Madbury Day

Madbury Day
Madbury Day is moving to Saturday, September 10th, 2022.  We’re looking for lots of volunteers this year for some new booths and activities, in addition to having all our old favorites.  Anyone who is interested in volunteering or has an idea for a booth or activity can reach out to me at karen.mattaoshima@gmail.com or 508-345-2172.  I’ll be organizing planning meetings in the near future so anyone who has been involved in the past will hear from me about those meetings.

20th Annual Poetry Contest Readings on

All poets who participated in the library’s 20th Annual Poetry Contest are invited to read their poetry on Monday, May 23 at 6:30pm. The general public is encouraged to come and enjoy the readings. This event will take place on the Dover Public Library lawn (rain location will be the library’s Lecture Hall). 

Spring Craft Fair

Somersworth Festival Association to Host Spring Craft Fair May 14th

 

We are pleased to announce that the Somersworth Festival Association is hosting its 29th Annual Spring Craft Fair from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on May 14th at Somersworth High School, 11 Memorial Drive, Somersworth, NH. The craft fair will feature lots of talented crafters offering wood crafts, garden decorations, bird houses, paintings, metal decor, mugs, tote bags, gnomes, wind chimes, kids’ items, jewelry, food, and pet items, as well as sewn, knitted, and crocheted items and more! There will also be some great raffles! It will be a good opportunity to get unique graduation, teacher, birthday, wedding, and Father’s Day presents or something nice for yourself. Vendors will be inside and outside. The cafeteria will be offering food for sale.

 

For vendor inquiries or any questions, please email us at sfachild.festival@gmail.com, call us at 603-692-5869, or visit our website at www.nhfestivals.org.

 

We hope you will join us on May 14 th!

Lecture about Piscataqua Textiles in the 1700’s

Lecture about Piscataqua Textiles in the 1700’s

 

South Berwick, Maine- Old Berwick Historical Society will present an online lecture by textile historian Sandra Rux titled “Bed, Furniture and Window Curtain Textiles in Piscataqua Inventories, 1700-1800” on Thursday, April 28 at 7:30pm in the Whipple Theater at Berwick Academy.  

 

Inventories of wealthy citizens reveal many high-end fabrics used for bed coverings and curtains plus, as the 18th century progressed, an increasing number of window curtains. The inventory of Elizabeth Rindge Wentworth (d. 1794) is notable for its inclusion of a silk quilt paired with worsted damask bed and window curtains with window squabs. Middling and aspiring families such as Tobias Lear and Bartholomew Stavers owned bed and window curtains of furniture check. Rux will discuss the benefits and pitfalls of using inventories to help reconstruct the stories of the lives lived by early Piscataqua people.

 

Sandra Rux received a BA in History from the University of Connecticut and an MA in History from Trinity College, Hartford CT and is a graduate of the Museum Studies program of the Munson Institute, Mystic Seaport Museum. She came to Portsmouth in 2005 as the Synergy manager for the Portsmouth Historical Society, Warner House and Wentworth-Gardner and Lear Houses and then served as manager and curator for the Portsmouth Historical Society until December 2014. She served as Curator of the Warner House Association (2014-2019) and chairperson of the Portsmouth Athenaeum Exhibits Committee (2014-2021). A hand loom weaver herself, she has written about nineteenth-century carpet weaving for the Dublin Seminar and in Corsets, Clocks and Locks, a book about the industrial development of New Haven, CT.

 

Admission is free to members, donations gratefully accepted from non-members. The lecture is open to the public, no registration is required. The lecture will be recorded and posted to the society’s website. The Old Berwick Historical Society’s 2022 lectures are generously sponsored by Kennebunk Savings and supported by historical society members and donors.

 

The Counting House Museum is currently open by appointment only. The upcoming textile exhibit, “Material Culture: Domestic Cloth-Making in 18th-Century New England” opens on June 4th. More information is available by calling 207-384-0000 or visiting www.oldberwick.org.

A Royal invitation from Garrison Players Arts Center

A Royal invitation from Garrison Players Arts Center: Once Upon a Mattress by Marshall Barer and Mary Rodgers.

Get your tickets early as they’re going fast for this fun and silly musical based on the fairy tale “The Princess and the Pea.” 

 

Performance dates are May 13 through 29.  Friday and Saturday performances at 8pm and Sunday performances at 2pm at Garrison Players Arts Center, 449 Roberts Rd, Rollinsford.

Tickets are $20 for Adults and $15 for Students. Visit www.garrisonplayers.org, or email boxoffice@garrisonplayers.org, or call 603-750-4278.

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, volunteering, shows, or GPAC, visit the website at www.garrisonplayers.org

Garrison Players Arts Center Youth Ed’s Summer Camp

Garrison Players Arts Center presents our Youth Ed’s Broadway Musical Theater Summer Camp

Mary Poppins Jr!

Register at garrisonplayers.org. Spaces are limited so register early to receive our ‘Early Bird” special!

Camp runs July 18th – August 6th, 2022, Mon – Fri 9am-3pm for ages 8-16

Camp Director Melissa Manseau, Asst. Camp Director: Megan Davenport Karas

Your favorite practically perfect nanny takes center stage in this Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious adventure based on the award-winning Broadway musical and classic Walt Disney film.  Come be a part of this magical production

Performances: August 5th & 6th at 2pm and 7pm

Camp tuition: $550 due by June 30th. $495 Early Bird registration due by May 1st.

We are always in need of volunteers and helpers for our productions. If you are willing to support this amazing Summer Camp email: Youthed@garrisonplayers.org

Drop In Teen Game Night

Drop In teen Game night at the Dover Public Library. Join us on Monday, April 25 at 6pm for Game Night! Teens in grades 7-12 are invited to drop in and play some games on the Switch, try out some Jackbox games, or play some of our board and card games. Snacks will be provided!

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