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Southern New Hampshire Blog by Steve Russo, Realtor


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The 24th American Independence Festival

Every year, cities and towns across America celebrate Independence Day with parades, barbecues, and fireworks.  Exeter celebrates in a different way, with activities revolving around events that occurred when our country began to come into existence almost 240 years ago.

Inspired by the discovery of one of the original copies of the Declaration of Independence in town in 1985, Exeter’s American Independence Festival recreates the spirit of the Revolutionary era.   Through re-enactments of historical events and educational displays, this day-long festival tries to impart to visitors what it was like to be living in America when the thirteen colonies began their rebellion against their mother country.

Revoltionary War Historic Marker, Exeter

Revoltionary War Historic Marker, Exeter

This year the festival will take place on Saturday July 12th.  There will be re-enactments of Exeter scenes from Revolutionary times when Exeter was the rebel capital of New Hampshire.  One of the highlights will be the reading of the Declaration of Independence in the town square, as originally occurred in Exeter on July 16th, 1776.

Visitors to the Festival will be able to tour the historic Ladd-Gilman House and Folsom Tavern, experience Revolutionary Era interpreters, see a battle re-enactment, enjoy an arts and crafts fair, and experience what life was like back in the 1770’s.  The American Independence Museum will have on display the Dunlap Broadside, one of the original handwritten 1776 copies of the Declaration document.   The festivities begin at 10AM and end at 4PM, with Folsom Tavern open to 6:30PM for refreshments.  Exeter Town Hall

There is a charge for some events.  Most activities will take place on the grounds of the American Independence Museum at 1 Governors Lane, Exeter.  For more information about the 24th American Independence Festival, visit its website.

Vintage Christmas in Portsmouth 2013

Vintage Christmas in Portsmouth is a month-long celebration of the December holiday season.  The leading sponsors, the Strawbery Banke Museum and the Music Hall, have planned holiday-themed caroling, strolling, musical productions, and other activities for almost every day in December. The Boston Globe called this celebration of the season “One of the top ten holiday things not to miss in New England.”    Portsmouth Xmas Tree

Traditional winter decorations enliven the downtown area, and holiday themed presentations at the Music Hall make this a very festive time in New Hampshire’s old port city.   Special productions include stagings of The Nutcracker (Dec. 14 & 15), concerts by local choruses (Dec. 18 & 19), and a Messiah sing (Dec. 20).            DSC00777

Strawbery Banke’s Candlelight Stroll – every Saturday and Sunday through December 22nd – features musicians, carolers, and presenters interpreting how holidays were celebrated in years past; it is a major highlight of Vintage Christmas. Strawbery Banke (6)

There is an admission charge for most activities.  For full details, visit Vintage Christmas in Portsmouth’s website.

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.

The 23rd American Independence Festival

Every year, cities and towns across America celebrate Independence Day with parades, barbecues, and fireworks.  Exeter celebrates in a different way, with activities revolving around events that occurred when our country began to come into existence almost 240 years ago.  

Inspired by the discovery of one of the original copies of the Declaration of Independence in town in 1985, Exeter’s American Independence Festival recreates the spirit of the Revolutionary era.   Through re-enactments of historical events and educational displays, this day-long festival tries to impart to visitors what it was like to be living in America when the thirteen colonies began their rebellion against their mother country.  

This year the festival will take place on Saturday July 20th.  There will be re-enactments of Exeter scenes from Revolutionary times, when Exeter was the rebel capital of New Hampshire.  One of the highlights will be the reading of the Declaration of Independence in the town square, as originally occurred in Exeter on July 16th, 1776.

Visitors to the Festival will be able to tour the historic Ladd-Gilman House and Folsom Tavern, experience Revolutionary Era interpreters, see a battle re-enactment, enjoy an arts and crafts fair, and even watch minuet demonstrations.  The American Independence Museum will have on display the Dunlap Broadside, one of the original handwritten 1776 copies of the Declaration document.   The festivities begin at 10AM and end with fireworks at 8:45; for a complete lists of events, click hereDSC_2528

There is a charge for some events.  Most activities will take place on the grounds of the American Independence Museum at 1 Governors Lane, Exeter.  For more information about the 23rd American Independence Festival, visit its website.

New Hampshire for the Holidays

Manchester’s Radisson Hotel Expo Center is the locale for New Hampshire for the Holidays, a new December holiday fair.  It will be held on Saturday the 8th from 10AM to 8PM and Sunday the 9th from 10AM to 4:30PM.  The Expo Center will be transformed into a holiday wonderland, with a Victorian Village, gaily-decorated holiday trees, and entertainers throughout the hall.  It will be the perfect place for gift shopping, with over 100 local exhibitors offering their wares.

Featured will be select New Hampshire and New England crafters, artists, jewelers, and service providers, including All Things Shaker, Good Gaud Designs, Knock on Wood Birdhouses, Nurabella Jewelry, and The Barefoot Bee. Many local gourmet food companies such as Simply Delish, St. Julien Macaroons, The Cozy Tea Cart, Laurel Hill Jams, and the Woodshed Roasting Company will also be present to introduce their delicious creations.

There is a small admission charge, with discounts for seniors, children, and 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, 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.

Vintage Christmas in Portsmouth

Vintage Christmas in Portsmouth is a month-long celebration of the December holiday season.  The leading sponsors, the Strawbery Banke Museum and the Music Hall, have planned holiday-themed caroling, strolling, musical productions, and other activities for almost every day in December. The Boston Globe called this celebration of the season “One of the top ten holiday things not to miss in New England.”

Traditional holiday decorations enliven the downtown area, and historically-themed presentations at the Music Hall make this a very festive time in New Hampshire’s old port city.

Strawbery Banke’s Candlelight Stroll – every Saturday and Sunday through December 16th – features musicians, carolers, and presenters interpreting how holidays were celebrated in years past; it is a major highlight of Vintage Christmas.

There is an admission charge for most activities.  For full details, visit Vintage Christmas in Portsmouth’s website.

Nashua Holiday Stroll

Nashua’s Holiday Stroll will kick-off the 2012 winter holiday season on November 24thBeginning with a candle light procession from City Hall to the Hunt Building at 5PM, the downtown area will host a variety of entertainments for the evening, until 10PM.  Many downtown area streets will be closed to traffic to allow strollers to walk to the many shops open late that day and the 24 music venues set up along Main Street, West Pearl Street, and other nearby lanes.  

Musicians will run the gamut from the Old Abram Brown and Figure 8 rock bands to the Merrimack Valley Flute Choir, to Baza, an up-tempo blues group.  Holiday music will be offered by the New Hampshire Gay Men’s Chorus, the Naughty or Nice? folk singers, the Four Cheers saxophone quartet, and several other groups.  The Actorsingers and Peacock Players will be presenting songs and comedy routines.

In addition to music, the Holiday Stroll will feature magicians, martial arts demonstrations, ice carvers, and face painting.  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 latest robot, GROM.  And it wouldn’t be a winter Holiday Stroll without an appearance by Santa Claus!

Plan to come early and stay late.  Streets will be closed off starting at 4PM, 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. The shuttles for the Nashua Holiday Stroll will run until 10:30PM.

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