Arts & Culture
With high-quality theater productions and concerts, fascinating museums and historic homesteads, and a diverse community of incredibly talented artists and craftspeople, the North Country is a region bursting with creativity and culture.
At the center of the area’s arts scene are two arts centers, the Tillotson Center and the Great North Woods Center for the Arts. The Tillotson Center in downtown Colebrook is home to a large art gallery that exhibits work by local artists and a 171-seat theater that hosts live stage productions, movies, concerts and more. The Tillotson Center also houses the Colebrook Area Historical Society annex, which is full of the region’s history.
The Great North Woods Center for the Arts on Route 3 in Columbia is a full arts campus which serves as the home for the three arts organizations in the region: the Great North Woods Committee for the Arts, the Carriage Lane Players and the Connecticut River Artisans Group. It features indoor and outdoor stage facilities, a workshop and an artist/performer residency building.
The region’s culture is also found in its working farms and historic homesteads. The Poore Farm Museum is considered by many people to be New Hampshire’s most important historic landmark. The historic homestead and museum portrays what life was like in the area from 1830 to 1980, and the house, barns and out-buildings are all in authentic condition.
For visitors who want to learn about agriculture, the EcoVillage Institute – also referred to as La Cite Ecologique – is an organic farm with beautiful gardens, greenhouses, and they offer seminars and workshops on sustainable farming practices.
The North Country has a vibrant community of artists and craftspeople. Their work can be found at many of the area’s shops and several festivals throughout the year. A popular event is the annual Dixville Notch Music, Arts and Crafts Festival held each spring at Mohawk Falls. The festival features live music, arts and crafts vendors, delicious food, artist workshops and much more. Perhaps the best place to view work by local artists is Fiddleheads, an artisan shop in Colebrook that showcases high-quality, handcrafted work by the region’s best artists.
When you visit the North Country, you’ll discover the region is home to an impressive amount of talent and creativity
Photo: Courtesy of the Colebrook Chronicle