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Top 20 New Hampshire Events for 2009

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;

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;

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;

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;

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;

AUG. 9: SUNAPEE, Love Your Lakes Day and Antique Boat Parade. Watch as dozens of vessels cruise around Lake Sunapee. Exhibits and activities for families and children. 603-763-2210;

AUG. 15: PITTSBURG, Old Home Day. An old-fashioned event, beginning with a parade down New Hampshire’s longest main street. Crafts displays, cooking and photography contests, flea market with an antique-engine display, free concerts, and a fishing derby. 800-698-8939, 603-237-8939;

SEPT. 11-13: HAMPTON BEACH, Seafood Festival. More than 60 of the Seacoast’s top restaurants offer their best dishes. This year, the main events Saturday are music by the U.S. Air Force’s Band of Liberty followed by a fireworks display; on Sunday, don’t miss the skydiving extravaganza. All weekend, browse arts and crafts vendors, sidewalk sales, and culinary demonstrations, plus two stages of entertainment, and more. 603-926-8718;

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.

Updated Wednesday, May 6th, 2009

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