Cocheco Arts Festival

Coming Soon….Dover’s Cocheco Arts Festival: the Headliner Series kicks off on Friday, July 8th with the Compaq Big Band at 6:30. The Children’s Show on Tuesday, July 12th at Noon features Wildlife Encounters.  On Wednesday, July 13th Shark in the Park presents Francoix Simard at 6pm. All at the Henry Law Pavilion.

Dover’s Historic Walking Tours

Dover’s Historic Walking Tours continue on Saturday July 23rd and begin at 9:30 a.m. starting in the Dover Chamber parking lot (550 Central Ave). Explore historic downtown Dover. The tour costs $10 and will last until roughly 11 a.m. Register online at

Garrison Players Youth Ed Shows on our outdoor stage!

Garrison Players Youth Ed Shows “Catch Me If You Can” (Musical) and “Alice In Wonderland” on our outdoor stage!

Catch Me If You Can:  Based on the hit DreamWorks film, this splashy spectacle follows the high-flying adventures of a globetrotting con artist. Based on the hit film and the incredible true story, “Catch Me If You Can” is a musical comedy about chasing your dreams and not getting caught!  Show dates: June 17, 18, 19, 25, 26 at 6pm. $15

Alice in Wonderland:  Lewis Carroll’s confounding classic takes Alice to Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass. Along the way she meets the Cheshire Cat, the Mad Hatter and the March Hare, a hookah-smoking Caterpillar, the Queen of Hearts, Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum, and a menagerie of other characters. What a curious dream! Show dates: June 18, 19, 25, 26 at 2pm and  June 24 at 6pm. Tickets:  $15


Visit, or email, or call 603-750-4278 for details, tickets, and volunteer opportunities. Garrison Players Arts Center, 449 Roberts Rd, Rollinsford.  Any questions, email

Garrison Players Arts Center (GPAC) is a nonprofit, volunteer-based community theatre group dedicated to enriching the cultural life of the area by presenting high-quality theatrical performances geared for family audiences. Established in 1953, the players encourage people of all ages to enjoy and participate in the many facets of the performing arts, and to help maintain the Garrison Players Arts Center. For more information about auditions, shows or GPAC, visit the website at




The Award-Winning Art Center in Dover, NH has just opened a superb cooperative exhibit that celebrates the new partnership between The Art Center and the New Hampshire Art Association that started in January of this year. The work of members of both organizations will be shown through the month of June at The Art Center.  


Artworks include fine art prints, graphite works, paintings in various mediums and sculpture.


The work is available for purchase in person at The Art Center and online.  An artists’ reception will be held on Saturday, June 11th from 6-9 PM at The Art Center. 


There is a lot of talent here in New England and this exhibit highlights some of the best artists in the area.  It is well worth the time to come out and see such a remarkable collection of artwork.

Please visit or call 603-978-6702 for more information.

The Art Center located at the Washington Street Mills, 1 Washington Street, Dover, NH

Opening Day at the Counting House Museum

Opening Day at the Counting House Museum

South Berwick, Maine- The Counting House Museum opens for the season on Saturday, June 4th with extended hours from 10am-4pm. A variety of textile demonstrations will be at the nearby Counting House Park in celebration of the opening of the new textile exhibit, “Material Culture: Domestic Cloth-Making in 18th Century New England”. The demonstrations and the museum admission are free to the public, donations are gratefully accepted.


The Old Berwick Historical Society’s 2022 exhibit explores the material culture of early domestic textile arts and the tools used to produce linen and woolen cloth in rural New England homesteads. Material goods provide a window into standards of living, self-sufficiency, economic diversification, and the transition from frontier life to settled communities.


The specialized tools used to process flax and wool, and the spinning wheels and looms on display, reveal the necessary individual skills and the collaborative family roles in creating yarn and cloth. Loans from the collection of Guest Curators Peter and Nancy Cook and selections from the permanent collection of the Old Berwick Historical Society reflect the art of creating homespun textiles in common use throughout the 18th century. This exhibit will be on display for the 2022 season.


A new permanent exhibit, “Berwick Begins”, is also open for this first time. The exhibit explores the founding of the Berwicks almost 400 years ago. The culmination of a quarter-century of local archaeology and historical research, it tells the story of lives uprooted and rebuilt on Berwick soil in its turbulent first century.

The Counting House Museum is regularly open June-October on Saturday and Sunday from 1pm-4pm. More information is available by calling 207-384-0000 or visiting

Vennard Recognized as Volunteer Manager of the Year

Vennard Recognized as Volunteer Manager of the Year


Rochester, NH – Cornerstone VNA, a local nonprofit home health and hospice care provider, is pleased to announce that Ann Vennard, Assistant Director of Advancement, was recognized as the 2022 Governor’s Outstanding Volunteer Manager of the Year during the annual Governor’s Conference on Volunteerism on May 10th.


Participants of this 3-day virtual conference, which was attended by nearly 300 individuals from New Hampshire and across the country, received a warm welcome from Governor John Sununu, who also announced the Outstanding Volunteer Manager of the Year. “The work done by Ann exemplifies the very best of NH – going out of one’s way to care for others and provide a helping hand to those in our communities,” said Governor Sununu. “I could not be more proud to present Ann with [this award].”


Gretchen Stallings, Executive Director of Volunteer NH adds, “Ann’s dedication to the volunteers she supports is truly admirable. Volunteers are the backbone of so many wonderful organizations, including Cornerstone VNA, and they all deserve the special care that Ann pours into her program every day.”


Ann has been a volunteer manager at Cornerstone VNA for the past 6 years and has worked to build a comprehensive volunteer program that engages a variety of community members, from youth to older adults, as well as pet companion volunteers. According to Erika Lee, Director of Advancement at Cornerstone VNA, “Ann has done a tremendous job growing our volunteer program opportunities and making sure our volunteers have a successful and meaningful experience. I was proud to nominate her for this award and thrilled that she was honored as this year’s award recipient.”


Cornerstone VNA’s vibrant volunteer team is comprised of Companions, NH Senior Companions, Balance Coaches, Hospice, Music, Office, Pet Peace of Mind and Caregiver Café Facilitator volunteers. To learn more about volunteering at Cornerstone VNA, call 800-691-1133 x1109 or visit


Cornerstone VNA currently serves Rockingham, Strafford, Belknap and Carroll Counties in New Hampshire and York County in Maine. The team at Cornerstone VNA provides award-winning care and support through five distinct programs: Home Care, Hospice Care, Palliative Care, Life Care-Private Duty, and Community Care. For 109 years, Cornerstone VNA has been committed to bringing services to people of all ages so that families can stay together at home, even when facing the challenges of aging, surgical recovery, chronic or life-threatening illnesses or end-of-life care. To learn more about Cornerstone VNA, visit or call 800-691-1133.

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