The holidays are a busy time for museums in the Merrimack Valley branch of the NH Heritage Museum Trail, highlighted by Canterbury Shaker Village’s Christmas at Canterbury, which take place on Saturdays, December 8 and 15.
Designed for families, the events include a magic show, model trains, cookie decorating, holiday card-making, live music, and visits with ‘Father Christmas.’ Caroling with the Canterbury Singers and an outdoor tree-lighting conclude each evening outside the historic Shaker Schoolhouse.
“Christmas at Canterbury is a wonderful way to start a new family tradition or do something different on date night,” said Executive Director Susan Bennett.
In addition, one-hour candlelight tours will be offered on Thursday, Friday and Sunday, December 6, 7 and 9, and Thursday and Friday, December 13 and 14. Reservations are strongly recommended.
“People love being at Shaker Village in early winter to experience the peaceful beauty of this hillside and see the simple decorations and twinkling lights in the historic buildings,” added Bennett. “Holiday picture-taking is encouraged with festive locations in both indoor and outdoor settings.”
For more information, including times and prices, visit shakers.org.
In Manchester at the Currier Museum of Art, several holiday themed events will take place, including Caroling in the Galleries on Saturday, December 8 from noon to 1:30 pm. At this event, visitors will be greeted by caroling, courtesy of Manchester Choral Society. New Hampshire residents enjoy free admission from 10 am to noon through a partnership with the Botnick Family Foundation and E&R Laundry and Dry Cleaning.
Music & Mimosas: Brunch at the Currier takes place on Sunday, December 9. At this monthly event, made more festive during the holidays, visitors may enjoy a continental station, made-to-order omelets, pancakes, French toast and other classic breakfast and lunch offerings while entertained by local musicians. A special ARTtalk occurs after brunch.
At Noon Year’s Eve Party on Monday, December 31, visitors may ring in the New Year a few hours early. Activities will include family-friendly, art-making activity, face painting, live entertainment and more. The celebration will end with bubble-wrap fireworks and a huge balloon drop.
For more information about any of these or other events, visit currier.org.
On Saturday, December 1 at the Millyard Museum in Manchester, two events take place with Holiday Open House expecting Santa in attendance. In addition, the free event will feature holiday storytelling, raffles, board games, refreshments and more.
Holiday Open House will take place at the same time as American Girl Doll Tea Party in which children will take a tour of the Millyard Museum through the eyes of an American Girl. The tour will be followed by refreshments and crafts.
For more information, visit manchesterhistoric.org.
Comprised of 17 museums, the NH Heritage Museum Trail is divided into the Seacoast, Merrimack Valley and Lakes regions with stops in Canterbury, Concord, Dover, Exeter, Laconia, Manchester, Moultonborough, Plymouth, Portsmouth, Tamworth, and Wolfeboro.
In the Lakes Region portion of the NH Heritage Museum Trail, Castle in the Clouds will celebrate its popular annual Christmas at the Castle program, which begins on Friday, November 16 with a Preview Party.
At this Preview Party, sponsored by Lifetime Benefits Group, visitors will get a first glimpse of the Castle with rooms decorated by local businesses and designers inspired by a theme of “Holidays Around the World.”
“There will be décor inspired by holiday traditions in Japan, Germany, Mexico and more,” said Castle Curator Robin Sherman.
She said incorporating other cultural traditions throughout the Castle pays homage to the appreciation that the Lucknow Estate’s original owners, Tom and Olive Plant, had for the wider world.
“We are excited to merge the history of the estate with the traditions of other countries and hope our guests enjoy experiencing these other cultures in an immersive and beautiful way,” she said.
All proceeds from the Preview Party will support the preservation and interpretation of the Lucknow Estate (Castle), which is now listed on the United States National Registry of Historic Places.
The holiday festivities continue on November 17 and 18 and the following weekend, November 23 to 25.
“Christmas at the Castle is one of the best events of the year for families and children,” said Stephanie Poole, programs and volunteer coordinator. “In addition to touring the Castle , guests may enjoy free activities in the Carriage House, including children’s holiday crafts, a visit with Santa Claus, cookies and hot cocoa, and an artisan fair.”
Featuring many NH-made items, such as candles, soaps, children’s toys, jewelry, cutlery and more, The Gift Shop will be open during Christmas at the Castle. Lunch will also be available at The Carriage House Restaurant.
Christmas at the Castle is supported by presenting sponsor, Infinger Insurance, and supporting sponsor, Leone, McDonnell & Roberts Public Accountants.
Noting this is just one of several holiday events throughout all three branches of the The Trail, Mike Culver, who serves as its president, said he hopes locals come see what visitors to already know.
“The Trail is about more than history,” he said. “We represent heritage and culture, and that includes nature, art and so much more. It’s a place for people of all ages.”
Comprised of 17 museums divided into three branches–Seacoast, Merrimack Valley and the Lakes Region–The Trail includes stopis in Canterbury, Concord, Dover, Exeter, Laconia, Manchester, Moultonborough, Plymouth, Portsmouth, Tamworth, and Wolfeboro.
To learn more about Christmas at the Castle, visit castleintheclouds.org.
At any given member institution on the New Hampshire Heritage Museum Trail, visitors are apt to encounter exhibits that touch on art, war, and themes that touch on the urban landscape, agriculture and more.
According to Mike Culver, president of The Trail and executive director of the Wright Museum in Wolfeboro, an exhibit is much more than “a static display of historical artifacts.”
“Our first consideration is always the purpose of the exhibition,” he said. “Since education is the primary objective for any museum, our first consideration should always be: ‘How is what we are creating impacting and enhancing our educational mission?’”
Upon answering this question, he said what follows are the content and then aesthetics of an exhibit, each of which are “profoundly interwoven.”
At the American Independence Museum in Exeter, Executive Director Emma Bray said they are currently in the “unique and exciting position” to reinterpret all their permanent exhibition spaces.
“We are thoughtfully considering what story we want to tell and what the visitor takes away from their experience,” she said. “Perhaps it’s a new piece of information, or a spark to learn more about a topic.”
Noting there is a wealth of research on museum visitation about how different types of learners engage with museums, Bray said they are trying to provide as many opportunities for engagement as possible. This engagement is encouraged, she said, through traditional labels, digital interactives, and physical interactives.
“The interactives are still a work in progress, but we’re in an exciting phase of development and exploration,” she added.
For Culver, who noted they are also currently incorporating interactives into their exhibit spaces, it is important to “grab a visitor’s attention” almost immediately.
“This can be done in various ways – colors, images, sounds, but usually there is a combination of all of these elements,” he explained. “People learn in different ways–some by sight, some by text, some by the spoken word.”
Once they are drawn to the exhibit, he said visitors “unconsciously choose how they best learn and what they will ignore.”
“‘Bell and whistles’ may get them there, but it is the content they choose to absorb that will go home with them,” he said.
At the American Independence Museum, Bray said their hope is that their exhibits inspire visitors to learn more about the nation’s struggle for independence and its relevance to today.
“Civic engagement is another important outcome we hope to achieve,” she added.
Noting Wright Museum’s mission is to also demonstrate the relevance of a particular part of history–in their case, WWII–Culver said a well-designed exhibit results from “countless hours of study and planning.”
“You have to make sure the content is ‘king’ and worthy of visitors’ attention,” he said. “The exhibit must move them intellectually, emotionally, and creatively, so that they leave your museum wanting to know more and feel destined to explore topics on their own.”
Bray agreed and added, “Designing an exhibit is a wonderful challenge–and it is worth the effort when you see people experience those ‘aha’ moments.”
In total, 17 museums make up the NH Heritage Museum Trail, which is broken down into three branches: Seacoast, Merrimack Valley and Lake Region. Stops on The Trail include Canterbury, Concord, Dover, Exeter, Laconia, Manchester, Moultonborough, Plymouth, Tamworth, and Wolfeboro.
On Saturday, September 15 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Canterbury Shaker Village will host the Canterbury Artisan Festival, which includes wagon rides, craft activities for children and adults, demonstrations of traditional Shaker crafts and more. The festival also features agricultural demonstrations, a juried craft fair and farmer’s market.
“We even have two teenage brothers who have revived the old arts of blacksmithing,” said Nicole Laurin, special events and adult programs manager at Canterbury Shaker Village. “There are many stories to be told here, which makes this annual event so interesting to people of all ages.”
For Sara Petipas of On the Cusp Pottery in Concord, the festival represents a unique opportunity to demonstrate the craft of wheel throwing.
“I will be making mostly vases, but potentially other forms such as bowls, pitchers and mugs,” she said.
For Petipas, the most rewarding aspects of pottery making are the processes themselves.
”The acts of wheel throwing and glazing are very meditative,” she said.
The most challenging part is the fragility of the process.
“There are many points in the process when things could go wrong–damage in drying, trimming, firing and transport of the finished pieces,” she added.
As for why she has returned to the festival for the past 6 years, she said she simply loves it.
“I enjoy working outside among the beautiful buildings,” she said. “Canterbury Shaker Village is a beautiful, peaceful place that lends itself well to the creation and appreciation of craft. It’s just gorgeous.”
For Laurin, Petipas’ appreciation of Canterbury Shaker Village is often experienced by visitors, which makes this annual festival so important to their mission.
“This festival showcases the “dynamic and vibrant” atmosphere of this place,” she said. “It represents the best of what we have to offer here.”
One of 17 museums on the NH Heritage Museum Trail, Canterbury Shaker Village is located in the Merrimack Valley branch of the New Hampshire Heritage Museum Trail.
Additional branches include the Seacoast and Lakes Region. Stops on The Trail include Canterbury, Concord, Dover, Exeter, Laconia, Manchester, Moultonborough, Plymouth, Tamworth, and Wolfeboro.
To learn more about the Canterbury Artisan Festival, which takes place on Saturday, September 15 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., visit www.shakers.org.
In the Merrimack Valley branch of the New Hampshire Heritage Museum Trail, Saturday, September 15 features two events, each of which will provide visitors with a unique experience.
EthanMurrow.Ledgers of Hines.2018.graphite on paper.48x48.Courtesy of the artist and Winston Wachter Fine Art
At the Currier Museum of Art, September 15 marks the opening of Hauling, an exhibition by commissioned artist Ethan Murrow, who will transform 100 feet of gallery space into an ambitious installation of hand-drawn, panoramic murals.
The exhibition will additionally include works on paper and a monumental, industrial-type, kinetic sculpture, all of which will be researched and created by Murrow with other artists, craftspeople, historians and New Hampshire citizens.
Hauling is inspired by the history of the Manchester region and its people with an emphasis on labor, manufacturing, and the area’s natural resources. The installation process will be on public view in the weeks leading up to the exhibition’s opening.
To learn more, visit www.currier.org.
Canterbury Artisans Festival
On September 15, Canterbury Shaker Village will host the Canterbury Artisans Festival. Celebrating local artisans with a craft fair and farmer’s market, live music, family fun craft activities, farm animals, and demonstrations ranging from broom making to bee keeping and blacksmithing, the event is like no other.
Canterbury Artisan Festival
“Visitors are able to experience the legacy of the Shakers by catching a tour of the Village or by wandering our beautiful historic grounds,” said Nicole Laurin, special events and adult programs manager. “The festival connects back and honors the Shakers’ 200+ year role as manufactures of quality handcrafted goods.”
This popular annual events reflects the mission of Canterbury Shaker Village, which is “dedicated to preserving the 200-year legacy of the Canterbury Shakers and to providing a place for learning, reflection, and renewal of the human spirit.”
To learn more about the Canterbury Artisans Festival, visit www.shakers.org.
More About The Trail
Divided into three branches–Seacoast, Merrimack Valley and Lakes Region–the New Hampshire Heritage Museum Trail “connects the public with culturally rich heritage institutions in New Hampshire.”
“In each of our three sections, there is so much diversity and history that spans more than 300 years,” said Mike Culver, president of The Trail and executive director of the Wright Museum in Wolfeboro. “We welcome people of all ages and background to visit us this summer and fall.”
In total, 17 museums make up The New Hampshire Museum Trail. Stops on The Trail include Canterbury, Concord, Dover, Exeter, Laconia, Manchester, Moultonborough, Plymouth, Tamworth, and Wolfeboro.
Part of the Lakes Region portion of the New Hampshire Heritage Museum Trail, the New Hampshire Boat Museum, Libby Museum, and Wright Museum of World War II in Wolfeboro offer a unique opportunity for visitors.
Known as The Museum Loop Tour, this experience takes place on Fridays and offers boat and trolley tours from the Boat Museum to the Libby Museum, or visa versa, with a trolley ride shuttling visitors to the Wright Museum.
The “Millie B” boat tour makes use of the dock near the Libby Museum and takes advantage of Trolley tours available in Wolfeboro. While the Boat Museum has offered tours for many years, the Museum Loop is a fairly new concept.
“We were trying to find a way to connect people to places in a short amount of time,” said Evan Liotta, operations manager of the Boat Museum.
The plan is working nicely, according to Liotta, who said spots on the tours fill up quickly and seats are booked about two weeks out.
Partnering with other Trail partners makes sense, according to Alana Albee, executive director of the Libby Museum.
“We’re lucky to have so many member museums in Wolfeboro,” she said.
Proximity is not the only reason Trail museums collaborate, however, as shared resources are vital commodities for nonprofit institutions.
“For small-to-medium-size institutions in general, collaboration is the future of museums,” said Michael Culver, executive director of the Wright Museum. “By sharing, we can each do more and spend less. Collaboration also emphasizes the astounding diversity of the cultural offerings available to visitors in our area.”
Seats on the Museum Loop Tour are booked through the Boat Museum. For information or to sign up for a tour, call 603-998-3286 or visit www.nhbm.org.
The NH Heritage Museum Trail is made up of 17 museums with stops in Canterbury, Concord, Dover, Exeter, Laconia, Manchester, Moultonborough, Plymouth, Tamworth and Wolfeboro.
The New Hampshire Heritage Museum Trail has a lot to offer in July with unique and exciting events for families and history buffs alike.
Some of the events include the American Independence Festival at the American Independence Museum, Summer Discovery Days at the Remick Country Doctor Museum and Farm, and a Car Show at the Aviation Museum of New Hampshire.
Whether someone is interested in learning more about colonial farming, events surrounding America’s independence or some classic cars, the NH Heritage Museum Trail as it covered.
In the Seacoast Region of The Trail, the American Independence Museum in Exeter will host the American Independence Festival in Exeter on July 14. The Festival features food, music, ale, reenactments, Traditional Artisans’ Village, vendor marketplace, museum tours and more.
Guests will hear traditional music throughout the festival and can grab a bite to eat from several local nearby food trucks on Swasey parkway, which is also home to several battle re-enactments. Brewed by Redhook Brewery, American Independence Ale will be served in Folsom Tavern, a venue in which George Washington once dined.
On museum grounds, guests may enjoy demonstrations by nationally renowned traditional artisans, a “village” sponsored by the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts. One of only 26 remaining original copies of the Declaration of Independence will be on display at the museum—and its delivery to the town in 1776 will be recreated to kick off the festival.
To learn more about the festival, visit www.independencemuseum.org.
In the Merrimack Valley portion of The Trail on the same day, July 14, the Aviation Museum in Londonderry will host its fourth annual Car Show. In addition to the iconic and classic cars on display, there will be a 50/50 raffle, food and trophies to win.
Those interested in participating can register their car for a $10 registration fee. To learn more about the show, visit www.nhahs.org.
In the Lakes Region branch of The Trail, Summertime Discovery Days at the Remick Museum in Tamworth Village offer children, ages 7-11, hands-on learning experiences with farm-based subjects. Discovery Days, which take place on July 12 and 26, feature cooking, farming and investing in a green thumb.
On July 12, children can experience “Let’s Make a Cake” in which they can make a blueberry cake “the old fashioned way” without any mix or a mixer. After putting their cakes in the oven, the children will make their own whipped cream and herbal iced tea. “Let’s Make a Cake” will also enable children to feed chickens, gather eggs, pick blueberries and grind wheat – all the steps needed to create the cake ingredients.
The July 26 program is “Creating with Wool,” which provides a firsthand experience with fleece, as participants can see the museum’s sheep, learn to wash fleece, understand its uses for fleece and more. Children also will make a bookmark and take home some wool and needles to create their own projects at home.
To learn more, visit www.remickmuseum.org.
17 museums make up the NH Heritage Museum Trail with stops in Canterbury, Concord, Dover, Exeter, Laconia, Manchester, Moultonborough, Plymouth, Tamworth and Wolfeboro.
Those seeking to scratch their history itch or simply find a fun and educational way to spend a day will have no trouble satisfying their need in June in the Lakes Region of the New Hampshire Heritage Trail. The seven museums in the region — New Hampshire Boat Museum, Remick Country Doctor Museum and Farm, The Libby Museum, Museum of the White Mountains, Lake Winnipesaukee Museum, Castle in the Clouds, and Wright Museum of World War II — offer a wide array of activities in June.
New Hampshire Boat Museum
The New Hampshire Boat Museum, located in Wolfeboro Falls, NH, will host its Opening Reception on Friday, June 1, from 6-9 p.m. The event, which is catered by Downtown Grille Cafe, will introduce guests to the season’s new exhibits. Tickets are $25 for members and $27 for non-members.
The New Hampshire Boat Museum is open Monday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. through Oct. 8. For information or to reserve a spot for the Opening Reception, call 603-569-4544 or visit www.nhbm.org.
Remick Country Doctor Museum & Farm
New Hampshire Appreciation Day
The Remick Country Doctor Museum and Farm, located in Tamworth Village, NH, has a loaded slate of events in June.
For evening fun, there is Friday Fireside Gathering on Friday, June 8, from 7-8:30 p.m. Those who enjoy the arts will find Fiber Arts Groups and Demos attractive, which takes place Tuesday, June 12, as well as Tuesday, June 26, from 9:30 a.m. to noon and is free to attend. Kids events include 4-H Dairy Club, which meets 7-9 p.m. Thursday, June 14; Homeschool Dairy Month on Monday, June 18, from 10 a.m. to noon; and Small Farmers Club: Cows, which is Friday, June 29, from 10-11 a.m. The 4-H meeting is free to attend, while the Homeschool event and Small Farmers Club are $6.
Additionally, there is an Outdoor Walk on Friday, June 15, from 10:30 a.m. to noon, which is free for members and $5 for non-members. There also is Foragers Gathering on Friday, June 15, from 1-2:30 p.m. That event is $5 for members and $10 for non-members.
An annual event, New Hampshire Appreciation Day, is Saturday, June 16, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and features activities all day. Admission is free for New Hampshire residents and $5 for out-of-state attendees. Children 4 and younger are admitted free. Starting that day, June 16, Remick will have daily activities from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays.
For information, visit www.remickmuseum.org or call 603-323-7591.
The Libby Museum
The Libby Museum, located in Wolfeboro, NH, opens for the season on Friday, June 1.
From opening day through July 31, photographs by Amy Piper will be on display, offering visitors a splendid view of nature.
The Libby Museum is open daily through mid-October. Its hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays and noon-4 p.m. Sundays. Admission is free for children 16 and younger as well as veterans and $5 for adults. For information, visit www.thelibbymuseum.org or call 603-569-1035.
Museum of the White Mountains
The Museum of the White Mountains, located at Plymouth University in Plymouth, NH, offers a range of events throughout June.
On June 4, James Lewis will present “Not one cent for scenery: The story of how the National Forests became the Nation’s Forests.” The event will be from 5:30-7 p.m. and is free to attend.
There will be an artist talk and demo with Craig Altobello from 3:30-5 p.m. on June 15, Gordon Stuart will present “The Streamflow Study that Justified the Weeks Act” from 5:30-6:30 p.m. on June 20, and a screening of David Huntley’s documentary “The People’s Forest” at 3 p.m. on June 29. Each of those events are free.
Away from the museum will be First Fungal Foray of 2018 at Langdon Park from 1-3 p.m. on June 24. Evolutionary biologist Tommy Stoughton will lead the Mushroom Walk. There also is a Caps Ridge Hike with Jeff Lougee from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on June 28.
For information, visit www.plymouth.edu.
Lake Winnipesaukee Museum
The Lake Winnipesaukee Museum, located in the Weirs section of Laconia, will open its doors around mid-June. Once open, the museum will host a weekly lecture series on Wednesdays at 7 p.m.
Kicking off the Lecture Series will be Underwater History with Hans Hug, who will present videos of wrecks he’s seen in the region, on June 20. “The Islands of Winnipesaukee” is on June 27 and features Ron Guilmette, author and photographer, presenting his book containing photos and stories about the islands.
For information, visit www.lwhs.us.
Castle in the Clouds
The Castle in the Clouds, located in Moultonborough, NH, features a wide assortment of events in June.
Wine and light refreshments will be served June 15 when a preservation exhibit opens at 5:30 p.m. Michelle Landry, director of collections and interpretation will speak ahead of the opening of “Lucknow Revealed: Research, Restoration and Mystery at Castle in the Clouds.” The event is free for members and $10 for non-members.
On Father’s Day, June 17, Castle in the Clouds will give dads a free tour if they come with their children.
On June 25, there will be Birding with Bob Ridgely at 8:30 a.m., as the popular birding walk returns. Later that day, singer/songwriter Jonathan Sarty provides music at 5:30 p.m.
Music Night kicks off on June 26 and continues each Tuesday through August 21. The event will be 5:30-8:30 p.m. in the Carriage House Restaurant, where dinner will be served. There is no cover charge.
On June 27, Bryant Tolles will give the lecture “Grand Resort Hotels of the White Mountains” at 7 p.m. Music Night returns on June 28 with Benjamin Vincent Cook performing at 5:30 p.m.
Open Air Landscape Art will premier June 29 from 10 a.m. to noon featuring local artist MaryAnn Stockman. Admission is $10 for members and $15 for non-members.
For information, visit www.castleintheclouds.org.
Wright Museum of World War II
At the Wright Museum of World War II, located in Wolfeboro, NH, a weekly lecture series offers attendees a chance to learn about several aspects of World War II.
The Lecture Series takes place each Tuesday from 7-8 p.m. at the museum. On June 5, author Titia Bozuwa presents her book “Defiance,” a fictional work about young men and women resisting Nazi occupation in the Netherlands. On june 12, author Charley Valera will speak about his book “My Father’s War: Memories from Our Honored WWII Soldiers.” On June 19, Linda Shenton Matchett will give the lecture “Women War Correspondents of WWII.” Attendance for the Lecture Series is $3 for members and $8 for non-members.
For information, visit www.wrightmuseum.org.
There may be no place in New Hampshire as beautiful as the town of Wolfeboro in the Lakes Region, which has brought three museums on the NH Heritage Museum Trail together to create The Museum Loop.
On this loop, which will begin at 9:30 am every Friday during July and August (weather permitting), passengers will board the antique boat, “Millie B” (10 persons) or The Trolley (10 persons) at the Town docks. They will then head to The Libby Museum.
Passengers will return by the opposite means of transport on this “Libby Loop” and can then enjoy Trolley-narrated tours all day as well as entrance to The Boat Museum (included). Additional entry fees apply to The Wright Museum and The Clarke House Museum (not a Trail member).
Alana Albee, executive director of The Libby, said they are all working together “so visitors and residents enjoy the many small museums in Wolfeboro.”
“It’s quite unusual for such a rural town to have so many cultural options—and with the Lake and our summer Trolley, it makes for an especially delightful way to see it all,” she said.
Mike Culver, executive director of The Wright Museum, agrees and said he believes there is no town quite like Wolfeboro.
“We have incredible museums in this town with easy access to nature, trails, the lake,” he said. “The Museum Loop is a great opportunity for couples, or even families, to explore all Wolfeboro has to offer.”
The cost for The Museum Loop is $33 for adults and $12 for children. To learn more, call (603) 998-3286, as advanced phone and on-line booking is required. www.nhbm.org.
With numerous events, exhibits and programs for all ages this summer, the NH Heritage Museum Trail expects close to 250,000 visitors in 2018. Search for ‘New Hampshire Heritage Trail’ and find it on Facebook.
Hosting several events in the past few days, including Second Sunday Jazz Brunch and Caroling in the Galleries, the Currier Museum of Art in Manchester continues with a busy latter half of December.
Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, La Troupe de Mademoiselle Églantine (Mademoiselle Églantine’s Troupe), 1896 Lithograph, The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Gift of Abby Aldrich Rockefeller, 1940.
A member of the NH Heritage Museum Trail, the Currier will host Free Lautrec Late Night: Draft and Draw from 5 to 9 pm on Thursday, December 14. At this hands-on drawing workshop, people will explore the galleries with a teaching artist and then head to the Winter Garden Café to learn basic drawing skills while enjoying a cash bar and full menu. Members admitted free.
On Sunday, December 17, the Currier will host Focus Tour: Winter Wonderlands at 2 pm that will highlight majestic images of winter and weather in its Collection.
At Noon Year’s Eve from 10 am to 3 pm on Sunday, December 31, the Currier will feature art-making, outdoor activities, face painting, live entertainment, bubble-wrap fireworks, a huge balloon drop and more. Members receive a special discount on tickets.
For tickets to any of the events, or current gallery shows, at the Currier, visit www.currier.org.
With numerous events, exhibits and programs for all ages, the NH Heritage Museum Trail expects close to 250,000 visitors by the end of this year. Search for ‘New Hampshire Heritage Trail’ and find it on Facebook.
Museums on the Trail include the Aviation Museum, Albacore Park, American Independence Museum, Canterbury Shaker Village, Castle in the Clouds, Currier Museum of Art, L.L. Lee Scouting Museum, Lake Winnipesaukee Museum, Libby Museum, Millyard Museum, Museum of the White Mountains, New Hampshire Boat Museum, NH Historical Society, Portsmouth Historical Society @ Discover Portsmouth, Remick Country Doctor Museum and Farm, Woodman Museum, and Wright Museum of WWII.
The holiday season is here, and there is plenty to do with the whole family on the New Hampshire Heritage Museum Trail.
27th Annual Gingerbread House Exhibit – Portsmouth
Gingerbread image from 2016, by Morgan Karanasios for New Hampshire Home Magazine
Created by local businesses, artists, families and kids, gingerbread houses will be nestled into a winter wonderland from December 1 to December 3 at Discover Portsmouth. The exhibit will be surrounded by large format photographs: David J. Murray’s images of Vintage Christmas in Portsmouth and photographs of trains in New Hampshire winters by Andy Dolph.
Open from 9:30 am to 5 pm, the exhibit will have extended hours on Friday, December 1 and Saturday December 2 until 8 pm. The exhibition is free and open to the public.
Jurors’ selections are announced at 6 pm during the Kickoff Party on Friday December, 1, while the public can vote until Friday, December 15 with the People’s Choice Award announced at noon on Monday, December 18 via FacebookLive.
For more information, visit www.PortsmouthHistory.org.
Ring in the Season – Exeter
Celebrate the season in Colonial style at the American Independence Museum’s historic Folsom Tavern from December 1 to December 3. All events are part of the Town of Exeter’s Ring in the Season celebration.
Sponsored by The Provident Bank, the weekend’s festivities kick off on December 1 with Tavern Tours from 10 am to 4 pm followed by a Holiday Celebration from 5 pm to 8 pm. Toast the holidays with light snacks and adult refreshments, create Colonial holiday gifts, enjoy seasonal music, visit the museum’s pop-up gift shop, and place your bids on exciting items in a silent auction.
Admission is free for members, $5 for non-members, and $3 for non-member children.
On Saturday, December 2, Tavern Tours will take place from 10 am to 4 pm with Folsom Tavern open from 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm with refreshments available for purchase for those watching the town’s Holiday Parade. On Sunday, December 3, the tavern will be open from 1 pm to 5 pm as part of Womenade of Greater Squamscott’s Holiday Home Tour with tickets available at www.exeterareaholidayhousetour.com.
For more information about either event, visit www.independencemuseum.org.
Homestead Christmas – Tamworth Village
On Saturday, December 2 from 11 am to 3 pm, Remick Country Doctor Museum & Farm will host tours of the holiday-decorated Captain Enoch Remick House (c. 1808), which includes the original doctors’ office shared by Dr. Edwin “Doc” Crafts Remick (1903–1993) and his father, Dr. Edwin Remick (1866–1935). Watch costumed interpreters prepare and then bake cookies in the homestead wood stove with fresh-from-the-oven samples available along with a serving of wassail.
Wagon rides will transport visitors from the house to the Museum Center for seasonal exhibits, a children’s craft, apothecary tastings and products, and an open-hearth cooking demonstration complete with tastings of roasted chestnuts and gingerbread. Animal meet and greets will also take place across the farmstead, while visitors can continue on with a town-wide Holly-Day scavenger hunt and Santa Claus display search.
For more information, visit www.remickmuseum.org.
Christmas at Canterbury and Candlelit Tours – Canterbury
On December 9 and 16 from 3 to 8 pm at Canterbury Shaker Village, visitors can watch an old-time 19th Century magic show, meet Father Christmas, make Christmas crackers, decorate cookies, admire a toy train display or listen to fiddlers. At the event, visitors may also enjoy hot cider and sing Christmas carols during the lighting of the Village Christmas tree.
The cost for this event is $18 for adults, $9 for children ages 6-17, and under 5 is free. Village members are half price.
Holiday fun continues at Canterbury Shaker Village with Candlelit Tours at 6:30 pm and 7:30 pm from December 11 to 15. Guided tours last approximately 1 hour and explore some of the ways in which the Shakers celebrated the holidays—from simple Christmas gatherings in the nineteenth century to elaborate theatricals in the twentieth century.
This tour is suggested for ages 10 and over with advance registration required.
The cost is $12 for adults, $6 for children ages 6-17, and under 5 is free. Village members are half price.
For more information about either event, visit www.shakers.org.
With numerous events, exhibits and programs for all ages, the NH Heritage Museum Trail expects close to 250,000 visitors by the end of this year. Find The Trail on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/nhheritagetrail.