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2015
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JANUARY

DAILY through February 28, 2015
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 17th
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 stew, parsnip pancakes, anadama bread, churned butter and mincemeat pie. Advance registration required. Click here for details and online ticketing.


Tuesday, January 27th POSTPONED Rescheduled to Tuesday, February 3rd. (See description below.)
Herb Society of America NorthEast Seacoast Unit Program:
Savings Seeds, Harvesting History
 

 



FEBRUARY


DAILY through February 28, 2015
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.

Saturday, 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 3rd.
Herb Society of America NorthEast Seacoast Unit Program:
Savings Seeds, Harvesting History

7:00 pm
Tyco Visitors Center

 

A tremendous amount of information is held within the confines of a seed. Each individual seed contains a unique and rich story that continues to be written today. Not only its genetic makeup and characteristic traits make a tomato taste like a tomato, but also the plant’s natural and human-selected evolution play their parts. Why are only certain varieties available from the seed companies? Why are backyard gardeners enamored with heirloom vegetables? Olivia Saunders from UNH Cooperative Extension will answer these questions while telling the story of the American seed industry. She will also review seed harvesting basics so you can become a seed saver yourself.

Olivia Saunders is a member of the UNH Cooperative Extension Fruit and Vegetable Production Team. Prior to joining extension, Olivia worked for an independently owned seed company where she grew, harvested and cleaned a wide variety of seeds for commercial production. Olivia has worked on organic vegetable farms in Maine and Vermont and continues farming in New Hampshire’s North Country by conducting on-farm vegetable research through her position with UNH Cooperative Extension. She received a Bachelor of Science degree from UNH and a Master of Science Degree from Washington State University.

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 2014 horticultural lecture series hosted by the Herb Society of America’s NorthEast Seacoast Unit and co-sponsored by Strawbery Banke Museum.

 

Wednesday, February 4th
Lunch & Learn: Living Waters, Living History: Investigating a 20th Century Mikveh at Puddle Dock

Alix Martin, Strawbery Banke Museum Archaeologist
12 noon - 1:00 pm. Free. Donations welcome.
TYCO Visitors Center Lecture Hall.

Over the summer of 2014, Strawbery Banke Museum archaeologists and students excavated at a house site, which oral history suggested was the location of an early 20th century mikveh (Jewish ritual bath). This presentation explores the history of Portsmouth’s Jewish immigrant community, who settled at Puddle Dock, an urban neighborhood on the Piscataqua River, around the turn of the 20th century. The first generation of Jewish immigrants entered new and unfamiliar surroundings. Bounded by the shared practice of ritual immersion, the many Jewish families in Portsmouth quickly established themselves as a vibrant community. This presentation covers the initial findings of the 2014 field school.

 

Saturday, February 7 (snow date February 14th)
Life & Death on the Piscataqua Symposium
10:00 am – 3:00 pm $15 in advance; $20 at the door. Price includes lunch.
Portsmouth Historic House Associates annual symposium at the St. John’s Lodge Masonic Temple, 351 Middle Street (corner of Miller Avenue and Middle Street) in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. The ticket price includes the day-long program of four lectures, continental breakfast and a lunch of homemade soup, bread and dessert. For reservations, call 603.436.8221.The Portsmouth Historic Sites’ 2015 “Life and Death in the Piscataqua Region” symposium includes four presentations:

 

  • Charles B. Doleac, “A 110th Anniversary Update on Portsmouth Peace Treaty & Its Legacies.” The Portsmouth Peace Treaty is recognized as an important example of citizen diplomacy in New Hampshire and world history. Since the 100th anniversary in 2005, local efforts have created Portsmouth Peace Treaty Day, a permanent historical marker, strengthened Japanese Sister City relationships, and opened the door to trilateral interest, from Russia as well as Japan. Chuck will provide an update on the legacies of the Treaty since 2005, including the Portsmouth Peace Treaty Cherry Tree Living Memorial project.
  • Patricia Wall, “No Longer Hidden: Blacks of Early Kittery and Berwick, Maine.” The author of Beyond Freedom and Child Out of Place, will share her research findings and the difficulties and pitfalls she faced in preparation for writing her soon to be published book on Africans of early Kittery and Berwick, Maine.
  • Captain Gerald Sedor, USN (Ret.) “The Squalus & Adm. Swede Momsen.” Momsen, already famous for the invention of his underwater rescue device, the Momsen lung, achieved even more fame for directing the rescue and recovery of the 33 crewmen of Squalus, which sank in May 1939 in 243 feet of water off the Isles of Shoals. Momsen received a letter of commendation from President Franklin D. Roosevelt for the successful rescue of the crewmen from the Squalus and the subsequent salvage of the submarine. After her repairs, the Squalus was renamed the USS Sailfish, and the name Squalus was never used by the U.S. Navy again.
  • Lou Fernald, Retired Chief, Portsmouth Police Department, “Crime in Portsmouth.” Captain Fernald presents some of his fascinating research on Victorian crime and punishment in Portsmouth – in costume.

 

Saturday, February 7th
Winter Night in Pitt Tavern
7:00 to 10:00 pm
With Dave Surette & Susie Burke.  Come, meet your friends and fellow Museum members in the cozy Pitt Tavern, built in 1766 and restored to its historic atmosphere. Live traditional music, local beer and wine plus seasonal snacks. Each event sold out last year. Members $20, non-members $25. Click here to purchase tickets on the Museum secure website. Many thanks to series sponsor Kennebunk Savings Bank.

Saturday, February 14th 
Hearth-Cooking Workshop
6:00 to 8:00 pm
Click here for details and on-line reservations

Strawbery Banke offers special  hearth cooking experiences in Wheelwright House.  The two-hour hands-on workshop allows participants to learn open-hearth cooking skills as they make and enjoy a traditional menu. At this special Valentines' Day Dinner workshop participants will prepare a meal of roast chicken & stuffing, cranberry chutney, squash, Brussel’s sprouts, parsnip pancakes, churned butter, cheesecake and chocolate tart. Advance registration required. Click here for details and online ticketing.

Saturday, February 14 through Monday, February 16
Winter Weekend at Strawbery Banke
10 am to 4 pm

Historic houses and grounds open, costumed role-players and traditional craftspeople share stories of winter life on Puddle Dock over the past 300 years.

Sunday & Monday, February 15th & 16th
Fire & Ice Festival Dog sled rides with Seal Cove Journeys
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Portsmouth Winter Carnival, dog-sled rides at Strawbery Banke
Skating on Puddle Dock Pond, 9 am to 9 pm

Tuesday, February 17
Lunch & Learn: “Life in Portsmouth c. 1700”
Larry Cataldo
, local historian
12 noon - 1:00 pm
Free. Donations welcome. In the TYCO Visitors Center

Larry Cataldo’s presentation will examine the physical, social, and business environment of early Portsmouth through the end of the Queen Anne’s War in 1713. In addition, a section will discuss the three Indian wars which played havoc on Portsmouth society. As a special feature, a 1715 street map will be displayed along with an exhibit with almost thirty street names during that time that are different from today.

February 24th – 27th
School Vacation Week Winter Workshop
12 noon – 2:00 pm.
$30 per day ($25 for members)
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

 


MARCH


Saturday, March 7th
Winter Night in Pitt Tavern
7:00 to 10:00 pm
With Tom Richter & The Sidewalk Boys. Come, meet your friends and fellow Museum members in the cozy Pitt Tavern, built in 1766 and restored to its historic atmosphere. Live traditional music, local beer and wine plus seasonal snacks. Each event sold out last year. $20 members; $25 non-members. Click here to purchase tickets on the secure Museum website. Many thanks to series sponsor Kennebunk Savings Bank.

Sunday, March 14th  
Hearth-Cooking Workshop
11:00 am – 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 “St. Patrick’s Day” workshop participants will Prepare a meal of corned beef & cabbage, roasted root vegetables, pickled beets, mustard, soda bread, churned butter and apple pie. Advance registration required. Click here for online ticketing. $65 per person ($55 for members).

Tuesday, March 17
Lunch & Learn: “From Seed to Harvest: The Evolution of Botanical Science”

Erik Wochholz, Curator of Historic Landscapes
12 noon - 1:00 pm. Free. Donations welcome. In the TYCO Visitors Center

Join Erik Wochholz in a discussion on the history of botanical discovery. Trace the broad history of botanical experience from early herbaria— collections of pressed and dried botanical specimens—to modern classifications. Within the history of plants learn about everyday people who were given the opportunity to observe the natural world, make predictions and finally discoveries that inform how we interact with and understand our environment today.


Saturday, March 28th
Winter Night in Pitt Tavern
7:00-10:00 pm

With Liz & Dan Faiela. Come, meet your friends and fellow Museum members in the cozy Pitt Tavern, built in 1766 and restored to its historic atmosphere. Live traditional music, local beer and wine plus seasonal snacks. Each event sold out last year. $20 members; $25 non-members. Click here to purchase tickets on the secure Museum website. Many thanks to series sponsor Kennebunk Savings Bank.

Saturday, March 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. At this “Bottom of the Barrel” workshop participants will prepare a meal of bean soup, cod cakes, cabbage salad, churned butter, gingerbread and whipped cream.Advance registration required. $65 per person; $55 for members. Click here for online ticketing.

 

Tuesday, March 31
Herb Society of America NorthEast Seacoast Unit Program:
The Best Flavor & Fragrance for Your Garden

7:00 pm
Tyco Visitors Center

Have you ever been confused as to which is the best mint, oregano, thyme or herbal tree to choose from the large selection of plants and seeds available to buy?  When we select plants for our garden, we hope to get premiere plants that have long growing seasons, superior flavors, unique tastes, and distinctive aromas.  It can be overwhelming to know which ones to select from the wide varieties that are available today.   Join us as nationally recognized horticulturist, Holly Shimizu, discusses the best plants to select for your gardening needs as well as how to grow them, where to place them in the garden, parts to use and season of interest.

Holly Shimizu is a nationally recognized horticulturist. She was the first Curator of the National Herb Garden at the US National Arboretum in Washington, DC. and more recently, the Executive Director of the US Botanic Garden, on the National Mall, where she was responsible for all aspects of running the Garden. Throughout her career, Holly has received many awards including the prestigious Thomas Roland Medal for outstanding contributions to horticultural education from the Massachusetts Horticultural Society, as well as the Professional Award for Outstanding Public Garden Director from the American Horticultural Society. She has written for numerous publications and books, and has been an international flower show judge. Holly is an Honorary Member of the Garden Club of America and has served with a range of organizations including Longwood Gardens, American Public Garden Association and Botanic Gardens Conservation International. She is dedicated to heightening an awareness and love of plants through her work.

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 third program in the 2014 horticultural lecture series hosted by the Herb Society of America’s NorthEast Seacoast Unit and co-sponsored by Strawbery Banke Museum.

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APRIL

April 1st - 30th
N
H Archeaology Month

Saturday, April 11th
Welcome Spring! Night in Pitt Tavern
7:00 - 10:00 pm

With Jeff Warner. Come, meet your friends and fellow Museum members in the cozy Pitt Tavern, built in 1766 and restored to its historic atmosphere. Live traditional music, local beer and wine plus seasonal snacks. Each event sold out last year. $20 members; $25 non-members. Click here to purchase tickets on the secure Museum website. Many thanks to series sponsor Kennebunk Savings.

Saturday, April 25th (rain date Sunday, April 26th) 
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 422-7505 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 28th
Hearth-Cooking Workshop
11:00 am – 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 dressed macaroni (macaroni & cheese), ham, pickled vegetables, mustard, spring greens soup, churned butter, and rhubarb pie. Advance registration required. $65 per person; $55 for members. Click here for online ticketing.

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MAY

Friday, May 1st
Opening Day for 2014 Season!
9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Come visit the museum and experience four centuries of American life in New Hampshire's oldest waterfront neighborhood. Special additions for the 2015 season: Port Smith Silver

Saturday, May 9th
Susan B. Komen Race for the Cure
Begins and ends at Puddle Dock.
Since its inception in 1982, Susan G. Komen for the Cure®, 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 2nd Annual New Hampshire Race for the Cure. Of all monies raised through all means, a minimum of 25% helps to support research with the Susan G. Komen for the Cure® Grants Program and as much as 75% is devoted to education, screening and treatment programs throughout our two states. Since the first Race in 1993, the effort has raised more than $7.5 million. Of that, more than $1.8 million supported the Komen Grants Program and more than $5.7 million directly benefited breast cancer education, screening and treatment in VT/NH. For more information on sponsorship, participation and volunteering for the event, click here or email info@komenvtnh.org

Sunday, May 10th
Mothers' Day Hearth-Cooking Workshop
11:00 am – 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 special Mother’s Day Sunday workshop, participants will prepare a meal of frittata, Chelsea buns, fruit compote, sausages, herbed lemonade, churned butter, coffee and Liberty Tea. Advance registration required. $65 per person; $55 for members. Click here for online ticketing.

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Tuesday, May 26
Herb Society of America NorthEast Seacoast Unit Program:
Medicinal Herbs for the Permaculture Garden

7:00 pm
Tyco Visitors Center

 

Permaculture is a method of designing sustainable, ecological systems that support humans and other forms of life.  In permaculture, we learn from nature to empower ourselves to take care of more of our own needs in responsible, close-to-home ways.  Amy Antonucci, a certified permaculture designer, will introduce some of her favorite herbs to use for health and healing.  The focus will be on simple, safe remedies from easy to grow plants.  You will learn about the properties of each plant, how to grow them, and good ways to prepare and use them.  For instance, you will learn how to make herbal infusions, about great herbs for skin care and immune support and which herbs will help your pollinator population flourish.

 

 

Amy has been studying and using herbal medicine for over 15 years with herbalists including Susan Weed, Rosemary Gladstar and Deb Soule. The plants themselves are often her best teachers.  She is the co-organizer of the Greater Seacoast Permaculture Meetup Group based in Dover NH.  Amy also keeps bees, poultry, goats and gardens at her homestead in Barrington, NH and worked in organic agriculture for over ten years. 

 

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 fourth program in the 2014 horticultural lecture series hosted by the Herb Society of America’s NorthEast Seacoast Unit and co-sponsored by Strawbery Banke Museum.

 

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JUNE


Sunday, June 21st
New Hampshire's Birthday!
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Celebrate New Hampshire history by remembering 400 years of American history in this Portsmouth waterfront neighborhood. June 21 is New Hampshire's 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 4th
10:00 am–5:00 pm
An American Celebration!
Buy Tickets Online: $17.50 adults; members according to Membership Level; children 17 and under and active military families, FREE
A real old-fashioned fabulous 4th of July! Complete with children’s bike and wagon parade (2:30pm, decorate 10:00am-2:00pm), visit by Abraham Lincoln, traditional games and crafts, historic garden tours, live music by Bedford Big Band, living history, hands-on activities, food and fun for all. 

Wednesday, July 29
Herb Society of America Northeast Seacoast Unit
Flora's Holiday
7:00 pm
Tyco Visitors Center

Join us for Living Myth’s Diane Edgecomb and Margot Chamberlin’s production of Flora’s Holiday, a story and music excursion into the multicultural tales that surround trees, flowers and herbs. The centerpiece of the performance: Nightingale and Rose follows the journey of the Rose through the ages, weaving unusual and heartfelt myths from Persia and Greece with anecdotal tales of those who loved and nurtured the flower.  The performance also features a rich harp medley of flower related tunes from around the world. See favorite garden plants revealed in a delightful new way. Expect to laugh, to be moved, to leave your cares behind. This family friendly program is suitable for children ages six and up.

Diane and Margot have been featured on NPR and at storytelling festivals, coffeehouses, theaters, and garden clubs. Diane is known for her unique style of storytelling, where she embodies the various characters and scenes in a tale, bringing each moment alive. For this she has won the first national Oracle Award for Storytelling Excellence in the Northeast. Margot Chamberlain’s versatile approach to harp and song brings an underlying poetic weave to support each tale.

This program takes place at 7pm at the Tyco Visitors Center (14 Hancock Street). If the weather is nice, we will hold the event outside. Bring a blanket or chair! Admission is $8 ($5 for Strawbery Banke Museum and Herb Society members). Children 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 TBD
5:00 - 7:00 pm
Tuesdays on the Banke
Live music on the lawn next to the Tyoc Visitors Center. Enjoy food, beer, wine and other beverages available at The White Apron 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 12th
VIP 4:00-5:30 pm. General admission 4:00-7:00 pm
Vintage & Vine: Fine Food & Wine Festival in Historic Style
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 (4-5:30, special ticket required) offers rare vintages. Discounted wine sales on site. Suggest comfortable shoes. VIP Reserve Tasting tickets, $90. General admission tickets, $45.  Designated Driver tickets $15. 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 1:30 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 19th 
VIP 4:00 - 7:30 pm. General admission, 5:00 - 7:30 pm
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 1:30 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 26th & 27th
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
11th Annual Portsmouth Fairy House Tour
The Portsmouth Fairy House Tour is the world’s largest fairy house tour. The annual event will be held 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 100 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. Also returning this year is the Seasonal Fairy Wreath Exhibit and Raffle. Seasonal Fairy Wreaths donated by local florists and designers will be on display both days in the Tyco Visitor Center at Strawbery Banke Museum. Raffle proceeds will benefit the museum’s “History in Reach” fund.  Tracy Kane, the Fairy Houses Series® author and illustrator will be 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.  Tickets on sale now. 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 $30 per family (2 adults, 2 children or 1 adult/4 children), $15 per adult, $10 per senior and $5 per child ages 3-12.  For more information, to purchase tickets or to register to build a house, please visit click here.

Tuesday, September 29
7:00 pm
Herb Society of America NorthEast Seacoast Unit Program:

Exploring Victory Gardens: How a Nation of Vegetable Growers Helped to Win the War

 

During World War II, as part of the war effort, posters encouraged patriotic Americans to “Grow vitamins at your kitchen door” and “Eat what you can, and can what you cannot eat.” In fact, Americans needed to supplement their diets during a time of food rationing and shortages. Nearly 20 million gardeners answered the call, including many who had never wielded a hoe. Victory gardeners learned to prepare soil in beds, grow seedlings, control weeds, irrigate, and eliminate pests—raising successful crops for the duration of the war years. Join us as we explore the role of 1940s vegetable gardens, ration-book cookery, and food preservation in wartime victory. The program will include a lecture and slide show, taste-testing of foods made from period recipes, demonstration of hay box cookery, viewing of original film footage of victory gardens, and time for questions and discussion.

 

Judith Sumner has taught extensively at the college level and at various botanical gardens including the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University and Garden in the Woods, the botanic garden of the New England Wild Flower Society in Framingham, Massachusetts. She is the author of several books including The Natural History of Medicinal Plants and American Household Botany: A History of Useful Plants 1620 -1900 as well as numerous scientific publications. In 2007, she received the Herb Society of America’s Gertrude B. Foster Award for Excellence in Herbal Literature.

 

This program takes place at 7pm at the Tyco Visitors Center (14 Hancock Street). Admission is $8 ($5 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 10th
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 Children’s Garden, 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. Two Incredible Festivals in One - the Prescott Park Chili Cook-Off will again be held in conjunction with Strawbery Banke Museum's New Hampshire Fall Festival.

Friday and Saturday, October 23rd & 24th
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


Saturdays & Sundays, November 1, 7-8, 14-15, 21-22, 28-29 plus Friday November 27
Guided Tours

10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Guided tours of four historic houses at Strawbery Banke Museum.
Adults $15, children 5-17 $10, children under 5 free.

Tuesdays, November TBD
5:30-6:30 pm
Native American Heritage Month Speaker Series

 

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 DECEMBER


 DAILY through February 28, 2015 (except closed Christmas Day and closing at 4 pm on Christmas Eve)
9:00 am to 9:00 pm For detailed schedule of available ice time, click here.
Puddle Dock Pond at Strawbery Banke Museum
$7 for adults. Kids 5-17, $5. Under 5, free. Discount for members. Ice skate rentals, $5.

Saturday and Sunday, December 5-6, 12-13, 19-20
Saturdays from 5:00 pm-9:00 pm & Sundays from 4:00 pm-8:00 pm
36th Annual Candlelight Stroll
$23 for adults. Kids 5-17: $11.50. Kids under 5: FREE. Family rate (2 adults and your children ages 17 and under): $58. Corporate and group rates available. To purchase tickets online, click here. Tickets purchased by November 30, 2015 are $2 off.

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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