Music by the Sea
The Seacoast Science Center’s Atlantic Grill Music by the Sea concert series kicks off on Thursday evening, July 5, with the local favorite, Granite Planet. Granite Planet’s upbeat, rock and pop will have all ages on their feet, dancing the night away.

One of the most fun-loving, local party bands is back on July 12: Jumbo Circus Peanuts. Making their debut at the Seacoast Science Center, the Soggy Po’ Boys take the stage on July 19. July 26 brings the premier U2 tribute band, Joshua Tree, back to the stage.

Concerts are held under a tent on the lawn of the Seacoast Science Center, rain or shine. Bring a beach blanket or chair, pack a picnic, or purchase freshly grilled dinner and beverages on site. Concert-goers can enjoy the center and its exhibits, free with concert admission. Alcohol may not be brought into the park (adult beverages available for purchase) and dogs are not allowed.

The music begins at 6 p.m.; gates open at 5 p.m. for dining. Tickets are required and are $12 for adults and $4 for children ages 3-12; under 3 are free. Tickets are available at, at the center, or at the gate the evening of the concert. The Seacoast Science Center is located in Odirone Point State Park, 570 Ocean Blvd., Rye. For more information, call 603-436-8043 or visit


Head to the library
The Lane Memorial Library in Hampton has a couple of cool events coming up. First is Songs and Stories from the War Years presented by Richard Kruppa, also known as “Ramblin’ Richard.” People of all ages love the music from the World War II era, and on Tuesday, July 10, at 6:30 p.m., Richard will sing and accompany himself on guitar, 5-string banjo and baritone ukulele, and he tells stories about the songs as well.

Then, Touch-a-Truck comes to the library on Wednesday, July 11, at 10 a.m. at Centre School! Come explore police cars, fire trucks, construction vehicles and more! Free hard hats or firefighter hats for the kids, and there will be a fundraising bake sale at the event. Rain date is Thursday, July 12, at 10 a.m.


Strawberries for seniors
All Hampton seniors are welcome to attend the annual Strawberry Festival held at Victoria’s Inn at 430 High St. in Hampton. Enjoy a delicious homemade strawberry shortcake courtesy of Professional Firefighters Local 2664. The event is happening Tuesday, July 10, from 1 to 2:15 p.m. It’s free, but pre-registration is required. Call the Hampton Parks & Recreation Department at 926-3932 to register.


Original works
Outcast Productions presents Emotion without Name, an evening of original plays and music based on the theme of love and companionship, at the Players’ Ring Theatre (105 Marcy St., Portsmouth) July 6 through July 15. Showtimes are Friday and Saturday at 10 p.m., and Sunday at 9 p.m. Tickets cost $14 for general admission and $12 for students and seniors. Visit

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