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Judy Palm

Seafood festival...Science Center activities...Car show...Pot luck dinner...Butterfly presentation...Church tales... art exhibit...Maritime Folk Festival...

Hampton Beach Seafood Festival...

The Seafood Festival will take place in Hampton Beach the weekend of September 11, 12 and 13. You can enjoy over 50 of the Seacoast's top restaurants serving their world famous New England seafood including lobsters, fried clams, shrimp, as well as BBQ ribs, steak tips, "blooming onions", scrumptious deserts and so much more!

80 Arts & Craft vendors and end of the season sidewalk sales!

Continuous entertainment on two stages featuring jazz, oldies, and rock & roll!

Pat Whitley Culinary Chef Demonstrations!

Kiddie Land with the best in children's entertainment; face painting, games, and even a train ride!

Spectacular fireworks displays on Friday & Saturday with a performance by the United States Air Force Band of Liberty AFTERBURNER!

Thrilling skydiving demonstration on Sunday!

Sand Sculpturing Demonstration by Master Sculptor: Greg Grady.

Come and take part in the most spectacular seaside festival with fun, food, and events for the entire family!


Friday - 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Saturday - 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Sunday - 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

September offerings from The Seacoast Science Center...

A New Saturday Morning Exploration Program for Children Ages 4-6

Children can explore nature while parents catch up on their weekend chores during the Seacoast Science Center's newest program: Windows on Nature. Windows on Nature will take 4-6 year old children out-of-the-classroom for adventurous hands-on Saturday morning learning and fun.

Windows on Nature will take place every third Saturday of the month. Parents are free to do morning errands, walk the trails of Odiorne, or join in the morning's activities. The children will learn about butterflies, hike to the salt marsh, and go beachcombing in Pirate's Cove.

All sessions will include a mini-lesson, a field trek and a craft or game. Program runs rain or shine, but will focus on indoor activities in inclement weather.

Windows on Nature begins Saturday, September 19. All sessions meet at the Science Center and are held from 8:30 a.m. to 12 noon. The cost per child is $25.00 for SSC members; $30.00 non-members. Children must come dressed for the weather and bring a snack that needs no refrigeration. Older children may attend the program but must register as a participant; younger siblings are not allowed to attend.

Please call Marilyn at 603-436-8043, ext. 18 for more information or visit the programs, for preschoolers page at for a downloadable registration form.

BioBlitz! September 12...

On Saturday, September 12, the Seacoast Science Center will host its seventh annual BioBlitz!. BioBlitz! is a day-long biological survey of Odiorne Point State Park. Local scientists, professors and field naturalists will search through the park's 135 acres and seven different habitats to make a rapid assessment of the diversity of life in the park.

Bring your boots, binoculars and butterfly nets! Families and groups are welcome to join in. BioBlitz! is a great way to excite children about science. It is a rare opportunity to meet many passionate biologists working together. You can also participate in programs that show how all facets of nature are interconnected. The energy of the collaboration between experts, participants and volunteers makes BioBlitz! a unique and memorable experience.

BioBlitz! is much more than just a one-day endeavor. The data collected can be used to assess the health of the park's habitats over time. More than 1,650 species have been recorded at Odiorne since 2003. With the insight gained through BioBlitz! participants will understand how they can create habitats that help increase biodiversity at home.
For more information and to register, please contact Perrin at 603-436-8043, ext. 17 or

Big Fish Little Fish...

The Seacoast Science Center's nature program for preschoolers, Big Fish Little Fish (BFLF), begins its Fall I session on Wednesday, September 9 or Thursday, September 10. Offered once a week for four weeks, BFLF teaches young children ages 18 months to 3 1/3 years (and their favorite adult) about the natural environment through guided exploration and hands-on discovery. The cost per child is $90 for Seacoast Science Center members; $100 non-members. Financial assistance is available; please inquire.

To learn more call Marilyn at 603-436-8043, ext. 18 or visit the the Programs/For Preschoolers page at for a downloadable registration form.

Annual Car Show...

The 26th Annual Rye Lion's Club Car Show & Cruise-In will be held September 20 at Parson's Field, Washington Road in Rye. The entry fee is $10 per car and $3 per spectator. Car registration will be from 8 to 11 a.m. and prizes will be awarded at 2 p.m. There will be great food and drink, door prizes and raffles. The rain date is September 27.

Pot luck dinner...

The Hampton Garden Club will open their fall season with a Potluck Social and Penny Sale on September 9 at 6:00 p.m. at the First Congregational Church on Winnacunnet Road, Hampton, NH.  Members are asked to bring a hot or cold vegetable dish or any fruit dish to share. The garden club board will provide desserts.

The Penny Sale will include new items or new craft items that members have made. These may include knitted or ceramic items, paintings or jewelry, etc. Each member will browse the items and place a ticket in a container for each item they would like. At the end of the evening, tickets for each item will be drawn, at random, for each item.

This is always a fun meeting and each member is encouraged to bring a guest. Drop in guests are always welcome. Hostesses for the meeting are Carol Keating, Karen Little, and the Board.

Flowers for the library for September will be donated by Linda Sadlock and Christine Trayers.

New Year for Rye Driftwood Garden Club...

The Rye Driftwood Garden Club will hold its first meeting of the 2009-2010 club year on Tuesday, September 15, 2009 at 9:30 a.m. in Fellowship Hall of the Congregational Church at Rye Center. The speaker for this meeting is Geannina Guzman-Scanlon, a native of Costa Rica.  Geannina has been involved with a butterfly refuge in Costa Rica as well as the Monarch Way Station at North Beach in Hampton. Her presentation will discuss migration patterns of monarch butterflies, plants that attract monarchs and construction of monarch habitat.

Carol Moore, RDGC horticulture chairman, will present a brief report on invasive plants and autumn plant issues at this meeting

Selected Shorts...

The Rye Congregational Church will hold their annual Church Picnic on Sunday, September 13. This “pot luck” lunch is for all families to enjoy and includes lots of fun, good food, including hot dogs, hamburgers, salads, desserts – PLUS games for both children and adults. Contact the church for more information.

Music in the Air at the North Hampton bandstand...

Fish Tales from Rye Harbor [All Ages]...

On Thursday, September 10 at 7 p.m. Mike Anderson and Sue Reynolds will share stories, pictures and the technology of dragging and lobster fishing out of Rye Harbor. This talk will be held in the Rye Public Library Community Meeting Room. It is free and open to the public.

Watercolor exhibit...

One of Richard Doyle's watercolors
Webster-At-Rye is holding an exhibit of the watercolors of Hampton artist and author Richard Doyle. The watercolors will be in the South Solarium through September.

Doyle is also the author of a book, "Winston Chamberlain Was A Catholic Priest". Doyle was a history teacher at Newburyport High School for 37 years. The book is a collection of humorous, sad, unique and poignant classroom recollections and is available to buy at the exhibit.

“If you’ve ever been to school, you can relate immediately to the stories in the book,” says Doyle. “I was trying to show a human side of teachers and education. And it’s all non-fiction – I couldn’t make any of this stuff up.”
“Winston Churchill was a Catholic priest” is, in fact, full of familiar territory. The book is divided into 37 short chapters with titles that bring you right back to sophomore year. Starting with chapter one, “Does Spelling Count,” through Chapter 10, “No One In the Halls Without a Pass,“ through later chapters, called “Is this Going to be on the Test?” and “Please Pick Up the Paper on the Floor,” the headings alone will jog memories for plenty of readers.

Folk festival...

The 10th anniversary of the Portsmouth Maritime Folk Festival will take place September 25-27. Robbie O’Connell, well-known to Celtic/Irish music, will headline the event. Saturday evening’s concert is in Sanborn Hall at the First United Methodist Church of Portsmouth, 129 Miller Avenue, beginning at 7:00 p.m. A schedule for the weekend is available at


SEACOAST INTEGRATIVE CANCER SUPPORT GROUP: meets at 6:30 p.m. every second Thursday at Dover Herbal Path. Maya Bisson, a colon cancer survivor, is the facilitator and will share her story on how qi gong therapy was crucial to her recovery. Call 749-1575.

CANCER ADVOCATES COALITION: has launched Chaired by testicular cancer survivor Ronald K. Bye of Greenland, Cancer Advocates Coalition is a collaboration of northeastern delegates who attended the Lance Armstrong LiveSTRONG Summit. Its mission is to organize, educate, empower, inspire and motivate cancer survivors, caregivers, health care providers, elected officials, advocates, and other stakeholders throughout the region. The group is planning a regional survivorship summit. Visit the Web site for details

September, 2009