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There's always plenty of things to do here in New Hampshire's Monadnock Region. The list below contains a calendar of events that may be of interest to you. Scroll over the calendar to see events for a particular day, or click the arrow bars below them to find future events. And, if you know of an event that's not listed, please let us know here!

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Wed - Mar 04
  14th Annual Faculty Composers Concert
Keene State Music Department presents the 14th Annual Faculty Composers Concert. This years recital includes a world premiere by Christopher Swist, Sundown through a Glass Door, for violin, vibraphone, and electronics. We look forward to seeing you there!
Location: Redfern Arts Center, Keene State College, 229 Main
Cost: $5-10
Website: www.keene.edu
Mon - Mar 16
  When Lincoln Paid with music by the Hardtacks
Keene - The Historical Society is hosting a special screening of the rare 1913 silent film When Lincoln Paid with live Civil War era music by The Hardtacks. Directed by John Ford s brother, Francis Ford, the film had been lost for years until it was discovered in 2006 in a barn in Nelson, New Hampshire. The Hardtacks have created a musical soundtrack that they will play live to accompany the film. Proceeds from the sale of tickets go to support the free Civil War program A Conversation with President Lincoln and General & Mrs. Robert E. Lee, also occurring on the evening of March 16th at 7pm. Tickets are $25 each. Space is limited. To order your free tickets call 603/352-1895 or email hscc@hsccnh.org. This event is possible thanks to the support of C&S Wholesale Grocers, Monadnock Paper, and the Monadnock International Film Festival.
Location: Historical Society of Cheshire County, 246 Main, K
Cost: $25
Phone: (603) 352-1895
Website: hsccnh.org
Time: 5:30 - 6:30 pm
Sat - Mar 21
  Andy's Summer Playhouse Auditions!
Peterborough - Auditions for Andy s Summer Playhouse s 2015 Summer Season Andy s Summer Playhouse announces auditions for their 2015 Summer Season. Auditions will be held on Saturday, March 21st at All Saint s Episcopal Church in Peterborough and on Saturday, March 28th at the Wilton-Lyndeborough Cooperative School in Wilton. Sign up for auditions by visiting: www.andys.eventbrite.com Auditions are informal, fun, held in small groups and last approximately one hour. No preparation is necessary. Our auditions are really more of a get to know you than an audition. Everyone who auditions is accepted! Regardless of age or experience with Andy s, all auditioners must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Parents/Guardians are expected to stay for the duration of the audition to receive information about our program. Productions for the 2015 Summer Season are: The Kid of Billy the Kid - our Mainstage Production Andy s Warhol - our Mainstage Touring Production Hear My Voice our Mainstage Musical Product
Location: All Saints Episcopal Church, Peterborough, NH
Phone: (603) 654-2613
Website: www.andyssummerplayhouse.org
Time: 10am - 3pm
Fri - Mar 27 -- Sat - Mar 28
  Celebrate spring with Frost Heaves comedy
Peterborough - New Hampshire s hit comedy show Frost Heaves returns with an all-new show, March 27 and 28, 2015. This time around, the nonsense includes McYankees (a new semi-fast food chain), Jack and the Baked Beanstalk, the Police Log (featuring actual items from the local news), Life s Little Mystery Theatre, the Song on the Spot (a brand-new original song based on audience suggestions), prizes, surprises and more. As always, the Speed Bumps band will play favorite oldies and Fred Marple will bring the news from Frost Heaves, the most under-appreciated town in New Hampshire. Performances are March 27 and 28 at 7:30 p.m., matinee March 28 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $18, general admission, at the Toadstool and Steeles in Peterborough, Rousseau's music in Jaffrey, at the door, online at frostheaves.com, or by calling 603-525-3391. The evening will also include the official announcement of the Worst Frost Heaves award. Once again, we decided to have a contest rather than do something useful, like actually fix the roads, sa
Location: Peterborough Players, 55 Hadley Rd., Peterborough
Cost: $18
Phone: (603) 525-3391
Website: frostheaves.com
Time: 7:30, 2 pm matinee on March 28
Sat - Mar 28
  Andy's Summer Playhouse Auditions!
Wilton - Auditions for Andy s Summer Playhouse s 2015 Summer Season Andy s Summer Playhouse announces auditions for their 2015 Summer Season. Auditions will be held on Saturday, March 21st at All Saint s Episcopal Church in Peterborough and on Saturday, March 28th at the Wilton-Lyndeborough Cooperative School in Wilton. Sign up for auditions by visiting: www.andys.eventbrite.com Auditions are informal, fun, held in small groups and last approximately one hour. No preparation is necessary. Our auditions are really more of a get to know you than an audition. Everyone who auditions is accepted! Regardless of age or experience with Andy s, all auditioners must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Parents/Guardians are expected to stay for the duration of the audition to receive information about our program. Productions for the 2015 Summer Season are: The Kid of Billy the Kid - our Mainstage Production Andy s Warhol - our Mainstage Touring Production Hear My Voice our Mainstage Musical Product
Location: WLC School, 57 School Street, Wilton NH
Phone: (603) 654-2613
Website: www.andyssummerplayhouse.org
Time: 10am - 3pm
Fri - Apr 10
  Opening Reception for Icons of the Civil Rights Mo
Keene - Artist and exhibit creator Pamela Chatterton-Purdy is a special guest at the opening reception of the Historical Society s special exhibition Icons of the Civil Rights Movement, marking the 40th anniversary of the assassination of Keene resident and Martin Luther King supporter, Jonathan Daniels. This exhibit, which is only on view for one month, includes a piece of artwork celebrating the life of Daniels along with many other civil rights leaders during the struggle for racial equality in the 1950s and 1960s. Icons of the Civil Rights Movement is free and open to the public thanks to the support of the Jonathan Daniel s Committee. The exhibit will be on display from April 10-May 10, 2015, at the Historical Society of Cheshire County during normal business hours.
Location: Historical Society of Cheshire County, 246 Main St
Phone: (603) 352-1895
Website: hsccnh.org
Time: 4:00-6:00 pm
Sat - Apr 11
  Watch & Discuss- Refugees of Shangri-La
Peterborough - In the shadow of Bhutan s lofty ideal of Gross National Happiness and its golden image as the Last Shangri-la hide 107,000 people of Nepalese ethnicity who fled a militaristic insurgency as their peaceful kingdom turned against them. With their villages burning behind them, men, women, children and grandparents fled, bewildered, never to return to the land they love. After twenty years living in bamboo huts and barbed wire parameters-making a nationless cage a place to raise children and bury parents, the Refugees of Shangri-la break a solution-less cycle and brave a new course, due west. The film follows a community on a journey into a strange new world, including one family to Manchester, NH, striving against daunting odds with hope, optimism and an enduring smile as they change not only their own lives, but ours. Following the film, audience members are invited to participate in a discussion with the film s director Doria Bramante and NH Bhutanese Community Organization President Tika Acharya at the Ma
Location: Peterborough Community Theatre, 6 School Street, P
Phone: (603) 352-1895
Website: hsccnh.org
Time: 11:00 am
Thu - Apr 16 -- Sat - Apr 18
  Monadnock International Film Festival
Keene - International Films & Filmmakers, After Parties, Educational Panels, engaging discussions and more! Join us for three days of movies and socializing in Keene, NH at The Colonial Theatre and Keene State College. Don't miss our Children & Families screening. VIP Pass - $95, Film Pass - $60, Individual Screening $12.
Location: Keene, NH
Cost: $VIP Pass - $95, Film Pass - $60, Individual Scree
Phone: (603) 757-3929
Website: www.moniff.org
Time: 5:30pm - 11:30pm
Sat - Apr 18
  Jonathan Daniels Walking Tour
Keene - On August 20, 1965, Jonathan Myrick Daniels was shot and killed by an off-duty deputy in Hayneville, Alabama, while saving the life of an African-American teenager Ruby Sales. Daniels was an Episcopalian pastor and civil rights activist who answered the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. s call for clergy to come south to assist him in his work in Selma, Alabama. In 1991, Daniels was made a martyr by the Episcopal Church, one of two Americans recognized as such to date. With several stops on this walking tour, beginning at the Historical Society of Cheshire County at 11:00 AM, the public is invited to celebrate Daniels life by revisiting the neighborhood and community which nurtured him in Keene, NH. This family-friendly tour is free and coincides with the Historical Society of Cheshire County s current exhibition Icons of the Civil Rights Movement.
Location: Historical Society of CheshireCounty, 246 Main St.
Phone: (603) 352-1895
Website: hsccnh.org
Time: 11:00 am
Wed - Apr 22
  Watch & Discuss Rights & Reds, part of a Challeng
Keene - Rights & Reds documents the story of New Hampshire s Cold War investigation of subversive activities. Compelling, provocative, in some ways unbelievable, it did all happen right here. People were sent to jail for refusing to name names. Jobs were lost, phones were tapped, informers informed, but no communists were ever found plotting to over through the State House. Filmmaker John Gfroerer facilitates this documentary and discussion, which explores the story of a confrontation between people who thought they were protecting the Bill of Rights and people who thought the Bill of Rights should protect them. Most importantly, it is the story of people who had the courage to stand up for what they believed. Produced with the N.H. Bar Association and the N.H. Humanities Council. Recognized by the National Bar Association, this documentary prompted the New Hampshire Legislature to repeal the state s Subversive Activities Law. Rights & Reds is part of the Historical Society of Cheshire County s 2015 free film ser
Location: Historical Society of Cheshire County, 246 Main St
Phone: (603) 352-1895
Website: hsccnh.org
Time: 7:00 pm
Mon - Apr 27
  Member Meeting Presentation- Learning from Nature
Keene - Janet Altobello and Dori Drachman of the Harris Center will present a program on the Center s success in creating educational programs for youth and adults that connect cultural history with natural history and land conservation in the Monadnock region. Samples of student work related to history and land use will be displayed for this program. This free event is open to the public and is held at the Historical Society, 246 Main Street, Keene, NH at 7:00 PM. Educators are encouraged to attend. Learning from Nature is a preamble to the Historical Society of Cheshire County s upcoming juried art exhibition entitled Treasured Places, Protected Spaces.
Location: Historical Society of Cheshire County, 246 Main St., Keene
Phone: (603) 352-1895
Website: hsccnh.org
Time: 7:00 pm
Thu - May 07 -- Sat - May 09
  ACT Presents: The Play's The Thing!
Fri - May 08
  Used Book Sale
Keene - History lovers can expect to find hardcover books on topics such as history, biography, and antiques, and any lover of books should be able to find something there art books, architecture, cookbooks, travel, hardcover fiction, anything except mass market paperbacks or textbooks. In all, there will be about 3,000 titles including some high quality books that might be considered treasures. Most books will sell for $1.00 and the proceeds will support the Historical Society s programs to collect, preserve, and communicate the history of Cheshire County.
Location: Historical Society of Cheshire County, 246 Main St
Phone: (603) 352-1895
Website: hsccnh.org
Time: 10am-6pm
Sat - May 09
  Used Book Sale
Keene - History lovers can expect to find hardcover books on topics such as history, biography, and antiques, and any lover of books should be able to find something there art books, architecture, cookbooks, travel, hardcover fiction, anything except mass market paperbacks or textbooks. In all, there will be about 3,000 titles including some high quality books that might be considered treasures. Most books will sell for $1.00 and the proceeds will support the Historical Society s programs to collect, preserve, and communicate the history of Cheshire County.
Location: Historical Society of Cheshire County, 246 Main St, Keene
Phone: (603) 352-1895
Website: hsccnh.org
Wed - May 13
  Watch & Discuss Peyton Place
Keene - Almost 60 years before Fifty Shades of Grey, another story shocked and intrigued American readers and this one was set in New Hampshire. In 1955, Gilmanton s Grace Metalious published her novel Peyton Place depicting the secrets, sex and scandal of a fictional New Hampshire town. It soon became a best seller as well as a popular film and prime-time soap opera. Upon its release, many Lakes Region residents became outraged and some still hold a grudge today. Come see what all of the fuss was about on Wednesday, May 13th at 6:30pm at the Keene Public Library. This free film and discussion is facilitated by local filmmaker and film historian Larry Benaquist. Co-sponsored by the Historical Society of Cheshire County and the Keene Public Library.
Location: Keene Public Library, 60 Winter St., Keene, NH
Phone: (603) 352-1895
Website: hsccnh.org
Time: 6:30 pm
Wed - May 20
  Heritage Plants Lecture- History of Apples and Cider
Keene - Author of Cider Hard and Sweet, Ben Watson will present a history of apples (and cider) in the US and focus on the importance of diversity and the popularization of heirloom apples for cider and dessert use including NH apples like Granite Beauty and Nodhead (Jewett's Red). This presentation will appeal to anyone who wants to enhance their 'apple literacy,' has an interest in local food and biodiversity, and wants to rediscover uncommon apples of distinction. This presentation is free and open to the public.
Location: Historical Society of Cheshire County, 246 Main St
Phone: (603) 352-1895
Website: hsccnh.org
Time: 7:00 pm
Sat - May 23
  2nd Annual Heritage Plants Sale
Keene - Today people are rediscovering heirloom varieties of fruits and vegetables because they taste better and are better adapted to the region. At the Heritage Plants Sale the Historical Society will offer fruit tree seedlings, berry bushes, heirloom vegetable starts, herbs, elm tree and chestnut tree seedlings, native plants, and more. Anyone who is interested in gardening or landscaping with heritage plants should save the dates for the Heritage Plants Sale at the historic Wyman Tavern. Proceeds will benefit the programs of the Historical Society of Cheshire County.
Location: Wyman Tavern, 339 Main Street, Keene, NH
Phone: (603) 352-1895
Website: hsccnh.org
Time: 9am-5pm
Fri - May 29
  Opening Reception Treasured Places, Protected Spaces
Keene - From Hinsdale to Hillsborough and Walpole to Wilton, hundreds of tracts of land have been conserved in the Monadnock region so that the area s natural beauty will be preserved for the benefit of future generations. Celebrate the beauty of the Monadnock region s conservation spaces in this wonderful juried art show entitled Treasured Places, Protected Spaces. Artists will be on hand at the opening reception from 4-6pm to talk to the public. In honor of the exhibit, Electric Earth Orchestra of Peterborough will conduct a short program of works inspired by the region s wildest preserved lands. Nature-inspired works for flue, viola, and harp will be performed at 7pm. Treasured Places, Protected Spaces is a collaboration between regional artists, the Historical Society of Cheshire County, the Monadnock Conservancy, and other local and regional environmental groups. Proceeds from the sale of artwork goes to support the Historical Society of Cheshire County s mission to collect, preserve and communicate the hi
Location: Historical Society of Cheshire County, 246 Main St., Keene
Phone: (603) 352-1895
Website: hsccnh.org
Time: 4-7pm
 

 

 

 

 
     
 

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