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Here are 5 things to do this weekend in New Hampshire, plus a few extras to help plan for summer fun.

Kate McNally, host of The Folks Show on NHPR, also maintains a folk music and dance calendar for live music shows and events.

Visit NHPR's community calendar for additional events and activities near you.

Welcome to the first August weekend: Plan your good times accordingly, as summer's flying by.

Here are 5 things to do, plus a little extra, this weekend in New Hampshire.

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The Summer Music Series swings through the Mount Washington Valley this week to visit the only music shop in New Hampshire that builds steel drums, the national instrument of Trinidad and Tobago.

After a listener wrote us about it, NHPR’s Leila Goldstein visited the shop, Maccabee Panworks, in Conway.


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Hot days call for cool water. If you are looking for an aquatic adventure, consider a sail on a Gundalow out of Portsmouth, a jaunt on a runabout on Lake Winnipesaukee, or a narrated cruise of Lake Sunapee.

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Summer brings plenty of Summer Stock Theater to New Hampshire.  No matter where you reside, there is most likely a theater within driving distance. Many of the theaters have been in operation for over 80 years, and many are also housed in historic structures.  Here are five theaters, and five plays, to keep you entertained over three days.

The Best Little Whorehouse in TexasDerry Opera House.  The Derry Opera House is a Colonial Revival building designed by architect George G. Adams, and was completed in 1904.

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Canterbury Shaker Village is offering a new event: Arts Week

The event offers both contemporary and traditional arts for all audiences, and runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. from July 17 to July 21.

Wednesday is a free day for families, and includes a 2 p.m. performance of “Child of Faerie, Child of Earth,” by Manchester’s Ballet Misha.  There will also be face painting, outdoor crafts, lawn games and tractor hayrides.

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New Hampshire is known for its natural beauty, and this is certainly the perfect time of year to enjoy it, but equally enticing are the artistic vistas on view at the many museums and galleries located throughout the state.  What could be better on a hot (or rainy) day than an hour or so of tempered air and a glimpse into another world, real or imagined? 

Here are five summer exhibits to mark on your calendar.  Visit the NHPR Community Calendar for more events.

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NHPR and The Music Hall present Writers on a New England Stage with Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jennifer Egan, recorded live at The Music Hall in Portsmouth.

Egan has written several novels and a collection of short stories. Jennifer Egan's novel A Visit From the Goon Squad won the 2011 Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Critics Circle Award, and the Los Angeles Times book prize. 

Not only a writer of fiction, Egan is an accomplished journalist and has written frequently for the New York Times Magazine.

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John Lennon will soon be on a Forever Stamp from the U.S. Postal Service.

This is the latest in a series of music icons to appear. 

The stamp artwork is based on a 1974 photo of Lennon taken by rock music photographer Bob Gruen for Lennon's "Walls and Bridges" album. 

The stamp resembles a vintage 45-rmp record sleeve. The reverse side has Lennon at his white piano, from a photo taken by Peter Fordham that was used to promote Lennon's landmark 1971 solo album, "Imagine."

The Independence Day holiday week stretches into this weekend, with a number of local fireworks displays on the schedule. The heat wave should finally break, or lessen, according to the National Weather Service. But anyway, let's get this weekend started: Here are 5 things to do in New Hampshire (plus some bonus time):

Visit the NHPR community calendar for more events.

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Summer means certain historic venues open up for the season. In North Hampton, at Little Boar's Head, Union Chapel is one such place.

The late 19th Century house of worship held its first interdenominational service of 2018 on July 1.

Its 141st season features a different minister each Sunday at 11 a.m. 

Click and drag your mouse for a 360 view from the altar. Click the + or - signs to zoom in or out.

Live music events, art, and Independence Day celebrations are just a few of the New Hampshire happenings this weekend. Here are 5 things to do, plus a little extra.

(Check out the NHPR community calendar for more events ... and visit the NHPR Folk Music Festival Calendar here)

It's the first weekend of summer in New Hampshire and the calendar is full of fun and interesting things to do. Get to it. Here are 5 things (plus a little extra) going on this weekend in the Granite State.

(Check out the NHPR community calendar for more events ... and visit the NHPR Folk Music Festival Calendar here)

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In honor of the summer solstice arriving Thursday, sum up this season by writing a haiku—the traditional Japanese poem—and join the celebration on New Hampshire Public Radio's Twitter account @NHPR

Use the hashtag #SummerHaiku.

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A woman intertwined with a 12-foot bottle of alcohol won first place in the 18th Annual Hampton Beach Master Sand Sculpting Classic

Abe Waterman of Prince Edward Island, Canada, says his sculpture, which also included a devil on the back side and is titled "Temptation," represents the vices in life.

Second place went to Mélineige Beauregard from Montreal, Canada, with the sculpture "Rising." Third Place went to Dan Belcher from Missouri. His piece was called "Water Dance."

Here are 5 things to do in New Hampshire on this summer-like weekend. 

And check out NHPR's community calendar for more events and weekend ideas.

The interlude is polished and playful.

“I have something very special coming up here. I just kind of have to set the stage .... we have a giraffe that’s going to be performing with us out here.”

The audience laughs away.

This is the opening of a song track on one of The Shaw Brothers’ records. They’re playing live at Prescott Park in Portsmouth. And if you’ve ever enjoyed a concert at the Prescott Park Arts Festival, you can just imagine the giraffe was either a prop or a set painting for a youth theater act that used the stage earlier.

Nice weather this weekend opens up a world of possibilities in New Hampshire, from the coast to the White Mountains and beyond. Here are five things to do—plus a little extra. For additional ideas, check out NHPR’s community calendar (and contribute your events).

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New Hampshire officials are accepting nominations for the state's next poet laureate.

Alice Fogel, currently serving as New Hampshire's poet laureate, will complete her term next year after serving five years as an ambassador for poets across the state.

Former New Hampshire poets laureate include Walter Butts, Patricia Fargnoli, Donald Hall and Marie Harris.

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The book Astral Weeks: A Secret History of 1968 is an in-depth look at some famous and-not-so-famous figures that all seemed to converge in and around Boston in that one year. 

The catalyst for author Ryan Walsh’s book was the author’s love for Van Morrison’s Astral Weeks album- what many consider the singer-songwriter’s masterpiece- and the little-known fact that Morrison wrote much of the songs for it in Boston.

Morning Edition Host Rick Ganley spoke with Ryan Walsh by Skype to learn more.

Sam Hurley

Do you regularly misplace your keys and wonder why?  Have you ever heard the awful rumor that you snore at night? Or worse, that you talk to yourself? Recently, NHPR’s Sean Hurley - with a little help from his wife and some audio recordings – has found himself coming to terms with these and more.

“I do not snore,” I told my wife. She raised her eyebrows and the next day played me a recording she made on her phone, of me snoring during the night.

“You also talk to yourself,” she said. 

“I do not,” I said. “I might snore – rarely - but I don’t talk to myself. Ever.”

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Eating local in New Hampshire can mean more than just stopping by the farmers' market. For more adventurous residents, it means foraging for wild ingredients – like seaweed, straight from the Seacoast.

NHPR’s Annie Ropeik reports this old culinary tradition is getting a second life. 

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Frank Bidart, who was in New Hampshire in November to accept the 2017 Hall-Kenyon Prize in American Poetry, has won the Pulitzer Prize for poetry for his "Half-light: Collected Poems 1965-2016."

The Pulitzer committee judges wrote of Bidart's book of poems: "A volume of unyielding ambition and remarkable scope that mixes long dramatic poems with short elliptical lyrics, building on classical mythology and reinventing forms of desires that defy societal norms."

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A tour of the Paddling Film Festival is set to make a stop in Concord at the Red Rivers Theatre.

The annual festival features whitewater, adventure, canoeing and sea kayaking films at over 120 venues around the world, making several appearances in the U.S., Canada and overseas.

 

The movie trailers can be viewed at paddlingfilmfestival.com .

 

The event on Wednesday is hosted by New Hampshire Fish and Game Department, the Northern Forest Canoe Trail and the Contoocook River Canoe Company.

 

Juan Felipe Herrera, the 21st U.S. Poet Laureate, is in New Hampshire this week.

Morning Edition Host Rick Ganley spoke with Herrera about his plans to visit the Nashua Adult Learning Center to talk with a class of international English language learners.


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Concord lost one of its most provocative landmarks last Thursday night when artist Thomas Devaney closed his giant Eye for good.  For the last five years the foam and wood sculpture came to life after dark when Devaney turned on his projector and lit the 6-foot by 8-foot structure with a filmed loop of his own blue right eye. NHPR’s Sean Hurley attended the closing of the Eye and sends us this. 

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Robert Frost is often praised for the colloquialism of his poetry. His work is accessible, exploring complex ideas through scenes and images of rural life. Though he came to typify the region, Frost was not born in New England. 

His first years were spent in San Francisco, and his adolescence in Lawrence, Mass. In fact, frost didn’t discover rural life until his short-lived attendance at Dartmouth College. But New Hampshire stuck.

CREDIT COURTESY KEENE STATE COLLEGE/LIBRARY OF CONGRESS

There's always a certain retrospective zeal to the Oscars. It's part of what will make the 90th Academy Awards this Sunday so interesting: Past meets Present, Present winks and tips its hat

Sean Hurley

While visiting Shelburne recently, NHPR’s Sean Hurley heard about Sally Manikian. She's a local dog musher - yes, that's unusual, but for reasons more than that, reasons he couldn’t quite discover, she'd caught the town’s attention.  What, he wondered, made Sally Manikian so … well, interesting to her neighbors? He went to find out.

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The Currier Museum of Art in Manchester is presenting the work of American sculptor Augustus Saint-Gaudens in an exhibit that runs through May 20th.  Saint-Gaudens was the most important American sculptor of the late 19th and early 20th century, and this is the first major museum exhibit of his work in New England in more than 30 years.  

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