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Soups & Songs to Benefit Memorial Hospital Prenatal Treatment Program and MWV Supports Recovery

December 19, 2018

NORTH CONWAY, NH – Soups & Songs, the 2nd annual dinner and concert fundraiser for recovery services in the Conway area, is taking place Friday, January 4th at the United Methodist Church in Center Conway, benefitting Memorial Hospital’s A New Life Program and MWV Supports Recovery.

Kathy Bennett, Thom Perkins and Taylor Whiteside will perform a concert of original folk and Americana music after a communal dinner featuring scratch-made soups and entrees. The $25 ticket price covers dinner, music and each guest keeps a hand thrown pottery bowl made by local artist Jenny Lanoie and her students. Tickets can be bought online at

Last year’s popular event raised close to $1,300 for the two programs and provided thought-provoking music, a warm meal, and a true sense of community. The concert included original music and true stories from Mount Washington Valley, including “Where Are You Going,” a song by Bennett & Perkins about the drug-deal-gone-wrong murder of Krista Dittmeyer that ended in a snowmaking pond in North Conway in 2011. Their music includes strong guitar work and tight harmonies and is frequently featured on New Hampshire Public Radio’s Folk Show. More about the music can be found at

The concert brings together two important substance abuse recovery resources for the Mount Washington Valley.

A New Life, launched three years ago at Memorial, offers a structured, comprehensive program that promotes a coordinated, centralized care approach. By linking the Midwifery/Obstetric care and more involved treatment for Substance Use Disorder, it improves the coordination of care, the patient experience, ongoing maternal success and newborn health. Pregnancy often becomes a time when women struggling with addiction have new motivation to address their problems. For more information visit

MWV Supports Recovery combines transitional sober living with continued support. This helps women transition to a sober lifestyle after completing primary or extended residential treatment.

A women’s only program allows a more complete exploration of the issues that fuel drug and alcohol addiction, and opens the door to a shared understanding of how these problems affect women. This type of environment has a high rate of success in both recovery and relapse deterrence rates. For more information visit

Doors open for the event at 6pm and the concert starts at 7pm. Soups to be served include spicy chicken corn chowder, beef stew, mushroom soup with more options to be added. Due to limited seating for dinner, guests are encouraged to arrive early to enjoy a leisurely meal. Advance online reservations are encouraged but tickets will be available at the door on an as available basis. For more information, call 603-305-7156.

About Memorial Hospital
Memorial Hospital is a not-for-profit 25-bed Critical Access Hospital located in North Conway, NH, and is a member of the MaineHealth family. Its hospital services include a 24-hour emergency department, surgery center, clinical laboratory, heart health & wellness programs, imaging services, cardiopulmonary care, family birthing center, oncology, chemotherapy and infusion services. Practices include primary care and family medicine, and the Miranda Center for Diabetes, behavioral health services, women's health, and orthopedics. The Merriman House, a 45-bed nursing home specializing in Alzheimer's and other memory disorders, is also located on the hospital campus.

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