January ART Happenings


January 6th at 7pm - First Friday Stars of Tomorrow!

First Friday Stars of Tomorrow at the Warner Town Hall Community Room!

The Stars of Tomorrow” will showcase the talents of the students in the region who have been awarded scholarships through CFA, to further their creative talents. Scholarship winners are Mak Eldridge, Warner; Kayla Wimer, New London; Jonathan Glidewell, New London; Daniel Courtine , New London; Maddox Cahill, Sunapee; Anya Moorehouse, Sunapee; Sydney Laurendeau, Bradford ; Emily Pirone, Warner; and Saoirse Carmody, Warner.

January 15th at 2pm - Abraham and Mary Lincoln

Abraham and Mary Lincoln at Whipple Hall

"The Long and the Short of It"

 Historical actors Steve and Sharon Wood portray Abraham and

Mary Todd Lincoln in this theatrical presentation focusing on the challenges

the first family faced during a turbulent time in our country's history. The

production begins with Mary Todd Lincoln mourning her husband's death.

President Lincoln then appears, visible to the audience but only heard by Mary

as if in a memory recalled, and they begin a dialogue about their lives. 2:00pm at Whipple Hall in New London. Purchase tickets at Morgan Hill Bookstore, or Tatewell Gallery or on our website.

January 17th at 5:30pm - Tapestry Tuesday

Tapestry Tuesday at the New London Inn with Dianalee Velie

A Life Between the Lines: A Half-Century of my Poetic Journey. Join Literary Arts Guild's member Dianalee Velie for the evening as she reads excerpts from her six books of poetry written at different periods of her life. The most recent book will take you on a poetic journey through Italy with poems about her experiences teaching poetry in Cortona, Cannero Riviera on Lago Maggiore, and in Santa Croce di Camerina, Sicily while visiting her cousins. She hopes you’ll fall in love with the sights and sounds of these poems and develop a yearning to read more poetry and also to write poems about your own life experiences whether near or far. 

Velie, has published 6 books of poetry and a collection of short stories, has taught poetry, memoir and short stories both in New England, New York and abroad, and has had poems and short stories published in hundreds of magazines and journals. In addition, she leads the John Hay Poetry Society, which has been meeting for close to 20 years, and has created a permanent poetry path in Newbury that honors New Hampshire Poet Laureates. 5:30pm at The New London Inn, Space is limited, Register or get the zoom link at

January 10th at 7pm

Tovah Martin at The Fells

Tovah Martin is a well-known horticulture lecturer throughout New England.  She has you covered with recommendations for plants that will become copacetic roommates. The goal of her talk is to help you find botanical companions that will make your life ultra-beautiful. Members: $10, non-members: $15.

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January 14th at 1pm

Monthly Craft Circle at the Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum

Join us for an informal gathering. Bring a project to work on in the company of fellow crafters. 

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January 19th at 7:30pm

Peter Mulvey at the Flying Goose

Peter Mulvey has been a songwriter, road-dog, raconteur, and almost-poet since before he can remember. Raised working-class Catholic on the Northwest side of Milwaukee, he took a semester in Ireland, and immediately began cutting classes to busk on Grafton Street in Dublin and hitchhike through the country, finding whatever gigs he could. Back stateside, he spent a couple years gigging in the Midwest before lighting out for Boston, where he returned to busking (this time in the subway) and coffeehouses. Small shows led to larger shows, which eventually led to regional and then national and international touring. The wheels have not stopped since.

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January 19 thru February 5th

The Niceties at Shaker Bridge Theatre

In this “barnburner of a play” (The Washington Post), two extraordinary women square off in a high-stakes academic debate over race, reputation, and who gets the final word on how American history is written. When university professor Janine and her brilliant student Zoe don’t see eye to eye, their routine office hours discussion unexpectedly careens off course – and threatens to derail their careers, lives, and the status quo. 

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January 20th at 7pm

Holly Furlone at the Andover CoffeeHouse

Holly Furlone is a NH seacoast native recently hailed by the Concord Monitor as a "local rising star" and whose solo performances have been described as 'passionate, candid & pure,' indie-folk singer/songwriter. As far back as she can remember, Holly Furlone has loved to sing. Growing up on the Seacoast of New Hampshire, everything in the world around her was music. Windshield wipers and blinkers transformed into beats and rhythms. Diverse landscapes inspired her imagination. Thoughts developed into words that brought forth poems which eventually became lyrics

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January 21st at 2pm

Ode to Mulan at The Newport Opera House

The Claremont Elementary Drama Fest is proud to present Ode To Mulan. This adaptation is a traditional representation of the original Ode To Mulan series of poems written in 386 AD China. Songs were added to the poems in 557 AD in the Southern Dynasty, changing the name to the Ballad of Mulan. This rendition includes music from the 1998 Disney film and a few modern tunes.  

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January 25th thru February 12th

'Bov Water at Northern Stage

How do you define yourself if you don’t know your family’s history? In this stirring new choreopoem by Celeste Jennings (Citrus), four generations of Black women breathe and bathe in a past that’s both intentionally and accidentally forgotten. Challenging and discovering their own narratives, these strong and inquisitive souls span time and space on a journey that is touching, vital, and intensely human.

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January 27th & 28th

Dancing with the Newport Stars at the Newport Opera House

The Newport Area Chamber of Commerce & The Newport Opera House Association

present DANCING WITH THE NEWPORT STARS! Friday & Saturday, January 27th & 28th, 2023 at 7:00pm. The Opera House stage sparkles with Newport’s finest dancing contestants, each vying for the winner’s trophy! A winning couple will be chosen each night so be sure to vote for your favorites! Tickets are on sale now! New this year – PREMIUM SEATING!

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January 27th at 7pm

Kat & Brad at the Sunapee CoffeeHouse

Drawing from 50s and 60s pop, American Songbook standards, and much more, this vibrant duo channels and fuses these influences through two voices, a guitar, and violin to bring you a mixture of original songs and dusted off covers from the past.

The two consist of Brad Bensko on Vocals and Guitar, and Kathleen Parks (of Twisted Pine) on Vocals, and Five-Stringed Fiddle.

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January 29th at 2pm

Apple Hill String Quartet at the Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum

Save the date for an afternoon of music with the Apple Hill String Quartet. They will perform music by Navajo composer Raven Chacon as well as other selections. Doors open at 1 pm for walking through the galleries and light refreshments. Tickets will be on sale in January and at the door.  

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Library Arts Center
Ava Gallery and Art Center 
Kearsarge Center for Performing Arts
New London Barn Playhouse
Wednesday Open Art Studio at The Library Arts Center
Bring your own art supplies and work on your current projects alongside a delightful and supportive group of artists. Facilitator Heidi Lorenz will paint alongside all, but is available for light guidance and instruction if desired. This welcoming and friendly drop -in style group is available to artists of all styles and abilities! You can register and pay online in advance, or if needed Heidi can collect cash or check for the class upon arrival. Drop-ins are welcome.
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!
Painting Group at Chapin Senior Center Tuesdays 1pm
Informal group would love to have you join them. Call COA to register.
526-6368. Learn More
Needlework Craft Group at Chapin Senior Center Wednesdays 1pm
Informal group would love to have you join them. Call COA to register.
526-6368. Learn More.
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