0821 – KCP presents ‘Remembering Howard Frank Mosher’

Vermont filmmaker Jay Craven will hit the road this summer, for a series of film screenings and personal reflections to pay tribute to his 30-year collaborator, Northeast Kingdom writer, Howard Frank Mosher. He will screen his film and present reflections on his work with Mosher at 7pm, Monday, August 21st, at the Haskell Opera House in Derby Line.

“Howard Mosher died pretty unexpectedly in late January,” said Craven. “And many Vermonters already miss him for his laugh-out-loud humor and fertile imagination of our place. Writers miss him, too, because no one was more generous with his time and support.”

Craven will open each evening with prepared and off-the-cuff reflections, “My Life, So Far, With Howard,” that explore his long collaboration with Mosher. He will then present a 25th Anniversary screening of his first Mosher feature film, “Where the Rivers Flow North,” starring Academy Award nominee Rip Torn, Native American actress Tantoo Cardinal (“Dances with Wolves,” “Legends of the Fall”), and Michael J. Fox.

“Howard was much more than a source for our film stories and characters,” said Craven. “He was also a constant ally, a ready source of laughs, and a steadying influence in times of strain. This was especially crucial during our struggles with headstrong actor Rip Torn on the filming of “Rivers.” I will tell a few tales that have not been publically shared before—because they capture a rarely seen side of Howard and his work.”

Set in 1927 in Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom, “Where the Rivers Flow North” tells the story of an old logger, Noel Lord, and his Native American mate, Bangor, who face the extinction of their way of life when the local power company plans to build a giant hydro dam that will flood them off their land. Lord and Bangor face emotional and physical challenges as they struggle with the power company, Vermont’s unforgiving terrain, and their own thorny relationship.

“Where the Rivers Flow North” played more than thirty festival dates including Sundance, Seattle, Avignon, Vienna, and Vancouver. Special screenings include The Smithsonian, Lincoln Center, and Harvard Film Archive. The picture was also one of three U.S. finalists for Critics Week, Cannes International Film Festival. Critical comments include: “Breathtakingly beautiful.” (Bob Mondello, NPR); “A freshness rarely seen on screen.” (Caryn James, NY Times); “Powerful and unconventional.” (Geoff Gilmore, director, Sundance Film Festival) and “Remarkable performances” (actor Gregory Peck).

The Mosher Tribute tour is produced by Kingdom County Productions with sponsorship support from Vermont Public Radio.

0609 – Banjo Dan’s Bluegrass Revue

New England’s top bluegrass show returns to the Haskell Opera House on Friday, June 9 at 7:30 PM.  Since 2013 a top draw at this fabled theatre straddling the US/Canada border at Derby Line, Vermont and Stanstead, Quebec, the show has moved to an early summer slot for the first time. Bluegrass fans on both sides of the line are invited to kick off a summer of great music with New England bluegrass at its best.

The Revue once again combines the talents of two of the best in the business.  Bob Amos & Catamount Crossing has emerged as the top bluegrass band in the Northeast.  Led by award-winning songwriter Bob Amos, this band has it all.  The vocal mix, featuring Bob and Sarah Amos, runs the gamut from hard-edged to bluesy, dynamic to soulful.  The instrumental work on banjo, fiddle and mandolin is brilliant.  The band’s last two CDs have gained several “best of” rewards and their stage show never fails to excite audiences wherever they play.

The Sky Blue Boys – Banjo Dan and Willy Lindner – carry on in the tradition of the legendary Banjo Dan and the Mid-nite Plowboys, who first brought bluegrass to the Haskell in 2000 and enjoyed a huge following around the Northeast for four decades.  Augmented this year by the stellar Carrie Cook on bass, they offer up a fascinating mix of traditional and original songs, capturing the spirit of the pioneers who put this stirring American music on the map in the middle part of the last century.

“This is a dream team,” says producer Dan Lindner.  “I don’t believe fans of this music will find a better show in the Northeast this summer, and I know for sure they won’t find a better place in which to hear it.  The Haskell Opera House has all the charm and ambience an audience or performer could ask for and has been my favorite venue for years.  We’re looking forward to seeing all our Canadian and Northeast Kingdom fans and delivering another dynamite show this year.”

Tickets are just $20, U.S. or Canadian, available in advance at www.haskellopera.com  / (802)873-3022×205 or (819)876-2471×205 and Catamount Arts, www.catamountix.org / (802)748-2600 or (888)757-5559.  They may also be purchased in advance at Country Thyme Vermont, 60 Route 111 in Derby, VT (802)766-2852 and barring a sellout (always a possibility with this popular show) should be available at the door.

0311 – An Evening with Harrow Fair

Stanstead House Concerts presents… An Intimate Evening with Harrow Fair at The Haskell Free Library.

Concert begins at 7.30 pm.

$20 Adults | $10 Teens

There are a limited number of tickets for this concert. Buy yours early lest you be disappointed.

Harrow Fair is Miranda Mulholland (Great Lake Swimmers, Belle Starr) & Andrew Penner (Sunparlour Players). One part stomping songs that echo early Country and Rock n Roll. The other gritty ballads that sound sweet and haunted. This duo’s evocative and rapidly expanding collection of songs are utterly foreign, oddly familiar and deeply gratifying. Their debut full-length album “Call to Arms” is out now.

Terms & Conditions

The concert begins promptly at 7.30 pm.

Attention !

The only entrance to the building is located on the American street side.

Visitors from Canada must park their cars on the Church Street side of the building and walk around the building to the main entrance.

Visitors from the United States may park in our parking lot, on Caswell Ave. or another Derby Line street.

It is expected that all visitors will return to their country of origin.