Arts and Culture – Rochester New Hampshire News https://rochesternhnews.com Official News Portal Wed, 18 Apr 2018 19:29:49 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.5 https://i2.wp.com/rochesternhnews.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/114/2017/06/cropped-color-seal-correct.png?fit=32%2C32 Arts and Culture – Rochester New Hampshire News https://rochesternhnews.com 32 32 129230579 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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The Rochester Public Library presents: Monthly Meditation https://rochesternhnews.com/2018/01/18/rochester-public-library-presents-monthly-meditation/ https://rochesternhnews.com/2018/01/18/rochester-public-library-presents-monthly-meditation/#respond Thu, 18 Jan 2018 17:30:28 +0000 https://rochesternhnews.com/?p=1102 The Rochester Public Library presents: Monthly Meditation February 2nd March 2nd April 13th May 11th June 8th Join us one Friday every month from 10-11am when Healthy Lifestyle Coach Cindy Simon presents a workshop on meditation. Are you new to meditation? Looking to deepen your practice? All are welcome! Where does most of your awareness and attention go? …

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The Rochester Public Library presents: Monthly Meditation

February 2nd March 2nd April 13th May 11th June 8th

Join us one Friday every month from 10-11am when Healthy Lifestyle Coach Cindy Simon presents a workshop on meditation. Are you new to meditation? Looking to deepen your practice? All are welcome! Where does most of your awareness and attention go? Do you live in the moment?

Relax and imagine peaceful scenery, learn deep stillness and quiet, utilize positive affirmations, rid your mind of negative chatter. Learn to bring meditation into your everyday life and discover deeper relaxation, sleep, patience and calm and less anger, anxiety and depression.

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

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The Rochester Public Library presents: Yoga For Every Body https://rochesternhnews.com/2018/01/18/rochester-public-library-presents-yoga-every-body/ https://rochesternhnews.com/2018/01/18/rochester-public-library-presents-yoga-every-body/#respond Thu, 18 Jan 2018 17:07:39 +0000 https://rochesternhnews.com/?p=1098 FEBRUARY 7TH YOGA HAS BEEN POSTPONED TO THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 15TH. Registration is now open for February 15th and 21st!   Join yoga teacher Naomi Kaplan, RYT 200, for a class that is built for everyone. Mats and blocks are provided, but feel free to bring your own! You may also wish to bring a blanket …

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FEBRUARY 7TH YOGA HAS BEEN POSTPONED TO THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 15TH.

Registration is now open for February 15th and 21st!

 

Join yoga teacher Naomi Kaplan, RYT 200, for a class that is built for everyone. Mats and blocks are provided, but feel free to bring your own! You may also wish to bring a blanket for use during relaxation. Classes are 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 Participants ages 13-17 years old must be accompanied by parent or guardian.

 

This event is free but space is very limited. You can register at the Main Desk or by calling 332-1428 or emailing us at reference@rpl.lib.nh.us

 

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Rochester Working to Attract Craft Brewers https://rochesternhnews.com/2017/11/22/864/ https://rochesternhnews.com/2017/11/22/864/#respond Wed, 22 Nov 2017 18:09:01 +0000 https://rochesternhnews.com/?p=864 The City of Rochester is actively working to promote the city as an option to craft brewers looking for a brick and mortar location on the Seacoast.

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When Karen Pollard saw the types of commercial properties available in Rochester, and dove into analytics that suggest there are thousands households nearby with at least one person interested in craft beer, it was obvious to her that the city should have at least one craft brewery in town.

Pollard, Rochester’s economic development manager, was eager to get the city in front of brewers at the New Hampshire Craft Brew Conference in Durham earlier this month, letting them know that Rochester is ready to welcome them.

With a goal of growing its commercial profile, Rochester has worked proactively to showcase itself as accommodating for small breweries that can serve as catalysts for activity in the city. That approach is the result of industry-specific research performed by Buxton Analytics, which shows there are more than 80,000 households within a 30-minute drive of downtown Rochester and of those households, over 23,500 people have identified as craft beer enthusiasts.

“We really want to see more activity downtown, and a brewery would add a vibrancy that’s hard to match with just about any other kind of business,” Jenn Marsh, the city’s economic development specialist, said. “We can see that there’s an appetite for it among our residents and among people in surrounding communities, and we’re looking forward to having productive discussions about paving the way for craft brewers to move into the city.”

In anticipation of attracting a brewery to town, Rochester has done significant work to eliminate the barriers to entry that breweries have encountered elsewhere.

The city’s team arrived at the conference on Nov. 10 prepared with extensive information about available incentives, including the downtown revitalization property tax credit, the Rochester JOB Loan program — a low-interest loan incentive that allows businesses to borrow between $30,000-$75,000 — as well as opportunities for grant money to rehab signage and facades, and tax credits for opening in the downtown state-designated Revitalization Zone.

“Given all of the incentives and opportunities the city offers, I think it’s simply a matter of time before a brewery comes to Rochester,” said Building, Zoning and Licensing Services Director Jim Grant. “We’ve done a lot of work to make Rochester fertile ground for businesses of all kinds, and breweries are just part of a larger effort to create a diverse set of options for residents.”

Rochester has already relaxed its zoning requirements for breweries — significantly shortening the bureaucratic process they would need to go through — in an effort to foster a more inviting atmosphere for entrepreneurs, whose businesses would benefit from the amenities that city staff has identified as well-suited for a future brewery.

“The most important thing is that there’s a significant market for a brewery in Rochester,” Marsh said. “We’re right at the heart of a region that’s eager to support a robust craft brewery scene.”

The Gonic Mill Building, the former Rochester Bank and Trust building, a former dance studio downtown and a former restaurant at 12 Hanson St. are properties that offer ample parking, while the building at 73-77 North Main St. downtown is zoned to allow an outdoor patio, a hallmark of breweries and beer gardens in other cities.

“There’s nowhere else on the seacoast with this combination of a population center and buildings with essential amenities,” said Economic Development Commission Member Troy Dillow. “Each of the locations we’ve identified has tremendous potential and would allow a brewery or restaurant owner do a lot of really creative things.”

Of the brewers the Rochester group spoke with, several said they felt discouraged by onerous requirements in the communities where they currently operate, while others said they’re actively scouting options for second locations. According to Marsh, one said they have plans to explore Rochester in person in the coming weeks.

Those interested in learning more about Rochester’s economic development activities may do so at www.RochesterEDC.com.

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Rochester art project turns boarded-up windows and alleyways into community art https://rochesternhnews.com/2017/10/20/rochester-art-project-turns-boarded-windows-alleyways-community-art/ https://rochesternhnews.com/2017/10/20/rochester-art-project-turns-boarded-windows-alleyways-community-art/#respond Fri, 20 Oct 2017 19:17:31 +0000 https://rochesternhnews.com/?p=779 ROCHESTER — Boarded windows and alley separators in Rochester’s historic district will get a colorful boost from New Hampshire artist James Chase this month. The Rochester Museum of Fine Arts commissioned Chase, director of community education and the visual arts faculty at the New Hampshire Institute of Art, to create and install public art in …

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ROCHESTER — Boarded windows and alley separators in Rochester’s historic district will get a colorful boost from New Hampshire artist James Chase this month.

The Rochester Museum of Fine Arts commissioned Chase, director of community education and the visual arts faculty at the New Hampshire Institute of Art, to create and install public art in Factory Court, North Main Street and Wyandotte Walkway.

The project, which was supported by the Office of Economic and Community Development of the City of Rochester, is scheduled to be completed and installed by Sunday.

But unlike community projects with a short shelf life, Matt Wyatt, a co-founder and chairman of the Rochester Museum, said the public will have plenty of time to see the murals.

“We love public art, but the problem with most of it is that you raise a lot of money and they are typically taken away after a few months,” Wyatt said. “We wanted to raise money and invest in something that would last for a few years or more. James is using marine grade plywood and applying them to the boarded window spaces. They are made to last.”

Chase has exhibited his work internationally, merging painting, printmaking and photography with social engagement efforts; he has been featured in more than 50 art exhibitions since 2009. Recent solo exhibitions include “Echoes” with the Rochester Museum of Fine Arts and “Kill The Lights” at South Plains College, Levelland, Texas.

“It says a lot when local organizations and municipalities invest in the arts,” Chase said of the Rochester mural commission. “This project will hopefully further the appreciation for public art and help beautify the downtown.

“The opportunity to interact and give back to the community through the power of art is important to me,” he added. “ I truly believe art builds community.”

Chase recently completed a large-scale mural project in Manchester, and he worked throughout this past summer on pieces for this fall’s installation in Rochester.

“My aim with the mural project in Rochester is to enhance a visual sense of vibrancy that is already growing in the downtown area,” he said. “With businesses and organizations like the Rochester Museum of Fine Arts, Rochester Opera House, Revolution, and Fresh Vibes all making substantial investments in the downtown area, these murals will hopefully become another piece of the conversation.”

There will be a small, outdoor reception in Wyndotte Walkway from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 27. Visit www.rochestermfa.org for more information.

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