October ART Happenings
October 1st at 6:30pm
First Friday! Northern Stage Zoom!

Join Producing Artistic Director, Carol Dunne and Bold Associate Artistic Director, Sarah Wansley for the evening as they discuss what will be coming up at Northern Stage for the balance of their 2021/2021 season. Q&A with the audience to follow discussion.  This event will be via Zoom.

October 6 at 7pm
Wine and Poetry at the Sunapee Historical Society
Join us October 6th at 7:00 pm for "Wine and Poetry" featuring readings from Visual Verse--Snapshots in Time and explanations of the back stories of some of the Sunapee photos.
The poetry was written by local authors inspired by some of our old photos. Mark your calendars and plan to join us at the Flanders Museum in Sunapee Harbor. This is in collaboration with CFA.
Second Annual Teen Writers Competition!
Teen Writers Project
The Center for the Arts-Lake Sunapee Region is pleased to announce the second Annual Teen Writers Competition! Winners of the competitions in each genre will receive prizes from local business, publication in the Teen Writers Journal and a spot in the next session of the Teen Writers Workshop!
Entries will be judged by local author and Colby Sawyer professor, Megan Baxter. Megan will lead the workshop that follows the competition.
Open to all writers between the ages of 12 and 18 and who live in Andover, Bradford, Danbury, Grantham, New London, Newbury, Newport, Springfield, Sunapee, Sutton, Warner, or Wilmot.
Submissions Deadline is December 1. CONTEST GUIDELINES
Holiday Art Contest "Tidings of Joy"
"Tidings of Joy" Art Contest
Winners from each grade category will be chosen for this year’s CFA Holiday Cards, which will be printed and sold to raise money for student art scholarships, and posted in the CFA Online Gallery. Create your artwork in school or at home! Open to students in grades 3-5, 6-8, and 9-12
Submissions Deadline is November 1. Learn More
October 1 at 7PM
David Surette and Suzie Burk at the CoffeeHouse
Warmth, vitality, and spontaneity mark the performances of Susie Burke and David Surette, and have earned them a reputation as one of the finest acts on the lively New England folk scene. Susie's beautiful, complex voice and David's graceful, nimble-fingered string playing combine to yield a unique blend of contemporary, traditional, and original folk and acoustic music. Together since 1988, Susie and David have built a loyal following for their music, through a steady series of concerts and well-received recordings. Learn more
October 1
Kat Edmonson at Claremont Opera House
Kat Edmonson is a vintage-pop and jazz singer and songwriter whose show enchants all generations. Her unusually charming and seamless blend of old and new has garnered attention on “NPR Tiny Desk Concerts”, “Austin City Limits”, and “A Prairie Home Companion”. With a lighter-than-air vocal approach as well as her gift for evocative songwriting, Edmonson is a rare artist who embodies the spirit of the past while remaining resolutely au courant. Learn More
October 6 & 7 at 8PM
Willy Porter at The Flying Goose
Willy Porter continues a musical and personal odyssey spanning over two decades, 11 albums, and multiple continents. His journey has been defined by an inquisitive love for humanity and the language that describes what we all hold to be true. Porter’s songs weave a universal perspective about the questions, struggles, and triumphs of human existence. His live shows are guitar-driven grit, soul, silence and muscle– at times electrifying, dynamic, and unique in the way that Porter’s voice blends and fuses with his fret work. Learn More
October 8 at 7PM
October 9
Tripod at Claremont Opera House
Performing 90 minutes of some of the most popular and recognizable songs in Alice In Chains Discography. The dynamic energy and attention to detail are a hallmark of Tripod. Includes a 15-20 minute opening acoustic act. Learn More
October 11 from 10AM to 11AM
Indigenous People's Day at the Kearsarge Indian Museum
In the town of Warner, the second Monday in October has officially been changed to ‘Indigenous Peoples’ Day’! Details will be forthcoming on how we plan to commemorate this. Learn More
Thru October 13
Quilt Show - Soo Nipi Quilters
Visit the Quilt Show thru October 13th at the Library Arts Center in Newport. Gallery Hours are Tuesday thru Friday 11am to 4pm and Saturday 10am to 2pm. Learn More
October 15 at 7PM
The Twangtown Paramours at Sunapee CoffeeHouse
The music of The Twangtown Paramours has been called “Sophisticated Americana”, and is a hybrid of the Nashville and Austin music scenes. This husband ‘n wife acoustic duo is known for their well-crafted and award-winning songs, top-notch lead singing, and fine harmonies. They have performed at nationally recognized venues such as Uncle Calvin’s in Dallas, Caffe Lena in Saratoga Springs, and the Bluebird Café in Nashville. They have opened for Joe Ely, Claire Lynch, Jimmie Dale Gilmore, Carrie Newcomer, and Kim & Reggie Harris, amongst others. Learn More
October 15 & 16 at 7:30pm
Greater Tuna at the Claremont Opera House
Greater Tuna by Jaston Williams, Joe Sears, Ed Howard
October 15 & 16 | Friday & Saturday @ 7:30pm.

The long-running Off Broadway hit features two actors creating the entire population of Tuna in a tour de farce of quick change artistry, changing costumes and characterizations faster than a jack rabbit runs from a coyote. Two actors, twenty characters, and a barrel of laughs, y’all. Learn More
October 22 at 7PM
Cormac McCarthy at the Sunapee CoffeeHouse
Cormac McCarthy is a pianist, composer, arranger and conductor from Cork, Ireland. Noted for a diverse stylistic palette, and equally at home in a variety of genres, his music is said to "defy categorisation" (Lyric FM). Learn More
October 22
The Breakers at the Claremont Opera House
The country's premier Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers tribute band. Established to let the fans of the late great Tom Petty continue to enjoy the live experience of TP & the HB's. No other Tom Petty tribute band comes close to capturing the SOUND and emotions of Tom's songs quite like the Breakers. Learn More
October 23
Bitter Pill at the Claremont Opera House
Self-described as “rhythm and bluegrass,” Bitter Pill is a tight-knit family, (literally father and daughter) who play a dark and anachronistic twist of folk, blues, jazz, rockabilly, and country – mixed with original spoken word as well as reading from classical literature. They released their first album, “Prepare Your Throats,” in the fall of 2018. It is a collection of traditional and original songs from the soundtrack of their staging of William Shakespeare’s violent, bloody, grotesquely ridiculous abomination of a play, “Titus Andronicus.”
Their second album was released May 2020. “Desperate Times on the New Hampshire State Line,” is a whimsical collection of foot stompin’, hand clappin’, spirited cross-genre tunes. Now available for purchase and streaming on all the streamers. Learn More
October 29 at 7PM
Lenny Solomon at the Sunapee CoffeeHouse
Singer/songwriter/guitarist Lenny Solomon's style has been compared to early Bob Dylan, Guy Clark, and Jerry Jeff Walker. Solomon began his career in the late 1960s. A fixture at the now defunct Idler Coffeehouse in Harvard Square, Cambridge, he regularly performed there on Friday nights for over eight years. The Idler was a training ground for songwriters such as Geoff Bartley, Paul Rishell, Spider John Koerner, and Ric Ocasek. During these years as a solo performer he shared bills with many touring performers including Chris Smither, Carolyn Hester, Bonnie Raitt, and Spider John. Learn More
October 30
The Halloween Masquerade Dance at the Newport Opera House
Featuring the music of
Saturday, October 30, 2021
8:00pm – the stroke of Midnight
Join us for a fang-tastic time as LAST KID PICKED heats up the night with spooktacular tunes! Dress up in your most bewitching costume! Prizes will be awarded for the best in different categories, from boo-tiful to bone-chilling! (Ages 21 & over only. Valid photo ID required for admission to event.) Learn More
CFA Upcoming Events
October 1, 6:30pm
First Friday! Northern Stage Presents!

Join Producing Artistic Director, Carol Dunne and Bold Associate Artistic Director, Sarah Wansley for the evening as they discuss what will be coming up at Northern Stage for the balance of their 2021/2022 season. Q&A with the audience to follow discussion.
October 6th at 7PM | Readings from Visual Verse III: Snapshots in Time
 Join us for an evening of poetry and wine. Come and see the photos that inspired the poems and hear them read by their authors.
October 6th - 8th | Fall Foliage Photography Workshop
Photography Workshop and Retreat
In the Scenic Lake Sunapee Area of New Hampshire with Jay Fitzpatrick and Mark Beerman. Join us for three days of all things photography at the historic New London Inn and on site. Learn More
October 16th | Visual Art Workshop
 “Sketching Autumn Leaves: Drawing Natural Forms To Improve Your Focus And Memory” with Sue Anne Bottomley Oct.16th 9:30-12:30 at the New London Inn Learn More
CFA MicroGallery Exhibits
New London Inn: Dan Brenton and Janie Snowden
Bar Harbor Bank & Trust: Leigh Schoch
Blue Loon Bakery: Elizabeth D"Amico
Tatewell Gallery: Steve Sanford and Mark Pederson
"Peace and Tranquility" at The Fells Main Floor Gallery
In these past months many artists have found peace and tranquility painting in their studios or out in the landscape. This show features selected artists who will share their work and experiences over the past 14 months creating art that reflects the peace and tranquility that they sought. Exhibit runs through October 11.
Art Cafe´ and Walt Whitman, The Fells
The Second Floor Gallery features the artists from the Art Café and their work inspired by Walt Whitman’s Leaves of Grass. These paintings, sculptures and collages are individual creations, by members of the Art Cafe, reflecting a line taken from this noted collection. Exhibit runs through October 11.
Art in Nature 2021 Sculpture Exhibit at The Fells
A contemporary exhibit of some of the finest New England Sculptors set on the beautiful grounds of The Fells. Each piece is sensitively sited to seamlessly integrate that which is human created into the surrounding landscape. Exhibit runs through October 11.
Tomie dePaola Exhibit at the Currier Museum of Art
Tomie dePaola (1934–2020) wrote and illustrated some 270 children’s books over his 50-year career, including picture books, folk tales, nursery rhymes, and chapter books. A longtime resident of New Hampshire, he has received numerous awards and accolades.
The Currier Museum of Art’s collection holds more than 100 works by Tomie dePaola. This exhibition celebrates the artist’s life and legacy through a selection of these illustrations.
The Currier Museum of Art
A new exhibition, The Body in Art: From the Spiritual to the Erotic, will explore the creative ways artists through the ages have used the human body as a means of expression.
Through September.
Online Writing Classes
Megan Baxter will be offering three writing classes/lessons - Writing the College Essay; Creative Writing Lessons for Ages 12-18; and Nonfiction Writing Workshop. Megan has won national awards in nonfiction and poetry. She has an MFA in Creative Nonfiction and a BFA in Poetry. For more info visit or to sign up email
Weekly Online Watercolor Classes at 10am
Each week is a stand-alone lesson, so sign up for one session or plan on attending each week to build your skills. The lessons will help beginners learn the basics, while engaging intermediate painters in ways that will develop their skills. Instructor Becky Bense has created a warm and welcoming class environment where all her students feel encouraged. $10 per session, or $35 for a four-class pass. Tuesdays, 10:00am-12:00pm, online via Zoom. Sign up at 
Digital Art Projects for Kids and Families
Library Arts Center offers a variety of online art projects. View all of these great art projects on our YouTube Channel. New projects are released each week!
Story Time at Abbott Library – Fridays 4pm
We will have craft kits available for pickup at the library, and will share a Zoom link with you once you register. Please register ahead of time via our family resources page.
Painting Group at Chapin Senior Center Tuesdays 1pm
Informal group would love to have you join them. Call COA to register.
Needlework Craft Group at Chapin Senior Center Wednesdays 1pm
Informal group would love to have you join them. Call COA to register.
Center For the Arts Online Events
First Fridays, Special Events, Authors, Students, and School Programs

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Artists, Writers, Performers, Students, Teachers
Call to Artists
Exhibit in the CFA MicroGalleries
Applications accepted on a rolling basis and available at
Teacher Grants
Teacher Grants available now for 2021-2022 school year!
 Center for the Arts e-Calendar goes out twice a month (near the 15th and the 30th). 
To be included in our arts calendar we must receive your cultural event information by the 15th of the prior month. 
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