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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Sundaes are hotter than ever at The Beach Plum

Summertime is a time to indulge. Treat yourself to a little something extra. At the Beach Plum, North Hampton & Portsmouth, treat yourself to a lot of something extra with a Beach Plum Experience.

Its no secret the Beach Plum offers the Best Lobster rolls in the area – and no visit goes without indulging in one of the 78 flavors of Ice Cream – but how about those Sundaes!

Offering a wide selection of unique, tasty and enormous sundaes – one sundae at the Beach Plum is an event in, and of itself. Overflowing in size and oozing with extreme flavors – try their famous Reese’s Sundae, Specialty Brownie Sundae or Earth Worm Sundae. All crowd pleasing and boasting with sweetness – you may, or may not, want to share.

Visit The Beach Plum in North Hampton & Portsmouth, NH; www.lobsterrolls.com.

Make your Beach Vacation memorable by visiting The Beach Plum.


Hampton Beach Talent Competition this weekend Augu. 22nd – 24th, 2014

Last Summer’s Hampton Talent Competition brought one of the largest crowds ever to the Seashell stage. Don’t miss out on this summer’s exciting competition! Contestants in two categories: Junior (under 18) & Senior (18 and over). Prizes in both categories;

Junior Semi Final – Friday August 22

Senior Semifinal Saturday, August 23

Finals – Both divisions Sunday August 24

All shows start at 7:00 PM.

For more information please visit hamptonbeach.org. Entry deadline closed August 1st.

Seashell Entertainment Week August 19th – August 21, 2014

Summer is still alive at Hampton Beach Seashell. Enjoy this Free nightly entertainment under the stars – while summer lasts.

Monday August 18th; The Reminisants Perform – Boston’s Best Oldies Band

Tuesday August 19th; Mike and Me – The Vic Paul Show – An enormous repertoire

Wednesday August 20th; The Continentals & Fireworks at Dusk

Thursday August 21st; The Goat Ropers

Stay connected with Hamptonbeach.com & SeacoastBeachInfo.com for All of your New Engalnd Seacoast Information – Year Round!

Wells, ME Annual Chili Fest Saturday, August 23rd, 2014

The Annual Wells Chili-Fest takes place on Saturday, August 23, 2014 at the Wells Junior High School on U.S. Route 1, Wells, Maine from 11 am until 3 pm. We will have the Maine State Cook-Off this year. Our event is sanctioned by the International Chili Society and winners in various categories (Chili, Chili Verde, and Salsa) may qualify to advance to the World Chili Championship Cook-Offs at a date and location TBA. Contestants for these cook-offs must be ICS members. However, we also will have an open cook-off for the People’s Choice prize. Have a look at our fact sheet and contest forms for more details.

If you would like to become one of our sponsors, we have several levels of sponsorship from which you may choose. Please visit our Sponsorship page for more details.

If you are a food vendor and want to sell your products at our event, please go to our Vendors page for more information.

How good is your chili?

Why not find out at the Wells Chili-Fest? Even if you are not an ICS member you may still enter your chili or salsa into the People’s Choice Chili Cook-Off.

You might also want to consider joining the International Chili Society. Please visit their web site for more information. Why not take your chili or salsa to the World Chili Championship Cook-Off someday?

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A special thanks to all our sponsors. See you at Chili-Fest.

The Show Will go on…Children’s Festival Wednesday, August 12th

According to the Hampton Beach Chamber of Commerce, the Children’s Festival will go on with its schedule entertainers and performances at the Seashell where some cover is available.
It may be called differently tomorrow morning depending upon the weather. We all know how the weather can change every five minutes in NH. So stay tuned to www.hamptonbeach.com for updates on Wednesday’s schedule. We will post any changes when they become available. Thank you and Enjoy!

Take an Art Class on your vacation! Through August 25, 2014 Ogunquit Museum of American Art

Drawing and Painting En Plein-Air

July 14, 2014 – August 25, 2014

9:00am to 10:00am

Join us Monday mornings on the beautiful grounds of the Ogunquit Museum of American Art. These drop-in sessions are taught by a certified art educator and will include materials (pastels, watercolors, charcoal, pencils) and paper.

  • When: Mondays, 9:00am to 10:00am (July 14- Aug. 25)
  • Where: The grounds of the Ogunquit Museum of American Art
  • Price: $25 (Members $20)

*For age 16 and up. ** In case of rain, class will be cancelled. Email Amy Donovan at adonovan or call 207-646-4909 for details.

Visit http://ogunquitmuseum.org/events-list/ for more information.