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VNE Events Calendar - 2019

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Children & Families

Baby Animals: Heritage Breeds at the Banke

Apr 20, 2019 - Apr 28, 2019 Strawbery Banke Museum, 14 Hancock Street Portsmouth, NH

Baby Animals: Heritage Breeds at the Banke showcases more than a dozen heirloom breeds of barnyard baby aAnimals and their moms) that would have been familiar to earlier generations. The event is a family opportunity to learn more about domestic livestock typical on coastal northern New England farms from the 17th century to present day. For the health and safety of the animals and people, petting is not allowed.

Children's Breakfast with Baby Animals

Apr 22, 2019 - Apr 28, 2019 Strawbery Banke Museum, 14 Hancock Street Portsmouth, NH

The Children's Breakfast is designed to give children ages 4 - 8 (all ages admitted) an opportunity to meet the baby lambs, kids, chicks, and other animals, up close. Kids learn about milking, feed the animals, and create a fiber craft gift to take home. Tickets include a breakfast snack (for children only) and all-day admission to the Baby Animals event.

Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood

May 14, 2019 - May 14, 2019 Capitol Center For The Arts, 44 South Main Street Concord, NH

The hugely popular Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood LIVE!, based on the PBS KIDS TV series, has delighted live audiences on stages across the country. Daniel and all of his friends invite you for a brand-new adventure in Neighborhood of Make-Believe where Daniel learns just what it takes to be King.


Piff The Magic Dragon

Apr 26, 2019 - Apr 26, 2019 Tupelo Music Hall, 10 A Street, Derry, NH

Think Larry David in a dragon suit performing jaw-dropping magic tricks and you’re on the right track. Joined by Mr. Piffles, The World’s Only Magic Performing Chihuahua, the dynamic duo have performed all over the world in iconic venues. He was the opening act for Mumford & Sons on their 17 date UK tour and graces the cover of their Grammy award winning album “Babel”.


Lake Sunapee Musical Cruise with Opera North

Aug 9, 2019 - Aug 9, 2019 MV Mount Washington, 1 Lake Avenue Sunapee, NH

Set sail aboard the MV Mount Sunapee and enjoy dinner and a concert featuring Opera North resident artists while cruising beautiful Lake Sunapee.


Hoedown at Blow-Me-Down Farm

Jul 12, 2019 - Jul 14, 2019 Blow Me Down Farm, Wilson Road Cornish, NH

Big Apple Circus director Mark Lonergan and a team of professional circus artists team up with Opera North again this summer for “Singers and Swingers, 2.0” Celebrate American dreams with the music of Copland, Gershwin, Rodgers and Hammerstein, and more. General admission.


Monadnock International Film Festival 2019 - Keene and Peterborough, NH

Apr 26, 2019 - Apr 28, 2019 Participating theaters Keene and Peterborough, NH

Monadnock International Film Festival showcases award-winning independent cinemas from around the world, featuring both narrative and documentary films, plus Q&A's and panel discussions with guest filmmakers as well as lively after parties. Eail: dianna@moniff.org Schedule


Enfield Shaker Experience at Strawbery Banke

May 4, 2019 - May 4, 2019 Strawbery Banke Museum, 14 Hancock Street Portsmouth, NH

Pontine Theatre, the Enfield Shaker Singers and Chef James Haller offer a Shaker Day program. Mary Ann Haagan, Enfield Shaker Singers, introduces Jane Blanchard, Enfield Shaker — A Sketch of her Experience. The 30-minute performance features a theater narrative with Shaker songs. Pontine Co-Director Greg Gathers offers his book with original illustrations.


Ubuhle Women: Beadwork and the Art of Independence Exhibit

Mar 23, 2019 - Jun 16, 2019 Currier Museum of Art, 150 Ash Street Manchester, NH

Using skills passed down through generations, the Ubuhle women have created a multidimensional, contemporary art form by applying exquisite Czech glass beads onto plain black cloth, reminiscent of Xhosa headscarves and skirts.


Official Blues Brothers Revue

Apr 25, 2019 - Apr 25, 2019 Tupelo Music Hall, 10 A Street, Derry, NH

The Official Blues Brothers Revue, comprised of Kieron (Elwood Blues) Lafferty and Wayne (Jake Blues) Catania, were hand-picked by Dan Aykroyd, Belushi Pisano and Paul Shaffer to carry the torch first lit by the iconic duo of Aykroyd and John Belushi on Saturday Night Live in 1978 and later immortalized in the eponymous blockbuster 1980 film.

1964 The Tribute

Apr 26, 2019 - Apr 26, 2019 Flying Monkey Movie House and Performance Center, 39 Main Street Plymouth, NH

The Beatles toured the world in the early 1960's, but now only a precious few remain who actually saw them live. "1964" meticulously re-creates the magic of those live Beatles performances with artful precision and unerring accuracy.

Adam Wakefield

May 3, 2019 - May 3, 2019 Flying Monkey Movie House and Performance Center, 39 South Main Street, Plymouth, NH

Adam Wakefield brings the sounds of Memphis soul, rock ’n’ roll, New Orleans funk, even jazz and classical, pre-bro country — pretty much all music that speaks from the heart. In terms of genre, he follows no rules.

Spring Concert: Sudden Light with Bel Canto Singers

May 4, 2019 - May 5, 2019 First Congregational Church, 10 S. Park Street, Lebanon, NH

Bel Canto celebrates the many forms of light which illuminate our lives. Selections include music by Handel, Gjeilo, Juneau and Stroope, along with arrangements of American folk songs, jazz and spirituals. Accompaniments provided by string quintet and piano. A reception will follow both concerts.

Brooklyn rider

May 8, 2019 - May 8, 2019 Capitol Center For The Arts, 44 South Main Street Concord, NH

Hailed as “the future of chamber music” (Strings), Brooklyn Rider offers audiences an eclectic repertoire in gripping performances that continue to attract legions of fans and draw rave reviews from classical, world, and rock critics alike.

The Beauty of Strings

May 12, 2019 - May 12, 2019 Cathedral of the Pines, 10 Hale Hill Road, Rindge, NH

Music by Maurice, Ravel, Vaughan, Williams, and more and this outdoor Altar of the Nation.

"Streisand - Songs of Love" with Lakes Region Symphony Orchestra Concert

May 18, 2019 - May 19, 2019 Inter-Lakes High School, 1 Laker Lane Meredith, NH

Singer Ashley Whalley performs from Barbra Streisand's vast songbook of hits from album, stage, and screen with full orchestral accompaniment. The orchestra also will perform "Give My Regards to Broadway" and "Leroy Anderson Favorites," a medley of timeless classics. 

Aria Jukebox with Opera North

Jul 19, 2019 - Jul 19, 2019 United Methodist Church, 18 School Street, Lebanon, NH

An evening of opera highlights sung by Opera North resident artists. The singers will have three arias in their jukebox and the selection with the most votes will be included in the performance. The result will be a spontaneous and surprising concert encompassing a range of styles and composers.

Outdoor Activities

Cycle the Seacoast

May 5, 2019 - May 5, 2019 1 Redhook Way Portsmouth, NH

Cycle the Seacoast is a one-day, multi-route cycling event that is both challenging and fun for serious athletes to weekend warriors with kids in tow. With 25, 50 or 100 mile options to choose from, there is something for everyone as you enjoy the water views along the historic Seacoast in New Hampshire.

Parties, Dances, Balls

Dartmouth Pow Wow 2019

May 11, 2019 - May 12, 2019 Dartmouth Green, East Wheelock Street Hanover, NH

Watch, join, and learn from a broad representation of Native American dances, music, and arts and crafts. Dartmouth Green East Wheelock Street Hanover NH

Honoring of the Elders Pow Wow

May 18, 2019 - May 19, 2019 Tamworth Camping Area,194 Depot Road. Tamworth, NH

Experience Native American drumming, dancing, singing, arts and crafts. The powwow is great fun for the whole family and mostly handicap friendly. Seating is limited, so please bring chairs or blankets to sit on. Reserve campsites by calling Tamworth Camping Area at 603-323-8031.


Kevin Gardner: Discovering New England Stone Walls - Littleton, NH

May 24, 2019 - May 24, 2019 Tower Room, Littleton Opera House, 2 Union Street Littleton, NH

Kevin Gardner, author of "The Granite Kiss," explains how and why New England came to acquire its thousands of miles of stone walls, the ways in which they and other dry stone structures were built, how their styles emerged and changed over time and their significance to the famous New England landscape. Along the way, Kevin builds a miniature wall on a tabletop.


"Pirates of Penzance" with Opera North

Jul 26, 2019 - Jul 28, 2019 Blow-Me-Down Farm on Wilson Road Cornish, NH

The rascally pirates of Penzance come ashore with help from Opera North at Blow-Me-Down Farm. Gilbert and Sullivan’s operetta abounds with swashbuckling, fair maidens, bumbling police and a major general with a wit for monologue. Fun for the entire family; prepare to get a little bit wet in this rollicking, new staging.

"MacBeth" with Opera North

Aug 4, 2019 - Aug 10, 2019 Lebanon Opera House, On the Green, Lebanon, NH

Verdi, Shakespeare, and Game of Thrones converge in Opera North’s production of "Macbeth." The warrior Macbeth fights on the side of the King of Scotland – but when a coven of witches prophesy that he shall become king himself, a ruthless ambition drives Macbeth and his wife to horrific acts. Reserved seating. Dates: August 4, 6, 8 and 10.