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 Open Tuesdays
June 11 - September 24, 2019
 3:00pm - 6:00 pm

On the Rochester Common - Rochester, New Hampshire


Meet the Entertainers

June 11th

Bill Cormier 

 Bill is one of Rochester's most beloved performers. Always ready to volunteer his talents at local community fundraisers. Bill is a well-known Realtor in Rochester, being a partner in Hourihane Cormier & Co.  He will have you smiling and singing along. ​A fine guitar player and vocalist many adoring fans come to the market, simply to hear him play. Don't miss him.


                      June 18

                Papa Joe Gaudet

June 19

In the tradition of the itinerant storyteller, Papa Joe travels the continent collecting tales and inviting folks of all ages to Step into a Story. From Cow Head, Newfoundland to Austin, Texas; from the beaches in Florida to the mountains in Washington State. What makes him so special? His love of good stories? His passion for telling? His devotion to his audiences? This Master Storyteller designs shows to meet your needs, and it’s the audience that leaves feeling special. They experience stories with the opportunity to share with the group.
Internationally Recognized Mastery: Interactive Folk Storytelling.
Over 6000 performances – hundreds of workshops
Don’t let your kids, big or small, miss this show. You’ll talk about him for days!
PaPa Joe is sweet, kind, funny, talented, a weaver of captivating tales and a  Pied Piper with his melodious flute.

Author of For A Wish, The Ghost & the Apple Sauce, Jack Frost, Keenwitted Orphan, New Pots From Old, Poccamandas, Three Hairs, Too Much Christmas Pudding, Brave Little Samantha.
“It was far more than we had hoped for. We were very impressed that you could entertain the children and still maintain control. The children were captivated and talked about Papa Joe for days. Without costumes, props or puppets he managed to hold the children mesmerized! His expressions and voice changes as well as his ability to get the children to interact with him were incredible. His performances lasted 45 minutes and even the youngest of our children were held spellbound by him. For days after his visit you could hear the children singing his songs and reciting bits and pieces of the stories he told.” — Alison Bourdelais, Merrimack Valley Montessori Pelham, NH

June 25th

Long Journey

Carolyn Hutton grew up in North Carolina in an old time gospel tradition, singing with her family at little country churches and tent shows.  She married, moved to this area and raised four children. A chance encounter with Mac McHale and the Old Time Radio Gang in 2003 inspired her to go back to her roots.  She played mandolin in a 4-women band called Bliss, until forming a partnership with Mac McHale in an old time country and gospel duet, Taylor’s Grove.  ​​
She and Paul Mangion now both perform in Drowned Valley, a local bluegrass group that got its start as “Silver and Central” at First Parish Church of Dover.

Paul Mangion first heard the music of the southern mountains as a student in 1964. He took up clawhammer banjo in 1973 and, after moving to the Seacoast, helped start up The Last Chance String Band. In 1988 he began to play percussion in a zydeco band, The Crawdad Wranglers, as well as many of the local Irish sessions. After retirement, he returned to his first love, the banjo, and started singing with Carolyn in 2011.