Monday Night Movies On the Beach!

Fun Family Entertainment. All for Free!

An evening under the stars on our 5 star beach. Weather permitting. Movies to be on the beach near the Playground. Make this summerseas At dusk. Start times vary through the summer as the sun sets late at the beginning of the season and earlier each week after.

7:30pm On the beach across from the Playground – Route 1A, Hampton, NH, USA

Full Movie Schedule Below:

Monday, July 24
Monday, July 31
Monday, August 7
Monday, August 14
Monday, August 21
Monday, August 28 – LAST CHANCE

Camping On the Coast

Summer is officially here, which in New Hampshire probably entails camping for many people. Not all campgrounds are the same, however, and not all camping experiences are the same.

Here is the lowdown on some campgrounds in and around the Seacoast and the kinds of camping they offer, as well as some tips and ideas on how to maximize your outdoorsy vacation.


How do you want to camp?

“Roughing it” is not for everyone, but there may be no better place than the Seacoast to try tent camping. Regardless of where you pitch your tent, you are only a few minutes away from the ocean and the great dining and shopping options all along the coast.

Just because you are close to civilization, however, doesn’t mean you can’t lose yourself in nature along the Seacoast, as there are several campgrounds that feature great spots for tenting.

For Laura Ferrigno of Wakeda Campground in Hampton Falls, the magic of their campground begins with the land itself, which she said provides a rustic sort of feel. She said her family has owned the campground for three generations, which helps to create a family-like atmosphere.

“My grandparents started this place in 1965,” she said. “It’s not unusual to have third- and fourth-generation campers who continue to come back. My grandparents are 96 and 92, so they can still see the campground thrive. It’s a great atmosphere.”

A mile off the road and surrounded by woods, Wakeda Campground features more than 60 sites for tenting with some that offer no water or electricity and others that offer both.

“You get a picnic table and fireplace with these sites, too,” said Ferrigno.
At The Green Gate Campground in Exeter, there are roughly two dozen tenting sites, each with water and electricity. As with Wakeda, individual sites include a firepit and a picnic table.

“The sites here are beautiful,” said Jan Liu, owner of The Green Gate. “They are surrounded by mature trees and are very shady.”

Christine Infantine is the owner of Ferndale Acres Campground in Lee, which features about 10 tenting sites. She has several suggestions for tent campers.

“You want two tarps with one to put down on the ground for moisture under the tent and a second one for the top in case it rains — moisture collects easily in tents,” she said. “You should also bring a little outdoor rug to put shoes on, which will keep the tent clean.”
Infantine suggests bringing a power strip and an extension cord if your tent site has electricity.

“You may also want to bring some outdoor lights — Christmas icicle lights are a great idea — which help brighten your site up at night,” she said. “You can string them from the trees.”
Whereas tenting is fairly rustic, RVs provide a level of comfort and sophistication to the camping experience. One thing to keep in mind with RVs, though, is that every campground has different rules and regulations.

Noting they have well over 30 RV sites at Wakeda, Ferrigno said many campground sites have length restrictions.

“Be aware of the size of the rig — every inch matters,” she said. “Make sure you know how much electricity your rig requires, too, especially when it comes to air conditioning.”

At Ferndale Acres, which features several dozen RV sites, Infantine has a money-saving tip.

“For those staying long-term, we always suggest turning your RV fridge from electric to propane, too,” she added. “It costs a lot less.”

It also does not hurt to have a checklist of things to make sure you do upon arrival at the site. Some basic suggestions from campground owners include looking for low-hanging branches or items on the ground that could get in the way of your RV’s wheels; parking your rig close to the hookups and leveling it with blocks or stabilizing jacks; switching your appliances to the campground’s power supply; and attaching your sewer hose to the drain hook-up.

If tenting is a little too outdoorsy for you and you don’t want to deal with the work that comes from owning or even renting an RV, another option is renting a cabin. They can make camping much more manageable for new campers or those with younger children.
Some feature kitchens and running water and some do not, so be sure to call and ask what amenities are included with each cabin. The variables are significant and mean the difference between “barely more than a tent” cabins and more luxurious cabins.

The cabins at Wakeda Campground in Hampton Falls, for example, include twin bunk beds and a full-size bed, lights and electricity, a screened porch, and a picnic table, fireplace and water spigot on site.

Over at Exeter Elms Campground, a Full Cabin includes a full bed, twin bunks, sofa bed, loft, kitchen and bathroom. Kitchen includes fridge, stove, oven, microwave, toaster, coffeemaker, dishes, pots and silverware. But a Riverfront Rustic Cabin does not have a kitchen or a bathroom. It all depends on how rustic you want your camping experience to be.


Packing for your trip

For Rob Garneau, owner of Travel & Nature in Exeter, a successful camping trip begins months before the camping even starts.

“In my basement, I set up storage bins that hold everything I need,” he said.
In one bin, which he labels “Accessories,” he stores things like a camera, batteries, adaptor cords, a Swiss army knife and a headlamp.

“Headlamps are so superior to flashlights, because they provide hands-free lighting,” he said. “You can move branches when walking; it’s very handy.” Kids like wearing headlamps, too.

Other “accessories” include a toiletry kit, sunglasses, toothbrush, toothpaste and a few medical items, like ibuprofen, Tums and a first-aid kit.

In another bin, labeled “Kitchen,” Garneau stores a lightweight, rubberized collapsible pail, dishes and utensils. Citing their long shelf-life, he said he occasionally will store freeze-dried food in this bin as well.

In his last bin, “Clothing,” he keeps season-appropriate clothing.

“I have non-cotton pants, a wicking shirt and socks,” he said. “I don’t have to go through my closets and drawers. I’m ready to go in 10 minutes.”

Perhaps one of the most essential but easy-to-forget items is bug spray.

“It’s something you need here and ... especially places in the woods,” Liu said.


Gearing up

As far as camping gear goes, Garneau said modern campers possess distinct advantages over those who went camping in the past.

“We are lucky these days,” he said. “We have such a range in terms of price and quality. If it is your first time camping and you don’t want the best of the best, you don’t have to spend an arm and a leg for that first time.”

Sleeping bags, for instance, should not necessarily comprise a big part of your budget, especially for kids.

“Kids grow so fast,” he said. “We carry inexpensive sleeping bags. It’s silly if you spend too much.”

Of course, if you do spend more on any kind of camping gear, you can expect better quality. He cited The North Face and Harman as two brands that put out products constructed with “real quality.”

“You pay for it, but the products are much lighter and withstand the rain much better,” he said. “If you plan on camping more, they can be a good investment.”


Campfire cooking

Whether you go RVing, go tenting, or set up camp in a cabin, the odds are that you will end up cooking outside over a grill or firepit at some point. Ferrigno said the key is to keep it simple.

“Hot dogs and kabobs are great things to cook over the grill and they are really easy,” she said.

According to Infantine, what to cook is largely determined by your method of camping.
“If you have a trailer, you can bring more items with you — you can definitely bring things to grill and barbecue,” she said. “For tents, there isn’t too much room except in a cooler, so you need to be mindful of that.”

For those who like to add a little bit of flavor to their food, Garneau said he brings a basic spice kit, which is composed of salt, pepper, garlic powder and seasoning salt.
He said he also uses fresh vegetables and adds them to many of his dishes. Some of his favorite vegetables include carrots, broccoli and onions. Instant mashed potatoes are another favorite, as is fish in a pouch and burritos.

“I love to make burrito wraps,” he said. “Add some dried beans, instant rice, and cheese to shave on there with my Swiss army knife. Everything tastes a little bit better when you’re out in the fresh air.”

For breakfast, Garneau said dried milk with granola is a staple along with oatmeal and Cream of Wheat, which he flavors with raisins or dried fruit.

“The nice thing with oats is that they do not have to be cooked,” he said. “You can eat it cold and add a little bit of water.”

He cited Seacoast-based company Good To-Go as another option for those who want to maintain a level of sophistication with their camping meals.

“They are based right out of Kittery and they dehydrate their foods and package them right there,” he said. “Their food is somewhere in between freeze-dried food and grocery store shopping — it’s instant convenience. They use really good ingredients and the food is really delicious.”


Seacoast-area campgrounds

Here’s a list of a few Seacoast-area (and some slightly more inland) campgrounds offering everything from tent camping to cabin rentals.

Beach Rose RV Park
Where: 147 Beach Road (Route 1A) Salisbury
When it’s open: April 1 to Nov. 1
What it offers: Just a half mile from the Atlantic Ocean, this 50-site park has both shaded and sunny spots. Tenting is not allowed. Amenities include:
Full hook-ups
Gated community
20/30/50-amp service
Paved roads
Cement pads
Modern restrooms
Sewer, water, electric and wi-fi
Free cable
New one-acre nature path for you and your dog
Cost: Daily rates range from $45 to $65 depending on dates
How to rent a site: Visit or call 800-382-2230

Exeter Elms Campground
Where: 190 Court St. (Route 108) Exeter
When it’s open: May 1 to Oct. 10
What it offers: Exeter Elms Campground features a mile of river frontage on the Exeter River for fishing, canoeing and kayaking. Features well-spaced, wooded campsites and clean, modern facilities. There are tent sites, RV sites and rustic and full cabins. It is located 15 minutes from Hampton Beach. Amenities include:
Pool (hours 8 a.m. to dusk)
2 restrooms
Picnic tables
Fire pits
Dump station
Convenience store
Free wi-fi (limited areas)
Renting golf carts
New playground
Cost: Prices start at $35 for a tent site without electricity. RV sites range from $45 to $55. Cabin rentals range from $90 for a rustic cabin to $130 for a full cabin.
How to rent a site: Visit or call 866-778-7631

Ferndale Acres Campground
Where: 130 Wednesday Hill Road, Lee
When it’s open: May 15 to Sept. 15
What it offers: 150 sites, each equipped with electricity, water, fireplaces and picnic tables. Amenities include:
Large sites with 3-way hookups
Some 50-amp sites available (currently updating the entire campground)
Planned events & weekend activities
Minutes from 3 racetracks
Campground store with full line of supplies
Restrooms, hot Showers & laundry facilities
Fishing, canoeing, swimming
Playground area & basketball court
Horseshoes & cornhole
Baseball & volleyball
Game room / arcade
Large in-ground pool
Wi-fi hotspot
Cost: $40 daily, $260 weekly, $850 monthly (with additional fees for extra children); seasonal sites are $2,500 without cable or $2,675 with cable
How to rent a site: Visit or call 603-659-5082

The Green Gate Campground
Where: 185 Court St., Exeter
When it’s open: Open May 1 to Oct. 1
What It Offers: The Green Gate is a family campground that has been operation since 1964 and features more than 100 shaded sites, including tent and RV sites. Cabin rentals are also available. Amenities include:
Newly renovated restrooms
Picnic tables
Fire pits
Expanded playground
Convenience store
Free wi-fi
Game room
Banquet hall
Cost: Tent sites are $45 per night or $270 per week; trailer sites range from $45 per night or $270 per week to $59 per night or $354 per week. Pull-thru sites are $57 per night or $342 per week and cabin sites are $99 per night or $594 per week.
How to rent a site: Visit or call 603-772-2100.

Pawtuckaway State Park
Where: 7 Pawtuckaway Road, Nottingham
When it’s open: May 1 to Oct. 31
What it offers: Pawtuckaway State Park Campground is on the shore of Pawtuckaway Lake. The 192 sites are wooded and many provide views of the lake. Each campsite has an open fire ring, picnic table, flat areas for a tent and a parking space. The bathhouses are equipped with running water, flush toilets and 24-hour showers. There are no hookups at any of the campsites. Five cabins are available; each sleeps six people, has electricity, and includes a fire ring and picnic table.
Cost: Fees for campsites cover two adults and are $25 on Big Island inland sites and $30 on all other sites. There is a $10 fee per night for each extra adult. Campsites are limited to five adults, except on designated family campsites and in cabins. Cabins are $65 per night.
How to rent a site: Visit or call 603-895-3031
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Sea Coast Camping and RV Resort
Where: 115 Lafayette Road, North Hampton
When it’s open: May 15 to Oct. 1
What it offers: Just 8 miles from Portsmouth and 13 miles from Newburyport, this campground is perfectly situated to all major Seacoast attractions and also features tent camping. There are 158 RV sites, 69 with full hookups for RVs and travel trailers (30-amp), 9 full hookups (50-amp), 27 sites with water and electricity, 25 sites with 20-amp electric service. There are 28 basic tent sites (no water or electricity). Amenities include:
Grassy and shaded environment
Two bathhouses with metered showers
A large, well-equipped game room
A delightful playground area
A camp store furnishing essentials
A fire ring and picnic table on all tent sites (by request for full hookup sites)
Costs: Daily fees range from $38 (basic, no hookup) to $46 (full hookup, 50-amp); weekly fees range from $228 to $276; and monthly fees range from $960 to $1,104. Seasonal sites are $3,000.
How to rent a site: Visit or call 603-964-5730

Tidewater Campground
Where: 160 Lafayette Road, Hampton
When it’s open: Mid-May to mid-October
What it offers: Tidewater is the closest campground to Hampton Beach with tent sites, RV sites and seasonal camping. Amenities include:
Picnic tables and fireplaces
Large fenced children’s playground
Horseshoe pits
Swimming pool
Wood available
Large playing field
Cost: Daily rates range from $41 (no electric) to $49 (electric, water and sewer); weekly rates range from $245 to $300 and seasonal rates range from $775 to $1,050
How to rent a site: Visit or call 603-926-5474

Twin Brooks Campground
Where: 211 Lower Collins St., Seabrook
When it’s open: May 15 to Oct. 1
What it offers: This campground is for seasonal RV rental sites only. Amenities include:
The road is paved and sites have crushed stone
Town sewer and water
Sites that can take larger trailers with slides and sites that can take smaller trailers without slides
Laundry available
One mile from Seabrook Beach and two miles from Salisbury and Hampton beaches
Close to shopping areas
Cost: Seasonal only, $2,500
How to rent a site: Visit or call 603-474-5163

Wakeda Campground
Where: 294 Exeter Road, Hampton Falls
When it’s open: May 15 to Oct. 1
What it Offers: Nestled in the pines only eight miles from Hampton Beach and a mile off the road surrounded by woods, Wakeda first opened its woods to campers in 1965 and is owned and operated by three generations of the Savage family. Amenities include:
Free wi-fi hotspot
Ice cream available daily; “Make Your Own Ice Cream Sundaes” Saturday nights
Satellite television
Lounge/reading area
Pool table
Sunday morning pancake breakfasts (weather permitting)
Air hockey
Arcade games
18-hole miniature golf
Fully equipped playground
Half-court basketball
Cost: Daily rates range from $41 (no hook-ups) to $54 (pull-through). Cabins are $90 per day.
How to rent a site: Visit or call 603-772-5274

The 17th Annual Hampton Beach Master Sand Sculpting Classic Returns!

17th Annual Hampton Beach Master Sand Sculpting Classic

June 15-17, 2017

Art in the form of massive yet intricate sand sculptures returned to Hampton Beach for the 17th annual Master Sand Sculpting Classic. It’s one of the great traditions of living in New Hampshire! The prep kicked off on Wednesday, June 14th, 2017 when 200 tons of imported sand was dropped on Hampton Beach and the “Grady Bunch” started pounding up the sponsor site. Greg Grady, event founder, and “The Grady Bunch” built a mammoth Sand Demo Site for the competition.

Sand sculptors from all over the world fly in for the event, which took place Thursday, June 15, through Saturday, June 17. But things shape up days before the sculptors begin their individual pieces, when tons of sand get dumped on the beach for the occasion. All of the participating sculptors committed to a day of work at the sand demo site before the big event got underway.

“It brings museum-quality sculptures to the beach,” event founder and organizer Greg Grady said. “A lot of people that come to Hampton Beach have never even been to a museum.”

After the sponsor site was created on that same Wednesday, they began working on the next challenge; The Solo Competition with about $15,000 in prizes and entry awards.

“The competition has such a good name in the way that Hampton treats the sculptors,” Grady said. “We treat the sculptors well so they want to come back.” He noted one example, Michel Lepire — one of the driving forces behind Quebec’s ice festival — who will be returning to the competition for his 17th year.

A sculptor himself, Grady started this competition 17 years ago, asking fellow sculptors to come to Hampton Beach to get it running. Most of the sculptors had never even heard of Hampton Beach. Grady said that since then, the Hampton Beach community has probably become the sculptors’ favorite part of the whole event.

Even with a number of veterans, Grady ensures that the sculptures are always diverse and fresh, in part by making room for new sculptors to enter the competition each year. But even with returning sculptors, the themes of the art evolve.

“It’s just like anything else in life. Things come and go,” Grady said. A total of $15,000 will be awarded to sculptors at the competition. According to Grady, the “wow factor” of the sculpture is a big part of the winning criteria for him.

“What really blows me away are the new things that they come up with every year,” Grady shared. “We don’t see the same thing every year.” According to Grady, there are only about 200 to 300 established sand sculptors in the world, but the profession can be lucrative once you develop the necessary skills.

Sand sculpting involves a lot of traveling, which makes it difficult for many people. The Hampton Beach Master Sand Sculpting Classic is a convenient event for established sculptors to scope out new artists with potential, and viewers have the opportunity to sign up for lessons with the professionals.

“You work the way up the ladder just like anything else,” Grady said about beginning sculptors.

There was 13 professional sculptors in total at the event. Ten sculptors competed, and some will just be giving lessons. Grady said that they expect to have about 100,000 spectators on the weekend the sculptures first go up. Since this event is free to all, it provides art for all walks of life.

Although the event does involve competition, Grady emphasizes fun for the community above all else. “People really appreciate the event,” Grady said. “You can just tell by seeing people’s faces and hearing their comments.”

Funding for the awards comes from sponsorship by the Hampton Beach Village District. The competition also has other platinum and gold sponsors, which include local businesses. Because of these sponsors, sculptors will be awarded $3,000 for first place, $2,500 for second, $2,000 for third, $1,500 for fourth and $1,000 for fifth place. Grady will serve as the head judge for these competitions. The People’s Choice winner will be awarded $500.

Now the part you’ve been waiting for, the winners!

Concert Schedule for the Seashell has arrived!

Plan out your summer with these upcoming concerts at the Seashell!

Every night during the summer there is entertainment on the Sea Shell Stage.  With over 80 shows featuring music from the 50’s – 90’s and beyond, you’ll be pleased with the variety of bands who perform on stage, inviting everyone to dance in front of the stage.  There are two shows each night. The first show is from 7-8 p.m. and the second show is from 8:30-9:30 p.m. Come down and get nostalgic with the music of your generation, or enjoy Country Night on Thursdays. Best of all, it’s fun for all ages and everyone will enjoy the music. Don’t forget your dancing shoes!

Here is the complete schedule:

Saturday, May 6: The Reminisants – Oldies
Saturday, May 13: Mac & Mike
Saturday, May 20: The Continentals
Saturday, May 27: Eastern Sound – Polka
Sunday, May 28: The Continentals
Monday, May 29: Andy Mowatts Steely Jam – Rock/Funk
Tuesday, May 30: Winnacunnet High School Jazz Band & Chamber Singers

Saturday, June 3: The Belairs – Rock
Sunday, June 4: Connie Diamond & Ralph Jazz on the Rocks
Friday, June 9: Ron Drolet – Variety
Saturday, June 10: Soulmate Band – Soul
Sunday, June 11: Nicole Knox Murphy – Country
Monday, June 12: C-Rock
Tuesday, June 13: Max Sullivan Group – Rock
Wednesday, June 14: The Reminisants – Oldies
Thursday, June 15: Angela West
Friday, June 16: On Tap Band – Pop Rock
Saturday, June 17: The Continentals
Sunday, June 18: Strafford Wind Symphony
Monday, June 19: R & R
Tuesday, June 20: Bobby G – Singer
Wednesday, June 21: Club Soda – Oldies
Thursday, June 22: The Goat Ropers – Country
Friday, June 23: Brandy
Saturday, June 24: Common Ground 521 – Top 40’s
Sunday, June 25: Throwback to the 60’s
Monday, June 26: Eastern Sound – Polka
Tuesday, June 27: Seacoast Wind Ensemble
Wednesday, June 28: The Reminisants – Oldies
Thursday, June 29: Fried Cactus – Country
Friday, June 20: Old Bastards – Classic Rock

Saturday, July 1: The Reminisants – Oldies
Sunday, July 2: Overdrive – Rock
Monday, July 3: HELP
Tuesday, July 4: The Continentals
Wednesday, July 5: Ray of Elvis
Thursday, July 6: King Kountry
Friday, July 7: 39th Army Band
Saturday, July 8: Soulmate Band – Soul
Sunday, July 9: Living on a Bad Name – Rock
Monday: July 10: All Summer Long – Beach Boys Tribute
Tuesday, July 11: Mike & Me, The Vic Paul Show
Wednesday, July 12: Kings Row – Oldies
Thursday, July 13: Angela West and Showdown
Friday, July 14: Neurotic Gumbo – Classic Rock
Saturday, July 15: Neurotic Gumbo – CLassic Rock
Sunday, July 16: Ian Black Band – Rock
Monday, July 17: Kelly Shepard No Mad Stories – Jazz
Tuesday, July 18: The All You’ve Got Tour (Mix of 21 and under Artist’s National Tour)
Wednesday, July 19: The Continentals
Thursday, July 20: TBA
Friday, July 21: Boston Skyline Chorus
Saturday, July 22: Rico Barr Jump & Jive Review – Blues
Sunday, July 23: B Street Bombers
Monday, July 24: The Reminisants – Oldies
Tuesday, July 25: New Legacy Swing Band
Wednesday, July 26: Ayla Brown – Country
Thursday, July 27: The Darren Bessette Band
Friday, July 28: Lee Lewis and the Doo Wop All Stars – Oldies
Saturday, July 29: The Voice / Little Miss Hampton Beach
Sunday, July 30: The Reminisants – Oldies
Monday, July 31: Bobby G

Tuesday, August 1: Mike & Me, The Vic Paul Show
Wednesday, August 2: The Continentals
Thursday, August 3: Angela West
Friday, August 4: Shirley Alston Reeves’ former lead vocalist of The Shirelles
Saturday, August 5: George Hosker “Theater Rumble” (1 p.m.)
Saturday, August 5: Flash Mob (2 p.m.)
Saturday, August 5: Soulmate Band – Soul
Sunday, August 6: The Belairs – Rock
Monday, August 7: The Reminisants – Oldies
Tuesday, August 8: HELP – Beatle’s Tribute Band
Wednesday, August 9: The Reminisants – Oldies
Thursday, August 10: The Goat Ropers – Country
Friday, August 11: Mark 209 – Gospel
Saturday, August 12: Mass Brass
Sunday, August 13: The Nevers Band – Band Music
Monday, August 14: Revolver – Classic Rock
Tuesday, August 15: Little Big Shots
Wednesday, August 16: The Continentals
Thursday, August 17: Martin and Kelly – Country
Friday, August 18: The Salem Boyz Band – Classic Rock ‘n’ Roll
Saturday, August 19: Mark 209 – Gospel
Sunday, August 20: Tony Mack Band – R&B
Monday, August 21: Brandy – Jazz
Tuesday, August 22: TBA
Wednesday, August 23: The Continentals
Thursday, August 24: Mychael David Project – Country
Friday, August 25: 13th Annual Talent Competition (Juniors)
Saturday, August 26: 13th Annual Talent Competition (Seniors)
Sunday, August 27: 13th Annual Talent Competition (Finals)
Monday, August 28: All Summer Long – Beach Boys Tribute
Tuesday, August 29: TBA
Wednesday, August 30: The Reminisants – Oldies
Thursday, August 31: Angela West and Showdown

Friday, September 1: Soul Income -Soul
Saturday, September 2: HELP
Sunday, September 3: The Continentals
Monday, September 4: The Reminisants – Oldies

Special Firework Shoot Hampton Beach, NH May 24

This fireworks display will be held in honor of Memorial Day. Fireworks are held weekly every Wednesday during the summer, on the beach at the top of B and C Streets, beside the Atlantic Ocean. Bring a blanket and the whole family to experience the magic of the night sky lit by a display of beautiful fireworks. There are a total of 17 shoots scheduled in 2017 including special displays on Memorial Day Weekend, the 4th of July, Labor Day Weekend and to celebrate other events. All of the shoots are at 9:30 p.m. with a rain date of the following Friday if they are cancelled due to inclement weather.


Weekly Firework Shoots begin Wednesday, June 14th, 2017

Weekend of Fun At Hampton Beach’s Tow Rodeo 2017!

Come one, come all!

May 20th & 21st, 2017

Enjoy the family fun and events at the 2017 NHTA Tow and Trade Show!

Returning to Hampton Beach State Park. This popular event features a huge parade of trucks, vendors, a rodeo competition, food raffles, and family oriented activities.

For information on the NHTA family Tow and Trade Show, download the program, call (603) 863-4206, or visit

Enjoy the famous, impressive parade on Sunday, May 21st.


Canobie Lake Park To Hold Grand Opening and One-Day Ticket Sale May 6th

SALEM, NH – For those looking for signs that summer is right around the corner, here’s one: Canobie Lake Park opens for its 115th season on Saturday, May 6th, weather permitting.
Grand Opening and One-Day Sale
To celebrate their Grand Opening, Canobie will be offering 2017 admission tickets at a special reduced price during their One-Day Sale on Saturday, May 6th, at the Park from 11AM to 6PM, weather permitting. Discounted 2017 admission tickets will also be available online at through midnight Saturday. During the sale, admission tickets can be purchased for just $29 each, which is $9 off the regular season general admission price. 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 2017 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: 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 at which students can participate in over 15 educational programs. Selections 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
Corporate and Other Group Discounts
From large corporate outings to smaller company and summer 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
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 a reduced Park admission. 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
Wide Variety of Live Entertainment for 2017
Canobie’s live entertainment series features varied acts appearing at the Park throughout this summer and fall. Shows include the return of the popular tribute to Lady Gaga along with the debut of a tribute to Bruno Mars. The Incredible Acrobats of China, featuring the New Shanghai Circus returns for a third season. Canobie continues to take entertainment to new heights with its Extreme Sports Show featuring extreme motorcycle stunts including Freestyle Motocross, The Globe steel cage, and motorcycle acrobatics. There’s much more, and the complete 2017 live entertainment line-up and schedule is available on the Park’s website at
Fireworks and More Fun
Canobie will launch its seasonal fireworks displays above Canobie Lake with four evenings of fireworks to celebrate Independence Day, July 1-4, weather permitting. The Park also features fireworks displays every Saturday night thereafter through September 2nd, weather permitting. There’s more fun to be had with the roving Fun Squad, special appearances and many other surprises. For more information on rides, attractions, live shows, special events, hours, prices and available discounts, visit
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Ashworth By The Sea Winter Hours Nov. – March

November and December, February and March:

Hotel is closed from Sunday-Thursday and re-opens at 3:30PM each Friday. The hotel remains open for events and overnight rooms Friday night and Saturday night only and closed at 1:30pm on Sunday.

Wharfside Café is closed on Friday and open on Saturday and Sunday from 6:30am-11:30am – Subject to change.

Breakers Restaurant and also the Lounge is open from 3:30pm-12am Friday and from 11:30am-12am on Saturday.

The DJ plays both Friday and Saturday night from 9am-12am.

January: Hotel is closed in its entirety.

Hotel will be closed for Christmas weekend but open for NYE weekend (Friday and Saturday). The hotel throws a New Year’s Eve bash on NYE.

Hotel is aiming to re-open on Friday, April 1, 2017 for the season!

Enjoy Hampton Beach, 24/7-365.

Annual Mardi Gras: February 21, 2015

 Annual Mardi Gras Ogunquit ME Feb 21 & 22Annual Mardi Gras: February 21, 2015.

A the time of this post the following is the information we found available. I suppose you replace the dates from 28th – March 1st to Feb. 21 through Feb. 23. Final details will be posted next week. You can start to make your plans from this schedule of events. Enjoy!

The following is a list of activities that were part of the event in 2014.

February 28 – March 1, 2014!

Friday Events:
6pm: Yours Forever, A Musical Love Letter Through Time. Clay Hill Farm. Incorporating historical love letters, classical and original poetry plus music including pop, classical, country, and original songs, Kirk Simpson and Nancy Day will take you on a romantic journey in time, celebrating how love has been communicated through the ages. They will share heart warming and heart wrenching letters interwoven with music, imagery and song. Advance tickets: $18 with an a la carte menu. Limited seating. Reservations recommended. 207-361-2272.
8pm: Jon Pousette-Dart Band. Jonathan’s Restaurant. Call or go online for tickets. 207-646-4777.
9pm: Mardi Gras Crowning of the King and King. MaineStreet. MaineStreet’s Mardi Gras party is the kick off to an amazing weekend in Ogunquit. Join them for free appetizers, great drink specials and more! Dance room will open at 9pm with the crowning of the King & King at 10pm! What will you do for your beads this year?
Saturday Events:
11:30am – 1:30pm: Fire Juggler. Outside Cornerstone. One of the very few loose rope and
tight wire walkers in New England, “Duncan of doh Naught” combines dangerous
object juggling (great amounts of FIRE, authentic and sharp edged weapons and
hitherto unknown objects), feats of balance, bawdy and/or tame humor, large
doses of audience participation and a true love of performing to keep the
audience gasping.
11:30am – 12:30pm: Hat & Mask Making Party. MaineStreet. Make a spectacular hat to wear directly afterward in our hat parade, then take it home as a souvenir of your great weekend in Ogunquit! $5 admission covers hat and supplies.
12:30pm – 1pm: Costume Contest: Come to MaineStreet in your Mardi Gras costume, hat, or mask, and enter our contest. The winners will get to lead the parade through town! Prizes awarded!
1pm: Hat & Mask Parade. MaineStreet to Old Village Inn. Wow the crowd with your fabulous fancy hat, or bring a wagon decked out in a Mardi Gras theme.
1:30 – 3pm: Parade Awards Ceremony. Old Village Inn. Prizes awarded for the best floats in the parade.
2pm – 5pm: Wine Tasting. Village Food Market.
7:30pm: Soggy Po’ Boys New Orleans Style Jazz Band. Dunaway Center, 23 School Street. Tickets $12 in advance; $15 at the door. Tickets can be purchased online at, or at the Ogunquit Welcome Center, Ogunquit Camera Shop, Dunaway Center. Sponsored by Ogunquit Performing Arts.

13th Annual PIg Roast, Sat. Aug. 30 – 2014 = Good Family Fun

On Saturday, August 30, from noon until 2:30pm, the Historical Society will hold their 13th Annual Pig Roast. Please join us for the silent auction, live musical entertainment, activities for kids, as well as the very popular 50/50 raffle. This is our single largest fundraiser, which provides the majority of income to operate the Tuck Museum and to conduct school and community programs throughout the year, so its success is vital to our financial stability.

The pork is cooked overnight on site by our experienced crew, and many of the same generous volunteers come each year to serve the variety of salads donated by local restaurants. The menu includes our popular homemade baked beans, applesauce, beverages, and a wide range of dessert selections.

provident Tickets are $20 for adults. Students (for those ages 9-16) are $10. Children 8 years old and under are free when accompanied by an adult ticket holder. Purchase of ten tickets reserves you a table. Tickets may be purchased in the following ways:

  • from an HHS Board of Trustees member
  • at Marelli’s Market
  • at Hampton Parks and Recreation office in Town Hall
  • at the Provident Bank in Hampton
  • at Lally’s Lighthouse Market
  • at the Tuck Museum
  • below on this page via PayPal.
  • filling out and mailing the form on page 3 of the July, 2014 newsletter

Once again, we are pleased that the Provident Bank is our prime sponsor.

For more information, or how to donate items for the auctions, please call Linda Metcalf 926-5861 or the Tuck Museum 929-0781.

Visit the website to purchase tickets on line through pay pal.