4 Shore Things: February 21- March 6



Play some mini golf
The Children’s Museum of New Hampshire in Dover is going to transform its two floors of exhibits into an 18-hole mini golf course on Sunday, Feb. 24, from noon to 5 p.m. The event is recommended for ages 2 and older, but all are welcome. Tickets are $5 per person and free for kids under the age of 2. There is a special family ticket price of $20 for a family of 4 or more, which includes 2 adults and their dependent children. The evening before, on Saturday, Feb. 23, from 7 to 9 p.m., the museum invites adults 21+ to enjoy a grown-up Mini-Golf Play Date, with a cash bar, flavored popcorn provided by PopZup and a chance to decorate your own golf visor between holes. Discounted advance online tickets to the evening Saturday Grown-up Mini Golf event are $10 per person, or $12 at the door. Visit childrens-museum.org


Freeze your tail off
Join the New Hampshire SPCA’s for its ninth annual Doggie Paddle Plunge on Saturday, Feb. 23, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the New Castle Great Island Common. The official plunge happens at noon. The event benefits the thousands of animals that will turn to the NHSPCA in need of warmth, nourishment, medical care and love this year. Registration is $35 for an adult plunger, $25 for youth under 18 and $15 for virtual plungers (who don’t want to dive in but still want to help). Visit nhspca.org


Paint without fear
Rollinsford artist Dawn Boyer will teach a one-day painting workshop, “Paint the Fear Out of Here,” on Saturday, Feb. 23, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., at Red & Shorty’s Studio (4 Paul St., Dover). The workshop, geared toward both beginner and experienced painters, will explore the foundational elements of painting, color, composition and value, as well as techniques to let go of self-doubt and express yourself freely. Participants will create a painting to take home. “In a way, [fear] is necessary for the creative process, but it can also paralyze us,” Boyer said in a press release. “I created this workshop to address that need … based on years of research on creativity, vulnerability and fear.” The cost is $150. Register at dawnboyer.com/classes-workshops or by calling 207-450-8016.


Learn to save lives
All are invited to PITA Hall in Newbury on Thursday, Feb. 28, at 7 p.m. to celebrate the installation of the new public access defibrillator (AED) and emergency phone on Plum Island. Find out more about where and how to access this life-saving device. There will be a brief demonstration of the equipment and opportunity for questions and discussion. Join us for this kickoff and to offer thanks to officials and donors who helped bring this emergency equipment to Plum Island. Refreshments will be served. This celebration will be followed by a free Heart-Saver/CPR class for attendees who would like to stay for in-depth education and training on how to respond to cardiac emergencies. The class will be conducted by Newbury Police and will last approximately 90 minutes. Contact lmather@buffalo.edu for more information.


Andrew’s Adventure



Where I went: I drove 18 miles up the coast along Route 1A from Blue Ocean Music Hall (4 Ocean Front North) in Salisbury, to Odiorne Point State Park (570 Ocean Boulevard, Rye) in Rye.

What it is: Route 1A is the beachside road connecting the 18 miles of shoreline along the New Hampshire border, and down into Salisbury, Massachusetts.

What I did: I have spent the last year driving up and down 1A, and I had always admired its beauty but had never had the time to slow down and really appreciate it, so with this adventure I really wanted to focus on taking my time and appreciate the journey rather than the destination. Initially I planned to start north and make my way south, but decided against it because I knew that heading north along Hampton Beach brought me closer to the water down along the section where it splits into two one-way roads on opposite sides on the boardwalk. I arrived at the start of my journey, Blue Ocean Music Hall, rolled the window down, turned up the heat and began making my way north along the ocean.
Cruising up through Salisbury, I really took the time to look around and take in the sights that I had passed by without noticing prior to this adventure. Beachside shops and shacks and restaurants closed for the season, the surprising number of birds of prey circling overhead, eventually I found myself at the bridge separating Seabrook and Hampton. The first time I was able to see the water. From there I found Hampton Beach, where I pulled into a parking spot and got a coffee and breakfast sandwich from Jumpin’ Jack’s.
I have always favored the offseason at the beach — there are always fewer crowds, and parking is free and easier to find. I drank my coffee on the walkway along the beach where I watched a group of riders on horseback make their way along the shoreline, and I took the time to relax and watch the waves roll into the sandy beach.
From Hampton Beach, I made my way along the twisting and winding road where I was able to take the time and truly appreciate one of the most underappreciated stretches of road in the state. With bikers and joggers cruising along the rocky outcropping and mega-mansions overlooking the Isles of Shoals and the Atlantic Ocean, it was nice to take the time to slow down and appreciate the beauty of the Seacoast that I had so many times overlooked. I was pleased to see cars pulling off the road into temporary parking spots to take the time and enjoy the view.
By the time I had hit Wallis Sands, I turned back one last time to take in the best view of the entire drive before carrying on my way back home.

Who else would enjoy it: Far too often people are caught up in getting where they’re going; sometimes it is nice to slow down and appreciate the journey that it takes to get there, for passengers to put down the phones and look out the window, to take the time to have a cup of coffee and look out over the ocean. I had always found 1A to be one of the more underappreciated roads in New Hampshire. I am glad that I took the time to really slow down and enjoy it, and I urge you to do the same. Just watch out for bikers.

-Andrew Clay