So Much to Sea!

For three days each year on the weekend after Labor Day, Ocean Boulevard in Hampton transforms into a huge showcase of fresh seafood, with options from more than 60 local restaurants, a lobster roll eating contest and culinary workshops highlighting the foodie side of the Hampton Beach Seafood Festival.

Dozens of artisan and craft vendors, live entertainment, beer tents, fireworks, skydiving demos, contests and more are also featured at the festival’s 28th year. It’s happening Friday, Sept. 8, through Sunday, Sept. 10.

For the main event, local restaurants will provide a variety of different seafoods, like lobster rolls, fish and chips, clams and various chowders, lobster bisque, seafood Newburg, and fish tacos and sandwiches. Some vendors, like the Tuscan Kitchen in Portsmouth, are joining the festivities for the very first time, while others like The Old Salt Restaurant at Lamie’s Inn in Hampton have been at the festival since the beginning.

“We go through literally thousands of cups of clam chowder and lobster stew for the festival,” said Joe Higgins, owner of The Old Salt. “We’ve tried different things over the years, like half-boiled lobsters, bacon wraps and scallops. For the past few years, we’ve done clam chowder and lobster stew in a cup and also in bread bowls.”

Other vendors will be bringing specialized desserts, like Spud’s Restaurant & Pub offering fried ice cream sundaes, and Simply Cannoli, who will have specialty cannolis and cappuccinos.

There are plenty of options for non-seafood-eaters as well, like chicken fingers, onion rings, hot dogs, macaroni and cheese and more. Many of the restaurants also compete for bragging rights and several titles, like Best Fried Food, Best Chowder, Freshest Catch and others, determined by a panel of judges.

“There really is quite a variety,” said John Nyhan, chairman of the Hampton Area Chamber of Commerce, which organizes the festival. “Some vendors will bring back some of the foods that have been the most successful in the past and have won prizes, and others always like to bring something that’s totally new, so it’s a combination.”

Live performances will be held every hour on the hour on both the Main Stage and Beach Stage throughout the weekend, according to Nyhan. An opening ceremony featuring a ribbon-cutting by Gov. Chris Sununu will take place on the Main Stage on Friday at 6 p.m.
Returning features include the lobster roll eating contest, which will be held on the Main Stage beginning at 2 p.m., and local culinary demonstrations featuring more than a half dozen local restaurants, with hosts of the Wicked Bites television and radio shows.

Restaurants like The Old Salt, Colosseum in Salem, Lobster Q in Hampstead and Savory Square Bistro in Hampton will be participating on Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. A fireworks display on the beach will close out the festivities on Saturday at 8:15 p.m.
On Sunday at 5 p.m. there will be a skydiving demonstration courtesy of Skydive New England, a feature Nyhan said has always been a huge draw. Sixteen skydivers will jump from more than 14,000 feet high before landing in the center of Hampton Beach.

The festival has become a large draw for Hampton Beach, with new adjustments and endeavors made this year to make it even bigger than ever, according to Nyhan.

“Especially if we have good weather, we can see anywhere from 100,000 to 125,000 people walking the streets of Ocean Boulevard,” he said.

Ocean Boulevard will be closed to traffic for the duration of the festival, giving way to several dozen arts and craft vendors, merchant sidewalk sales, face-painting, train rides and a Kiddie Land with games for kids, in addition to all the food that will be for sale.

“The focus is all about running a top-notch event in the Seacoast area … with our vendors and our seafood,” Nyhan said.

The Fun Ramps up at Canobie Lake Park Weekends in September & October With A Country Music Festival and SCREEEMFEST!!!!

SALEM, NH – It may be back to school and off to work during the week, but Canobie Lake Park has your weekends covered with plenty of thrills and chills over the next two months. The Park is open Labor Day Weekend, Friday through Monday, when you can enjoy rides, games and the final performances of Canobie’s summer shows.

Then get ready for Canobie Lake Park’s new Country Music Festival to be held over two weekends, September 9-10 and September 16-17. In addition to Canobie rides, games and attractions, there will be live shows featuring tributes to the music of Taylor Swift, Tim McGraw, Garth Brooks and Shania Twain. Live bluegrass bands are also scheduled throughout each day. Bring your appetite and dig in at the Festival’s “Smokin’ BBQ,” featuring a variety of apple-wood smoked items including ribs, pulled pork and brisket, plus a selection of beer and wine.

Beginning September 9th, Canobie’s Petting Zoo is also open every Saturday and Sunday from 1PM to 5PM through October 22nd. Youngsters and their families can interact with a menagerie of gentle animals.

The fun continues each weekend through October with your favorite Canobie rides, games and more. On September 23rd, SCREEEMFEST adds its special brand of fear to all the fun after dark, haunting Canobie Lake Park each Friday, Saturday and Sunday evening through October 29th. And there’s plenty to “screeem” about, too.

There are five terrifying haunted houses open during SCREEEMFEST, including their newest haunt, The Culling.” You’ll also find roaming “monsters” and a monster parade throughout the park, Halloween-themed games and much more.

Canobie Lake Park is known for delivering quality live entertainment at no additional charge, and fall is no exception. Rock on with Canobie’s ROCKtoberfest event that features a different rock tribute band each weekend during Screeemfest on Canobie’s Midway Stage. As if that wasn’t enough, the “SwingShift SideShow” presents strange feats of physical daring that are truly not for the faint of heart. And the live show, “Tribute to Michael: Ghosts,” will thrill audiences the last three weekends in October.

One low admission price for Canobie’s fall events includes all haunted houses, operating rides, ROCKtoberfest, the petting zoo, all live entertainment and much more. For park hours, show schedules, directions, and more information, visit canobie.com.

22nd through October 1st Grand Tasting Restaurant Week

From September 22nd through October 1st celebrate Newburyport’s culinary destinations! Savor Newburyport, brought to you by the Greater Newburyport Chamber of Commerce & Industry, is a 10-Day Celebration that highlights local chefs and restauranters.

The Grand Tasting on Inn Street

The Ultimate Outdoor Dining Experience!

The ten day celebration will kick off with “The Grand Tasting on Inn Street” with food, fashion and art from 5:30 – 8:30 PM. Newburyport’s beautiful refurbished fountain will be the back drop for live music performed by Newburyport’s own LUX The Band. Tickets for this event are $50 each.

Some of our participating vendors are: Andiamo, Brine, Bucciarelli’s Butcher Shop & Deli, Ceia Kitchen and Bar, The Grog, Kume Steakhouse, Michael’s Harborside, Mill River Winery, Newburyport Brewing Co., Newburyport Olive Oil/Port Plums, Riverwalk Brewing, Smoky Quartz Distillery and When Pigs Fly.

Restaurant Week

Continuing through October 1st, participating restaurants will showcase unique fixed-price three course dinner offerings at $25 and $35 as well as two course lunch specials being offered at $10, $20 and $30.

Visit http://www.savornewburyport.com/ for all details. Enjoy!

Canobie Lake Park’s 2016 Grand Opening and One-Day Ticket Sale April 30th

Canobie Lake Park’s 2016 Grand Opening and One-Day Ticket Sale April 30th
Preview of the Park’s 114th Season

SALEM, NH – Here’s a sure sign of spring: Canobie Lake Park opens for its 2016 season on Saturday, April 30th, weather permitting.

Grand Opening and One-Day Sale
Canobie will be offering 2016 admission tickets at a special reduced price during their Grand Opening on Saturday, April 30, at the Park from 11AM to 6PM, weather permitting. During the sale, admission tickets will be sold for the reduced price of just $29 each which is $9 off the regular season general admission price. Discounted 2016 tickets will also be available online atcanobie.com through midnight Saturday. There is no limit on how many passes can be purchased at the sale price, and each pass is valid on any one day during Canobie’s 2016 operating calendar.

One of New England’s Best Values for Family Entertainment
Canobie Lake Park is a short, gas-friendly trip from most points in New England, and parking is always free. A single, low admission price includes over 85 rides – including thrill rides like their wild roller coaster, Untamed – family and kid-friendly rides, attractions and all scheduled live shows. Castaway Island, Canobie’s water play area that opens Memorial Day Weekend, is also included with admission. Visit the Park’s website for hours and full information about attractions and scheduled events.

The Canobie Institute: Over 15 Educational Programs for School Groups
The Canobie Institute is designed to provide a genuine educational experience for school groups visiting the Park. Schools can book an outing where their students can participate in over 15 educational programs. Programs include real-world projects, physics and science experiments, live educational presentations and course work designed to complement what students learn inside the classroom. The Canobie Institute provides teachers with some rather unique tools to reinforce a variety of math, science, creative, history, biology and many more principles. Complete information about the programs offered can be found at canobie.com.

Corporate and Other Group Discounts
From large corporate picnics to smaller company and summer outings, to outings for camps and other groups, Canobie Lake Park offers a variety of discounted programs designed to provide employees or group members with a memorable summer experience. There are catered and non-catered offerings, a Consignment Tickets program, as well as an “e-Ticketing” store option which provides a turn-key way to offer Canobie Lake Park discounts to employees. Complete details are available on the Corporate/Group Outings section at canobie.com.

Specials Throughout the Season
Canobie Lake Park also features special discount event days, including Mother’s Day and Father’s Day specials when Moms or Dads receive free admission and a free lunch on their respective days. Armed Services Appreciation Days will take place over Memorial Day Weekend when armed services members and veterans can purchase Park admission for just $10. Canobie also has special days for Scouts, sports and other teams, and seniors. Details about these specials, as well as upcoming availability of discount coupons at partner locations, will be available on the Park’s specials page at canobie.com.

Wide Variety of Live Entertainment for 2016
Canobie’s “SummahPalooza” live entertainment series features over 18 varied acts appearing at the Park throughout this summer and fall. Shows include the return of the popular tribute to Lady Gaga and tributes to today’s top hits with The Boys of Summer and Pop Divas. The Incredible Acrobats of China featuring the New Shanghai Circus also returns while a new “Vegas style” magic show, Magic Mayhem, makes its debut. The crowd-favorite Great American Game Show comes back to Canobie where guests can be contestants to win cash and prizes.

And this year Canobie is taking entertainment to new heights with extreme BMX and Motocross stunts, RocketMan human cannonball, a chainsaw juggler and extreme motorcycle stunts inside The Globe. There’s much more, and SummahPalooza clearly has something for everyone. The complete 2016 live entertainment line-up and schedule is available on the Park’s website atcanobie.com.

Fireworks and More Fun
Canobie will launch its seasonal fireworks displays into the sky above Canobie Lake with three evenings of fireworks to celebrate Independence Day on July 2, 3 and 4, weather permitting. The Park also has fireworks every Saturday night thereafter through September 3rd, weather permitting. There’s more fun to be had with the roving Fun Squad, Dance Parties and many other surprises. For more information on attractions, live shows, special events, hours, prices and available discounts, visit canobie.com.
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With over 85 rides, games, shows and attractions, Canobie Lake Park is New England’s premier family entertainment destination. Canobie Lake Park is located at exit 2 or 3 off Route 93 in Salem, New Hampshire. For more information, visit www.canobie.com.

Canobie Lake Park’s 2016 Grand Opening and One-Day Ticket Sale April 30th

Canobie Lake Park’s 2016 Grand Opening and One-Day Ticket Sale April 30th
Preview of the Park’s 114th Season

SALEM, NH – Here’s a sure sign of spring: Canobie Lake Park opens for its 2016 season on Saturday, April 30th, weather permitting.

Grand Opening and One-Day Sale
Canobie will be offering 2016 admission tickets at a special reduced price during their Grand Opening on Saturday, April 30, at the Park from 11AM to 6PM, weather permitting. During the sale, admission tickets will be sold for the reduced price of just $29 each which is $9 off the regular season general admission price. Discounted 2016 tickets will also be available online atcanobie.com through midnight Saturday. There is no limit on how many passes can be purchased at the sale price, and each pass is valid on any one day during Canobie’s 2016 operating calendar.

One of New England’s Best Values for Family Entertainment
Canobie Lake Park is a short, gas-friendly trip from most points in New England, and parking is always free. A single, low admission price includes over 85 rides – including thrill rides like their wild roller coaster, Untamed – family and kid-friendly rides, attractions and all scheduled live shows. Castaway Island, Canobie’s water play area that opens Memorial Day Weekend, is also included with admission. Visit the Park’s website for hours and full information about attractions and scheduled events.

The Canobie Institute: Over 15 Educational Programs for School Groups
The Canobie Institute is designed to provide a genuine educational experience for school groups visiting the Park. Schools can book an outing where their students can participate in over 15 educational programs. Programs include real-world projects, physics and science experiments, live educational presentations and course work designed to complement what students learn inside the classroom. The Canobie Institute provides teachers with some rather unique tools to reinforce a variety of math, science, creative, history, biology and many more principles. Complete information about the programs offered can be found at canobie.com.

Corporate and Other Group Discounts
From large corporate picnics to smaller company and summer outings, to outings for camps and other groups, Canobie Lake Park offers a variety of discounted programs designed to provide employees or group members with a memorable summer experience. There are catered and non-catered offerings, a Consignment Tickets program, as well as an “e-Ticketing” store option which provides a turn-key way to offer Canobie Lake Park discounts to employees. Complete details are available on the Corporate/Group Outings section at canobie.com.

Specials Throughout the Season
Canobie Lake Park also features special discount event days, including Mother’s Day and Father’s Day specials when Moms or Dads receive free admission and a free lunch on their respective days. Armed Services Appreciation Days will take place over Memorial Day Weekend when armed services members and veterans can purchase Park admission for just $10. Canobie also has special days for Scouts, sports and other teams, and seniors. Details about these specials, as well as upcoming availability of discount coupons at partner locations, will be available on the Park’s specials page at canobie.com.

Wide Variety of Live Entertainment for 2016
Canobie’s “SummahPalooza” live entertainment series features over 18 varied acts appearing at the Park throughout this summer and fall. Shows include the return of the popular tribute to Lady Gaga and tributes to today’s top hits with The Boys of Summer and Pop Divas. The Incredible Acrobats of China featuring the New Shanghai Circus also returns while a new “Vegas style” magic show, Magic Mayhem, makes its debut. The crowd-favorite Great American Game Show comes back to Canobie where guests can be contestants to win cash and prizes.

And this year Canobie is taking entertainment to new heights with extreme BMX and Motocross stunts, RocketMan human cannonball, a chainsaw juggler and extreme motorcycle stunts inside The Globe. There’s much more, and SummahPalooza clearly has something for everyone. The complete 2016 live entertainment line-up and schedule is available on the Park’s website atcanobie.com.

Fireworks and More Fun
Canobie will launch its seasonal fireworks displays into the sky above Canobie Lake with three evenings of fireworks to celebrate Independence Day on July 2, 3 and 4, weather permitting. The Park also has fireworks every Saturday night thereafter through September 3rd, weather permitting. There’s more fun to be had with the roving Fun Squad, Dance Parties and many other surprises. For more information on attractions, live shows, special events, hours, prices and available discounts, visit canobie.com.
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With over 85 rides, games, shows and attractions, Canobie Lake Park is New England’s premier family entertainment destination. Canobie Lake Park is located at exit 2 or 3 off Route 93 in Salem, New Hampshire. For more information, visit www.canobie.com.

The springtime day you’ve been waiting for – The Beach Plum North Hampton Opens Friday, April 8th!

Lobster Rolls are better at the beach! It’s been a short winter with warm weather but the winter season is still symbolized by the Beach Plum of North Hampton not being open. Your wait is over and spring is here!
The weather is going to be beautiful and The Beach Plum in North Hampton, NH is opening for the season Friday April 8th, 2016 at 11AM.
So wait no longer – let your winter officially end and visit the Beach Plum at 17 Ocean Boulevard, North Hampton, NH all weekend long.
Be sure to friend, or like, the Beach Plum on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/TheBeachPlum. For information call 603.926.7451.
See you this weekend at The Beach Plum!

And don’t forget to visit our New Location on Route 125 in Epping – opening last December, 2016.
Inside seating and the same famous foods you’ve come to love and appreciate from our Portsmouth, NH Location.
Epping phone # is 603.679.3200.

Mother’s Day is coming soon. Get your Mother a special gift card from the Beach Plum! Visit http:/lobsterrolls.com for more information.

New Beach Plum Restaurant Opens in Epping

Hungry for your favorite Lobster Roll? You do not need to wait until April 10th to visit your favorite beachside lobster roll place as the Beach Plum is tickled to announce the opening of their 3rd restaurant, located on 125 in Epping, NH. Like all Beach Plum Restaurants, you can’t miss it! It is conveniently located just across from O’neil Cinemas, and right next to the new State Liquor Store. Plenty of parking, and your favorite eats such as the famous, and award winning Lobster Roll! Also available in the Epping location is the Beach Plum’s famous fried seafood dinners.

So now you don’t have to head all the way over to the coast for your Favorite eat out foods. The Beach Plum is Epping is open daily, Sunday – Thursday 11-9, and Fri. & Sat., 11-10PM. So come on in and enjoy! 603.679.3200 for inquiries, and be sure to check out our daily specials on facebook at https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Beach-Plum/165345860166517

NOW through March 25th, you can vote for Best in NH, sponsored by NH Magazine. Beach Plum has been the proud recipients of numerous awards, year after year, so we encourage you to keep the recognition coming our way. Vote today for your favorite Lobster Roll, Ice Cream Spot, Fried Food, and so much more! Click Here; http://www.nhmagazine.com/Best-of-NH-Food-Ballot/

For more information, or to contact The Beach Plum(s), visit http://www.lobsterrolls.com.

Behind the Scenes Refuge Tour of Parker River NWR Various Dates in February

Behind the Scenes Refuge Tour of Parker River NWR
Held on the following days:
Saturday, February 20th @9:30 am Sunday, February 21st @ 1:00 pm,
Thursday, February 25th, @ 1:00 pm, Saturday, February 27th @ 9:30 am
and Sunday, February 28th @ 1:00 pm.
Join a refuge ranger for a behind the scenes tour of Parker River National Wildlife Refuge. Tour will be
conducted via refuge van, with several brief “drive by” stops along the way. The tour will present an “up
close and personal” look at the refuge thro
ugh the multiple lenses of the cultural history of Plum Island
and the Great Marsh, native wildlife and their habitats, and the role of refuge management in the
conservation of these precious natural resources. Participants may be driven along areas on the
refuge
otherwise closed to the public. This guided two hour program is most appropriate for older teens and
adults. Binoculars and/or a camera are recommended, but not required. Meet the ranger in the lobby of
the Refuge visitor center 15 minutes prior to the program start time. Each session is limited to 14 participants; no more than 4 individuals per sign up. Again, this is a vehicle based tour, with limited
stops on the Refuge. Advance registration is required for this program, as enrollment is limited. Be
advised that individual tours may be subject to cancellation. *Please note: Those who call and leave
messages after hours, your registration is not confirmed until you receive a confirmation call from a
refuge staff member. Please call (978) 465-5753; to register for this program. Those who call after business hours, please leave a message. You are not registered until you receive a confirmation from us.

A Guidebook Cover Contest – Deadline Nov. 16th – Hurry

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– Announcing -A Guidebook Cover Contest

Open to all Newburyport Art Association
Members and Non-Members

SPONSORED BY:

THE GREATER NEWBURYPORT CHAMBER OF COMMERCE & INDUSTRY

In 2016, the Greater Newburyport Chamber of Commerce & Industry is celebrating its 50th anniversary! A remarkable accomplishment for our community. To mark the occasion, the Chamber has planned a contest for the cover of its 50th Anniversary Guidebook. The contest is open to the Newburyport Art Association artist members and non-member artists – artists are invited to submit a work for consideration for the cover of the guidebook. The Chamber requests images that celebrate the aesthetic beauty of the greater Newburyport area. Works may be two-dimensional or three-dimensional.

The Guidebook is distributed to 40,000 residents and visitors during 2016. The winning artwork will be showcased on the cover and the artist will receive a $250 Newburyport Gift Card and a Newburyport Art Association one-year membership.

The deadline for the artist’s Intent to Participate is Monday, November 16, 2015. Artists should email their Intent to Participate to Elena Bachrach, Executive Director, NAA.

Digital images – one image per artist, or three if the work is three-dimensional – are due Monday, January 11, 2016. All digital images (resolution should be 300 dpi and the image size a minimum of 14″ x 14″) should also be emailed to Elena Bachrach.

The Chamber’s Cover Contest Jury Committee will select ten finalists on Thursday, January 21. The ten finalists will be required to bring their work to the NAA by Friday, February 19. The winning selection will be announced on March 10. The NAA will install an exhibition of all ten finalists’ works March 8-20. The show reception and the NAA’s Chamber Member Mixer will be held on Thursday, March 10 in the Hills Gallery at the Newburyport Art Association.

It should be understood that the winning entry will become the property of the Greater Newburyport Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Photo credit/bio will be published in the guidebook.

Please contact Ann Ormond, President of the Chamber, Elena Bachrach, Executive Director of the Newburyport Art Association if you have any questions. We look forward to your participation.

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