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Saturday, October 22nd Events

Haunts, Haints & Hollers: Stories for a Halloween Eve

Time: 3:00 PM-4:00 PM
Place: Keene Public Library, 60 Winter St., Keene, NH
Price: Free
Age: All

With Rona Leventhal.
Will Jack survive the haunted house? No one else has!  What does the dead man want from Mary Culhane?  Join the search for the last panther in eastern Kentucky....or the woman and the milk bottles!   What would you do with a skeleton that won’t die?  With screams you hear in the night?  Who’s the real ghost and who’s not?  You will find all manner of haints, dead folk, shape shifters and mysterious players.......from the spooky and eerie to the silly & transformative!

Pumpkin Festival 2011

Time: 12 Noon-8:30 PM

Place: Downtown Keene, NH
Price: Free

Age: All

The region’s signature event in its 21st year, complete with pumpkin towers and costume parade. Every visitor is asked to bring a carved pumpkin: we're aiming for full participation! Let it Shine!

See more details and schedule here.

Celebrate Samhain

Time: 10:00 AM-6:00 PM
Place: Peterborough UU Church, 25 Main St., Peterborough, NH (about 19 miles from Keene)
Price: $7 each
Age: All

Celebrate Samhain is New England's premier Samhain festival – dedicated to the ancient Celtic celebration of the final harvest and "day of the dead". Filled with magic, music, crafts, and merriment, Celebrate Samhain offers something for everyone... Be entranced by the bewitching music of a gypsy troupe; browse the wares of mystical vendors; learn something new in a variety of free talks and workshops; make and take home your own magical crafts; enlist a reading by a gifted intuitive;indulge in sumptuous harvest fare; and observe the ancient Celtic holiday of Samhain in a traditional, earth-centered ceremony that honors our ancestors and those who have gone on before.

Celebrate Samhain – a festival commemorating the origins of Halloween – seeks to provide a fun and enlightening experience for the whole community. This year's event helps support the Peterborough Town Hall Food Bank and the Peterborough Unitarian Universalist Church "Mitten Tree Drive".

See more details here.

New Exhibit: China Modern

Time: see description

Place: Keene State College, Thorne-Sagendorph Art Gallery
Price: Free admission
Age: All

"China Modern: Designing Popular Culture 1910-1970" chronicles 20th century China's changing character through its graphic art and material culture.

Gallery Hours: Sunday to Wednesday, noon to 5 p.m.; Thursday and Friday, noon to 7 p.m.; Saturday, noon to 8 p.m. Closed September 5 for Labor Day, November 11 for Veterans Day, November 23-27 for Thanksgiving break.

Contact: Thorne-Sagendorph Art Gallery - 603-358-2720 -

Halloween Costume Parade

Time: 12 Noon

Place: West St., Keene, NH
Price: Free
Age: All

The Halloween Costume Parade will be held on Saturday, October 22 at 12 noon in conjunction with
the Pumpkin Fest. The parade will organize at St. James & West Streets. Lineup will take place at
11:30 AM. Guiding the parade will be staff provided by Keene Recreation Department and local
youth service organizations. The parade is open to the public with costumes on.

Paws to Read with Spike

Time: 10:30 AM
Place: Frost Free Library, 28 Jaffrey Rd., Marlborough, NH (5.29 miles from Keene)
Price: Free
Age: May be for the younger crowd. Contact to be sure.

Children can sign up to read to Spike for 10-15 minute intervals. Registration needed. Call (603) 876-4479.

Try Polymer Clay at Sharon Arts

Time: 1:00 PM-3:00 PM
Place: Sharon Arts Center, 30 Grove St., Peterborough, NH (20.30 miles from Keene)
Price: Free
Age: Contact for more info.

A mini workshop with Connie Gray.

For further information call Sharon Arts at (603) 924-2787

Beaver Bench Ballard-Style

Time: 11:00 AM-Noon

Place: My Mind's Design Studio, Main St., Grafton, VT (about 30 miles from Keene)
Price: Free
Ages: All

Master carpenter Jason Ballard took on a challenge: to create a bench that included a great deal of beaver-chewed wood to sit opposite the beaver diorama at the Museum. The bench had to be sturdy enough to accommodate visiting parents and children, appropriate to the magnificent beaver diorama created by Don Clark, and worthy of honoring Edward Toohey, Windham Foundation Board Member and long-time friend of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Townsend, who had ordered the bench. The date for the dedication has not yet been chosen, but the public is invited in advance to hear from Ballard just how he created the bench. What woods did he chose and why? How did he work the primitively chewed pieces into a practical work of art? Join us for this studio demonstration.

Harvest Candlelight at Franklin Pierce Homestead

Time: 7:00 PM-9:30 PM
Place: Franklin Pierce Homestead, 301 2nd NH turnpike, Hillsborough, NH (about 28 miles from Keene)
Price: Children $5/Adults $7
Ages: All

Enjoy the Pierce Homestead dressed in its Autumnal splendor with live music. Adults $7.00. NH residents 64 and above and students with ID's $5.00. Children 6-17 two for $5.00. Hosted by the Hillsborough Historical Society. Free admission for all HHS Members.
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