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How about a little ukulele rendition of Elton John from Newport, N.H.?

Read more about the Sugar River Ukulele Club in an article written by Dan Mackie from this past Saturday’s Valley News.

Click here to read that story.

Geraldine Moore, of Newport, N.H., is a beginner on the ukuele. Moore was at a gathering with the Sugar River Ukulele Club in Newport, on Aug. 7, 2018 at the Richards Free Library. (Valley News – Jennifer Hauck) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

And also, I couldn’t NOT share this video of Elton John performing “Crocodile Rock” with the Muppets.

Singing crocodiles. Duh.

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?

Rural Outright: Nearly 100 people turn out for I Am Jazz Day, promoting support of trans youth

A student from from the Stevens High School GSTA (gay, straight, trans alliance) reads the book ‘I Am Jazz’ at the Charles P. Puksta Library at River Valley Community College in Claremont, N.H., on Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017. The book readings in the Claremont/Newport area were organized by Rural Outright. (Photo courtesy Rural Outright – Matt Mooshian.)

I Am Jazz is the story of Jazz Jennings, a transgender teenage activist and youth ambassador for the Human Rights Commission. All across the country on Thursday, communities participated in I Am Jazz readings — including several in the Claremont/Newport area organized by Rural Outright.

According to a nifty map on the HRC website, the readings in the Claremont/Newport area were among three that were officially organized in the Twin States. (The other two were in Essex Junction, Vt., and Gorham, N.H.)

Matt Mooshian is the chairman of Rural Outright, a program of TLC Family Resource Center in Claremont. Its mission is to support and advocacy for rural LGBTQIA* Granite Staters and their allies. Here’s what Matt had to say about the event:

I Am Jazz Day is actually a national event put on by the Human Rights Campaign’s Welcoming Schools Committee. We were planning to observe the day ourselves and contacted Claremont School District about hosting an event — they were very excited and wanted to partner with us to launch a new series: Understanding Diversity & Inclusion Through Children’s Literature. We used I Am Jazz as our first reading to launch the series and it was a great success! We had nearly 100 people from Claremont and Newport. We hosted seven readings across the two communities. We also learned the Newport Headstart had a reading for students & parents. It was truly a great day!

The readings started at noon and continued through 6:30 p.m., and a copy of the book was donated at each location, which, in addition to RVCC and TLC, included Maple Avenue Elementary School, the Fiske Free Library and Richards Free Library.

Check out Rural Outright’s full photo album on the group’s Facebook page.

And, in case you missed I Am Jazz Day yourself, you can actually watch a video of Jennings reading the book online:

Cool event coming up talking about rural LGBTQ history in the Twin States

Sent to us in a news release:

NEWPORT — Rural Outright presents their next Let’s Talk program, “Beyond the Keyhole: Rural LGBTQ Community Oral History and Andrew’s Inn.” Join us on Thursday, Nov. 30, at 7 p.m. at the Newport High School’s Lou Thompson Community Room, located at 245 N. Main St. in Newport, NH. Andrew’s Inn was a gay disco, bar, restaurant, hotel, co-counseling site, and community space in Bellows Falls, Vermont from 1973-1984. Those involved were the state’s rural LGBTQ vanguard. Now, for the first time, the Green Mountain Crossroads’ (GMC) Andrew’s Inn Oral History Project is sharing the Andrew’s Inn story. GMC, Marlboro College and Vermont Performance Lab have collaborated on project. HB Lozito, executive director of GMC and creator of the Project, will discuss the history of Andrew’s Inn, share audio featured in the Project, and explain how this project fits into GMC’s broader work empowering rural LGBTQ community members.

For more information, visit www.tlcfamilyrc.org/lets-talk.