Southern New Hampshire Life

Southern New Hampshire Blog by Steve Russo, Realtor

Southern New Hampshire Life - Southern New Hampshire Blog by Steve Russo, Realtor

Hampton Beach Seafood Festival

Hampton Beach is the place to be the weekend after Labor Day!  This is the 23rd year for the very popular Hampton Beach Seafood Festival.  Sixty restaurants are slated to be dishing out great seafood – clams, shrimp, and lobster –  and their accompaniments – on Ocean Boulevard from Friday evening September 7th through Sunday evening the 9th.  For variety, the eateries will also be offering barbecue ribs, steak tips, and many other dishes to satisfy your appetite.

Along with the great fare, there will be over 80 arts and crafts vendors and 15 bands and orchestras providing music from two stages.  For small children, there’s Kiddie Land.  For adults, the popular Lobster Roll Eating Contest takes place at 2PM on Saturday.  For all, there will be a great fireworks show Saturday at 8:15PM and a skydiving demonstration by Sky Diving New England at 5PM on Sunday.  This is not a small get-together – over 150,000 people are expected.  Festival organizers recommend wearing comfortable shoes – and not to eat before you come!

Hampton Beach Seafood Festival hours: Friday 4 to 9PM; Saturday 10AM to 9PM; Sunday 10AM to 6PM. Admission: adults – $ 5; children under 12 free.  Free parking in 13 lots throughout the town with free shuttle buses to Ocean Boulevard. For more details, visit the Festival’s website.

The Southern New Hampshire Expo

Mark your calendars for October 18th. The 2012 Southern New Hampshire Expo is an event you won’t want to miss!  Over 200 local businesses will be on hand to introduce themselves, show their products, and answer questions about their services.  More than 4,000 people came to the Hampshire Dome in Milford, NH to experience last year’s Expo, and it looks like this year’s fair will be bigger and better than ever.

The Expo is a great way to find out about the wide variety of services and products available in the area.  Big companies and small, old and new, they’ll be there! You are sure to discover businesses you didn’t know about – products you didn’t know were available – and services you didn’t think you could find. The scope of companies range from Antiques at Mayfair to Walmart, services like Amherst Recreation and Bridges to the Milford Rotary and Welcome Wagon.  Hampshire Hills will have a booth, as will Chappell, Scentsy, Staples, and hundreds of others.

Several eating establishments will also be present – offering free tastings. Sample the savory flavors of some of the area’s best restaurants, including Giorgio’s, the Mile Away, and the Rustic Leaf Bistro.  Casual dining restaurants like Chrysanthi’s, the Red Arrow Diner, and Foodie’s will also be well-represented.  In addition, many other quality food purveyors such as The Cozy Tea Cart, The Good Loaf, and A&E Coffee Roastery will be distributing samples of their flavorful creations.

The service companies that will be represented cover a wide field, from institutions like the Beaver Brook Association and Planet Aid to the Birth Cottage of Milford and Living at Home Senior Care.

The Expo will once again be hosting the student VEX Robotics Competition this year. Teams from six area high schools will be on hand to demonstrate their innovative robotic creations.  Come visit with some of the brightest engineers and scientists of tomorrow and see what they have designed.

I and some of my associates from Prudential Verani Realty will have a booth at the Expo.  Please stop by and say hello!

The Southern New Hampshire Expo is a program of the Souhegan Valley Chamber of Commerce. Expo hours will be 2 to 7:30PM Thursday October 18th at the Hampshire Dome on Emerson Road in Milford.  More information may be found on the Expo’s website.  For a floor plan on the Expo exhibit hall and list of vendors, click here.

Considering a move to Southern New Hampshire?  The Southern New Hampshire Expo is a great place to find out about what the area has to offer.  I would be happy to help you discover your new home.  Check out my website and facebook page and give me a call.  I’m always ready to assist you with your home buying needs.

– Steve Russo, Prudential Verani Realty


603-888-4600 ext. 1103


The 10th Annual Schnitzelfest will be held Saturday September 29 in Hillsborough.  Come taste some of the most authentic Deutsch dishes this side of the Atlantic, overseen by German-born John Heer and his wife Judi of Hillsborough’s well-known German John’s Bakery. Schnitzel is the highlight of the festivities, but there will be plenty of bratwurst, knackwurst, German pretzels, sauerkraut, wieners, and German potato salad. Beer and wine will be readily available, so you can raise your stein to the oom-pah band and the Wunder Kinder Choir.  Desserts featured include kuchen, apple strudel, and schnecken.  Crafters will be selling a wide variety of souvenirs and gifts.  This festival is sponsored by the Hillsborough Chamber of Commerce.  Schnitzelfest will be held rain or shine from Noon to 5PM on the 29th at Butler Park, at the corner of West Main and Central streets in Hillsborough. Admission is free. Check out the Schnitzelfest’s website by clicking here.

One Stop Shopping for a New Home in Southern New Hampshire

Finding a new home can be daunting.  Going through countless property listings, considering what type of town or city you want to live in, checking out schools systems, considering what type of mortgage to get, etc., etc.

For help with this effort, turn to my facebook page. I’ve included app icons for the latest MLS listings, community information websites, school evaluation reports, and companies that will help you with your lending decisions.  When you’re ready to check out some homes, give me a call (603-321-9895).  I’ll be pleased to show you what’s available and assist you with the purchase and sale process.

On my facebook page, there’s an app icon for my business website, which includes descriptions of many southern New Hampshire towns and links to their web pages.  For more information on Southern New Hampshire towns and cities, turn to my community information blog; for more information on schools, see my school ranking article.

I’m always ready to help you on your journey to discovering your new home in Southern New Hampshire!

–        Steve Russo

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The Andres Institute of Art

Whenever lists of the “100 best places to live” are being compiled, among the criteria for ranking is always access to cultural institutions. Southern New Hampshire always ranks high in such lists for a number of factors. In the area of cultural resources, Southern tier residents are fortunate to be not far from celebrated art museums in Manchester and Hanover.  But there is another art collection in Brookline, unique in many respects and deserving of a visit.

The Andres Institute of Art was founded in 1996 by local benefactor Paul Andres and well-known artist John Weidman.  Its collection of over 70 metal and stone sculptures are distributed over 140 acres on Bear Mountain in Brookline.

Sculpture parks are always welcoming – and this one is unique, as each sculptor chooses what natural setting on the mountain will showcase his or her creation best.  No matter how large the number of visitors, at the Andres Institute there is never a crush to view a particular artwork, as they are spread over miles of hiking trails on the hillside.  A map showing the trails with levels of difficulty is available.

During the year, the Institute sponsors several interactive art programs; they have a Facebook page and newsletter to keep people in the know about upcoming activities.

Every fall, the Institute invites a select number of artists from around the world to come to their studio to create works for their collection. During this time, the public is invited to view the artists while they work, interact with them, join guided tours of the collection, and attend the unveiling of the newest artworks on October 7th.

The Institute, open from dawn to dusk, is at 98 Route 13 in Brookline; admission is free.  For more information about the Andres Institute of Art and the 14th Annual Symposium, including a map of hiking trails, visit the Institute’s website.


New Hampshire Agricultural Fairs

As we’re approaching fall, New Hampshire’s agricultural fairs will soon be here. The state boasts dozens of fairs; here are the three that many consider to be the best:

The Hopkinton State Fair is usually Labor Day weekend.  This year it runs from Thursday August 30th through Monday September 3rd; the fairgrounds are located on Route 103 in Contoocook near the Hopkinton High School.  The fair will have one of the largest livestock exhibits in New England, a farmyard animal petting area, home and garden exhibits, and horse and pony wagon rides. Other entertainment will include comedians, bands, truck and tractor pulls, a demolition derby, and New England biggest carnival midway. Hours: Thursday through Sunday 8AM – 11PM; Monday 8AM – 5PM.  Their website is full of information to entice you to attend.

This year’s Hillsborough County Agricultural Fair will be held from Friday September 7th through Sunday September 9th.  It will be at 15 Hill Dale Lane, off of State Route 13, in New Boston. Hours:  Friday Noon to 6; Saturday 8AM to 6PM; Sunday 9AM to 5:30. A true county aggie fair, with many classes for 4-Hers and farmers; cooking, quilting, and photography contests; cow, sheep, rabbit, and goat shows; horse log skidding, oxen pulling, and lawn mower and tractor pulls.  For entertainment there will be amusement rides, square dancing, and many country bands, featuring the Jimmy Lehoux Band.  For a schedule of events and more details click here.

Winding up the fair season is the Deerfield Fair, which will run from Thursday September 27th through Sunday the 30th at the fairgrounds, 34 Stage Road (State Route 43) in Deerfield.  Its hours will be: Thursday – Saturday 8AM – 10PM; Sunday 8AM – 7PM.  The granddaddy of aggie fairs celebrates 136 years this fall. Numerous livestock shows and educational 4-H programs fill all the hours of the fair.  For entertainment, there will be puppeteers, magicians, clowns, singers, country bands, the Flying Wallendas Family Circus, midway rides, pig scrambles, and horse, tractor, and antique tractor pulls.  Campsites are available.  You can find the Deerfield Fair “Information Menu” by clicking here.

There are many other agricultural fairs in New Hampshire.  For a list and links to more information, see the “Visit NH” website.