The Weekly Dish 22/11/24

News from the local food scene

Grab a pint: The New Hampshire Brewers Association is once again promoting breweries with the return of its annual NH Pint Days fundraiser. Now through Wednesday, Dec. 7, limited-edition 16-ounce Wili Belcher pint glasses are available for sale at more than 35 participating breweries statewide. The artwork portrayed on this year’s glasses, titled “State of Adventure,” is by local artist Sarah Fenerty of Northwoods Brewing Co., and $1 from each glass benefits the Association. Visit or find the Association on Facebook @nhbrewers to view a list of breweries that have the pint glasses, which is sorted by region of the state.

Five courses, five breweries: Join Amphora Restaurant (55 Crystal Ave., Derry) for a special beer pairing dinner on Tuesday, Nov. 29, at 7 p.m. that will showcase options from five different local breweries with each course. Featured beers will be from Throwback Brewery of North Hampton (paired with the pumpkin bisque), Rockingham Brewing Co. of Derry (paired with the strawberry, walnut and feta salad), Daydreaming Brewing Co. of Derry (paired with the pineapple glazed wings), From the Barrel Brewing Co. (paired with your entree of choice — bangers and mash, risotto milanese with smoked brisket and fig glaze or eggplant sto fourno), and Out.Haus Ales of Northwood (paired with bananas Foster). The cost is $100 per person, with a $50 deposit required that will be billed the night of the event. Visit

Spirits of history: Get your tickets now for a special Prohibition Repeal Day Old Forester bourbon dinner at Rambling House Food & Gathering (57 Factory St., Suite A, Nashua), scheduled for Monday, Dec. 5, the 89th anniversary of the repeal of Prohibition in the United States. The event will begin with a cocktail half-hour at 5:30 p.m., followed by a five-course bourbon taster and pairing menu at 6 p.m. that will reflect important dates through Old Forester, bourbon and American culinary history. Old Forester, according to the dinner event page at, was one of six distillers that was granted government permission to continue production for “medicinal purposes” during Prohibition, and it’s the only one of those six that’s still in the whiskey business today. Roaring Twenties attire is optional, but encouraged, during the event. See the website or call 318-3220 to purchase tickets or reserve your table.

On The Job – Ryan Aloise


Ryan Aloise is an independent professional painting contractor and the owner of Painting Perfection, based in Nashua.

Explain your job and what it entails.

First, I meet with potential clients and go over what it is that they may need for painting services. This could be repainting an existing and established home or painting brand new construction that has never been painted and is bare drywall or trim. After I give a potential client an estimate for the work that needs to be done, the customer can either accept it right away or do their research and gather other estimates from other companies. If hired, I go in and perform whatever the service may be that I was contracted to do. This could be painting the full interior or just certain aspects, such as walls, trim or ceiling. It could also be the exterior of the home, whether it be the body or siding of the home, the trim or either-or.

How long have you had this job?

I started my company in February 2021, but I’ve been painting for the last four and a half years.

What led you to this career field and your current job?

I was hired on as a painter-laborer for another local painting company before being laid off, which, in turn, led me to follow my passion for painting that I had found and pursue my own dream of running my own company. I have had a lot of different jobs, and this was the only job and career path that I actually fell in love with.

What kind of education or training did you need?

I gained all my experience from previous work with another painting company. I am also currently pursuing certifications for the safe handling of lead paint and OSHA regulations and safety training to further my knowledge to continue to be successful.

What is your typical at-work uniform or attire?

I wear branded T-shirts, sweatshirts and hats with my company logo, usually with khaki slacks and comfortable and safe shoes as I do use ladders quite frequently.

How has your job changed over the course of the pandemic?

I started this company when it was still in the height of the pandemic, and let me tell you that it did not hinder my ability to work or even gain more work throughout. I actually have stayed busy and fully booked throughout the entire period.

What do you wish you’d known at the beginning of your career?

That other painting companies are not competition. In fact, they are a valuable part of my networking circle today.

What do you wish other people knew about your job?

That painting is not for just anyone. In my experience, people think painting is easy and that anyone can do it. Wrong. Painting takes quite a bit of patience, skills and passion to be successful. There is so much more than picking up a brush or a roller. You need to have finesse, a steady hand and a system that you follow to make sure you are putting out quality work.

What was the first job you ever had?

My first job was when I was 14. I worked for a pizza shop called Ledo’s Pizza in Maryland where I grew up.

What’s the best piece of work-related advice you’ve ever received?

To put out work you will be proud to show off. It’s not about the money, but more about the relationships you build and the repeat customers you gain from doing quality work. Word of mouth is either your biggest enemy or your best friend.

Five favorites

Favorite book:
A Child Called “It” by Dave Pelzer
Favorite movie: A Walk to Remember
Favorite music: A wide variety of ’80s, ’90s and today’s genres
Favorite food: Chicken broccoli ziti
Favorite thing about NH: Within a short drive, you can either be in the mountains, the beach or the city.

Featured photo: Ryan Aloise. Courtesy photo.

Treasure Hunt 22/11/24

Hello, Donna,

Can you help me by telling me what this is? My wife says a wax stamp for envelopes. It’s 2 1/2 inches long and has a design only on one end.

Thanks for any information.


Dear Eric,

Thanks for the photos and question.

What I believe you have is a potter’s chop, which is basically a potter’s mark or stamp. It would be imprinted into the clay to identify who made it.

The value is the tough question. It really depends on whether the artist is well-known, the age, style of work, etc. Some can be extremely high in price on the market, but you really have to know who it is.

I did talk to a couple other people about yours and got a starting value of at least $50. Remember though, Eric, it could be much higher. It really would be like a needle in a haystack to find out, possibly trying an appraisal auction place like Skinner in Bolton, Massachusetts. That too is only a possibility. The other thing is it could just be a stamp design.

I hope this was helpful, Eric, and I will keep looking into it as well. Thanks for sharing an interesting piece.


Kiddie Pool 22/11/24

Family fun for the weekend

Getting crafty

• Head to Bookery (844 Elm St. in Manchester; on Saturday, Nov. 26, (which is also Small Business Saturday, when Bookery is planning live music and more) for a wolfy storytime and craft at 11:30 a.m. The featured book is Little Good Wolf by Susan Stevens Crummel and illustrated by Janet Stevens. It follows the son of the Big Bad Wolf, and how he is too good to be evil the way all the adults in his life want him to be. After the story, kids will learn how to make a paper bag wolf puppet. The event is free, but register at the Bookery website.

• The Addiction Recovery Coalition of New Hampshire (180 Elm St., Suite E, Milford) is starting a kids’ holiday craft series startingon Sunday, Nov. 27, at 1 p.m. The four-week series will have a new craft each session for kids, as well as cookies and juice. Parents can stay with the kids, get their own craft, or drop kids off. Price is $10 for the first child, an additional $5 for each child after. Register at the Evebrite page, or visit

Library fun

• The Plaistow Public Library (85 Main St.) is hosting an outdoor activity called tinkergarten’s frozen treasures on Monday, Nov. 28, at 10 a.m. The event will have kids 18 months to 8 years old, as well as their parents, exploring outside to discover frozen nature treasures. To learn more about the event or to sign up, visit

Read to a dog at the Pelham Public Library (24 Village Green) on Tuesday, Nov. 29, from 5 to 6 p.m. Blondie is a trained therapy dog who will stay with children while they read. For information about the benefits behind kids reading to a therapy dog, see the Nov. 3 issue of The Hippo, under the story called “Meet Mischka” (find the e-edition at To register for this event, call the library at 635-7581 or email

YMCA playtime

• Join the YMCA of Greater Londonderry (206 Rockingham Road) for a “Lounge Day” version of kids’ night at the Y for ages 4 to 12 on Friday, Nov. 25, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Y’s trained child care staff will take care of kids while parents have time to themselves to do holiday shopping or other errands. Kids will have fun activities, like art and STEM projects or active playtime, and a pizza will be served. Spots are $45 per child, $40 for each additional sibling. Visit to sign up. Register by Nov. 22.

Include homegrown (or local) vegetables in your holiday feasts

Eating from your garden is possible even in December

I personally think that the Canadians have the right idea: They have their Thanksgiving feast the second Monday in October, right after the harvest. By the time our Thanksgiving rolls around, many gardeners have eaten all their home-grown veggies. It need not be so, of course, if they are properly stored.

Not all of you have the time, the space and the desire to grow veggies. I think everyone appreciates that having local farmers is important, and many of you have signed up with a farm CSA to get a box of vegetables each week during the summer. Even now many CSAs have fall or winter programs to supply you with root crops and spinach or brassicas like Brussels sprouts or kale. If you can’t get into a CSA program, think about buying local vegetables at your local food coop.

Why are local vegetables important? I have read that the average vegetable in a big grocery store travels over 2,000 miles at some times of the year. That’s right, we in New England get veggies from California, Florida, Texas and other warmer places. I am interested in reducing my carbon footprint by reducing the use of fossil fuels. Those big 18-wheelers crossing the country use a lot of diesel fuel. And fruits from Mexico and South America? I avoid them. I can (mostly) live without fruit that travels long distances.

I am not claiming I have given up citrus fruit to save the atmosphere. But instead of getting a case of oranges, I can buy a few and get my citrus fix from orange juice, which is much more concentrated than fresh fruit, and easier to transport. Local apples are available pretty much year-round, store well and are tasty and nutritious.

So what will I have on my table for holiday feasts, both now and in December? Potatoes, for sure. They are easy to grow, very productive and store well. In a bed 50 feet long and 3 feet wide in full sun I can grow 50 pounds of potatoes.

I keep a large spare refrigerator in the basement dedicated to storing potatoes and other garden vegetables. Potatoes, carrots, celeriac and rutabagas store well at 33 to 50 degrees, and do best with high humidity. A modern fridge takes a lot of the humidity out, though the drawers are better at keeping in humidity. On the shelves of the fridge I store potatoes in heavy paper bags to reduce moisture loss — in plastic bags they might rot, as they need to breathe.

Brussels sprouts are very cold-resistant and will be fine outdoors until late December — if the deer don’t find them. That’s right: Deer love Brussels sprouts, kale and broccoli and will munch them unless protected. I had no problem with deer this summer because of our dog, Rowan, who leaves scents around the property and advertises himself as a wolf. But deer are hungry now — very few nuts this year — so they have moved in to my late fall plantings and are even eating the tops of my rutabagas.

If you want to eat directly from the garden in November and December, some fencing is probably a good idea. I recently spread an old bedspread over my kale plants to keep deer away until I had time to pick and freeze them. But if you just have a few plants and like to pick fresh veggies from the garden now and in the weeks to come, think about some chicken wire fencing.

Although fencing an entire garden requires an 8-foot fence to keep deer from getting in, a small space with six kale or Brussels sprouts plants can easily be surrounded with 3- or 4- foot wire. Tie it onto stakes with string or zip ties. They can’t get in, and I doubt they will lean over and grab food.

I freeze a lot of vegetables each year as it is easier than canning them. Tomatoes are the easiest. I freeze them whole, skins and all. In past years I have put them in zipper bags, but we are now trying to lead a plastic-free life.

Plastic can potentially leach chemicals onto food, particularly if the food is hot. Even “food-grade” plastic may not be 100 percent safe. So this year we started storing frozen foods in wide-mouth jars. Next summer I will cut large tomatoes into chunks to fit into jars for freezing. I use frozen tomatoes for stews and soups.

I remember that many years ago there was a recall of fresh cranberries at Thanksgiving time due to some chemical that had been sprayed on them. Afterward we all went back to eating cranberries and forgot about the scare. Now I try to get organic fruits and vegetables whenever possible, and grow my own organically — without the use of any chemicals.

I got some cranberry plants from a friend this summer and hope to be able to supply our needs within a few years. They do not require a swamp to grow, although they are found in wet places in the wild. They do require acidic soils, but that is easily provided with elemental sulfur or soil acidifier. They do best in full sun, though my friend who grows them has them in part sun/part shade and they do well for her. She uses pine needles to mulch them. Some plant nurseries sell potted cranberry plants, so I might try some next year.

Featured photo: An inch or more of gravel should be at the bottom of the terrarium. Photo by Henry Homeyer.

The Art Roundup 22/11/24

The latest from NH’s theater, arts and literary communities

Shop art: Two Villages Art Society (46 Main St. in Contoocook; will display its Holiday Art Show and Sale from Friday, Nov. 25, through Saturday, Dec. 24, featuring handmade gifts by local artists, including paintings, pottery, mixed media, photography, fabric art and more. A show reception will be held Saturday, Nov. 26, from noon to 2 p.m. Gallery hours are Thursday through Sunday, from noon to 4 p.m.

Music and melodies: Canterbury Shaker Village (288 Shaker Road in Canterbury;, 783-9511) will host Concert & Cocktails, featuring a holiday string quartet from Symphony NH, on Saturday, Dec. 3, at 4 p.m. The event will include a festive reception with farm-grown appetizers by the Rustic Gourmet and a signature cocktail by Cold Garden Distillery, according to a press release. Tickets cost $75. The show is the first of several Merry Merry Canterbury events; see the website.

Snaps for the Cap: Legally Blonde The Musical will come to the Capitol Center for the Arts (Chubb Theatre, 44 S. Main St. in Concord; on Thursday, Dec. 1. The show starts at 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $65 (plus fees).

Make your own crafts: And before we get to the craft fairs, Studio 550 Community Art Center (550 Elm St. in Manchester; 232-5597, offer the opportunity to make your own gifts on Small Business Saturday (Nov. 26). From 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Studio 550 will host “a buffet of drop-in workshops,” according to a press release. The projects will range in price from $15 to $35 and all ages are welcome (with adult assistance), the release said. Stations will include a milk & cookies cup and plate set, a custom mug, large decorative paper snowflakes, winter fairy houses, treasure boxes, paint your own pottery, paint your own ornaments, succulent plant arrangements and pottery on the wheel (with pre-registration), the release said. The day will also feature a $1 pottery sale, live maker demos of stained glass and pottery, prizes for the first 10 shoppers and more, the release said.

Kids can make crafts at the Loon Preservation Committee’s open house at the Loon Center in Moultonborough (see, 476-5666) on Saturday, Nov. 26, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. This free event will include horse-drawn hay rides, balloon animals and a visit from Santa along with the crafts for kids and a sale at the Loon’s Feather Gift Shop, according to a press release.

Music and history: Jordan Tirrell-Wysocki will present “Songs of Emigration: Storytelling through Traditional Irish Music” with stories, songs and historical context on Tuesday, Nov. 29, at 6:30 p.m. at the Goffstown Public Library (2 High St. in Goffstown; 497-2102). The program, New Hampshire Humanities’ “Humanities To Go” series, does not require registration, according to See also

Manchester in photos: The exhibit “Manchester Through the Lens of Frank Kelly,” highlighting the works of Manchester photographer Kelly in the 1950s through 1980s, will open Wednesday, Nov. 30, with a reception from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Millyard Museum (200 Bedford St. in Manchester; RSVP to or call 662-7531. The museum is open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission costs $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and college students and $5 for ages 12 to 18; children under 12 get in free.

Craft fairs

While there are fewer fairs this holiday weekend, there are still a few on the schedule. Send information about upcoming craft fairs to

• The Craftworkers’ Guild opens its doors for its Holiday Craft Shop at the Kendall House (behind the Bedford Library, 3A Meetinghouse Road in Bedford) Friday, Nov. 25, through Wednesday, Dec. 22. The show is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and online shopping is available at

• The VFW 5613 Auxiliary Annual Holiday Bazaar will take place Saturday, Nov. 26, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the VFW Hall (12 Hathorn Road in Jaffrey) and will feature more than 40 tables of handcrafted items, local vendors and art as well as lunch concessions, bake sales and raffles, according to Facebook post at NH Craft Fair Connection.

• The Exeter Holiday Parade Committee will present a craft fair on Saturday, Nov. 26, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Exeter Town Hall building by the bandstand. Admission is free and the Town Hall stage will be set with holiday scenes for family photos, according to a press release. See

• The New England Premier Events Holiday Expo will run Saturday, Nov. 26, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Doubletree by Hilton Downtown Manchester (700 Elm St.) and will feature demos, giveaways, dessert samples, swag bags and more, according to

New England Vendor Events has two fairs scheduled for this weekend, according to their Facebook page. The Hudson Holiday Craft Fair will take place Saturday, Nov. 26, from noon to 5 p.m. at Hudson Memorial School (1 Memorial Drive in Hudson) and feature Santa and the Grinch and more than 40 crafters and vendors, according to the post. The Merrimack Holiday Craft Fair will run from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 27, at VFW Post 8641 (282 Daniel Webster Hwy. in Merrimack). This fair will feature photos with Santa and more than 30 vendors and crafters, according to the post.

Art runs in the family

Sarah Larson, her mom and aunt talk about their family history as artists

By Katelyn Sahagian

Some things are genetic, like hair and eye color. In this family, it seems that art is also a genetic link. With familial love and creativity comes a system that leads to support and healing.

Sara Larson, Liz Winchester-Larson and Harriet Winchester Kuzdrall are all professional artists in the Nashua area. They are also all related. Larson is Winchester-Larson’s daughter and Winchester Kuzdrall’s niece.

“Most of what I have learned [is] from my parents and my Aunt Harriet,” Larson said. “I’m following the family footsteps.”

The women are currently presenting their artworks at St. Joseph Hospital as part of the gallery Healing Through the Arts. They’ve had shows together before, with their current exhibition being the most recent while they prepare for more of the series “Art in the Family.”

The art on display at the hospital’s show is primarily nature-based, said Larson-Winchester. All three women grew up in New Hampshire, with Larson-Winchester and Winchester Kuzdrall hailing from Hollis and New Ipswich, and Larson raised in suburbs outside Keene.

Larson said that she loves having her aunt and mother to support her passion for art. She grew up watching her mother and aunt paint and sketch and draw as a way to remember hikes and vacations they’d gone on. They painted en plein air, out in nature at the scene, or they’d snap a photograph and bring it home to their studio.

All three women use different media, even if they have similar tastes in subjects and styles. Larson uses traditional oil paints, Winchester-Larson favors colored pencils, and Winchester Kuzdrall has recently made the switch to oil paints that wash out with water after doing 20 years of work with pastels.

“When I was doing pastel, I really like painting marshes, because in the spring and fall if you paint a marsh with maybe a few Mount Monadnocks, you can use all the pastels in the box ’cause it’s so rich in color,” said Winchester Kuzdrall. She said that the dust from the chalk had become too much for her lungs. “I still enjoy painting those native New Hampshire scenes.”

Painting New England nature is a favorite for all three women, said Larson-Winchester. Larson said that the scenery in New England was what kept her sane during the pandemic, even though she was close to 1,000 miles away from the Granite State.

During the pandemic, Larson was living in Lansing, Michigan. At the height of the pandemic, she said, she couldn’t leave her house to do the nature walks that gave her inspiration for her paintings. Then, her mother and aunt stepped in to help.

“I’m on the phone just about tearing my hair out, crying to both Mom and Aunt Harriet,” Larson said. “They got together a series of really neat photographs and Harriet sent a whole packet and said, ‘Paint these things.’”

It was ultimately this series of paintings that Larson did that brought her back to New Hampshire, and back to painting with her family.

During some research for a 2021 art show, the women discovered there had been professional painters in their family for at least a century.

Even though they hadn’t been aware of the depth of family history in fine arts, Winchester-Larson and Winchester Kuzdrall both remember growing up being encouraged by their own mother to continue their artistic pursuits.

“You can run across families where for generations everybody has been a teacher or nurses and things like that,” said Winchester-Larson. “So it’s not a unique idea … that there’s generations [of artists] in the family.”

Healing Through The Arts
Where: Inside and leading up to the Atrium at St. Joseph Hospital, 172 Kinsley St., Nashua
When: On display through Saturday, Jan. 7

Bringing the Holiday Fun: Film favorites

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See holiday classics at a theater near you

Movie theaters will be filled with would-be blockbusters, Oscar hopefuls and underwater Avatar in the coming weeks but some screen time is also being slated for favorite holiday films so you can watch Flick get his tongue stuck to the flagpole on the big screen.

• Red River Theatres (11 S. Main St. in Concord; 224-4600, has special holiday screenings planned each weekend for the next four weeks. On Saturday, Nov. 26, see Ralphie pine for an “official Red Ryder carbine action 200 shot range model air rifle with a compass in the stock and this thing that tells time” atA Christmas Story(PG, 1983), which screens at 11 a.m.National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation(PG-13, 1989) will screen Saturday, Dec. 3, at 11 a.m. Elf(PG, 2003) will screen Saturday, Dec. 10, and Sunday, Dec. 11, at 11 a.m. And kid classic The Polar Express(G, 2004) will screen Saturday, Dec. 17, and Sunday, Dec. 18, at 11 a.m.

• Fathom Events ( has several Christmas-themed movies on the schedule. It’s Christmas Again (G, 2022), a new movie about a kid who goes back in time to Bethlehem (according to the movie’s official website), will screen one night only, on Tuesday, Nov. 29, at 7 p.m. at AMC Londonderry, Regal Concord and O’neil Cinemas at Brickyard Square in Epping.

Another new movie falling in the “inspirational” category, I Heard the Bells (NR) will screen Thursday, Dec. 1, through Thursday, Dec. 8, at theaters including AMC Londonderry, Cinemark Rockingham in Salem, O’neil in Epping and Regal Fox Run in Newington (not all theaters on all nights). Screentime is 7 p.m. on weekdays, 4 p.m. on weekends.

A holiday encore of The Met: Live in HD production of the opera The Magic Flutewill screen on Saturday, Dec. 3, at 12:55 p.m. at theaters including O’neil in Epping and Regal Fox Run.

And TMC Big Screen Classics will present that most classic of Christmas movies, It’s a Wonderful Life (1946), on Sunday, Dec. 18, at Cinemark and Regal Fox Run and Wednesday, Dec. 21, at Cinemark, O’neil Epping and Regal Fox Run — see the website for times.

• The Park Theatre (19 Main St. in Jaffrey;, 532-8888) will screen a new London stage production of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol starring Mark Gatiss and Nicholas Farrell on Thursday, Dec. 1, at 7 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 4, at 2 and 7 p.m. Tickets cost $15

• The three Chunky’s Cinema Pubs (707 Huse Road, Manchester; 151 Coliseum Ave., Nashua; 150 Bridge St., Pelham, have big plans for the holiday season.

December trivia nights on Thursdays in Manchester (which start at 7:30 p.m.) are each based on a Christmas movie: Elf on Dec. 1; A Christmas Story on Dec. 8, and The Santa Clause on Dec. 22, with the final trivia night, Dec. 29, being a year in review of 2022.

On Thursday, Dec. 8, at all three Chunky’s locations, a 21+ Ugly Sweater Party screening National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation(PG-13, 1989) starts at 8 p.m. (wear a sweater to get a special surprise).

The Polar Express(G, 2004) will screen in at all three locations Friday, Dec. 9, through Thursday, Dec. 15, with multiple daily screenings Friday through Sunday and one 5:30 p.m. screening Monday through Thursday. Kids get a golden ticket when entering the theater and there is a surprise during the hot chocolate scene, according to the website. On Friday, Dec. 9, the 4 p.m. screening is a sensory-friendly screening with house lights slightly brighter and the movie volume turned down, the website said.

There are a few screenings of Elf(PG, 2003) on the schedule as well. On Sunday, Dec. 18, in Manchester at 6:30 p.m. catch a screening of Elf and Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (1964) along with a five-course meal with The Farmers Dinner, which starts at 5 p.m. The cost per person ranges from $75 to $110 (plus fees). There will be a family-friendly screening at all three Chunky’s locations on Wednesday, Dec. 21. A 21+ screening on Thursday, Dec. 22, will be held at 8 p.m. at all locations.

On Sunday, Dec. 18, at 7:30 p.m. at all three locations catch a screening of It’s a Wonderful Life (1946).

Also on Sunday, Dec. 18, at 6:30 p.m., the Pelham location will have a family-friendly dinner party with a screening of 2000’s live-action How the Grinch Stole Christmas (PG). The dinner costs $75 or $99 for adults and $25 for kids (the kids dinner ends with milk and cookies).

• O’neil Cinemas at Brickyard Square (24 Calef Hwy. in Epping; 679-3529, will screen The Polar Express(G, 2004) Friday, Dec. 2, through Thursday, Dec. 8, with multiple screenings each day including one D-BOX screening (usually at 4:30 p.m.). Tickets, which are on sale now, cost $7 and include a bell while supplies last. The theater is also running a Polar Express-themed coloring contest, with a winner picked on Dec. 1; see the website for details.

The Strand (20 Third St. in Dover; 343-1899, will hold its annual Christmas Break on a Budget with family activities, a story time and a screening of the movie Elf on Saturday, Dec. 17, from noon to 4 p.m. for $20 per family up to five people.

The Music Hall (28 Chestnut St., Portsmouth; 436-2400, has four holiday films in the days right before Christmas. Miracle on 34th Street(1947) screens on Friday, Dec. 23, at 1 p.m. Love, Actually (R, 2003) screens on Friday, Dec. 23, at 7 p.m. On Christmas Eve (Saturday, Dec. 24) catch the animated movie Arthur Christmas(PG, 2011) at 1 p.m. and then Queen City’s own at 4 p.m. with the animated movie Adam Sandler’s Eight Crazy Nights (PG-13, 2002).

Featured photo: A Christmas Story.

Bringing the Holiday Fun: Sounds of the season

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Holiday sounds

Symphonies, choral performances and more

By Angie Sykeny

• The Granite State Ringers handbell ensemble presents “A Nutcracker Holiday,” a concert featuring music from The Nutcracker as well as other holiday music, at LaBelle Winery (345 Route 101, Amherst) on Sunday, Nov. 27, at 3 p.m. Tickets cost $25 for adults and $15 for children ages 3 through 12 and are free for children under age 3. The Ringers will also perform the concert at the Concord City Auditorium (2 Prince St., Concord) on Wednesday, Nov. 30, at 7:30 p.m. The concert at the Audi is free, with no tickets or reservations required. Visit

• The Manchester Community Music School (2291 Elm St., Manchester) presents its Holiday Pops concert on Friday, Dec. 2, 6:30 p.m. Tickets cost $45. Visit

• The Currier Museum of Art (150 Ash St. in Manchester;, 669-6144) will hold Caroling at the Currier on Saturday, Dec. 3, at noon with the Manchester Choral Society performing in the Historic Court, which will be able to be heard throughout the museum, according to the website. Hours on Saturday are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and admission costs $15 for adults, $13 for seniors, $10 for students, $5 for ages 13 to 17 and free for 12 and under.

• Canterbury Shaker Village (288 Shaker Road, Canterbury) will host a Merry Merry Canterbury Concert and Cocktails event on Saturday, Dec. 3, at 4 p.m., featuring Symphony NH’s string quartet. Tickets cost $75. Visit

• The New Hampshire Gay Men’s Chorus presents its holiday concert series, “Suddenly Silver Bells,” with shows on Saturday, Dec. 3, at 7:30 p.m. at Christ the King Lutheran Church (3 Lutheran Drive, Nashua); Sunday, Dec. 4, at 4 p.m. at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church (22 Fox Run Road, Newington); Saturday, Dec. 9, at 7:30 p.m. at The Park Theatre (19 Main St., Jaffrey); and Sunday, Dec. 11, at 4 p.m. at The Derryfield School (2108 River Road, Manchester). Tickets cost $20 for adults; admission is free for children ages 12 and under. Visit

• The Nashua Choral Society performs its holiday concert, “Rejoice! ’Tis the Season,” on Sunday, Dec. 4, at 3 p.m. at Immaculate Conception Church (216 E. Dunstable Road, Nashua). Tickets cost $20 for adults and $10 for students. Admission is free for children. Visit

• The First Congregational Church (508 Union St. in Manchester;, 625-5093) is holding a Christmas Cantata with Christmas carols, a choir, handbells, an orchestra, readings and soloists during the service on Sunday, Dec. 4, at 10 a.m. The event is free and open to the public.

• The New Hampshire Philharmonic Orchestra’s brass and string quartets present a Holiday Pops concert at LaBelle Winery (14 Route 111, Derry) on Sunday, Dec. 4, at 4 p.m. Tickets cost $30 for adults and $20 for children ages 4 through 12 and are free for children under age 4. Visit

• Hear Handel’s Messiahat St. Paul’s Church (22 Centre St., Concord) on Sunday, Dec. 4, at 7 p.m. The concert is free. Visit

Great Bay Philharmonic Orchestra’s string quartet presents a holiday concert at the Music Hall Lounge (131 Congress St., Portsmouth) on Friday, Dec. 9, at 8 p.m. Tickets cost $45 to $55. Visit or call 436-2400.

• The Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra performs its Holiday Pops concert at the SNHU Arena (555 Elm St., Manchester) on Saturday, Dec. 10, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $55. Visit

• The Souhegan Valley Chorus performs its holiday concert, “Sharing Christmas Joy,” on Saturday, Dec. 10, at 7 p.m. at First Congregational Church (10 Union St., Milford). Tickets cost $18 for adults and $15 for students and seniors and are free for children ages 12 and under. Visit

• The Manchester Choral Society and Orchestra presents its holiday concert on Saturday, Dec. 10, at 7 p.m. at Ste. Marie Parish (378 Notre Dame Ave., Manchester), and on Sunday, Dec. 11, at 4 p.m. at Manchester High School Central (535 Beech St., Manchester). Tickets cost $30 for adults and $25 for seniors and are free for children. Visit

• The Rockingham Choral Society presents its holiday concert, “Love Shall be Our Token, on Saturday, Dec. 10, at 7:30 p.m. at First Parish Church (218 Central Ave., Dover) and on Sunday, Dec. 11, at 3:30 p.m. at Christ Church (43 Pine St., Exeter). Tickets cost $14 in advance and $15 at the door if still available. Visit

Symphony NH performs its Holiday Pops concerts on Saturday, Dec. 10, at 7:30 p.m. at Keefe Center for the Arts (117 Elm St., Nashua), and on Sunday, Dec. 11, at 3 p.m. at Concord City Auditorium (2 Prince St., Concord). Tickets are free for youth under age 12 and start at $10 for students, $18 for seniors age 65 and up and $20 for adults. Visit

• The Strafford Wind Symphony performs its holiday concert at the Rochester Opera House (31 Wakefield St., Rochester) on Wednesday, Dec. 14, at 7 p.m. Tickets cost $15 for adults and $8 for seniors and students and are free for children under age 12. The Symphony will also perform the concert at The Strand (20 Third St., Dover) on Sunday, Dec. 18, at 7 p.m. Tickets cost $18 for adults and are free for children under age 12. Visit

TubaChristmas performs at Timberlane Performing Arts Center (40 Greenough Road, Plaistow) on Saturday, Dec. 17, at 2 p.m. Visit

• The New Hampshire Philharmonic Orchestra presents its Holiday Pops concert at Seifert Performing Arts Center (44 Geremonty Drive, Salem) on Saturday, Dec. 17, at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, Dec. 18, at 2 p.m. Tickets cost $5 to $8 for students, $25 for seniors and $30 for adults. Visit

• The Portsmouth High School Concert Choir and Percussion Ensemble will perform its Family Holiday Pops concert at Portsmouth High School (50 Andrew Jarvis Drive, Portsmouth) on Saturday, Dec. 17, at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 18, at 3 p.m. Tickets cost $30 for adults, $25 for seniors age 60 and up and $15 for students. Visit or call 436-2400.

• The Portsmouth Symphony Orchestra presents its New Year’s Eve Champagne Pops concert at the Music Hall Historic Theater (28 Chestnut St., Portsmouth) on Saturday, Dec. 31, at 8 p.m. Tickets cost $38. Visit or call 436-2400.

Songs (and jokes) of the season

Jazz concerts, comedy shows, Celtic music and more

By Matt Ingersoll

From seasonal jazz and Celtic music to modern renditions of the holiday classics — and even a few holiday-themed comedy shows — there’s a performance to get everyone into the festive spirit this year.


• The Trans-Siberian Orchestra presents The Ghosts of Christmas Eve, its annual holiday show, on Friday, Nov. 25, at the SNHU Arena, with shows at 3 and 7:30 p.m. Tickets range from $52.50 to $102.50. Check out Michael Witthaus’s interview with Jeff Plate, the band’s drummer, on page 38 of the Hippo’s Nov. 17 issue — go to to download and read the e-edition for free.

Truffle’s annual Turkey Jam is set for Friday, Nov. 25, at 8 p.m., at The Stone Church Music Club. Tickets are $15 general admission, plus fees.

• Don’t miss A Piano Christmas with Robert Dionne, a special piano cabaret and sing-along event, on Saturday, Nov. 26, at 7 p.m. at The Majestic Theatre. Tickets are $20.

A Kat Edmondson Christmas — “Holiday Swingin’” is scheduled for Thursday, Dec. 1, at Jimmy’s Jazz & Blues Club, with two shows, at 7:30 and 10 p.m. Tickets range from $10 to $45.

• There will be a special holiday-themed open mic night at High Street Coffee House on Friday, Dec. 2, at 7 p.m., sponsored by Boscawen Congregational Church. Admission is free and donations will be accepted.

• Enjoy Christmas with the Celts at The Flying Monkey Movie House & Performance Center on Friday, Dec. 2 — the doors open at 6 p.m., with the show starting at 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $39.

• Children’s musician Mr. Aaron will hold a special holiday party and concert at the Bank of New Hampshire Stage on Saturday, Dec. 3, at 11 a.m. Tickets are $13, including service fees.

Seamus Egan presents a Celtic Christmas at the Chubb Theatre on Saturday, Dec. 3, at 8 p.m. Tickets range from $32 to $42.

• Gary Hoey presents Ho! Ho! Hoey, his annual holiday-themed show, at the Tupelo Music Hall on Sunday, Dec. 4, at 7 p.m. Tickets range from $35 to $50, plus fees.

Cherish the Ladies, the world renowned Grammy-nominated Irish-American supergroup, presents a Celtic Christmas at the Dana Center on Friday, Dec. 9, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets range from $25 to $45, plus fees.

• Don’t miss A Sinatra Christmas with Boston-based jazz singer Rich DiMare and the Ron Poster Band at the Rex Theatre on Saturday, Dec. 10, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets range from $29 to $39, plus fees.

Rockapella returns to the Stockbridge Theatre on Saturday, Dec. 10, at 7 p.m., featuring “buckets of catchy original pop songs and contemporary versions of pop, rock and soul classics,” according to the website. Tickets range from $25 to $35.

Ben Rudnick and Friends will play unique spins on the classics during a family-friendly holiday concert at LaBelle Winery in Amherst on Sunday, Dec. 11, at 1 p.m. Tickets are $12 for adults, $8 for kids ages 2 to 12 and free for kids under 2.

• The Canterbury Singers will sing holiday Shaker songs at the Canterbury Shaker Village on Sunday, Dec. 11, from 4 to 5 p.m. Donations will be accepted.

A Joyful Christmas with Celtic legend Eileen Ivers will take place at the Rex Theatre on Sunday, Dec. 11, at 4 p.m. Tickets are $39.

• See a Christmas show featuring the Granite Statesmen at Pinkerton Academy’s Stockbridge Theatre on Sunday, Dec. 11, at 2 p.m. Tickets are $30 for adults, $20 for seniors and $10 for kids.

• Catch The John Denver Christmas Show at The Flying Monkey Movie House & Performance Center on Sunday, Dec. 11, at 4 p.m. Tickets start at $29.

• The Lakes Region Symphony Orchestra’s production of “Christmas with the Crooners” will be at the Colonial Theatre on Sunday, Dec. 11, at 7 p.m. The show features a mix of traditional carols and modern holiday tunes by Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Andy Williams and more. Tickets range from $22 to $32 for adults and from $12 to $22 for students.

• See the Capital Jazz Orchestra’s Holiday Pops show at the Chubb Theatre on Sunday, Dec. 11, at 4 p.m. Tickets range from $27.50 to $47.50, plus fees.

• Nashville-based jazz and pop vocalist Anthony Nunziata presents The Italian Broadway Christmas Show at the Rex Theatre on Wednesday, Dec. 14, at 7 p.m. Tickets range from $29 to $39, plus fees.

• Enjoy A Nashville Christmas at LaBelle Winery Derry on Thursday, Dec. 15, at 6:30 p.m. The event will feature a lineup of acclaimed Christmas songs country style, sprinkled in by the likes of Johnny Cash, Patsy Cline, Merle Haggard and more. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., with the performance beginning at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $35, plus fees.

The Morning Buzz Christmas Ball featuring the Greg and the Morning Buzz team along with comedians, musicians, special guests and more is happening at the Chubb Theatre on Thursday, Dec. 15, at 7 p.m. Tickets are $45, plus fees.

• The Eric Mintel Quartet presents A Charlie Brown Christmas at the Rex Theatre on Thursday, Dec. 15, at 7 p.m. Tickets start at $29.

• New Hampshire’s own Irish and American folk duo The Spain Brothers will perform a mix of traditional and original Christmas songs at the Rex Theatre on Saturday, Dec. 17, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $29.

• See Franco Corso, a.k.a. “The Voice of Romance,” at Fulchino Vineyard on Saturday, Dec. 17, at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $139 and include a three-course dinner with the show.

• David Clark’s All About Joel, an evening tribute show to the Piano Man featuring holidays and hits, will be at Lakeport Opera House on Saturday, Dec. 17, at 7:30 p.m. As of Nov. 18, limited VIP seats are available for $60, plus fees.

• The Heater Pierson Jazz Trio is set to perform the soundtrack of “A Charlie Brown Christmas” at The Park Theatre on Saturday, Dec. 17, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $25 for adults and $10 for kids ages 16 and under.

Ted Vigil: A John Denver Christmas will be at the Chubb Theatre on Sunday, Dec. 18, at 7 p.m. Tickets range from $29.50 to $49.50, plus fees.

• Join children’s musician Mr. Aaron for a family holiday concert at LaBelle Winery Derry on Sunday, Dec. 18, at 3:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for kids ages 2 to 12 and free for kids under 2.

• Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter Judy Collins will take the stage at the Tupelo Music Hall for a special seasonal concert, Holiday & Hits. The show is happening on Sunday, Dec. 18, at 7 p.m. and tickets range from $55 to $70.

• See The Wizards of Winter, a holiday rock event featuring former members of some of classic rock’s biggest names — Alice Cooper, Blue Oyster Cult, Def Leppard and the Trans-Siberian Orchestra, just to name a few — at The Flying Monkey Movie House & Performance Center on Thursday, Dec. 29, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $49.


Jimmy Dunn’s Comedy Christmas returns to the Rex Theatre on Friday, Dec. 16, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $25 (show is 18+).

• See a special holiday edition of Life’s a Drag, happening at Chunky’s Cinema Pub in Manchester on Saturday, Dec. 17, at 9 p.m. Tickets are $25 (event is 21+ only).

• Fulchino Vineyard presents Comedy Poured on Friday, Dec. 30, at 5 p.m., featuring an all-star cast of comedians like Paul D’Angelo, Dave Russo and Matt Barry, along with wine and charcuterie available for purchase. Tickets are $29.

• Comedian Juston McKinney’s annual Year in Review show returns to the Rex Theatre for two nights on Friday, Dec. 30, and Saturday, Dec. 31, at 8 p.m. Tickets are $35 (show is 18+).

• Headliners Comedy Club presents its annual New Year’s Eve gala on Saturday, Dec. 31, with showtimes at 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. Featured comedians will include Joe Yannetty, Jody Sloane, Rob Steen and Eric Hurst. Packages start at $35.

• Comedian Bob Marley will perform three New Year’s Eve comedy shows on Saturday, Dec. 31, at 2 p.m., 5:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. Tickets start at $46.50.

Magic & more

• Chabad of New Hampshire presents Chanukah at the Palace, a special event happening at the Palace Theatre on Tuesday, Dec. 20, at 6 p.m., featuring acclaimed mentalist Craig Karges and America’s Got Talent magician Jay Mattioli, along with a Chanukah musical interlude by vocalist Elazar Waldman. Tickets start at $18.

Music & comedy venues

Bank of New Hampshire Stage, 16 S. Main St., Concord, 225-1111,

Canterbury Shaker Village, 288 Shaker Road, Canterbury, 783-9511,

Capitol Center for the Arts — Chubb Theatre, 44 S. Main St., Concord, 225-1111,

Chunky’s Cinema Pub, 707 Huse Road, Manchester, 206-3888,

Colonial Theatre, 609 Main St., Laconia, 800-657-8774,

Dana Center for the Humanities, Saint Anselm College, 100 Saint Anselm Drive, Manchester, 641-7700,

The Flying Monkey Movie House & Performance Center, 39 S. Main St., Plymouth, 536-2551,

Fulchino Vineyard, 187 Pine Hill Road, Hollis, 438-5984,

Headliners Comedy Club, DoubleTree by Hilton Manchester Downtown, 700 Elm St., Manchester, 988-3673,

High Street Coffee House, 12 High St., Boscawen, 520-9196,

Jimmy’s Jazz & Blues Club, 135 Congress St., Portsmouth, 888-603-5299,

LaBelle Winery Amherst, 345 Route 101, Amherst, 672-9898,

LaBelle Winery Derry, 14 Route 111, Derry, 672-9898,

Lakeport Opera House, 781 Union Ave., Laconia, 519-7506,

The Majestic Theatre, 880 Page St., Manchester, 669-7469,

The Park Theatre, 19 Main St., Jaffrey, 532-9300,

Rex Theatre, 23 Amherst St., Manchester, 668-5588,

SNHU Arena, 555 Elm St., Manchester, 644-5000,

Stockbridge Theatre, Pinkerton Academy, 44 N. Main St., Derry, 437-5210,

The Stone Church Music Club, 5 Granite St., Newmarket, 659-7700,

Tupelo Music Hall, 10 A St., Derry, 437-5100,

Featured photo: Kat Edmonson. Courtesy photo.

Bringing the Holiday Fun: Arts and crafts

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Decking the halls

Holiday arts, crafts, and more across Southern New Hampshire

By Katelyn Sahagian

Holiday time means letting creativity flow. Whether it’s making decorations, appreciating fine art, or shopping at craft fairs for presents, there are different ways to be artistic during this time of year. The following are some of the fine arts-related holiday events happening across the Granite State.

• Twiggs Gallery (254 King St., Boscawen) is hosting its annual holiday show Sleighbell Studios now through Saturday, Dec. 17. The show will have crafts and artworks for sale throughout the day at the Spriggs Shoppe, located 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. Visit

• “Salon 2022” is on display now at Kimball Jenkins (266 Main St. in Concord;, 225-3932). The exhibit featured small works in all media and runs through Sunday, Dec. 18. 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.

• “Small Works — Big Impact” is a showcase of pieces from more than 30 area artists that are under a foot in size and is on display now at Creative Ventures Fine Art (411 Nashua St. in Milford;, 672-2500), through Dec. 31. The gallery is open Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday from noon to 4 p.m; Thursday from noon to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m

• Seacoast Artist Association (130 Water St., Exeter) is holding a holiday show called “Big Gifts Come in Small Packages” now through Jan 6. Gallery hours are Wednesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m. Visit

Joyful Giving at Expert Design Solutions (Ripano Stoneworks, 90 E. Hollis St., Nashua) is going on now through Jan. 29, 2023. The show features acrylics, colored pencil, oils, pastels, watercolors and photography. The works on display are also available for sale. Visit

• The Village Store Holiday Sale at the Canterbury Shaker Village (288 Shaker Road in Canterbury;, 783-9511) will run Friday, Nov. 25, through Sunday, Nov. 27, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The day will feature free hot chocolate and cider and tours at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. The shore sells Shaker boxes, books, candles, local honey, maple syrup, handmade childrens toys and more, according to the website.

• The holiday fair and online shop by the Craftworkers’ Guild at the historic Oliver Kendall House (3A Meetinghouse Road, Bedford) will be up and running Friday, Nov. 25, through Thursday, Dec. 22. Find more information at

• Two Villages Art Society (846 Main St. in Contoocook; will hold its annual winter exhibit and sale, Winter 2022 Members’ Art Show, from Friday, Nov. 25, through Saturday, Dec. 24, featuring works form more than 30 artist members in media including oil and watercolor, ceramics, prints, photography, jewelry, wearable art and more, according to a press release. An artists reception will be held on Saturday, Dec. 3, from noon to 2 p.m. and during Hopkinton’s Starry, Starry Weekend (Dec. 2 through Dec. 4) the gallery will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The regular gallery hours are Thursday through Sunday from noon to 4 p.m.

• Muse Paintbar in Manchester (42 Hanover St.) is hosting several holiday-themed painting events from Friday, Nov. 25, through the end of December. Prices range from $25 to $50 per painting session. Visit to reserve a slot.

• Firefly Pottery (72 Mirona Road, Suite 7, Portsmouth) is offering a free ornament to every customer from Friday, Nov. 25, through Sunday, Nov. 27. Reservations are required. Visit or call 431-7682 to reserve a pottery time.

• AR Workshop (875 Elm St., Manchester) is hosting a gift making workshop on Saturday, Nov. 26, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., where participants can make one of a selection of crafts for gift giving. Prices vary. Visit

• Frisella Fine Arts (16 Deer Run Road, Candia) is having a Home for the Holidays open house on Saturday, Nov. 26, from 2 to 7 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 27, from 2 to 5 p.m. Visit robinfrisella.comt.

• Time To Clay (228 Daniel Webster Hwy., Nashua) is hosting a platter painting class with holiday motifs on Wednesday, Nov. 30, from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Slots cost $45 each and can be purchased at

• Join Studio 550 (550 Elm St., Manchester) for a bunch of drop-in holiday workshops on Saturday, Nov. 26, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Prices range from $15 to $35 per each workshop. Visit

• The Amherst Junior Women’s Club is hosting a snowman making and open house on Tuesday, Nov. 29 from 7-8:30 p.m. at the Brick School (1 School St.) Reserve a spot by Sunday, Nov. 27 by messaging the club on Facebook.

• Studioverne Fine Art Fused Glass is hosting The Art of Gifting Art, a shopping event co-hosted by the studio and Creative Framing Solutions starting Thursday, Dec. 1, and running through Saturday, Dec. 31. The gift box will have art from Studioverne as well as other local artists and is available for only a limited amount of time. Visit

• Make a holiday fresh flower centerpiece box at AR Workshop (875 Elm St., Manchester) on Thursday, Dec. 1, from 6:30 p.m. For more information visit

• High Mowing School (77 Pine Hill Drive, Wilton) holds its 45th annual Pine Hill holiday fair with an artisan market for adultson Friday, Dec. 2, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. and family festivities on Saturday, Dec. 3, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Visit pinehill.orgn.

• The winter giftopolis by the Concord Arts Market will be on Friday, Dec. 2, from 6 to 11 p.m. during Intown Concord’s Midnight Merriment, at the Atrium at 7 Eagle Square. For more information, visit

• Join The Lane House Arts Center (380 Lafayette Road, Hampton) for its third annual Art for the Holidays open house, open studio and gallery show. The open house and studio will be from Friday, Dec. 2, through Sunday, Dec. 4, and the gallery show will remain open through Dec. 22. Gallery hours are Wednesday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thursday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, 11 a.m. 4 p.m. See

Starry Starry Weekend is back in Contoocook Village from Friday, Dec. 2, through Sunday, Dec. 4, starting at 10 a.m. each day. In addition to an artisan craft fair, local shops and artists will have pop-ups around town. Visit

• Join the Unitarian Universalist Church of Manchester (669 Union St.) for the annual holiday faire on Saturday, Dec. 3, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the church’s fellowship hall. Visit

• The First Baptist Church of Nashua (121 Manchester St.) is hosting an Olde-Fashioned Christmas Fair on Saturday, Dec. 3, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. There will be handmade crafts as well as food and other activities. Visit

• The Concord Arts Market is hosting its annual Holiday Arts Market on Saturday, Dec. 3, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Kimball Jenkins School of Art (266 N. Main St.). For more information visit

• The annual holiday shopping day by the Picker Artists (3 Pine St., Nashua) is back this year on Saturday, Dec. 3, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. with handmade gifts, live music, snacks and more, according to

• Join Main Street Art (75 Main St., Newfields) for their annual Holiday Small Works Show opening on Wednesday, Dec. 7, from noon to 4 p.m. with a reception on Thursday, Dec. 8, from 4 to 7 p.m. Additional gallery days are Wednesdays, Dec. 14 and Dec. 21, from noon to 3 p.m. Visit

• Head to the DoubleTree Hilton (2 Somerset Plaza, Nashua) for the Holly Jolly Craft Fair on Saturday, Dec. 10, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. There will be more than 70 artisans there selling their holiday wares. Visit

• The Great Holiday Shopping Extravaganza is being hosted by The Great New England Craft and Artisan Shows at the Hampshire Dome (34 Emerson Road, Milford) on Friday, Dec. 9, from 5 to 9 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 10, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Visit

• The New Hampshire Audubon’s Holiday Craft Fair will take place on Saturday, Dec. 10, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the NH Audubon McLane Center (84 Silk Farm Road in Concord; The fair will feature local handmade crafts and other products and the food truck The Spot To Go, which serves up Puerto Rican street food.

• The light it up wood signs craft is coming back to Canvas Roadshow (25 S. River Road, Bedford) on Saturday, Dec. 17, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Registration closes on Dec. 14. Register at

• Join the Canvas Roadshow (25 S. River Road, Bedford) to make a red truck canvas painting on Sunday, Dec. 18, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Registration closes on Dec. 17. Visit to register.

Featured photo: Artwork by Savannah Goyette on display at Creative Ventures Gallery. Courtesy photo.

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