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Southern New Hampshire Blog by Steve Russo, Realtor

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

The 2nd Annual New Hampshire for the Holidays Expo

Manchester’s Radisson Hotel Expo Center will once again be the locale for New Hampshire for the Holidays.  This seasonal fair will be held on Saturday the 7th from 10AM to 8PM and Sunday the 8th from 10AM to 4:30PM. The Expo Center will be transformed with holiday decorations and live entertainers to amuse and delight visitors.  It will be the perfect place for gift shopping, with over 50 local exhibitors offering their wares.

Featured will be select New Hampshire and New England crafters, artists, jewelers, and service providers, including Aaron Slater Glass, Bloomingstars Arts, Just Naturals, and the Moose Mountain Candle Company. Many local gourmet food companies such as Simply Delish, The Crust and Crumb, The Cozy Tea Cart, Simply Cannoli, and the Three Acre Kitchen will also be present to introduce their delicious creations.

The entertainers include bell ringers, Christmas carolers, dancers, and Santa, of course! There is a small admission charge, with discounts for seniors and children, and also a $ 1 discount for anyone who brings in a nonperishable food item to contribute to the NH Food Bank. The Expo Center is adjacent to the Radisson Hotel at 700 Elm Street in Manchester.  For more information on the New Hampshire for the Holidays fair, go to their webpage by clicking here or visit their Facebook page.

Unique Shopping Opportunities: Gibson Pewter in Hillsborough

In an era of mass produced throw-aways, it’s great that some craftsmen and artisans are carrying on the centuries-old tradition of crafting one-of-a-kind items by hand. In Southern New Hampshire we are very fortunate to have Gibson Pewter, a second-generation family craft shop in Hillsborough.

Jonathan Gibson today carries on the craft he learned from his father growing up, using lead-free pewter. The shop is filled with reproductions of 18th and 19th century tableware, Christmas ornaments, and other original creations that he has fashioned. Gibson Pewter 2

Although Gibson’s works are represented in the collections of the Smithsonian and the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, they are very affordable. Gibson Pewter 2

From talking with Jon Gibson, you can see how much he loves his work. He was featured in a WMUR Chronicle segment, available by clicking here. His excellent workmanship is easy to see. 

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The Gibson Pewter Shop is located in a 250-year old barn in Hillsborough Center at 18 East Washington Road; it’s open Monday through Saturday from 10AM to 4PM. Visitors are encouraged and demonstrations are frequently given. Gibson Pewter sign

If visiting the shop is not possible, check out the Gibson Pewter website; it is very comprehensive, with a gallery of the works that are currently available and directions for ordering by mail or phone.

2013 Winter Holiday Stroll in Nashua

The Winter Holiday Stroll will enliven downtown Nashua on Saturday November 30th.  Beginning with a candle light procession from City Hall to Railroad Square at 5PM, the downtown area will host a variety of entertainments for the evening, until 10PM.  Many area streets will be closed to traffic to allow strollers to walk to the many shops open late that day and to enjoy the 34 music venues set up along Main Street, West Pearl Street, and other nearby lanes.  Hunt Building

There will be musical performances for everyone’s taste, from folk (the Cow Hampshire Folk group), classical (Merrimack Valley Flute Choir), and traditional (Steve Blunt), to jazz (The Legionnaires), soul (Queen City Soul), rock (Bellwire) and psychedelic (Megafauna).

The Artists Collective Theater will be previewing their “Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol.”  The Peacock Players and the Upstage Dramatics Arts will also be featured. The Northern Ballet Theatre and other dance companies will be among the 50+ groups that will be performing.

In addition to music and theater offerings, the Holiday Stroll will feature magicians, martial arts and lumberjack demonstrations, and ice carving.  The New Hampshire Astronomical Society will be manning telescope stations to show visitors our starry heavens; the Bishop Guertin Robotics Team 811 will be exhibiting their basketball-playing robot, GROM.  And it wouldn’t be a Winter Holiday Stroll without an appearance by Santa Claus!Nashua City Hall

This year a gingerbread house contest, “Home for the Holidays,” will be added to the entertainments.  The contest will be held upstairs at Martha’s Exchange from 4 to 9PM.  Competitors can enter in one of six categories:  kids, teen, family, group, adult nonprofessional and adult professional. The houses will be raffled off after the judging.  This activity is sponsored by the St. Phillip Greek Orthodox Church teen youth group.  For more information on this event, click here.

Plan to come early and stay late. Streets will be closed off starting at 3:30PM, but there will be parking available at the Elm Street Parking Garage, the High Street Parking Garage, and the Southern NH Medical Center Parking Garage.  There will also be shuttles available from the parking areas at Rivier University and Holman Stadium from 4 through 10:30PM.

For a complete list of performers, parking information, and other details, see the special Nashua Holiday Stroll website.