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Things to see and do the week of Sept. 13, 2018


Thursday, September 13, 2018
28th Season Opening Gala

What: Dance Academy, Concord Coachmen Barbershoppers, the Community Players of Concord, Dancesteps Etc., Turning Pointe Center of Dance, Eastern Ballet Institute, McKenna Dance Center, Gen’s Dance Studio, Amit Productions, Miss Capital Area Scholarship Program, Jean’s Playhouse of Lincoln, the Concord Community Concert Association, and the Walker Lecture Series will come together to highlight the years ahead for the Concord City Auditorium’s calendar with a variety show. There will also be Arnie’s Place ice cream.

When: Sunday. The arts party begins at 6 p.m. with the stage show commencing at 7 p.m.

Where: Concord City Auditorium, Prince Street, Concord

Cost: Free, but tickets required; pick up at Gibson’s Bookstore, UPS or at the door.

Info: 344-4747 or nhdm40@comcast.net

Artisan Festival

What: The family-friendly event features 50 booths of artisan crafts and locally prepared foods for sale, live music, traditional craft demonstrations, and horse-drawn wagon rides. Observe blacksmithing, spoon carving, broom-making, oval box making, rug braiding and hooking. Sit in on a presentation about how the Shakers made their famous medicinal preparation, Corbett’s Compound Syrup of Sarsaparilla, from locally-gathered plants. Guided and self-guided tours available.

When: Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Where: Canterbury Shaker Village, 288 Shaker Road, Canterbury

Cost: Free for members, $12 nonmember adults, $6 children, under age 5 are free

Info: shakers.org

Author Paula Munier

What: She will discuss her police procedural, “A Borrowing of Bones.”

When: Today at 5:30 p.m.

Where: Gibson’s Bookstore, 45 S. Main St., Concord

Info:gibsonsbookstore.com

N.H. Poetry Fest

What: A daylong conference with readings, panels and workshops by Adrian Blevins, Robert Crawford, Sharon Dolin and Matthew Guenette. Headliner will be Linda Pastan.

When: Saturday

Where: New England College, Henniker

Info: poetrysocietyofnew-hampshire.org/fest

The Big E

What: New Hampshire will have a state building at the Eastern States Exposition to feature business, products and entertainers highlighting New Hampshire craftsmanship, food and arts. There will be plenty of the famous mac and cheese along with blueberry pie and ice cream, homemade broccoli and cheddar cheese soup, plus the ever popular butter-dipped New Hampshire corn-on-the-cob. Fair-goers will be able to see chair caning, wood carving, basket making, Shaker box making, Russian doll making, weaving and more. This year’s entertainment line up includes New Hampshire favorites the Michael Vincent Band of Gilford, Slack Tide Trio from Newmarket, Slattery & Stewart of Enfield, Oxford & Clark of Grantham, Cardigan Mountain Tradition Band of Enfield, Jordan Tirrell-Wysocki Trio from Newmarket, On Air Barbershop Singers of Nashua and the Mink Hills Band from Warner.

When: Saturday through  Sept. 30

 Where: Big E, 875 Memorial Ave., W. Springfield, Mass.

Cost: $8 to $40

Info: thebige.com