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2016
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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.

Saturday, January 16th
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. Click here for details and online ticketing.


Tuesday, January 26th
Herb Society of America NorthEast Seacoast Unit Program:

Where the Wild Things are: Native Plants for Pollinators
7:00 pm
Tyco Visitors Center, 14 Hancock Street, Portsmouth NH

 

Dan Jaffe, propagator and stock bed grower at New England Wild Flower Society’s Garden in the Woods. Program explores how to provide as much habitat for local wildlife and pollinators as possible without losing the beauty that makes your garden your own: the best plants and strategies are for attracting wildlife, why pollinators are attracted to specific plants and how to use that information to make more educated plant choices. Emphasis will be placed on all things native including herbs. 

 

This is the first program in the 2016 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  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 

Sunday, January 31st
1:00 pm
North Country Hard Cider Company SBC Release Party
Earth Eagle Brewings, 165 High Street, Portsmouth NH 03801
Taste the first of the cider made with heirloom apples from the orchards at Strawbery Banke Museum. (603) 817-2773

 

 



FEBRUARY


DAILY through March 2016
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!

To register: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  or call 603-422-7541

Tuesday, February 2nd
12 noon - 1:00 pm
Lunch & Learn Program
Rabbi David Senter from Temple Israel and Elissa Senter  present "The History of Temple Israel and the Rich Cultural Heritage of the Jewish Community in Portsmouth, NH."
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 13th
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 "Presidents Day" workshop, participants will prepare a meal of beef and kidney pie, molded wine jelly, Madison Cakes, baked clams and Election Cake/ Advance registration required. Click here for details and online ticketing.

 
Wednesday, February 17th
12 noon - 1:00 pm
Lunch & Learn Program 
February 17th, Alix Martin, Strawbery Banke archaeologist presents findings of the 2015 Yeaton-Walsh Archaeology Field School excavation. 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.
 

 

Monday, February 22 through Thursday, February 25, 2016
Come for one day or all four!
School Vacation Week Winter Workshop
9 am - 12 noon (optional add-on skating 12-1:30 pm -- rental skates available for $5)
$30 per day ($25 for members)
Click here for daily camp program.
Recommended for grades 1-5. Aftercare is available 3-5 pm for an additional fee. To register: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  or call 603-422-7541

Friday, February 26th at 7:00 pm
Saturday, February 27th at 2:00 pm
Skating Stars on the Seacoast Ice Shows at Labrie Family Skate
Two 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.) For tickets, click here.

 

 


MARCH


Wednesday, March 2nd
12 noon - 1:00 pm
Lunch & Learn Program
March 2nd Elizabeth Farish, Strawbery Banke Museum curator, and John Schnitzler, Strawbery Banke restoration carpenter present "The Heritage House Program and Yeaton House"
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.

Wednesday, March 16 [SOLD OUT -- new day added, March 23]
Homeschool Day

Saturday, March 19th
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 corned beef, boiled vegetables, pickled vegetables, mustard, soda bread and Marlborough Pie.  Advance registration required.  $65 per person; $55 for members Click here for details and online ticketing.

Wednesday, March 23rd
10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Homeschool Day: History Explorers: A Journey into Colonial Life
Recommended for ages 6-10
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: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
/603-422-7541

Tuesday, March 29th
Herb Society of America NorthEast Seacoast Unit Program
Pot Herbs and Sallets: Cooking with Green Stuff in Early America

7:00 pm
Tyco Visitor Center

Sandy Oliver is a pioneering food historian who began her work in 1971 at Mystic Seaport Museum, where she developed a fireplace cooking program in a 1830s house. Freelance food writer for regional papers and magazines, her most recent book is Maine Home Cooking: 175 Recipes from Downeast Kitchens. Her program explores the freewheeling use of herbs and greens when herbs were measured by "a bundle" instead of teaspoons, and greens by "enough" instead of cups.  She will attempt to account for the apparent disappearance of green salad in the nineteenth century along with its rediscovery in the twentieth century and discuss the role of vegetables in the diet in an era before kale was found in smoothies.

 

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 This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it This is the second program in the 2016 5-lecture series hosted by the Herb Society of America’s NorthEast Seacoast Unit and co-sponsored by Strawbery Banke Museum.

Wednesday, March 30th
7:30-8:30 pm
The Oselvar of Norway: Its History, Construction and Use
The Boatshop at Strawbery Banke, the Gundalow Company and GreenWood host author Kjell Magnus Økland (pronounced: Tshell Magnus Auk’-land). The program takes place in Strawbery Banke Museum’s Tyco Visitor Center, 14 Hancock St., Portsmouth A suggested $5 donation will benefit the host organizations.

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APRIL

April 1st - 30th
N
H Archeaology Month

Friday, April 1st - Sunday, April 3rd
First Person Interpreter's Retreat (5th Bi-Annual George Chapman Memorial Retreat)

Co-hosted by Strawbery Banke Museum and the Association for Living History, Farm and Agricultural Museums for costumed roleplayers, first-person interpreters, reenactors, living historians, historic lecturers, and more. Advanced registration required by March 1, 2016. For information and registration: https://fpipn.wordpress.com/registration/

Monday, April 4th
4:30-5:30 pm
Launch Party for NH Archeologist Journal

The Strawbery Banke Archaeology Department invites you to a release party for the newest volume of The New Hampshire Archeologist journal. Volume 55 is dedicated to the findings of the archaeological excavations at the Chase House at Strawbery Banke Museum. Copies will be available for purchase and autographing by the report authors and Strawbery Banke archaeologists Alix Martin and Sheila Charles (emeritus). The program includes a presentation on recent and ongoing archaeological research including plans for this summer’s Archaeology Field School. Light refreshments served. Suggested donation is $5 ($3 for members). In the TYCO Visitors Center, 14 Hancock Street, Portsmouth.

Saturday, April 16th (rain date Sunday, April 17th) 
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 This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
To learn more about our gardens and historic landscape programs, click here.  

Saturday, April 9th
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 planked salmon, rice popovers, Jerusalem artichokes, hot or cold slaw, salad sauce for fish and pound cake with brandied peaches or rum-preserved fruits. Advance registration required. $65 per person; $55 for members. Click here for details and online ticketing.

Saturday, April 23rd through Sunday, May 1st
Baby Animals at Strawbery Banke!
10 am to 5 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.

Saturday, April 30th
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 "Welcome Spring" workshop, participants will prepare a meal of greens soup, ham, asparagus, brown bread, mustard, pickled vegetables and rhubarb pie. Advance registration required. $65 per person; $55 for members Click here for details and online ticketing.

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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. This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , 603-422-7526

Wednesday, May 11th
Behind the Scenes Tour of Yeaton-Walsh House with Preservation Carpenter John Schnitzler
5:00 pm

Sunday, May 22nd
Civil War Walking Tour with Strawbery Banke Interpreters & Re-enactors Don & Pat Trefethen
3:00 pm

Tuesday, May 24th
NH Division of Historical Resources Five Year Preservation Plan

5:00-7:00 pm
TYCO Visitor’s Center
Over the last year, Granite Staters have shared their recent preservation success stories, reflected on the current state of preservation in New Hampshire, and identified the tools and resources that are needed to meet ongoing and emerging challenges. Learn how this public input helped shape New Hampshire’s recently-published five-year preservation plan
; and discuss the community’s approach to implementing its goals and objectives. Light refreshments served.


Saturday, May 7th
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 This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

 
Saturday, May 14 & Sunday, May 15
The Boatshop at Strawbery Banke "Navigating By the Stars" Course
9:00 am – 3:00 pm with additional hands-on question and answer time until 4 pm. Lunch provided each day.

 

This a concise two-day course in the theory and practice of basic celestial navigation is presented by the Boatshop at Strawbery Banke. Participants learn basic principles, time-keeping, almanac usage, sight reduction methods and plotting, and training and observation with a marine sextant. Alternative use of a scientific hand calculator will be discussed, and a PC-based programmed calculator emulator offered. At the conclusion, participants will be able to take, reduce and plot positions from celestial sights of the sun –our closest star -- and possibly other stars, the moon and planets, if time and interest permit. No special math skills are required -- only addition and subtraction, and table look-ups. All materials provided, just bring your interest and enthusiasm and be ready to have fun!

 

Instructor: Nate Hazen, Engineer, Sailor & National Chapman Award Winning Instructor for US Power Squadrons

 

Tuition: $195 Museum members (use your discount code when registering); $215 non-members.
Materials Fee*: $110, includes 2016 Nautical Almanac, Davis MK 3 Sextant, Planisphere Star Finder & CD-Rom with instructional PowerPoint

 

*Please This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it about a materials discount if you have a sextant, star finder or nautical almanac you plan to bring to use during the class.  Space is limited. Register by May 1, 2016.

For information on other upcoming Boatshop at Strawbery Banke workshops and programs visit www.boatshopatstrawberybanke.org.

To register online, click here.

 

Tuesday, May 31
Herb Society of America NorthEast Seacoast Unit Program

Why Did I Plant This And What Do I Do With It?
7:00 pm
Tyco Visitor Center

 

 

Lauriejane Kelley is the owner of Steeplebush Farm Herbs in Limington, Maine, where she works with a collection of over 350 herbs and heirloom perennials begun in 1978 with a gift of three herbs (chives, mint and artemisia) from a friend. She discusses cultivating, harvesting and using both well-known and unusual herbs. Learn what herbs need to thrive, when to harvest them for best flavor or color; how to dry them effectively, and an opportunity to experience their fragrant qualities. Potted plants will be offered for sale at the end of the evening.

 

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 This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

 

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JUNE


Archaeology Field School
Session 1: June 15 – June 26
Session 2: June 29 – July 10; Monday-Friday
$400 per person ($350 for Strawbery Banke members) per session
Limited to 12 participants per session
This summer’s field school will focus on recovering archaeological resources surrounding the historic Yeaton-Walsh 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  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it (phone: 603-422-7521)

Sunday, June 19
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 19 (June 21 is New Hampshire's actual birthday). NH residents receive free admission (ID required.)

Wednesday, June 24th
General Admission 6:30 - 10:00 pm

VIP Admission 5:30 - 10:00 pm
Share Our Strength Taste of the Nation
For information and tickets, click here.



 

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JULY


Saturday, July 2nd
10:00 - 5:00 pm
American Lives
A timeline of American history portrayed by costumed re-enactors.

Sunday, July 3rd
6:00 - 9:00 pm
An American Celebration Swing Dance
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.

Monday, July 4th
Museum open 10:00 am–5:00 pm
Children's activities 10 am - 2 pm
US Naturalization Ceremony, 11 am
Gov Maggie Hassan reads the Declaration of Independence
An American Celebration!
A real old-fashioned fabulous 4th of July! Complete with children’s bike and wagon parade (1:45 pm, decorate 10:00am-1:30pm). 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.

Monday, July 4th
Grand Opening of the New Permanent Exhibit on maritime Portsmouth. Port of Portsmouth: War, Trade and Travel
In the Paul and Sandra Montrone Gallery
Details to come.

Tuesday, July 5th, 12th. 19th, 26th
5:00 - 7:00 pm
Tuesdays on the Terrace
FREE outdoor concert of acoustic music each Tuesday evening, overlooking the lush lawn of Puddle Dock. Food, beer and wine for sale. Sponsored by Cambridge Trust Company of New Hampshire.

Tuesday, July 26th
Herb Society of America Northeast Seacoast Unit
Earth Gardens and the Seeds of Life
7:00 pm
Tyco Visitor Center

Michael J. Caduto is a juried artist with the Vermont Arts Council and the New Hampshire Council on the Arts, and coauthor of the national best-selling Keepers of the Earth® series and Native American Gardening: Stories, Projects and Recipes for Families. Through story and song, this musician and master storyteller explores the connections between people, plants and Native gardens and leads a journey through the cycles of the seasons and the changes that take place around us and within us. Included are original Earth music from Michael’s CD All One Earth: Songs for the Generations, as well as stories from his storytelling CD’s: The Rainbow Garden and The Wisdom of Nature.

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 This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


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AUGUST


Tuesday, August 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th
5:00 - 7:00 pm
Tuesdays on the Terrace
Live music on the lawn next to the Tyoc Visitors Center. Enjoy food, beer, wine and other beverages available at the cafe in the visitor center while listening to the free concert, sponsored by a friend of the Museum and Cambridge Trust Company of New Hampshire.

 


SEPTEMBER


Saturday, September 10th
VIP 4:00-7 pm (VIP tent 5-7 pm). General admission 5:00-7:00 pm
VIP $120. General admission $65 ($20 discount for Members)
To purchase tickets on the secure website, click here.
Vintage & Vine:

Fine Wine & Food Festival and Silent Auction to Benefit Strawbery Banke Museum

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.

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, September 17th 
VIP 4:00 - 7:30 pm. General admission, 5:00 - 7:30 pm
For ticket information, click here. VIP tickets are SOLD OUT.

Passport - A Craft Beer & Culinary World Tour in Collaboration with NHPTV

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 

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 24th & 25th
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
both days (Rain or shine)

Portsmouth Fairy House Tour

The 12th 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.

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. For more information, to purchase tickets or to register to build a house, please click here

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

Spice: The Quest for Trade and Taste
7:00 pm
Tyco Visitor Center

Melissa Spencer, owner of Attar Herbs & Spices located in Harrisville, NH and is New England's source for herbs, spices, botanicals and essential oils since 1969. Author of the informative monthly column, The Spice Cupboard, for the Monadnock Ledger Transcript she discusses the history, folklore and persistent influence of spices in realms from cooking to medicine.

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 This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

 


OCTOBER


Saturday, October 8th
10:00 am–5:00 pm
New Hampshire Fall Festival
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 28th & 29th
6:00-8:00 pm
Ghosts on the Banke
$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. Tickets available at the door.

  • Trick-or-Treat Safely -- Jack-O-Lanterns light the way as you step over the threshold of time and
    meet the "Ghosts on the Banke." Discover pirate treasure, visit with the
    wacky witch, look into the future with guidance from our gypsy fortune
    teller.
  • Catch a Ghostly Tale -- Community members bring history back to life with spooky plays, skits,
    and interactive improvisation throughout the evening.
  • Show off Your Costume -- March in our New Orleans style parade past haunted houses of old and
    down ghostly lanes full of things that go bump in the night.
  • Light up the Night -- Warm your Weary bones by the bonfire.
  • Pickwick's at the Banke -- decorated for Halloween, with all sorts of magic happening.

 

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NOVEMBER


Saturday, November 5th
11 am - 2:00 pm
Children's Authors Festival
The Children’s Author Festival welcomes 18 local children’s book authors and illustrators to read from and sign their books, available for purchase at the event.

Saturdays & Sundays, November 5-6, 12-13, 19-20, 26-27 plus Friday November 25
10:00 am - 2:00 pm (90-minute guided tours)
Three Centuries of Thanksgiving: An Interactive Walking Tour

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.

Friday, November 25th
4:00 - 5:00 pm
Labrie Family Skate Opening & Lighting of the Christmas Tree
FREE public event to celebrate the opening of the outdoor ice skating rink at Strawbery Banke. Christmas tree on Puddle Dock lighting. Launch of the NH Food Bank-Strawbery Banke season-long food drive. Those who bring a bag of non-perishable food items receive 1 free pass to visit Strawbery Banke during the regular season and the chance to win a book of 10 skating tickets. The food drive lasts through March 2016 and food collected will be distirbuted to 15 local seacoast food pantries in the NH Food Bank network.

 

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 DECEMBER


DAILY through March
9:00 am to 9:00 pm For detailed schedule of available ice time, click here.
Labrie Family Skate at Puddle Dock Pond
C
hildren $5 / Adult $7 Monday through Friday (except as noted below)
Peak Hours: Adult $10, child $8 on weekends (Saturdays & Sundays), December 24-January 3, Januarly 18, February 15 and February 22-26.
Skate Rentals $5.00
Skate Sharpening $5.00

Saturday and Sunday, December 3-4, 10-11, 17-18
Saturdays from 5:00 pm-9:00 pm & Sundays from 4:00 pm-8:00 pm
37th Annual Candlelight Stroll
$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
10:00 am-2:00 pm
Guided Holiday House Tours
Adults $15, children 5-17 $10, children under 5 free.

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
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