York Zoo Still open – Through Sunday, Sept. 21st, 2014

York Wild Kingdom is open through Sunday, September 21st, 2014 for your enjoyment. The Zoo is open daily (weather permitting) until September 21st, The hours for the Zoo from September 15th thru the 21st, we open up at 10am, stop admission at 4pm and close at 5pm. The Amusement park is closed for the season. Please come and enjoy family fun visiting the animals, the live interaction occur from 11AM to 1PM daily until the park closes.So go have some fun at York’s Wild Kingdom. http://www.yorkzoo.com/

Weekends This Fall at Canobie Lake Park – Where Fear Meets Fun

Weekends This Fall at Canobie Lake Park, It’s
Family Fun by Day and Where Fear Meets Fun by Night.

SALEM, NH –You can’t complain about having nothing to do on a fall weekend, especially if you visit Canobie Lake Park. Canobie is open each weekend during September and October with a range of fall events that is unrivaled in New England.

You can enjoy your favorite Canobie thrill rides – including the park’s wild roller coaster, Untamed – as well as a variety of family and kids’ rides, games and attractions each day and evening during the park’s weekend operating hours. Beginning September 13, you’ll want to check out the “Magic Seed” area that features a petting zoo open every Saturday and Sunday from 1PM to 5PM through November 1. Youngsters and their families can interact with a variety of gentle animals and enjoy a hay sculpture garden and activities geared especially for kids.

Then on September 27, SCREEEMFEST adds a healthy dose of fear to all the fun after dark, haunting Canobie Lake Park each weekend through November 1. You’ll have plenty to “screeem” about with five terrifying haunted houses, rides, roaming “monsters” and a monster parade, Halloween-themed games and much more.

Canobie Lake Park is also known for delivering quality live entertainment at no additional charge, and fall is no exception. Get ready to rock with the debut of Canobie’s new ROCKtoberfest event that will feature a different rock tribute band each weekend from September 27 through November 1 on Canobie’s Midway Stage. On tap are professional touring bands performing tributes to the music of Bon Jovi, Led Zeppelin, AC/DC, The Police, Van Halen and Journey.

As if that wasn’t enough, the live and freaky “Side Show Variety Show,” also on the Park’s Midway Stage, will make audience members gasp at strange feats of physical daring that are truly not for the faint of heart.

One low admission price for the Park’s fall events includes all haunted houses, operating rides, ROCKtoberfest and the Petting Zoo, live entertainment and more. For Park hours, show schedules, directions, and more information, visit canobie.com.

12th Annual Punkinfiddle Festival – Wells Reserve at Laudholm Saturday, September 27, 201 4, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

It’s our 12th Punkinfiddle!

Punkinfiddle features traditional crafts, hands-on learning, lively music, old-fashioned games, fun food, farm animals, and lots of happy faces in a historic seaside setting.

This event has become a family tradition for both locals and folks from away.

Stuff a scarecrow, stomp your feet, paint a pumpkin, churn butter, quiz a fiddle maker, create a craft, walk the beach, and leave smiling.

Read on for info and do check back — we’ll keep updating as the event comes closer.

Special Pricing!

Kids Free! Over 16 = $7($5 for members)

Quick Links

Planning to Attend?

Thousands of people have enjoyed this event since the first one in 2003. We make it happen rain or shine. It’s a great time.

Not sure? Check out these photos from 2012.

You can get directions to our site here. Please understand the Wells Reserve at Laudholm is a smoke-free facility and no pets are permitted on the site.

Eliot 5K Road Race and Festival Friday 9/26 & Saturday 9/27

Eliot 5K Road Race and Festival

DATE/TIME: Saturday, September 27, 2014 at 8:30am

START/FINISH: Eliot Fire Station, State Road (Rte. 103), Eliot, Maine.

FEE: $20.00 Pre-Registration. Race day registration $25.00. No Refunds.

PRE-REGISTRATION: In addition to pre-registering by mail you may also pre-register in person, Friday, September 26, 2014 from 5:00pm-7:00pm at the Eliot Fire Station.

Pre-registered runners can pick-up their bib in person on Friday, September 26, 2014 from 5:00pm-7:00pm or Saturday, September 27, 2014 after 6:45am at the Eliot Fire Station.

Friday, September 26th

Time Event Location
5:00-7:00pm Eliot Festival Day 5K Road Race: Eliot Fire Station Pre-Registration & Packet Pick-up

5:30-7:30pm Chili Fest, DJ, Eliot Festival Day Eliot Boat Basin T-Shirt Booth

8:00pm Fireworks Eliot Boat Basin

Saturday, September 27th
Time Event Location
6:00-8:00am Pancake Breakfast First Congregational Church

6:45-8:00am 5K Road Race Registration Eliot Fire Station & Packet Pick-up

7:00am-3:00pm The 2nd Regiment of York County McPherson Field

8:30am 5K Road Race Start at Fire Station

10:00am Flag Raising Ceremony Hammond Park

11:00am Parade ~ NEW Parade route! Will begin from Greenwood St.

12:00pm Kids Fun Run – From William Fogg Library to Eliot Fire

10:00am-3:00pm Crafts & food booths, information & entertainment, ECSD

Kids Corner, wonderful crafts, and useful information, and lots of activities and entertainment for all ages!

Hampton Beach 25th Annual Seafood Festival This Weekend

Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 5th – 8th, 2014

  • Friday 4PM – 9PM
  • Saturday 10AM – 9PM
  • Sunday 10AM – 6PM

With over 150,000 attendees annually, the Hampton Beach Seafood Festival has become the largest event held in the great State of New Hampshire and has been acclaimed as “One of the Top 100 Events in North America” for the last 13 years by the American Bus association.

Festivities include: Over 60 of the Seacoast’s top restaurants serving an abundance of mouthwatering seafood delicacies; 80 Arts & Crafts vendors promoting locally made products; hundreds of Ocean Boulevard merchants offering end-of-the-season sidewalk sales; a Kiddie Land with ongoing entertainment and games presented by Radio Disney; continuous culinary chef demonstrations produced by Pat Whitley; and two stages of continuous entertainment featuring top regional bands. There are three “don’t miss” main events planned throughout the weekend the must-see Lobster Roll Eating Competition and spectacular fireworks display on Saturday and on Sunday spectators will view an amazing Sky Diving extravaganza by Sky Dive New England.

Fun for all ages each day. Participate in Sunday’s Hula Hoop contest for All ages at 3PM; Sunday at 5PM Skydiving Extravaganza; Saturday watch the Spectacular Firework shoot at 8:15 PM; Saturday at 2PM Lobster Roll Eating Contest; Live Entertainment all weekend. Visit http://www.hamptonbeachseafoodfestival.com for all of your admission, parking and activity information.

10th Annual Fairy House Tour Portsmouth NH Sept 20 & 21, 2014

Renown author/illustrator of The Fairy Houses Series®,
Tracy Kane, will be present to chat with fairy houses fans and sign her books.

Friends of the South End is pleased to announce that the 2014 Portsmouth Fairy House Tour will take place on September 20 and 21, 2014 11:00 am-3:00 pm on the grounds of Strawbery Banke, the Governor John Langdon House, Prescott Park and Peirce Island in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. Visitors are encouraged to make note of the new times this year. The Tour occurs rain or shine.

The Portsmouth Fairy House Tour is the world’s largest fairy house tour. Now in its 10th year, the Tour features more than 100 handcrafted fairy houses made by local artists, florists, garden clubs club members, businesses, families and local school children.

Inspired by local author Tracy Kane’s Fairy Houses Series®, and produced by Friends of the South End with the assistance of Canoe Harbor Consulting, the annual Fairy House Tour attracts more than 4,000 families and fairies each year.

Tickets will go on sale this summer. Proceeds from ticket sales and sponsorships are donated to the nonprofit organizations, schools and civic groups that participate in the Tour. Since the Fairy House Tour began, more than $150,000 has been reinvested in the community.

Tracy Kane, the award-winning author and illustrator of the Fairy Houses Series® of books, which popularized fairy house building worldwide, served as the original inspiration for the Portsmouth Fairy House Tour. Back by popular demand, Tracy will be on hand both days to greet fairy fans and sign books. In addition, visitors can expect to see performances on the Prescott Park Arts Festival stage by the Southern New Hampshire Dance Theatre and in the Langdon House grove by the NH Theatre Project.

Tour Summary

  • Ticket includes entrance to Strawbery Banke and Governor John Langdon House!
  • Meet Tracy Kane, author/illustrator of the multi-award winning Fairy Houses Series® of books and video.
  • Excepts from “Fairy Houses–the Ballet” performed both days on the Prescott Park Arts Festival Stage
  • See the magic of Tracy Kane’s book, Forest Secrets brought to life by the NH Theatre Project in the Langdon grove
  • Build your own Fairy House! on Peirce Island and help create the World’s Largest Fairy Houses Village!
  • The Amazing Bubble Machine!
  • All within walking distance
  • FREE PARKING available at Peirce Island


Children (3-12) advance $4, day of tour $5
Adults advance $10, day of tour $15
Seniors (62+) advance $8, day of tour $10
Family advance $20, day of tour N/A

Advanced tickets are now available online:

For more ticket info call Prescott Park Arts Festival at (603) 436-2848

Tickets are also available at the following Portsmouth retailers:

The Chandler’s Loft
Discover Portsmouth
Flower Kiosk
G. Willikers Toy Shop
Maine-ly New Hampshire
Strawbery Banke Museum
South Street & Vine
Treehouse Toys

Visit www.seacoastbeachinfo.com for all of your New England Seacoast Information.

Whale Watching in the Atlantic Ocean – through Mid October

Whale watching in New Hampshire – a wonderful experience. Blue Ocean Society answers three of the most asked questions about Whale Watching

Is there a best time to go whale watching?

The whale watching season in New Hampshire begins in May and ends in the middle of October. While the very beginning and very end of the season sightings can be lighter, there is no single time that is best for whale watching. Because we are watching wild animals in their natural habitat it is difficult to predict where the whales will be any given day. From our perspective that makes whale watching more exciting because you never know what you might see. That being said, we tend to see the same animals year after year, and can usually count on seeing some–if not all–of the regulars during a season. In a typical season we see fin whales, minke whales, humpback whales, and occasionally Atlantic white sided dolphins. Toward the end of the season we can also start to see different species like sei whales, pilot whales, and in seasons past there have been some rare visitors like sperm whales. It truly is remarkable how different each season and even how each trip is.

How has been Whale Watching this summer?

Whale watching this season has been very exciting. Earlier in the season we started seeing some of our regular whales (fin whales, humpback whales, and minke whales) and averaging around 2-3 animals per trip. During July there was a large boom in the whales in our area and we had a few trips with over 15 whales. After our 2013 season we weren’t sure what to expect, but have been pleasantly surprised by the number of sightings we have already had this season.

Whale sightings have been closer to shore that we have seen in years past as well. For a period of around 2-3 weeks we had whales so close to shore that you could see people and cars along the beaches. This was very unusual, and gave passengers more time to spend with the whales.

Any specific points I can use to prompt people to take a trip?

Going on a whale watch in New Hampshire is a great way to enjoy time out on the water and spend time with some of the largest animals on the planet. Most people think you have to travel far to see whales, and don’t realize we have whales just in their backyards. Whale watching is a great family activity for those on vacation, and can also provide a mini vacation for those who live here in New Hampshire as well. I’m always surprised when we have passengers from New Hampshire who have never been on a whale watch before. On board the Atlantic Queen there are also Blue Ocean Society for Marine Conservation staff, interns, and volunteers. For families, taking a trip on the Atlantic Queen provides the kids with an opportunity to see what it takes to be a marine mammal researcher. Blue Ocean Society also provides education throughout the trip and provides activities for the kids on board.  For more information about Blue Ocean Society please visit www.blueoceansociety.org.​

For Whale Watch Tours visit

www.atlanticwhalewatch.com  – Atlantic Whale Watch &

www.granitestatewhalewatch.com Granite State Whale Watch

Both are located at Rye Harbor, Rye, NH.


Labor Day Weekend at Hampton Beach Seashell

Free family entertainment continues at the Hampton Beach Seashell through Labor Day Weekend with a special Firework Shoot on Sunday, August 31, 2014 at 9:30 PM.

Seashell Entertainment schedule:

Thursday August 28th Jilly Martin Featuring Ryan Brooks Kelly

Friday August 29th Granite Planet

Saturday August 30th Help-The cure for Beatlemania

Sunday August 31st The Continentals and Fireworks!

All shows are from 7PM – 9:30 PM

Have a safe and happy Labor Day Weekend!

Surf Night for Special Needs Children- Aquaholics Needs Your Help Please

Hi there! Here I am again asking for help. Special Surfers Aquaholics is having one more free surf night THIS TUESDAY. We need you! We have 138 special needs kids signed up. We have 70 or maybe 80 soft boards (do you have some we could use?). So we need 70 or 80 (more if we get more boards) surfer volunteers and 70 or 80 helper volunteers and a bunch of “dry (organization) volunteers).I currently see 28 surfers, 47 (wet helpers, people who help in the water), and 8 dry volunteers. We also have 11 superhero volunteers, these are surfers and helpers who help with the wheelchair and extra special kids, we strap them into a chair on a soft sup and WHEEE…HELP! Everyone always says, “you’ll be all set, people will show up. Put yourself in my place. Would you invite this many people to a party in a broom closet? Please register…If you see yourself as a Superhero, please message me with your email address and phone number. We assign 6+ Superheros per extra special kid. The town has waived parking requirements. I promise this is the cure for the “I’m Busy’s”, so come enjoy this magic event. We will be making up new Tee shirts for volunteers, and we will have a raffle for a very nice prize for volunteers to be held at the Prelude event (no attendance at event necessary, but you have to register so we have your email address. Sign up here (and put your tee shirt size in the comments window) for… (please copy and paste, I can’t figure out how to link these)
SURFER Volunteer for Special Surfer Night August 19th 2014: https://aquaholicsurf.acuityscheduling.com/schedule.php?appointmentType=45454
HELPER (WET) Volunteer for Special Surfer Night August 19th 2014:https://aquaholicsurf.acuityscheduling.com/schedule.php?appointmentType=106667
DRY helper for Special Surfer Night, PLENTY of land tasks to do! August 19th: https://aquaholicsurf.acuityscheduling.com/schedule.php?appointmentType=187775
ACCEPTING or ATTENDING THIS EVENT DOESN’T REGISTER YOU. I am creating this event to get the word out.
Do you live out of town? Time for a visit?
Still too busy? Please consider making a donation. We’re a Maine Non Porfit and National status is pending. This is an expensive event andAquaholics Surf Shop has been footing the bill. We have $18,500 from our indiegogo campaign and we’re waiting for the national non profit (hopefully soon coming) approval of status so we can get some gear and transportation means. Please make checks payable to Aquaholics Special Surfers. We’ll send you a receipt with the non profit id. The national status allows retroactive deductions. We will be running a new fund raising campaign with a new website and “branding campaign donated byContinuum and if you’d like to buy an ad on the new web page, please pm me or Noreen Ann Tierney. If you’d consider sharing this event, we’d appreciate it. And, “like” the Special Surfers Aquaholics page (the link is at the top of this event description. Thanks from deep in my heart.
Nanci Grenier Boutet

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