STRAWBERY BANKE MUSEUM

 

EVENTS CALENDAR 2017

JANUARY

DAILY through March 2016
Outdoor ice skating at the Labrie Family Skate on Puddle Dock Pond at Strawbery Banke
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Skate rentals and sharpening available. Check PuddleDockPond.org for full schedules and details.

Mon Jan 2
Skate with the UNH ‘Cats
10 am - 12 noon

 

Thurs Jan 12th
Ice Dance International presents Joy of Skating Clinic

Sat Jan 14th
Seacoast Winter Party on Ice

2pm
30-minute performances by professional skating stars on the ice at Strawbery Banke. Tickets Adults $15; Children 5-17, $10; Family (2 adults, 2 children under 17), $40. VIP tickets to meet the stars after the show Adults $22; Children $18. Ticket includes skating (rentals available for $5/person.

Saturday, January 14th
Hearth Cooking Workshop in Wheelwright House
11:00 am to 1:00 pm
Strawbery Banke offers special  hearth cooking experiences in Wheelwright House.  The two-hour hands-on workshops (11 am to 1 pm) allow participants to learn open-hearth cooking skills as they make and enjoy a traditional menu. At this "Winter Bounty" workshop, participants will prepare a meal of beef, parsnip pancakes, a root vegetable, mushroom tart, pickled vegetables and Queen’s Pudding. Advance registration required.

  • January 14: beef stew in a ‘pastry coffin’ and pumpkin pie using both dried and fresh pumpkin.
  • January 28: roast pork, applesauce, roasted root vegetables and lemon pie.

Tuesday, January 24th
Herb Society of America NorthEast Seacoast Unit Program:

7:00 pm
Tyco Visitors Center, 14 Hancock Street, Portsmouth NH
This is the first program in the 2017 Herb Society of America NorthEast Seacoast Unit’s 5-lecture series co-sponsored by Strawbery Banke Museum. Pre-registration is required. Registration is $9 ($7 for Strawbery Banke Museum and Herb Society members). To register, contact Rie Sluder at 603-642-7034 or email  nesunit@gmail.com

FEBRUARY

DAILY
Outdoor ice skating at Labrie Family Skate on Puddle Dock Pond at Strawbery Banke
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Skate rentals, sharpening. Check PuddleDockPond.org for full schedules and details.

Monday, February 1st
Registration Opens for Strawbery Banke Museum Summer Camps!

TBD
Lunch & Learn Programs
12 noon - 1:00 pm
Free.  Bring lunch to the Tyco Visitor Center to escape the winter chill and listen to a fabulous presentation from a local speaker championing history and community.

Saturday, February 11th
Hearth Cooking Workshop in Wheelwright House
11:00 am to 1:00 pm

  • February 11: chicken and wine, roasted root vegetables, chocolate tart or Queens pudding.
  • February 25: pork and apple pie, 3-grain bread, and gingerbread.

Strawbery Banke offers special  hearth cooking experiences in Wheelwright House.  The two-hour hands-on workshops (11 am to 1 pm) allow participants to learn open-hearth cooking skills as they make and enjoy a traditional menu. Advance registration required.

Monday, February 27 through Thursday, March 2, 2017
School Vacation Week Winter Workshop
9 am - 12 noon (optional add-on skating 12-1:30 pm -- rental skates available for $5)
Single session: $30.00 (member)/$35.00 (non-member);  Full Day: $50.00 (member)/ $60.00 (non-member); Skating: $10.00 per day, $5.00 skate rentals. Recommended for grades 1-5. Aftercare is available 3-5 pm for an additional fee. To register: camps@strawberybanke.org or call 603-422-7541

MARCH

TBD
Lunch & Learn Program

12 noon - 1:00 pm
Free.  Bring lunch to the Tyco Visitor Center to escape the winter chill and listen to a fabulous presentation from a local speaker championing history and community.

Saturday, March 11 & 28th
Hearth Cooking Workshop in Wheelwright House
11:00 am to 1:00 pm
Strawbery Banke offers special  hearth cooking experiences in Wheelwright House.  The two-hour hands-on workshops (11 am to 1 pm) allow participants to learn open-hearth cooking skills as they make and enjoy a traditional menu. Advance registration required.  $65 per person; $55 for members

  • March 11: corned beef and boiled vegetables, Irish soda bread, apple pie
  • March 28: "salmon on a plank," parsnip pancakes, "potato eggs" (pancakes), lemon tarts.

Thursday, March 28th
Homeschool Day: History Explorers: A Journey into Colonial Life
10 am – 12:30 pm
Recommended for ages 5-10
Step into the past using a book as your time machine!  Hear an amusing story of a colonial boy’s day in Williamsburg, VA.  Experience his life as you participate in kitchen chores in front of an open hearth, make old-fashioned toothpowder, dress up and simulate a stagecoach ride, and play an 18th-century school game.  Participants will visit two historic homes as they compare and contrast daily life 200 years ago to daily life today.  Topics include health & hygiene, school, entertainments and daily chores.  Price: $12 per child (5+) and $8.00 per adult. Pre-registration is required. To register, contact: education@strawberybanke.org/603-422-7541

Tuesday, March 28th
Herb Society of America NorthEast Seacoast Unit Program
7:00 pm
Tyco Visitor Center

This program takes place at 7pm at Strawbery Banke Museum’s Visitor Center (14 Hancock Street). Pre-registration is required. Registration is $8 ($5 for Strawbery Banke Museum and Herb Society members). To register, contact Rie Sluder at 603-642-7034 or  email nesunit@gmail.com This is the second program in the 2017 5-lecture series hosted by the Herb

APRIL

April 1st - 30th
NH Archeaology Month

Saturday, April 15th (rain date Sunday, April 16th) 
Earth Day Volunteer Garden Clean Up Day at Strawbery Banke Museum
8:30am-12:30pm followed by a Slow Food Potluck lunch from 12:30-1:30
Join our inspired community of garden volunteers and help bring new life to the Historic Gardens at Strawbery Banke. Volunteers gather out on “Puddle Dock” at 8:30am for refreshments and work  assignments. Garden work begins at 9:00. Come in all weather work clothes, and bring along your favorite gardening tools, gloves and a potluck dish. A pot luck lunch and Slow Food Seacoast www.slowfoodseacoast.org heirloom seed giveaway will follow at 12:30.   RSVP Requested.  Please contact Alena Shellenbean at 603-422-7504 or ashellenbean@strawberybanke.org or volunteers@strawberybanke.org
To learn more about our gardens and historic landscape programs, click here.  

Saturday, April 8 & 22
Hearth Cooking Workshop in Wheelwright House
11:00 am to 1:00 pm
Strawbery Banke offers special  hearth cooking experiences in Wheelwright House.  The two-hour hands-on workshops (11 am to 1 pm) allow participants to learn open-hearth cooking skills as they make and enjoy a traditional menu. Advance registration required. $65 per person; $55 for members.

  • April 8: flounder pie, bread, spinach with vinegar and currants, rhubarb pie.
  • *April 22: pancakes, frittata with vegetables, sausage, toast

Saturday, April 22 through Sunday, April 30
Baby Animals: Heritage Breeds at the Banke!
10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Meet the spring's new arrivals under the tent on Puddle Dock: lambs, kids, piglets, bunnies, chicks and more. With information about raising and caring for heirloom breeds of animals like those brought to the New World in the early days of settlement. For tickets, click here.

MAY

May is Historic Preservation Month
Preserve Your Puddle Dock Story!

During Preservation Month at Strawbery Banke Museum
All month
If you grew up in Puddle Dock, have a story of an occasion in the neighborhood or even at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, we want to hear from you.  Museum staff will happily record your story in our offices or will come to you in your home.  We’d love to see photographs too!  Documenting your experience in the community will provide context and a sense of place for future generations to gain an understanding of 20th century life in waterfront Portsmouth.  Your story is important! For more information and to arrange for an oral history, contact Elizabeth Farish, Curator. efarish@StrawberyBanke.org, 603-422-7526

Saturday, May 6th
Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure
Begins and ends at Puddle Dock.
Since its inception in 1982, Susan G. Komen for the Cure(r), the global leader of the breast cancer movement and the creator of the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure Series of 5k run/walk events, has raised and invested more than $1.9 billion in the worldwide fight to eliminate breast cancer. This event is the 4th Annual New Hampshire Race for the Cure. Up to 75 percent of net funds raised from the event stays right here in Vermont-New Hampshire to support education, screening and treatment programs, and a minimum of 25 percent is contributed to Komen's national research efforts. Since the first Race in 1993, the effort has raised more than $9 million. Of that, more than $2.2 million supported the Komen Grants Program and more than $6.8 million directly benefited breast cancer education, screening and treatment in these two states. For more information on sponsorship, participation and volunteering for the event, click here or email info@komenvtnh.org.
 

Tuesday, May 31
Herb Society of America NorthEast Seacoast Unit Program
7:00 pm
TYCO Visitor Center
This is the third program in the 2016 Herb Society of America NorthEast Seacoast Unit Lecture Series co-sponsored by Strawbery Banke Museum. Admission is $9 ($7 for Strawbery Banke and Herb Society members). Pre-registration is required. To register, contact Rie Sluder at 603-642-7034 or email her at nesunit@gmail.com.

JUNE

TBD
Archaeology Volunteer Day!

9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Carter Collections Center
The 2016 Archaeology Field School at Strawbery Banke’s Penhallow House produced thousands of artifacts that must be processed before they can help inform the history of the site.  Volunteers are needed to help with the task of washing artifacts so that they can be catalogued.  Museum provides all the necessary tools for the job, lunch and the satisfaction  of having helped us understand our history. No archaeological experience is necessary and this is a one time opportunity.  Please contact Alix Martin at amartin@strawberybanke.org or 603-422-7521 with questions and to sign up.


Archaeology Field School
Session 1: June 5 – June 16, 2017

Session 2: June 19 – June 30, 2017

Monday-Friday, 9 - 4 pm

$420 per person ($370 for Strawbery Banke members) per session
Limited to 8 participants per session. This summer’s field school will focus on recovering archaeological resources surrounding the historic Penhallow House in advance of the house’s rehabilitation as part of the Heritage House Program.  Students will be trained in proper archaeological techniques and will learn to identify historic artifacts. Day trips, museum tours by experts, and required readings on Historical Archaeology will introduce students to various areas of historic specialization. Students will also work in the Carter Collections Center laboratory to gain experience in processing artifacts. This field school places a special emphasis on public interpretation. Students will interact with museum visitors daily, and will be expected to offer interpretation of the site and our excavation activity. To register, contact Strawbery Banke archaeologist and field school instructor Alexandra Martin at  amartin@strawberybanke.org (phone: 603-422-7521)

Sunday, June 18th
New Hampshire's Birthday Celebration! FREE to NH residents
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Celebrate New Hampshire history by remembering 400 years of American history in this Portsmouth waterfront neighborhood. Celebrate on Father's Day June 18 (June 21 is New Hampshire's actual 229th birthday). NH residents receive free admission (ID required.)

Wednesday, June 21
Share Our Strength Taste of the Nation
General Admission 6:30 - 10:00 pm
VIP Admission 5:30 - 10:00 pm
Annual benefit for Share Our Strength "No Kid Hungry" held on Strawbery Banke grounds.


JULY


Saturday, July 1st
American Lives
10:00 - 5:00 pm
A timeline of American history portrayed by costumed re-enactors:

  • Native American Life
  • African American History
  • The Earliest Settlers
  • Golden Age of Pirates
  • Early American Crafts
  • Revolutionary and Civil War Soldiers
  • Colonial Age Medicine
  • Antique Cars
  • World War II Homefront Skills

Monday, July 3rd
An American Celebration Swing Dance
6:00 - 9:00 pm
Fourth of July fun at Strawbery Banke begins with a 1940s style swing dance from 7 to 9 pm under the tent on the museum lawn. Dance lessons at 6pm. Jump, jive and swing to the music of the Bedford Big Band and view the Portsmouth fireworks from Strawbery Banke. Tickets are $20, click here to purchase online. Members and children 5-17, half-price.

Tuesday, July 4th
An American Celebration!
Museum open 10:00 am–5:00 pm
Children's activities 10 am - 2 pm
US Naturalization Ceremony, 11 am

An old-fashioned, fabulous family 4th of July! Complete with children’s bike and wagon parade (1:45 pm, decorate 10:00 am-1:30 pm). Old-Fashioned Field Day for families with traditional games and crafts, historic garden tours, living history, hands-on activities, food and fun for all. Regular admission for adults. Children under 17 FREE thanks to a donation from BAE Systems. Veterans free, all day. Active duty military and their families free at all times through the Blue Star Museum program.


Tuesday, July 11th, 18th, 25th
Tuesdays on the Terrace
5:00 - 7:00 pm
Outdoor concert of acoustic music each Tuesday evening, overlooking the lush lawn of Puddle Dock. Food, beer and wine for sale. $5/person, free to SBM members.
Sponsored by Kennebunk Savings Bank

Tuesday, July 25th
Herb Society of America Northeast Seacoast Unit
7:00 pm
Tyco Visitor Center
This family centered program is suitable for children ages 6 and over. Admission is $9 ($7 for Strawbery Banke Museum and Herb Society members). Children under 12 are free. Pre-registration is required. To register, contact Rie Sluder at 603-642-7034 or nesunit@gmail.com.

AUGUST

Tuesday, August 1st, 8th, 15, 22, 29

Tuesdays on the Terrace
5:00 - 7:00 pm
Live music on the lawn next to the Tyco Visitors Center. Enjoy food, beer, wine and other beverages available at the cafe in the visitor center while listening to the free concert. $5/person, free to SBM members.
Sponsored by  Kennebunk Savings Bank

SEPTEMBER

Saturday, September 9th
Vintage & Vine:
Fine Wine & Food Festival and Silent Auction to Benefit Strawbery Banke Museum
VIP 4:00-7:30 pm (VIP tent 5-7 pm). General admission 5-7:30 pm
VIP $120. General admission $65 ($20 discount for Members)
This gourmet tour of fine wine and gourmet selections prepared by 30+ of the Seacoast's best chefs and restaurants benefits Strawbery Banke Museum. The event takes place 4-7 pm in the museum's gardens and historic houses with five Star Chefs grilling their specialties, live music, silent auction and a festive bonfire. The VIP Reserve tasting (4-7, special ticket required) offers rare vintages. Discounted wine sales on site. Suggest comfortable shoes. Member discount tickets available for the 3 levels. Must be 21 or older to attend. For tickets, click here.

Note: Museum offers only guided 90-minute tours today. First tour starts at 10 am. Last tour starts at 1 pm. Discounted museum admission of $10 per adult. $5 child (5-17) under 5 free. Family $25 (2 adults and all accompanying children).

Saturday, September 16th 
Passport - A Craft Beer & Culinary World Tour in Collaboration with NHPTV
VIP 4:00 - 7:30 pm. General admission, 5:00 - 7:30 pm
An evening of delicious tastings at New Hampshire's premiere craft beer and food pairing event at the Seacoast’s beautiful and historic Strawbery Banke Museum! Sample a wide array of regional craft beers  paired with local culinary creations with an international flair. Your Passport world tour includes learning about leading ale and lager styles and meeting the brewers. Strawbery Banke Museum's cooper will demonstrate the traditional craft of barrel making. Must be 21 or older to attend. Tickets available at NHPTV.org, please click here.

Note: Museum offers guided 90-minute tours today. First tour starts at 10 am. Last tour starts at 1 pm. Discounted museum admission of $10 per adult. $5 child (5-17) under 5 free. Family $25 (2 adults and all accompanying children).

Saturday & Sunday, September 23 & 24
Portsmouth Fairy House Tour

11:00 am - 3:00 pm both days (Rain or shine)
The 13th annual event takes place in Portsmouth's historic South End on the grounds of the Governor John Langdon House, Strawbery Banke Museum, Prescott Park and Peirce Island. More than 200 handcrafted fairy houses made by local artists, florists, garden clubs club members, businesses, families and local school children will be on display, including 10 select fairy houses build by creative professionals and judged by a panel of three judges, including Fairy Houses Series® Author/ Illustrator Tracy Kane. Tracy Kane, the Fairy Houses Series® author and illustrator is on hand both days of the Tour to greet ticket holders and sign autographs. In addition, visitors can expect to see performances by the Southern New Hampshire Dance Theater and the NH Theatre Project.

In support of Strawbery Banke's long-standing collaboration with FOSE, the museum has increased its commitment to this community event this year by reducing the regular museum admission prices to match the fairy house ticket prices for all visitors that day.

Advanced tickets are $25 per family, $12 per adult, $8.00 per senior and $4.00 per child ages 3-12. Tickets purchased on the day of the event are $15.00 per adult, $10.00 per senior, and $5.00 per child ages 3-12 and $30 family (two adult/ two children or one adult/four children). Proceeds benefit local non-profit organizations. To purchase tickets, click here or to register to build a house, please click here

Tuesday, September 27th
Herb Society of America NorthEast Seacoast Unit Program:

7:00 pm
Tyco Visitor Center
This program takes place at 7pm at the Tyco Visitors Center (14 Hancock Street). Admission is $9 ($7 for Strawbery Banke Museum and Herb Society members). Pre-registration is required. To register, contact Rie Sluder at 603-642-7034 or nesunit@gmail.com.

OCTOBER

Saturday, October 7th
New Hampshire Fall Festival
10:00 am–5:00 pm
Celebrate harvest time with Strawbery Banke’s fourth annual New Hampshire Fall Festival. Experience a traditional New England country fair complete with demonstrations from craftspeople, heritage breed and farm animal exhibits, farm animal and livestock demonstrations, special autumn activities in the Center for Heirloom Garden Crafts, presentations on heirloom seeds and food preservation tips, fiber arts, demonstrations and exhibits on historic crafts and industries, coopering, harvest-themed crafts in the Family Discovery Center, garden tours and demonstrations.

Friday and Saturday, October 27 & 28th
Ghosts on the Banke
6:00-8:00 pm
$8 per person. Children 1 year or younger, free.  Members, half-price (or according to their Membership Levels). Come and meet the Ghosts on the Banke at Strawbery Banke’s famous Halloween celebration. Long-dead sea captains, 17th century shopkeepers and wayward pirates haunt the streets of Portsmouth’s oldest neighborhood as you trick or treat safely from house to historic house. For tickets, click here.

Masques on the Banke Equestrian Enchantment
5:30-7:00 pm on Puddle Dock
Step "Behind the Mask" as the majestic black Friesian horses of Runnymede Farm perform their equestrian ballet. US Premiere of a choreographed equestrian dressage seen only in Europe. Meet the horses and riders and enjoy mask-making for Halloween. Special guests: Ravenbane's Firecraft. $8 (members $4). For tickets, click here.

NOVEMBER

Saturday, November 4th
3rd Annual Children's Authors Festival

11:00 am - 3:00 pm
The Children’s Author Festival welcomes 20 local children’s book authors and illustrators (click here for the list) to read from and sign their books, available for purchase at the event. Each child under 12 receives a ticket for free skating (in season) at Labrie Family Skate at Strawbery Banke.)

Saturday, November 4th
Hearth Cooking Workshop in Wheelwright House
11:00 am to 1:00 pm
Strawbery Banke offers special  hearth cooking experiences in Wheelwright House.  The two-hour hands-on workshops (11 am to 1 pm) allow participants to learn open-hearth cooking skills as they make and enjoy a traditional menu. Advance registration required.  $65 per person; $55 for members. Click here for tickets.

 

 Saturdays & Sundays, November 4-5, 11-12, 18-19, 25-26 & Friday November 24
Three Centuries of Thanksgiving: An Interactive Walking Tour
10:00 am - 2:00 pm (90-minute guided tours)
Trace the evolution of Thanksgiving from the Puritans’ holy day of thanks to today’s family feast and homecoming. In this active, fast-paced, and multi-sensory program, discover how Thanksgiving transcended time, place and culture to become the uniquely American holiday celebrated today. Meet costumed roleplayers, create a harvest craft, and explore homes from three centuries. In small groups guided by a museum educator, find the common themes of this holiday over three hundred years: charity, survival, gratitude, national identity, and the celebration of family and community.  Recommended for ages 5 and up. Adults $15, children 5-17 $10, children under 5 free.

DECEMBER

DAILY through February
Labrie Family Skate at Puddle Dock Pond
9:00 am to 9:00 pm

Saturday and Sunday, December 2-3, 9-10, 16-17
Friday, December 15

38th Annual Candlelight Stroll
Saturdays (& Friday, 12/15) from 5:00 pm-9:00 pm. Sundays from 4:00 pm-8:00 pm.
$25 for adults. Kids 5-17: $12.50. Kids under 5: FREE. Family rate (2 adults and your children ages 17 and under): $60. Corporate and group rates available. For tickets, click here.

December 26-31
Guided Holiday House Tours
10:00 am-2:00 pm
Adults $15, children 5-17 $9, children under 5 free. For tickets, click here.