A&E Weekend Top 10

Weekend 'Top 10' Planner: May 25-27, 2018

We have made it to the "unofficial" start to summer and the holiday weekend of Memorial Day, a day to remember those who died in service to our country. Don't lose that thought during this three day weekend during which we also celebrate the coming of summer and all that it brings. It's also opening weekend for most of the attractions throughout the state. We have pulled together some events we think you might enjoy with this list of the Top 10 Things to Do in NH this weekend. We are also giving away some great concert tickets. Tell us your favorite country song for tickets to see Faith Hill and Tim McGraw at the SNHU Arena.

Wildquack Duck River Festival

Sunday, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Visit Jackson Village Park for Jackson's Wildquack Duck Race and Music Festival. As if the Duck Races, food vendors, kids games, traveling train rides, face painting, parade watching and more was not enough, they have made it even more enticing to be a part of this special event.. How about this for an incredible musical experience: Jon Sarty and the White Mountain Boys, followed by FourFeetTwoShoes with Dennis & Davey. The musicians are hometown entertainers. You won't want to miss this new and exciting event. Bring your dancing shoes, blankets, chairs and prepare for a fun filled sensational day in the park. The Duck Race time for Big Ducks is still 1:45 p.m. and then the Regular and Olympic Ducks go down the river promptly at 2 p.m. Rob and Andrew Clark will be back as our infamous MC's. Admission is free.

Lilac Festival

Saturday, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
The Lilac Festival returns to the Wentworth-Coolidge Mansion this weekend. Tour the mansion for free, explore the beautiful waterfront grounds, and take a guided walk along Little Harbor Trail or have a picnic lunch beside the water while the smell of lilacs whispers through the air. There will be a scavenger hunt for the kids. Adults can try their luck in the raffle, with prizes including golf for four at Wentworth By The Sea Country Club, lilacs from Rolling Green Nursery, and an assortment of elegant gift baskets. Don't forget to purchase a lilac plant to take home to your own garden! This is a free event, with raffle and sales proceeds supporting the restoration of the Wentworth-Coolidge historic lilacs, mansion and grounds. Call 603-436-6607 for more information.

Nick Swardson

Saturday, 8 p.m.
Nick Swardson will take the stage at the Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom this weekend. The road to success has been a steady climb for Swardson, who started his career in St. Paul/ Minneapolis, then on to New York and Los Angeles, where he first found success by writing "Malibu's Most Wanted" for Warner Brothers and by featuring in the hit Comedy Central series RENO 911. After catching the attention of Happy Madison Productions, he quickly became a fixture in the company, writing or co-writing and producing such projects as "Grandma's Boy," "Benchwarmers" and co-producing "I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry" with Adam Sandler and Kevin James. More recently Nick has performed in movies such as "That's My Boy," "Blades of Glory," "30 Minutes or Less," and "Bucky Larson: Born to Be a Star," which he wrote, starred in, and produced. His first CD/DVD, "Party," on Comedy Central Records went platinum. He followed that up in 2010 with his first one-hour stand-up special on Comedy Central. Nick has also been involved in many television shows. Come see him live and laugh your way through the weekend! Tickets are $28 - $68.

2nd Annual Dixville Notch Music, Arts and Crafts Festival

Saturday, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Visit the North Country this weekend for the 2nd Annual Dixville Notch Music, Arts and Crafts Festival at Mohawk Falls in Colebrook. The festival will feature arts and crafts vendors located both in the pavilion, and also outside on the surrounding grounds. The gazebo will serve as a stage throughout the day for live entertainment featuring blues music by Nathan Michaud, Roy-Hudson Acoustic Duo with White Wolf and Jacob Green. There will also be food vendors nearby. Last year there were over 40 artisan vendors selling all types of handcrafted and homemade products, along with demonstrations of their craft. Come see the spectacular beauty of the Dixville Notch area and make this your destination. Admission is free. Call 603-237-1898 for more information.

29th Annual Chowderfest and Brews

Sunday, 12 p.m. - 3 p.m.
This weekend, the 29th Annual Chowderfest and Brews event will be held at the Town Square at Waterville Valley just in time for lunch, as area restaurants vie for the coveted title of best local chowder. Plus enjoy tastings of local brews and free live music outdoors in the Town Square Gazebo. Sample some locally made beers such as Woodstock Lemon Blueberry, Great North Tie Dyed, Smuttynose IPA and Moat Czech Pilsner. There will also be live music. Admission, which covers generous samples of chowder and a voting ballot, is $7.50 for adults, $5 for children 12 and under. On Monday, join the Squam Lakes Natural Science Center in the Town Square under the tent for live animal presentations as part of their Animal Encounter Series.

Huck Finn's High Tailin' Adventures

Friday, 7 p.m.,
Saturday, 2 p.m.

We all know and love the story of Huckleberry Finn. Now see Huck Finn's High Tailin' Adventures at the Rochester Opera House this weekend. All your favorite Mark Twain characters are here in this skillful adaptation of the classic American tale. Huck Finn and Tom Sawyer are up to their usual antics - skipping church to go fishing, starting a band of robbers with their comrades, and frustrating locals with their shenanigans. But then, Huck's no-good Pap returns to stir up trouble and takes Huck back to live with him. Driven to live life on his terms, Huck stages his own murder and escapes to where not even Widow Douglas and Miss Watson can "civilize" him. Huck meets up with Jim, a runaway slave, and the two embark down the mighty Mississippi on a joint voyage to freedom. Their journey is filled with non-stop action - from getting wrapped up in a plot with two con artists trying to steal a family's inheritance to Jim's capture by none other than Tom Sawyer's uncle. Tom and Huck reunite to attempt Jim's rescue, reveling in the ambitious adventure. Audiences of all ages will relish this celebration of friendship and freedom. Tickets are $5 - $7.

27th Annual Memorial Day Weekend Craft Fair

Saturday, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.,
Sunday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.,
Monday, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

The 27th Annual Memorial Day Weekend Craft Fair will take place this weekend at the the scenic Mill Falls Marketplace in Meredith. Over 100 Juried Craftsmen and Artisans from all over New England will display their American Made Works including Fine Jewelry, Folk Art, Quilts, Arial Photography, Fiber Arts, Wood Burning, Leather, Baskets, Ornaments, Soy Candles, Floral Design, Turned Wood, Scarves, Pottery, Personal Care Products, Tie Dye, Dolls, Furniture, Placemats, Sheepskin Accessories, Photography, Beaded Jewelry, Handbags, Toys, Photo Art, Pet Treats & Accessories, Porcelain, Flame Colorant, Painted Stemware, Up-cycled Items, Lanterns, Herbal Products, Sterling Silver Jewelry, Mixed Media, and specialty foods. Admission is free.

Paula Poundstone

Friday, 7:30 p.m.
Comedian Paula Poundstone returns to the Flying Monkey in Plymouth this weekend with a new show. As one of our country's preeminent comedians, Paula offers smart, observational humor and a spontaneous interaction with a crowd that has become the stuff of legend, she swings on stage like a Jazz musician. Without a plan. Without a net. There's a disarming ease in her craft, an immediate sense that she's so quick on her feet you need never worry about the possibility of something going wrong. Her new book, the critically-acclaimed "The Totally Unscientific Study of the Search for Human Happiness," landed at number one on Amazon's Best Seller lists in humor, hardcover, audible and CD. The audio book, read by her, is one of five finalists for Audio Book of the Year. Tickets are $44 - $79.

Regional Dance America Northeast Festival 2018 – Live Free and Dance

Friday-Saturday, 7 p.m.
This weekend the Palace Theatre in Manchester will offer three evenings of exhilarating performances hosted by Southern NH Youth Ballet. Performances will feature the talents of Regional Dance America Northeast's 11 member companies - Canton Ballet; Dayton Dance Conservatory; Delaware Ballet; Delaware Dance Company; Erie Contemporary Ballet Theatre; Pennsylvania Regional Ballet; Philadelphia Dance Theatre; Providence Creek Ballet Theater; South Dayton Dance Theatre, Southern NH Youth Ballet and Vineland Region Dance Company. Tickets are $35.

38th Annual Spring Fling Corvette Car Show

Sunday, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
This popular car show is held the day before Memorial Day at the Anheuser-Busch Brewery in Merrimack. There is nothing more American that the ol' Corvette. This car show is big for Corvette lovers and car geeks alike or just as a family destination for the day. There will be music, food, brewery tours, a chance to visit with the Clydesdales, and more. Admission is free for spectators.

Memorial Day Weekend Other Events

All Weekend
This holiday weekend is only a holiday because of the great sacrifices that our servicemen and women have made since our country was founded. Please consider visiting a Parade, like the one held in Atkinson at 10:30 on Monday. The parade starts at the Town Hall at 10:30 a.m. with a ceremony at Dow Common, followed by the Fire Fighters' Association's fundraiser cook out and concert by Timberlane Community Band at the Fire Station. Bedford hosts a "Memorial Day Hometown Parade" with floats and a theme - this year's theme is "Keeping the Dream Alive" and will take place on Sunday at 1 p.m. The Parade begins at Bedford High School driveway and marches down to County Road and up to Liberty Hill Road and ends at McKelvie Intermediate School where visitors may take in the sights and sounds of the afternoon with various vendors set-up on the school grounds ready to serve refreshments including the Bedford Men's Club and more. There are many other events around the state. Conctact your Town Hall or Parks and Recreation Department to see if they are holding a ceremony or other event. Fireworks will be shot off at Hampton Beach on Sunday at 9:30 p.m. We also have to recognize that Memorial Day Weekend is the opening weekend for many attractions across the state. In the spirit of summer and all the sacrifices made, we know there will also be fun in the sun, barbecues and other events to enjoy. A fun kickoff for the season is happening at Brookford Farm in Canterbury from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. It's "Burger Night" and you will be able to grab a 100% grass-fed burger with all the farm fixings at $25 per plate. This is true farm to table. Bring your own chair, support your local farmers, enjoy some live music and explore the farm. Last but not least, Saturday is the historically interesting "Alton Weagle Day" at the Mount Washington Auto Road. Alton Weagle showed his passion for the Mt. Washington Auto Road in a number of unique ways: by car, on foot, walking backwards, blindfolded and pushing a wheelbarrow full of sugar - to name a few. This day honors his spirit and the spirit of all the camels, Segways and even the odd pogo sticks that have been the first up the mountain - think you're up to it? Come up with a "first ascent" and give it a go! Fly your flag, pause to remember, and then LIVE free .... you know the rest.

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