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 Open Tuesdays
June 11 - September 24, 2019
 3:00pm - 6:00 pm

On the Rochester Common - Rochester, New Hampshire


Meet the Entertainers

July 3

PaPa Joe's Traveling Storytelling Show

In the tradition of the itinerant storyteller, Papa Joe travels the continent collecting tales and inviting folks of all ages to Step into a Story. From Cow Head, Newfoundland to Austin, Texas; from the beaches in Florida to the mountains in Washington State. What makes him so special? His love of good stories? His passion for telling? His devotion to his audiences? This Master Storyteller designs shows to meet your needs, and it’s the audience that leaves feeling special. They experience stories with the opportunity to share with the group.
Internationally Recognized Mastery: Interactive Folk Storytelling.
Over 6000 performances – hundreds of workshops
Don’t let your kids, big or small, miss this show. You’ll talk about him for days!
PaPa Joe is sweet, kind, funny, talented, a weaver of captivating tales and a  Pied Piper with his melodious flute.

Author of For A Wish, The Ghost & the Apple Sauce, Jack Frost, Keenwitted Orphan, New Pots From Old, Poccamandas, Three Hairs, Too Much Christmas Pudding, Brave Little Samantha.
“It was far more than we had hoped for. We were very impressed that you could entertain the children and still maintain control. The children were captivated and talked about Papa Joe for days. Without costumes, props or puppets he managed to hold the children mesmerized! His expressions and voice changes as well as his ability to get the children to interact with him were incredible. His performances lasted 45 minutes and even the youngest of our children were held spellbound by him. For days after his visit you could hear the children singing his songs and reciting bits and pieces of the stories he told.” — Alison Bourdelais, Merrimack Valley Montessori Pelham, NH


July 10

​North River Band

North River began as a trio in 2008.  New Hampshire seacoast area musicians Dan, Vicky and Dianne played a 'one time' benefit show together and had so much fun they have been playing their version of Pop, Folk and Soul covers at venues in New Hampshire, Massachusetts and Maine ever since.   The group plays out as a Duo or Trio and becomes the 'Trio Large' and brings along a full band for events when needed
Vicky Poland and Dianne McMillen, the vocal dynamic duo of the band, have been singing together since 2005. They began making music together in the           acapella group Vocal Exchange.  Taking their great vocal harmonies one step further, both Vicky and Dianne lend their singing talent to the Funky Divas of Gospel. Whether it's Folk, Rock, Country or Gospel music, if you give us a mic we'll sing you a song!
“Dangerous” Dan Poland, has been part of the Seacoast music scene for over 30 years. He is a masterful guitar player who can play anything we throw at him. Dan not only plays with North River Band, he is currently with The Funky Divas of Gospel. He has founded and played in a number of different bands including White Lies, Forecast, and Boca Roca and The Jeannie Daniels Band. 

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Long Journey

July 24

​Carolyn Hutton grew up in North Carolina in an old time gospel tradition, singing with her family at little country churches and tent shows.  She married, moved to this area and raised four children. A chance encounter with Mac McHale and the Old Time Radio Gang in 2003 inspired her to go back to her roots.  She played mandolin in a 4-women band called Bliss, until forming a partnership with Mac McHale in an old time country and gospel duet, Taylor’s Grove.  ​​

She and Paul Mangion now both perform in Drowned Valley, a local bluegrass group that got its start as “Silver and Central” at First Parish Church of Dover.

Paul Mangion first heard the music of the southern mountains as a student in 1964. He took up clawhammer banjo in 1973 and, after moving to the Seacoast, helped start up The Last Chance String Band. In 1988 he began to play percussion in a zydeco band, The Crawdad Wranglers, as well as many of the local Irish sessions. After retirement, he returned to his first love, the banjo, and started singing with Carolyn in 2011.

July 24

       Cedar Mountain Bluegrass Band

Cedar Mountain Bluegrass Band.  Each musician has been playing since they were teenagers in various bands or as soloists.

On mandolin & vocals, is Al Brock from Milton NH. Alan’s experience in the different genres has yielded a unique approach to bluegrass music and particularly mandolin. You are likely to hear a bit of folk, rock or straight up bluegrass in his mandolin picking. 

On guitar & vocals, Ann French from Farmington, NH. Ann has been playing and singing since the 1970’s. Ann is the newest member. She was asked to step in when Chris Winters, the original guitarest passed away in 2017.On banjo & vocals, is Bill Hayes. Bill has been playing the banjo since 1976. Originally born in Sanford, Maine, his working career took him to Alaska for 26 years.
Bill is a purest when it comes to Bluegrass picking and is evident when you hear him play.
Cathy King plays upright bass, rhythm guitar and sings harmony and lead vocals.   She’s also a member of Salt River and the York River Ramblers and has filled in with other Seacoast area acoustic bands.    

July 31


Shades of Grass

Shades of Grass is a fun loving group of musicians of which the two founders, Bob Dearbon, and Tabby Lord are the nucleus. They bring in friends from all over NH and Maine to jam with them.