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Salem Community Patriot 8 - July 22, 2011


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July 22-23: A Life in the Theatre, Tamworth, NH. The Barnstormers Theatre features this two- man play by Pulitzer Prize winner David Mamet. Two actors, one an aging veteran and the other a young up-and-comer, share the stage and a dressing room as fellow repertory actors. The play follows the actors through Mamet’s tongue-in- cheek season of repertory plays where everything possible goes wrong, from costume failure to forgotten lines. The spoken and unspoken power struggles during the short scenes that take place in the dressing room, however, highlight the


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deepening rifts in the relationship. Admission fee. (603) 323-8500; www.barnstormerstheatre.org. July 23: A Taste of Hancock Kitchen Tour & Culinary Fair, Hancock, NH. Visit seven remarkable kitchens in historic homes and stroll Main Street while enjoying a wide variety of activities, including a gourmet lunch and shopping for kitchen wares and food-related items offered by area crafters. (603) 525-4192; hancockwomansclub.com. July 23: The Sadoques Family of Keene, NH: Abenaki Artisans and Entrepreneurs, Hopkinton, NH. Dr. Margaret Bruchac, a professor of Anthropology, historian, and museum consultant (and of Abenaki descent), will discuss the history and significance of Abenaki ash-splint baskets made by the Sadoques family and are featured in a new exhibit at the Hopkinton Historical Society.


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Israel Sadoques, Mary Watso, and their kin were highly visible and successful artisans and entrepreneurs in Keene during the late 19th and early 20 centuries. Native American people are often imagined to have vanished during this era, but Bruchac’s research highlights artifacts and documents that show Native families “hiding in plain sight” and retaining connections to kin and culture. This event is part of the Along the Basket Trail project funded in part by a Humanities Council grant (www.thebaskettrail.com/index. html). 7 p.m. Hopkinton Historical Society. July 25: Firefighters in the Civil War, Hillsborough, NH. This program explores the forming of the 1st Fire Zouaves by Colonel Elmer Ellsworth, his ties to New Hampshire, and his relationship with President and Mrs. Lincoln. Lew Gage details the exploits of the 1st Fire Zouaves (11th New York), 2nd Fire Zouaves (73rd New York), Birney’s Fire Zouaves (23rd PA), and Baxter’s Fire Zouaves (72nd PA). Also mentioned is the Philadelphia Fire Department’s involvement in developing the first Fire Department-based ambulance during the Civil War. Hosted by the Hillsborough Historical Society. 7 p.m. Heritage Museum. (603) 478-0809. July 25: 400 Miles Down the Connecticut River, Boscawen, NH. The Connecticut River originates in New Hampshire and forms its western boundary. This 400 mile-long river played an important role in New Hampshire’s development during the days of the first settlers, the French and Indian Wars, and other key historical moments. Today, it represents an environmental success story. Hosted by the Boscawen Public Library. 7 p.m. Municipal Complex. (603) 753-8676. July 27: The White Mountain Huts: Past and Future, Bethlehem, NH. The Appalachian Mountain Club’s Hut System is a unique institution in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. Allen Koop, Dartmouth College, explains how the huts and their people have formed a world apart, a mountain society with its own history, traditions, and legends. Hosted by the Bethlehem Heritage Society. 7 p.m. Durrell United Methodist Church. (603) 869-3486. July 28: Folk Music at Nashua Public Library, Nashua, NH. Bob Simons and Renee Goodwin cover all forms of Americana music, including soft rock, country, blues, pop standards and, of course, both traditional and contemporary folk. Their performance is always unpredictable in terms of the set list, keeping the audience on its toes anticipating the next song. The only thing you can count on is the tightness that comes from years of friendship and beautiful, intricate harmonies. 7 p.m. (603) 589-4610; www. nashualibrary.org. July 28-31: Kent Sidewalk Festival, Kent, CT. Fun, food, music, sales, and activities for all ages. Townwide. (860) 927-1462; kentct.com. July 29-31: Maine Quilts, Augusta, ME. More than 600 antique and contemporary quilts will be displayed at the Augusta Civil Center, plus workshops, merchants’ mall, demonstrations, lectures, quilt appraisals, and a silent auction. (207) 415-4417; mainequilts.org. July 30: Hebron Fair, Hebron, NH. This venerable town event on the common features more than 90 crafters, plus pony rides, kids’ games, a rummage sale, lunch, an auction, a late- afternoon chicken barbeque, and more. Proceeds benefit Union Congregational Church of Hebron. (603) 744-5883; hebronchurchnh.org. August 4-7: Annual Pemi Valley Bluegrass Festival, Campton, NH. Old Country and Bluegrass music on stage by national, regional and local Talent; Parkin’ lot pickin’; workshops, children’s activities, food and supply vendors, Kids’ Academy, Potluck Supper (Thursday), Square Dance, Horseshoe Tournament, swimming, tubing, fishing, and other activities for a total family friendly event. Admission fee. Branch Brook Campground. (603) 726-3471; www. pemivalleybluegrass.com. August 5-7: Newport Jazz Festival, Newport, RI. Founded in 1954, this event continues to draw the biggest names in jazz to Rhode island. Featured performers include Wynton Marsalis, Joshua Redman, Ravi Coltrane, and more. Fort Adams State Park and the International Tennis Hall of Fame. (800) 745-3000 (tickets); newportjazzfest.net.


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August 5-7: North Branford Potato & Corn Festival, North Branford, CT. A family-friendly event featuring amusement rides, crafts, fireworks, a foot race, a car show, and more. Augur Farm. (203) 315-6017; nbpotatofest.com. August 5-7: Maine Fairy House Festival, Boothbay, ME. Kids construct fanciful wee homes at Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, plus a parade, storytellers, tea, “gnome bowling,” and more. (207) 633-4333; mainegardens.org. August 6: Whole Hog BBQ & Music Festival. Come taste authentic barbeque, smoked all night, before casting our vote for “People’s Choice.” Browse local craft booths, enter the Ms. Piggie and backyard BBQ contests, buy a few raffle tickets, sample some great food, and stop at the beer garden while listening to music from three bands. North Haverhill Fairgrounds. (800) 870- 3633, ext. 367; (802) 222-4210; cohase.org. August 6: City Arts Festival, Providence, RI. Featuring more than 100 contemporary artists and crafters, along with a variety of strolling entertainment, interactive community art, music, and free kids’ craft activities. Biltmore Park and the skating center at Kennedy Plaza. (401) 374- 3899; festivalfete.com. August 9-14: Rhode Island International Film Festival, Providence, RI. In addition to features and documentaries, this event is a qualifying festival for the Academy Awards’ “Short Films” category. Centered in Providence with satellite sites around the state, some 175 films will be screened over six days. Check the Website for scheduling information. (401) 861-4445; film- festival.org. August 11-14: Bolton Fair, Lancaster, MA. A quintessential New England agricultural event: food and entertainment, crafts, commercial exhibits, farmers’ market, rides, demonstrations, and kids’ activities. Lancaster Fairgrounds. (978) 363-7206; boltonfair.org. August 13: Alton Bay Boat Show, Alton Bay, NH. As part of the town’s Old Home Day celebrations, the New Hampshire Boat Museum presents an informal vintage boat show at the Alton Bay town docks. No advance registration necessary; all “woodies” welcome. (603) 569-4554; nhbm.org. August 13-14: Boston-Portsmouth Air Show, Portsmouth, NH. Featuring the Thunderbirds. Admission fee. Portsmouth International Airport at Pease. www.BostonPortsmouthAirShow.com. August 17-21: Washington County Fair, Richmond, RI. An old-fashioned agricultural show, with all the expected fun and festivity: daily concerts, a giant midway, kiddyland area, livestock competitions, and more. (401) 539- 7042; washingtoncountyfair.com. August 18-21: Bar Harbor Jazz Festival, Bar Harbor, ME. This annual event attracts jazz musicians from all over for four days of concerts in venues around town. (207) 288-5829; barharborjazzfest.com. August 19-21: Jane Austen Weekend, Hyde Park, VT. The beloved author’s characters gather at the Governor’s House for a weekend of Regency-era activities, including letter-writing, embroidery, croquet, carriage-driving, archery, and a picnic (with or without Colonel Brandon). (802) 888- 6888; onehundredmain.org. August 21: Occidental Gypsy Jazz Quintet, Newburyport, MA. Their well-rehearsed and lightning-fast swing brings the Parisian jazz minutia of the 1930s alive and the audience to its feet. The musical genre has undergone a tremendous resurgence in popularity for its sophisticated yet sentimental sound and swinging precise rhythm often light-hearted and whimsical, sometimes aching with melancholy. Maudslay Arts Center. (978) 499-0050; www. maudslayartscenter.org. August 26-28: American Folk Festival, Bangor, ME. Downtown sites host a display of international music and dance from the many cultures that make up America today. Plus, traditional craft demonstrations, exhibits, and dozens of food vendors offer classic ethnic specialties. (207) 992-2630; americanfolkfestival. com. August 27: Downtown Plymouth Waterfront Festival, Plymouth, MA. An arts-and-craft show, the New England Aquarium’s traveling tide pool, a car show, a carnival, and more. (508) 830-1620; plymouthwaterfrontfestival.com. August 27-28: Newport Arts Festival, Newport, RI. Browse a colorful marketplace of fine and functional works on the city’s scenic waterfront, plus music, seafood, and more. (401) 847-0960; newportartfestival.org.


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