Cold Now – Think Summer – Book Your Summer Get Away Now

Now is the time when many, many families begin to plan and book their summer vacations, and the best places always go first in our remote New England Small Beach Towns.
So, book your vacations now! Go to our Hotel & Motel Pages, Private Rentals Pages, or Vacation Rental Agency Pages. Start making calls, or emails and getting the best rates now. Enjoy the beaches of New England!

Annual Mardi Gras: February 21, 2015 Ogunquit, ME

 Annual Mardi Gras Ogunquit ME Feb 21 & 22Annual Mardi Gras: February 21, 2015.

A the time of this post the following is the information we found available. I suppose you replace the dates from 28th – March 1st to Feb. 21 through Feb. 23. Final details will be posted next week. You can start to make your plans from this schedule of events. Enjoy!

The following is a list of activities that were part of the event in 2014.

February 28 – March 1, 2014!

Friday Events:
6pm: Yours Forever, A Musical Love Letter Through Time. Clay Hill Farm. Incorporating historical love letters, classical and original poetry plus music including pop, classical, country, and original songs, Kirk Simpson and Nancy Day will take you on a romantic journey in time, celebrating how love has been communicated through the ages. They will share heart warming and heart wrenching letters interwoven with music, imagery and song. Advance tickets: $18 with an a la carte menu. Limited seating. Reservations recommended. 207-361-2272.
8pm: Jon Pousette-Dart Band. Jonathan’s Restaurant. Call or go online for tickets. 207-646-4777.
9pm: Mardi Gras Crowning of the King and King. MaineStreet. MaineStreet’s Mardi Gras party is the kick off to an amazing weekend in Ogunquit. Join them for free appetizers, great drink specials and more! Dance room will open at 9pm with the crowning of the King & King at 10pm! What will you do for your beads this year?
Saturday Events:
11:30am – 1:30pm: Fire Juggler. Outside Cornerstone. One of the very few loose rope and
tight wire walkers in New England, “Duncan of doh Naught” combines dangerous
object juggling (great amounts of FIRE, authentic and sharp edged weapons and
hitherto unknown objects), feats of balance, bawdy and/or tame humor, large
doses of audience participation and a true love of performing to keep the
audience gasping.
11:30am – 12:30pm: Hat & Mask Making Party. MaineStreet. Make a spectacular hat to wear directly afterward in our hat parade, then take it home as a souvenir of your great weekend in Ogunquit! $5 admission covers hat and supplies.
12:30pm – 1pm: Costume Contest: Come to MaineStreet in your Mardi Gras costume, hat, or mask, and enter our contest. The winners will get to lead the parade through town! Prizes awarded!
1pm: Hat & Mask Parade. MaineStreet to Old Village Inn. Wow the crowd with your fabulous fancy hat, or bring a wagon decked out in a Mardi Gras theme.
1:30 – 3pm: Parade Awards Ceremony. Old Village Inn. Prizes awarded for the best floats in the parade.
2pm – 5pm: Wine Tasting. Village Food Market.
7:30pm: Soggy Po’ Boys New Orleans Style Jazz Band. Dunaway Center, 23 School Street. Tickets $12 in advance; $15 at the door. Tickets can be purchased online at, or at the Ogunquit Welcome Center, Ogunquit Camera Shop, Dunaway Center. Sponsored by Ogunquit Performing Arts.

First Night Portsmouth NH – Fun for the entire family

Street Dance: 5pm – Midnight
Venue Sponsor: Piscataqua Landscaping & Tree Services
Hosted by Portsmouth Community Radio
Pleasant Street at Market Square

Make your New Year’s resolution on a star!
Stop by Pleasant Street and visit with the NH Astronomical Society
for a bit of First Night® stargazing…

Fireworks Display at 7:30
South Mill Pond

Countdown to Midnight in the Square at the Street Dance!

Ice Sculpture: Work commences at about 1pm
North Church @ Market Square


Saint John’s Fellowship Hall
4:00 – 8:00
Caricatures by Bob Nilson

4:00 – 8:00
Fabulous First Night® Face Painting

The performances…
4:15 – 5:00, 5:15 – 6:00
Abracadabra! Magic with Phil Smith

6:15 – 7:00
Storytelling with Peter Sheridan

Middle Street Baptist Hall
8:15 – 9:00, 9:15 – 10:00, 10:15 – 11:00
Jeff Warner & Bruce McIntyre trade sets with Great Bay Sailor…
Maritime, Celtic, Americana and Tunes of the Season – a must see!

The North Church
4:15 – 4:45, 5:45 – 6:15
Lindsay Bezich
Puppets galore!

Amy Conley
5:00 – 5:30, 6:30 – 7:00
Fun, interactive children’s music.

8:15 – 9:00, 9:30 – 10:15, 10:45 – 11:30
T.J. Wheeler and Company
Blues, more blues, a bit of R & B and jazz…and always a great time!

Saint John’s Church
7:00 – 7:45, 8:15 – 9:00, 9:30 – 10:15
Sea Brass Quintet
From classical and jazz to show tunes, this group will delight all.

Seacoast Repertory Theatre
8:00 – 8:45, 9:15 – 10:00, 10:30 – 11:15
Roderick Russell – Head Trip!
Be amazed…sword swallowing & mind reading…

South Church
5:00 – 9:00
Warm Up with a Chili Dinner!
Chili dinner and cook-off benefits the Senior Youth Service Trip to Appalachia.

5:00 – 5:45, 6:15 – 7:00
Rock My Soul
Can we get an “amen”? Great gospel music and more.

8:00 – 8:30, 8:45 – 9:15
Salt River
Fine folk music…

9:45 – 10:30, 10:45 – 11:30
Cormac McCarthy and Mostly Mainesqueeze!
Amazing singer-songwriter AND a fantastic band!

Temple Israel
8:15 – 9:00
Randy Armstrong and Genevieve Aichele – World Tales: Stories and Music from Around the World
9:30 – 10:15, 10:45 – 11:30
Randy Armstrong – World Fusion Music on 25 instruments from around the Globe…..

United Methodist Church Hall
8:15 – 9:00, 9:30 – 10:15, 10:45 – 11:30
The Return of Elvis and the J.C. Underhill Band
A legendary combination…one stage…one night…one lucky City…

W.E.S.T. – West End Studio Theatre
Venue Sponsor: Bottomline Technologies
5:00 – 5:30, 6:00 – 6:30
Pontine Theatre
Performing “Christmas Everyday” – A little girl’s wish that it be Christmas everyday comes true, and the results create unintended consequences..

8:30 – 9:00, 9:30 – 10:00
New Hampshire Theatre Project
Performing “A Little Night Music” – Vocalist, Meghann Beuchamp, NHTP artist and former Spectras lead singer and Jeremiah Messer will sing in the New Year with their favorite tunes.


Puddle Dock Pond
4:00 – 9:00
On Wednesday, December 31st, Show your First Night Button and receive $1.00 off skating fee!

January 1st – All Day! Show your First Night Button and receive 1 free game!

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Fireworks, Open Houses at Hampton Beach for New Year’s Eve

Fireworks Hmpton Beach NYEHAMPTON BEACH, NH – Ring in the New Year with your family at the beach on Wednesday, December 31, 2014. Don’t miss the spectacular fireworks over the sandy beach and the dark, vast Atlantic Ocean. Let the magnificent display take your breath away, and make this a family tradition for the New Year. This event is free for everyone.

There will be a special New Year’s Eve fireworks display, sponsored by the Hampton Beach Village District, on the beach at the top of B-C Streets. This is a family-fun event so the fireworks will begin at 8 p.m. The fireworks are especially impressive in winter because the colder weather provides for a crisper, clearer view of the pyrotechnics display. The restrooms at the Sea Shell Stage will be open to the public for this event. Come down to the Atlantic Ocean and ring in 2015 in a special way.

The Blue Ocean Society will also be hosting an Open House from 7-9 p.m. They will provide coffee, hot chocolate, and cookies, courtesy of the Hampton Beach Village District, at their facilities at the top of D Street. Come visit their touch tanks where you can touch starfish and view rare lobsters that were caught near the Isles of Shoals and donated by Newick’s Lobster House. There are two rare multi-colored lobsters housed in separate touch tanks, including a calico lobster, which is blackish-brown and bright orange in color. It’s one of the most unusual lobster colorations. The Lobster Institute estimates that only 1 in 30 million lobsters are this color. In addition they have a partial blue lobster, thought to number 1 in 2 million. Come see these truly extraordinary lobsters. Your kids will enjoy learning about the unusual creatures that populate our oceans and have an exciting opportunity to touch them too.

For more information, contact the Blue Ocean Society at 603-431-0260.

In addition, the State of New Hampshire, Division of Parks and Recreation, will host an Open House from 7 to 9 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 31st, on the 2nd Floor of the Sea Shell Pavilion at Hampton Beach State Park. Refreshments will be served and fireworks will begin at 8 p.m. If you would like more information regarding this event, please call 603-227-8717.


NH SPCA Donation Night at Texas Roadhouse Monday, Dec. 15th

Combine contributions with dining out on Monday, Dec. 15th, 2015 as you dine at The Texas Roadhouse in Newington, NH, from 3:30 PM – 9:00 PM.10% of your total food purchase will be donated to the SPCA in Stratham, NH.
Mention this ad, or present this invitation, and Thank you in advance.
SPCA is hosting a benefit night at Texas Roadhouse in Newington next Monday, December 15th from 3:30pm-9pm. 10% of pre-tax food and beverage sales will be donated to the New Hampshire SPCA! Attached are coupons for printing should you need any, and I have also placed coupons around the building. If people ask, they need to either present a coupon to their server or simply pull up the coupon on their phone via our Facebook page

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Mrs. Mitchell’s Gift Shops offers exclusive Local Beach Sand Jewelry

Starfishbangle-150x150A perfect Christmas gift for your local Hampton Beach fans.

Exclusive to Mrs. Mitchell’s Gift Shop – we proudly feature the Newest Trend in Jewelry. Dune Jewelry, The Original Beach Sand Jewelry. Dune Jewelry uses sand from your favorite beach, trail, ballpark, golf course and more to create a unique line of keepsake, collectible products that let you “live for the moment, then take it with you.” Dune collections help you preserve and prolong your memories that otherwise may fade as the years pass by.

Dune patented designs are hand crafted by our talented Sandartists in their Boston, MA studio using the highest quality materials from around the globe. Dune Jewelry is exclusively sold at Mrs. Mitchell’s Gift Shop.

Plenty of time to order for Christmas – various styles available. Visit our website;

29th Annual Wells Christmas Parade Sat. Dec. 14th, 2014

This is the 29th year of the parade in Wells, Maine. Our theme for this year’s parade is “A Storybook Christmas.” The parade will take place on Sunday, December 14, 2014 at 2 pm. View the parade route. If you need directions to get to the parade, please click here.

The Grand Marshals are Ruth Farnsworth & Clayton Boston.Would you like to help Sponsor the parade? Please visit our SPONSORSHIP page for more information about sponsorship options.

Would you like to be in the parade? Please visit our PARTICIPANT page for more information. Participating in the Southern Maine Christmas parade is FREE! It’s not too late!

The parade will begin at the Wells Plaza parking lot and continue north on U.S. Route 1 to the Wells Junior High School. To download a copy of our event flyer to post at your place of business, please look for a link that will appear here in the near future.

The Grand Marshals are Ruth Farnsworth & Clayton Boston.Would you like to help Sponsor the parade? Please visit our SPONSORSHIP page for more information about sponsorship options.

Would you like to be in the parade? Please visit our PARTICIPANT page for more information. Participating in the Southern Maine Christmas parade is FREE! It’s not too late!

The parade will begin at the Wells Plaza parking lot and continue north on U.S. Route 1 to the Wells Junior High School. To download a copy of our event flyer to post at your place of business, please look for a link that will appear here in the near future.


TV Air Dates for 2014 Parade TBA After The Parade

The parade is hosted by the Wells Chamber Of Commerce. Last year’s parade was a great success. Thank you, to everyone who sponsored and participated. ‘Tis The Season!

Holiday House Tour Newburyport, MA Dec. 13th, 2014

The 2014

Holiday House Tour



December 13th


10:00 am to 4:00 pm

Advance Sale Tickets are discounted!

Advance tickets are now available at the

Custom House Maritime Museum Gift Shop

Tuesday through Saturday, 10am-4pm, and Sunday 12-4pm

or by calling 978-462-8681

Or through the mail – just click below for a mail-order form

2014 Holiday House Tour - click to download

Purchase your 2014 Holiday House Tour
tickets in advance and receive a discount!
Click HERE to download the
2014 Holiday House Tour Brochure and
Advance Ticket Order Form.
2014 Ticket prices:
$25.00 – General Public
$22.00 – Museum Members
All tickets sold Day-Of-The-Tour: $30.00

Tickets are now available at the Custom House Maritime Museum Gift Shop from Tuesday through Saturday, 10am-4pm, and on Sunday 12-4pm — or by calling 978-462-8681.

Come and experience the

21st Anniversary Holiday House Tour

a Newburyport tradition!

As seen in Coast Home Magazine – click for detailsCoastal Home Magazine

Experience this year’s holiday excursion through greater Newburyport’s finest private residences and unique spaces. This year’s tour celebrates the the 250th anniversary of Newburyport’s prominent place in Colonial America and its Maritime heritage. The tour begins at the Custom House Maritime Museum and takes you through spectacular homes representing four centuries of Newburyport’s history and culture reflecting each homeowner’s individual holiday style. Come and experience a day full of holiday magic and surprise!

Silent Wreath Auction begins Black Friday, Nov. 28th – Newburyport, MA

November 28, 2014 @ 6:00pm – December 13, 2014 4:00pm
The Silent Wreath Auction -- A Gallery of One-of-a-Kind Wreaths!

A Cherished Newburyport Holiday Tradition Continues

The 2014 Silent Wreath Auction begins with a kick-off reception on Black Friday, November 28th from 6:00 to 8:00pm — and continues through Saturday, December 13th when bidding ends at 4:00 pm sharp!

The auction features an impressive collection of one-of-a-kind hand-crafted wreaths created by local artisans and businesses to benefit the Custom House Maritime Museum. Wreaths are on display and open to the public daily (except Mondays!) through December 13th on the museum’s first floor foyer. Come and enjoy the spectacle of a gallery full of amazing holiday wreaths and see the splendor of the Custom House Maritime Museum decorated for the holidays!

2012 Wreath Auction

Stop by the museum to participate in the Silent Wreath Auction anytime during regular museum hours, Tuesday through Saturday, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm and Sunday, noon to 4:00 pm.

Bidding ends Saturday, December 13th, at 4:00 pm sharp. All winning bids will be announced immediately following.

Don’t forget — museum members receive a 10% discount in the gift shop which is open Tuesday – Saturday 10:00am to 4:00pm and Sundays 12:00-4:00pm, plus during evening functions and Invitation Nights, December 5th and 12th, from 6 to 9 pm!

Newburyport’s Santa Parade & Tree Lighting November 30, 2014

Name: Newburyport’s Santa Parade & Tree Lighting
Date: November 30, 2014
Time: 3:30 PM – 5:00 PM EST

Sunday, November 30th
Santa arrives around 3:30pm
Tree Lighting at approximately 4:00pm

Event Description:
A Newburyport tradition!

As the holiday season approaches, Santa & Mrs. Claus arrive in the most fitting way for this seaport town… by US Coast Guard boat! Welcome Santa on the Sunday after Thanksgiving as he and Mrs. Claus dock at the boardwalk and begin to parade through downtown Newburyport, then gather in Market Square for the annual Christmas tree lighting and carols.

Visti for more information.