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Spontaneity: Weekend of May 24-26


Are you itching to get out and try something new, but aren’t sure where to look and what to do? Have no fear, “Spontaneity” is here! Every week, we provide a region-by-region breakdown of events and activities from across the Granite State that you won’t want to miss. From arts and crafts, to hole-in-the-wall music venues, our short list will have something for everyone, no matter what you’re looking to do. If you see something you like, make sure you act fast- we’re only looking at what’s going on this weekend.


An Evening with Richard Dreyfuss
May 24, 7 p.m.
The Music Hall
28 Chestnut St., Portsmouth
An intimate evening with Academy award, BAFTA and Golden Globe-winning actor, Richard Dreyfuss, as he shares his stories of a 40-year career in Hollywood. Richard will give you a rare glimpse into the creative process and cinematic experiences of some of his most iconic movies including; Jaws, Stand By Me, Close Encounters of The Third Kind, American Graffiti, and The Goodbye Girl. A memorable evening covering all topics from acting to civic engagement, courage and seeking understanding. A special screening of Jaws will follow directly after the discussion.

Silver Springs- Fleetwood Mac Tribute
May 24, 7:30 p.m.
Jimmy’s Jazz and Blues Club
135 Congress St., Portsmouth
Renowned and acclaimed Fleetwood Mac Tribute Band Silver Springs features a unique quintet covering over four decades of the Best Fleetwood Mac songs ever recorded! Staying true to the sound, vibe and the look of Fleetwood Mac, as well as a theatrical performance enhanced with state-of-the-art sound and lighting, paired with high quality video scenes rolling in the background, this show is truly second to none! Silver Springs Band Members Include: Eve (Lead Vocals), Alyssa Bailey White (Keys & Vocals), Jake Gynan (Drums), Eric Gynan (Guitars & Vocals), and Rick Chouinard (Bass & Vocals).

Merrimack Valley:

Sondheim on Sondheim
May 24-26, Times Vary
BNH Stage
16 S. Main St., Concord
Stephen Sondheim is a legend in musical theatre and changed the genre with his many creations. Sondheim on Sondheim is a portrait of the beloved composer which intersperses his music with filmed commentary from the man himself. You’ll enjoy familiar favorites—West Side Story, Follies and Sweeney Todd—as well as hidden gems. Join us at this collaboration between Powerhouse Theatre Collaborative and BNH Stage for an evening of Sondheim music and gain a new perspective on the composer and his work in this funny, affectionate and revealing tribute. More than a musical revue of his indelible five-decade career, Sondheim on Sondheim is an intimate portrait of the famed songwriter — his story and his inspiration in his own words. Get an inside look at Steve’s personal life, artistic process, and legacy through exclusive video interviews and performances of his exceptional songbook.


Yard Sale to Help the Adoptable Dogs
May 25, 8 a.m.- 2 p.m.
Fast Friends Greyhound Adoption
14 West Swanzey Rd., Swanzey
Stop in to browse a wide selection of new and gently-used items of all kinds: jewelry, tools, toys, linens, kitchen gadgets, books, craft items, records, movies, furniture, and more. We will also have our famous bake sale table and hot lunch for sale. Every dollar we earn from the yard sale will go directly to the care of the retired racing Greyhounds and other sighthounds from around the world waiting for their forever families at Fast Friends. Do you have new or gently-used items to donate to the yard sale? We take donations of clean, unbroken, usable items the week before each yard sale. Because of a lack of storage space, we cannot take items earlier, and ask that any large items not be dropped off until the day before the sale. We are also unable to pick up donations. No clothing, electronics, or holiday decorations, please.


32nd Annual Memorial Weekend Craft Festival
May 25-27, all day
Mill Falls Marketplace
312 Daniel Webster Hwy., Meredith
The Scenic Mill Falls Marketplace in Meredith, NH, will once again come alive with color, flavor, and music for the 32nd Annual Memorial Weekend Craft Festival!

All-Out Car Show
May 25, 8 a.m.- 3 p.m.
1072 Watson Rd., Laconia
Hosted by High Octane Saloon, this charity-event car show is open to all cars, with a $20 registration fee! There will be music by Split Shot at noon.


Sunapee Farmers Market Opening Day 
May 25, 9 a.m.- 12 p.m.
Sunapee Harbor
Ben Mere Park, Sunapee
It’s the opening day for the Sunapee Farmers Market! This weekend through Labor Day, you can enjoy this market every Saturday.

Upper Valley Scrable Club
May 26 at 6 p.m.
The Fourth Place
Join the club on the fourth Sunday of every month at 6 p.m.— Play competitive-level games, bring your game to the next level, or learn to play with experts!

White Mountains and Great North Woods:

Memorial Day Weekend Craft Fair
May 25-26, 10 a.m.- 5 p.m.
Schouler Park
1 Norcross Circle, North Conway
There will be 120 amazing arts and crafts exhibitors displaying a wide arrange of arts and crafts including handsome cedar wood furniture, awesome soy candles, beautiful hand painted glassware, pottery, wrought iron creations, leather jewelry, charcuterie boards, many different signs & home decor, watercolor and acrylic paintings, face paintings, wooden decor, hand poured soaps, body care products, homemade fudge, kettle corn, books, gourmet foods, cat and dog toys, children’s toys, embroidery, quilted items, wildlife photography, alpaca products and lots more!  Rain or shine under canopies. Friendly, leashed dogs are welcome

2024 Food Truck Festival
May 25, 11 a.m.- 4 p.m.
78 Norcross Circle, North Conway
Join us for a delicious time with 8 food trucks, live music, Tuckerman Brewing Beer Garden and kids games! Satisfying your palate will be Kimberly’s Gluten Free Kitchen, Kona Ice, Trails End Ice Cream, Mister Twister Pretzel Guy, Cheese Louise, Crescent City Kitchen, Uncle Joey’s Mobile Cannoli and Terra Firma Farm. Various musicians from Mountain Top Music Center will be performing from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m., and Kevin Dolan and Simon Crawford will be performing from 2 p.m. -4 p.m. Mark your calendar and don’t miss this event!

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