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North Conway Culture and Community

Culture, Music and Community in the foothills

of North Conway NH

 Stone Mountain Arts Center has done more than survive in the greater North Conway area--it has THRIVED. The founder and visionary of the local musical arts center is Carol Noonen who is also a musician having first earned acclaim as the lead singer and songwriter for the folk rock band "Knots and Crosses" and then later as the solo singer-songwriter for Rounder Records. Carol became inspired during a gig that took her six hours north to Dexter, Maine. The venue was a simple grange hall but like the movie, "Field of Dreams", people started coming out of nowhere to fill the hall up in less than five minutes. It was at that moment that she realized her long held belief that rural people create their own worlds around them.Soon she began planning to create her own music center in Brownfield Maine. Carol's husband Jeff was responsible for transforming their barn into a music hall but first he had to move it. Move it? Yeah...it was too close to the road so with classic New England ingenuity and determination they built knee walls, inserted I-beams, hired a crane and moved the barn with the help of most of the residents in the sleepy town of Brownfield. By August, 2005 they had their Arts Center and the stars began lining up....Mary Chapin-Carpenter, The Indigo Girls, Jay Unger, Roy Clark, Bela Fleck and more....Music of all types were represented- folk, blues, celtic, cajun, bluegrass, country and classical. In addition to the music, Stone Mountain also offers delicious food with artisan pizza, huge salads and specialty wines. The Arts Center is busy and filled to capacity for nearly every show and has quickly become THE place to enjoy music, community, arts and culture in the North Conway area. See the 2009 full schedule of events and plan your trip to Stone Mountain! Live where you Play and contact us for FULL SERVICE without hassle or pressure.

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