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Sean Hurley

In Stark, a small cliffside cemetery has been eroding into the Ammonoosuc for years – and both earth and bones have been lost to the river.

During a special town meeting in mid-September, locals voted thirty-four to one in favor of relocating Blake Cemetery to a new graveyard a few miles up the road and that work has now begun.

NHPR’s Sean Hurley recently visited Stark to find out just how one goes about moving a cemetery.

Players' Ring Theatre

The one-woman show, "Mary and Me" tells a version of a real-life story: that of Ann Lovett, a 15-year-old Irish girl who died during childbirth in 1984 beneath a statue of the Virgin Mary. Her baby also died. The story drew acclaim when it was first performed in Ireland three years ago and now, for the first time, it's coming to the United States. 

Andre Belanger




New Hampshire artists and arts organizations have been struggling during the pandemic, despite coming up with creative ways to stay afloat, including drive-by art shows.

Speaking on The Exchange, Russ Grazier, CEO of the Portsmouth Music and Arts Center, says shifting to online classes has been successful at the Center, even attracting new students – but that hasn't made up for severe losses in other sources of income, such as concerts, theater productions, and gallery showings.  

Kevin Krieger

After winning the “Best Comedy” award at last year’s Melbourne Fringe Festival in Australia, New Hampshire native Gemma Soldati and comedy partner Amrita Dhaliwal are now taking their two-woman clown show, The Living Room, on the road. The show, which they describe as “a comedy about death, devised in grief,” will be touring major cities across the United States, Canada, and Australia.

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The Currier Museum is adding a second Frank Lloyd Wright home to its collection.

The museum announced Friday that it purchased the Toufic H. Kalil House on Heather Street in Manchester. The concrete and glass structure is down the street from the Wright-designed Zimmerman House, which the Currier has opened for tours since 1990. 

Selling witchcraft is a business where historical tragedy, the spectacle of Halloween, and modern magic all coexist. And nowhere is that more true than in Salem, Massachusetts.

This is the third and final installment of the Real Witches of New Hampshire, a collaboration between NHPR and New Hampshire Humanities on the Second Greatest Show on Earth.

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NHPR's Morning Edition Host Rick Ganley sits down with NH Magazine's managing editor Erica Thoits at the beginning of every month to chat about upcoming events.

Listen to find out what's happening in November:

Events mentioned in the interview:

Justine Paradis

In fewer than three hundred years, New England moved on from witch trials and executions and became a place where people openly call themselves witches.

But there are many ways to practice modern magic.

This is the second episode of The Real Witches of New Hampshire, a collaboration with New Hampshire Humanities.

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Manchester’s long-shuttered Rex Theater is opening again this week. The revamped theater is owned and operated by the Palace Theater just a few blocks down the street.

Standing on the balcony, Executive Director Chuck Stergioux points to group of technicians and contractors installing lights and the sound system before the Rex opens to the public on Thursday.

Stergioux says the place has transformed since a year ago. With a $1.7 million loan from the city, they installed a new roof and a new floor. But they kept the exposed brick wall.

It's the last weekend of October. Here are 10 things (plus) things to do in New Hampshire this weekend.

Visit NHPR's calendar for more activities, events and shows. And submit your own via this link.

Mark your calendars for these 10 fun things to do in New Hampshire this weekend, starting with the N.H. Film Festival, which opens Thursday evening in Portsmouth.

Visit NHPR's calendar for more events and activities. And submit your own via this link.

The weather in New Hampshire will turn for the better Saturday and Sunday this long Columbus Day weekend. Here are 10 things to do.

Visit NHPR's calendar for more events, shows, and activities. And add your own to the list here.

Make the most of the first weekend of October with this New Hampshire list of 10 things to do. Visit the NHPR calendar for more events, shows, and activities - and add your own.  Plus, check out Kate McNally's NHPR's Folk Music and Dance Calendar.

Get out and play this weekend in New Hampshire, where the forecast (Sept. 27-29) calls for sunshine and highs in the 70s. Here are 10 things to do, plus some extras. 

Visit NHPR's calendar for more events, activities, and shows ... and submit your own

It's the last weekend of summer, so get out and play - the weather forecast looks fantastic. Here are 10 things to do in New Hampshire this weekend - and more - with the first day of autumn Monday. 

Visit NHPR's event calendar for more activities, shows, and concerts. Plus, add your own. Also check out Kate McNally's Folk Music and Dance Calendar.

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Happy Labor Day Weekend. Here are nine (plus) things to do in New Hampshire this weekend to make sure it is, indeed, a happy one. 

Visit the NHPR community calendar here for more events - and add your own.

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Supercharge your weekend activity and fun with these 10 things to do in New Hampshire this weekend.

As always, visit NHPR's community calendar for more events - and add yours, too.

The 28th annual North Country Moose Festival, including a moose calling contest.


Mark your calendars for some summer fun and nightlife this weekend with these 14 plus things to do in New Hampshire. And visit NHPR's community calendar for more events and ideas.

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August is here, so start prioritizing your summer fun. Here are 10 (plus) cool things to do in New Hampshire this weekend. Visit NHPR's community calendar for more events, shows, music, arts. And submit your own events.

Soak up summer in New Hampshire in all its glory with a get-away, the arts, the eats, or some live music. Here is a primer of some of the entertainment and to-do options this weekend.

Writers on a New England Stage: Lidia Bastianich

Jul 3, 2019
Sara Plourde, NHPR

NHPR and The Music Hall in Portsmouth present Writers on a New England Stage with author Lidia Bastianich. She spoke with NHPR's Peter Biello about her latest book, My American Dream: A Life of Love, Family, and Food. 

In her memoir, Bastianich explores her relationship to Italian cuisine, describes her upbringing in communist Yugoslavia, her time as a refugee in Italy, and her experience living and working in New York City, where she discovered her passsion for food. 

Host of the cooking show, Lidia's Kitchen, Bastianich owns four restaurants in New York City and is co-founder of the Italian marketplace chain, Eataly.  

This interview was recorded March 12, 2019 at The Music Hall.


As New England College and New Hampshire Institute of Art finalize their merger, the schools say they plan to sell off a number of NHIA's properties.

The NHIA decided to join New England College last year, citing declining undergraduate enrollment. It is now renamed The Institute of Art and Design at New England College.  

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U.S. Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith was awarded the Hall-Kenyon Prize in American Poetry at the Currier Museum in Manchester on Wednesday, December 12. We bring you an excerpt of her conversation with Peter Biello in front of a live audience, where she discussed being Poet laureate, the writing process, and poetry as social activism. 

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Gary Samson and David Putnam first came together over their shared love of photography about 40 years ago.

In some ways, their relationship is professional, a relationship between artists. They critique each other’s work, toss around technical questions. But in other ways, they are more like brothers, taking every opportunity to poke fun, to crack up at a shared joke.

“I always remind him to respect his elders,” Putnam says of Samson, two weeks his junior.

Editor’s note: We recommend listening to this story.

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The novelist Willa Cather was born in Nebraska, but composed much of her most celebrated work, including My Ántonia, in New Hampshire.

She is buried in Jaffrey, New Hampshire and that's where this weekend fans of her work will gather to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the publication of My Ántonia.

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The 18th annual New Hampshire Film Festival kicks off Thursday in Portsmouth.

The four day festival features films from everywhere, but organizers say there’s a tradition of recognizing filmmaking in New Hampshire.

"There's never a shortage of material for us when we're looking to program New Hampshire Day,” says NHFF Executive Director Nicole Gregg. “So I would say that's a pretty good indication that it's a pretty active industry here in the state."


The historical museum in Lyme is wrapping up a summer exhibit on wedding gowns. The exhibit offers insight into the evolution of women’s styles and it also shares some intimate stories of town residents.

Note: we recommending listening to this feature

This weekend's forecast calls for summery weather in New Hampshire. As it's the last weekend before Labor Day holiday weekend, here are 5 things to do in the Granite State ... plus a little extra.

Visit the NHPR community calendar here for additional events, tours, and shows.

Farms across New Hampshire are offering up wagons of fresh fruits and vegetables, and agricultural fair time is here. Here are 5 things to do this weekend in New Hampshire, starting with one of those fairs, and moving on to some live music shows (Watch Sweet Crude's video, Mon Esprit, at the end of this post.)

Check out the NHPR Community Calendar for more events, music shows, and trip ideas.

Kate McNally hosts The Folk Show on Sundays at 7 p.m. She curates a folk music and dance calendar, too.

Peter Biello / NHPR

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.