A Full House For Nate Smith!

Feature Performer Nate Smith

Feature Performer Nate Smith

On May 10, a beautiful day with no threat of snow, we had our best turnout yet at the Meeting House Stage. Our feature performer Nate Smith, along with a full slate of open mike musicians, gave us a great evening of live entertainment.

First up was Ray Sierkierski from right here in Rindge. Ray lives so close to the Meeting House that he can walk over if he chooses. He did a great job on a pair of covers, Jimmy Buffett’s He Went to Paris and Adele’s Someone Like You, and then he treated us to an original song, Presence of An Angel, that he wrote along with his wife Kate.

After that Ken Durand came up and played three of his own songs, It Takes Sunshine and Rain, Stronger Now Every Day, and A Wild Ocean. John Roper and Deb Northway followed Ken with a beautiful version of Continue reading

Tom Smith a Big Hit at April’s Open Mike!

Tom Smith

Tom Smith (photograph by Hal Pederson)

Friday April 12 began with some wet snowfall and finished up with some hot music, thanks to Tom Smith,  April’s feature performer, and all the other great musicians that came and played their hearts out. Despite being a gray, slushy day, we had our largest crowd so far.

After I opened things up with pair of songs, Ken Durand took the stage and played three of his own tunes, including a very nice song about Laura Bridgeman, a New Hampshire native who, some fifty years before Helen Keller,was the first deaf-blind American child to gain a significant education. Jeanne Sable was next, and she opened with her song Giving Back, in honor of sugaring season, and followed with Mabel G. Stover (one of my favorites), and a song inspired by her novel, The Seedkeepers of Crescentville. Next up was Nate Smith. Nate, a wonderful songwriter and performer, will be our feature next month. Nate played three of his own songs, Everything on the Outside, In Otter Words, and Through This Day. I hope I have the titles correct. I particularly loved the third song, one I haven’t heard Nate play before. Continue reading

John & Ursula Papp Headlined a Great Open Mike in March

John & Ursula Papp

John & Ursula Papp

Snowmageddon II threatened to postpone March’s open mike, but by 11:00 am on Friday the snowfall was over, and by early afternoon the roads were in great shape. By 7:00 pm we had an enthusiastic crowd who had come to hear good music, and the evening didn’t disappoint.

In addition to John & Ursula Papp we were lucky to have several musicians perform, many of them first-timers at the Meeting House Stage. Boogie-woogie pianist Sue O’Dwyer, aka “The Homestead Act”, opened the show and really got  thing going.  It was nice to be able to drag out our old upright piano, and Sue sounded great! She’ll be our feature in September, so be sure and mark your calendar!

Hal Pederson, a member of Friendly Folk (last month’s feature),  took the stage next. Continue reading

Meeting House Stage’s First Open Mike a Success!

Friendly Folk, February's Feature, with Jeanne Sable and Hal Pederson

Friendly Folk, with Jeanne Sable and Hal Pederson

We count our lucky stars that we have a place like the Rindge Meeting House to hold the Meeting House Stage. In addition its history and beauty, it turns out that the acoustics are pretty great too. For a small donation of $5, it’s a really fabulous evening out to hear top-notch New England performers and enjoy some local fare.

After being delayed a week by the Blizzard of 2013, the Meeting House Stage debuted on Friday, February 15. This time the weather cooperated and the room was filled with an eager and appreciative audience for opening night. In addition to Friendly Folk, February’s feature performers, David Lister, Jim Giddings, Doug Farrell, John Papp, Bob Goodwin, Rick Beausoleil, and Steve Tamulonis all performed. Continue reading

Announcing the Meeting House Open Mike

On Friday, February 8,  2013, we’ll be kicking off the inaugural season of the Meeting House Stage, a monthly open mike in Rindge, New Hamsphire that will be held at the Rindge Meeting House. We are very excited to be bringing live music to Rindge and providing a venue where acoustic musicians, poets, and spoken word artists can perform and be heard by an appreciative audience! Continue reading