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Nevers Band Concert and Family Picnic Hamper Day

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Date: June 11, 2014

On Sunday, June 22, 2014 at 2:00 p.m., The Nevers' Band will perform at Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site, a National Park for the Arts, in Cornish, NH. The program Marching from Broadway to L.A, includes a wide variety of music from Broadway tunes, John Philip Sousa Marches to the Beatles. Concerts are included with paid admission to the park.

From 11 – 1:30, bring the family and a picnic and enjoy pre-concert activities for all ages, on the park's first Family Picnic Hamper Day. At 11:00 and 12:00 there are dance performances of Denishawn Dances, presented by the Marion Rice Denishawn Dancers, a dance company devoted to the preserving Denishawn dance, the choreography of modern dance pioneers Ruth St. Denis and Ted Shawn. There will be sculpture demonstrations by figurative sculptor, Jon Riedeman, and children can try their hands at making clay sculptures. From 11 - 1:00, visitors can join in creating and painting Tableaux Vivant backdrops, and at 1:00, pose and present the finished tableaux. Tableaux Vivant was a favorite activity of the Colony artists who competed at posing to recreate famous paintings. There will also be storytelling for young people, featuring Cornish Colony writers' stories inspired by the Publisher Maxwell Perkins and Naturalist Ernest Harold Baynes. Enjoy poetry reading too, featuring poets of the Colony poets, such as Witter Bynner.

Nevers' Second Regiment Band is Concord, N.H.'s 30 piece professional community band, dedicated to bringing an annual series of summer concerts to New Hampshire citizens. The band's name is derived from its military affiliations with the Second Regiment of the New Hampshire National Guard and Arthur Nevers, a cornetist from Claremont, who directed the band for more than fifty years beginning in 1884. Nevers' Band has reflected its military history since the beginning of the Civil War when, in 1861, it accompanied the Third New Hampshire Regiment to Hilton Head, South Carolina.

This is the first of eleven concerts in the 2014 Saint-Gaudens Summer Concert Series sponsored annually by the Saint-Gaudens Memorial Trustees. Concerts feature an eclectic series of programs drawing from classical, jazz, ethnic and musical theater genres. The series continues through August 31, with performances each Sunday at 2:00 p.m.

Cornish Colony Family Picnic Day Activities Schedule

__11:00-11:30 Dance Presentation 

 Valerie Farias Newton, choreographer Guest dancer: Rebecca Rice Lauren Anikis, Emily Ball, Michelle Carlson, Abby Chellis, Annie Drye, Louise Filiault, Valerie Farias Newton, Julia Heroy, Cristia Johnson, Emily McMullen, Anni Soho, Katie Soho, ~ The Denishawn Dances are presented courtesy of Marion Rice Denishawn Dancers, a dance company devoted to the preserving Denishawn dance, the choreography of modern dance pioneers Ruth St. Denis and Ted Shawn, taught and staged by Marion Rice, a Massachusetts modern dance and ballet teacher, performer and choreographer, who died in 1995. 

Ongoing Activities:
 

__Sculpture hands-on activities, Jon Riedeman, Sculptor-in-Residence

__Tableaux Creation, drawing upon paintings by Cornish Colony artists Christine Hawkins 

__Storytelling, featuring Cornish Colony writers Amy McMullen Ruth Niven, Stories inspired by the Publisher Maxwell Perkins and Naturalist Ernest Harold Baynes 

• __Poetry Reading featuring Cornish Colony poets James B. Atkinson Gretchen Holm 1:00-1:30

__ Tableaux Presentations

Did You Know?

The toboggan slide at Saint-Gaudens' home, 1904.

Augustus Saint-Gaudens enjoyed winter sports and built a 30 ft. tall toboggan slide on the lawn next to his studio. A donkey pulled the sled and riders back up from the lower field, ¼ mile away.