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Of course, not all the fun this season is happening outdoors. Keep your eyes on the Hippo for all the indoor fun this summer. See the Arts section for gallery events and theatrical productions on a stage with a roof. See Inside/Outside for classes, camps, clubs and more. Check out the Food section for a listing of cooking classes, food and wine tastings, special meals and other food events as well as a continually updated listing of area farmers markets. And get music at area bars and restaurants as well as upcoming concerts, comedy events and more in Hippo Nite. Have an event to tell us about? Send all information to listings@hippopress.com, arts@hippopress.com, food@hippopress.com or music@hippopress.com.
 
 
 
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Enjoy the Sun
It’s time to get outdoors.

05/24/12
By Hippo Staff news@hippopress.com



That early taste of good weather this year only left us that much hungrier to spend our days outside. With Memorial Day weekend, summer has (unofficially) begun, and it’s time to make the most of those sunny days, and of all the fun on the calendar. School may be out, but for all kinds of events — theater in the park, food festivals, road races, baseball — summer is the high season. So in addition to spending more time on the porch and dusting off the grill, plan to check out a few of the happenings that make this season so enjoyable. What can you do outside this summer? How about...
 
Fill your belly.

The 10th Annual Chili Cookoff hosted by the Alvirne Friends of Music is scheduled for Saturday, June 2, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event, which is sanctioned by the International Chili Society, will send its winner to the World Championship Chili Cookoff. Event-goers will be able to vote for People’s Choice chili. The fiesta will be held at 211 Derry Road in Hudson, rain or shine. Admission costs $7. See ahsmusic.org. The Friends of the Library of Windham will hold their 28th annual Strawberry Festival on Saturday, June 2, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Windham High School. The day will feature strawberry shortcake and other food as well as music, activities and the final day of the book fair (8 to 11 a.m.). See flowwindham.org. Get your appetite to try some of the best chowders on the seacoast at the 27th Annual WOKQ Chowder Festival at Prescott Park in Portsmouth on Saturday, June 2. The event starts at 11:30 a.m. and goes until the chowder’s gone; tickets cost $10 for adults, $5 for kids 12 and younger. Get a taste of what seacoast mixologists are making at the 6th annual Portsmouth Cocktail Competition on Sunday, June 3, from 4 to 8 p.m. The cocktail crawl will kickoff at the Sheraton Portsmouth, at 4 p.m., and continue to such spots as The RiverHouse, The Dolphin Striker, Michelle’s and Fat Belly’s before wrapping up at the Portsmouth Gas Light Co. Event-goers will be able to vote for their favorite signature cocktail. Tickets cost $20 in advance at portsmouthcocktail.com ($30 at the door). See prescottpark.org. The Nashua West Rotary is gearing up for its annual Rock ‘N Ribfest at the Anheuser Busch facility in Merrimack. This year’s Ribfest runs Saturday, June 15, through Sunday, June 17. In addition to the ribbers’ competition, there will be food from other vendors, music, activities for kids and a whoopie pie-eating contest. The event in sanctioned by the Kansas City Barbecue Society. Admission costs $7; bring more money for the eats and activities. See rotaryribfest.org. Saint Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church. 1160 Bridge St., Manchester, 625-6115, www.stnicholas-man-nh.org, will hold its annual lamb barbecue on Saturday, June 16, from 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Look for marinated lamb, pastries and other Greek dishes as well as Greek music. The Friends of the Town of Bedford Cemeteries will hold their fourth annual Strawberry Festival on Saturday, June 2, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event will take place by the performance stage near the Bedford town pool. A strawberry shortcake eating contest will be held at 1 p.m. See friendsofbedfordcemeteries.org. Support Share Our Strength’s No Child Hungry campaign by attending Taste of the Nation at the Strawberry Banke Museum on Marcy Street in Portsmouth on Wednesday, June 27, from 6:30 to 10 p.m. Local chefs will dole out food samples under the Camelot tents at the event. Tickets cost $85 ($150 for VIP) at strength.org/portsmouth. Get a taste of street food when the New England Food Truck Festival visits the Granite State on Saturday, June 30. The event will be held at Rockingham Park in Salem, from noon to 4 p.m. Participating trucks will include Roxy’s Grilled Cheese, Bon Me, Staff Meal, Woodman’s of Essex and Kickass Cupcakes. Tickets cost $25 ($40 for VIP, $10 for children under 12) at foodtruckfestivalsofne.com. The annual Hollis Strawberry Festival and Band Concert will be held Sunday, June 24, from 2 to 4 p.m. featuring strawberry shortcakes and sundaes along with arts and crafts, activities for the kids, and music at the Hollis Town Common. See holliswomansclub.org
 
The 2012 Southern New Hampshire Brewers Festival will be held at White Birch Brewing in Hooksett on Saturday, July 14, from 6 to 9 p.m. Among the breweries signed up for the event are Clown Shoes, Martha’s Exchange, Throwback and the Woodstock Inn. Tickets cost $45 ($80 for VIP, $35 for designated drivers) at southernnhbrewersfestival.com. The Ujima Collective will hold its annual African/Caribbean Celebration on Saturday, Aug. 4, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. in Veterans Memorial Park in downtown Manchester. Look for tasty foods from the islands, Africa and the African Diaspora as well as music, dancing and more. See ujimacollective.mysite.com or call 627-4631.
 
Our Lady of the Cedars Melkite Catholic Church, 140 Mitchell St., Manchester, will hold its annual Middle Eastern festival Friday, Aug. 17, through Sunday, Aug. 19. The menu usually features lamb, beef and chicken kabobs, falafel and tabbouleh, and traditional Middle Eastern pastries. The event also features Arabic music, dancing, wine tasting, a bazaar with gifts, church tours, and activities for children. Visit mahrajan-nh.com. The Latino Festival of New Hampshire will run from noon to 8 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 18, in Veterans Park in Manchester and feature foods from across Latin America (bring cash) as well as music and dance. See latinosunidosnh.org. The Southeast Asian Water Festival, held at the Lowell Heritage State Park Esplanade and Sampras Pavilion in Lowell, will run throughout the third weekend of August, kicking off on Friday, Aug. 17, with a candle ceremony at Lucy Larcom Park. The two-day celebration features the cuisine of Cambodia, Vietnam and other Southeast Asian countries as well as dance, parades, long boat races, crafts and more. Visit lowellwaterfestival.com. Greekfest 2012 at Assumption of the Virgin Mary Greek Orthodox Church, 111 Island Pond Road in Manchester, 623-2045, assumptionnh.org, will be held Saturday, Aug. 18, and Sunday, Aug. 19. Look for gyros and Greek dinner plates as well as traditional Greek pastries pastries. The Church of Our Savior, 10 Amherst St. in Milford, 673-3309, coosmilford.org, has its annual Peach Festival and Lobster Supper on Saturday, Aug. 18. The day starts with a peach festival full of peach pies, peach jam and other peach goodies as well as crafts, activities for kids and a silent auction. Then later in the day, the celebration continues with a dinner of Maine lobster, corn on the cob, potato salad, breads and a peach dessert. Henniker Rotary Club has scheduled its annual Chili Fest for Sunday, Aug. 19, at 1 p.m. at Pat’s Peak in Henniker. In addition to a chili cookoff competition, the event often includes a car show, performances, activities for the kids and more. See chilinewhampshire.org.
 
Run it off.

New Hampshire boasts a variety of summer road and trail races, as well as walks. Along with a number of 5K and 10K road races, there are several trail races and a handful of longer-distance races. Visit www.coolrunning.com or www.nerunner.com for listings and registration information. 
 
Get started on the season with some 5K or 10K races and walks. The Race to the Villa 5K features a flat course on the way to the Villa Augustina School in Goffstown on Saturday, June 2, at 8 a.m. Registration costs $25. Contact Cathleen Brown at 497-2361 or cathleen.brown@gmail.com. The 10th Annual St. Patrick 5K Road Race will begin at the St. Patrick School in Pelham at 9 a.m. on Saturday, June 2. Contact Pam McCarthy at 860-6024. Registration costs $22 in advance and $27 on race day. Visit running4free.com/RaceDetails.aspx?raceid=131. Support the Henniker Lions at the club’s second Eye Run 5K Run/Walk Fundraiser on Sunday, June 3, at 9:30 a.m. at the Henniker Community School, 51 Western Ave. The event supports the Lions Club’s community work. Registration costs vary. Visit www.henniker.nhlions.org . Send e-mail to hennikerlionsclub@comcast.net. Lace up those sneakers for a frosty cold one at the 6th Smuttynose Will Run for Beer 5K on Sunday, June 3, at 11 a.m. at Smuttynose Brewing Company’s new location in Hampton. Visit www.locorunning.com/index-smuttynose5k.php. You don’t have to ship out to take part in the Navy Operational Support Center Skedaddle 5K on Sunday, June 3, at 8 a.m. at the Navy Operational Support Center, 64 Harvey Road in Londonderry. Proceeds will support a Navy Birthday Ball in October. Contact Deanna Orzechoweski at 537-8079 or deanna.orzechowski@navy.mil. Enjoy a flat and fast course in the 3rd Annual Leap Preschool 5K on Saturday, June 9, at 9 a.m. at the LEAP Preschool, 80 Clinton St. in Concord. Proceeds benefit the school’s scholarship fund. Call Antoinette at 717-8932 or send e-mail to LEAP@tbcnh.org. Registration costs vary. Visit www.tbcnh.org/leap/5Kbrochure2012.pdf. The Salvation Army 5K Race and Fitness Walk takes place on Saturday, June 9, at 10 a.m. at Lewis & Clark Movers, 131 Burke St. in Nashua. Registration costs vary. Visit www.coolrunning.com/major/12/salvationarmy5k. Call 889-5151, ext. 14. The 4th Annual T.E.A. (Teaching English Abroad and helping children grow) Tree Run will begin at MacDowell Lake in Peterborough at 11 a.m. on Sunday, June 10. The race features a 5K race and a one-mile walk. Call 670-8527. Send e-mail to tj@tjstea.com. Registration costs $20. Visit www.tjstea.com/tjsbase.php?page=coco/tjsaddregistrantform.php. The Windham Rail Trail Alliance (www.windhamrailtrail.org ) is hosting its Flat ‘N Fast 5K on Sunday, June 10, at 8:30 a.m. at Windham Depot, 122 North Lowell Road. Call 845-9896. Registration costs $25. Try out the fastest 5K in New England on Thursday, June 14, as the Hollis Brookline Rotary Club hosts the 6th Annual Hollis Fast 5K road race, at 6:30 p.m. at the Alpine Grove Banquet Facility, 19 South Depot Road in Hollis. Visit www.hollisfast5k.com. The Kick Off to Summer 5K in Memory of Dave Cramb will take place on Saturday, June 16, at 10 a.m. at New Boston Central School, 15 Central School Road in New Boston. Visit www.kickofftosummer5k.com. In honor of Father’s Day, Margarita’s of Dover will host a Father’s Day 5K on Sunday, June 17, with participants encouraged to wear neckties in honor of dad. The race begins at 8:30 a.m. Visit goodwinch.org/events. Pair ribs with your running shoes in the Nashua Rotary West Annual Rock ‘n Ribfest 5-Miler on Sunday, June 17, at 9:15 a.m. at the Anheuser-Busch Brewery in Merrimack. Registration costs $30. Visit www.millenniumreg.com. Call 589-2333. The Lite Up the Night 5K Run Walk for Mental Health will happen on Thursday, June 21, at Derryfield Park in Manchester at 6:30 p.m. Visit runformentalhealth.weebly.com. Head to Pembroke for the first Kick-Off to Summer 5K Road Race/Walk on Saturday, June 23, at 9 a.m. at 209 Academy Road in Pembroke. Registration costs vary. Visit www.runreg.com/Net/3160. Contact Lisa Wiggin at 219-3179 or send e-mail to lwiggin1@comcast.net. PLAN NH, a nonprofit organization promoting good development and planning, will host the PLAN NH 5K on Saturday, June 23, at 9 a.m. at NHTI in Concord. Registration costs vary. Visit www.plannh.com. Send e-mail to info@plannh.org. Run for the finish at the Plaistow Old Home Days 5K at 9 a.m. at the Town Green on Main Street in Plaistow on Saturday, June 30. Call Dr. Jim Vitale at 382-9989. 
 
Celebrate the Fourth of July with the 2nd Annual Revolution Run in Nashua at 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday, July 4. The race, which features a 5K and a 10K, will take place at Holman Stadium, 67 Amherst St. in Nashua. Visit www.revrunnashua.com. Send e-mail to joy@bbbsnashua.org. Or take in Portsmouth on the Fourth, with the 2nd Annual Friends on the Fourth 5K, on Wednesday, July 4, at 8:30 a.m. at Great Bay Community College at Pease Tradeport in Portsmouth. The race features a 5K run and walk. Visit www.friends5k.com. Call Chris Bernier at 899-3210 or send e-mail to chris@sub5racing.com. Run the 4K on the Fourth in Concord on Sunday, July 1, at 9 a.m. at NHTI. The race is the only certified 4K course in the state. Registration costs $20. Visit www.4konthe4th.com. Call 429-8879. Send e-mail to michael@3craceproductions.com
 
Hit the harbor trail in the Portsmouth Harbour Trail 5K Road Race on Saturday, July 7, at 9 a.m. at the Little Harbor School, 50 Clough Drive, in Portsmouth. Call 610-5510. Visit www.portsmouthchamber.org. Registration costs $20. Enjoy the hot air balloons during the Hillsboro Balloon Festival 5K on Friday, July 20, at 6:30 p.m. The event, which takes place in conjunction with the Hillsboro Balloon Festival on the Hillsboro Fairgrounds, begins at the same time the balloons take off. Registration costs vary. Visit www.3craceproductions.com/RacePages/BalloonFest5K.htm. Call 429-8879 or send e-mail to michael@3craceproductions.com. The Nate’s Race 5th Annual 5K will kick off at Alvirne High School in Hudson on Sunday, July 22, at 9 a.m. Registration costs vary. Visit www.active.com/running/hudson-nh/nates-race-3rd-annual-5k-2012. Contact Ross Hergenhahn at 321-4375 or send e-mail to natesrace@yahoo.com
 
The Portsmouth Rotary Club will host the 20th Annual Thunder Chicken 5K on Thursday, Aug. 2, at 6 p.m. The race will take participants from Strawberry Banke, 14 Hancock St. in Portsmouth, through the city’s historic downtown. Registration costs vary. Visit www.portsmouthrotary.org. Send e-mail to rdavis@firstcolebrookbank.com. The 2nd Annual Baby Rachel’s Legacy 5K Walk/Run will take place on Saturday, Aug. 4, at 9 a.m. The event, which supports anencephaly awareness, will take place in Henry Law Park in Dover. Registration costs $20 in advance and $25 on race day. Visit www.babyrachelslegacy.com. Contact Stacy Aube at 335-6818 or send e-mail to theaubefamily@yahoo.com. Slap on some mouse ears and go for the record at the Give the Kids the World Mouse Ears Gathering 5K at the Rochester Fair Grounds, 72 Lafayette St., on Sunday, Aug. 5, at 8:30 a.m. The race features a world record attempt for the largest group of people wearing mouse ears. The race will take runners through historic Rochester. Registration costs $20. Visit www.active.com/running/rochester-nh/give-the-kids-the-world-mouse-ears-gathering-5k-2012. Contact Sharon Wingate at 781-6859 or send e-mail to fep123@metrocast.net. The New Hampshire State Police D.A.R.E. Classic, a 5K road race, will begin on Wednesday, Aug. 8, at 6:30 p.m. at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon. Contact Kevin Oxford at kevin.oxford@dos.nh.gov or call 223-8628. A Manchester tradition, the 20th Annual Cigna/Elliot 5K hits the streets of Manchester on Thursday, Aug. 9, at 6:20 p.m. Visit www.cignaelliot5k.com. Contact Lynn Colby at lynn.colby@cigna.com or call 268-7707. The 33rd Annual Londonderry Lundgren Old Home Days 5K will take place on Saturday, Aug. 18, at 8 a.m. at Londonderry High School. Contact Larry Martin at lemnhxc@aol.com or call 434-1153. Registration costs vary. Visit oldhomedays.com. Support the Zachary M. Tompkins Memorial Fund in the Zach Attack 5K Fun Run/Walk at Alvirne High School, 200 Derry Road in Hudson, on Saturday, Aug. 25, at 6:30 p.m. Registration costs vary. Visit www.zacharytompkins.org/5k_Registration_Form_2012.pdf. Call Kim Polombo at 966-6582. 
 
The 5th Annual Prouty Alliance Against Cancer 5K takes place at Milly’s Tavern, 500 N. Commercial St. in Manchester, on Sunday, Sept. 2, at 5 p.m. Registration costs vary. Visit running4free.com/RaceDetails.aspx?raceid=61. Call Christine Telge at 703-6955.
 
Those looking for more of a challenge can hit the trails. Test your hill-climbing abilities when you race to the top of one of New England’s most popular mountains, Mount Monadnock, in the Pack Monadnock 10-miler on Sunday, June 3, at 9 a.m. at Wilton Lyndeborough High School. Registration costs $35. Visit www.packmonadnockrace.com. If trails are your passion, consider taking part in the Gate City Striders Summer Trail Series, which kicks off Monday, June 4, at Stellos Stadium in Nashua at 6:30 p.m. The series, which includes 5K and five-mile races, takes place on Monday evenings in the summer. The first segment runs for five weeks, beginning June 4. There is a relay race on July 9, and the second segment of races begins July 16 and runs five weeks. On Aug. 20, there will be a handicap race where runners are sent out in waves based on previous times. Registration costs vary. Visit www.gatecity.org. Send e-mail to race series director Michael Wade at mwade@ganekarchitects.com. Hit the trails on Sunday, June 10, for the Exeter Trail Races at Fort Rock, 6 Commerce Way in Exeter. The event includes a 10-mile and a 4.5-mile race on technical terrain. Races begin at 10 a.m. Registration costs $20 in advance and $25 on race day. Visit www.acidoticracing.com/ExeterTrailRaces.html. Send e-mail to acidoticRACING@hotmail.com. Run for a good cause at the 2nd Annual Rosanne’s Rush for Research 5K Run/Walk, on Sunday, June 24, at 9 a.m. at Nashua High School South. The race will take runners through the trails of Mine Falls Park. Proceeds will support research for the treatment of triple negative breast cancer. Contact race director Ryan Sullivan at ryan@rushforresearch.org. Registration costs $25. Visit rushforresearch.org/Events/Race2012.html. The Broken Boulder Dash 6K will take runners through the trails of the Horse Hill Nature Preserve in Merrimack on Sunday, July 15, at 10 a.m. Registration costs vary. Visit www.3craceproductions.com/RacePages/BrokenBoulderDash6K.htm. Contact Michael Amarello at 429-8879 or send e-mail to Michael@3craceproductions.com. See what you’re made of in the Bear Brook Marathon and Ultra Marathon on Saturday, July 21, at 6:30 a.m. at Bear Brook State Park. The trail race offers a 26.7-mile option and a 53.4-mile race. The event is limited to 100 participants for each race. Registration costs $26.70 for the 26.7-mile race and $53.40 for the 53.4-mile race. Visit www.acidoticracing.com/BearBrookMarathonUltra.html. Send e-mail to acidoticRACING@hotmail.com. Take in the trails of the Beaver Brook Association in Hollis during the Beaver Brook 5K on Sunday, July 22, at 10 a.m. at Beaver Brook Association, 117 Ridge Road. Registration costs vary. Visit www.3craceproductions.com/RacePages/BeaverBrook5K.htm. Contact Michael Amarello at 429-8879 or send e-mail to michael@3CRaceProductions.com
 
Love running on Wednesday, Aug. 1, in the Luv2Run 4K through Mine Falls Park in Nashua. The race starts at Stellos Stadium at 6:30 p.m. Registration costs vary. Visit www.3craceproductions.com/RacePages/Luv2RunNashua4K.htm. Send e-mail to michael@3craceproductions.com. Call 429-8879. The chances of running into an actual moose in the Moose on the Loose 10-Mile Trail Race and Relay in Mine Falls Park in Nashua is probably pretty slim. Nevertheless, be on the lookout on Sunday, Aug. 19, at 9 a.m. beginning at Stellos Stadium. Registration costs vary. Visit www.mooseontheloose10miler.com. Contact Michael Amarello at 429-8879 or send email to michael@3craceproductions.com
 
The Blodgett Hill Fox Run 7K will take place in Merrimack on Saturday, Sept. 1, at 10 a.m. at Horse Hill Nature Preserve, 184 Amherst Road. The moderately challenging trail race will bring runners through Horse Hill Nature Preserve. Registration costs vary. Visit www.3CRaceProductions.com/RacePages/BlodgettHillFoxRun7K.htm . Call 429-8879. Send e-mail to michael@3craceproductions.com. With a total climb and descent of about 3,000 feet and four mountains along the way, runners will brave 18 miles of trails at the Wapack Trail Race on Sunday, Sept. 2, at 9 a.m. in New Ipswich. Send e-mail to Paul Funch at pgfunch@verizon.net or call 978-448-2813. Registration costs $15 until Aug. 26, and $20 after. Visit www.wapack.freeservers.com
 
The summer also offers several longer runs. Test your legs at the Bow Lake Dam 15K and 5K Race to Cure Cystic Fibrosis on Saturday, June 16, at 10 a.m. Visit www.bowlakedam15k5k.com/Home.jsp?team=blrr. Test your stamina at the Monadnock Half Marathon and 5K on Saturday, Aug. 11, at 9 a.m. at the Jaffrey Bible Church, 133 Turnpike Road in Jaffrey. The 5K is a trail race. Visit www.monadnockhalfmarathon.com. Contact Chris Bernier at chris@sub5racing.com or call 899-3210. Registration costs $50 for the half marathon and $20 for the 5K. The race will feature a new course this year. Get going on the New Hampshire 10-Miler in Auburn on Saturday, Sept. 1, at 9 a.m. The race course encircles Lake Massabesic in Manchester and Auburn. The race kicks off from the Lake Massabesic parking lot next to the Auburn traffic circle. Registration costs $35 in advance or $45 on race day. Visit www.millenniumrunning.com/Pages/NH10MILER.aspx . Call John Mortimer at 512-1976 or send e-mail to jmortimer@millenniumrunning.com. Close out summer at the first Applecrest Half Marathon on Sunday, Sept. 2, at 8:30 a.m. at Applecrest Farm Orchards, 133 Exeter Road in Hampton Falls. Registration costs $65 by May 31 or $70 after. Visit www.applecresthalf.com. Send e-mail to linda@locorunning.com.
 
Of course, there’s more than one way to run a race. The Goffstown Parks and Recreation Department will sponsor the 33rd Annual David French Goffstown Gallop on Saturday, June 23, at 8:30 a.m. The 5.2-mile race will begin at Goffstown Recreation Center on Mast Road. Visit www.goffstown.com/parks.html. Run downhill at the Haslaw Manchester Mile and 5K on Tuesday, July 3, at Derryfield Park, 580 Bridge St. in Manchester. The 5K begins at 5:30 p.m. and the one-mile race, which is billed as the fastest mile in the U.S., begins at 6:19 p.m. Registration costs vary. Visit www.millenniumrunning.com/Pages/MANCHESTERMILE.aspx. Call 763-1173. Send e-mail to contact@millenniumrunning.com. The Pease 7K Run/Walk will take place on Sunday, July 15, at 9 a.m. at Great Bay Community College, 320 Corporate Drive in Portsmouth. Registration costs $22 in advance and $27 on race day. Visit running4free.com/RaceDetails.aspx?raceid=122. Call race director Karey Garrison at 430-2498. Pound the pavement in one of New England’s oldest races in the 45th Annual Bill Luti Five-Miler, which kicks off on Saturday, July 21, at 9 a.m. at Memorial Field, South Fruit Street in Concord. Registration costs vary. Visit www.gsrs.com/luti. Call 863-2537 or send e-mail to racetime@gsrs.com. St. Anne Church in Hampstead will host, for the 19th year, the Lakes Race & Fun Walk, on Saturday, July 30, at 9 a.m. beginning at the Church on Emerson Avenue in Hampstead. The event features a five-mile race and a 5K fun walk. Contact Robin Doyle at rddoyle@captivate.com or call 362-5158. Registration costs vary. Visit www.stannechurchnh.org. The Kingston Fire Association Road Race features a five-mile and a 5K course around Kingston Lake at 7 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 4. Contact Kelly Langan at 702-3801 or send e-mail to klangan36@yahoo.com. Celebrate Old Home Day in Epsom with the Epsom 4-Miler on Saturday, Aug. 12, at 8:30 a.m. at Webster Park, 430 Suncook Valley Highway. Registration costs $12. Visit brushfire.e-vent.info/events/Sub5Racing/Registrations.aspx?Event=27114. Contact Donald Yeaton at 736-8148 or send e-mail to dryrun262@msn.com. Run like a rocket in the 4K Rocket Race & Starhop 1K at the McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center in Concord on Saturday, Aug. 25, at 9 a.m. Contact Jennifer Jones at jjones@starhop.com or call 271-7827. Visit www.starhop.com
 
How about a duathlon? The 16th Annual Rye By the Sea Duathlon and Road Races will take place on Saturday, June 2, at 8 a.m. with a 5K run, a 17-mile bike ride, and another 5K run. The race begins at the Learning Skills Academy in Rye. Call 431-7867. Visit www.ryebythesea.com. Bike, run and paddle your way to victory at the first Merrimack River Trail Triathlon in Concord on Sunday, July 22, at 11 a.m. The event takes place across from the Everett Arena at 6 Loudon Road. The race includes a 4K mountain bike ride and a 3K run and paddle. Registration costs vary. Visit www.3craceproductions.com/RacePages/MRTTTriathlonApp.pdf. Contact Tom Walton at 223-1537 or send e-mail to twalton@nedelta.com. Push yourself in the 3rd Annual Monadnock Challenge Sprint Triathlon on Saturday, Aug. 11, at 9:30 a.m. at Cunningham Pond in Peterborough. The race features a 0.4-mile swim at Cunningham Pond, a 15.8-mile bike ride though Peterborough and Hancock and a 5K run. Registration costs $65. Visit www.monadnockchallenge.com. Contact: Erin Lyons at 721-9959 or send e-mail to ejleo22@hotmail.com. Try four events in the AquaRun 2 in the University of New Hampshire’s Mendum Pond Recreation Area in Barrington on Sunday, Aug. 12, at 9 a.m. The race features a 0.3-mile swim, a 1.5-mile trail run, a repeat of the 0.3-mile swim, and a repeat of the 1.5-mile trail run. Registration costs $60. Visit www.active.com/triathlon/barrington-nh/aquarun2-2012. Call Ed Harvey at 781-789-1032. Send e-mail to edmundharvey@yahoo.com
 
Or ease in to the racing life with some walks. The Relay for Life of Greater Manchester joins walkers from the Manchester area in an annual effort to celebrate people who have fought back against cancer. The Relay for Life begins on Saturday, June 2, at 3 p.m. at Livingston Park in Manchester. Visit www.relayforlife.org/manchesternh. Keep the pace to a walk for the 3K Walk for Sight, hosted by the New Hampshire Association for the Blind, on Saturday, June 2, at 11 a.m. at 25 Walker St. in Concord. Registration costs $15. Call 224-4039, ext. 324. The American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life begins at 6 p.m. on Friday, June 22, at the Pinkerton Academy Track, 19 North Main St. in Derry. Visit www.relayforlife.org/derryandlondonderrynh
 
See a show.

Immerse yourself in theater while enjoying the Granite State’s great outdoors. Some theater companies are offering outdoor productions, including children’s series, musicals and Shakespeare in the Park. UNH’s Department of Theatre and Dance will present The Little Red Wagon Tour, which will include “Tellin’ Tales,” a showcase of cultural folk stories, and The Frog Prince, from Thursday, June 7, to Friday, Aug. 10. The tour, which is geared toward families and children in grades pre-K through 6, will include stops at various local outdoor performance spaces throughout New England this summer — Londonderry, Franklin, Windham and more. For locations and times, visit unh.edu/theatre-dance/wagon. Strafford Wind Symphony will perform at the Hampton Shell on Hampton Beach (115 Ocean Boulevard, Hampton Beach), Saturday, June 16, from 7 to 9:30 p.m. with Elaine Gatchell as guest vocalist. Visit straffordwindsymphony.org. Prescott Park Arts Festival (105 Marcy St., Portsmouth), which will celebrate its 38th anniversary of theater, music and dance this summer, will present Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka. The musical will run Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from June 29 through Aug. 26. The festival’s Shakespeare in Prescott Park series will present A Midsummer Night’s Dream, directed by Christine Penney, free admission, July 22, July 28, Aug. 12 and Aug. 19 at 2 p.m. and a Sept. 1 evening performance (time TBD). Call 436-2848, visit prescottpark.org, or e-mail info@prescottpark.org. The O’Shea Chaplin Irish Step Dancers will present a free performance for children Thursday, July 12, at 11 a.m. as part of the Lowell Summer Music Series at Boarding House Park (40 French St., Lowell, Mass.). Visit lowellsummermusic.org. The Majestic Theatre will present The Pinocchio Show at Stark Park (River Road, Manchester) Thursday, July 26, at 7 p.m. as part of the Friends of Stark Park Summer Series. The show, a new twist on the classic Pinocchio story, includes modern music and a surprise ending. Visit majestictheatre.net. Nashua Theatre Guild (nashuatheatreguild.org) will present A Midsummer Night’s Dream for the 20th year of its free Shakespeare in Greeley Park (100 Concord St., Nashua) series on Saturdays and Sundays, July 28-29 and Aug. 4-5, at 2 p.m. Actors’ Circle Theatre will present The Tempest, directed by Chris McCartie, as its fifth annual free Shakespeare in the Park production. The play will run Saturdays and Sundays, Aug. 4-5 and Aug. 11-12, at 5 p.m. in Depot Square Park (11 School St., Peterborough). Visit actorscircletheatre.org. The Poore Farm Museum (101 NH Route 145, Stewartstown Hollow), a historic homestead and settlement documenting one family’s life from the 1830s to the 1980s, will host a series of outdoor concerts in the museum’s courtyard this summer. For details, call Rick Johnsen at 237-5500 or visit facebook.com/pages/Poore-Family-Farm-Homestead-Museum/215019921866719.
 
Listen to some sweet tunes.

As part of Nashua’s free SummerFun program, there will be free concerts Mondays at 7 p.m. at the Greeley Park Bandshell, kicking off with the Greeley Park Music and Film Festival on Saturday, June 19, and running through the end of August. Check the schedule at gonashua.com for mid-week concerts in Greeley and in the plaza outside the Nashua Library. Concord’s Summer Music Series runs Thursdays in Eagle Square from 7 to 9 p.m. The 80z Allstars concert is scheduled for Thursday, June 21. See www.ci.concord.nh.us — click on “Parks & Recreation” and then look for “Special events.” (The concert is free, but a $2 per person contribution is suggested.) A Tuesday blues concert series begins on July 3 at 6:30 p.m. Friends of Stark Park will run a summer concert series in the park (off River Road in north Manchester) on Sundays, at 2 p.m., starting with the 39th Army Band on Sunday, July 1, running through the end of August. Visit friendsofstarkpark.org. Hampstead’s Meetinghouse Summer Series has a series of concerts on Tuesdays at 6 p.m. starting on June 26 with The John Penny Band and the Reminisants and running through Aug. 21. Admission is free; bring blankets or lawn chairs. See meetinghousepark.org. Intown Manchester will present a free four-concert Summer Music Festival in Veterans Park in downtown Manchester on Thursdays at 7 p.m. — July 12, July 19, Aug. 2 and Aug. 16. A concert may also be held on July 26. See intownmanchester.com. The free Lowell Folk Festival will run Friday, July 27, through Sunday, July 29, at a variety of locations in downtown Lowell, Mass. In addition to musical performances with styles ranging from Cajun to Celtic, the weekend includes an ethnic food festival, art, crafts and activities for kids. Visit lowellfolkfestival.org or call 978-970-5000. Catch some big-name acts at Meadowbrook U.S. Cellular Pavilion, 72 Meadowbrook Lane in Gilford, 293-4700, meadowbrook.net, this summer. This season’s Eastern Propane Concert Series kicks off on Saturday, May 26, with Country Throwdown featuring Gary Allen, Justin Moore and Josh Thompson. Other scheduled shows include Santana on July 8, Chicago and the Doobie Brothers on Aug. 25, Train with Mat Kearney and Andy Grammer on Aug. 26, and Keith Urban on Sept. 2. The Lowell Summer Music series lowellsummermusic.org) at the Boarding House Park on French Street in Lowell, Mass., will begin its season with Ziggy Marley on Friday, June 22. Other shows include Lyle Lovett on Aug. 10, Livingston Taylor on Aug. 17, k.d. Lang and the Siss Boom Bang on Aug. 18, and the 33rd annual Banjo and Fiddle Contests on Sept. 8. Prescott Park in downtown Portsmouth (prescottpark.org) offers a series of concerts and festivals during the summer. The concerts kick off with Shawn Colvin on Wednesday, June 27. Admission is a recommended donation of $8 to $10. The festivals include the Showcase Festival (July 7, performers include Eileen Ivers), Americana Festival (July 14), Jazz Festival (July 8), Country Festival (Aug. 4), and the Roots and Rhythm Festival (Aug. 11). Soulfest, a Christian music and worship festival, comes to Gunstock in Gilford from Wednesday, Aug. 1, through Saturday, Aug. 4. The line-up of musicians includes Jars of Clay, Switchfoot and Family Force 5. See thesoulfest.com. Barnful of Blues will be held at the 4H Youth Center in New Boston on Saturday, Aug. 4, from noon to 8 p.m., and will feature such artists as Raising Scarlet, Charlie Keating Band and the Contoocook Valley Blues Society. See granitestateblues.org. Head to Portsmouth on Saturday, Aug. 18, for RedhookFest 2012 at the Redhook Brewery at the Pease Tradeport. Tickets cost $30 in advance and $40 at the door. It’s an all-ages show, but those under 21 must be accompanied by a parent. Doors open at 2 p.m., and music (the headliner is scheduled to be announced soon) will go from 2:30 to 10 p.m.
 
Get in touch with nature.

There’s a Youth Fishing Derby on Saturday, May 26, at 8 a.m. on the shores of Corcoran’s Pond in Waterville Valley (33 Village Road, Town Square, 236-0215). Learn about catch & release. Visit waterville.com. Concord’s McLane Center (84 Silk Farm Road, Concord, 224-9909) offers hiking trails, summer camp programs and a summer field trip series of informal walks (usually lasting about two hours) covering topics of wildlife, plants and bog formation. Walks are on Saturday, June 2, at 8 a.m., Saturday, June 9, at 8 a.m., Saturday, June 30, at 8 a.m., Saturday, July 21, at 10 a.m., and Saturday, Aug. 4, at 10 a.m. Nature programs also occur throughout the summer, like Touch the Wild on Saturday, June 30, at 9:30 a.m. ($10) and Identifying & Using Medicinal Wild Plants on Tuesday, Aug. 21, 6:30-7:30 p.m. (free, $3 donation). The Massabesic Audubon Center (16 Audubon Way, Auburn, 668-2045, nhaudubon.org) offers nature events all year long for the whole family. Trails are open dawn to dusk each day, and summer youth programs are available for kids all season long. Events include a Pelagic Trip (Friday, June 8, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., $85, exploring Jeffreys Ledge for ocean life), and outdoor workshops like Backyard Medicine on Saturday, June 16, from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. ($14). Join one of the Coastal Bird Trips occurring throughout the summer ($9), take the Basic Shorebirding Workshop on Saturday, Aug. 25, from 2 to 4 p.m., or try out the Dragonfly Workshop on Saturday, July 7, from 10 a.m. to noon ($10). More events are listed at nhaudubon.org. Or check out Amoskeag Fishways (6 Fletcher St., Manchester, 626-FISH, amoskeagfishways.org) this summer for some outdoor fun. Saturday, June 9, is the Fish Season Finale, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. (free). Chicks Kits and Other River Babies is Wednesday June 6, from 10 to 11 a.m. or 1 to 2 p.m. ($5 per family, registration required); Forest Frogs and Salamanders is Friday, June 8, from 7 to 8 p.m. ($5 per family, registration required); and Super Seeds to Fabulous Flowers is Wednesday, June 20, from 10 to 11 a.m. or 1 to 2 p.m. ($5 per family). Bring a Bug is Wednesday, June 22, Amazing Amphibians is Wednesday, Aug. 15, Campfire Tales is Friday, Aug. 17, and Sensational Spiders is Wednesday, Aug. 29. The Beaver Brook Nature Center (117 Ridge Road, Hollis, beaverbrook.org) is a great place to get away for a bit during the summer months. Its National Trails Day event is Saturday, June 9, 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Rocky Pond Road, Hollis (call 465-7787 for questions), and on Thursday, Aug. 16, there’s a family picnic, campfire and music at 5:30 p.m. at the Brown Lane Barn & Campsite. Summer youth programs are available year-round, and trails are open to hikers, bikers and horseback riders. The Seacoast Science Center (570 Ocean Blvd., Rye, 436-8043, seacoastsciencecenter.org) presents numerous activities for families to do outdoors. Upcoming events include the Music-by-the-Sea concert series (Thursdays, 5 p.m., $8). Various youth activities throughout the summer. It’s open daily, and admission is $5 adults, $2 for kids. 
 
Saturday, June 2, is Free Fishing Day in New Hampshire. State residents and nonresidents can fish any inland water or saltwater in New Hampshire without a license. (All other fishing regulations must be followed, like season dates and bag limits — fishing license still needed to fish for brood stock Atlantic salmon in the Merrimack and lower Pemigewasset rivers.) This event kicks off National Fishing and Boating Week. Visit fishnh.com. Kirkwood Garden Days are Saturday, June 2, at 9 a.m. at Kirkwood Gardens, Route 3, Holderness. Get inspiration and find beautiful garden additions. Coffee, cocoa, tea, drinks and baked goods will be for sale, as will South African handmade linens, herbs, lampshades and more.  Call 968-7194 or visit nhnature.org. Or try out a Field Identification workshop of Reptiles and Amphibians on Saturday, June 23, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at North River in Nottingham. Learn what species are found and in what habitat at various times of the year. Bring boots, cameras, notebooks, binoculars, field guides and a lunch. Email info@bearpaw.org or visit bear-paw.org or call 463-9400. Appreciate spring at the Spring Herb & Garden Day on Saturday, June 2, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the McLane Audubon Center, 84 Silk Farm Road, Concord. Workshops include herbal medicine making, organic gardening, herbal wine & cheese making, urban survival, foraging, advanced formulation, natural fertility and integrative medicine. All-day herbal market fair with plants, herbs, herbal medicine, handcrafts, books, eco-friendly products and more. Registration is $35. Visit nofanh.org. The Squam Lakes Natural Science Center (23 Science Center Road, Holderness, nhnature.org) is full of fun events this summer. Visit for Wild NH Canines Day on Sunday, June 3 ($15), Insect Investigations throughout the month of August ($9), and some Turtle Talks, which are Tuesdays, 11:30 a.m. to noon. Check out the Moose and Bear tours every Saturday until the end of June, 6:30-10 p.m. The center also boasts canoe trips, otter enrichment programs, a StoryWalk (free, meet behind the NH Fish & Game parking lot, June 28-July 28), and various cruises (Squam Cruise, Dinner Cruise and Loon Cruise). What’s that Dragonfly? is a kids’ program on Saturday, Aug. 4, 9 a.m. to noon led by Strafford’s Scott Young, who will lead a walk on dragonflies and damsel flies that can be discovered in the Bear-Paw region at Kimball Family Forest Preserve, Nottingham. Bring camera and notebook. Email info@bear-paw.org or call 463-9400 or visit bear-paw.org. The Peabody Mill Environmental Center (66 Brook Road, Amherst, 673-1141) offers summer programs and hiking trails. Visit amherstnh.gov.
 
See the state.

Canobie Lake Park (85 N. Policy St., Salem, canobie.com) opens for the season on Thursday, May 24. Thrill rides, family rides, kids’ rides and water rides for hot days are all at the park. Armed Forces Appreciation Days are during Memorial Day weekend, Saturday, May 26, to Monday, May 28, when U.S. Armed Services personnel will receive $10 admission. It’s hard to beat a weekend trip to Hampton Beach — from more than 80 free concerts in the newly finished Seashell stage, to the weekly Wednesday night fireworks and Monday night movies, there’s always something to do. The Hampton Beach Catamaran Regatta is June 16-17, the 12th Annual Sand Sculpting Competition is June 21-23, the Miss Hampton Beach Pageant is July 29, the August Children’s Festival is Aug. 13-17, and the Hampton Beach Talent competition is Aug. 24-26. Visit hamptonbeach.org. While you’re there, go whale watching at Al Gauron Fisheries or deep sea fishing with Eastman’s Fishing & Marine, or head down the road to Water Country (2300 Lafayette Road, Portsmouth). Portsmouth is sure to offer plenty of fun, starting with Market Square Day Festival (proportsmouth.org/marketsquareday.cfm) and 10K Road Race, Saturday, June 9, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., which features festivities, music and art in downtown Portsmouth. Spend a weekend night in Prescott Park to see this year’s featured outdoor play, Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka. Or listen to some music through Summer in the Street — Pleasant Street, Porter Street and Market Square close from 5 to 9 p.m. for weekly music, beginning June 23, with a finale on July 28. Reconnect to traditional workways at Wood Days on Saturday, June 2, and Sunday, June 3, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Dave and Anne Emerson’s Old Ways Traditions, 418 Old Shaker Road in Canterbury,.  Watch demos and try your hand at woodworking, blacksmithing, and other jobs. There will be tools for kids, educational guided trails, live music and local food. There is a suggested donation of $5 to $10. Call 783-4403 or visit oldwaystradtions.net. All summer, enjoy workshops, special events, shopping and dining at Canterbury Shaker Village, 288 Shaker Road, Canterbury. The village offers guided and self-guided tours of nature trails and demonstrations of Shaker traditions, plus special shows and events for all ages, such as the Dewey the Dog & Friends pet-friendly party on Saturday, June 23. There’s also a museum store and Greenwood’s Restaurant on the premises. Call 783-9511 or visit www.shakers.org. For a day of exploring, trek eastward to the Children’s Museum of New Hampshire (6 Washington St., Dover, 742-2002, childrens-museum.org), which will be offering free admission for active and retired military members and their immediate families during Memorial Day weekend, May 26-28. The summer also hosts a Local Roots Food Fair on Wednesday, July 18. Get your wheels ready for Laconia’s Motorcycle Week, June 9-17 (laconiamcweek.com). Events include memorial rides, tours, demos, a charity bike show and raffle, promotions and more — full schedule on the website. 
 
Add some art to your life (and your house).

Enjoy local fine art offerings in the warm summer sun and breeze. Hampton Beach State Park will host an art festival as part of its gala event, which will celebrate the completion of the new Seashell complex restoration. The art festival will feature paintings by local and regional artists with a “By the Sea” theme on Saturday, June 2, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. During the event, Hampton artist Adam Bastille will paint a mural on a large canvas. Art activities for kids, book readings, live music and more will be offered throughout the day. Call 926-0443 or visit hamptonbeach.org. The Nashua International Sculpture Symposium, which is celebrating its fifth year, is hosting international artists for three weeks as they create outdoor public art for the city. The public is invited to visit the artists as they work in the Nashua millyard through Friday, June 8. A closing ceremony will be held Saturday, June 9, at 2 p.m. at Bicentennial Park. E-mail nashua.sculpture@gmail.com, or visit sites.google.com/site/sculpturesymposiumofnashua. The Concord Arts Market will celebrate its fifth anniversary season this summer, beginning Saturday, June 2, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Bicentennial Square in downtown Concord. The weekly, juried outdoor art and artisan market will also feature music by the Shaker Road School jazz and rock bands, Bräsbe and the Araba-Lon drumming ensemble, and it coincides with the Concord Farmers’ Market. Saturdays, June through October. There’s free admission and downtown parking. Visit concordartsmarket.com. The Milford Keyes Art Festival will be held Saturday, June 2, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday, June 3, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Milford Oval and Town Hall. The event will feature fine art and student art shows, local artisans and musicians, children’s activities and art demonstrations by Positive Street Art. Visit milfordmainstreet.org. The Andres Institute of Art, which hosts an annual symposium of sculptures at its park and studio in Brookline during the fall, is home to more than 68 original works of art dotting the walking trails of its 140-acre sculpture park. The institute offers guided walking and audio tours, with the goal of blending art and nature to make visiting the institute “a unique and memorable occasion.” For more, call 673-8441 or visit andresinstitute.org. Washington Street Mills Spring Gala (Business and Cultural Center, 1 Washington St., Dover) will feature local artists, artisans, live performances, writers, musicians and more at its outdoor farmers’ market Saturday, June 9, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. E-mail rspstudio@comcast.net. The 35th Annual Market Square Day Festival will be held Saturday, June 9, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in downtown Portsmouth. A celebration of the renovation and beautification of downtown, the festival features entertainment, food and art by local artists, artisans and merchants. Additionally, Summer in the Street, an outdoor series of performances by musicians, dancers and theater companies, will be held downtown on designated Saturdays from 5 to 9:30 p.m. during the summer. Hosted by Pro Portsmouth. Visit proportsmouth.org. The Salmon Falls Mills Art and Music Festival (1 Front St., Rollinsford) will feature pop-up art galleries by the New Hampshire Art Association and Pop Up Portsmouth, live music, food vendors, children’s activities and more inside and outside of the mill on Saturday, June 16, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. More than 30 artist studios will be open for the event, with an art exhibit that spans seven studios. Visit millartists.com. New Hampshire Institute of Art will host its 3rd Annual Mt. Washington Summer Workshop Sunday, June 17, through Friday, June 22. Students will have the chance to learn landscape photography and painting techniques in the heart of the White Mountains at the Appalachian Mountain Club’s Highland Lodge in Bretton Woods. Cost varies. Call 836-2515, or visit www.nhia.edu. The 14th Annual Outdoor Juried Sculpture Exhibit at Mill Brook Gallery & Sculpture Garden (236 Hopkinton Road, Concord, 226-2046) will run Thursday, June 21, through Thursday, Oct. 18. An opening reception will be held Sunday, June 24, from 2 to 4 p.m. with music by the Stairwells. Visit themillbrookgallery.com
 
The Suncook Valley Art and Artisan Tour will be held Saturday, July 21, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Granite State artists and artisans will be participating, and attendees will find artist booths and bios as well as maps of open studios participating in the tour at Barnstead Town Hall (108 S. Barnstead Road, Barnstead, 269-2720). Maps and artist listings will also be available at local businesses. E-mail barnsteadartgroup@yahoo.com. See artists and artisans from all over New Hampshire at the League of NH Craftsmen’s 79th Annual Fair Saturday, Aug. 4, to Sunday, Aug. 12, at the Mount Sunapee Resort (1398 Route 103, Newbury) from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. rain or shine. Tickets are $8-$10. Children younger than 12 get in free. Visit nhcrafts.org. The Annual Greeley Park Art Show and Competition will be held Saturday, Aug. 18, and Sunday, Aug. 19, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Greeley Park (100 Concord St., Nashua). The outdoor art show features the works of fine artists, including painters, sculptors, photographers and more. Visit naaasite.org. The Manchester Artists Association will host Art in the Park Saturday, Aug. 25, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Veterans Park in Manchester. Rain date is Sunday, Aug. 26. Visit manchester-artists.org, or e-mail info@manchester-artists.org. The Monadnock Area Artists Association will hold its 54th Annual Art in the Park Saturday, Sept. 1, and Sunday, Sept. 2, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Ashuelot River Park (West Street, Keene). More than 80 fine artists will be showcasing and selling their artwork. Visit monadnockareaartists.org. Art ’Round Town held the first Friday of the month (year-round) from 5 to 8 p.m. in downtown Portsmouth. Participating galleries include The Banks Gallery (32 Daniel St.), McLaughlin-Hills Gallery (110 State St.), Piscataqua Fine Arts (123 Market St.) and more. Visit artroundtown.org.
 
Catch a game.

Yes, the New Hampshire Fisher Cats are the AA affiliate of the Toronto Blue Jays, but that doesn’t mean New Hampshire residents can’t support the local team. After all, the Fisher Cats are the defending champions of the Eastern League. The team plays at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium, 1 Line Drive, Manchester, 641-2005, with regular-season home games through Aug. 30. The team begins a three-game home set with the New Britain Rock Cats on Tuesday, May 29, at 7:05 p.m. Visit www.nhfishercats.com
 
Historic Holman Stadium in Nashua also has a team. The Nashua Silver Knights, a college summer league team boasting some of the area’s best talent, kicks off its regular home season on Friday, June 8, at 7:05 p.m. at Holman Stadium, 67 Amherst St. In the league’s first year last year, the Silver Knights took home the championship. The team competes in the Futures Collegiate Baseball League. Call 718-8883. Visit nashuasilverknights.com.
 
The Lowell Spinners, the Red Sox single-A minor-league affiliate, begin their home season on Monday, June 18, at 7:05 p.m. against the Connecticut Tigers. Games are played at LeLacheur Park, 450 Aiken St., Lowell, Mass. For tickets and a complete schedule, go to www.lowellspinners.com.
 
Cheer on the Manchester Freedom, New Hampshire’s full-contact, all-female professional football team. The team, which plays in the Independent Women’s Football League and is now in its 11th season, was 1-3 as of press time and was slated to play Northeastern Nitro on Saturday, June 2. Home games are played at 4 p.m. at West Memorial Field, 9 Notre Dame Ave. in Manchester. Tickets cost $5. Visit www.manchesterfreedom.com
 
New Hampshire Roller Derby will be in action on Saturday, May 26, at the JFK Coliseum, 303 Beech St. in Manchester, at 5 p.m. when the Nightmares on Elm Street take on the Granite Skate Troopers. Visit www.nhrollerderby.com. The Manch Vegas Roller Girls are also in action this season. They play their bouts at the West Side Arena, 1 Electric Ave. in Manchester. Visit www.mvrgnh.com.
 
The New Hampshire Motor Speedway, 1122 Route 106 in Loudon, 783-4744, www.nhms.com, once again features a full schedule of events, including NASCAR and club events throughout the summer. NASCAR comes to the Speedway on the weekend of Saturday, July 14, and Sunday, July 15, with the NASCAR Nationwide Series taking the stage on July 14, with the F.W. Webb 200, and the Sprint Cup Series takes to the track on July 15 with the Lenox Industrial Tools 301. The 89th Loudon Classic, the longest-running motorcycle event in North America, kicks of Friday, June 15, and runs through Sunday, June 17. The Classic and Custom Car Show will take place Saturday, Aug. 18, and Sunday, Aug. 19. 
 
It’s all about old-school gaming at the 14th Annual International Classic Videogame Tournament Thursday, May 31, through Sunday, June 3, at the Funspot Family Entertainment Center on Route 3 in Weirs Beach, 366-4377. Tournament hours are Thursday from noon to 10 pm, Friday and Saturday 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $60 and includes 250 game tokens. Register at the door; the first 100 to register will receive a T-shirt and a goodie bag. See details at www.classicarcademuseum.org or www.funspotnh.com. Officials do not release the competition games until the first day of the event.
 
Cowboys and cowgirls show off their horse-riding skills as they navigate their steeds through an obstacle course at the cowboy race at Gelinas Farm on Sunday, July 1. Call 225-7024. Visit www.gelinasfarm.com
 
Watch cyclists at high speeds at the Concord Criterium Bike Race, sponsored by the NH Cycling Club and Team NH, on Saturday, Aug. 4. See www.nhcyclingclub.com or call 225-8690 or go to onconcord.com/recreation. For the NH Cycling Club’s track series, visit nhcyclingclub.com. There are races scheduled for Thursday, May 24, and Thursday, May 31, at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon. Races take place on the Speedway’s oval and its road course. 
Check out the Seacoast United Phantoms this summer. The Phantoms have three minor-league soccer teams, including a Premier Development League men’s team, a National Premier Soccer League men’s team and a Women’s Premier Soccer League team. Teams play at least 20 home games at Portsmouth High School during May, June and July. The next match will take place at Portsmouth High School on Saturday, May 26, at 7 p.m. Visit www.seacoastunited.com. Tickets cost $5.
 
Celebrating its 25th anniversary, the Granite State Senior Games, an annual series of events for over-50 athletes, will take place from Aug. 1 to Aug. 26. Check www.nhseniorgames.org for dates and registration information.
 
Find a festival that’s fun for all.

The Mill Falls Market Place Memorial Craft Festival is on Saturday, May 26, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sunday, May 27, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Monday, May 28, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Meredith. More than 100 craftsmen and women from all over New England will display and sell their work — jewelry, scarves, photography, country woodcrafts, pottery, hand-crafted soaps, wall hangings, puzzles, art, doll clothes and more. For directions, call 332-2616 or visit castleberryfairs.com. Check the Memorial Day event in Manchester on Monday, May 28, at Arms Park in Manchester. Entertainment begins at 10 a.m. and includes exhibitors, crafters, music, the National Guard band, Mama Kicks and more. The Elm Street parade begins at 2 p.m., and the Wreath Laying Ceremony is at Veterans Park is at 3 p.m. And, as the grand finale, the Arms Park Duck Race is at 4:30 p.m., with a lift-off from the Blackhawk helicopter from Arms Park. Adopt a duck for $5; donations provide medical coverage for under-served patients in the community. Call 935-5229 or email rvinson@mchc-nh.org. Check out the Spring Festival on Saturday, June 2, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, 335 Smyth Road, Manchester, which will include a yard sale, crafts, games, a bake sale, lunch, make-your-own sundaes, chair massages, face painting and karaoke. Call 647-7322. Nashua kicks off its SummerFun series Sunday, June 3, with its official Opening Day on Saturday, June 9, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. with an anti-bullying performance, music by Marcus Gale, free give-aways and games, chicken sandwiches by Chick-fil-A, face painting, a caricaturist, popcorn, snow cones, a bounce house and more. Children’s Day is Saturday, Aug. 11, at the Greeley Park Bandshell, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., with a bounce house, game booths, watermelon eating and egg toss competitions and more. There will be a Spring Festival on Saturday, June 2, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, 335 Smyth Road, Manchester. Yard sale, crafts, games bake sale, lunch, make-your-own sundae, chair massages, face painting, rummage sales and karaoke. Call 647-7322. Check out the Joppa Hill Spring Fair on Sunday, June 3, from 2 to 6 p.m. at Joppa Hill Educational Farm, 174 Joppa Hill Road, Bedford. There will be pony rides, hay rides, games and other fun. No admission charge, but some activities cost money. Visit theeducationalfarm.org. The Somersworth International Children’s Festival is Saturday, June 16, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Main Street and in Noble Pines Park in Somersworth (the two locations are within walking distance of each other, and public transportation will also be available).  Visit nhfestivals.org. The Wilton - A Main Street Community Festival is Saturday, June 16, at 10 a.m. in downtown Wilton, with craft booths, food booths, music, children’s events, a library book fair, Lion’s Duck race and more. This year, Concord’s Multi-cultural Festival will be held Friday, June 22, from 5 to 8 p.m. on the Statehouse Plaza lawn in Concord, featuring international foods, music, dancing, flag-making, art, a parade, and kids’ programs. Visit multiculturalfestivalnh.org. Enjoy a bit of everything at the Gunstock Arts & Crafts Festival on Saturday, June 30, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sunday, July 1, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Monday, July 2, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. More than 100 juried craftsmen and artisans will participate. It’s at Gunstock Mountain Resort, Route 11A, Gilford. Call 332-2616 or visit castleberryfairs.com. Gunstock Adventure Park will be opened for visitors, with chair lift rides, adventure Segway tours and more. The Boston-Portsmouth Air Show is Saturday, June 30, and Sunday, July 1, at the Portsmouth International Airport at Pease. The weekend includes the United States Navy Blue Angels, the Black Diamond Jet Team, The U.S. Army Golden Knights Parachute Team, Hall of Fame legend Sean D. Tucker, acrobatic performer Michael Goulian, and Jane Wicker, wing walker. General admission is $25. Visit bostonportsmouthairshow.com
 
Come to Manchester for an early Independence Day fireworks celebration — the city always holds its show the night before, this year Sunday, July 3. The show starts about 9:15 p.m. (or whenever it gets dark enough). Fireworks are shot from Arms Park (which is closed to vehicular traffic around 5 p.m. but open to viewers) and explode over the river. In Arms Park, vendors will sell food and drink. High land throughout downtown and some of the lots on the other side of the river get good views. Diehard fireworks fans set up chairs on some parts of Elm Street. Concord will celebrate Wednesday, July 4, at Memorial Field with fireworks and entertainment. Vendors open at 5:30 p.m., a radio DJ will begin a set at 6 p.m. and a band concert begins at 8 p.m. At dusk (approximately 9:15 p.m.) the fireworks will start. Bring blankets and lawn chairs. A $2 donation will be collected at the gate. The rain date is July 5. Call 225-8690 or visit onconcord.com/recreation. Nashua also will celebrate July 4 on Wednesday with a Field Day from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Holman Stadium, 67 Amherst St. There will be bounce houses, a caricaturist, carnival games and prizes, relay races, magic shows, snow cones and food. The annual City of Nashua fireworks will start about 9 p.m. Contact Parks & Recreation at 589-3360. Then there’s the Merrimack Rotary July 4 Family Fun Day at the James Mastricola Upper Elementary School recreational field on Wednesday, July 4, offering family entertainment from noon to dark. Call 493-8963 or e-mail steve.russell@elbitsystems-us.com. Concord’s Market Days Festival will be a three-day event in downtown Concord this year, running Thursday, July 19, through Saturday, July 21, with shopping, music and performers. It’s a free event, but bring money for food. Visit mainstreetconcord.com. The Hillsborough Balloon Festival and Fair is a major four-day event, July 19-22, at Grimes Field in Hillsborough. Balloon rides will be available all week long, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Cost for a ride is $200 per passenger. The fair includes live music, a parade, carnival, four-wheeler mud bogs, fireworks, mini tractor pulls, horse pulls, sky divers, a car show and a 5k road race. Admission is free, but some events do have a fee. Call 464-0377, e-mail hillboroballoonfest@tds.net, or visit balloonfestival.org. This year’s Stratham Fair takes place July 19-22 at Stratham Hill Park on Route 33 in Stratham. The fair features entertainment for all ages, 4-H activities and exhibits, rides, music, magic acts, arts and crafts, oxen pulling, a lobster festival, the Miss Stratham Fair pageant, and fireworks to end the weekend on Sunday night. Gates open at 8 a.m. An American Independence Festival on Saturday, July 21, will be held at the American Independence Museum (1 Governers Lane, Exeter) and Swasey Parkway. This year there is a maritime theme — Jeff Warner will sing sea chanteys and folk songs. The museum has partnered with Redhook Brewery, which will provide a beer tent with American Independence Ale. The festival will feature artisans, vendors, jewelry, face painting, and music. Rhythm Method will play before the fireworks finale. Visit independencemuseum.org. Always the last Saturday in July, the Canterbury Fair this year will be Saturday, July 28, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Canterbury town center (Exit 17 off Interstate 93), promising music, crafts, live entertainment, dancing and more. Admission is free, and parking is $5 per car. Visit canterburyfair.com
 
The 55th Annual New Hampshire Antiques Show is Thursday, Aug. 9, through Saturday, Aug. 11, at the Radisson Hotel in Manchester (700 Elm St., 625-1000 for reservations). Exhibitors offer a wide range of country and formal antique furniture and accessories, including clocks, folk art, paintings, prints, glassware, pottery and more. Admission is $15 on Thursday, $10 on Friday and Saturday. Visit nhada.org. The 69th Annual Belknap County 4-H Fair is Saturday, Aug. 11, through Sunday, Aug. 12, at Mile Hill Road, Belmont, just off Route 106 on the Belmont/Laconia line. It includes a bike rodeo, chicken barbecue, sheep shearing, pottery, and blacksmith demonstrations, entertainment, music and animals. Visit bc4hfair.org. The 11th Annual River Jamboree takes place Saturday, Aug. 18, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Waterfront Park at Everett Arena in Concord. This free event along the Merrimack River includes food, music, amusements, kids’ games, face painting, pontoon boat rides, free canoe and kayak rentals and a rubber duck race. Ducks can be purchased at the Recreation office starting June 3, $3 per duck or two for $5. Visit concordnh.gov or call 225-8690 or email recreation@concordnh.gov. The Waterville Valley Renaissance Faire will be taking place in the White Mountains in Waterville Valley Aug. 18 and Aug. 19, and again Aug. 25 and Aug. 26, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for children. Visit watervillevalleyrenfaire.com. This year’s Festival of Fireworks is scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 18, rain or shine, at the Jaffrey Airport, Route 124, 190 Turnpike Road, Jaffrey.  Gates open at 4 p.m. for this family event, and attendees should be ready for fireworks by 8:30 p.m. Bring blankets, chairs, and tents no larger than 10’ by 10’. Food is allowed. Buy tickets at the Jaffrey Chamber of Commerce — call 532-4549. Park outside the airport and walk in. Walk-in tickets are $10 per adult. Visit jaffreychamber.com/events/fireworks. The sixth Annual PeopleFest will be held in Manchester’ s Veterans Park on Saturday, Aug. 25, to celebrate the heritage, culture and diversity of Manchester with food, music and more. Visit peoplefestnh.org. The 97th Annual Hopkinton State Fair is Thursday, Aug. 30, through Monday, Sept. 3. Visit hsfair.org.





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