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Spring 2013 Young Eagles Flights at the Nashua Airport

Young Eagles flights will be taking off from Boire Field at the Nashua Airport on Saturday June 1st.  If you are between the ages of 8 and 17 and interested in flying – or just seeing Nashua from the air – drop by the Nashua Airport to get a free ride!    There is no obligation; totally free, the flights are provided by local licensed pilots who want to bring their love of flying to others. Most of the planes are single-engine crafts based at the Nashua Airport.  Participants must be 8 to 17 years old and be accompanied by a parent or guardian.  Flights will be taking off every few minutes from 10AM to 3PM.  This international program is enjoyed by over 100,000 kids a year; over 1.6 million in 90 countries have participated.  Kids taking a fight will receive a certificate and have their name entered in the Logbook at the Experimental Aircraft Association headquarters. The planes will be leaving from Infinity Aviation, 117 Perimeter Road, at the Nashua Airport (Boire Field).  No reservations required.  In case of inclement weather, the Young Eagles Flights will be held on Sunday, June 2nd.  For more information about the Young Eagles Program, check out their website.  In addition to free flights, Nashua Flight Simulator will be offering free rides in a flight simulator, and there will be several interesting planes on display.

In 2010 students at Nashua High School South produced a great informative video about the Young Eagle Rally at the Nashua Airport.  To see this video on YouTube, click here.

This spring’s Young Eagles Rally is sponsored by the Experimental Aircraft Association, the International Aerobatic Club, and local businesses Infinity Aviation and Nashua Flight Simulator.


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2013 Taste of Downtown Nashua

Twenty-five area food and drink vendors will be participating in the 2013 Taste of Downtown Nashua on Wednesday June 5th.  Eateries will be offering their wares at over twenty Main Street locations.  The restaurants taking part include Arena Sportsbar,  Estabrook Grill, Fody’s, Margaritas, Martha’s Exchange, McKenzie’s, MT’s Local Kitchen, O’Brien’s Sports Bar, Old Amsterdam Bar and Lounge, The Peddler’s Daughter, San Francisco Kitchen, Stella Blu, Surf, Villa Banca, WineNot Boutique, and Yogurt in Love.   LaBelle Winery, King David Coffee Roasters, and the WineNot Boutique will be there to slake your thirst.  And shops such as Crosby Bakery, Portland Pie Company, and Edible Arrangements will be offering sweets to round-out your dining adventure.

$ 25 early bird tickets are available through April 30th; starting May 1st tickets will be $ 30, increasing to $ 35 on June 5th.  For more information on the 2013 Taste of Downtown Nashua and details on advance ticket purchasing, click here.

The 4th Annual Taste of Milford

The 4th Annual Taste of Milford will be held on Thursday May 30th  from 6 to 8:30PM.  Visitors will be able to sample the offerings of twenty-five local restaurants and food vendors in the stores in and around the celebrated Milford Oval.   While strolling the shops, participants will be entertained by local musicians Doc Doherty, Marlena Phillips, and local band Groov’n.

Tickets are $ 30, but if you order in advance, you may receive a $ 5 discount; tickets are available by clicking here.  Tickets are limited and this event has sold out in previous years – so don’t wait to place your order.   Proceeds from the 4th Annual Taste of Milford go to support the Milford Improvement Team.   For more information about the 4th Annual Taste of Milford, see this website.

2013 Restaurant Week in New Hampshire

The second annual Restaurant Week in New Hampshire is coming soon!  Establishments throughout the state will be offering specially priced 3-course lunch and/or dinner menus from Friday May 17th through Friday the 24th.  Last year over 150 establishments participated, ranging from informal cafes like Popovers (Portsmouth) and pubs like the Flying Goose (New London) to formal eateries like the Copper Door (Bedford) and the Three Chimneys Inn (Dover).

This year about 20 hotels and inns will be offering special rates this week so that you can undertake a great gastronomic tour of the state. To see a list of all the participating eateries and get details of their offers, go to the New Hampshire Restaurant Week website.  Information on the inns and hotels participating in Restaurant Week in New Hampshire is available on this site

The 2013 Hampton Beach Sand Sculpture Competition

It’s never too early to look forward to one of New Hampshire’s premier summer events – the Hampton Beach Sand Sculpture Competition.  On June 20th, competitors will fashion works of art from 250 tons of imported sand.  Yes, they import sand to Hampton Beach!  The competition, open to registered participants only, results in great sculptures that beautify the beach for several weeks.

There will be several special events in conjunction with the competition, including sand sculpting classes, fireworks (June 22rd), and voting for a people’s choice award winner.  The creations will be on display through July 7th.  For more details and for photos of the impressive works of past award winners, go to the Sand Sculpture website by clicking here.

Master sand sculptors who would like to participate in the competition should contact the event co-sponsor, Greg Grady, via his website.  The Hampton Beach Sand Sculpture Competition is supported by the Hampton Beach Village District, the Hampton Area Chamber of Commerce, and the NH Division of Parks.  Additional sponsors and volunteers are always welcome; visit the Sand Sculpture website for more details.


The 2013 Lilac Festival in Portsmouth

The 2013 Lilac Festival at the Wentworth-Coolidge Mansion will be on Saturday May 25th from 10AM to 3PM.  New Hampshire author Tracy Kane will enchant young children with tales of fairy houses at 11.  There will also be craft activities and other events for children. Activities for adults include lectures by lilac experts, a silent auction, tours of the Mansion, and sales of many lilac varieties, including some plants descended from the Mansion’s own 250 year old lilacs.  Admission to the Lilac Festival is free.

Benning Wentworth, who built what is now called the Wentworth-Coolidge Mansion, was the first governor of New Hampshire.  He was a wealthy merchant, and was the first to import lilacs to North America from Europe around 1750.

The Mansion, a state historic site, is located at 375 Little Harbor Road in Portsmouth.  It is a rambling 40-room house overlooking Portsmouth’s Little Harbor, and is considered an outstanding example of a colonial-era home.  This historic home will be open to the public a few days per week from May 21st through October 8th this year; for more information about the Wentworth-Coolidge Mansion and admission times, see the Mansion’s website and the NH State Park’s site.

The New Hampshire Renaissance Faire

This family-friendly faire will run from 10AM to 5PM on Saturdays and Sundays May 11-12 and 18-19.

Entertainers will include pirate crews, singers, magicians, fairies, storytellers, Elizabethan and Celtic musicians, and knights a-jousting.  On Sunday May 12th at 5PM there will be a special Beltane celebration. Over 40 venders will be offering medieval-style wood- and leather- crafted wares, jewelry, and costumes, and also more contemporary articles.

The faire grounds are off of 9 Thorne Road in Kingston; there’s ample parking nearby.  There is an admission charge, with discounted admission for children aged 5 – 12; children 4 and under admitted free.  The New Hampshire Renaissance Faire has an extensive website with detailed information on parking, the entertainers and crafters, performance schedules, and everything to help you plan your day at the faire.

The 1st Monadnock International Film Festival

The 1st Monadnock International Film Festival (MONiff) highlights local, US, and international films.  The MONiff’s website states that ”The festival’s goal is to bring great movies and their film makers and actors, to the Monadnock Region.”  This year, the festival will feature seven feature-length films and seven shorts from North American and European directors.  In addition to showing movies, the festival will have panel discussions with film makers, actors, and directors and special events each day at which members of the public can mingle with film personnel.

The festival events will be taking place from Thursday April 4th through Saturday the 6th at the Colonial Theater on Main Street in Keene and at other locations around the town.  Tickets are available at various locations in Keene, Peterborough, and Walpole, and online.  This is a great opportunity to see presented on a theater screen films that might not otherwise be available in the New Hampshire area. For ticket information, click here.

This Monadnock International Film Festival was four years in the planning; it is sponsored by Arts Alive, Keene State College, the Putnam Foundation, and several local businesses and arts groups.

MONiff has a very extensive website with in-depth treatments of the featured films, festival activities, and participants; it is definitely worth a look.

18th Annual Made in New Hampshire Expo

The Made in NH Expo is this coming weekend, April 5th through 7th.  This fair highlights local New Hampshire businesses; over 130 will be there to introduce you to their offerings.  As the motto of the Expo is “Try It and Buy It,” many exhibitors will be giving away free samples.  Vendors run the gamut from Mason’s Alpine Angels (makers of natural goat’s milk soaps), winemaker Candia Vineyards, and Laconia’s Woodshed Roasting Company (coffee roasters) to North Hampton’s Great Bay Pottery, Sunapee Granite Works (jewelry), and Peterborough’s Creations Frumdawoods carved furnishings and accessories. Many new companies are joining veteran exhibitors at this fun fair. Other companies present will be showcasing a wide variety of products: foods, glassware, tableware, pet foods, skin care items, clothing, furniture, and various services.

The hours for the Made in New Hampshire Expo will be Friday 4/5 1 –  8PM; Saturday 4/6 10AM – 8PM; and Sunday 4/7 10AM – 4PM.   As usual, the Expo is at the Radisson Hotel, 700 Elm Street, Manchester.  There is an admission charge; seniors and children’s tickets are discounted.  For more information see their website.   You can find a list of the Made in New Hampshire Expo exhibitors by clicking here.


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