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The 2014 Monadnock International Film Festival

The main events of the 2014 Monadnock International Film Festival will be taking place from Thursday April 10th through Saturday the 12th.  Highlighting local, US, and international films, 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’s films will be announced on March 7th.  In addition to screening 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.  DSC00467

Films are screened at the Colonial Theater on Main Street in Keene and at other locations around the town. 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.

Ken Burns, one of the most celebrated documentary film makers, will highlight a fundraiser for the Festival a few days before MONiff.  An Evening with Ken Burns will take place from 5 to 7PM on Sunday March 30th at the Restaurant at Burdick Chocolates, 4 Main Street, Walpole, NH. Tickets are $ 75 per person, $ 125 per couple.  Click here for more information on this event.

This Monadnock International Film Festival 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.


2014 Home Buyer Fair

Each year the New Hampshire Housing Finance Authority sponsors a home buyer’s fair to bring together potential buyers, mortgage lenders, inspection companies, government agencies, and related businesses in one place – one-stop shopping for home buyers! This year the Home Buyer Fair will take place on Saturday March 8th at the Radisson Hotel –  Center of New Hampshire.

The NH Housing Finance Authority has scheduled very informative seminars at the Fair on how to pick the right mortgage, shopping for a home, and evaluating the soundness of a house.Rindge

If you are thinking of purchasing your first home or thinking of downsizing or upsizing, you will find many people ready to assist you. Major New Hampshire lenders such as Residential Mortgage Services and Merrimack Mortgage will be there, as well as Northway Bank, St. Mary’s Bank, and others. Home inspection services will also have booths, as well as insurance companies and real estate agencies.

Admission to the fair and the seminars is free. The hours for the Home Buyer Fair at the Radisson Hotel – Center of New Hampshire (700 Elm Street, Manchester) are 9AM – 2PM, Saturday March 16th. For more information, click here.

47th Annual New Hampshire State Home Show

What better way to fight off the winter blahs than to start thinking about spring and summer improvement projects for your house?  That’s why this is the perfect time for the New Hampshire State Home Show!  Now in its 47th year, the annual NH State Home Show brings to Manchester over 300 companies that can help you build or renovate your home.  From building contractors to painters, if a company has anything to do with housing, chances are, they’ll be here. New Boston 1.5

This is one of the area’s most popular functions of its kind, with an attendance of over 9,000.   Painters, roofers, landscapers, flooring and renovation specialists, and builders will all be at the Home Show to help you with your planning.  Banks will be at the Show too, to discuss financing possibilities. 


This annual event is sponsored by the Home Builders and Remodelers Association of NH.  The 2014 NH State Home Show will be held Friday March 21st through Sunday March 23rd at the Center of NH at the Radisson Hotel, 700 Elm Street, Manchester. Hours: Friday 1 – 8PM, Saturday 10AM – 6PM, Sunday 9AM – 4PM. This website offers more details about the 2014 New Hampshire State Home Show.   

Weighing whether to undertake a major remodel or to look for a new home? Check out the helpful tips and resources on my Facebook page.  

Old House & Barn Expo 2014

The 2014 Old House and Barn Expo will be held on March 15 and 16 at the Center of NH at the Radisson Hotel in Manchester.  Hours are 9AM to 5PM both Saturday and Sunday. Fitzwilliam

Sponsored by the NH Preservation Alliance, this trade show is designed to present to old house and barn owners the experts that can help them preserve and revitalize their historic buildings.  There will be hourly lectures on a variety of topics and over 60 exhibitors and demonstrators.  DSC_2829

Noted speakers include barn repair specialists Steve Bedard and Ian Blackman, horticulturalist Tovah Martin, and historic interior experts Richard Nylander, Joe Cornish, and Sally Zimmerman.   DSC01410

Some of the programs include how to research the history of a house, maintaining wood floors, restoring old gardens, plaster repair, choosing appropriate paints, lowering energy bills, building stone walls, etc.  Noted architectural historian Tom Hubka will present a program on vernacular homes.   Harrisville 01348 to (42)

There is a modest admission charge.  For more information on the 2014 Old House and Barn Expo, click here.  The Expo will be held at the Center of New Hampshire at 700 Elm Street, Manchester with ample parking at the Center’s parking garage at 65 Granite Street.