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Daryl D. Johnson Solo Exhibit “The Chi of Clouds”

Sept. 7 through Oct. 28
Pelletier Studio in Fry Fine Art
36 Grove St., Peterborough

Opening reception Friday, Sept. 7, 5-7 p.m. Visit online at fryfineart.com

Bug Ball Returns with “The Caterpillar Lab”

Saturday, Sept. 8, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Amoskeag Fishways
4 Fletcher St., Manchester

The Caterpillar Lab teaches all an appreciation of art, education, science and caterpillars. The Lab will showcase dozens of caterpillar species on open air displays and offer a closer look with a livestream video microscope. See metamorphosis in action, open up cocoons and perhaps hold a really HUGE caterpillar! $8 per family with preregistration, $10 at door. Registration with payment required. 626-FISH, amoskeagfishways.org

Susan King “Waterscapes” Opening Reception

Saturday, Sept. 15, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
ArtHub Gallery
30 Temple St., Nashua

Susan King is the September artist of the month at the ArtHub gallery. She is an acrylic and gouache seascape and landscape artist, who paints mainly New England scenes. All are welcome. Admission is free. Refreshments will be served. NAAA is a nonprofit organization whose gallery is open on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday from 11 a.m. to 3pm and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. facebook.com/susankkingart

Saturday Nature Seekers Presents Black Bears

Sept. 15, 22 and 29, 11 a.m. to noon
Amoskeag Fishways
4 Fletcher St., Manchester

Do you and your kids wish for opportunities to learn about nature but have trouble finding the time?  Stop by our center most Saturdays at 11 a.m. for “short and sweet” mini-programs and fun nature-based activities. Donation of $5 per family encouraged. No registration required. 626-FISH, amoskeagfishways.org

The Meredith Main St. Farmers Dinner

Sunday, Sept. 9, 4 p.m.
Hermit Woods Winery
Main St., Meredith

An evening in celebration of the town of Meredith’s 250th anniversary. Join Chefs Keith Sarasin and Chris Viaud of The Farmers Dinner along with Bob Manley of Hermit Woods Winery for delicious 5-course farm-to-table dinner. Main Street will be closed to oncoming traffic and decorated with long, linen-clad tables set up down the middle of the street with seating for 150 guests. Portion of proceeds will go to benefit Greater Meredith Program. Optional VIP tickets available which include, tour, tasting and apps. General admission $89. General admission with wine pairing $125. thefarmersdinner.com

Abbondanza: An Italian Festival

Thursday, Sept. 13, 6 to 9 p.m.
Bedford Village Inn & Restaurant
2 Olde Bedford Way, Bedford

Inspired by the most popular food festivals in Italy, evening begins with regional bites from all across Italy. Various wine representatives will be scattered throughout with samples of 50 premium Italian wines. Live entertainment and delicious Italian food prepared by Executive Chef Tina Verville and live action stations. Tickets are $87++ and must be purchased in advance. 21+ only.

Historical Society of Ossipee Presentation

Saturday, Sept. 15, 4 p.m.

Jeff Warner from NH Humanities To-Go Program will present “Songs of Old New Hampshire,” songs performed and stories told that reflect where we came from and what brought us along. Ballads, love songs and comic pieces reveal experiences and emotions of daily life in the days before movies and sound recordings. For more information and directions, visit historicalsocietyofossipee.org

Nelson’s Candy Local’s Music Cafe

65 Main St., Wilton
Saturday, Sept. 15, 7 p.m.

JW-Jones, Billboard Top 10 blues artist playing high-energy blues.

Friday, Sept. 28, 7 p.m.

Luther ‘Guitar’ Jr. Johnson, Grammy Award-winning Chicago blues legend

Friday, Oct. 5, 7 p.m.

Jason Ricci and JJ Appleton. Ricci was 2018 BMA Award winner for Best Harp Player.

Friday, Oct. 19, 7 p.m.

The Racky Thomas Band with special guest Ilana Katz Katz


“Unexpected Encounters” Exhibit by Artist Mimi Wiggin

Opening reception, Sept. 21, 5-7 p.m.
Jaffrey Civic Center
40 Main St., Jaffrey

Artist Mimi Wiggin will exhibit her paintings of farm animals, flowers, birds and wildlife from Sept. 14 through Oct. 12. Wiggin’s artwork was featured in the Jan./Feb. issue of Fiddlehead. Civic Center’s hours are Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. to noon and 1-5 p.m., Saturday, 10 a.m. to noon. Closed Sunday. A portion of all sales will benefit the Jaffrey Civic Center.

“View from the Shore”

Wednesday, Sept. 19, 7 p.m.
Grace Episcopal Church, Manchester

Free concert featuring the original works of Manchester Community Music School adult student and Manchester Native James Tebbetts in his fourth concert featuring original compositions performed by professional musicians. Free and open to the public. 644-4548, mcmusicschool.org

Everyday Mindfulness for a Meaningful Life

Friday, Sept. 21, 9:30-11 a.m.
McLane Audubon Center
84 Silk Farm Road, Concord

Guide and leader Helen Dalbeck, Amoskeag Fishways director, will present on mindfulness, or paying attention on purpose to the present moment. She will model and teach participants how to bring awareness to the breath and our movements while sitting and walking. Registration with payment required to 224-9909.

“Street Faces” Exhibit by Sal Patalano

Reception, Monday, Sept. 24, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Nashua Public Library
2 Court St., Nashua

Street Faces is an exhibit of black and white portraits by photographer Sal Patalano on view at the Nashua Public Library this September. Having retired from a career in corporate finance in 2016, Patalano now has the time to explore his surroundings with a camera in hand and the simple mission of capturing interesting faces.Free and open to the public. nashualibrary.org

Merrimack Garden Club Speaker: Kevin Gardner

Tuesday, Sept. 25, 7 p.m.
St. James Methodist Church
646 Daniel Webster Highway, Merrimack

Kevin Gardner’s informal talk covers few main topics of his book about New England stone walls, “The Granite Kiss,” touching on history, technique, stylistic development and aesthetics. He explains how and why New England came to acquire its thousands of miles of stone walls, the ways in which they and other dry stone structures were built, how their styles emerged and changed over time, and their significance to the famous New England landscape. Along the way, Kevin occupies himself building a miniature wall or walls on a tabletop, using tiny stones from a five-gallon bucket. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

Radically Rural Summit

Sept. 27-28
Downtown Keene locations

New, annual, two-day summit co-hosted by the Hannah Grimes Center for Entrepreneurship and The Keene Sentinel will bring together people who are passionate about their rural communities and eager to help overcome and reverse some of the challenging trends facing them, including job, income and population losses. Radically Rural features five program tracks: Entrepreneurship, Main Street, Arts & Culture, Rural Media and Working Lands. radicallyrural.org


Nashua Garden Club October Program: Mushrooms

Wednesday, Oct. 3, 7 p.m.
First Baptist Church
121 Manchester St., Nashua

The program will be presented by David Wichland, of Wichland Woods, located in the Monadnock Region of New Hampshire. To further the mission of promoting public awareness of the health and ecological benefits of mushrooms, Wichland frequently travels through New England to speak and conduct workshops on the techniques of backyard mushrooming and related topics. All welcome.  Light refreshments served. Members free, nonmembers $5. nashuagardenclub.com   

NH Wool Arts Tour

Oct. 6 and 7 – Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. – Sunday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Celebrating our 35th year, come visit participating farms and studios in the Monadnock Region. Fiber artists will demonstrate knitting, spinning, dyeing, crocheting, rug hooking, needle felting and weaving and see the animals that produce the fiber. Vendors selling hand-knit garments, fleeces, roving and yarn, photography, artwork, crafted items, accessories, related gifts and much more. Admission is free. woolartstournh.com

7th annual Powder Keg Beer & Chili Fest

Saturday, Oct. 6, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Swasey Parkway
316 Water St., Exeter

Love beer? So do we! Come sample beer from more than 65 breweries along with the chili of many New Hampshire restaurants. Gates opens at 11 a.m. Everyone entering must have a ticket. This is the only family-friendly brewfest you will find in the area, so bring the whole family. Tickets are $32 full admission, $17 for youth/designated drivers. Sponsored by the Honda Barn. powderkegbeerfest.com

6 Perceptions Art Exhibit Open House

Friday Oct. 6 and Friday Nov. 2nd, 5:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Gallery at the Offices at Depot Square
Peterborough, NH

Unique art from 6 regional artists who explore their perceptions through visuals of the subjects that inspire them. Artists will be available to talk with guests about their work, creative methods and inspirations. Enjoy the art with live music and complimentary refreshments, then stay for First Friday in Depot Square. Businesses stay open later to provide a shopping experience. Children of all ages welcome. Free. Facebook

Hollis Apple Festival and Band Concert

Sunday, Oct. 7, 2-4 p.m.
Hollis Town Common
2 Monument Square, Hollis

Enjoy homemade apple crisp or apple pie with or without homemade Doc Davis vanilla ice cream. Stroll the grounds while listening to the award-winning Hollis Town Band play new and old favorites, face painting, games and artist/craft vendors showing their wares. Ample handicapped parking and tables with chairs. Rain location is Hollis Middle school, 25 Main St.

Deerfield Arts Tour

Oct. 20 and 21, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Fifteen artists and craftspeople will show their work in 10 studios. This is a free, self-guided tour which includes a no-purchase necessary raffle. More information and map available at deerfieldartstour.beadbush.com  

Ossipee Historical Society Annual Meeting Event

Saturday, Oct. 20, 5 p.m.  
Ossipee Town Hall
74 Main St., Center Ossipee

Potluck dinner at 5 p.m., followed by short business meeting and an introductory class about New England contra dancing. The caller will teach steps needed for free. To dance with the band at 7:30 p.m., cost will be $8 for adults, $5 for ages 6-18. historicalsocietyofossipee.org

Great New England Fall Craft & Artisan Show

Oct. 20, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Oct. 21, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The Hampshire Dome
34 Emerson Road, Milford

More than 200 juried artisans and crafters from New England come together to demonstrate, sell, provide samples and raffle their products. Products include apparel, metal art, wool, jewelry, sea glass, art, home decor, fine fudge, delicious pastries, handmade silk products, roasted peanuts, hats, toffee and heart-healthy coffee. facebook.com/greatnecraftartisanshows


Holiday Open House and Kitty Angels Fall Fundraiser

Nov. 3 and 4, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Treasures Antiques
Route 122, Amherst

This rain or shine event includes special sales by in-house vendors as well as various outside vendors joining us for the weekend. Kitty Angels, Inc. will be on-hand in an effort to raise much-needed funds for all the injured and homeless kitties in their care. Several raffles, too.  672-2535, treasuresnh.com

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