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Top 20 New Hampshire Events for 2009

Top 20 New Hampshire Events for 2009
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JUNE 23-AUG. 25: SULLIVAN, Apple Hill Chamber Music Concerts. World-class guest soloists join Apple Hill’s string quartet in concert Tuesday evenings. Reserve a seat for the concert and for the preconcert dinner. Or if the skies hold, spread out a blanket and picnic on the grounds. 603-847-3371; applehill.org

JUNE 28: LANCASTER, Stark Old-Time Fiddler’s Contest. An annual event, fun for the entire family, at Lancaster Fairgrounds; approved by the New England Fiddlers Association. 603-788-4531; lancasterfair.com/fiddlerscontest

JULY 9-12: HILLSBOROUGH, Balloon Festival and Fair. More than a dozen hot-air balloons fill Grimes Field. Plus midway, live entertainment, fireworks, a parade, road race, tractor pulls, and an artists’ fair. 603-464-3077; balloonfestival.org

JULY 11-12: JAFFREY, Jaffrey Garden Tour. This house and garden tour will also feature demonstrations and “build-your-own” projects for “fairy houses”–miniature garden fixtures for children and adults alike. 603-532-7168;teamjaffrey.org

JULY 16-18: CONCORD, Market Days and Summer Music Festival. There’s fun and entertainment for people of all ages, plus two great bands on the main stage each night. Area nonprofits educate visitors about their services; shop, eat, play and enjoy Concord’s largest summer festival. 603-226-2150; mainstreetconcord.com

JULY 18: FITZWILLIAM, Historical Society Antiques Show and Sale. More than 55 selected dealers exhibit and sell their wares on the town’s historic shaded common. Featuring 18th- and 19th-century country and formal furniture, china, ceramics, folk art, architectural and garden statuary, jewelry, linens, pottery, and more–something for everyone. 603-585-9086; fitzhistoricalsociety.org/antiqueshow.htm

AUG. 1: NEW BOSTON, Barnful of Blues Festival. A family-oriented music event at the 4H Youth Center, with all profits donated to Manchester’s Webster House youth home. Come listen to the best blues and R&B bands in New England as they perform 12 shows. Feast on “BBQ Plus,” including pulled-pork sandwiches, corn on the cob, beans, hamburgers, hot dogs, and more. Bring chairs, water, blankets, coolers, sunblock, and bug spray, and get ready for a down-home good time. 603-325-8659, 603-488-1912; newbostonblues.org

AUG. 1-9: NEWBURY, League of New Hampshire Craftsmen’s Fair. This prestigious event stretches over nine days, featuring more than 200 individual booths of traditional and contemporary works by juried league members. Jewelry, woodcrafts, decorative glass, pottery, fiber arts, metalwork, furniture, and prints; plus don’t miss the sculpture garden, “craftwear” boutique, demonstrations, workshops, and much more. 603-224-3375; nhcrafts.org

AUG. 6-8: MANCHESTER, New Hampshire Antiques Show. New England’s premiere summer show presents more than 60 dealers exhibiting fresh-to-the-market antiques, arranged in room settings at The Center of New Hampshire Radisson Hotel. Country aznd formal antique furniture, clocks, folk art, paintings and prints, textiles, woodenware, metalware, glassware, and more. 603-876-4080; nhada.org

AUG. 9: PETERBOROUGH, Medal Day at the MacDowell Colony. Tucked in the New Hampshire countryside, this artists’ haven is celebrating the 50th anniversary of its lifetime-achievement award presentation, given in 2009 to a visual artist. Afterwards, the studios open to the public for opportunities to engage with the artists. 603-924-3886; macdowellcolony.org

Please Note: This article 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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