Judy Palm

Seafood festival...Bike Rodeo...Pig Roast...Honor Your Home...Talk the walk...Music Hall Presents...Local library happenings...

Seafood Festival...

Hampton’s 21st annual Seafood Festival will be September 10, 11 & 12. The festival hours are Friday: 4 - 9 p.m., Saturday: 10 a.m. - 9 p.m. and Sunday: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. All weekend there will be more than 50 of the Seacoast’s top restaurants serving seafood, with more than 80 arts & crafts vendors and continuous entertainment on the Seashell Stage.

For more information on this event please go to:

Rye Bike Rodeo...

On Saturday, September 11, 1:00-4:00 p.m join the Rye Police Department, Rye Fire Department, Rye Recreation Department and Safe Routes to School Committee for the 3rd Rye Bicycle Rodeo.

This bicycle safety clinic will feature bike inspections, rules of the road, obstacle course, helmet fitting, demonstrations, prizes and drawings. It will be held in the Rye Congregational Church Parking Lot. Parental supervision and bike helmet required. No charge to the public and open to all ages. Registration required.

Pig Roast...

The 9th annual Hampton Historical Society pig roast will be held on Saturday September 4 from noon to 3 p.m. on the grounds of the Tuck Museum. Besides roast pork, there will be a variety of salads, homemade baked beans, applesauce, a dessert selection and beverages (there are also non-pork options). The afternoon includes a silent auction, music, activities for kids, as well as a 50/50 raffle. It is a wonderful way to wind down the summer with friends and family.

Tickets are $20 per person. Student tickets (for those ages 9-16) are $10 and children 8 years old and under are free when accompanied by an adult ticket holder. Purchase of eight tickets for $150 reserves your own table. Tickets may also be purchased at the Provident Bank, Marelli's Market, Hampton Town Hall at the Parks and Recreation Office and at the Tuck Museum. For more information call Catherine Fletcher 926-0124 or the Tuck Museum 929-0781.

Honor Your Home...

On Saturday, September 11 from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. The Rye Energy Committee will hold another in its series of speakers in the Honor Your Home project at the Seacoast Science Center. The speaker will be UNH Professor John Carroll and his talk will be Local Foods, Farming and Sustainable Practices. The program is open to all.

The Honor Your Home program is available for Rye residents who commit to taking three or more actions to lessen their carbon footprint. Once committed, participants will be “honored” by having an artist paint a picture of their home.

Learn about several actions that you can take to lower your carbon footprint visiting the Cool Air Clean Planet web site. Take the New England Carbon Challenge!

If you have questions, or are interested in signing up for the Honor Your Home project, contact Mimi White at 964-6586

Talking the Walk...

On Wednesday, October 6 the International Walk to School Day will be held. The Safe Routes to School program in Rye, headed by Kim Reed, will be promoting participation locally. If you would like to learn more, visit the Safe Routes to School (SRTS) website at

The Music Hall Presents...

Intimately Yours: An Evening with Wynonna On Sunday, September 5 at 8 p.m. come and hear five-time Grammy winner Wynonna Judd perform some of the songs that have earned her multiple gold, platinum and multi-platinum certificates from RIAA.

Writers on an American Stage: Margaret Atwood
On Thursday, September 21, 7:30 p.m. come and hear the iconic Canadian author of The Handmaid’s Tale, The Blind Assassin and her latest work, The Year of The Flood.

Intimately Yours: Chris Botti
Thursday, September 23 at 7:30 p.m. the Grammy award winning trumpeter, Chris Botti, will return to the Music Hall stage having had a sold out performance two years ago.

KidsRule: Circo Comedia
Saturday, October 2 at 4 p.m. Quebec Circus superstars Jean Saucier & Patrick Cote perform with distinctive humor, magic and eccentricity. They will give you thrills, comedy and daredevil stunts.

For more information on any of the Music Hall programs please go to:

Library happenings...

Lane Memorial Library
Tuesday, September 7 the Twilight Book Club will meet from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Dorothy Little Room. The book for discussion is Gilead, a novel by Marilynne Robinson.

The Women’s Book Discussion will meet on Thursday, September 16, from 1 to 2 p.m. in the New Hampshire Room to discuss Zeitoun by Dave Eggers.

The Youth Book Group will meet on Thursday, September 16, from 3:30 to 4:30 in the Lane Room.

The staff of the Children’s Room will run story times during the fall. Toddlers, ages 15 months to 36 months will meet on Tuesdays or Wednesdays at 9:30; 3 year olds meet Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m.; and ages 4 to 5 meet on Thursdays at 10 a.m.

The book discussion groups meet throughout the year. For information on the books and joining a group please go to the library web site, or call the Children’s Room at 603-926-4729

Rye Public Library
Friday September 10 and 24 are Friday Flick days, featuring popcorn, juice, and a movie!! Shows begin promptly at 3:10 P.M. The movie for September 10 is Diary of a Wimpy Kid which is rated PG and runs for 94 minutes. The September 24 movie is Marmaduke, rated PG and runs for 87 minutes.Parents, please remember, only children aged 8+ may be left in the library without supervision. Please be sure to check the content of these films to be sure that the film is appropriate for your child. Please call the library if you have any questions

On Wednesday, September 21 from 7 to 8 p.m. the Adult Book Discussion Group will meet on Wednesdays. In September. The book for discussion is Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout.
The books for future meetings are: October 19, The Forger’s Spell: A True Story of Vermeer, Nazis, and the Greatest Art Hoax of the Twentieth Century, by Edward Dolnick,; November 16, The Liar’s Club, by Mary Karr; December 21, Whistling Season, by Ivan Doig.

Lego Mania
With tons of legos each session, we'll have a "challenge" for you, or you can build whatever you want! Meets on First and Third Wednesdays of the month during the school year from 3:30 - 4:30 in the Community Meeting Room. Parents, please remember, only children aged 8+ may be left in the library without an adult.
For more information on any of these programs please call the library at 603-964-8401 or on the web site,

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