4 Shore Things: November 22 – December 5

Sip N Shop

The Hampton Chamber of Commerce is hosting a Sip N Shop event on Sunday, Dec. 2, from 2:45 to 6 p.m. Board a passenger van at CR’s Restaurant and visit Smoky Quartz, Tall Ship, Wiggly Bridge and CR’s. The cost is $50 per person and includes the tour, tastings and an appetizer or dessert at CR’s. Ticket sales end Nov. 25; email colleen@hamptonchamber.com to reserve your tickets.

Historical account

The New Hampshire Theatre Project presents Jaclyn Backhaus’ Men on Boats now through Dec. 2, with showtimes on Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m., and Sunday at 2 p.m., at the West End Studio Theater (959 Islington St., Portsmouth). Men on Boats tells the tale of John Wesley Powell’s famous 1869 expedition down the Colorado River into the Grand Canyon. It is historically accurate, even using direct quotes from Powell’s lyrical journal descriptions, but the twist is that all of the men in Powell’s crew are portrayed by female actors. Tickets cost $30 for adults and $26 for students and seniors. Visit nhtheatreproject.org or call 431-6644. Courtesy photo.

Mixed media and paper cuttings

“Rock/Paper/Scissors,” an exhibition featuring the work of Juliet Karelsen and Dylan Metrano, will be on display at 3S Artspace (319 Vaughan St., Portsmouth) Nov. 23 through Dec. 30, with an opening reception on Friday, Nov. 30, from 5 to 8 p.m. Karelsen’s work includes a miniature 3D environment called “Universal Forest” which incorporates painting, embroidery, fantasy and science. She was exclusively a painter until a couple years ago, when she made the shift to mixed media. Metrano’s work includes layered paper cuttings depicting animals, the Maine landscape and portraits. He is especially drawn to birds. Visit 3sarts.org or call 766-3330. Courtesy image.

Culinary expeditions

Longtime television chef and author Mary Ann Esposito has made more than 50 trips to Italy, traveling across all 20 regions of the country. Now, Esposito is back in the Granite State to tell the story of her culinary expeditions through a new combination memoir and cookbook.

Ciao Italia: My Lifelong Food Adventures in Italy, Esposito’s 13th book, took her more two years to write. The University of New Hampshire graduate will be holding a Q&A session Saturday, Dec. 1, from noon to 2 p.m. at Water Street Bookstore, 125 Water St., Exeter. Visit waterstreetbooks.com or call 778-9731.

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