Hello Southern New Hampshire Visitors! Here’s where we will be posting updates to “Happenings About Town” that were publicized after our own date of publication of your in-room copy of NH Visitor. Also any corrections to misinformation that we had as of NH Visitor magazine’s deadline. One such correction (our bad) is that while Parker’s Maple Barn’s display ad shows their correct hours, their dining listing errs by saying 7am-4pm weekends. It’s 7am-2pm on the weekends. (Groveling body language showing abject shame for our error, we hope you did not get there after closing as a result, and if so please accept our most sincere apology!)
Consistent with our print copy of NH Visitor that your hotel provides for you, we are using the same abbreviations for event locations here, and also ongoing events are shown as of their first date but marked with an asterisk for your easy notice…
“MV” = Merrimack Valley
“SC” = Seacoast
“MR” = Monadnock Region
8/15 (MV) She Built This – 5:30-8pm. LaBelle Winery, 345 NH-101, Amherst. $40. (603) 562-8937. Join us for an annual panel event – An Evening of Entrepreneurship, Inspiration & Networking Featuring Three of NH’s TOP Female Entrepreneurs. Come hear from three inspiring women and phenomenal New Hampshire business owners as they tell their stories and share their experiences. You will laugh, cry, and walk away with inspiration and tools you can use in your own business. Discover the daily habits that have helped these three ladies to continuously serve and help others every day, and hear some of their tricks for maximizing productivity. The evening is open to all. Light refreshments will be served and wine will be available by the glass. Come early to mingle and network and stay for our VIP Cocktail After-Hour and get extra perks and SWAG. This year, we are excited to be offering a raffle from which all proceeds will be going to the Boys and Girls Club of the Souhegan Valley: The Training Grounds for the Entrepreneurs of the Future. See www.emilyaborn.com/shebuiltthis for details.
8/16 (MV) Oldies Night to Benefit Community Crossroads – 7-10pm. Salem-Derry Elks Lodge, Shadow Lake Rd., Salem. $10. (603) 893-1299. Join us for a fabulous evening of all your favorites from the 50’s, 60’s, and 70’s played by our own DJ Mike of American Entertainment! There will be fun for all, free refreshments, raffles and games. Over 21 only please. Cash bar. Pick your favorite decade and dress the part!
*8/16-8/25 (MV) “Next to Normal” – Hatbox Theatre, 270 Loudon Rd., Concord. $12-$17. (603) 715-2315. Cue Zero Theatre Company presents the 2010 Pulitzer Prize-winner “Next to Normal.” In this rock musical, we get an unflinching look at a suburban family struggling with the effects of mental illness. Dad’s an architect; Mom rushes to pack lunches and pour cereal; their daughter and son are bright, wise-cracking teens, appearing to be a typical American family. And yet their lives are anything but normal because the mother has been battling manic depression for 16 years. “Next to Normal” takes audiences into the minds and hearts of each character, presenting their family’s story with love, sympathy and heart.
*8/16-8/25 (SC) Late Night Series: “Somebody Dies” – Fridays and Saturdays at 10:00 p.m., Sundays at 9:00 p.m. The Players’ Ring Theatre, 105 Marcy St., Portsmouth. $12-$14. (603) 436-8123. “Irreverent.” “Blasphemous.” “Diabolically Wretched.” These are just a few of the words that critics around the globe are saving up to unleash on the world premiere of “Somebody Dies.” In the first of the three plays, we meet God. Well, not exactly. We meet Jehovah and Allah. “Deuces Wild” opens in some version of heaven with the two deities playing poker. The stakes are human souls ascending to their reward when onto the gambling table arrives Ahmet Khafir, a suicide bomber who has just detonated a bomb on a bus in Tel Aviv. A vigorous game of bluffs, raises, a call and a see ensues, alongside a sometimes dense, sometimes funny, and always lively ecumenical discussion. In “Seven Stories,” Max Cohen has two weeks to kill before his internship starts at The Boston Globe, when he picks up a fascinating hitchhiker. The hitchhiker hits Max up for a dollar as he leaves, but Max has only twenties, so he hands one over and insists on a story in return. This gives him an idea for an article to pitch to the paper, spending $20 each to get seven more stories from interesting faces he doesn’t know. Each story is more fascinating than the next, until the final one, which takes Max Cohen on a journey that changes everything. “Bad Relationship” is the story of a woman and a man. It opens with a view onto a marriage that has been destroyed by alcohol, sarcasm, sloth, infidelity and rage. It is a Wimbledon match of insults and abuse, finally resolved in a mutual decision to get drunk together. One of them does not make it very far into the play. The one who does spends a good deal of time arranging the body so it can be carried out in pieces. What could possibly go wrong?
8/17 (SC) Insane Inflatable 5k 2019 – noon. New England Dragway, 280 Exeter Rd., Epping. $44-$79. (207) 321-4246. The Insane Inflatable 5K is a dynamic and extreme obstacle race made up solely of inflatable obstacles. This event is fun for the whole family and brings 2,000+ attendees to the New England Dragway. After conquering our obstacle course, the Insane Midway isn’t a bad place to kick back, grab something to eat & relive the experience with friends & family. The Insane Midway changes from event to event, but there is a little something for everyone including food trucks, games, music & sponsor activities.
8/17 (MV) (Note: This is a Facebook link and it steals your back button so it gets greyed out. We assume that’s meant to keep you on Facebook instead of just reading the event and then returning from whence you came. Dontcha just love bossy tech?) Gate City Brewfest & Wing Competition – 1-5pm. Holman Stadium, 67 Amherst St., Nashua. $25-$35. Wings and beer come together at Holman Stadium in Nashua from 1 p.m.-5 p.m. Enjoy beer from local breweries and see who takes home top prize in the wing competition. Tickets are $25 in advance and $35 the day of.
8/17 (MR) Atlas PyroVision Festival of Fireworks – 4:30pm. Jaffrey Airfield Silver Ranch, 190 Turnpike Rd., Jaffrey. $8-$375 depending on group size and vehicle. The Jaffrey Chamber of Commerce hosts the largest fund raising event, the Jaffrey Festival of Fireworks. The festival is a family-friendly event that began in 1990 as a partnership between the Jaffrey Chamber of Commerce, Atlas Pyrovision and the Jaffrey Silver Ranch Airpark. On the third Saturday in August, the skies over Jaffrey light up with a world-class fireworks display, which is choreographed to music by our very own international award winning company Atlas PyroVision, based in Jaffrey, New Hampshire, since 1949. There are numerous activities going on in the Monadnock Region the week of the event. Check out the Stay & Play page to see what’s happening, plus find lodging information. The gates open at 4:30 p.m. and music is provided by Sowa Entertainment. You can also enjoy a rock climbing wall plus a variety of game and food vendors. Over the years, the Jaffrey Chamber of Commerce has contributed financially to a variety of projects, including the Rails to Trails, the Jaffrey welcome signs, safety equipment for our police, fire and ambulance departments, the Jaffrey Welcome Center as well as many other community improvement projects. The goal of the Jaffrey Chamber of Commerce is to provide for “the betterment of our community” — our vision that keeps on giving!
8/17 (MV) The Rad Trads – 9pm. Bank of NH Stage, 16 S Main St., Concord. $12. Already drawing lines around the block at home, the globe-trotting Brooklyn-based five-piece group’s singular take on rock n roll mixes punk rock energy, horn drenched soul, and jazz precision, all with a lighthearted but sincere delivery.
8/18 (MV) 17th Annual Fire on the Mountain Chili Fest – 4:30 pm. Pats Peak, 686 Flanders Rd., Heniker. $12, kids 10 and under $6. Welcome to the Henniker Rotary Club “Fire on the Mountain” Chili Fest, an annual celebration of all things spicy. Join the tasty fun on August 18, 2019 for a family-friendly afternoon at beautiful Pats Peak Ski Area in Henniker, New Hampshire, filled with food, beverage, entertainment and activities for the kids. In the 16 years the Henniker Rotary has hosted Chili Fest, they’ve raised and distribute over $200,000 to local, regional and international services and humanitarian causes.
8/23 (MV) Wallis Bird – 8pm. Bank of NH Stage/Capitol Center for the Arts, 16-18 S Main St., Concord. $15-$25. Wallis Bird lost all her fingers on one hand in a bizarre lawnmower accident as a baby. Though most of her fingers were saved through surgery, one was lost for good. Happily, it didn’t stop her picking up a guitar as a child, flipping it upside down to strum with her damaged hand, and carrying on as if nothing had ever happened. Loved!
8/24 (MV) Pembroke and Allenstown Old Home Day (no website provided) – Memorial Field, Pembroke, NH. Free. This fun event will have a big parade with floats, marching bands, antique cars and more. Following the parade will be a full day of events including live entertainment on 2 stages, inflatables, hay wagon rides, miniature golf, food vendors, arts & crafts area, doodle bugs tractor pull, touch a truck, antique cars display, a big raffle and more. The day will conclude with a spectacular fireworks show.
8/24 (SC) Cooking with Heirlooms – (Note: This is another Facebook link and it steals your back button so it gets greyed out. We assume that’s meant to keep you on Facebook instead of just reading the event and then returning from whence you came. Dontcha just really really doubly love bossy tech?) 11am-1pm. Strawbery Banke Museum, 14 Hancock St., Portsmouth. $15. (603) 433-1100. Liz Barbour, professional cook and avid gardener, takes participants on a virtual tour through her cottage-sized garden. She offers tips on using every inch of a small garden to maximize its beauty and its bounty using herbs, edible flowers, fruits, and vegetables as part of an edible landscape. Participants learn about varieties of ornamental and edible plants as well as tips on how to plan ahead to truly enjoy the fruits of labor. Liz also offers a cooking demonstration complete with easy cooking technique tips and a sampling of two delicious recipes featuring fresh, healthy ingredients. This program takes place in the TYCO Visitors Center lecture hall. Members $10. Non-members $15.
8/24 (MR) Fitzwilliam Police Association 6th Annual Car Show – 11am-2pm. Meadowood Training Center, 156 Bowkerville Rd., Fitzwilliam. Free. (603) 585-6565. The Fitzwilliam Police Association is holding its 6th Annual Car Show. All cars are welcome. There will be food, music and raffles at this fun community event. Proceeds benefit a scholarship helping a MRHS senior pursuing a career in law enforcement.
8/24 (MV) NH Bath and Kitchen 11th Robert Comrie Jr Memorial Golf Tournament – noon. Candia Woods Golf Links, 313 South Rd., Candia. $80. (603) 553-6347. We are an affordable tournament, raising money for a great cause. The First Tee is a wonderful organization that helps New Hampshire’s youth learn the core values in life through the game we all love! We are pleased to announce that we have raised well over $8,500 to date, and look forward to adding much more to that amount in years to come! This is a scramble format style “just-for-fun” tournament that encourages people of all skill levels and ages to participate.
8/25 (MV) Tall Heights – 8-10pm. Bank of NH Stage, 16 S Main St., Concord. $15. With 150 million streams under their belt and touring alongside the likes of Ben Folds, CAKE, Judah & the Lion and Colony House, this Boston duo have just released their sophomore album, “Pretty Colors For Your Actions.”
8/29 (MV) Ryan Montbleau – 8-10pm. Bank of NH Stage, 16 S Main St., Concord. $28-$38. (603) 225-1111. Singer/songwriter/guitarist Ryan Montbleau’s ecstatic headline shows have solidified his reputation as a live powerhouse.
8/31 (MR) MAAA Art in the Park – 10am-4pm. Ashuelot River Park, West St., Keene. Free. The Monadnock Area Artist’s Association annual Art in the Park, a two day public outdoor art show in the lovely garden walkways of Ashuelot River Park on West Street in Keene. This is a judged exhibition held on Saturday and Sunday of Labor Day weekend. Artists come from all over New England to exhibit and sell their work. Other highlights include music provided by local musicians, and the promotion of high school artists. An area is provided for students from Keene High School and Monadnock Regional High School to show their work at Art in the Park. Scholarships are given to a graduating senior from those two schools who plans to pursue art studies in college.