Musical, Cultural, and Performing Arts in northern new hampshire
The Great North Woods Committee for the Arts
Presenting the communities of the Great North Woods with opportunities to participate and experience the musical, cultural and performing arts.
The GNWCA Board of Directors, front, from left: Deb Sargent, Gordon Gray, Bette Guerin. Back, from left: Thomas Jordan, Terry Rosi, Bill Sambito, Charles Jordan. Missing from photo: Larry Rappaport.
From the start, the GNWCA has emerged using local venues that invite individuals to partake and to enjoy the offerings of local and regional talents.
With the early creation of the Winter Warmers concert series and our popular annual TubaChristmas concert, the GNWCA has become a valued part of our community. The talents of many musicians, local, regional and international, have been showcased since the founding of the GNWCA in 2005.
It is the hard work and the vision of its founders and current board that provided the nucleus for the wide variety of performers we have been able to bring to the North Country.
What began as a “seed” concept at the North Country Summit held in May 2003, the GNWCA has now grown roots and continues to thrive thanks to its all-volunteer board of directors and the ever-growing interest of the community. Through associations with other performing arts venues around New England and Canada, the GNWCA has been able to bring world-class entertainment to our associated venues styles ranging from classical and bluegrass to Celtic, folk, jazz and World Music. Our headliners have included such top-draw performers as April Verch, J.P. Cormier, Richard Wood, the Sultans of String, Camerata New England, the Ladies of the Canyon and more. Our audiences for our concerts have come from across a wide radius of northern New Hampshire, Vermont, Maine and Quebec and have been a key part of helping Colebrook gain its new identity as a new arts center.
We are fortunate to be developing a regional audience who share our love of the arts and look to the future with us. It is in broadening our efforts and reaching out to performers for their support that guides us to holding true to the founders of this organization’s mission that we will grow and flourish to provide a wide range of performing arts opportunities to the community.
Charlie Jordan is the editor and co-owner with his wife Donna of the Colebrook Chronicle. He has been a working journalist all his life. Charlie has had a long time appreciation for the arts and he plays the violin/fiddle. He is currently a member of the Celtic ensemble Islay Mist Ceilidh and the old-timey fiddler group the Fireside Fiddlers. He serves as President of the Great North Woods Committee for the Arts. He has represented the board at international music showcases. He is on the board of directors of the World Trad Forum.
Bette Guerin is the owner of Fiddleheads in Colebrook and has had lifelong interests in both the performing arts as well as the visual arts. Her previous careers include being the Senior Financial Audit Officer and Assistant VP for Columbia Savings & Loan, UCVH Financial Coordinator for Home Health and the creator of Well Beings Aromatherapy. Bette serves on the GNWCA board as VP and Membership Chair and enjoys travel, photography and epicurean adventures with her husband Ron.
Thomas Jordan is a locally born journalist, musician, and producer. During the day, he works as the associate editor and videographer for the Colebrook Chronicle. By night, he records and produces original music, performing in a number of bands around the area. He provides live sound tech for GNWCA concerts, designs posters for upcoming shows, and has represented the board at international music showcases. He is on the board of directors of the World Trad Forum. He plays the guitar, bass guitar and keyboard and performs in the Celtic ensemble Islay Mist Ceilidh and the retro-rock group Rock On.
Larry Rappaport worked at Morgan Stanley as fund manager and President on Independence Electronics Corp, Northern Electronic Systems, Inc., and L. M. Rappaport & Associates, Inc. Larry moved to Colebrook in 1973 and has served on boards of the Northern NH Arts Alliance, Tillotson Center for the Arts and Colebrook Planning Board and is currently serving as NH State Representative for Coos County, District One. Larry is an admirer of classical music. He is married and has one daughter.
Bill Sambito owned and operated Colebrook Office Supply for 34 years, sold real estate and at one time managed the Rec Center in Colebrook. Bill lives in Colebrook with his wife Susie and enjoys hiking, travel, biking, kayaking and reading. His favorite types of music genres are Bluegrass, Folk and Classic Rock.
Terry Rosi is a former educator and photographer who divides his retirement between participating in several local volunteer organizations, pursuing his hobbies, enjoying the great outdoors and spending time with his family.
Gordon Gray recently retired from dairy farming after owning and operating GrayMist Farm in Groveton for 30 years with his wife Nancy and the five children they raised there. The farm has hosted many festivals, including the GrayMist Fiddlefest. He has volunteered on various town and school committees over the years and has been a board member of many local farm organizations. He has also served on county and state agricultural advisory boards. Early on, Gordon has had an interest in music; especially Bluegrass, Celtic and old-time fiddle music. He presently plays the fiddle in the Celtic group Islay Mist Ceilidh as well as The Fireside Fiddlers.
Deb Sargent has been an Art Educator full time for over 25 years. She has been involved with the performing arts most of this time as a backstage person designing, building and moving sets. She activity supports the visual arts by exhibiting her own mandala work and serving on the gallery committee of the Connecticut River Artisans Group, of which she is a founding member. She also serves on the New Hampshire Art Educators board and the Currier Museum Educational Advisory Board.