Cooper & Kenneally Usher in the Spring with a great set at the Meeting House Stage

Cooper & Kenneally

Cooper & Kenneally

Rick Cooper and Pat Kenneally drew a large crowd on April 8, and put on a great show! By the end of the night, many new and regular open mike performers had taken the stage, and the food table had been happily decimated. What an evening!

April’s open mike performers were:

Reuben Bellingham, Jack Bowes, George Kelly & Bob Pope, Jon Roper, Frank Perron, John Papp, Fred & Wibby Swedberg, Nate Smith, Ken Hasselbrack, Jan Miller, Oliver Mutch, William Letendre, Bernadette Colley, Deb Northway, and Bob Goodwin.

Thanks to the dedicated crew that makes this event a huge success month in and month out: Elisa Benincaso, Karla MacLeod, Al Lefebvre, and Ken Raymond. Food was provided by Sally Poikonen, Amy Raymond, Ken Raymond, Karla MacLeoud, Judy Kierce, Roberta Letourneau, John Papp, Elisa Benincaso, and David Lister. Continue reading

In March, Classical Guitarist Matthew Lister Performed Before Our Largest Crowd Ever

Matthew Lister

Matthew Lister

Rindge native Matthew Lister came by to feature at the Meeting House Stage, and played before our largest crowd to date! It was a full evening of exceptional music, with great performances by all of our open mike performers.

May’s open mike performers were: Bob Pope, Lisa Greenleaf, Frank Perron, Kindred Spirits, John Papp, Bob Kelly, Rick Beausoleil, Jerry Wile, Nate Smith, Fred Sweberg, Jan Miller, and Oliver Mutch.

Thanks to the dedicated crew that makes this event a huge success month in and month out: Elisa Benincaso, Karla MacLeod, Al Lefebvre, and Ken Raymond. Continue reading

Tom Smith Plays to a Packed House in August at the Meeting House Stage

Tom Smith, August's Feature

Tom Smith, August’s Feature

Long-time Boston folkie and Jaffrey summer resident Tom Smith played to a packed house in August! Tom drew the largest audience we’ve seen at the Meeting House in it’s almost three years of existence, and we had a great group of open mike performers as well.

August’s open mike performers were:

Jan Miller (not pictured), from Ashby; Oliver Mutch, from Ashby; Jon Roper, from Lancaster, MA; John & Ursula Papp, from Rindge; Chuck Hall, from Rowley, MA; Peter Fischman and Deb O’Halon, from Ashby, MA; Ken Hasselbrack, from Nashua; Rusty Guertin, from Holden, MA; Mac Cole, from Worcester, MA; Rich Hamilton and Amy Snedaker, from Jaffrey; John Beland; Jane Fallon; Fred & Wibby Swedberg, from Orange, MA; Steve Rapson, from Winchendon, MA; Deb Goss; Bob Goodwin, from Templeton, MA; and Derek Sensale and Charlie Peckhar, from Brattleboro, VT.   Continue reading

Jerry Wile Caps off 2014 with a Great Show at The Meeting House Stage

Jerry Wile

Jerry Wile

The year 2014 came to a close on December 12 at the Meeting House Stage, which featured bluegrass multi-instrumentalist Jerry Wile, from Mason. Jerry put on a great show, and all of the open mike performers played great sets of covers and originals. The holiday food table was killer!

December’s open mike performers included: Ray Siekierski, from Rindge; Dwight Shelton, from Peterborough; Steve Bix, from Gardner; Fred & Wibby Swedberg, from Orange, MA; Rusty Guertin, from Holden MA; and Bob Goodwin, from Templeton, MA, and Dave Lister, from Rindge (not pictured).

Thanks to the dedicated crew that makes this event a huge success month in and month out: Elisa Benincaso, Karla MacLeod, Al Lefebvre, and Ken Raymond. And a special thanks to the many people who bring the great food we share each and every month. Continue reading

ThistleWood Returned to the Meeting House Stage in November

ThistleWood (JP and Pam Stohrer)

ThistleWood (JP and Pam Stohrer)

ThistleWood, a guitar and harp duo from Hillsborough, returned for a second time to feature at the Meeting House Stage. It was a great evening, with many musicians playing great open mike sets, and the usual fabulous food table.

November’s open mike performers included: Dwight Shelton, from Peterborough; Ken & Dan Durand, from Jaffrey; Friendly Folk, featuring Hal Pederson, Jeanne Sable, and Linda Markey; Frank Peron, from Peterborough; John and Ursula Papp, from Rindge; Rusty Guertin, from Holden; Fred & Wibby Swedberg, from Orange, MA; Rick QuimbyMac Cole, from Worcester; and Bob Goodwin, from Templeton, MA. Continue reading

Ken and Dan Durand Play a Great Feature Set in October

Ken and Dan Durand

Ken and Dan Durand

Jaffrey natives and brothers Ken and Dan Durand ushered in Autumn with a great set of originals and cover tunes. We had a great crowd, three, count ’em three different soups, and a table groaning under the weight of some fantastic home-made baked goods.

October’s open mike performers were:

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Beautiful Weather and a Big Crowd for September Feature Fred Sprague!

Fred Sprague

Fred Sprague

Fred Sprague, from Hillsborough, New Hampshire, was our feature performer in September, and he put on a great show. The weather was perfect and the food was great as usual.

Fred played a wide selection of well known and lesser known cover tunes on both his HD-28 and his Stratocaster for a very appreciative audience.

September’s open mike performers were:

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Steve Rapson Plays a Great Set at the Meeting House Stage in August!

Steve Rapson

Steve Rapson

On August 8 the weather was beautiful, sunny, dry, and in the 70s. It made for a cozy, comfortable mid-summer evening at the Meeting House Stage, where we had a great group of open mike performers along with our feature performer, Steve Rapson, who brought along his surgically repaired right thumb.  Steve performed an eclectic mix of originals and covers in front of the largest audience we’ve had yet at the Meeting House Stage. Fun was had by all.

For August, our open mike performers were:

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Outdoors in July at the Meeting House Stage Was Great!

Outdoors in July at the Meeting House Stage!

Outdoors in July at the Meeting House Stage!

In July the Meeting House Stage was held outdoors on the lawn behind the Rindge Historical Society. The weather was perfect, the strawberry shortcake was awesome, and the open mike musicians were all able to play extended sets, as no feature was scheduled for this special outdoor event. It was huge success andwe are hoping to make it a regular July event.

July’s performers were:

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John & Ursula Papp Had a Great Set in June!

John & Ursula Papp

John & Ursula Papp

Our feature in June, the husband and wife duo of John and Urusula Papp, from right here in Rindge, returned for a second time to feature for us here at the Meeting House Stage. John played a couple of solo tunes and then brought out Ursula for some wonderful duets, and Nate Smith joined them on banjo for one of the tunes. It was a wonderful evening!

Also performing at the Meeting House Stage in June, we had: Continue reading