Keene celebrates country music with all-day festival

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KEENE, N.H. — There will be an all-day celebration of County Music on Wednesday, August 14. The event is being organized and sponsored by New Hampshire PBS, which is also celebrating its 60th Anniversary.

As the main event for this festival, The Colonial Theatre will preview Ken Burns's new series, "Country Music," followed by a Q & A with the film producers Ken Burns, Dayton Duncan, and Julie Dunfey. Tickets are $20 for the screening and Q&A, and doors open at 7 p.m.

Other activities next Wednesday are as follow:

Cheshire Children's Museum: Make your own guitar out of recycled materials and play your own Country tunes, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Then catch a performance by Keith Murphy and Becky Tracy from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Admission is $7 for ages 1 year old and up; $5 for 60 and over.

Monadnock Food Co-Op: BBQ lunch provided by the Co-op for $10 a plate, from noon to 2 p.m.

MoCo Arts: At 3 p.m., attend a country music performance by the dance, theater and young arts students from MoCo's 2019 summer camp. Free to the public, donations welcome.

Colonial Theatre: Behind the Scenes at Florentine Films - A look at the filmmaking process with the crew behind "Country Music," 4 to 5 p.m. The production, editing, and post-production teams from "Country Music" will be on hand for a panel discussion to describe their process and answer questions. Free to the public.

Keene State College | Thorne Sagendorph Art Gallery: Photography exhibit, "This Is Country" with photographs from the Ken Burns series "Country Music," on view August 14 through December 6. View and bid on some of the photography, take a peek at one of the autographed guitars from Faith Hill and Tim McGraw (also up for auction), and listen to the musical stylings of Scott Ainslie from 2 to 3 p.m. Free to the public.

Machina Arts, Kitchen and Artbar: Finish out the night with a post-screening after party to talk about the series, wet your whistle, and hear live music from Eric Gagne, 9:30 to 11 p.m.

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