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Things to Do in NH This Weekend

Friday, June 10, 2011

It is HOT! This week has pushed us much closer to memories of summers past. The humidity isn't helpful. I've caved; my AC is installed.

Luckily, this is New England, and our weather patterns are as fleeting as the wind on which they sail. This weekend should be comfortable, and that's good, because there are plenty of activities to enjoy.

Most enticing is Portsmouth's Market Square Day on Saturday. Spend the afternoon perusing the lovely open market in the beautiful seacoast, then, maybe head to the beach! If you're still in a sand-and-water mood on Sunday, head over to New Castle for the Open House at Portsmouth Harbor Lighthouse and tour one of the most beautiful and historic locations on New Hampshire's Seacoast.

Families of all ages can enjoy the 22nd Annual Great Ashuelot River Duck Race in Keene on Saturday; proceeds from the entertaining event benefit a slew of local charities, so everyone wins! Younger kids will definitely enjoy All Aboard for Train Time! at The Children's Museum of NH on Sunday. Lead by a uniformed train conductor kids will explore the world of locomotives, participate in activities, and even make some fun projects to take home!

There are many theatre productions this weekend as well. If you're interested, check out THIS HERE CITY OF NEW ORLEANS, an original musical in one act at The Scenic Theater in Pittsfield. $1 of each ticket sold will benefit The National Disaster Fund. Also, the highly acclaimed Bela Fleck and the Original Flecktones will grace The Lebanon Opera House on Monday, June 13th, so plan on checking out some authentic and remarkable banjo music in unique, genre-busting settings.

Merrimack Region
Pat's Peak Mountain Bike Festival
Sat-Sun, June 11-12
Henniker, NH

Bicycle riders from all over New England come to PATS PEAK to participate in this exhilarating bike weekend. Whether you're a spectator or plan to race, you're sure to have a great time.

United Way of Greater Nashua's Spring Online Auction
Through June 19
United Way of Greater Nashua Auction Homepage

Bid in United Way's online auction for great deals on fun and unique items AND help your community! There's something for everyone in this auction, including:
- Boston sports memorabilia autographed by Bruins, Celtics, Red Sox, and Patriots players
- NH ski vacation package
- mini spa day for your car
- hot air balloon ride for 4
- restaurant gift certificates
- and much more!

American Cancer Society Bark For Life
Sunday, June 12
Auburn, NH

Join us as we celebrate Relay For Life with our four-legged loved ones! The American Cancer Society Bark For Life is a community event that will honor the caregiving qualities of our canine friends.

Mind, Body, Heart and Soul Expo
Sunday, June 12
Nashua, NH

This all day event will be a spectacular presentation of the local holistic and spiritual communities all showcasing ways you can take better care of you!
This admission free event will be from 10am to 4pm and promises to be a fun filled day of healing and inspiration. There will be Spiritual Intuitive Readings available all day from 18 of the best Intuitive Readers in the area. You will be able to experience astrology, communication with spirit, angel readings, palmistry, akashic record readings, spirit drawings and so much more!!!

Seacoast Region
Market Square Day
Saturday, June 11
Portsmouth, NH

Created to celebrate the renovation and beautification of Downtown Portsmouth - and, in particular, Market Square - the Festival has grown in size along with the growth and popularity of Portsmouth. It is estimated that between 60,000 - 80,000 people walk through Downtown Portsmouth on that one day enjoying the entertainment, products and food offered by artists, crafters and merchants - many from the Seacoast area.

All Aboard for Train Time!
Sunday, June 12
Dover, NH

Children will issued special tickets as they enter the museum and a uniformed train conductor from the Amtrak Downeaster will be on hand to talk with families, answer questions and punch each child's ticket. Children will also receive free train activity books, pencils, engineer hats and more.
In the museum's Project Area, children can create their own colorful train mosaic to take home. In another part of the museum, representatives of Operation Lifesaver will be on hand to educate families about rail safety. Operation Lifesaver is a national organization whose mission is to end collisions, deaths and injuries at highway-rail grade crossings and on rail property through a network of volunteers in all 50 states. The group supports state safety programs by developing videos, educational brochures and other materials for audiences of all ages.

Deep Sea Fishing Adventure
Sunday, June 12
Hampton, NH

This all-day fishing trip aboard the Yellowbird will introduce you to the basics of deep-sea fishing. You'll learn about equipment, bait, fish identification, safety and caring for your catch. Use of rods and bait included. Water and snacks provided; bring your own lunch. Cost: $70. Registration opens May 2. Limited to 25 participants.

Wentworth Marina Striped Bass Tournament for Kids
Sunday, June 12
New Castle, NH

Take A Kid Fishing! Annual Wentworth Marina Striped Bass Tournament for Kids. Sponsored by Mercedes-Benz.

Open House at Portsmouth Harbor Lighthouse
Sunday, June 12
New Castle, NH

Tour one of the most beautiful and historic locations on the New Hampshire Seacoast. Portsmouth Harbor Lighthouse was established in 1771 as the first lighthouse north of Boston in the American colonies. No reservations are needed; tours are on a first come, first served basis.

Dartmouth/Sunapee Region


Bela Fleck and the Original Flecktones


Chicken BBQ
Saturday, June 11
Danbury, NH

Chicken barbecue, home baked beans, assorted salads, strawberry shortcake and beverage. $8/adults; $4 for children.

Bird Watching Hike
Saturday, June 11
Newbury, NH

Explore the woods and fields of The Fells in search of returning breeding birds and migrant birds passing through our area. Learn about new electronic bird identification tools that supplement the traditional guidebooks. Wear sturdy walking shoes and bring insect repellant, binoculars and your favorite field guide. Members free, nonmembers pay site admission. Reservations not required. Meet at The Fells Welcome Kiosk.

Monadnock Region

All Weekend

Father of the Bride

22nd Annual Great Ashuelot River Duck Race
Saturday, June 11
Keene, NH

The Keene Lions Club is holding its 22nd Annual Great Ashuelot River Duck race on June 11, 2011. The purpose of this event is to raise at least $20,000.00 for the benefit of local charities. This year, the goal is to sell ten thousand $5.00 tickets and one hundred $100.00 tickets known as "SPONSOR A DUCK".

Flag Day Picnic
Sunday, June 12
Greenfield, NH

The Hillsborough County Republican Committee will host its annual Flag Day fundraising picnic. Guest speakers will include 2012 Republican presidential candidates, members of the NH Congressional delegation, state and local representatives and other notables. Picnic style menu includes hamburgers, hot dogs, salads, soft drinks and dessert.

Spring Fling
Saturday, June 11
Milford, NH

There will be live music, a Bounce House, Dunk Tank, and games with prizes. It will cost $3 to buy a wristband to play the games. Proceeds benefit Milford High School's Marching Band Uniform Fund.

Lakes Region


The Brinkler Trio
All Weekend
THIS HERE CITY OF NEW ORLEANS, an original musical in one act
$1 from each ticket sold donated to The National Disaster Fund.

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