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PROJECT SHAKESPEARE PRESENTS A MUSICAL SHOWCASE OF QUILTERS

Project Shakespeare presents its first musical workshop of Quilters by Molly Newman and Barbara Damashek; Music and Lyrics by Barbara Damashek; based on the “The Quilters: Women and Domestic Art” by Patricia Cooper and Norma Bradley Allen. Performances are Saturday, April 28th at 2pm at The Jaffrey Civic Center, 40 Main Street, Jaffrey; 7pm at the First Church in Jaffrey, 14 Laban Ainsworth Way, Jaffrey; and, Sunday, April 29th at the Mariposa Museum, 26 Main Street, Peterborough. Tickets are $10 adults and $7 for students and seniors.

Quilters is the story of pioneer woman and children blending a series of interrelated scenes into a rich mosaic which captures the beauty, joy, and challenges of frontier life. Illuminating stories contained in various patches or “blocks” with music, dance and drama, the action depicts the lot of women on the frontier: girlhood, marriage, childbirth, spinsterhood, twisters, fire, illness and death. Quilters radiates with love, warmth, and lively humor and the moving spectacle of simple human dignity and steadfastness in the face of adversity. Quilters is perfect entertainment for the entire family.

Originally developed and produced at the Denver Center Theatre company, this joyous and moving celebration of American Womanhood became a record-setting regional theater success before its presentations on Broadway and at the Edinburgh Festival. Combining music, dance movement and scenes of vivid dramatic intensity, the play pays eloquent tribute to the courage and spirit of our nation’s pioneer woman.

The cast includes: Indigo Wolf, Abigail Hampson, Autumn Moran, Arianna Wentworth, Helen Martynuska, Alyssia Maki, Gabrielle Ramsden, Josephine Furlong, Kaia Colby, Nia Lanphier, Holly Lanphier, and Isabelle Ferguson. Stage managing are Aidan Lanphier and Kaden Colby.

This performance will be the culmination of a Project Shakespeare program called One Play in One Week. Over the April school break, homeschool and public school students join together to rehearse, stage and perform the play in one week’s time – quite a challenge but one that Project Shakespeare students are excited to take on.

Visit: projectshakespeare.org for more information

Jaffrey Civic Center’s The Farmer & the Flea seeking vendors for Summer Season

The Jaffrey Civic Center is now accepting vendor applications for their summer market, The Farmer and the Flea, which runs every Saturday beginning, July 7th through October 6th. This is the second year we are offering the event. Vendors can sell their flea market items/crafts and or locally grown produce. We are especially seeking farm items like fresh flowers and eggs, berries, baked goods as well as honey or maple products. All are welcome. Centrally located on Main Street in the scenic town of Jaffrey, our spacious lawn offers high visibility to visitors and residents alike. We will plan to open the summer market on Saturdays from 9 am to 1pm. Discounts available for return vendors and Jaffrey residents. For an application, please go to our website www.jaffreyciviccenter.com and download our Farmer and the Flea Vendor application form or contact us at 532-6527.

The Jaffrey Civic Center, is located at 40 Main Street, Jaffrey, New Hampshire, parking in rear. We are a designated 501(c)3 non-profit dedicated to art, education and civic activities. Hours are Monday through Friday, 10 am- 12 noon, 1to 5 pm and Sat 10-2. Admission is always free. For more information about us, call 603-532-6527, e-mail us at info@jaffreyciviccenter.com.
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Jaffrey Civic Center hosts Annual Young Person’s Show

The Jaffrey Civic Center is excited to announce that once again it will be host the Annual Young Person’s Show which showcases the artwork of Jaffrey and Rindge youth from Kindergarten to 12th grade. The show is open to all young people in the Jaffrey-Rindge school district and will include artwork from Jaffrey Grade School, Rindge Memorial School, Jaffrey-Rindge Middle School and Conant High School. The exhibit will be held in the upstairs Cunningham Gallery and runs from Friday, April 27 through May 25. The Opening Reception for this show will be held on a special evening, Founder’s Day, on Thursday, May 17th beginning at 7 pm in The Auditorium Gallery. This evening commemorates Marion Mack Johnson, the Founder of the Jaffrey Civic Center. The evening includes student musical performances from students in the Jaffrey-Rindge School District. Light Refreshments provided. We hope you can come celebrate with us on this very special evening. As always, the reception is open to the public and admission is always FREE

The Jaffrey Civic Center, is located at 40 Main Street, Jaffrey, New Hampshire, parking in rear. We are a designated 501(c)3 non-profit dedicated to art, education and civic activities. Hours are Monday through Friday, 10 am- 12 noon, 1to 5 pm and Sat 10-2. Admission is always free. For more information about us, call 603-532-6527, e-mail us at info@jaffreyciviccenter.com.
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Juliet Bell exhibits Paintings and Puzzles at the Civic Center

Juliet Bell will display her paintings and puzzles at the Jaffrey Civic Center beginning Friday, April 27 – May 25 in the Display Case Gallery. Juliet began her career in theater design, building properties for a number of regional theaters in the U.S. including off Broadway, and eventually in London. In 1998, she founded BellArt, a wooden jigsaw puzzle company for which she created the artwork for traditional puzzles, and the designs for non-traditional wood stained puzzles. These one-of-a-kind puzzles were sold at fine craft stores, juried galleries, and privately.
Born and adopted in England and raised in the U.S., it was not until many years after pursuing a career in the arts that she found both birth parents and discovered they were artists. Not only had they worked in the theater, but both were painters. Her mother attended the Slade School of Fine Art, and specialized in watercolor painting. Her father was a distinguished and award-winning artist who lived and painted in Newfoundland and Scotland, and built Newfoundland’s first dome house.
Juliet’s current passion is oil painting. She is essentially self-taught, though she has taken many art classes, and gives credit for much of her development to Mark carder’s on-line videos. Juliet’s paintings have sold at several juried auctions including the Monadnock Arts Auction. Most recently, “Lily On Pond” won 3rd place at Renoartio’s May 2016 competition. Juliet lives in a little house in the woods of New Hampshire with her cats, dog, and chickens.

The Jaffrey Civic Center, is located at 40 Main Street, Jaffrey, New Hampshire, parking in rear. We are a designated 501(c)3 non-profit dedicated to art, education and civic activities. Hours are Monday through Friday, 10 am- 12 noon, 1to 5 pm and Sat 10-2. Admission is always free. For more information about us, call 603-532-6527, e-mail us at info@jaffreyciviccenter.com.
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Georgia O’Keefe Paints Paradise comes to the JCC

The Jaffrey Civic Center is excited to host the play, Georgia O’Keeffe Paints Paradise, an award-winning musical by Tom Dunn and Will Ogmundson of the Henniker based theatre group, the Alchemists’ Workshop. The performance will be held on Saturday, April 21st at 7 pm in the Auditorium of the Civic Center. Tickets will be available at the door for a suggested donation price of $10. A reception will follow the play.

Georgia O’Keeffe Paints Paradise is based on a true event in famed painter Georgia O’Keeffe’s life. In 1938 she was commissioned by the Dole Pineapple marketing department to do for the pineapple what she had done so wonderfully for the Iris and other flowers. Once O’Keeffe arrived in Hawaii she discovered that she hated pineapples as much as she hated the upper-class Hawaiians who were hosting her. O’Keeffe’s trip was saved by the 12-year-old daughter of a Dole manager who became her tour guide. Patricia and O’Keeffe continued their friendship through letter writing for the next 56 years and it is that correspondence that inspired the world premiere Alchemists’ work.

Alchemists’ Workshop is based in Henniker and in its 18th year of touring professional plays and musicals throughout Northern New England. For information on the Alchemists’ Workshop please visit their website: www.alchemistsworkshop.org.

The Jaffrey Civic Center, is located at 40 Main Street, Jaffrey, New Hampshire, parking in rear. We are a designated 501(c)3 non-profit dedicated to art, education and civic activities. Hours are Monday through Friday, 10 am- 12 noon, 1to 5 pm and Sat 10-2. Admission is always free. For more information about us, call 603-532-6527, e-mail us at info@jaffreyciviccenter.com.
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“Night of 1000 Cupcakes” returns in July 2018

Save the date! The Jaffrey Civic Center will again put on its trademarked cupcake event in 2018. The event will be held on the spacious front lawn of the Civic Center on Thursday, July 19th at 5:30 pm. CJ the DJ, will be the MC for the event and we hope to have thousands of cupcakes on hand of various themes. All of the cupcakes are baked, decorated and donated to the event. We are always looking for bakers, sponsors and volunteers for this event. People interested in volunteering and/or baking should email the CIvic Center at info@jaffreyciviccenter.com. Sign up for our public Cupcake Group on our Facebook Page to keep informed about the event.

The Jaffrey Civic Center, is located at 40 Main Street, Jaffrey, New Hampshire, parking in rear. We are a designated 501(c)3 non-profit dedicated to art, education and civic activities. Hours are Monday through Friday, 10 am- 12 noon, 1to 5 pm and Sat 10-2. Admission is always free. For more information about us, call 603-532-6527, e-mail us at info@jaffreyciviccenter.com.
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Bluebird Felting Class at the Jaffrey Civic Center

During the month of April, master puppeteer and felting instructor, Nicol Wander will offer 2 sessions of her popular Bluebird Felting Class. One class will be held on Thursday, April 26th from 12pm to 3pm and the other class will be held on Saturday, April 28th from 10am to 1pm. The cost of the class is $35 and all materials and tools are included in the course. Registration is required for the class. The deadline to register is Friday, April 20th. Nicol Wander holds a BFA in Painting and Sculpture and an MFA in Puppetry from The Institute of Professional Puppetry Arts.

Nicol has worked as a full-time puppeteer and felting instructor and is always creating new puppetry productions. Her passion for puppetry began when she was a little girl, but really took hold when she was involved with of an Alaskan state operated visual Arts center for local artists. The center funded many outside professionals that gave a variety of workshops in different artistic fields. While at the center she took a puppet making workshop from a New York puppeteer named Art Wood and her love of puppetry developed. For more information about Nicol, check out her website at www.wanderfulcreations.com. Contact the Jaffrey Civic Center to register for the felting class.

The Jaffrey Civic Center, is located at 40 Main Street, Jaffrey, New Hampshire, parking in rear. We are a designated 501(c)3 non-profit dedicated to art, education and civic activities. Hours are Monday through Friday, 10 am- 12 noon, 1to 5 pm and Sat 10-2. Admission is always free. For more information about us, call 603-532-6527, e-mail us at info@jaffreyciviccenter.com.
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HELP GIVE US A LIFT

The Jaffrey Civic Center is actively seeking donations for the “HELP GIVE US A LIFT CAMPAIGN”, which will fund a lift to the second floor of the building. The lift will provide second floor access to the elderly, disabled and other populations who cannot use the stairs. There are many ways to donate; through PayPal via the Jaffrey Civic Center website, by check to the Jaffrey Civic Center or through the Jaffrey Civic Center GoFundme page. To date, the Civic Center has raised a total of about $54,000. The funds already raised for the project include private donations from many local residents, a grant from the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation, a gift from the Peterborough branch of the Royal Bank of Canada, a pledged gift from The Rotary Club of Jaffrey and donations from the Jaffrey Civic Center Board of Trustees. The estimated costs related to the project are approximately $80,000. For more information about the campaign, please contact the Civic Center.

The Jaffrey Civic Center, is located at 40 Main Street, Jaffrey, New Hampshire, parking in rear. We are a designated 501(c)3 non-profit dedicated to art, education and civic activities. Hours are Monday through Friday, 10 am- 12 noon, 1to 5 pm and Sat 10-2. Admission is always free. For more information about us, call 603-532-6527, e-mail us at info@jaffreyciviccenter.com.
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Annual Spring Art Exhibit Winners

The Jaffrey Civic Center is very pleased to announce the winners of the Annual Spring Art Exhibit. For the photography portion of the show, the winners of the Kana Riley Poets and Artistic Fund include photographer, Edward Thomas, who came in 1st place with his photograph, Willing Workers. Second place went to Gerrit Bradley with Lake Wakatipu Summer and Honorable Mention to Brad Willard for his photograph, Restful. For the mixed media portion of the show, Donna Eaton came in 1st place with her watercolor piece, (bottom below) Cider Days, Hillman Orchard. Second place winner was Stella Arvanetaki’s Morning after the Storm and Honorable Mention to Alberta Geyer’s April in Fur. Congratulations to all the winners.

Pastel Society of New Hampshire group exhibit at the Jaffrey Civic Center

Opening Reception Video

The Jaffrey Civic Center is hosting a group pastel exhibit by the Pastel Society of New Hampshire beginning Sunday, March 25 through April 20th. There will be an Opening Reception on Sunday, March 25 from 1pm to 4pm. The exhibit and reception are free and open to the public.

The mission of the Pastel Society of NH is “to set standards of excellence and to encourage the use of soft pastels; to unite pastelists through membership in the society; to establish pastel as a separate category in major art exhibitions; to focus attention on the renaissance of pastel and to educate the public regarding the permanence and beauty of the medium; to offer workshops, critiques, classes, demonstrations and scholarships as part of our educational program; to offer a vehicle of communication for the exchange of news and ideas through our web site and our publications; to hold member’s shows at appropriate gallery locations ; to culminate the year’s activities with a national annual juried exhibition open to members and non-members.” For more information about the Pastel Society of NH, check out their website at: www. http://pastelsocietynh.com/

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