Violin Building presentation

Thurston Huntting “Hunt” Smith of Nelson and Samuel Foucher of Harrisville received a 2013 – 14 Traditional Arts Apprenticeship grant from the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts. Over the past 8 months, Samuel has been working on making his first violin under the guidance of hunt. As this project is now complete, a presentation will be given at the Harrisville Public Library on Thursday, September 4, at 7 PM. All are welcome to attend.

NH Council on the Arts

☼ ☼ ☼ Sacred Harp Sing | Nelson

The next sing will take place on Thursday, August 21, at 7 pm.  NO experience is necessary. If you think this sounds interesting, we’d love to have you come listen and give it a try.  We will have several extra books to lend for the session.  If you’ve sung shape-note songs in the past and are ready for more singing close to home, we’re eager to meet you and have you join us, too.  If you want directions, please email

Contra Dance with Dudley Laufman | Harrisville, NH

Dudley Laufman will lead the dancing at a special Saturday Contra Dance in Harrisville, NH, on August 9th.

On an episode of the NH Public Radio program, The Exchange, host Laura Knoy said, “When he raised the roof at the Newport Folk Festival in 1965 with his country orchestra, Dudley Laufman energized the youthful crowd and helped re-light the torch for traditional country dancing that had been carried at the time by a few old-timers.” Dudley was named a National Heritage Fellow in 2009, and received the NH Council of the Arts Folk Heritage award in 2001.

Dancing begins at 8:00 PM. Beginners and singles are welcome and all dances are taught throughout the evening.

Admission is only $2, thanks to the generosity of an anonymous benefactor. The dance takes place in the historic Granite Mill, 69 Main Street in Harrisville, NH. For more information call (603) 313-3321.