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Saturday, June 2nd Events

Birds and Blooms of Penemah Bog

Time: 8:00 am-10:30 am
Place: Ponemah Bog, Amherst, NH (about 40 miles from Keene)
Price: Free
Ages: All

With Harris Center. Ponemah Bog Wildlife Sanctuary in Amherst is among NH's most unique natural areas−a true bog. This 71-acre sanctuary lies in the heart of one of the most suburban parts of the state, but contains a diversity of plant and animal species found in few other locations. Late spring at Ponemah brings the carnivorous pitcher plant, puffy cotton grass, and the magenta-colored Bog Rhodora. This is an excellent place to find uncommon bird species such as the Eastern Towhee, Nashville Warbler, and Olivesided Flycatcher. Insect diversity picks up at this time of year, bringing numerous dragonflies into the blooming bog. 

Come see the spectacle of the bog in bloom, and learn about some of the unique history and adaptations of bog life. 8 to 10:30 a.m. Space is limited and preregistration required. Contact Phil Brown at or 525-3499 for details and to register. Cosponsored with NH Audubon and the Friends ofPonemah Bog. 

NHPTV Family Day at Story Land

Time: 8:00 am-5:00 pm
Place: Story Land, Glen, NH (about 167 miles from Keene)
Price: Admission to park
Ages: All

"Go, go, go, go...on an adventure" to Story Land and meet the Cat in the Hat, Curious George and Woofster from Super WHY! at NHPTV Family Day at Story Land, Saturday, June 2nd from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Enjoy a fun day at the theme park in Glen, NH, and support New Hampshire Public Television at the same time!

Strolling of the Heifers

Time: 9:00 am-4:00 pm
Place: Downtown Brattleboro Vermont (about 17 miles from Keene)
Price: Free
Ages: All

Strolling of the Heifers Parade and Live Green Expo
Saturday, June 2, 2012
9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Downtown Brattleboro, Vermont
World-famous agriculturally-themed Strolling of the Heifers Parade — 10 a.m. sharp on Brattleboro’s historic Main Street; pre-parade entertainment from 9 a.m. Watch scores of lovable heifer calves led by future farmers, followed by many other farm animals, bands, tractors, floats, clowns and much more. When it’s over, follow the crowd to the all-day 11-acre Live Green Expo for food, music, dance, demonstrations, exhibits and fun, all related to our mission of sustaining family farms by connecting people with healthy local food. See website for details.

Dimensions in Dance presents "Once Upon a Fairytale"

Time: 11:00 am & 3:00 pm
Place: Palace Theatre, 80 Hanover St., Manchester, NH (about 60 miles away from Keene)
Price: $16
Ages: All

Dimensions in Dance presents "Once Upon a Fairytale" as their annual end of year production.  A mixture of favorite fairytale stories, including "Snow White", "Rapunzel", "Jack and the Beanstalk", "Hansel and Gretel", "Little Red Riding Hood", and many more, intersect throughout a show filled with ballet, jazz, tap, lyrical, modern and acrobatic dance.  There will be a few RHNH members in this production, as well!

Performances will be on Saturday, June 2nd at 11:00 AM and 3:00 PM at The Palace Theatre in Manchester.  Tickets are $16.00 each and are available through the Palace Theatre either by phone, in person or at their website.  **Note:   The Palace Theatre charges an additional fee if tickets are purchased online.  To avoid this, purchase tickets either in person, or by phone, and ask for them to be held for you on the day of the show. Contact: 603-668-5588

Games Day at Mariposa Museum

Time: Noon-5:00 pm
Place: Mariposa Museum, Peterborough, NH (about 22 miles from Keene)
Price: Free
Ages: All

On Saturday, June 2nd from 12-5pm the Mariposa Museum and the Peterborough Historical Society are offering a family Games Day to complement their exhibitions on childhood. At the Mariposa visitors can play indoor games, some as ancient as the Pyramids, as well as some newly invented games contributed by David Beffa-Negrini games enthusiast, board game designer and owner of Fools Gold Puzzles. Educator Katie Richardson will lead a "top spin off" with her collection of tops from around the world. The Historical Society will have an exciting variety of historic games in Bass Hall as well as outdoor games on the green.
Guests will be invited to play stick and hoop, the game of Graces, ring toss, Old Maid, the game of the Authors and many more. Adults and children alike will be able to try their hand and compete in games from around the world and across time - but none will be electronic! 
Events at both the Peterborough Historical Society and Mariposa Museum are free and open to the public.

Free Fish Printing For Families

Time: 12:00 pm-2:00 pm
Place: Turners Falls Fishway, Turners Falls, MA (about 28 miles from Keene)
Price: Free
Ages: 6 and older

Print your very own T-shirt or tote bag and discover the intricate beauty and important function of fish fins and scales. Learn about resident fish as well as fish that return to the Connecticut River to lay their eggs. Drop by anytime between 12 and 2 p.m. at the Turners Falls Fishway to create your work of art using scientifically accurate replicas of Connecticut River fish. Remember to bring a Tshirt or other material to use for fish printing. Fish T-shirts make great Father’s Day presents. Please wear clothes that can get stained. This event is part of the 7th Annual Family Fish Day at the Great Falls Discovery Center. Families may want to bring along a picnic and enjoy our beautiful riverside picnic area adjacent to the fishway.

Chowder Fest

Time: All day
Place: Prescott Park, Portsmouth, NH (about 100 miles from Keene)
Price: $10 adult/$5 youth (12 and under)/members free
Ages: All

The annual Chowder Festival offers some of the best Chowder the Seacoast has to offer. Each year, more than 4,000 people help kick off the Prescott Park Arts Festival summer season by enjoying more than 500 gallons of piping hot chowder served up for tasting. Be your own judge and vote for your favorite chowder from more than a dozen restaurants as they compete for the Best Chowder title. Begins at 11:30 a.m.

Nashua Family Music Festival

Time: 12:00 pm-6:00 pm
Place: Greeley Park, 100 Concord St., Nashua, NH (about 45 miles from Keene)
Price: Free
Ages: All

The event will feature musical performances from students and local artists Baza Blues, delicious food offerings from Weirs Roasting, a karate demonstration from students at the Tiger Den Karate School, and an outdoor climbing wall run by Vertical Dreams, Nashua’s latest indoor climbing gym.

The Family Music Fest’s goal, in addition to providing inexpensive family fun, is to showcase local musical talent and raise awareness and support for the Nashua Community School.  The Nashua Community Music School provides southern NH with a broad spectrum of learning, performing and listening opportunities in music including vocal and instrumental lessons from the best professional musicians and educators in southern NH.

Spring Craft Fair

Time: 9:00 am-3:00 pm
Place: Walpole Commons, Walpole, NH
Ages: All

Spring Craft Fair 9am-3pm. Walpole Common. Hosted by St. John’s Church. Food including hot dogs, pies, tea breads, cookies. Vendor space available by calling, e-mailing, or going online. Phone: 603-756-4533. Email: Web:

ConVal Spring Concert

Time: 7:00 pm
Place: ConVal High School, Gym, Peterborough, NH
Price: Free
Ages: All

The ConVal Band presents the Cool Beans Spring Concert.

4th Annual Trek to Taste

Time: 10:00 am-3:00 pm
Place: Forest Center, Marsh Billings Rockefeller National Historic Park, Woodstock, VT (about 60 miles from Keene)
Price: Free
Ages: All

Celebrate local food and local trails at this fun, free, family-friendly event!
Join a guided walk, or grab a map and head off along one of three spectacular routes in Vermont’s National Park and Woodstock’s Town Parks. Each trail leads to samples of delicious farm-fresh treats prepared by area students and community groups — and you’ll also encounter family-friendly arts and crafts activities, trail games, displays and live animals. Return to the National Park Forest Center after your walk to enjoy local ice cream and great music from the band Billy Wylder.

This free event is co-sponsored by over 30 area organizations and is fast-becoming one of the most popular events in the Upper Valley.

Horse Drawn History
CANCELLED (June 3rd instead)
Time: 10:00 am-11:30 am
Place: Stonewall Farm, 242 Chesterfield Rd., Keene, NH
Price: Free
Ages: All

This family program explores the use of horses and horse-drawn equipment on farms, and includes a hay ride with our Belgian draft horses, Prince and magic. FREE.

Strategy Games

Time: 1:00 pm-4:00 pm
Place: Village Square Booksellers, 32 The Square, Bellows Falls, VT (about 22 miles from Keene)
Price: Free
Ages: All

Every 1st Saturday. Duels for Yu-Gi-Oh, Pokemon, Magic The Gathering.
Village Square Booksellers sells decks and boosters as well as Dungeons and Dragons books.

Bird Nesting Program

Time: 7:00 am-12:00 pm
Place: Horatio Colony Nature Preserve, Daniels Hill Rd., Keene, NH
Price: Free
Ages: Best for adults and children familiar with hiking

Migrating Birds are busy building their homes. Join us to learn from two New England birders who will teach you how to observe and identify this wonderful rite of spring without disturbing nesting birds. These folks will share with you their expert eyes and lots of birding experience! Best for adults and children familiar with hiking.
Meet at the Horatio Colony Nature Preserve parking area off Daniels Hill Road in Keene (first pull off on left). Remember to bring sturdy walking shoes, water/snack, bug spray, hat and binoculars.
For more information or cancellation due to weather, please call 603-283-2115

French and Indian War Encampment

Time: 10:00 am-4:00 pm
Place: Fort at No. 4, 267 Springfield Rd., Charlestown, NH (about 28 miles away from Keene)
Price: Contact for more info
Ages: All

Living Historians including British and French troops, rangers, militia, campfollowers, Native Americans and sutlers gather to recreate the sights and sounds of the French and Indian War.

Included during this two day event are tactical battle reenactments, open hearth and campfire cooking, and pioneer trades.

Music: Blackjack Crossing and JATOBA

Time: 7:00 pm-10:00 pm
Place: Mole Hill Theatre, 789 Gilsum Mine Rd., East Alstead, NH
Price: $10
Ages: n/a

Blackjack Crossing incorporates elements of Irish music, Gypsy, folk and rock into its unique take on string band music. JATOBA! offers quick, high-energy bluegrass tempos, thumping rockabilly bass lines, and soaring three-part vocal harmonies.
Potluck supper at 7 p.m., Music starts at 7:30. $10 cover, byob.
Directions: Gilsum Mine Road to Baine Way.

Take a Hike for Humanity

Time: 9:00 am-2:00 pm
Place: Mount Monadnock, 116 Poole Rd., Jaffrey, NH (about 17 miles from Keene)
Price: Varies
Ages: All

Greater Manchester Habitat for Humanity joins several area affiliates in this annual fundraiser to support our mission to help partner families build safe, affordable housing. Pledges and donations will go towards finishing our 3-family home in Manchester, our biggest undertaking yet. We need hikers, donors, and corporate sponsors! Hikers and teams create their own pledge page: Where? Mount Monadnock, Jaffrey, NH When? Check-in 9am to 2pm

Black Fly Community Art Show

Time: 10:00 am-noon
Place: The Grapevine Family and Community Resource Center, 4 Aiken St., Antrim, NH
Price: Free
Ages: All

Please join us as we display community art.  Local artisans share their craft.  People of all ages can join in our art stations and view art from local children, teens and adults.  Something for everyone!

Farm Tour

Time: 10:00 am
Place: Walpole Valley Farms, 663 Wentworth Rd., Walpole, NH
Price: Free
Ages: All

Farm Tour at Walpole Valley Farms. Come see some farm animals, and learn more about how animals are raised in a pasture-based environment. See a more detailed description here.

Edible Heirlooms Family Activities

Time: 12:00 pm-4:30 pm
Place: Historic Deerfield, Deerfield, MA (about 36 miles from Keene)
Price: Free with admission
Ages: All

Learn about heirloom vegetables and have fun outdoors as you help us plant and tend the History Workshop Garden.  Find out what makes something an “heirloom,” and learn about some of the vegetables that were important to the diet of early New Englanders.  You can plant a seed to take home, make a trellis out of natural materials to help your plant grow, and also take away a recipe booklet for your harvest.  Included with general admission.
Repeats every Sunday and every Saturday until June 25th, 2012.

Free Detoxing the Mind Workshop

Time: All day
Place: Healing Grace Worship Center, 55 Marlboro Rd., Brattleboro, VT (about 17 miles from Keene)
Price: Free
Ages: Older

This free all day workshop is designed to help people remove the toxins in their mind that cause physical and emotional problems.

Replacing negative thinking with positive thinking improves both your physical and psychological health.  Toxic thoughts are like poison, but the good news is, you can break the cycle of toxic thinking and reverse the effects. Breaking the cycle of toxic thinking improves every area of your life - your relationships, your health and even your success.  Thoughts are measurable and occupy mental brain space.  Thoughts are active-- they grow and change.  Thoughts influence every decision, word, action and physical reaction we make.  Toxic thoughts affect people in all stages of life, in every part of the world, every day.  A minor irritation can become toxic, and these thoughts need to be swept away through a renewing of the mind.

The results of toxic thinking translates into stress in the body. This stress harms the body in a multitude of ways from patchy memory, to mental health, immune system problems, heart problems and digestive problems. In fact research today shows that 80% of physical, emotional and mental health issues can be a direct result of our thought lives. This manifests in our bodies through diabetes, thyroid problems, hypertension, aneurysms, coronary heart disease, and depression, to name just a few.  The good news is that you can break the cycle of toxic thinking and start to build healthy patterns that can bring peace to a stormy thought life.

This all day session will teach you about The Dirty Dozen of our thought life and will provide groundbreaking yet simple tools to make permanent change in your life and improve your health and your relationships within 21 days.

Please join us Saturday, June 2, 2012 at 8:00 a.m. at 55 Marlboro Rd, Brattleboro, VT.  For more information or to confirm attendance please call 413-824-6381 or email us at

Orienteering Adventure in the Woods

Time: 10:00 am-1:00 pm
Place: Fox State Forest, 309 Center Rd., Hillsborough, NH (about 28 miles from Keene)
Price: $5 per map
Ages: All

A treasure hunt in the woods, orienteering is a map-and-compass sport that is enjoyed by both runners and hikers.
Up North Orienteers, New Hampshire's orienteering club, is hosting an event on Saturday, June 2 at Fox State Forest in Hillsborough, NH. Start anytime between 10am-1pm. Courses of varying lengths for all ages and abilities will be offered. Beginners are welcome-- instruction and compasses are available. Join us for some outside fun. Bring your sense of adventure and a pair of comfortable shoes.
$5 per map. This event will run rain-or-shine. For more about the club and the sport visit
Please alert the meet director if you will be bringing a large group.

Milford Keyes Art Festival

Time: 9:00 am-4:00 pm
Place: Milford Oval and Town Hall, Milford, NH
Price: Free
Ages: All

The Keyes Art Group will be exhibiting and selling their artwork in the Milford Oval and the Town Hall Auditorium from Saturday, June 2nd from 9-4pm and Sunday, June 3rd, from 9-3pm. Additional events and attractions provided by the Milford Improvement Team. Event Sponsored by the Milford Masonic Association.

Kids Organizer Workshop

Time: 9:00 am-Noon
Place: The Home Depot, Keene, NH
Price: Free
Ages: All

Kids Organizer Workshop
Saturday, June 2nd from 9am-noon

Kids paint their own organizer & get a kid-sized orange apron with achievement certificate & pin!

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