A guide to living local in Southern New Hampshire


Calendar of Events

Things to do in NH this fall!

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Sustainability Slam

Thursday, Nov. 2
LaBelle Winery & Event Center
345 Route 101, Amherst

New Hampshire Businesses for Social Responsibility hosts event where public chooses best of 12 winning sustainability stories. Entertaining evening to celebrate amazing connections. nhbsr.org

The Winemaker’s Kitchen Cooking Series – Preparing for Thanksgiving

Nov. 8 and 11, 6-7:30 p.m.  
LaBelle Winery & Event Center
345 Route 101, Amherst

Menu items to be announced. Wine will be paired and/or prepared with each item. This class is interactive and fun with Amy LaBelle, founder and winemaker at LaBelle and one of LaBelle’s talented chefs. Space is limited. $25 plus 9% tax and gratuity. Register at labellewineryevents.com


50th Annual Apple Festival & Town

Band Concert
Sunday, Oct. 1, 2-4 p.m.
Hollis Town Center

Celebrate annual harvest, Hollis Woman’s Club oversees food production of 50 pans of apple crisp, Hollis Town Band members contribute two pies each, numbering over 80 pies, menu also includes Doc Davis vanilla ice cream. Whole apple pies and crisps sold, Lull Farm apple cider, hot coffee and water, face painting, games, artists/vendors. Parking at Valicente’s field, HBMS lot and HBHS parking area. In case of rain, held at Hollis Middle School.

Nashua Garden Club October Program

Wednesday, Oct. 4, 7 p.m.
First Baptist Church
121 Manchester St. Nashua

“The Holistic Apple Orchard” will be presented by Michael Phillips, a founder of the community orchard movement, author of several books and owner of Lost Nation Orchard within a medicinal herb farm in northern New Hampshire. All welcome. Light refreshments served. Members free; nonmembers $5. NashuaGardenClub.com   

Autumn Spectacular

Friday, Oct. 6, 10 a.m.-7:30 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 7, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
The Hampshire Dome
34 Emerson Road, Milford

Sage Farm is hosting this show to commemorate its 17th anniversary. 100 antique, vintage and re-purposed dealers with high-quality U.S.-made goods, crafts and art. Entry fee is $10 for two-day pass or $25 for early buy starting at 8:30 a.m. Friday. Tickets at door or in advance at sagefarmantiques.com

28th Annual Milford Pumpkin Festival

Oct. 6-8
Downtown Milford

Signature festival events include beer and wine tasting tent, fireworks, live music and entertainment, Giant Pumpkin Weigh-in contest, bounce houses, carnival rides, pumpkin painting, pumpkin catapult, crafters, scarecrow making, food vendors, haunted trail, firehouse waffle breakfast. Free parking, free shuttle buses, and free admission. milfordpumpkinfestival.org 

Voicings: Adventure Singing Camp

Oct. 6-9
Friday, 6-9 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; Sunday, 1-4 p.m.
Beaver Brook Camp, Hollis

For women ages 18 and over only, this camp is the choice for those needing a fall rejuvenation with singing, hiking, mindfulness meditation and camaraderie. or women 18 and over. $175. voicingscamp.com

Beer for History Series

Thursday, Oct. 12, 6-8 p.m.
Downtown Exeter

Historic downtown Exeter will serve as backdrop to the second annual series hosted by the American Independence Museum. October theme is tavern games. Tickets $20, Craft brewers offer samplings of beer, light fare, themed activities. Members of the museum get discounted rate of $15. independencemuseum.org

Pumpkin Festival

Oct. 13-14
Downtown Laconia

Community-hosted, family-friendly, street festival, celebration of fall and what is unique about New Hampshire. Celebration of artistry and all things pumpkin. NHpumpkinfestival.com

Giant Pumpkin Weigh-Off and Regatta

Oct. 14-15
Main Street, Goffstown

Signature event held in village every fall with oversized gourds on display, buy a mini pumpkin to race down the river, see who will be crowned Prince and Princess of the Regatta. Goffstownmainstreet.org

Sunday Art Talk at LaBelle Winery with NHIA’s Linda Tanini

Sunday, Oct. 15, 3-5 p.m.
LaBelle Winery & Event Center
345 Route 101, Amherst

New Hampshire Institute of Art and LaBelle Winery are partnering to present this lecture by NHIA faculty member Linda Tanini discussing art in science with classic examples of artists who have contributed to help scientists to illustrate and instruct and current artwork that melds science and art. Complimentary for NHIA alumni or members, $5 general admission. Register at labellewineryevents.com. Information, Sara Ceaser at NHIA, saraceaser@nhia.edu, 836-2143.

The Winemaker’s Kitchen Cooking Series – Cooking with Beer

Wednesday, Oct. 18, 6-7:30 p.m.
LaBelle Winery & Event Center
345 Route 101, Amherst

Chili and more! Wine will be paired and/or prepared with each item. This class is interactive and fun with Amy LaBelle, founder and winemaker at LaBelle and one of LaBelle’s talented chefs. Space is limited. $25 plus 9% tax and gratuity. Register at labellewineryevents.com

2017 Queen City Spooky Quest & Trivia Night

Saturday, Oct. 28, 4 p.m.
St. George Greek Orthodox Cathedral
650 Hanover St., Manchester

Formally known as the Queen City Road Rally, the Quest is a scavenger hunt on wheels, the keys to success are puzzle-solving skills, a good imagination, and a vehicle to navigate through Manchester, teams encouraged to dress in costume for extra prize. $120/car. Early registration deadline Oct. 21, $140 after Oct. 21. Registration includes Quest, post-event buffet dinner, prizes, silent auction, raffles and trivia contest. $20 in advance, $25 at door for dinner/trivia only. queencityrotary.org


Three-Person Art Show

Through October
LaBelle Winery & Event Center
345 Route 101, Amherst

In partnership with McGowan Fine Art in Concord, the show features artists Peter Milton, Matthew Smith and Molly Wensberg, running through October. LaBelle is open 11 a.m. to 3p.m. Monday and Tuesday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Julie Hamel at 225-2515 or McgowanFineArt.com

Something Wild This Way Comes

Sept. 8 to Oct. 13
Wild Salamander Creative Arts Center
30 Ash St., Hollis

Fall group show featuring work by artists from two local chapters of the Women’s Caucus for Art, the New Hampshire Chapter and the Central Massachusetts Chapter, vivid landscapes, bold abstracts and everything in-between. wcanh.org or WildSalamander.com

Easterseals NH Frosting Frenzy

Thursday, Sept. 14, 6-8 p.m.
Fratello’s Italian Grille, Manchester

Sweet evening out features executive chefs from local senior care facilities, students from the Southern NH University Culinary Program, and other Easterseals NH programs showcase talents in a cake and candy competition. Proceeds benefit Easterseals NH Senior Services. Tickets are $25/person or block of 10 for $200. Order online at easterseals.com/nh or call 621.3619.

Incredible Insect Day

Saturday, Sept. 16, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Amoskeag Fishways
4 Fletcher St., Manchester

Spend the day discovering unique and amazing characteristics of local insects that live underwater, on land or both. Stop by anytime to observe live bugs up close, learn how to identify them, make insect crafts and play insect games. Free; no registration required. 626-FISH, amoskeagfishways.org

Southern NH Doll Show & Sale

Sunday, Sept. 17, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Crowne Plaza Nashua
2 Somerset Pkwy, Nashua

Sponsored by Nellie Perkins Doll & Miniature Society and the Granite State Doll Club, featuring antique, vintage, modern, reproduction and art dolls, bears, toys, miniatures, accessories, door prizes, raffles/helpers, charity, display/exhibit. Adults $5; children under 12 free. Free parking. Diane Gardenour, 424-9808 

Taste & Create: Paint and Sip Workshop with The Canvas Roadshow

Wednesday, Sept. 20, 6-9 p.m.
LaBelle Winery & Event Center
345 Route 101, Amherst

Enjoy a wine tasting followed by a creative session of painting in a fun, educational and relaxing class. The Canvas Roadshow will provide all materials needed and the “how to.” No prerequisites. $45 includes a LaBelle Winery wine tasting, materials and art instruction. Seating is limited.  Register at thecanvasroadshow.com or call 943-2103. 

Equine RockTape Course

Friday, Sept. 22, 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Horse ’n Hound Physical Therapy
288 S. Merrimack Road, Hollis

Class facilitated by Jennifer Brooks, PT, MEd, Cert. $349 for 2-hour online course and 8-hour hands-on section. Register at: rocktape.com/equine using code “ROCKTAPE150” at checkout. 

Beaver Brook Annual Fall Festival & Nature Show

Saturday, Sept 23, and Sunday, Sept. 24, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Maple Hill Farm
117 Ridge Road, Hollis

Beaver Brook Association invites the public to free festival with artwork by dozens of regional artists on display, activities of interest for all age groups, nature crafts for children, animal presentations from Wingmasters, Eyes on Owls, Wildlife Encounters and Carriage Shack petting farm, garden tours, guided hikes, live music, beekeeping demo, homemade food, hot dog roast. beaverbrook.org

“Autumn Hues” Opening Reception

Thursday, Sept. 28, 6-8 p.m.
The ArtHub
30 Temple St., Nashua

New exhibit showing the work of many artists, running through Oct. 31. Free to the public.
Also, “Nature, Stop and Look,” exhibit by Diane Vumbaco, on display through Sept. 30 during regularly scheduled hours of operation: Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Grow the Rows Dinner

Thursday, Sept. 28, 7-9 p.m.
The Foundry Restaurant
50 Commercial St., Manchester

The Farmers Dinner and The Foundry partner with NH Food Bank for evening of culinary excellence with chefs Matt Provencher of The Foundry, Keith Sarasin of The Farmers Dinner, Jayson McCarter and Paul Morrison of NH Food Bank, Chris Viaud and Justin Hewitt to prepare a dinner to change the food waste culture. Dinner will raise funds to offset the cost to farms of “grow a row” program with NH Food Bank. thefarmersdinner.com

Deerfield Fair

Sept. 28 to Oct. 1
Deerfield Fairgrounds
34 Stage Road, Deerfield

New England’s oldest “family fair.” Thurs., Sept. 28, 8 a.m.-10 p.m.; Fri., Sept. 29, 8 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sat., Sept. 30, 8 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sun., Oct. 1, 8 a.m. -7 p.m. Adults $10 (13+), children 12 and under free, senior days Thurs. and Fri. $7 (65+), all military free (active, reserves, and veterans with ID)
463-7421, deerfieldfair.com

Hudson Historical Society Lumberjack Show

Friday, Sept. 29, 4:30-7 p.m., Saturday, Sept 30, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Hill House, 211 Derry Road, Hudson

Free show of lumberjack feats, Friday night’s top eight men and women move on to compete in singlebuck and top eight combined men and women in axe throw move on to Saturday, log roll elimination (aka birling), lumberjack chop through standing logs on springboard, two-man crosscutting, chainsaw competitions, free, food sold. hudsonhistorical.com

Bird Migration Family Fun Night

Saturday, Sept. 29, 6:30-8 p.m.
Amoskeag Fishways
4 Fletcher St., Manchester

Why are we seeing fewer birds in our backyards? Become familiar with some species of birds that undergo an incredible annual migration and play games to help us understand how and why they do it. This program is part of Fishways kindness curriculum. $8/family. Registration required to 626-FISH.

Cardboard Challenge Extravaganza

Saturday, Sept. 30, 10 a.m. to noon
Amoskeag Fishways
4 Fletcher St., Manchester

Global initiative organized by the Imagination Foundation to inspire creativity in children of all ages through free play. We’ll provide cardboard for building, all you have to bring is your imagination. From model fish ladders to arcade games to works of art, it’s up to you to show the world what you can make from recycled materials. Free; registration required to 626-FISH.

Beaver Brook Annual Fall Festival & Nature Art Show

Sept. 23-24, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Maple Hill Farm, 117 Ridge Road, Hollis

Beaver Brook Association invites the public to its free 37th Annual Fall Festival & Nature Art Show. Artwork by dozens of regional artists will be on display at Maple Hill Farm and the featured artist this year is Heather Crowley of East Kingston. The Fall Festival is the signature annual event of Beaver Brook Association and in addition to the fabulous display of artwork, there will be activities of interest for all age groups, including nature crafts for children, animal presentations from Wingmasters, Eyes on Owls, Wildlife Encounters and Carriage Shack petting farm. There will be garden tours, guided hikes, live music, a beekeeping demonstration, homemade food, hot dog roast and more. Visit online for more details about this fun weekend for everyone: beaverbrook.org.

Hopkinton State Fair

Sept. 1-4
Fri., Sat., and Sun., 8am to 11pm; Mon., 8am to 7pm
Behind Hopkinton High School

Agriculture exhibits and livestock shows, pulling competitions, midway, food, music entertainment, children’s educational exhibits. 746-4191, info@hsfair.org, hsfair.org

Pig Roast

Saturday Sept. 2, 5pm
Red House, Old Wilton Center

A fundraiser for Souhegan Valley Food Co-op, the pig roast includes locally raised pig, bread, corn, beer and wine, cole slaw, sald and dessert. Live music featuring Will Kindler. $30/adult; $50/couple; $10/under 18. Tickets available via email Michael@MichaelConley.net or at brownpapertickets.com/event/3045579.

Nashua Garden Club Fall Program

Wednesday, Sept. 6, 7pm
First Baptist Church,
121 Manchester St., Nashua

“The Gardens of Tasha Tudor and Her Family” will be presented by Marjorie Tudor, daughter-in-law of Tasha Tudor, the renowned New England-based gardener, author, illustrator and artist. Working alongside Tasha, Marjorie observed and participated with Tasha in the inception and development of many gardens over the years. All are welcome. Light refreshments served. Members, free; nonmembers, $5. nashuagardenclub.com

Sunday Art Talk at LaBelle Winery with New Hampshire Institute of Art’s Ernest Montenegro

Sunday, Sept. 10, reception at 3pm, art talk at 3:30pm
LaBelle Winery & Event Center
345 Route 101, Amherst

“Ernest Montenegro – Public Art: Generating Enthusiasm and Possibilities” Ernest Montenegro will discuss generating interest in art projects in towns that are not necessarily interested in art. He will use his own experience as an example. Complimentary for NHIA alumni or members; $5 for general admission. Questions regarding this program or registration: Sara Ceaser, New Hampshire Institute of Art, saraceaser@nhia.edu or 836-2143. Register: labellewineryevents.com

The Winemaker’s Kitchen Cooking Series: Knife Skills Class (Part 2) – Focus on Garnish and Artistic Food Displays

Wednesday, Sept. 13, 6-7:30pm
LaBelle Winery & Event Center
345 Route 101, Amherst

Knife skills class focuses on creating garnishes and artistic food displays with hands-on component, taught by Amy LaBelle, founder and winemaker, and one of LaBelle’s talented chefs. This class is suited for couples, singles, family and friends. Space is limited. $25 plus 9% state tax and gratuity. labellewineryevents.com

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