app.
  • Hoopla: Residents can use their library cards to stream movies and television shows, as well as documentaries, on their own devices. It also features books, audiobooks and comics. Checkout or streaming is limited to five items per month.
  • IndieFlix: Movie and film buffs can choose from thousands of independent titles, including more than 8,000 high quality short films, as well as feature-length films and documentaries from 85 counties.
  • Mango Languages: Your library membership gives you the opportunity to learn how to communicate across borders by trying language learning software at your convenience.

Off-Site Activities

  • Theatre Pass Program: The Rochester Public Library offers free or discounted passes to area theaters, including the Seacoast Repertory Theatre, the Rochester Opera House, the Star Theatre and Hackmatack Playhouse. All passes are subject to availability and can be reserved by calling 603-332-1428, extension 2.
  • Museum Pass Program: Members can visit the library and grab passes to a variety of museums throughout the area, including Boston, at a discount or for free. The program includes — but is not limited to — the Seashore Trolley Museum (two adults and up to four children free per pass), Strawberry Banke (two adults and two children free per pass), Wright Museum (two adults and four children free per pass), Boston’s Museum of Science (up to four people for $10 per person) and the Museum of Fine Arts (up to two people for $10 each).

On-Site Activities

The library features a variety of regular and special events, including the upcoming unveiling of a portrait of the city’s first librarian. It also offers a weekly get-together of needle crafters — Common Threads — every Monday from 9:30-11 a.m. The library also has regularly scheduled activities on Wednesday evenings, including an upcoming screening of “Dunkirk” on Jan. 31 at 6 p.m.

“We want members and non-members alike to know about the full scope of what the library has to offer,” Sylvester said. “We really have something for everyone, and a library membership provides benefits that extend well beyond our walls.”

The Rochester Public Library currently has between 8,000 and 10,000 active members. Joining, which is free for residents and city employees and costs $60 per year for anyone else, takes about 10 minutes. To learn more about what’s required to sign up for a library card — including accepted types of proof of residency — visit http://www.rpl.lib.nh.us/help/RPL_FAQ.html#getcard.

For more information about all of the library’s programs, visit www.rpl.lib.nh.us/.

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