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Top Events - - July and August 2010

Top Events – – July and August 2010
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AUG. 8: SUNAPEE, Love Your Lakes Day & Antique Boat Parade. View restored classic vessels in Sunapee Harbor, plus educational and entertaining activities and exhibits designed for families and boat lovers. 603-763-2210;

AUG. 14: SWANZEY, Richmond Blueberry Fiddle Festival. Step into the past with an old-fashioned family folk celebration at the Cheshire Fairgrounds. Enjoy blueberries, live music, and food; browse craft vendors; participate in an original New England melodrama; and join a family contra dance. 603-239-6495;

AUG. 20-21: CONCORD, “This Place Is a Zoo” Flower Show. Back for the first time in 15 years, this event at the New Hampshire Audubon Center will offer displays based on a variety of animals from around the world. Plus floral arrangements by top designers, “Building Green,” and youth and New Hampshire Orchid Society exhibits. 603-399-4453;


JUNE 26-JULY 5: BRISTOL, 225th Fourth of July Celebration. The nation’s oldest continual Independence Day celebration kicks off with a Rockwell Amusements Carnival on the town common, fireworks the night of the 4th, and a huge parade on the 5th, plus a drum-and-bugle corp competition, jazz and Army Band concerts, picnics, pageants, and more.

JULY 10: LITTLE COMPTON, Little Compton Church Fair and Road Race. The Congregational Church hosts 50 craft vendors, local fare (including lobster rolls), a climbing wall, silent auction, live music, raffles, a kids’ race, and a 4.8-mile road race with prizes. 401-635-8472;

JULY 10-11: WICKFORD VILLAGE, Wickford Art Festival. Sponsored by the Wickford Art Association, this townwide event attracts 250 juried artists from across the country. 401-294-6840;

JULY 14: PORTSMOUTH, Green Animals Children’s Party. Spend a perfect summer afternoon at Green Animals Topiary Garden, home to more than 80 animal- and geometrically shaped topiaries. Plus circus acts, music, magic, clowns, puppets, pony rides, refreshments, and views overlooking Narragansett Bay. 401-847-1000;

JULY 17-18, AUG. 21-22: TIVERTON, LITTLE COMPTON, South Coast Artists Open Studio Tour. Meet crafters in two Rhode Island towns and in Dartmouth and Westport, Massachusetts; painting, ceramics, photography, woodworking, sculpture, weaving, and more. 401-635-3999;

JULY 24-25: USQUEPAUGH, Kenyon’s Grist Mill Summer Festival. Take a free tour of the mill and see the grinding process; enjoy free kayaking on the Queen’s River; sample local food and johnnycakes; and meet local artisans and farmers. 800-753-6966, 401-783-4054;

Please Note: This information was accurate at the time of publication. When planning a trip, please confirm details by directly contacting any company or establishment you intend to visit.

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