The latest from NH’s theater, arts and literary communities
• Still time for The Nutcracker: Manchester-based professional dance company Ballet Misha will present its production of The Nutcracker on Saturday, Dec. 17, at 1 and 6 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 18, at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. at the Dana Center at Saint Anselm College (100 Saint Anselm Drive, Manchester; anselm.edu/dana-center-humanities). The cast of more than 100 dancers includes professional dancers, apprentice company members and students from Dimensions in Dance, according to a press release. Tickets cost $34 and are available at balletmisha.com and in the lobby at the Dana.
• Christmas with Charlie: The Peacock Players will present A Charlie Brown Christmas at the Court Street Theatre (14 Court St. in Nashua; peacockplayers.org) on Friday, Dec. 16, at 7 p.m.; Saturday, Dec. 17, at 2, 4 and 7 p.m., and Sunday, Dec. 18, at 2 and 4 p.m. Tickets for adults cost $15 and $18. Find more about this show, with its story familiar to Peanuts fans, in our story in last week’s issue of the Hippo. Find the e-edition at hippopress.com; the story is on page 14 of the Dec. 8 issue.
• Make it yours: Calligraphy artist Adele Sanborn will add a name or word to a handmade ornament at Twiggs Gallery (254 King St., Boscawen; twiggsgallery.wordpress.com) on Saturday, Dec. 17, from 1 to 3 p.m. (which is also the final day of the Sleighbell Studio).
• More pops: The Portsmouth Symphony Orchestra will perform two “Family Holiday Pops!” concerts this weekend: Saturday, Dec. 17, at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 18, at 3 p.m., both at Portsmouth High School. The shows will have a family sing-along portion, according to a press release. Tickets cost $30 for adults, $25 for seniors and $15 for students, the release said. See portsmouthsymphony.org.
The first night of Hanukkah starts at sundown on Sunday, Dec. 18. The Chabad of New Hampshire will be lighting the menorah on the Statehouse lawn in Concord every night of the week at sundown. The first lighting ceremony will begin at 4 p.m. The Chabad is also having its annual Chanukah at the Palace Theatre (80 Hanover St. in Manchester; palacetheatre.org) on Tuesday, Dec. 20, at 6 p.m. The performance will have a mentalist, a magician, live Hanukkah music and more. Tickets cost $18 for people ages 13 and older, $12 for children ages 3 to 12, and free for children younger than 3. For more information or to buy tickets, visit palacetheatre.com.
Shop the arts markets
Before we get to the line-up of craft fairs and holiday markets this weekend, let’s take a quick look at a few of the arts shows with pieces made for gifting that are opening or closing in the next week:
• “The Holiday Small Works Show” at Main Street Art (75 Main St., Newfields) has two remaining gallery days: Wednesdays, Dec. 14 and Dec. 21, from noon to 3 p.m. Visit mainstreetart.org.
• Sleighbell Studio is open at Twiggs Gallery (254 King St., Boscawen; twiggsgallery.wordpress.com) through Saturday, Dec. 17. The show has crafts and artworks for sale throughout the day at the Spriggs Shoppe, inside the gallery. Gallery hours are Thursday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 4 p.m.
• “SALON 2022” is on display now at Kimball Jenkins (266 Main St. in Concord; kimballjenkins.com, 225-3932). The exhibit features small works in all media and runs through Saturday, Dec. 17. The gallery is open Mondays through Wednesdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
• The Craftworkers’ Guild Holiday Craft Fair continues its run through Thursday, Dec. 22 — open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the building at the bottom of the hill in the Bedford Library parking lot (the address is 5 Meetinghouse Road in Bedford). The fair is also open online; see thecraftworkersguild.org.
• Studio 550 Art Center (550 Elm St. in Manchester; 232-5597, 550arts.com) will hold its Handmade Holiday Market Monday, Dec. 19, through Friday, Dec. 23 (closed Wednesday, Dec. 21). Studio 550 will be open from noon to 8 p.m. on the four days it’s open; items will include handmade mugs, bowls, ornaments, stained glass and more.
This is the final weekend of those one- or two-day holiday craft fairs — at least for this season. Let me know about upcoming winter craft fairs and specialty pop-up markets at email@example.com.
• Bazaar Craft Fairs will hold a Holiday Craft Fair at 10 Spruce St. in Nashua on Saturday, Dec. 17, from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The fair will feature more than 40 crafters and vendors as well as sweets and raffles, according to a Facebook post for the event.
• The Santa’s Stocking Stuff Craft Fair takes play Saturday, Dec. 17, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Doubletree Hilton in Nashua (2 Somerset Parkway). The fair features 75 vendors selling handmade jewelry, inlaid cutting boards, pet toys and portraits, holiday scented candles, and more. See joycescraftshows.com.
• The YMCA Allard Center of Goffstown (116 Goffstown Back Road) will wrap up its series of holiday markets on Saturday, Dec. 17, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. with “It’s Sparkle Season” featuring winter apparel, accessories, decor and holiday cookies and treats, according to the Y’s Facebook post about the event.
• The Factory on Willow (252 Willow St. in Manchester; factoryonwillow.com) is hosting a Holiday Market on Saturday, Dec. 17, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 18, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. See the story on page 25 for details.