White River Junction's downtown vitality might be summed up this way: change, and no lonely, empty storefronts. We bid adieu to the beloved White River Yarn Shop with its twice-weekly group of devoted knitters and the occasional yarn-bombing of Main Street (photo, above). Knitting supplies and camaraderie out, pop-up gallery by Long River Gallery and Gifts in. The gallery will feature works of local artists as does its Lyme location; in these early days, according to owner Dave Celone, hours are by chance or appointment.
From Long River Gallery and Gifts in Lyme NH
Space in White River does not remain empty for long. New small apartments, in addition to those in the refurbished American Legion building, are replacing the old College Cleaners on South Main Street. The bingo hall in the Newberry building is gone; it has been taken over by an expanded Tuckerbox Cafe and Restaurant, Piecemeal Pies, and a weekly marketplace that is next open on November 10. The old Holiday Inn is long gone, and in its place is the Riverbank Church, which used to be in the Freight House, now occupied by the coworking space, the Engine Room. (subject of its own and upcoming post.)
The Briggs Opera House? Suffice it to say that after Northern Stage's exit last year to its brand new Barrette Center (converted in part from a former car dealership), the Briggs has not been dark. Last night it saw the opening of JAG Production's Choir Boy.
White River Junction, as they say, abhors a vacuum.
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Susan B. Apel, author, ArtfulEdge