Aerosmith History Day In Sunapee

  • An article and photograph of Aerosmith from "Circus Raves Magazine" in 1975 is part of the Sunapee Historical Society's exhibit honoring the band. (Courtesy photograph)

  • Members of the rock group Aerosmith, from left, Steven Tyler and Joe Perry, using a Les Paul guitar, perform during the 36th Annual Grammy Awards at New York's Radio City Music Hall, Tuesday night, March 1, 1994. (AP Photo/Ron Frehm)

Valley News Staff Writer
Thursday, July 13, 2017

About the only piece of memorabilia that Jonathan Robinson won’t be exhibiting during Aerosmith History Day in Sunapee Harbor on Saturday afternoon is a photographic or printed account of his first memory of the venerable rock band.

“I heard Dream On in the summer of ’74, while I was a counselor in training at Camp Coniston in Croydon,” Robinson, now in his late 50s, recalled during an exchange of emails this week. “They just had a great sound and once I heard that they’d first gotten together in Sunapee years earlier, with Steven Tyler and Joe Perry both fellow Lake Sunapee summer kids like me, then my interest really started in earnest.”

Robinson, a Sunapee resident who runs the Robinson Ski Archive Service, started collecting Aerosmith memorabilia after seeing lead vocalist Tyler, lead guitarist Joe Perry and the rest of the band at the civic center in Springfield, Mass., in April 1975. The ensuing June 1975 edition of Circus Magazine, with Aerosmith on the cover, is among the 54 years worth of clippings, photos — 15,000 of which will run in a continuing loop on a 50-inch monitor during the celebration — advertisements, T-shirts, jackets, posters, backstage passes and programs that Robinson and other collectors will display at the Sunapee Historical Society museum on Main Street on Saturday from noon to 4.

Other exhibitors include Raymond Tobano, who played rhythm guitar for the band in 1970 and 1971 and later spent five years as its marketing chief, Aerosmith archivists Mark Blair and Rich Johnson, and Joe Perry’s younger sister Annie Perry.

“It’s followed me through the years and grown all the time,” Robinson wrote about his own collection, which focuses on printed material. “There was a period of over 12 years that the collection was mothballed and out of my possession, which only ended last December when the archives came home — long story.”

Not long after reacquiring the collection, Robinson decided that an exhibition “of this magnitude has been overdue for a long time.

“This band is inarguably the greatest hard rock band that this country has produced,” Robinson wrote. “And despite the former comparisons of their look and sound with a great British rock and roll band, they, over nearly the last half century, are our Rolling Stones, who have also stood the test of time.”

The restoration of his own memorabilia coincided with the Sunapee Historical Society starting a capital campaign to buy Sunapee’s former Abbott Library, where the society aims to house artifacts in a climate-controlled space not available in the current museum. While admission to the exhibit is free, Robinson said that he will be donating to the campaign part of the proceeds from sale of copies of the poster he created, in the form of a genealogical chart of the musical careers of Aerosmith members past and present.

“They made a name for themselves as ‘The Bad Boys from Boston,’ ” Robinson wrote, “but those of us summer locals knew them as our own, from Sunapee.”

Aerosmith History Day runs from noon to 4 on Saturday, at the Sunapee Historical Society museum, on Main Street in Sunapee Harbor. Admission is free.

Best Bets

Saxophonist Michael Parker and singer Alison “AliT” Turner perform jazz and soul music at the Skinny Pancake in Hanover tonight from 8 to 10.

Fiddler Jordan Tirrell-Wysocki plays Celtic rhythms during the Sunapee Community Coffeehouse’s weekly concert at the Harbor House Livery in Sunapee Harbor on Friday night at 7. General admission costs $5 to $15. To learn more, visit sunapeecommunitycoffeehouse.org.

Musicians attending the Chosen Vale International Percussion Seminar in Enfield perform the final concerts of the Center for Advanced Musical Studies’ summer series, this weekend at the Mary Keane Chapel next door to the Enfield Shaker Museum. On Friday night at 8, Lesley Flanigan, Michael Burritt and Ivan Trevino play works of composer-in-residence Tristan Perich. And on Saturday afternoon at 4, Russell Hartenberger will play Lou Harrison’s Suite and Steve Reich’s Drumming.

South Strafford accordionist Jeremiah McLane performs on Friday night at 7 at the Strafford Town House, during the next concert in the series benefiting the restoration of the historic building’s spire. Admission is $20. To reserve tickets (seating is limited to an audience of 200) and learn more, visit atthetownhouse.org.

The Upper Valley Music Center chamber orchestra performs works of Gershwin, Copland and Steve Reich at Richmond Middle School in Hanover on Sunday afternoon at 3. Mark Nelson conducts and pianist Sarah Brown accompanies the orchestra. Admission is $10. To learn more, visit uvmusic.org

The Woodstock Area Jewish Community next Thursday night holds the first choir rehearsal for its September observance of the High Holy Days. Singers of all faiths and experience are welcome. Thursday’s rehearsal starts at 5:30 at Congregation Shir Shalom on Route 4 west of downtown Woodstock. To learn more, call Antoinette Matlins at 802-457-5145.

Looking Ahead

On the theme of “Sustaining Black Theatre,” director/producer/actor Jarvis Antonio Green will recount the first year of his JAG Productions during a conversation at Dartmouth College’s Loew Auditorium in Hanover next Thursday afternoon at 4:30. JAG this past spring staged August Wilson’s drama Fences to kick off Green’s 10-year plan to produce in the Upper Valley each of Wilson’s “Century Cycle” of 10 plays about working-class black families in Pittsburgh. While admission is free to the discussion, which the Dartmouth’s Institutional Diversity and Equity office is sponsoring, reservations are recommended by visiting blacktheatreun.brownpapertickets.com. To learn more about the event and about JAG Productions, visit jagproductionsvt.com.

Theater/Performance Art

North Country Community Theatre wraps its production of Beauty and the Beast at Lebanon Opera House with 7:30 performances tonight, Friday night and Saturday night. For tickets ($13.50 to $23.50), showtimes and more, visit ncct.org or call 603-448-0400.

The New London Barn Playhouse stages Souvenir, the musical tracing New York socialite Florence Foster Jenkins’ tone-deaf quest for opera divahood, with performances at 7:30 tonight, at 2 on Friday afternoon, at 7:30 on Friday night and Saturday night, and at 5 on Sunday afternoon. For tickets ($20 to $40) and for more information about this and subsequent shows, visit nlbarn.org or call 603-526-6710.

Storyteller Ethan Bowen performs novelist John Gardner’s fairy tale Vlemk the Box-Painter four times at Spice Studio in Rochester, Vt. starting tonight at 8. Admission at the door is $10. Seating is limited to 45. To learn more, visit baldmountaintheater.org.

Old Church Theater in Bradford lowers the curtain on Making God Laugh, Sean Grennan’s dramedy about a family’s ups-and-downs through 30 years of holiday celebrations, this weekend, with performances at 7:30 on Friday and Saturday nights and at 4 on Sunday afternoon. To reserve tickets ($6 to $12) visit oldchurchtheater.org or call 802-222-3322.

The Lincoln, N.H.-based IMPACT Theater Company performs The Nightingale at Claremont Opera House on Monday morning at 10, in the venue’s weekly series of musical adaptations of popular fairy tales. General admission tickets cost $6.


The folk ensemble Bobbie & Me serenades the Lebanon Farmers Market between 4 and 7 this afternoon in Colburn Park.

David Rosane and the Zookeepers perform a set of folky punk during the weekly Feast and Field Market tonight starting at 5:30, at the former Clark Farm in Barnard.

Quebecois singer Francesca Blanchard performs Pentangle Arts’ weekly Brown Bag concert on the green in Woodstock tonight at 5:30.

After an opening performance by students of the Upper Valley Music Center at 7 tonight, soul man Gerard Truffle plays at Lebanon’s Colburn Park at 7:20.

The East Bay Jazz Ensemble plays on the gazebo at Newbury (N.H.) Harbor tonight at 7, and at Lebanon’s Colburn Park on Monday night at 7.

The Beacon Brass Quintet performs works of Bach, Grieg, Malcolm Arnold, Debussy, Ellington and Joplin at the First Baptist Church in New London tonight at 7:30. Admission is $5 to $25. To reserve tickets and learn more, visit summermusicassociates.org or call 603-526-8234.

The folk duo Jennings & McComber add a Celtic flavor to a sundae social at the Old Town Hall in Brookfield, Vt., on Friday night starting at 6.

Studio Two plays tribute to The Beatles at the Haddad Bandstand in New London on Friday night starting at 6:30.

Pop singer Anh Le appears at the ArtisTree Community Arts Center in South Pomfret on Friday night at 7:30. Admission is $10.

Rock singer-songwriter Willy Porter performs a house concert at Gerry Putnam’s Cedarhouse Sound recording studio in North Sutton, N.H., on Friday night at 7:30. To reserve tickets and learn more, call 603-927-6363.

Entangled Strings plays on the Flanders Stage at Sunapee Harbor on Saturday afternoon from 5 to 7.

The Celtic trio Cantrip performs in the main gallery of the Library Arts Center in Newport on Saturday night at 7. Tickets cost $16 in advance and $20 at the door. For tickets and more info, viist libraryartscenter.org or call 603-863-3040.

Visiting chamber musicians from the New Hampshire Music Festival of Plymouth perform the weekly concert on Sunday afternoon at 2, at the Saint-Gaudens National Historic Park in Cornish. Admission to the concert is included with the $10 fee to enter the park.

The Murphy Clark Band performs on the Newport Town Common on Sunday night at 6. In the event of rain, the concert will move to the Methodist Church next door.

The Wightman & Clegg Band plays jazz on the Ben Mere Bandstand overlooking Sunapee Harbor, on Wednesday night at 6:30.

Jesse Terry performs acoustic and pop on the bandstand at the Quechee Green on Wednesday night at 6:30.


Pentangle Arts screens All That Jazz, the 1979 biopic starring Roy Scheider as choreographer Bob Fosse, tonight at 7:30 in Woodstock’s Town Hall Theatre. Admission is free, but donations are welcome.

Once, the 2007 sleeper hit about a woebegone Irish street musician who finds inspiration in an encounter with a young Czech pianist, is next up in the Mascoma Film Society’s series of free movies in the new auditorium at Mascoma Valley Regional High School in West Canaan. The movie starts at 6:30 on Wednesday night.

The Hopkins Center in Hanover screens Back to the Future at Spaulding Auditorium on Wednesday night at 6:30. Free.

Bar and Club Circuit

The Jerrymanders pull into Windsor Station tonight at 7:30. The Vermont-based roots-rock band Mama’s Medicine performs on Friday night at 9:30 and singer-songwriter Jay Alm plays on Tuesday night at 6.

Australian-born singer-songwriter Grayson plays at the Salt hill Pub in Hanover tonight at 8 and at Bentley’s restaurant in Woodstock on Saturday night at 7.

The Second Wind duo of Terry Ray Gould and Suzi Hastings plays rock and pop favorites in the tavern at Jesse’s in Hanover on Friday evening starting at 5.

Soulfix plays at the Lake Morey Resort in Fairlee on Friday night from 8:30 to 11:30.

Singer-songwriter Ben Fuller kicks off the weekend of music at Salt hill Pub in Newport on Friday night at 8. Following him to the venue with a set of rock on Saturday night at 9 is Turner Round.

Singer-songwriter Chris Parlon performs at Salt hill Pub in West Lebanon on Friday night at 9. On Saturday night at the same time, Enfield-native singer-songwriter Brooks Hubbard takes the stage.

The rock and soul duo SIRSY plays Salt hill Pub in Lebanon on Friday night at 9, followed at the same time on Saturday night by Never Too Late.

The weekend lineup at Salt hill Pub in Hanover features singer-songwriter Rory Loughran on Friday night at 9 and Better Days with a set of classic rock on Saturday night at 9.

Sensible Shoes sets the rhythm for “what we’re calling a Bastille Day Dance Party” at Skunk Hollow Tavern in Hartland Four Corners on Friday night starting at 9.

Open Mics

Ramunto’s Brick & Brew Pizza in Bridgewater hosts an open mic starting at 7:30 on Thursday nights. Participants get a free large cheese pizza.

String players of all ages and abilities are welcome at the weekly acoustic jam session at South Royalton’s BALE Commons on Friday night from 6:30 to 10.

Joe Stallsmith leads a weekly hootenanny of Americana, folk and bluegrass at Salt hill Pub in Hanover on Monday nights at 6.

Bradford’s Colatina Exit holds an open mic on Tuesday nights at 8.

Jim Yeager hosts a weekly open mic at Hartland’s Skunk Hollow Tavern at 8:30 on Wednesday night.

David Corriveau can be reached at dcorriveau@vnews.com and at 603-727-3304.