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Third Saturday Supper (TAKE OUT ONLY)- Baked Ham

Third Saturday Supper (TAKE OUT ONLY)- Baked Ham

05/15/2021 - 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm at First Congregational Church of Swanzey
679 Old Homestead Highway

The First Congregational Church of Swanzey will host their Third Saturday Supper on Saturday, May 15th– Drive By and Pick Up from 5p to 6p.
Enjoy Baked Ham, Macaroni & cheese, gingered carrots, corn bread, and rhubarb-berry squares!

Cost is $10.

Upriver Journey

Upriver Journey

05/18/2021 - 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm at

Learn about the fascinating lives and epic migrations of American Shad and Sea Lamprey virtually with Firstlight’s Northfield Mountain on Tuesday, May 18th from 5:30 until 6:30 p.m.  These fish play an important role in our river ecosystems as they migrate to and from the sea.

Author John McPhee nicknamed American Shad “Our Founding Fish”.  Sea Lamprey have been called “Hero of our rivers and vampire of the sea”.  Find out why this keystone species is misunderstood and underappreciated.  Join Kim Noyes, Firstlight’s Northfield Mountain Education Coordinator, for this free presentation on the history and natural history of these unusual fish as this spring’s upriver migration is underway. This on-line event is co-sponsored with the Northfield Bird Club.  To register, go to www.bookeo.com/northfield.  Registration requests must be received at least 24 hours before program begins.

Keene State Theatre and Dance Directing Students Present One Act Plays: May 21-22

Keene State Theatre and Dance Directing Students Present One Act Plays: May 21-22

05/21/2021 - 05/22/2021 - 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm at

The Department of Theatre and Dance presents their Student final directing projects on May 21 and 22 at 7:30 p.m.

In this second-round of plays student directors Caroline Hentz, Jaden Rogers and Jean-Michael Pion will present Love and Information by Caryl Churchill, The Zoo Story by Edward Albee, and 4.48 Psychosis by Sarah Kane respectively. The one-act plays highlight the scholarship of Directing II students while offering meaningful connections for various audiences. In all the plays, actors never touch or come closer than six feet of each other due to Covid restrictions, and all parties are tested weekly and fully masked through the entire productions. 

Performances take place at 7:30 p.m. each evening in the Redfern Arts Center’s Wright Theatre. Tickets are free and in-person seats are offered only to the Keene State College Community. The general public can access the performances as a free Livestream performance. Call the Redfern Box Office, 603-358-2168 or learn more at keene.edu/arts/redfern.

The Wizard of Paws

The Wizard of Paws

05/22/2021 - 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm at

The Monadnock Humane Society’s Hair Ball is going virtual again this year…Saturday, May 22nd starting at 7pm! Enjoy special guest appearances, Fund-a-Need, 50/50 Raffle, Silent Auctions and more! Register today at www.MHSHairBall.com

2021 Connecticut River Speaker Series: Explore the watershed with river lovers from NH and VT

2021 Connecticut River Speaker Series: Explore the watershed with river lovers from NH and VT

05/25/2021 - 11/23/2021 - 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm at

This year, the Connecticut River Joint Commissions Subcommittees will be working together to celebrate and learn more about our Connecticut River – its history, science and culture.  We invite residents of the Connecticut River Valley to join and participate.

The 2021 Riverwide speaker series will host 4 events to occur virtually on a Tuesday at 6pm. Register or Find out more http://www.crjc.org/lrs/

  • MAY 25                        Future of Invasive Species Management
  • SEPTEMBER 28     A  History of the Connecticut
  • NOVEMBER                 Water Quality & Green Infrastructure

This year, members are also working to advance water quality monitoring of the Connecticut River and we welcome volunteers to help us in this effort.

By using the knowledge and wisdom of riverside communities, we might better prevent expensive and culturally ruinous troubles, safeguarding the magic of the Connecticut River.

Connecticut River Joint Commissions or “CRJC” preserves and protects the visual, ecological and agricultural resources of the Connecticut River Valley of New Hampshire and Vermont, as well as guides its growth and development. The five CRJC Local River Subcommittees, which include all 53 riverfront communities, comment on river related permits and watershed planning. Enabled by both states, volunteer commissioners and members act as the “eyes and ears” on river related issues. In addition, members advance public awareness and involvement on issues of local priority.

If you would like more information visit our website www.crjc.org

May Summit to Focus on Actions for Vermont's Future

May Summit to Focus on Actions for Vermont’s Future

05/26/2021 - 05/27/2021 - 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm at

BE PART OF THE SUMMIT ON THE FUTURE OF VERMONT TAKING PLACE MAY 26-27.

THIS VIRTUAL EVENT WILL BRING VERMONTERS TOGETHER TO CONSIDER ACTIONS TO TAKE IN THE NEXT FEW YEARS IN ORDER TO HAVE A PROSPEROUS AND SUSTAINABLE VERMONT OVER THE NEXT 30.

THIS VIRTUAL SUMMIT WILL BE HIGHLY INTERACTIVE AND INCLUDES SOME OF THE MOST PRESSING ISSUES IN VERMONT TODAY. THESE INCLUDE:

  • ENSURING QUALITY AFFORDABLE CHILDCARE
  • ADVANCING VERMONT’S CLIMATE ECONOMY
  • COMBATING RACISM
  • PROTECTING THE WORKING LANDSCAPE
  • AND REDUCING POVERTY BY BUILDING OPPORTUNITY

SUMMIT SESSIONS WILL RUN FROM 1-5PM MAY 26 AND 27. THE SUMMIT ON THE FUTURE OF VERMONT IS PRODUCED BY THE NON PROFIT AND NON PARTISAN VERMONT COUNCIL ON RURAL DEVELOPMENT.

REGISTER TODAY. TO SEE THE MOST UP-TO-DATE AGENDA, SPEAKER LIST AND PANEL TOPICS VISIT FUTUREOFVERMONT.ORG.

Black Heritage Trail of New Hampshire  Announces Juneteenth Celebration

Black Heritage Trail of New Hampshire Announces Juneteenth Celebration

06/17/2021 - 06/19/2021 - 12:00 am at

The Black Heritage Trail of New Hampshire will commemorate Juneteenth, 2021 on June 17, 18, and 19 with the theme Found Lineage: Celebrating African American Roots & Branches.

The current debate around race is coinciding with a technological phenomenon: the extraordinary growth of DNA testing, along with the meaning of these results on concepts of lineage and race.  The ease of access to this scientific testing has led people on a journey to delve deeper into their roots and to fill out the branches of their family tree.  While the research has brought some remarkable stories of reconciliation to the public, the data collected through our genes has demonstrated the brutality of America’s history.  A recent study shows that, while the majority of enslaved people brought to the Americas were male, enslaved women had a disproportionate impact on the gene pool of their descendants.  There is much evidence of the systematic rape and sexual exploitation of enslaved Black women.

With a focus on African American genealogy and research, this year’s Juneteenth celebration offers a series of engaging, informative, and entertaining programs that examines the connection between the emerging knowledge of our DNA and the historical events in the Black community.  Programs also highlight how science is leading journeys of self-discovery, helping people rewrite their understanding not only of their families but also of their orientation as Americans.

Juneteenth is the oldest known nationally celebrated event commemorating the end of slavery in the United States.  President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation declared that, as of January 1, 1863, all slaves in states in rebellion against the Union “shall be then, thenceforward, and forever free.”  However, it was not until June 19, 1865, two years later, when the U.S. Army took possession of Galveston Island in Texas and began a war against defenders of slavery, that the enslaved people in Galveston could begin their journey toward freedom.

Eastern Bank, ReVision Energy, People’s Bank, the University of New Hampshire, the Music Hall, McClane Middleton,  and Centrus Digital are generous sponsors for this year’s celebration.

The Schedule of events is as follows:

  • Thursday, June 17, 10:00 AM-2:30 PM, cost $40.00.  In a virtual workshop Finding Our Roots: Researching Black History & Genealogy, divided into four one-hour segments, five experts will offer techniques and resources for researching African American history and genealogy.
  • Friday, June 18, 7:30 PM, cost TBA.  In a live concert at the Music Hall, Portsmouth, NH, Feeling Good: N’Kenge Celebrates African American Sopranos, N’Kenge will honor Nellie Brown Mitchell, Aretha Franklin, and other famous African American female singers who changed the trajectory of American music.
  • Saturday, June 19, 10:00-11:30 AM, a free virtual panel discussion.  In Art of the Story: Exploring How SNA Powers a Changing Narrative, three professionals will explore the role the new science is playing in presenting a more complete story of our country, the power of the story to aid in individual and collective healing, and the dangers inherent in the new science.
  • Saturday, June 19, 3:00 PM, free and open to the public, live streamed on Zoom and Facebook from the Portsmouth African Burying Ground, Dance of the Ancestors: Ritual, Chants, Drumming & Movement.  Chief Wande Abimbola, a Yoruba Babalowo and the Awise Awo Agbaye (Voice of Ifa in the World), Chief Oscar Mokeme from the Nmuo Society, and members from Akwaaba Ensemble will honor the ancestors through rituals, chants, and African drumming and dance.

For more information and to register for these programs, please go to our website:

blackheritagetrailofnh.org

Keene Summer Outdoor Craftest

Keene Summer Outdoor Craftest

06/19/2021 - 9:00 am - 3:00 pm at Keene Middle School
167 Maple Ave

Crafters from all over New England are very excited to help celebrate the beginning of Summer! Join them on Saturday, June 19th from 9 to 3 at Keene Middle School for the “Keene Summer Outdoor Craft-Fest”! There will be over 70 crafter booths with handmade items.  Some of your favorite crafters from the annual holiday show and many new crafters from our area.  There will also be an area for any classic car & truck enthusiast who would like to come out and join our show and show off their cool rides.  Come out and help support our local business and have some out door fun!  Rain date will be the following Saturday, June 26th.

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