It’s going to be a very festive weekend on the Seacoast, with plenty of outdoor events planned, and it looks like the weather will be cooperating well. From Piscataqua River Festival in Portsmouth at the 10th edition NH Creators Party in Dover to the World Oceans Day celebration in Rye, it’s a classic June weekend on the coast.
Cruise the Piscataqua Riverfest
The Piscataqua River Festival is this Saturday, June 4, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the grounds of the Strawbery Banke Museum and along the banks of the river in Portsmouth’s Prescott Park. There will be a boat show of boats up to 26ft long and the Great Little Gundalow Derby where children can build their own model gundalow with the parts provided, launch it into the river and race with the tide. There will also be local food, music, demonstrations and various vendors. The regatta and boat show require separate tickets, so visit piscataquariverfest.wordpress.com for more information.
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10th edition of the NH Maker Fest in Dover
The 10th edition of the NH Maker Fest, a celebration of creativity and innovation for all ages, hosted by the Children’s Museum of New Hampshire, will take place on Saturday, June 4 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Maker Fest is a gathering of fascinating and curious local people who love to learn and love to share what they can make. From artists to entertainers, entrepreneurs to farmers, Maker Fest is a place to experience something new. It will take place in and around the Children’s Museum of New Hampshire in downtown Dover and you can participate for a suggested donation of $5. To find out more about the Fest and the makers who will be there, go to childrens-museum.org.
A social summer in Prescott Park
The Prescott Park Arts Festival hosts a summer social 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. with ice cream until depleted or melted, whichever comes first. The festival has decided to cancel its annual Chowderfest as it is still difficult this year for restaurants to spare the staff, supplies, food and energy the event needs when they face food shortages. personnel and supplies themselves. The Summer Social will also feature treats from The Prop, the park’s concession stand, and plenty of games and activities for the whole family. Visit prescottpark.org for more information.
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June Jamboree in aid of Portsmouth Harbor Lighthouse
This Saturday, June 4, from 1 to 5 p.m., there will be a June Jamboree at the Kittery Lions Club with a silent auction, free pizza and entertainment. This event is a fundraiser for a much needed new footbridge at Portsmouth Harbor Lighthouse. Pizzas will come from Jitto’s, Badger’s Island Pizza, AJ’s Wood Grille Pizza, The Breadbox and Flatbread Company. Entertainment will begin at 2 p.m. with June and the Honey Badgers. At 3:30 p.m., students of Dover’s McDonough–Grimes Irish Dance, taught by John Grimes of Riverdance, will perform.
At the event, you can also bid on silent auction items including replica lighthouses, original artwork, restaurant gift certificates, signed books, and more. The silent auction will take place from 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. For information, visit portsmouthharborlighthouse.org/2022/05/30/join-us-for-a-june-jamboree-at-the-kittery-lions-club.
Kittery Police cold case press conference
On Saturday, June 4, the Kittery Police Department will hold a press conference and special community event open to the public regarding the cold 1983 Missing Persons Case of Reeves Johnson. The event is free at the Star Theater inside the Kittery Community Center at 120 Rogers Road and begins around 11 a.m. with a reading of Reeves’ story told by Kristen Seavey from the “Murder, She Said It” Podcast. Reeves K. Johnson III, 31, disappeared sometime after returning to his Kittery home from his job as a welder for Donnelly Manufacturing in Exeter, NH on February 3, 1983. Reeves’ fate still remains a mystery 39 years later .
The press conference with an announcement from Kittery Police Chief Robert Richter will begin around 1 p.m. after a break. For more information and to RSVP, which is required for entry, visit assassinshetold.com/reevesjohnson.
The annual Durham Day will take place in Durham City Center on Saturday, June 4 from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. with a variety of activities, food and entertainment. The event will take place at 66 Main St. and Jenkins Court. Visit the Taste of Durham for food samples from the city’s restaurants. Enjoy Sneaky Miles music and family games.
True crime perpetrator to talk to Exeter
Water Street Bookstore in Exeter will host author Elon Green, whose first non-fiction book ‘Last Call: A True Story of Love, Lust, and Murder in Queer New York’ won the Edgar Award for Best Factual Crime in 2022. Green will speak with true crime podcast Rebecca Lavoie on Saturday, June 4 at 7 p.m. His book tells the story of the last-call killer, who preyed on gay people in New York in the 80s and 90s. Yet, due to the sexuality of his victims, the sky-high murder rate and the AIDS epidemic, his murders were almost entirely forgotten. There has been a decades-long hunt to find him.
A former public radio producer, Lavoie combined her love for audio and true crime when she created the popular “Crime Writers On” podcast in which she and her co-writer husband, Kevin Flynn, discuss true crime podcasts. crime, pop culture and other media. with fellow New Hampshire crime writers Toby Ball and Lara Bricker. After Green’s talk in Exeter, there will be a Crime Writers On meeting at the Water Street Bookshop. For more information, visit waterstreetbooks.com.
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Paws Walk to benefit the NHSPCA
This Sunday, June 5, the New Hampshire SPCA is calling on animal lovers to become animal rescuers at Paws Walk in Stratham Hill Park. The walk is one of the NHSPCA’s largest fundraisers and directly helps thousands of animals every year.
The day’s festivities begin at 10 a.m., with the one-mile fundraising walk at noon. Paws Walk features a vendor village with local businesses selling treats for you and your pets, as well as food trucks, games, and more. There will be dog agility demonstrations from the New England Agility Team and an interactive sheepdog display by Heart Stone Farm. Guests will have the chance to meet adorable and adoptable dogs during the Dogs on the Catwalk segment, and kids can enjoy a fun craft or adopt a new stuffed animal at the Humane Education booth.
Music will be provided throughout the day by DJ Ron Reid of Sounds Spectrum and Kelly Brown of iHeartMedia’s The Morning Buzz will be on hand as emcee.
Register or a team for Paws Walk in advance at nhspca.org or directly at the park on June 5th. Adult registration is $35, children are $25. All walkers who raise $100 will be entered to win a beautiful wine and chocolate gift basket courtesy of Barbara Lyden. There will be a raffle with a vacation to Mexico, tickets to the Red Sox, a fancy gas grill or a shopping spree at Allen Wayside Furniture. Raffle tickets can be purchased at the park or online at give.classy.org/PawsWalkRaffle2022.
The Seacoast Science Center celebrates World Oceans Day
The Seacoast Science Center will host a Celebrating World Oceans Day Sunday, June 5 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. An internationally recognized day to honor the global ocean and celebrate all it offers, World Oceans Day is a great opportunity for families to have a learning experience exciting shared session focused on the important role the ocean plays in our daily lives. There will be learning stations that teach about life in and around the ocean; practical activities by local organizations; several opportunities for seaside exploration led by naturalists will be offered. Pre-registration for these sessions is required. From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., you can ride the Blue Ocean Society’s life-size inflatable whale and experience how baleen whales eat and digest their food from an internal perspective. At 12:30 p.m. there will be presentations by SSC Marine Science Fellows and a beach cleanup. At 1:30 p.m., everyone is invited to participate in a game of Ocean Trivia led by the Marine Mammal Rescue team and join PVC in celebrating its 30th anniversary. Lexie’s Burger Bus and other vendors will be on hand for lunch, and snacks and drinks will be available for purchase. Admission to the World Oceans Day Family Festival is $5 for Seacoast Science Center members; $15, non-member adults; $13 for non-member seniors and military; $10 for non-member children ages 3-12 and free for children under 3. Your ticket purchase also includes admission to Odiorne Point State Park. Buy a ticket on seacoastsciencecenter.org/events/world-ocean-day/
Portsmouth Symphony Orchestra concert to feature young artist winners
The Portsmouth Symphony Orchestra will perform its Spring Concert on Sunday, June 5 at 3 p.m. at Portsmouth Music Hall. A pre-concert talk with Music Director John Page will be offered at 1:45 p.m. The final concert of the 2021-2022 OPS season features Brahm’s Academic Festival Overture and Dvorak’s New World Symphony.
The concert program on June 5 also includes the winners of the 2020 and 2022 Young Artists Competition. This year’s winner, Sean Jang will perform the first movement of the Violin Concerto in D minor op. Maxine Park, 45 and 2020 winner, will perform the first movement of Chopin’s Piano Concerto in E minor.
The annual PSO Young Artist Competition is open to high school students studying any instrument. This year’s finalists Akira McDowell, flute; Elsie Munsterteiger, flute; Hannah Rubin, piano; Jenny Qu, viola; Jennifer Jang, violin; and Sean Jang, violin, performed their pieces live for the judges in late April.
Tickets for the June 5 concert are between $35 and $25, adults; $30, seniors; and $20, students (up to college) and can be purchased online at themusichall.org.