Thursday, January 17, 2019

Dawnland StoryFest in Warner

 On Saturday, February 2, 2019, the MKIM will host the Dawnland StoryFest for the very first time.  The Dawnland StoryFest was begun five years ago by its original creator/producer – storyteller Papa Joe Gaudet - and was held at the Mariposa Museum and Cultural Center in Peterborough, NH for its first four years, growing its audience size every year.  This year, the Dawnland StoryFest is celebrating its 5th anniversary in a new location and under new sponsorship.  As the only Native American Museum in New Hampshire, the Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum in Warner, NH is the perfect location for New Hampshire’s only Native American Storytelling Festival.  In its 26+ years of existence, MKIM has become a vital cultural and educational locus of activity and support for the Indigenous people of New Hampshire
There is a traditional storytelling season for the Native Peoples of the Northeast.  From the first frost in of autumn until the last frost in springtime, winter is the cozy storytelling time of year.  The purpose of the Dawnland StoryFest is to share traditional Native American stories during the heart of the Winter Storytelling Season in an atmosphere that invites audience members to not only listen to these ancient and wonderful stories, but to also have the opportunity to learn about the traditions associated with Native American storytelling while also learning more about Native American cultures. There will also be opportunities for attendees to get up and practice telling a traditional Native American story in a warm and supportive environment, if they come to the Dawnland StoryFest prepared with a story to share.  In a way, the Dawnland StoryFest is a hybrid event:  it is a storytelling festival meant to entertain while also being a storytelling conference meant to educate.  This is actually typical of Native American cultures.  Because of the strong oral traditions that developed in Native American societies over the millennia, storytelling became the primary method for educating the next generations.  And stories needed to be engaging in order to capture the attention and imagination of the listeners, so they would learn the lessons that were embedded in each story.  And sometimes a story has to be heard many times over the years in order for the lessons to be learned - good thing they’re entertaining stories!
In addition to new sponsorship in a new location, there is another first for the Dawnland StoryFest this year – the featured storyteller for the day is a woman.  Anne Jennison is a New Hampshire-based storyteller who comes from countless generations of folks who have lived in the Northeastern Woodlands. But Anne’s worldview - and voice as a storyteller – has also been shaped by having lived in many far-flung places around the world as well as the New Hampshire Seacoast. While Anne is a dyed-in-the-wool New Englander with both European and Abenaki heritage (Metis) who comes from a family with a strong oral tradition, she has also had rigorous training in her art form. With Master’s degrees in both Storytelling and in History, Anne brings a wealth of knowledge - polished by 30 years of experience as a performing storyteller - to her retelling of timeless Native American stories.  Additionally, six other experienced storytellers will also be featured at this year’s Dawnland StoryFest:  HearsCrow (Narragansett), Darlene Kascak (Schaghticoke), Angela Klingler (Cherokee), Sebastian Lockwood, Papa Joe Gaudet, and Simon Brooks as the MC.   The very modest admission fee for this event is $5.50.  Free admission for Native Americans.  For an additional $4.00, you can do a self-guided tour of the Museum. Additionally, farm-fresh fare will be sold in the lobby by Lewis Farm or you are welcome to bring a bag lunch with you. Contact Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum for more information at (603) 456-2600.
Please note: The Dawnland StoryFest 2019 is geared toward adults, including young adults, who are interested in learning more about Native American Storytelling traditions. This event is not really suitable for young children as there will be no specifically child-oriented activities - or childcare - provided during this one-day storytelling conference and festival.  This event is funded, in part, by a grant from the NH Humanities.
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Anne Jennison (photo credit Simon Brooks)

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Knitting Class registration is open

DOUBLE KNITTING CLASS In Warner

Double Knitting - design and knit a reversible hat (warm and beautiful)
5-6 Weeks; Thursdays starting January 24 
9:15-11:15 am 
at the Sugar River Bank, Warner, NH
$50 (includes 12 hours instruction, pattern, design resources, private help!)

This is a wonderful technique that few knitters know how to do. It involves two color knitting and attention to detail but the results are beautiful and practical.
1. In class one: we will discuss materials and design. You will design your own picture pattern from resources I will bring or a color design you have seen that you would like to incorporate.
2. Then you will shop for your materials, which will include two contrasting yarn colors. I will supply the pattern.
3. In class two: we will learn the technique of double knitting on a swatch.
4. Class three: We will begin your own, one of a kind hat.
We should be able to complete the project in 5 weeks but have an extra class built in if needed.

This class is limited in size.

This is a fun class that will challenge and increase your skills! You can carry the lessons in design and the double knit technique to future projects.

Contact Patty Anderson
603-456-2112

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Open Auditions for April Shakespeare Play

December 4th, 5th, and 6th, from 5-7pm at Pillsbury Free Library

Open Auditions for a Roaring 20’s interpretation of Shakespeare’s classic Romantic Comedy! All are welcome to audition, no experience necessary. There are roles available for eight men, eight women, ages 18-Seniors. Also available are stage crew positions. Dates for the play are April 5th-7th, and rehearsals will begin in January 2019. 
sponsored by S.K.I.T.
For more information email the director, Billijean Martiello, at bemartiello@gmail.com. Private auditions may be scheduled on a case by case basis.

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Fundraiser dinner for WYSA Sept 24

If you eat at The Local restaurant Monday Sept 24 from 5 to 9 pm a portion of the profits will be donated to support Warner Youth Sports Association (WYSA).

Monday, September 17, 2018

Warner PTO and Rail Trail open house

"Business after Hours" event from 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM to
at Simonds Elementary School, 14 Church St. Warner, NH 03278

Concord-Lake Sunapee Rail Trail (CLSRT) is excited to sponsor this Business After Hours event for Simonds Parent Teacher Organization (PTO). The Rail Trail will be sharing updates on this year's construction projects in Warner, Hopkinton and Bradford. 


The PTO is spearheading the fundraising efforts for the new playground at Simonds elementary school. Please come out and support two groups doing amazing things for our Kearsarge community.

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