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A detail of a square created for the Community Quilt assembled as part of the Portsmouth Historical Society's 'Threads' exhibit.

Top five things to do: Aug. 7-9

Art, Music, Stage, Top Weekend Events
A roundup of weekend entertainment on the Seacoast

Looks like PopUp NH will finally open this weekend, among several other notable happenings on the Seacoast. Here are some of the highlights.

Threads: A Community Quilt for 2020

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A team of local historians has been assembling a unique exhibition of American art, on display in the Portsmouth Historical Society’s Academy Gallery at Discover Portsmouth. “Threads” features historic quilts from the 18th, 19th, and 20th centuries, as well as a community quilt made in recent months by New Hampshire and Seacoast families while quarantined at home. The show opens Friday, Aug. 7. For more information, click here.

Loading Dock Concert Series: The Silks

UPDATE: This event is sold out, but check the calendar for other installments of the Loading Dock Concert Series.

Beginning this weekend, 3S Artspace in Portsmouth is back in the business of presenting live music. Providence, R.I.-based rock band The Silks kicks off this year’s Loading Dock Concert Series with two outdoor performances on Friday, Aug. 7. The group, which has twice been named Blues Artist of the Year at the Boston Music Awards, takes the loading dock stage for an early show from 6-7:30 p.m. and a late show from 8-9:30 p.m. Tickets are sold by the table.

Concerts by the Bridge: Flying Home Band

Though its concert series at the Kittery Community Center is sold out, The Dance Hall is also offering a free outdoor summer concert series at John Paul Jones Park in Kittery. The Concerts by the Bridge series presents the Flying Home Band on Saturday, Aug. 8, from 6-7 p.m. The vintage swing band will perform the music of legendary clarinetist and bandleader Benny Goodman. Registration is required; donations are accepted. Learn more here.

The Midnight Wrens w/ Dean Harlem

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All-star Seacoast folk-rock band The Midnight Wrens plays an open-air concert at The Word Barn Meadow in Exeter on Saturday, Aug. 8, from 7-9 p.m. Joining them on the outdoor stage will be local singer-songwriter and guitarist Dean Harlem, a frequent Wrens collaborator. Attendees will be spread across the grassy meadow at a safe distance from each other. Tickets are $20, and only a handful remain. For more information, click here.

All You Need Is Love — An SRT Event at PopUp NH

The first-ever event at the new PopUp NH venue in Portsmouth — the “Covid Couture” fashion show on Saturday — is sold out. However, at last check-in, there were still a few tickets available for the second event — a show presented by the Seacoast Repertory Theatre on Sunday, Aug. 9, from 6-8 p.m. “All You Need Is Love” features live music, dancing, singing, and spoken-word performance by Rep artists. Tickets are $25. Learn more here.

For a complete calendar of local events, click here.