Shaker holiday entertainment featured in Bach’s Lunch Programs @ Concord Community Music School
Dec 12 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

This December, discover the “entertainments” that evolved to define Christmastime for the Shakers at Canterbury, and sing along with the Canterbury Singers, in two free Bach’s Lunch programs at Concord Community Music School.

On Thursday, Dec. 5, at 12:10 p.m., Becky Soules, Interpretation Manager at Canterbury Shaker Village, presents a Bach’s Lunch Lecture titled “Shaker Christmas Entertainments.” During the 200 years that Shakers lived at Canterbury Shaker Village, their Christmas traditions evolved and changed – from simple religious services in the 19th century to elaborate theatricals and musicals in the 20th century. Hear about these Christmas “Entertainments” that were written, directed, and performed by the women of the Village between the 1880s and the 1930s, in order to sustain Shaker communal life and build ties of love and union.

On Thursday, Dec. 12, at 12:10 p.m., the Canterbury Singers, with director Kathryn Southworth, present a Bach’s Lunch Concert, “Come, the Feast is Ready! A Shaker Christmas.” The Canterbury Singers originated at Canterbury Shaker Village more than 20 twenty years ago, and are now a program of the Concord Community Music School in partnership with the Village. The group has expanded into a musical community of devoted singers and admirers of the Shaker legacy. In addition to sharing traditional and Christmas related tunes, hymns, and anthems of the Shakers, the Canterbury Singers will invite the audience to join them in traditional carols of the season.

Welcome Yule: A Midwinter Celebration @ Shea Theater Arts Center
Dec 13 – Dec 15 all-day
Welcome Yule: A Midwinter Celebration @ Shea Theater Arts Center | Montague | Massachusetts | United States

For 35 years, Welcome Yule has celebrated the return of the sun with music, dance, song and story primarily in the British tradition. This year finds us in a forest with magical and mythical beasts in the form of puppets large and small as we tell a tale of the importance of music in our lives. Come share the joy.

Sounds of the Season: Holiday Pops concert @ Manchester Community Music School
Dec 13 @ 7:00 pm

Join Manchester Community Music School as it celebrates the “Sounds of the Season” and kicks off the holidays with a wonderful night of festive music, tasty treats, and holiday cheer at the 2019 Holiday Pops Concert.

There will be performances by the Flute Choir, New Hampshire Wind Ensemble, the New Hampshire Youth Concert Orchestra, and the Dino Anagnost Youth Symphony Orchestra of New Hampshire.There will also be raffle prizes – perfect for holiday gift giving, and Santa might stop by if everyone has been really good!

The Holiday Pops Concert is one of two major fundraising events the Manchester Community Music School holds each year. Proceeds from this event help support many Music School Programs including Tuition Assistance, Music Therapy, and the New Hampshire Youth Ensembles.

Free NH Saturday at the Currier @ Currier Museum of Art
Dec 14 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

New Hampshire residents receive free Museum general admission before noon on the second Saturday of each month. Stop by and enjoy Creative Studio and browse the galleries.

Free NH Second Saturday in 2019 is sponsored by the Botnick Family Foundation and E&R Laundry & Dry Cleaners.

Laurie Berkner Band Holiday Concert @ Capitol Center for the Arts
Dec 14 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Laurie Berkner Band Holiday Concert @ Capitol Center for the Arts | Concord | New Hampshire | United States

Laurie Berkner and her band celebrate the season with traditional, secular songs such as “Jingle Bells” and “Frosty the Snowman,” plus originals from Laurie’s well-loved album A Laurie Berkner Christmas like “Santa’s Coming to My House Tonight.” They also pay tribute to Hanukkah with “Candle Chase” and “The Dreidel Song” and will perform an array of Laurie’s greatest hits.

NHSCOT’s Hogmanay Celebration @ Derryfield Country Club
Dec 28 @ 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm
NHSCOT's Hogmanay Celebration @ Derryfield Country Club | Manchester | New Hampshire | United States

Ring in the New Year at NHSCOT’s Hogmanay Celebration at the Derryfield Country Club.  Join revelers of all ages to get the party started. Enjoy lively activities and spirited competitions indoors and out.

Outdoors, Rebel Collective and the Pipes & Drums of NHSCOT will be pumping out tunes in a heated tent complete with a bar stocked with whisky and hot chocolate. Fire pits will warm s’more makers, sledders and competitors looking to win the haggis throw, Scotch egg spoon race and hula hoop challenge.

Indoors, warm up by testing your skills at Stramash, a popular Scottish strategy board game (we’ll teach you how to play), doing some Scottish Country Dancing or finding the right puzzle piece to complete the Team Puzzle Challenge.

Wear your Scottish finery because Hogmanay Royalty – Lord, Lady, Lad and Lassie – will be chosen at 6 p.m. Royalty will lead the closing “torch-lit” parade and in the singing of Auld Lang Syne.  Say see ye efter to 2019 and get your Scot on to welcome 2020!

Fun prizes awarded to contest winners. For schedule of events:


LIHA Learners Weekend @ LIHA
Jul 18 – Jul 19 all-day
LIHA Learners Weekend @ LIHA | Sanbornton | New Hampshire | United States

It’s a weekend of introducing all who are interested to the Native American culture. There will be drums and dance teachings, crafts, Native teachings, and raffles, as well as vendors with cultural type items.

Drums by Heavy Rain and Humble Spirit. Flute by Michael Longrider.

Bring a non-perishable donation and receive a free raffle ticket for door prize.

LIHA Labor Day Weekend Pow Wow @ LIHA
Sep 5 – Sep 6 all-day
LIHA Labor Day Weekend Pow Wow @ LIHA | Sanbornton | New Hampshire | United States

All are welcome to attend the LIHA’s 50th Annual Pow Wow,  a Native American event. There will be drums, dancers, food, vendors and raffles. Visit the snack shack for food and drinks. Also, there will be a Fry Bread stand with wajopi and other toppings.

There will be a mourner’s feast on Friday at 7 p.m. and a candlelight vigil at 10; the Pow Wow is Saturday & Sunday Pow Wow  from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m

Also, on Sunday, all are invited to join an amazing feast at 5 p.m.

Bring a non-perishable donation and receive a free raffle ticket for a door prize.