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Apple picking

One of the tastiest parts of fall — and the part we’re paying tribute to in this year’s fall guide — is apple season.

Here are a few of the places that in past years have offered apple-lovers and pie-bakers the chance to pick their own apples. Call to find out when picking begins at your favorite orchard this year.

• Apple Acres 52 Searles Road, Windham, 893-8596.

• Apple Hill Farm 580 Mountain Road (Route 132), Concord, 224-8862.

• Brookedale Fruit Farm Inc 38 Broad St. (Route 130), Hollis, 465-2240.

• Carter Hill Orchard Carter Hill Road, Concord, 225-2625.

• Currier Orchards 9 Peaslee Road, Merrimack, 881-8864.

• Elwood Orchards 54 Elwood Road, Londonderry, 434-6017.

• French Pond Orchards 43 Flanders Road, Henniker, 428-3000.

• Gould Hill Orchards 656 Gould Hill Road, Contoocook, 746-3811.

• Great Brook Farm 335 Hackleboro Road, Canterbury, 783-4206.

• Hackleboro Orchards Hackleboro Road, Canterbury, 783-4248.

• Hazelton Orchards Route 102, Harantis Lake Road, Chester, 867-5926.

• High Haven Farm 310 Pine Hill Road, Hollis, 880-8074.

• Lavoie’s Farm 172 Nartoff Road, Hollis, 882-0072.

• Lull Farm 65 Broad St., Hollis, 465-7079; 615 Route 13 South, Milford, 673-3119.

• Mack’s Apples 230 Mammoth Road, Londonderry, 432-3456.

• McLeod Brothers Orchard North River Road, Milford, 673-3544

• Meadow Ledge Farm 612 Route 129, Loudon, 798-5860.

• Oliver Merrill & Sons 569 Mammoth Road, Londonderry, 622-6636.

• Peak Orchard Craney Hill, Henniker, 428-7350.

• Sunnycrest Farm 59 High Range Road, Londonderry, 432-9652.

• Woodmont Orchard Silver Lake Road, Hollis, 465-7713.

Have an orchard not listed here? Let us know at food@hippopress.com for inclusion in our food listings, which run most weeks in our Food section.

Meet the artist

Fall means a new season of exhibits at local galleries. Check out the Arts section for a listing of gallery openings and receptions this week and every week. If you have an exhibit you want to tell prospective customers about, send the information to arts@hippopress.com.

Apple festivals

Each year you can find events throughout the fall that celebrate the apple harvest. Here are some apple festivals on the schedule.

• Jackson Hill Cider Day celebrates another way people use apples. This event is Saturday, Sept. 10, from noon to 4 p.m. at the Jackson House in Portsmouth, 436-3205. This all-ages event features cider-pressing demonstrations as well as crafts, music, spinning, tours of the house and refreshments for sale.  Admission costs $6 per person, $3 for children. See historicnewengland.org.

• The Apple Country Craft Fair at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, 3 Peabody Road in Londonderry, 437-8333, happens on Saturday, Sept. 10, from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday, Sept. 11, from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Get your apple crisp along with other baked goods, grilled foods and more. The fair will also feature dozens of juried New England crafters. See www.stpeterslondonderry.org.

• The Apple Lover’s Cookbook (W.W. Norton) by Yankee magazine food editor Amy Traverso is set for release on Sept. 18, and the author will be at Barnes & Noble, 235 DW Highway, Nashua, on Wednesday, Sept. 28, at 7 p.m. for a discussion and book signing — it’s like a festival for cooks. The cookbook includes 100 recipes, ranging from Apple-Stuffed Biscuit Buns to Cider-Brined Turkey and Apple-Gingersnap Ice Cream, plus a guide to 59 apple varieties.

• Apple Harvest Day in downtown Dover takes place on Saturday, Oct. 1, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and features an apple pie baking contest as well as food vendors, live entertainment, crafts, games, rides and a 5K road race. See www.dovernh.org.

• The Hollis Apple Festival will take place in Monument Square on the Hollis Town Common on Sunday, Oct. 2, from 2 to 4 p.m. The event is co-sponored by the Hollis Town Band and the Hollis Woman’s Club. The band will perform and the Woman’s Club will sell homemade apple pies and apple crisp. An AppleFest Half Marathon takes place on Saturday, Oct. 1, at 10 a.m. (see www.applefesthalfmarathon.com).

• Sullivan Farm Apple Fest will take place Sunday, Oct. 9, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Sullivan Farm, 70 Coburn Ave. in Nashua. Admission is free, but bring cash to buy tickets for activities and for food including apple pie and apple crisp (as well as hamburgers, hot dogs, ice cream and other concessions). Activities include pony rides, hay rides, train rides, face painting, scarecrow making and live entertainment. Call 320-1164 for information.

Know of a fall festival — apple, pumpkin or other — not listed here? Let us know at food@hippopress.com for inclusion in our food listings, which run most weeks in our Food section.

NH Cider

When it comes to apples, New Hampshire doesn’t just think pie; we think cider as well. If you’re looking for a new beverage to sip in fall, here are a few local producers of cider.

• Crooked Tree Cider 35 Stickney Road, Whitefield, 837-9174, www.crookedtreecider.com

• Farnum Hill Ciders 98 Poverty Lane, Lebanon, 448-1511, www.povertylaneorchards.com

• Silver Mountain Ciders 223 South Road, Lempster, 427-2026, www.silvermountainciders.com

Some local vintners also make apple wines. Those include:

• Coffin Cellars 1224 Battle St., Webster, 731-4563, sites.google.com/site/coffincellarswinery/

• Flag Hill Winery & Distillery 297 North River Road, Lee, 659-2949, www.flaghill.com

• Haunting Whisper Vineyards 77 Oak Ridge Drive, Danbury, 768-5506, www.hauntingwhisper.com

• Hermit Woods Winery 56 Taylor Road, Sanbornton, 253-7968, www.hermitwoods.com

• LaBelle Winery 100 Chestnut Hill Road, Amherst, 828-2923, www.labellewinerynh.com

• Moonlight Meadery 23 Londonderry Road, 216-2162, www.moonlightmeadery.com

• The Vineyard at Seven Birches 1775 Benton Road, North Haverhill, 785-7678, www.sevenbirches.com

• Sweet Baby Vineyard 204 South Road, Kensington, 347-1738, www.sweetbabyvineyard.com

• Zorvino Vineyards 226 Main St., Sandown, 887-8463, www.zorvino.com

See the show

The concerts and theatrical productions come fast and furious during the fall. Check back with our theater listings each week in the Arts section for updated information on upcoming productions. Check out the Hippo Nite section for listings of upcoming concerts, comedy and other music and nightlife events. Have something to list? Send information on theater events and auditions to arts@hippopress.com.


The fall fun never stops

Is your favorite fall event not listed here? Never fear! Check out our weekly listings of gallery events and exhibits, concerts, theatrical productions, classical music, classes, workshops, museum events, family fun, comedy and more for updated fall happenings. If you have a fall event not listed here, let us know at listings@hippopress.com.





FALL 2011 ARTS & EVENTS GUIDE
Get your taste of autumn

By Hippo Staff news@hippopress.com



The fall colors, the crisp air, the tasty harvest — these things take the sting out of the end of summer.

Though the calendar gives summer a few more weeks, for most of us Labor Day marks the end of swimsuits and beach days and the beginning of sweaters and apple-picking.

And since apples play such a role in the sights, smells and taste of a New Hampshire fall, we’re looking at some of the places and ways you can celebrate the apple, along with all the other good things that autumn brings. After all, the new fall season means a new season of theater, a new season of classical music, a new season of art fairs and events, more music and comedy and lots of festivals. We take a look at some of the entertainment scheduled between now and the start of the holiday season.

So don’t despair as you pack away that sunscreen and sand bucket. Pick your favorite parts of the season and get a bite of the fun.

Fall events


Art & craft events

• Video, ceramics and rock ’n’ roll: The Currier Museum of Art, 150 Ash St. in Manchester, 669-6144, www.currier.org, has its video-based exhibit “Shifting Terrain: Landscape Video” on display through Sunday, Sept. 18. The recently opened exhibit of ceramic works, “A Chosen Path: The Ceramic Art of Karen Karnes,” will be up through Saturday, Dec. 3. On Friday, Oct. 5, the museum’s next big exhibit opens — “Backstage Pass: Rock and Roll Photography,” an exhibit featuring photographs of some of the icons of music including The Beatles, Elvis, The Rolling Stones, Johnny Cash, Chet Baker, U2, Madonna, Kurt Cobain and more, taken by more than 50 photographers. See the museum’s website for events related to the exhibits as well as regular talks, tours and a monthly jazz brunch on the second Sunday of each month.

• Village of Fine Art:
The Londonderry Arts Council will host this art exhibit at the Londonderry Commons (corners of Mammoth and Pillsbury Roads) on Saturday, Sept. 10, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event will feature paintings by New Hampshire, Maine and Massachusetts artists in oil, pastel, watercolor, acrylic, pen & ink and colored pencil. The day will also include a sale of mums by the Londonderry Friends of Music from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Call 801-0703 or see londonderryculture.org.

• Furniture Masters auction: The New Hampshire Furniture Masters’ annual action takes place Saturday, Sept. 10, from 6 to 10 p.m. at the Currier Museum of Art in Manchester. Tickets cost $75 and include an auction catalog. The event includes a gala reception and silent auction of smaller items followed by the live auction. See www.furnituremasters.org or call 898-0242.

• Sculpture Symposium:
The annual International Sculpture Symposium at the Andres Institute of Art, 98 Route 13 in Brookline, opens Sunday, Sept. 11, and runs through Sunday, Oct. 2. Hike the Institute lands to see sculptures as they’re created. Call 673-8441 or visit www.andresinstitute.org. See a story on page 22 of the Sept. 1 issue of the Hippo (available at www.e-pages.dk/thehippo/136/22).

• Celebrate traditional arts: Canterbury Shaker Village, 288 Shaker Road in Canterbury, 783-9511, www.shakers.org, will celebrate the fiber arts with Wool Day on Saturday, Sept. 17, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The day will include a Llama Fashion Show, sheep-herding demonstrations, hands-on activities, demonstrations of spinning and more. Admission costs $17 for adults, $8 for children ages 6 to 17, $42 for families. Other special events scheduled at the Shaker Village this fall include Dewey the Dog & Friends Day (Saturday, Sept. 10), when dogs are invited to the Shaker Village and happenings include events for dogs to participate in; an Antique Show on Sunday, Sept. 18, featuring more than 100 exhibitors with items for sale; a Vintage Car Show (Saturday, Oct. 15) with the White Mountain Model A Ford Club, and Gift in Hand (Friday, Nov. 11, through Sunday, Nov. 13), an artisan show and sale (admission to the Gift in Hand event is free).

• Open studio tour: Hillsborough Area Artisans Open Studio Tour will be Saturday, Sept. 17, and Sunday, Sept. 18, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. See studios within a 20-mile radius of downtown Hillsborough and meet the artists. See www.hillsboroughartisans.com.

• International art
: Work by Andy Moerlein and Donna Dodson will be on display through Oct. 15 at The Derryfield School, 2108 River Road, Manchester. There will be an artist reception on Friday, Sept. 23, 5:30-6:30 p.m., and a panel discussion of international art residencies on Saturday, Oct. 15, 2-4 p.m. Individual artists will share images of their work and discuss the experience of creating work in a foreign country. Visit www.derryfield.org.

• Art and cabaret: The New Hampshire Institute of Art will hold an Art Auction and Cabaret on Saturday, Sept. 24, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the French Building, 148 Concord St. in Manchester. Tickets cost $25 per person, $40 per couple. See works by faculty and staff and live cabaret-style entertainment by the Nanette Perrotte Combo. Go to the Nanette Perrotte Combo.

• Arts in the Garden: Artists and craftspeople will gather to display and sell their works in a pocket garden at 5 Steeple View in Penacook on Saturday, Sept. 24, and Sunday, Sept. 25, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Call 731-4427 or go to www.jo-shields.com.

• Your photos on display: See the images created by your neighbors at the Fifth Annual Wild NH Amateur Photography Exhibit on display at the Massabesic Audubon Center, 26 Audubon Way in Auburn, www.nhaudubon.org. The exhibit is on display from Tuesday, Sept. 27, through Sunday, Dec. 4, with an awards reception on Sunday, Oct. 16, from 2 to 4 p.m.

• Art Concord:
The Greater Concord Chamber of Commerce will hold the next Art Concord gallery Tour on Friday, Oct. 14, from 5 to 8 p.m. See area art galleries and enjoy refreshments at each stop. The event is free. See www.concordnhchamber.com.

• Hollis Fine Arts Festival:
The Hollis Fine Arts Festival is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 15, and Sunday, Oct. 16, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Nichols Field on Depot Road in Hollis.

• Deerfield Arts Tour: Visit 16 artists and artisans in their studios during the Deerfield Arts Tour, on Saturday, Oct. 22, and Sunday, Oct. 23, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Get a map for the self-guided tour and see a listing of the artists at www.deerfieldartstour.com.

• Open Doors Manchester: Visit the downtown’s cultural sites and art galleries at this free event on Thursday, Nov. 3, from 5 to 8 p.m. Most sites have artist receptions or other events during the tour. See www.majestictheatre.net or call 669-7469.

• Quilting: The Quilters Gathering and Fair will be Thursday, Nov. 3, through Sunday, Nov. 6, at the Radisson Hotel in Nashua. The fair will feature workshops, exhibits, vendors, contests and special events. Go to aquiltersgathering.com for registration information.

• ArtWalk: Tour Nashua’s galleries at ArtWalk 2011 Saturday, Nov. 5, from noon to 5 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 6, from noon to 4 p.m. See cityartsnashua.org.

• NH Open Doors: Tour shops and galleries and meet local artists and craftspeople during NH Open Doors, a statewide event taking place Saturday, Nov. 5, and Sunday, Nov. 6. See www.nhopendoors.com for maps and a list of participants and their offerings.

• Not Your Grandma’s Craft Fair
: Local crafters put their own twist on the craft fair on Saturday, Nov. 12, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at McDonough Elementary School, 550 Lowell St., Manchester. The event includes free admission, free parking and a concessions stand. Visit www.notyourgrandmascraftfair.org.

Classical & choral events

• Nashua Symphony: The Nashua Symphony has three events on its schedule before the holiday season. On Friday, Sept. 23, at 7 p.m. it’s the “Okt-Overture” at the Janice B. Streeter Theater, 14 Court St., Nashua. Tickets cost $35. This beer and music sampler (open to ages 21-plus) will feature the music and beers of the world’s premier beer-making regions (England, Bohemia, Austria, Russia, Germany and the U.S.). On Saturday, Oct. 1, at 8 p.m. “Czech, Please!” will feature cellist Sergey Antonov and a selection of Bohemian favorites at the Keefe Memorial Auditorium, 117 Elm St. in Nashua. Tickets cost $12 to $48. On Saturday, Nov. 19, at 8 p.m., it’s “Of Hope & Glory” featuring “The Sea Symphony” at the Keefe Memorial Auditorium, 117 Elm St. in Nashua.  Tickets cost $12 to $48. Visit www.nashuasymphony.org or call 595-9156.

• New Hampshire’s orchestra: The Granite State Symphony Orchestra will perform three concerts this fall at Concord City Auditorium, 2 Prince St., Concord. Tickets cost $10 to $35. Call 226-4776 or visit www.gsso.org: “An Evening with Classical Overtones” will be performed on Saturday, Oct. 8, at 8 p.m.; “Baroque is a Blast” will be performed on Saturday, Nov. 5, at 8 p.m. and “Holiday Pops” will be performed on Sunday, Dec. 12, at 3 p.m.

• Cap Center
: The Capitol Center for the Arts, 44 S. Main St. in Concord, 225-1111, www.ccanh.com, has a few classical music events on the horizon. On Saturday, Oct. 8, at 8 p.m., it’s mezzo-soprano Frederica von Stade accompanied on piano by Laurana Mitchelmore. Tickets cost $35 to $75. On Tuesday, Nov. 15, at 7:30 p.m., Luna Negra & Turtle Island String Quartet will present a performance of music and dance. Tickets are free; call or go online to reserve up to four free tickets. The Turtle Island Quartet will also perform on Wednesday, Nov. 16, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets to this show are also free. The Cap Center will also screen The Met Live in HD productions, including Anna Bolena on Saturday, Oct. 15, at 1 p.m.; Mozart’s Don Giovanni on Monday, Oct. 31, at 6 p.m.; Wagner’s Seigfried on Monday, Nov. 7, at 6 p.m.; Glass’s Satyagraha on Saturday, Nov. 19, at 1 p.m., and Gounod’s Faust on Saturday, Dec. 10, at 1 p.m. Tickets cost $26 ($22 for seniors, $15 for students).

• The Phil: The NH Philharmonic has one show before the holiday season: “Dreamscape,” a program including Mendelssohn’s “Midsummer Night’s Dream,” Prokofiev’s Violin Concerto No. 2 and Sibelius’s “Finlandia.” The performance will be at the Palace Theatre, 80 Hanover St. in Manchester, on Saturday, Oct. 15, at 7 p.m. Tickets cost $15 to $50. Call 668-5588 or visit www.palacetheatre.org.

• Opera New Hampshire: Opera New Hampshire will present Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Mikado performed by the Gilbert and Sullivan Players at the Palace Theatre, 80 Hanover St. in Manchester, on Sunday, Oct. 30, at 4 p.m. Tickets cost $20 to $75. Call 668-5588 or visit www.palacetheatre.org. See operanh.org.

• Lakes Region Symphony: The Lakes Region Symphony Orchestra has one performance scheduled before the holiday season, featuring violist Rachel Finlayson, winner of the orchestra’s Concerto Competition, on Saturday, Nov. 5, at 7:30 p.m. at the Inter-Lakes Community Auditorium, Route 25 in Meredith. The performance will feature works by Glinka, Strauss, Vaughan Williams, Tchaikovsky and Holst. Tickets cost $14 on the orchestra’s website (lrso.org), $7.50 for students age 17 and under.

• Classical in a big room: The Verizon Wireless Arena, 555 Elm St., Manchester, 644-5000, www.verizonwirelessarena.com, might be known for rock acts but it also gets a fair number of classical music performances including, this season, Trans-Siberian Orchestra on Sunday, Nov. 13, at 3 and 7 p.m. (tickets cost $31 through $67.50), and Andre Rieu with his Johann Strauss Orchestra on Friday, Nov. 25, at 8 p.m. (tickets cost $47 through $141).

Comedy

• Comedy by the river: Boynton’s Taproom, 155 Dow St. in Manchester, 623-7778, www.boyntonstaproom.com, offers comedy many Friday nights at 8 p.m. Some upcoming highlights include Christ Tabb, Tom Dustin and Ellen Moschetto on Friday, Sept. 9; Ira Proctor, Jono Zalay and Andrea Henry on Sept. 23, and the Super Secret Project with Nick Lavallee on Sept. 30. See the website for a complete schedule.

• Laughs at the Palace:
Comedy scheduled at the Palace Theatre, 80 Hanover St., Manchester, 668-5588, palacetheatre.org, includes R-Rated Hypnotist Frank Santos Jr. on Saturday, Sept. 10, at 7:30 p.m. (tickets cost $24.50); comedian Steve Sweeney with Jim Colliton on Saturday, Sept. 17, at 8 p.m. (tickets cost $29.50); Juston McKinney on Saturday, Oct. 22, at 8 p.m. (tickets cost $24.50), and Colin Mochrie & Brad Sherwood: Two Man Group on Friday, Oct. 28, at 8 p.m. (tickets cost $29.50 to $75).

• Tupelo ha-has: Comedy scheduled at the Tupelo Music Hall, 2 Young Road, Londonderry, 437-5100, tupelohall.com, includes Friday, Sept. 23, at 8 p.m. with Kenny Rogerson and Jim McCue.

• From Maine to the Middle: Maine native Bob Marley will bring the laughs to The Middle Arts & Entertainment Center 316 Central St., Franklin, 934-1901, themiddlenh.org, on Thursday, Oct. 13, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets cost $22.50.

• Cap Center: Bill Cosby is the first big name in comedy booked for the Capitol Center for the Arts, 44 S. Main St., Concord, 225-1111, ccanh.com, this fall. He’ll perform on Saturday, Oct. 15, at 8 p.m. Other shows include David Sedaris on Thursday, Oct. 20, at 7:30 p.m.; Bob Marley on Saturday, Nov. 12, at 8 p.m.; Jon Pinette on Friday, Nov. 18, at 8 p.m., and Headliners Comedy on Saturday, Dec. 3, at 8 p.m.

• Laughs in Lowell: If you miss him in Concord, you can see David Sedaris at the Lowell Memorial Auditorium, East Merrimack Street, Lowell, Mass., 978-454-2299, lowellauditorium.com, on Friday, Oct. 21, at 8 p.m. Tickets cost $37.50 through $60.

• Laughs at the Hall:
The Music Hall, 28 Chestnut St., Portsmouth, 436-2400, themusichall.org, will present comedians including Women Fully Clothed (Kathryn Greenwood, Robin Duke, Jayne Eastwood and Teresa Pavlinek) on Friday, Oct. 28, at 8 p.m. (tickets cost $22 and $29); Lily Tomlin on Wednesday, Nov. 9, at 7:30 p.m. (tickets cost $64 and $68) and Paula Poundstone on Sunday, Nov. 20, at 7:30 p.m. (tickets cost $24 and $38).

Fairs, festivals & celebrations

• Hillsborough County Fair: The Hillsborough County Agricultural Fair will be held at the Hillsborough County 4-H Youth Center/Fairgrounds in New Boston, from Friday, Sept. 9, through Sunday, Sept. 11. At the 54th edition of this agricultural fair, there will be games and rides for all, as well as contests, cowboy-mounted shooters, truck pulls and livestock auctions. Admission is $10 per day. See www.hcafairs.com.

• Multicultural Market Day: Laconia will hold its Multicultural Market Day on Saturday, Sept. 10, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Rotary Park. The day starts with a parade at 11 a.m. followed by music and dance performances, food, arts and crafts and more. There will be music and food in Rotary Park on Friday, Sept. 9, at 6 p.m. to start the event off. Visit www.laconiamulticulturalmarketday.org.

• Bras Across the River:
This fundraiser for breast cancer treatment and research takes place on the Bridge Street bridge in Manchester on Saturday, Sept. 10, from 1 to 5 p.m. The day will include kids’ activities, face painting, balloon art, vendors, food, a sidewalk art show (featuring original sidewalk art created during the event by New Hampshire Institute of Art students), a magician and musical performances. Tickets cost $10 and are available at www.brasacrosstheriver.com. The musical line-up includes Manchuka, The Glympse, The Beloved Few, Belinda Bridgeman Academy of Dance, Trading Faces, Figure 8 and Julian Baptista.

• Celtic Festival: Wild Rover Pub, 21 Kosciuszko St., Manchester, 669-7722, hosts an Irish festival on Saturday, Sept. 10, that includes a 5K road race to raise money for The Make-A-Wish Foundation, food, dancing, live music and more. There will also be a fundraising event for the St. Baldrick’s Foundation and its efforts with childhood cancer research. Race starts at 10 a.m., music starts at noon and head-shaving starts at 3:15 p.m. See www.wildroverpub.com or call 669-7722.

• Irish festival: The Seacoast Irish Festival will be held Saturday, Sept. 10, from noon to 9 p.m. in Rotary Arts Pavilion at Henry Law Park in Dover. There will be Irish dancing and music throughout the day. Enjoy beer, wine, food, children’s activities and more. Tickets cost $15 per person and can be purchased at the Chamber Visitor Center or at seacoastirishfestival.org.

• FallFest: 5 Rivers will hold is FallFest on Saturday, Sept. 10, from 5:30 to 9 p.m. at Dimond Hill Farm in Concord. Tickets cost $50. The evening will include a gourmet dinner, silent and live auctions, music and more. See www.5rct.org.

• Mutt Strutt: The Friends of the Manchester Animal Shelter will hold a Mutt Strutt in Livingston Park on Sunday, Sept. 11, at 10 a.m. The strut is a short (25-minute or less) walk around Dorrs Pond. Bring your pup and family, too. There will be gift bags for the first 150 registrants, plus photos, games, pet psychics, raffles and more. Participation costs $15 per dog and person. Call 628-3544 or go to www.ManchesterAnimalShelter.org.

• Classic cars: Woodman Institute Museum, 182 Central Ave. in Dover, 742-1038, woodmaininstitutemuseum.org, will hold an Antique & Classic Auto Show on Sunday, Sept. 11, from noon to 4 p.m. Many early vintage and classic autos from the 1940s, ’50s and ’60s will be displayed on the museum grounds so visitors can photograph them and chat with the owners. All museum exhibits will be open for tours in the afternoon.

• Highland Games:
The New Hampshire Highland Games will take place Friday, Sept. 16, through Sunday, Sept. 18, at Loon Mountain Ski Resort in Lincoln. Events include the gathering of Scottish Clans, Scottish music, dinners, dances and more. See www.nhscot.org.

• Rochester Fair: The Rochester Fair will take place at the Rochester Fairgrounds, 72 Lafayette St., Friday, Sept. 16, through Sunday, Sept. 25. This fair features a lumber jack show, Hollywood racing pigs, a magic trunk show, games and rides. See www.rochesterfair.com.

• Boys & Girls Clubs Day: The Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Manchester are hosting a fun day for all ages on Saturday, Sept. 17, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Radisson Hotel, 700 Elm St., Manchester. Enjoy free entertainment, a petting farm, games, puppet shows, kid’s beauty salon, animals, Big Wheels Race Track, pony rides, tasty treats and more than 100 special exhibits and displays. The Main Stage features live performances throughout the day. See www.begreatmanchester.org.

• Antrim Home & Harvest Festival: Antrim will hold its festival on Saturday, Sept. 17, from 8 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. in downtown Antrim with a few events on Friday and Sunday as well. Saturday will include an arts & crafts fair, a games section, an apple crisp social, a freestyle skateboard competition, a parade at 11:30 a.m., a corn on the cob eating contest, a “Redneck Regatta,” Powderpuff Football, a baked bean contest and fireworks by Atlas at 7:30 p.m. See www.homeandharvest.org.

• Pelham Old Home Day: Pelham Old Home Day is Saturday, Sept. 17. Events include a crafts fair, 5K race, a doll carriage and bike parade, a pie contest, a penny sale, parades, entertainment, demonstrations, food and more. See www.pelhamoldhomeday.org.

• Antiques:
It’s Antiques on the Green on Saturday, Sept. 17, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Village Green in Amherst. This annual antiques show includes more than 35 dealers and features many items such as country furniture and decorative pieces, architectural and garden items, fine silver and glass, dolls and toys, books, textiles, art and jewelry. Verbal appraisals will be offered free of charge (one appraisal per admission), between 11 a.m. and noon. Admission costs $5 and proceeds are used to support the preservation of local artifacts, the study of Amherst history and a scholarship that is awarded annually to a graduating high school senior from Amherst who plans to study history or a related field. See hcafair.synthasite.com.

• Harvest Festival:
Prescott Farm, 928 White Oakes Road in Laconia, 366-5695, prescottconservancy.org, will hold its Harvest Festival on Saturday, Sept. 17, at 10 a.m. Admission is free. The day will include horse-drawn hayrides, face painting, pony rides, a barn dance, live music, food, demonstrations and more.

• Strictly ballroom: Queen City Ballroom will hold a Ballroom Showcase and Dance Party at the Radisson Hotel, 700 Elm St. in Manchester, on Sunday, Sept. 18, from 1 to 5 p.m. Semi-formal dress is required. Singles and couples are welcome. Tickets cost $16 before Sept. 17, $20 at the door. Tickets are available at 622-1500.

• Model railroad: See the model railroad exhibition at Bektash Shrine Center, 189 Pembroke Road in Concord, on Saturday, Sept. 17, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, Sept. 18, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The New Hampshire Garden Railroad Society and the Bektash Shriners are presenting their model railroad exhibit. Highlights include a gigantic “G” scale modular layout with running trains and scenery, running live steam trains and real outdoor train rides. Admission costs $4 for adults ($2 for children 6-12). The maximum family rate is $10. There will be free parking, food and a raffle. Call 321-1347 or go to www.nhgrs.com.

• Fairy house tours:
Prescott Park Arts Festival will hold its annual Fairy House Tours on Saturday, Sept. 17, and Sunday, Sept. 18, from noon to 4 p.m. The event, held in collaboration with Friends of the South End, includes a self-guided tour of fair houses in gardens in the South End Neighborhood. Tickets cost $10 in advance ($15 on the day), $4 for kids ($5 on the day) and $20 in advance for families. Call 436-2848 or visit www.prescottpark.org.

• Pet Step: The Animal Rescue League of NH will hold its annual Pet Step on Saturday, Sept. 24, at 9:30 a.m. at the Hillsborough County 4H Center, New Boston, Saturday, Sept. 24, at 9:30 a.m. This is a dog-walk fundraiser to benefit the Animal Rescue League of NH. To register a team, contact Robin McCune at robin@rescueleague.org or 472-5714.

• Fall Festival: In addition to its line-up of workshops and hikes, the Beaver Brook Association will hold its Fall Festival and Art Show at Maple Hill Farm, 117 Ridge Road in Hollis, 467-7787, www.beaverbrook.org, on Saturday, Sept. 24, and Sunday, Sept. 25, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

• Heritage Festival: Newmarket’s annual Heritage Festival will run Saturday, Sept. 24, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday, Sept. 25, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. in downtown Newmarket. Admission costs $10 for adults for the two days, $7 for one day ($3 for children ages 6 to 12 for the weekend; $25 per family). The event includes music and dance performances by a variety of groups including Japanese drumming; New England fiddling; Polish accordion; dancing from Israeli, Indian and Laotian groups, Chinese yo-yo, African drum circle, Bollywood dance and Bavarian oompah as well as local musical groups. The event will also include art and crafts, boat tours, history walks, a colonial encampment and children’s activities. See www.heritage-festival.org.

• Children’s Museum:
The Children’s Museum of New Hampshire, 6 Washington St., Dover, 742-2002, www.childrens-museum.org, will hold a birthday celebration on Sunday, Sept. 25, from noon to 5 p.m. There will be birthday cake for all, sparkly crowns to decorate, party games and more. New York Life will be holding a free child ID program from noon to 4 p.m. At 1 p.m., author and illustrator David McPhail will hold a workshop for families to introduce his newest book and talk about his creative process. There will also be performances by Lindsay and her Puppet Pals at 2:30 and 3:30 p.m. Other events this fall include the annual Not-So-Spooky Spectacular on Saturday, Oct. 29, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. This event will focus on the fun, not frightening, side of Halloween and include a “bat cave,” science experiments, face panting, a food-free trick-or-treat and pumpkin projects. On Saturday, Nov. 5, from 5 to 8 p.m., it’s the museum’s annual Pizzafest & Silent Auction. The event is family-friendly but also open to adults on their own. Try samples of specialty pizzas from area restaurants and vote for your favorite. Tickets cost $10 per person in advance ($7 for children ages 2 to 10; kids 2 and under get in free). Call 742-2002 or go to www.childrens-museum.org.

• Deerfield Fair: The annual Deerfield Fair will take place at the Fair Grounds on Route 43, Thursday, Sept. 29, through Sunday, Oct. 2. A tribute to the state’s rural and farming heritage and a tradition for generations of families, the fair offers horse shows, cattle competitions, sheep herding and 4-H demonstrations, and swine and poultry judging. A farmers market offers produce fresh from the harvest, and a farm museum recreates an old-style New Hampshire farming community complete with buildings, equipment, and a one-room schoolhouse. Fairgoers can cheer on their favorites in tractor and log-cutting contests or enjoy music, magic, puppets and more on the fair’s several stages and performance areas. Another highlight is the crowning of the 2012 Miss Deerfield Fair. Advance tickets are available for $8 (plus $1 processing fee) before Sept. 21. Children 12 and under are admitted free. To purchase tickets, visit deerfieldfair.com.

• Classic cars: Residential Oaks, 200 Pleasant St. in Concord, www.presidentialoaks.org, will hold a Classic Car Field Day on Saturday, Oct. 1, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Lunch will be sold at the event.

• Autumn Craft Festival: The Mills Falls Marketplace, Route 3 in Meredith, will be the setting of the annual Autumn Craft Festival on Saturday, Oct. 1, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 2, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free. Castleberry Fairs & Festivals will also hold the annual New England Craft & Specialty Food Fair at the Rockingham Park Racetrack in Salem on Friday, Nov. 11, through Sunday, Nov. 13, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets cost $6 for all three days; children 14 and under get in free. See www.castleberryfairs.com.

• Harvest Moon Festival: The Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum, 18 Highlawn Road, Warner, 456-2600, www.indianmuseum.org, will hold its annual Harvest Moon Festival on Sunday, Oct. 2, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Celebrate fall with a day of Native American-themed games, contests, craft demonstrations, foods and more. Visitors can also stroll through the arboretum, walk the trails in the Medicine Woods, play in the teepee and tour the museum, where the exhibit is “Along the Basket Trail.” Admission costs $8.50 per person or $26 for families.

• Milford Pumpkin Festival: It’s three days of pumpkin fun in the Milford Oval during the Milford Pumpkin Festival, Friday, Oct. 7 through Sunday, Oct. 9. Friday the festival opens in the evening in the Oval with live music starting at 5:30 p.m. and fireworks from Atlas at 7:45 p.m. Over at the Amato Center there will be a comic hypnotist, and in Emerson Park there will be a Haunted Trail. On Saturday and Sunday, events will run throughout the day in the Oval (including live music, a pumpkin catapult, a chili roundup and more). At Amato on Saturday night, the New Hampshire’s Got Talent show will start at 8 p.m. On Sunday, the morning will get started with a 5K Road Race and malted Belgian waffle breakfast. See www.milfordpumpkinfestival.org.

• Foliage festival: The Warner Fall Foliage Festival takes place Friday, Oct. 7, through Sunday, Oct. 9. The weekend will include a 5K road race, country bazaar, crafts market, farmers market, parade, live music and more. See www.wwff.org.

• Octoberfest: Rochester will hold its annual Octoberfest on Saturday, Oct. 8, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Hanson Street. The day will feature pumpkin, cider, pies, entertainment, music, games and more. See www.rochestermainstreet.org.

• Seacoast Fringe Festival: The Seacoast Fringe Theater Festival will run Columbus Day weekend, Saturday, Oct. 8, through Monday, Oct. 10, at venues in Portsmouth. Admission to each performance will be about $10. The event will feature music (pop, jazz, African, Klezmer, Peruvian) as well as magicians, comics, plays, storytelling and more. See www.seacoastfringefestival.com.

• Pumpkin Regatta: Goffstown’s Great Pumpkin Weigh-Off & Regatta takes place Saturday, Oct. 15, and Sunday, Oct. 16, in downtown Goffstown. The weekend includes a talent competition on Saturday afternoon, a pumpkin cookoff, a weighing of giant pumpkins and, of course, the regatta. See www.goffstownmainstreet.org.

• Samhain: The Unitarian Universalist Church, 25 Main St. in Peterborough, will hold its Samhain celebration on Saturday, Oct. 22, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. This event is dedicated to the ancient Celtic celebration of the final harvest and “day of the dead.” Filled with magic, music, crafts, and merriment, Celebrate Samhain offers something for everyone, and this year’s event helps support the Peterborough Town Hall Food Bank and the Unitarian Universalist Church “Mitten Tree Drive.” Admission costs $7 with a donation of a non-perishable food item or new winter clothing item. Without a donation, admission costs $10. Children under 10 accompanied by an adult are admitted free. See www.celebratesamhain.com.

• Keene Pumpkin Festival 2011: Plan a road trip for the Keene Pumpkin Festival on Saturday, Oct. 22, from noon to 8:30 p.m. The day includes a children’s costume parade, pumpkin bowling, a food court, pumpkin towers, a craft fair and more. See pumpkinfestival2011.org.

• Halloween Howl: Celebrate Halloween in downtown Concord on Friday, Oct. 28, starting at 5 p.m. Kids can trick or treat at downtown shops; McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center will offer stargazing in Statehouse Plaza; bands will perform in Bicentennial Square; there will be a costume parade in front of the Statehouse at 6 p.m., and horse-drawn wagon rides. Middle school kids can head to the YMCA for a dance from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. See www.mainstreetconcord.com.

• Manch Marathon:
The Manchester City Marathon and Half Marathon will take place on Sunday, Nov. 6, at 8:50 a.m. The MCM is a Boston Qualifier that takes runners on a scenic trip through the millyard. Race packet pickup is Nov. 5, at the Sports & Wellness Expo located at the Radisson Hotel on Elm Street. See www.cityofmanchestermarathon.com.

Food and drink

• Seafood fest: The Hampton Beach Seafood Festival & Sidewalk Sale will run Friday, Sept. 9, from 4 to 9 p.m.; Saturday, Sept. 10, from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday, Sept. 11, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sample the flavors of the Seacoast at New England’s largest seaside festival. More than 50 restaurants join together, offering an extensive menu of seafood delicacies. Admission costs $5 per person per day. Bring cash for the food. Call 926-8717 or go to www.hamptonbeachseafoodfestival.com.

• Wine and Brewfest: The third annual Wine and Brew Fest will be held at Mel’s Funway Park on Charles Bancroft Highway in Litchfield on Saturday, Sept. 10, from 2 to 6 p.m. Tickets cost $20 ($25 at the door) and admission includes a tasting glass and 10 sampling tickets. All proceeds will benefit the New Hampshire Food Bank. Tickets are available at nashuatelegraph.com/wwb.

• Taste of Manchester:
Intown Manchester will hold its annual Taste of Downtown Manchester on Wednesday, Sept. 14, from 5 to 8 p.m., featuring eats for Queen City restaurants including 900 Degrees Pizzeria, A Caribbean Affair, Ben & Jerry’s, Conseulo’s Taqueria, Cotton, Edible Arrangements, El Rincon Zacatecano Taqueria, Firefly American Bar & Bistro, Fratello’s Ristorante Italiano, Hilton Garden Inn (The Patio), Hooked, Ignite Bar & Grille, JD’s Tavern, Jillian’s, Margaritas, Midtown Cafe at the Beacon, Milly’s Tavern, Mint Bistro, Murphy’s Taproom, Nadeaus Subs, Salads & Wraps, Piccola Italia, Portland Pie Co., Red Arrow Diner, Thousand Crane, Wild Rover Pub and Z Food & Drink. Tickets cost $25 in advance at Intown Manchester and at tasteofdowntownmanchester.eventbrite.com (until Sept. 8). Tickets will cost $30 the day of the event.

• Glendi: St. George Greek Orthodox Cathedral, 650 Hanover St. in Manchester, 622-9113, www.stgeorge.nh.goarch.org, will hold Glendi, its annual celebration of Greek food and culture and, oh, did we mention the food, on Friday, Sept. 16, from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Saturday, Sept. 17, from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., and Sunday, Sept. 18, from noon to 5 p.m.

• Fishtival and chili: Prescott Park Arts festival will hold its annual NH Fish & Lobster Festival on Saturday, Sept. 24, from noon to 4 p.m. in Prescott Park. Enjoy music, seafood, games and more. Admission is free; seafood samples cost $4. Prescott Park will also host the annual WHEB Chili Cookoff on Saturday, Oct. 8, from 11:30 a.m. until the chili is gone. Admission costs $15 for adults, $6 for children. See prescottpark.org.

• Schnitzelfest:
Hillsborough’s ninth annual Schnitzelfest is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 24, from noon to 5 p.m. at the Butler Park on the corner of West Main and Central streets. Enjoy authentic German food such as schnitzel, bratwurst, wieners, German potato salad, rotkohl and sauerkraut, breads, desserts and beer and wine. The day will also feature oompah music, crafts, souvenirs and more. See www.schnitzelfest.com.

• Passport Craft Beer & Culinary World Tour:
Try beers and eats at the Passport Craft Beer & Culinary World Tour at the Strawbery Banke Museum in Portsmouth on Saturday, Sept. 24, from 6:30 to 9 p.m. The event will feature 20 craft beers paired by Chef Evan Hennessey of Flavor Concepts with appetizers from area restaurants and regional food purveyors including Black Trumpet, Blue Mermaid Island Grill, Cabot Cheese, Cava, The Common Man, Flavor Concepts, Four Restaurant, Jumpin’ Jay’s Fish Café, The Kitchen Deli & Catering, Lindt Chocolates, Mombo, Pete & Gerry’s Organic Eggs, Portsmouth Brewery, Ri Ra Irish Pub, The Rosa, Street, Wentworth by the Sea and White Apron Catering. Participating breweries include Smuttynose Brewing Company, Allagash Brewing Company, Moat Mountain Brewing Company, Samuel Adams, Throwback Brewery, Tuckerman Brewing Company and White Birch Brewing. The museum’s cooper will be making a beer barrel on site during the event, and guests will taste Moat Mountain beer poured from the handmade barrels. Tickets cost $50 for the tour, $85 for the tour and Passport Diplomat reception (reception begins at 5:30 p.m.) at nhptv.org/passport. Designated driver tickets are also available.

• Pie and more: NH Farm Museum, Route 125 White Mountain Highway in Milton, 652-7840, www.farmmuseum.org, will hold the Great New Hampshire Pie Festival on Sunday, Sept. 25, from noon to 4 p.m. Help with the harvest, learn how to make cider, tour the farmhouse and enjoy all the pie you can eat. Admission costs $7 per adult, $4 per child. Other NH Farm Museum events include the Harvest Day on Saturday, Oct. 1, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; a Halloween program on Friday, Oct. 29, from 4 to 7 p.m., and the Over the River & Thru the Woods Thanksgiving Program on Saturday, Nov. 19, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Call 603-652-7840 or go to www.farmmuseum.org.

• Fill your empty bowls: The 9th annual Empty Bowls event for New Horizons of New Hampshire will be held at Brookside Congregational Church, 2013 Elm St., Manchester, on Sunday, Sept. 25, from 11:30 to 2 p.m. For $20 ($5 for children), guests may purchase ceramic soup bowls created by the New Hampshire Potters Guild and sample soups donated by local restaurants including Airport Diner, Bertucci’s, Cactus Jacks, Cotton, Fratello’s, Hooked, Jerome’s Deli, Ninety-Nine, Outback, Panera Bread, Piccola Italia Ristorante, Pochitos, Puritan Back Room, Red Arrow Diner, Richard’s Bistro, Southern NH University Culinary Arts, Tinker’s Seafood and Z Food and Drink. Soup quarts to go will also be available for $10 during the last half hour of the event. Visit helpnewhorizons.org.

• Chili Cookoff:
Tickets and parking passes for the 2011 World Championship Chili Cookoff, which will be held at Veterans Memorial Park in Manchester from Friday, Sept. 30, through Sunday, Oct. 2, are available at Manchester City Hall, Families in Transition, the Greater Manchester YMCA, New Horizons, the Manchester Rotary Club and yourmanchesternh.com/chili. Tickets cost $5 in advance ($7 at the gate). Call Chris Wellington at 624-6505.

• NH Brew Fest:  Sample beers from more than 28 breweries at the NH Brew Fest at Redhook Ale Brewery in Portsmouth on Saturday, Oct. 15, with two tasting sessions: Session 1 from 1 to 4 p.m. (tickets cost $25 in advance, $35 on the day) and Session 2 from 6 to 9 p.m. (tickets cost $30 in advance, $40 on the day). A VIP package includes the first session and a pre-session hour of tasting for $45. See www.prescottpark.org.

• Restaurant week: The Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce will host the Greater Manchester Regional Restaurant Week Sunday, Oct. 16, through Sunday, Oct. 23. Participating restaurants will offer a three-course meal for $29.94. See www.manchester-chamber.org for a list of participating restaurants.

• Fall Feast Week: Downtown Nashua will hold its Fall Fest Week Monday, Oct. 17, through Friday, Oct. 21. Many participating restaurants will offer three-course price-fixed meals and other will offer discounts and other specials. See downtownnashua.org.

• Oktoberfest/Family Farm Day:
The Inn at East Hill Farm, 460 Monadnock St. in Troy, 800-242-6495, www.east-hill-farm.com, will hold its annual Oktoberfest on Sunday, Oct. 23, at 5 p.m. Enjoy a German dinner for $21.95 per person ($12.95 for children). Friday, Nov. 11, starting at 9 a.m. is Fall Family Farm Day: for $25 per adults, $15 per child, meet the farm animals, see demonstrations of farm activities, arts and crafts, roast marshmallows and more. The price includes lunch.

Historical and cultural events

• Historic Manchester: The Manchester Historic Association, www.manchesterhistoric.org, has a variety of walking tours and other events scheduled for fall. On Saturday, Sept. 10, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. there a walking tour of the Franco-American West Side ($10 per person) with Robert B. Perreault. On Sunday, Sept. 25, from noon to 5 p.m., take a tour of historic architecture on Coolidge Avenue ($20 in advance, $25 on the day). On Saturday, Oct. 8, from 9 a.m. to noon it’s a “Mile of Mills” walking tour followed by lunch at the Millyard Museum, 200 Bedford St. in Manchester, 622-7531 ($20 per person). On Thursday, Nov. 17, from 5 to 8 p.m., it’s “Night at the Millyard Museum” featuring people dressed like figures from the city’s past, hors d’oeuvres, music and silent auction. Go online for information on registering for these events.

• NH’s history: The New Hampshire Historical Society, www.nhhistory.org, 228-6688, has events scheduled for the season. On Friday, Sept. 10, a new exhibit opens at the library, 30 Park St. in Concord: “Icons of History: Objects that Define New Hampshire.” The Library also has a five-part history course scheduled for October: “New Hampshire Craftspeople and Their Art.” The course starts with “New Hampshire Potters and Pottery” on Thursday, Oct. 6, and continues weekly through Nov. 3. The program runs from 6:30 to 8 p.m. and the cost is $70. To register, e-mail cmacleod@nhhistory.org or call 856-0604.

• Fall at Strawbery Banke: The Strawbery Banke Museum, 14 Hancock St. in Portsmouth, 433-1100, www.strawberybanke.org, has a variety of fall events on its schedule. On Saturday, Sept. 10 from 4 to 7 p.m., it’s the Vintage & Vine Wine Tasting Tour featuring food from area chefs and fine wines. Tickets cost $40 per person ($75 for a VIP ticket with a special rare vintage tasting from 4 to 5:30 p.m.). This event is 21-plus. On Saturday, Oct. 8, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., it’s the annual New Hampshire Fall Festival Day featuring farm and livestock demonstrations, a children’s garden, canning and food presentations, live music, craftspeople and more. Admission costs $15, $6 for children. On Friday, Oct. 28, and Saturday, Oct. 29, it’s Ghosts on the Banke, featuring trick-or-treating in a historic setting.

• Constitution Day: The American Independence Museum will celebrate our second most famous founding document with a speaker on Wednesday, Sept. 14, at 7 p.m. Richard Hesse, a professor emeritus at Franklin Pierce Law Center, will discuss “Our Founding Fathers: What Were They Thinking,” at the Folsom Tavern, 164 Water St. in Exeter. Admission is free. See www.independencemuseum.org or call 772-2622.

• Chinese Folk Dance:
The Mariposa Museum, 26 Main St., Peterborough, 924-4555, www.mariposamuseum.org, will welcome Chinese folk singer and dancer Ree-Ven Wang on Saturday, Sept. 17, at 7 p.m. She will be accompanied by a Pipa player and hand drum.

• Smithsonian Magazine’s Museum Day:
Go to a museum for free on Museum Day, Saturday, Sept. 24, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Get a pass for one person and a guest at www.smithsonianmagazine.com. Participating New Hampshire museums include the American Independence Museum in Exeter, the Amoskeag Fishways in Manchester, the Aviation Museum of New Hampshire in Londonderry, Barrett House in New Ipswich, Currier Museum of Art in Manchester, Enfield Shaker Museum in Enfield, Gov. John Langdon House in Portsmouth, Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum in Warner, New Hampshire Historical Society Museum in Concord, Seacoast Science Center in Rye, Squam Lakes Natural Science Center in Holderness, Strawbery Banke Museum in Portsmouth and The Fells in Newbury.
Literary events & lectures

One Nashua, One Book: Nashua’s One City, One Book program for fall 2011 focuses on Song Yet Sung by James McBride. Nashua Public Library (2 Court St., Nashua, 589-4600, www.nashua.lib.nh.us) will hold events free and open to all on Tuesdays, Sept. 6 through Sept. 27, from 10:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.; you may attend some or all sessions. The Sept. 13 book discussion will be led by retired English professor Jennifer Lee; on Sept. 20 UNH professor J. William Harris discusses “The Making of the American South: 1500-1877”; on Sept. 27 Lee will lead a discussion of McBride’s memoir The Color of Water. Additional Nashua Reads events will take place at the library: Thursday, Sept. 22, at 7 p.m. author Daniel Rasmussen tells the story of a night in 1811 when 500 slaves rose up from plantations around New Orleans and set out to conquer the city (Toadstool Books will provide copies of Rasmussen’s book American Uprising for sale and signing at the event); on Saturday, Sept. 24, at 2 p.m., Marcia Estabrook portrays Ellen Craft, a slave who escaped in 1848 by disguising herself as a white woman, and on Thursday, Oct. 6, at 7 p.m., there will be a screening of the documentary Whispers of Angels: A Story of the Underground Railroad. The One City, One Book program culminates with a visit from author James McBride on Sunday, Oct. 16, at 2 p.m. at the Rivier College Dion Center, James McBride will discuss Song Yet Sung; purchase tickets at the library (cash or check only) to the presentation only ($5 in advance, $7 at the door or to the presentation plus a preceding reception with the author ($25). Visit www.nashuareads.com.

• Authors on tour at Gibson’s:
Gibson’s Bookstore, 27 S. Main St., Concord, 224-0562, www.gibsonsbookstore.com, hosts several authors — of fiction, nonfiction and poetry — this fall for readings and book signings, free and open to the public. Willard Sterne Randall will talk about Ethan Allen: His Life & Times on Thursday, Sept. 8, at 7 p.m. Sci-fi master Terry Brooks will talk about The Measure of the Magic (Legends of Shannara) on Saturday, Sept. 10, at 11 a.m. Toby Ball and Brendan Dubois will talk about Scorch City and Deadly Cove (Lewis Cole Mysteries) respectively on Thursday, Sept. 15, at 7 p.m. Famed children’s author Lois Lowry will talk about Bless This Mouse and her many other books on Monday, Sept. 19, at 7 p.m.

The Poetry Society of New Hampshire will hold its monthly meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 21, at Gibson’s, with a reading by Robert Crawford and Walter Butts followed by an open mike; see poetrysocietyofnewhampshire.org. Maine journalist Lou Ureneck will talk about his memoir Cabin on Thursday, Sept. 29, in a double bill with Mary Johnson discussing her memoir An Unquenchable Thirst. Laurence Bergreen will talk about Columbus: The Four Voyages on Thursday, Sept. 22, at 7 p.m. Local authors Kevin Flynn and Rebecca Lavoie will talk about their book Legally Dead on Tuesday, Oct. 4, at 5:30 p.m. And mystery author Archer Mayor will discuss and sign his new Joe Gunther novel, Tag Man, on Thursday, Oct. 27, at 7 p.m.

In addition to these events at the store, Gibson’s hosts some events at nearby Red River Theatres. Charles C. Mann comes to Concord with a multimedia presentation of his new book, 1493: Uncovering the New World Columbus Created (2011, Knopf), on Wednesday, Sept. 14, at 6 p.m. at Red River Theatres. Tickets are $6 or free with a purchase of the book (either 1493 in hardcover or Mann’s previous book 1491 in paperback or hardcover) at Gibson’s. And poet Donald Hall will celebrate the launch of his first full-length volume of verse in a decade, The Back Chamber, on Wednesday, Oct. 12, at 6 p.m. at Red River Theatres in Concord. Tickets are $6 or free with purchase/pre-order of book from Gibson’s.

• Read with Concord: This year’s Concord Reads title is Outcasts United: An American Town, a Refugee Team, and One Woman’s Quest to Make a Difference, by Warren St. John. Book discussions will take place in the library auditorium (45 Green St., Concord, 225-8670): Thursday, Sept. 15, at 7 p.m. led by Suzanne Brown; Sunday, Sept. 18, at 2 p.m., led by Suzanne Brown, and Monday, Oct. 3, at 12:10 p.m., led by Deb Baker (bring lunch). Other events include a showing of the documentary God Grew Tired of Us at Red River Theatres on Tuesday, Sept. 27, at 7 p.m. ($9, www.redrivertheatres.org), a showing of the documentary Killing Time at NHTI’s Sweeney Hall auditorium on Friday, Oct. 14, at 7 p.m. (free), a community soccer and potluck event at Bishop Brady High School on Sunday, Oct. 23, at 2 p.m., and a visit from the author on Thursday, Oct. 13, at 7 p.m. at Concord High School auditorium. Learn more about Concord Reads at www.onconcord.com/library.

• Oh, the humanities:
The New Hampshire Humanities Council, www.nhhc.org, holds a variety of events around the state each year. On Friday, Sept. 16, Dartmouth professor of history emeritus Jere Daniell presents “Ratification of the Constitution in New Hampshire” at 11:30 a.m. in the French Building Auditorium, 148 Concord St., Manchester; call 863-2588 for details. On Tuesday, Sept. 20, author Michael J. Tougias presents “Ten Hours Until Dawn” at 7 p.m. at Elkins Public Library, 9 Center Road, Canterbury — find out what happened on the pilot boat Can Do during the height of the Blizzard of 1978; call 783-4386 for details. New York Times columnist David Brooks will be the keynote speaker at the New Hampshire Humanities Council’s 2011 Annual Dinner on Tuesday, Oct. 25, at the Radisson Center of NH in downtown Manchester. Brooks has been a senior editor at The Weekly Standard and a contributing editor at Newsweek and Atlantic Monthly; he is the author of Bobos in Paradise and The Social Animal. Tickets for the annual dinner cost $100 and support the hundreds of free events the NHHC makes possible each year. Buy tickets at www.nhhc.org.

• Think about food:
UNH Manchester (400 Commercial St., Manchester, www.unhm.unh.edu) will hold a free film and lecture series from September 2011 through April 2012, open to the public, exploring how food is grown and the impact these processes have on people, animals and the ecosystem. Visit www.unhm.unh.edu/events or call 641-4306 for details. Two UNHM professors lead a screening and discussion of the film Food, Inc. on Tuesday, Sept. 27, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Alexis Fox, Massachusetts State Director for the Humane Society of the United States, presents “An End to Factory Farming: Protecting Animals, People, and Our Planet” on Wednesday, Oct. 19, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Kristen O’Dell, founder of Bedford Natural Medicine, presents “The ABCs of Food Awareness” on Wednesday, Oct. 26, from 8:30 to 10 a.m., discussing food labels, ingredients, organics, free-range and other factors in our food and how they matter. Ben Watson, co-author of The Slow Food Guide to New York City, presents “Renewing America’s Food Traditions: Slow Food, Local Food, and Backyard Diversity” on Wednesday, Nov. 16, from 6:30 to 8 p.m., addressing questions of how to define “local” food and how desirable it really is.

• Authors on tour at Water Street:
Water Street Bookstore, 125 Water St., Exeter, 778-9731, waterstreetbooks.com, hosts some notable authors in September. Joni B. Cole will sign copies of her memoir Another Bad-Dog Book: Tales of Life, Love, and Neurotic Human Behavior, on Saturday, Sept. 24, at 4 p.m. Vonnegut will talk about his book Just Like Someone Without Mental Illness, Only More So: A Memoir, on Tuesday, Sept. 27, at 7 p.m. Caldwell will talk about her book Let’s Take the Long Way Home: A Memoir of Friendship, on Wednesday, Sept. 28, at 7 p.m.

• Meet Queen City authors: Manchester City Library, 405 Pine St., Manchester, 624-6550, manchesterlibrary.org, is hosting a series of events in which local writers discuss their work. Robert Perreault will be there on Tuesday, Sept. 27, at 7 p.m.; Perreault has written numerous books and articles in both English and French on the history of Manchester. Next up is Rosamond Van Der Linde, author of the memoir A Piano in Every Room, on Thursday, Oct. 6, at 7 p.m. in the library’s auditorium, where she will play the Steinway. And on Tuesday, Nov. 29, at 7 p.m. Don Previe will talk about his fantasy series, The Adventures of D’artello, in the library’s Winchell Room.

• Authors in Portsmouth:
The Music Hall in Portsmouth, www.themusichall.org, presents a series of meet-the-author events at its new Music Hall Loft space this fall. Stephen Greenblatt will talk about his nonfiction book, The Swerve: How the World Became Modern, about the Renaissance, on Tuesday, Sept. 27, at 7 p.m.; tickets cost $45 and include a reserved seat, book and bar beverage. Chris Bohjalian will talk about his latest novel, The Night Strangers, on Thursday, Oct. 6, at 7 p.m. at The Music Hall Loft in Portsmouth. And over at the Music Hall’s main venue, the historic theater at 28 Chestnut St., the Writers on a New England Stage series has lined up Chuck Palahniuk (Damned) for Thursday, Nov. 3, at 7:30 p.m., $17. Purchase a book voucher for a signed copy book ahead of time at RiverRun Bookstore or The Music Hall and save 10 percent off retail price, or buy an unsigned copy ahead of time for a 10 percent discount when you show your ticket to the show at the bookstore counter.

• Authors in Nashua: Barnes & Noble in Nashua will host bestselling sports writer Mike Lupica, touring for his latest book, The Underdogs!, on Thursday, Sept. 29, at 7 p.m., and bestselling novelist Chris Bohjalian, signing copies of his newest book, The Night Strangers, on Wednesday, Oct. 5, at 12:30 p.m.

• In the capital spotlight:
Dava Sobel, author of Longitude and Galileo’s Daughter, will talk about her newest book, A More Perfect Heaven, about Copernicus, on Sunday, Oct. 9, at 7 p.m. in the Spotlight Café in the Capitol Center for the Arts, 44 S. Main St., Concord, 225-1111, ccanh.com, as part of the Writers in the Spotlight series hosted by Gibson’s Bookstore. General admission; all tickets cost $6; order now online, by phone, or in person at the box office or Gibson’s, 27 S. Main St., Concord, www.gibsonsbookstore.com.

• Authors on tour at the Toadstool: The Toadstool Bookshop in Milford (Lorden Plaza, 673-1734, www.toadbooks.com) will host Cape Cod author Kate Whouley, whose book Remembering the Music, Forgetting the Words chronicles her experience of caring for her mother, who was suffering from Alzheimer’s Disease, on Oct. 27 at 7 p.m. The store will host bestselling author John Connolly discussing his new YA novel The Infernals (on sale Oct. 18 from Atria Books) on Nov. 16 at 7 p.m. The store also hosts several book discussion groups, including one geared toward the classics and one for teens, that meet regularly.

Music

• Big names, intimate venue: The schedule is packed with music at the Tupelo Music Hall, 2 Young Road, Londonderry, 437-5100, tupelohall.com. Some of the highlights include Leo Kottke on Thursday, Sept. 8, at  8 p.m.; Crash Test Dummies on Saturday, Sept. 17, at 8 p.m.; The Fools on Saturday, Oct. 1, at 8 p.m.; A Flock of Seagulls on Wednesday, Oct. 12, at 8 p.m.; Paula Cole on Friday, Oct. 14, at 8 p.m.; Shawn Mullins on Thursday, Oct. 27, at 8 p.m.; Rusted Root on Sunday, Nov. 6, at 7 p.m.; Carbon Leaf on Thursday, Dec. 1, at 8 p.m.; Vanilla Fudge on Wednesday, Dec. 7, at 8 p.m., and Entrain on Friday, Dec. 9, at 8 p.m. The Tupelo is also presenting the Indigo Girls on Saturday, Oct. 22, at 8 p.m. at Keefe Auditorium in Nashua. Tickets to that show cost $35.

Music at the Palace: This season’s line-up of music at the Palace Theatre, 80 Hanover St., Manchester, 668-5588, palacetheatre.org, features Livingston Taylor with Liz Longley on Friday, Sept. 9, at 7:30 p.m. (tickets cost $29.50).

• Music in the Middle
: The Middle Arts & Entertainment Center 316 Central St., Franklin, 934-1901, themiddlenh.org, has a line-up of music including The Bay State Winds on Friday, Sept. 9, at 7 p.m. (free); the Middle Music Academy Recital on Sunday, Sept. 11, at 2 p.m. (free), and Kelly Morris and the Fallen Free ($12) on Saturday, Sept. 17, at 7:30 p.m.

• Lowell Summer Music:
Live music in Lowell Boarding House Park, 40 French St., Lowell, Mass., www.lowellsummermusic.org, wraps up for the season with Warren Hayes on Friday, Sept. 9, at 7:30 p.m. and the Banjo and Fiddle Contests on Saturday, Sept. 10, from noon to 6 p.m.

• Cap Center:
Capitol Center for the Arts, 44 S. Main St., Concord, 225-1111, ccanh.com, has several concerts on the schedule this fall: They Might Be Giants on Saturday, Sept. 10, at 8 p.m.; Umphrey’s McGee on Wednesday, Sept. 14, at 7:30 p.m.; Yo La Tango on Thursday, Sept. 22, at 7:30 p.m.; Candye Kane on Saturday, Sept. 24, at 8 p.m.; Keb Mo on Thursday, Sept. 29, at 7:30 p.m.; Taylor Mali on Thursday, Oct. 13, at 10 a.m. and 7:30 p.m.; Weird Al Yankovic on Sunday, Oct. 16, at 7:30 p.m.; Jon Anderson and Rick Wakeman on Tuesday, Nov. 1, at 7:30 p.m.; Chad & Jeremy on Thursday, Nov. 3, at 7:30 p.m.; Lucinda Williams on Friday, Nov. 4, at 8 p.m.; Ani DiFranco on Sunday, Nov. 13, at 7:30 p.m.; Bela Fleck ant the Flecktones on Sunday, Nov. 20, at 7:30 p.m.; Celtic Thunder on Wednesday, Nov. 30, at 7:30 p.m., and Sweet Hot & Sassy on Thursday, Dec. 8, at 7:30 p.m. Spotlight Café performances include Maestro Shafaatullah Khan on Wednesday, Oct. 12, at 7:30 p.m.

• Music in Lowell:
The Lowell Memorial Auditorium on East Merrimack Street in Lowell, Mass., 978-454-2299, lowellauditorium.com, has a line-up of concerts this season that include Gordon Lightfoot on Sunday, Sept. 11, at 8 p.m.; Willie Nelson and Family on Tuesday, Nov. 1, at 8 p.m.; Third Day on Friday, Nov. 4, at 6:30 p.m., and Rock of Ages on Wednesday, Dec. 7, at 8 p.m.

• National acts at Verizon:
Concerts scheduled at Verizon Wireless Arena, 555 Elm St., Manchester, 644-5000, www.verizonwirelessarena.com, include The Moody Blues on Monday, Sept. 12, at 8 p.m. (tickets cost $45 to $65); Sugarland on Thursday, Oct. 13, at 7:30 p.m. (tickets cost $28.50 through $58.50); Josh Groban with ELEW on Tuesday, Nov. 8, at 7:30 p.m. (tickets cost $54.50 through $94), and the a cappella group Straight No Chaser on Thursday, Nov. 17, at 7:30 p.m. (tickets cost $29 through $49).

• Music at Stockbridge:
The schedule of live music at Stockbridge Theatre at Pinkerton Academy, Route 28, Derry, 437-5210, stockbridgetheatre.com, so far includes Recycled Percussion on Friday, Sept. 16, at 7:30 p.m. (tickets cost $21 for adults, $15 for students) and The Blanks on Friday, Sept. 30, at 7 p.m. ($25 for adults, $22 for seniors, $15 for students).

• Sounds by the sea: Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom, 169 Ocean Blvd., Hampton Beach, 929-4100, casinoballroom.com, has musical performances into November including Bret Michaels with Toxin on Saturday, Sept. 17, at 8 p.m.; The B-52s on Friday, Sept. 30, at 8 p.m.; George Thorogood & the Destroyers on Saturday, Oct. 8, at 8 p.m.; Queensryche with Mindset X on Saturday, Oct. 29, at 8 p.m., and Social Distortion with Suedehead and Chuck Ragan on Friday, Nov. 18, at 8 p.m. The Sunday, Oct. 30, show featuring The Pixies is sold out.

• Music at Boynton’s: Check back with Boynton’s Taproom, 155 Dow St. in Manchester, 623-7778, www.boyntonstaproom.com, for regular updates to its music schedule. Current highlights include American Idol’s Elliott Yarmin on Sunday, Sept. 18, at 8 p.m., and Lisa Jane Lipkin on Saturday, Oct. 15, at 8 p.m. Dueling Pianos, a high-energy piano act that plays rock, pop, country and more and takes requests, plays many Saturday nights at 8 p.m. The next Dueling Pianos night is Saturday, Sept. 17, at 8 p.m.

• Reba and more:
Meadowbrook U.S. Cellular Pavilion, 72 Meadowbrook Lane, Gilford, 293-4700, meadowbrook.net, finishes its summertime lineup with Reba on Saturday, Sept. 24, at 6 p.m. (with Shana Shack Band on the second stage at 6 p.m.) and The Avett Brothers on Sunday, Sept. 25, at 7 p.m. with Nicole Atkins (on the second stage it’s Chris White Band at 2 p.m., Caitlain Canty at 3 p.m., Adam Ezra Group at 4 p.m. and the Crunchy Western Boys at 5:30 p.m.).

• Music at the Music Hall:
The Music Hall, 28 Chestnut St., Portsmouth, 436-2400, themusichall.org, has a fall lineup of music including Big Sam’s Funky Nation on Sunday, Sept. 18, at 7 and 9 p.m. (tickets cost $30); Madeleine Peyroux on Tuesday, Oct. 4, at 7:30 p.m. (tickets cost $32 and $4); Scott MacIntyre with Laurel Brauns on Saturday, Oct. 8, at 8 p.m. ($25 in advance; $35 on the day); Lindsey Buckingham on Tuesday, Nov. 1, at 7:30 p.m. (tickets cost $29.50 to $49.50); Brandi Carlile on Sunday, Nov. 6, at 7:30 p.m. and Gillian Welch on Saturday, Nov. 26, at 8 p.m. (tickets cost $32).

• Pawktuckaway Music Festival: Get a day of music at the Pawtuckaway Music Festival at Pawtuckaway State Park in Nottingham on Saturday, Oct. 8, from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Scheduled performers include Christine Hayward, Dan Blakeslee, Gideon Brown, Audrey Ryan, Cuddle Magic, A Minor Revolution, Gramafoma and Fire Tower. Tickets cost $7 in advance, $10 at the gate ($4 for children under 12 at the gate). Visit www.pawtuckawaymusicfestival.com.

• Dana Center: Musical performances scheduled for the Dana Center at Saint Anselm College, 100 Saint Anselm Drive, Manchester, 641-7700, anselm.edu/dana, include the Gleason-Brown Jazz Group on Saturday, Oct. 15, at 8 p.m. and The Ying Quartet on Thursday, Dec. 1, at 7 p.m.

• Music at Leddy:
Mary Gatchell will perform with Santana drummer Rodney Holmes on Friday, Oct. 14, at 7:30 p.m. at the Leddy Center, 38c Ladd’s Lane, Epping, 679-2781, leddycenter.org. Tickets cost $18 ($13 for students).

• From Three Dog Night: Chuch Negron will perform on Sunday, Nov. 13, at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. at Whittemore Center Arena at UNH, 128 Main St., Durham, 862-4000, www.whittcenter.com.

Nature & environment

• Flower Show:
The New Hampshire Flower Show Judges Council will present the Petite Standard Flower Show at White Rock Senior Living Community, 6 Bow Center Road, Bow, Thursday, Sept. 8, from 1 to 4 p.m. This show will feature small and miniature floral designs, dwarf and miniature varieties of horticulture, and educational exhibits on hummingbirds and beneficial insects. Admission is free.

• Bug ball: The Amoskeag Fishways, 6 Fletcher St., Manchester, 626-3474, will hold its 11th Annual Bug Ball on Saturday, Sept. 10, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Activities will include a petting zoo, bug-related crafts and special guest Dr. Paul Johnson, a UNH insect expert. The event cost $3 per person or $6 per family and registration is not required. Call 626-3474 or go to www.amoskeagfishways.org.

• Home tour: Visit 10 Concord-area homes during the Outdoor Living Tour on Saturday, Sept. 10, at 10 a.m. These homes have creative outdoor living spaces. Meet the designers, landscapers and contractors, and see how they blend nature’s offerings with products from local suppliers to create an environment that can be enjoyed throughout the year. This self-directed tour begins at the Kimball-Jenkins Estate, 266 N. Main St., Concord. Tickets cost $25 per person or $40 per couple. Proceeds benefit the Kimball-Jenkins Estate. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.kimballjenkins.com or call 225-3932.

• Naturefest: The Little Nature Museum, 656 Gould Hill Road, Contoocook, 746-6121, will hold its Naturefest on Saturday, Sept. 10, and Sunday, Sept. 11, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. This free event features special nature activities with prizes, beekeepers, “Tots on the Trail” nature walk, a falconry demonstration and other animal and plant programs. Call 746-6121 or go to www.littlenaturemuseum.org. Other museum events this fall include a visit with alpacas on Sunday, Oct. 2, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

• Bassathon: The Lone Pine Hunters Club, 114 Rideout Road in Hollis, will host the Bassathon Catch & Release Bass Fishing Tournament on Saturday, Sept. 17, from 7 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. First prize is $1,000. Go to www.opportunitynetworks.org to register.

• Garden grow-off: The Great Garden Grown-Off will take place on Saturday, Sept. 17, at 23 Clough Tavern Road in Canterbury. This event is a fundraiser for the NH Young Farmers. Anyone with a garden (no professional competitors) is welcome to bring the biggest vegetable from his garden. Registration costs $10 per person ($20 the day of the event). Contact the NH Farm Bureau at 224-1934 or editor@nhfarmbureau.org.

• Bioblitz!: The Seacoast Science Center, 570 Ocean Blvd., Rye, 436-8043, www.seacoastsciencecenter.org, has organized a dawn-to-dusk species scavenger hunt on Saturday, Sept. 24, at Odiorne Point State Park. Participants will record data on as many different species as possible. Meet at the Seacoast Science Center to join a team in the morning.

• Your big back yard:
Celebrate National Public Lands Day on Saturday, Sept. 24, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Massabesic Audubon Center, 26 Audubon Way in Auburn, www.nhaudubon.org. The day will include themed walks each hour on the hour, live animals, refreshments and more. Admission is free ($5 per person, $10 per family donations suggested). Call 668-2045 to register for scheduled hikes. The Massabesic Audubon also has an Enchanted Fall Festival on the schedule. On Saturday, Oct. 22, from 3:30 to 8 p.m. see skits and live animals, listen to stories, see a puppet show and listen to live music. Admission is $20 per family. There will also be a campfire and marshmallow roast. On Saturday, Nov. 19, the center will have a Birds of Prey show featuring a Golden Eagle, Turkey Vulture and other birds. There will be two shows — noon to 1 p.m. and 2 to 3 p.m. The cost is $10 per person or $30 per family. Call to register for these two programs.

• Fall fair:
The Educational Farm at Joppa Hill, 174 Joppa Hill Road, Bedford, 472-4724, www.theeducationalfarm.org, will hold is annual Fall Fair on Sunday, Sept. 25, from 2 to 6 p.m. This fair features pony rides, face painting, hay rides, crafts, bounce houses and more.

• Green buildings: The New Hampshire Sustainable Energy Association will hold its annual Green Buildings Open House Tour on Saturday, Oct. 1. Tour homes and buildings that have energy-efficient features. See www.nhsea.org/gboh/.

• Daffodil Public Planting Day: Dunbarton Garden Club is hosting this event on Saturday, Oct. 29, at 8 a.m. Plant bulbs on the town common, around the center and along the town’s portion of the John Stark Scenic Byway. Planting will be followed by a potluck. See www.dunbartongardenclub.org.

Theater

• Live performances: This season’s theatrical and other live performances at the Music Hall, 28 Chestnut St., Portsmouth, 436-2400, themusichall.org, include Life in a Marital Institution with James Braly (Friday, Sept. 9, at 8 p.m. and Saturday, Sept. 10, and Sunday, Sept. 11, at 7 p.m.; tickets cost $38); Kings of Salsa (Wednesday, Oct. 12, at 7:30 p.m.; tickets cost $35 and $50); Martha Clarke’s Angel’s Reapers (Saturday, Oct. 22, at 8 p.m.; tickets cost $48 and $65); National Acrobats of the People’s Republic of China (Thursday, Nov. 10, at 7:30 p.m.; tickets cost $30 and $40); Doktor Kaboom (Tuesday, Nov. 15, at 9:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.; tickets cost $6); Handsome Little Devils Present Squirm Burpee Circus (Friday, Nov. 25, at 8 p.m.; tickets cost $25 and $35) and Goodnight Moon and The Runaway Bunny (Thursday, Dec. 1, at 9:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.; tickets cost $6).

The Music Hall will also screen National Theatre London productions such as One Man, Two Guvnors (Saturday, Sept. 17, at 1 p.m.), The Kitchen (Friday, Oct. 7, at 7 p.m.) and Collaborators (Thursday, Dec. 1, at 8 p.m.) and Met productions such as Anna Bolena (Sunday, Oct. 23, at 1 p.m.), Don Giovanni (Saturday, Oct. 29, at 1 p.m.), Siegfried (Saturday, Nov. 5, at noon), Satyagraha (Saturday, Nov. 19, at 1 p.m.), Rodelinda (Sunday, Dec. 4, at 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.) and Faust (Sunday, Dec. 11, at 1 p.m.).

• Mystery in Nashua: Nashua Theatre Guild, 320-2530, nashuatheatreguild.org, presents Art of Murder on Thursday, Sept. 15, through Saturday, Sept. 17 at 8 p.m. and Saturday, Sept. 17, and Sunday, Sept. 18, at 2 p.m. at the 14 Court St. theater in Nashua, $15 general admission ($12 for seniors).

• Shows at the Amato Center:
The Amato Family Center for the Performing Arts at Souhegan Valley Boys & Girls Club, 56 Mont Vernon St., Milford, 672-1002 ext. 2, www.svbgc.org, presents a student-directed production of Sweeney Todd on Sept. 15, 16, & 17 at 7:30 p.m. This show should be considered PG for dark humor and not for very young audiences. The Good Doctor will be performed on Fridays, Sept. 23 & 30, and Saturdays, Sept. 24 & Oct. 1, at 8 p.m. and Sundays, Sept. 25 & Oct. 2, at 2 p.m. at the Amato Center; tickets cost $15. Call 800-838-3006 or 320-1431.

• All hail the Audi: Concord City Auditorium at 2 Prince St., Concord, 228-2793, www.theaudi.org, hosts its gala variety show on Sept. 18. At 6 p.m., meet area arts groups and enjoy an ice cream social, then at 7 p.m. enjoy a preview of the coming season’s attractions and a raffle. Tickets cost $5 at Gibson’s Bookstore (27 S. Main St., Concord, gibsonsbookstore.com) and at the door. Call 225-7474. Later, the Audi’s Walker Lecture Series opens its 115th season with a musical revue covering three generations of songs from Betty Thomson and the Community Players, free and open to all, no tickets, general seating, on Sept. 23 at 7:30 p.m. and on Sept. 24 at 2 p.m. Also at the Audi, the Concord Community Concert Association presents pianist Nicolai Lomov on Friday, Sept. 30 at 7:30 p.m., in a program accompanied by a special exhibit of Carolyn Jenkins’ theater drawings; call 796-2272 or visit concordcommunityconcerts.org for ticket information. CCCA also presents The Ensemble Schumann on Wednesday, Oct. 26, at 7:30 p.m. (student concert), no reserved seating, open seating only. And the Granite State Symphony Orchestra performs at the Audi as well: An Evening with Classical Overtones is Saturday, Oct. 8, at 8 p.m.; Baroque is a Blast! will be performed on Saturday, Nov. 5, at 8 p.m.; tickets cost $10 to $35 for these shows, call 226-4776 or visit www.gsso.org. Concord Community Players return to the Audi in November to present The Drowsy Chaperone on Nov. 18 & 19 at 8 p.m. and Nov. 20 at 2 p.m.; call 224-4905 or visit communityplayersofconcord.org.

• Live at the Verizon: Events at the Verizon Wireless Arena 555 Elm St., Manchester, 644-5000, www.verizonwirelessarena.com, this season include the Fight to Educate boxing and black tie dinner on Wednesday, Sept. 21, at 8 p.m. (tickets cost $25 and $50), and the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus on Friday, Sept. 30, at 7 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 1, at 11 a.m., 3 p.m. and 7 p.m., and Sunday, Oct. 2, at noon and 4 p.m. (tickets cost $16 to $91).

• Theater in the downtown: Palace Theatre, 80 Hanover St., Manchester, 668-5588, palacetheatre.org, has two big productions this season. Starting Friday, Sept. 23, and running through Saturday, Oct. 8, is I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change. Shows run Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. with 2 p.m. matinees on Sundays, Sept. 25 and Oct. 2, and Saturday, Oct. 8. In November, it’s Guys & Dolls, which will run Friday, Nov. 4, through Saturday, Nov. 19. Shows are at 7:30 on Fridays and Saturdays with 2 p.m. matinees on Saturdays, Nov. 5 and Nov. 19, and Sunday, Nov. 13. For both productions, tickets to each show range from $15 to $45.

• KAPOW: Theatre Kapow presents Agamemnon at Stockbridge Theatre, Pinkerton Academy, Route 28, Derry, 437-5210, stockbridgetheatre.com, on Friday, Sept. 23, at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, Sept. 24, at 2 & 7:30 p.m.

• Seacoast show: The Seacoast Repertory Theatre at 125 Bow St., Portsmouth, 433-4472, www.seacoastrep.org, presents Cabaret from Friday, Sept. 30, through Sunday, Oct. 23, with shows Thursdays at 7:30 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m., and Sundays at 2 p.m., plus additional shows Saturdays, Oct. 15 and Oct. 22, at 2 p.m. Ticket prices range from $24 to $42.

• Cap Center: Capitol Center for the Arts, 44 S. Main St., Concord, 225-1111, ccanh.com, will screen National Theatre Live productions including One Man, Two Guvnors on Monday, Oct. 3, at 7:30 p.m., and The Kitchen on Sunday, Nov. 6, at 7 p.m.

Live theatrical productions scheduled at the Cap Center include Sylvester and the Magic Pebble on Tuesday, Oct. 25, at 10 a.m. and noon; In the Heights on Wednesday, Nov. 2, at 7:30 p.m., and Cirque Shanghai Bai Xi on Saturday, Nov. 26, at 7:30 p.m.

• Role reversals: New Thalian Players, newthalianplayers.org, 666-6466, will present Broadway Backwards, featuring male singers performing songs traditionally sung by women and vice versa, Friday, Oct. 7, through Sunday, Oct. 9, at Robert Frost Hall (Walker Auditorium) at SNHU, 2500 River Road, Manchester. Check the website for ticket information.

• Dana Center: The Dana Center at Saint Anselm College, 100 Saint Anselm Drive, Manchester, 641-7700, anselm.edu/dana, has live theatrical productions on the schedule including Laura Ingalls Wilder from ArtsPower National Tours on Friday, Oct. 9, at 9:30 and 11:30 a.m.; Broadway’s Next H!t Musical on Friday, Oct. 14, at 7:30 p.m.; Our Town presented by the Anselmian Abbey Players Thursday, Nov. 10, through Saturday, Nov. 12, at 7:30 p.m.; The Glass Menagerie from New Art Theatre on Thursday, Nov. 17, at 7 p.m., and Jigsaw Jones: The Case of the Class Clown on Friday, Dec. 2, at 9:30 and 11:30 a.m. The Dana Center will also host magician The Amazing Mark Nizer in 3D on Friday, Oct. 28, at 7 p.m., the Shanghai La Chinese Acrobats, on Friday, Nov. 4, at 7 p.m., and Ensemble Español Spanish Dance Theatre on Friday, Nov. 18, at 7:30 p.m.

• Mystery in Milford: The Milford Area Players, 673-2258, milfordareaplayers.org, present And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie Oct. 14 through Oct. 23, on Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. at the Amato Center, 56 Mont Vernon St., Milford. Tickets cost $12 ($7 for age 60+ or students) at the door, at Toadstool Bookshop in Milford or online at milfordareaplayers.org.

• Way off Broadway: Bedford Off Broadway brings community theater to the Old Town Hall at 3 Meetinghouse Road in Bedford. This fall, they’re producing Moonlight and Magnolias, a comedy by Ron Hutchinson, with shows Fridays, Oct. 14 & 21, and Saturdays, Oct. 15 & 22, at 8 p.m. Call 557-1805 or visit bedfordoffbroadway.comn.

• Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo: The Peacock Players, 14 Court St., Nashua, present two musicals this fall: Disney’s Cinderella Kids Friday, Oct. 14, through Sunday, Oct. 23, and The Dinosaur Musical Friday, Nov. 11, through Sunday, Nov. 20. Both shows will have performances Fridays and Saturdays at 7 p.m., and Saturdays and Sundays at 2 p.m. Purchase tickets at the box office window one hour prior to scheduled show times, or in advance at 886-7000 or www.peacockplayers.org.

• Frankenstein and Dr. Seuss:
The Majestic Theatre, 281 Cartier St., Manchester, 669-7469, majestictheatre.net, presents Frankenstein: A New Musical, on Oct. 21, 22, 28 & 29 at 7:30 p.m. and Oct. 30 at 2 p.m., tickets $18 ($15 seniors, $12 children), and Seussical The Musical on Nov. 10, 11 & 12 at 7:30 p.m. and Nov. 13 at 2 p.m., tickets available for online purchase starting Saturday, Sept. 10, at 9 a.m.

• Lofty goals:
The Acting Loft, 670 North Commercial St., Manchester (in the Jefferson Mill building), 666-5999, actingloft.org, will announce its 2011/2012 season soon. Tickets generally cost $18 ($12 for students). The kids’ program will be performing Cinderella Kids Oct. 21-23 and Once on This Island Jr. Nov. 11-13, with more productions to be announced, tickets costing $12 ($8 for students).

• Cinderella: The Leddy Center 38c Ladd’s Lane, Epping, 679-2781, leddycenter.org, will present Cinderella Friday, Oct. 28, through Wednesday, Nov. 16, with shows Fridays at 7:30 p.m.; Saturdays and Sundays at 2 p.m. as well as school shows.

• Live in Lowell: Lowell Memorial Auditorium, East Merrimack Street, Lowell, Mass., 978-454-2299, lowellauditorium.com, will present live performances including the Bella Nook Circus: The Gravity Defying Tour on Saturday, Oct. 29, at 2 and 7 p.m., and Sunday, Oct. 30, at 1 p.m. and In the Heights Thursday, Nov. 3, at 8 p.m.

• A singular sensation: Stagecoach Productions, 7 Bayberry Way, Mont Vernon, 672-9664, stagecoachproductions.org, presents A Chorus Line on Friday, Nov. 4; Saturday, Nov. 5, and Sunday, Nov. 6. For tickets ($18 adults, $15 seniors and students) call 320-3780.

• Theater at the Middle: The Franklin Footlight Theatre will present the Neil Simon play Little Me at The Middle Arts & Entertainment Center, 316 Central St., Franklin, 934-1901, themiddlenh.org, Thursday, Nov. 10, through Saturday, Nov. 12, at 7:30 p.m. as well as Saturday, Nov. 12, and Sunday, Nov. 13, at 2 p.m.

• They act, they sing: Actorsingers, 219 Lake St., Nashua, 889-9691, actorsingers.org, present The Sound of Music at Actorsingers Hall on Friday, Nov. 11, and Saturday, Nov. 12, at 8 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 13, at 2 p.m. Buy tickets online (by credit card) or in person (cash or check, no service charge). Call the ticket line at 320-1870.

• Dinner theater: Stage One Productions dinner theater at the Chateau Restaurant, 201 Hanover St., Manchester, is scheduled to present a to-be-announced show Friday, Nov. 18, through Sunday, Nov. 20; call the Stage One box office at 669-5511 or visit stageoneprod.com as the date approaches for information.






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