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Happening Saturday: Rural Pride in Claremont (rain date Sunday)

Sage Hutchinson, center, prepares rainbow ribbon pins to give to participants at Rural Pride 2018 while Ariana Menard, left, cuts rainbow ribbons. Both are members of the Gay Straight Transgender Alliance (GSTA) at Stevens High School in Claremont. (Courtesy of TLC Family Resource Center)

“Ever since I was young, this has been a very straight town,” Skylar Ford, 15, said. “Kids and anyone who needs support will know that there is support.”

From noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Claremont’s first-ever Rural Pride 2018 event will take place at the Visitor’s Center Green, 14 North St. The rain date is Sunday. Click here to read more in today’s Out & About column.

Watch: Sasha Velour premieres ‘One Dollar Drags’

S A S H A! I hope it isn’t a ~spoiler alert~ at this point to say that Sasha, whose drag journey goes back to good ol’ White River Junction when she was a student Center for Cartoon Studies, is the reigning queen of RuPaul’s Drag Race.

She has now launched a film project called One Dollar Drags, which you can watch above and read all about at PAPER Magazine:

Though the overall look and feel of One Dollar Drags is polished, make no mistake: Velour still makes it all happen with her merry band of queer family, while paying homage to the Brooklyn community that made her. “I wanted to come from a place of banding together,” Velour says. “That’s where we are the most powerful. And drag can be glittery and expensive, but my point with One Dollar Drags is to show that though we’re portraying fantasy, drag is accessible to anyone who wants or needs it.”

(Watch through to the credits to catch the cameo of Sasha’s dear friend and colleague, another WRJ babe!)

Sasha Velour in a promotional photograph for the ninth season of the TV show “RuPaul’s Drag Race,” premiering in March 2017. (Courtesy photograph)


Weekend picks: Dance for LGBT+ teens; JAGfest theater festival; Enfield snow fun; Pilgrims show


Love Wins: Dance for LGBT+ Teens!


JAGfest, a weekend performing arts festival of new works all celebrating the talents of African-American playwrights and performing artists, kicks off tonight at 7:30 in White River Junction and runs all weekend.

Photographed in West Lebanon, N.H., on Feb. 1, 2018, Jarvis Antonio Green is the founding producing artistic director for JAG Productions and BarnArts Center for the Arts. (Valley News – Geoff Hansen) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.


The Newport Winter Carnival!

At the 100th Newport Winter Carnival in Newport, N.H., spectators watch the Axe Man Challenge on the green on Feb. 13, 2016. Participants of the challenge try to split as much wood as they can in two minutes. Wood is then auctioned off with the proceeds going to the Newport Recreational Center. (Valley News – Jennifer Hauck) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.


Enfield is The Place To Be!

  • Beginning at noon, the Mascoma Sailing Club and the Enfield Village Association will host a “Winter WingDing” at Mascoma Lakeside Park. The event is free and goes to 4 p.m.
  • Also taking place in Enfield will be the annual Snowshoe Festival at the Enfield Shaker Museum. The event — held from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. — features guided snowshoe tours and opportunities to explore trails at one’s own pace. There will also be sled dog rides, lunch and a bonfire (with toasted marshmallows of course).

Scenes from last year’s “Winter WingDing” in Enfield. (Courtesy photographs)


We already told ya about the whole thing with the flannel and the world record attempt and the basketball.

Notre Dame’s Matt Farrell (5) tries to get between Dartmouth’s Brendan Barry (15) and Will Emery (0) during an NCAA college basketball game at Purcell Pavilion in South Bend, Ind., Tuesday, Dec. 19, 2017. (Michael Caterina/South Bend Tribune via AP)


There’s also The Pilgrims playing a show at the Windsor Station. (You may remember they have a fun new video.) They’re joined by Faux in Love and it all starts at 9:30 p.m.



JAGfest and the Newport Winter Festival continue. And also, what a busy weekend. Maybe take a nap?