For the second week in a row, we can’t resist boosting our typical top five to a top 10. This may just be the summer norm…
‘Always…Patsy Cline’ at Hackmatack
The Hackmatack Playhouse in Berwick kicks off its 2019 summer season with the beloved musical, “Always…Patsy Cline.” Based on the legendary country singer’s real-life friendship with a fan, the show runs June 14-29. Show times are Wednesdays-Saturdays at 8 p.m., plus Thursday matinees at 2 p.m. Tickets are $15-$30; learn more here.
Shadows and Stones Cemetery Tour
Portsmouth poltergeist expert Roxie Zwicker of New England Curiosities leads a walking tour of local cemetery hauntings on Friday, June 14, from 8-9:30 p.m. Zwicker will introduce participants to the resident spirit of the Point of Graves cemetery, New Hampshire’s oldest colonial burial ground, dating from the late 1600s. Tickets are $16-$21; learn more here.
‘West Side Story’ at the Rep
Next up at the Seacoast Repertory Theatre in Portsmouth is Broadway favorite “West Side Story.” The musical by Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim is on stage June 14-July 20 on Thursdays at 7:30 p.m., Fridays at 8 p.m., Saturdays at 2 and 8 p.m., and Sundays at 2 p.m. Tickets are $22-$44; learn more here.
Silent Auction & Garden Sale
Rolling Green Nursery’s annual Silent Auction & Garden Sale benefits Families First, a nonprofit community health and family resource center. This year’s event takes place Saturday, June 15, from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. at the nursery in Greenland. Tickets are $10 and entitle entrants to a discount on plants, bagged goods, pottery, and statuary. Learn more here.
Kittery Block Party 2019
Highlights of Kittery’s annual Block Party include vendor booths, children’s activities, demonstrations, educational exhibits, live entertainment, local food, and more. The festivities unfold in Wallingford Square and around Kittery Foreside from 10 a.m.-11 p.m., with the Foreside Music Fest and Talent Show both beginning at 7 p.m. For more information, click here.
Sanctuary Arts Iron Pour
Sanctuary Arts in Eliot hosts its 10th annual Iron Pour Benefit & Sculpture Garden Open House on Saturday, June 15, from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Guests can carve tile molds for $15 and watch as they’re cast in 2,300-degree iron. There will be live music and snacks, and the grounds will be open. Learn more here.
Stiletto Sprint in Portsmouth
City officials and residents will take part in a 40-yard dash while donning high heels on Saturday, June 15, from 2-4 p.m. in downtown Portsmouth. Proceeds from the annual Stiletto Sprint benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters of New Hampshire. An after-party takes place at Portsmouth Book and Bar. Learn more here.
The Reconstructed album release
Local folk-rock band The Reconstructed has been a staple of the Seacoast music scene for years, and they’ve got a brand new album. The band will celebrate the release of “Great North Wind” with a show at 3S Artspace in Portsmouth on Saturday, June 15, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $12-$15; learn more here.
Concert in the Lot
The Music Hall is transforming The Worth Lot in downtown Portsmouth (the one with the whale mural) into an outdoor concert venue on Sunday, June 16, at 4 p.m. Headliner Rebirth Brass Band will be joined by fellow New Orleans act Sweet Crude and local band Jumbo Circus Peanuts. Tickets are $12-$15; learn more here.
Jenny Lewis at Prescott Park
At long last, the Prescott Park Arts Festival’s River House Restaurant Concert Series kicks off on Sunday, June 16, at 7 p.m. That’s when Jenny Lewis, former frontwoman of Rilo Kiley, takes a break from her tour with Death Cab for Cutie to perform in Portsmouth. There is an $8-$10 suggested donation; learn more here.
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