Vintage shopping

The Vintage Bazaar Holiday Edition will be held Friday, Nov. 29, from noon to 5 p.m., and Saturday, Nov. 30, and Sunday, Dec. 1, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Lafayette Plaza in North Hampton.

Seventy vendors will offer decorated and curated booths with vintage treasures, holiday treats, upcycled salvage styles and unique handmade gifts.

Tickets are $10 at

Free admission for children under 16.

On Sunday, Dec. 8, the 2019 Hampton Winter Antique Show will be held at the Best Western in Hampton from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Check out the vendors displaying and selling 18th- and 19th-century furniture, Americana, ceramics, paintings, silver, toys, folk art, jewelry, nautical and more.

Admission is $10.

Shop local

The Hampton Area Chamber of Commerce and many local businesses will be promoting Shop Local Week from Friday, Nov. 29, through Friday, Dec. 6. Get a jump on your Christmas shopping, as many of the local shops are having special deals and incentives.

Each of the participating locations will be hosting a raffle, and the more places you visit, the more chances you have to win.

If you would like to participate in a larger raffle, pick up a “Passport” at the following locations: the Chamber office, Harp’s Variety, Wicked Flannel or Your CBD Store.

Once you have one, when you go to each location, get them to stamp your passport.

All Passports must be turned in to the Chamber office no later than 4 p.m. on Dec. 6 to be entered into the drawing.

Whoever has visited the most locations and gets a stamp will be the winner. In the event of a tie, the winner will be drawn from a hat.

Sound the trumpets: Winnacunnet alum returns for concert

If you are looking for an afternoon of entertainment and good music, check out “From Stardust to Penny Lane” featuring trumpeter Jay Daly on Sunday, Nov. 24, at 3 p.m. at Winnacunnet High School.

Daly graduated from Winnacunnet in 1975 and has been part of the music industry since.

“I got the music bug when I started working with a funeral home to play taps [on the trumpet],” he said.

“They’d hire me to go into the cemetery and play, and it was an emotional tune. And they were paying me for it!”

Being able to connect to people through music made Daly want to continue playing the trumpet.

After taking lessons and being part of the music program at school, Daly attended the University of New Hampshire and studied music education.

“My [band] director said it was tough to make it to the business, so [he advised] me to get my music education degree and put it in my back pocket. You can always fall back on teaching,” he said.

Daly ended up using his degree as a middle school band director in Merrimack for three years.

While he was teaching, he still wanted to play the trumpet and eventually began to pursue a career as a musician full-time.

He has performed with the Seacoast Big Band and the Artie Shaw Orchestra, and has also been a part of many theaters and pit orchestras.

He worked with The Book of Mormon in Hartford, Conn., and most recently did a two-week run with the musical The Bodyguard in Boston.

“I’m a freelancer and pick up work, and I hope it’s good and plentiful. I’m not a soloist that often, so this concert is kind of special,” Daly said.

Daly was approached for this upcoming concert at Winnacunnet by the church he was a part of growing up.

The Hampton United Methodist Church was looking into ways to raise money for the church and families in need, and contacted Daly about doing the concert.

Daly had the freedom to decide what he wanted to do for the show, and decided on a tribute to five decades of music.

“This is all the trumpet solos that were [in popular music] from the 1920s through the 1980s.

It’s a whole medley of tunes that … will be nostalgic for anyone who wants to go back and remember it, and there will be a whole group of people who haven’t heard this music and it won’t be familiar,” he said.

“I’ve always wanted to play at my alma mater, and now I’m back at my high school and the concert is being produced by my hometown church.”

There will be plenty of famous solos performed by Daly at the concert, backed up by the Seacoast Big Band.

“Stardust” by Hoagy Charmichael and “Penny Lane” by The Beatles (which features a trumpet solo) are the title tracks of the concert.

Daly also plans on performing “What a Wonderful World” by Louis Armstrong and the theme song from the Rocky series by Maynard Ferguson.

There will be many other songs featured as well for guests to enjoy.

“Everyone kind of enters a musicaltime capsule, where they walk in andare transported to another era.

It’s so important to have culture and arts and creativity in life,” Daly said.

The concert will also have a special meaning to him.

Not only did he graduate from Winnacunnet High School, but his late younger brother also attended high school there.

His mother was the secretary at the school for more than 20 years.

“I’m dedicating this concert for their memories, and it’s special that I get to make a dedication,” he said.

Daly has unique ties to the Seacoast Scene.

His father, Jack, founded the newspaper and owned it for 40 years before selling it to Hippo Press.

“My dad would tell me to just take it over for him, but I’m a trumpet player!” Daly said.

“From Stardust to Penny Lane” starts at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 24, and will take place at the Winnacunnet High School Auditorium in Hampton.

General admission tickets are $30, while tickets for seniors 65 years and older and youth 18 and under are $25.

Tickets can be purchased ahead of time on and will be available at the door for $35, cash or check only.

— Danielle Roberts

Holly Days Fair

The annual Parish Holly Days Fair at the Sacred Heart School Gym in Hampton will be held Saturday, Nov. 23, from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Shop among craft vendors, visit the Mrs. Claus Bakery and the Kafe Kringle for goodies, coffee or lunch, and get your gifts wrapped at the Elf Stop Wrapping Station.

Kids can write a letter to Santa and sing along to Christmas songs, and at 10:15 a.m., a folk tale will come to life.


Music, basket making and more

The North Hampton Public Library is holding the following events:

The Mike Rogers Trio will perform a free concert on Tuesday, Nov. 19, at 6 p.m.

Mike, a blind songwriter, guitarist and poet is a master of storytelling through music about his life of traveling.

Learn to weave a small basket Thursday, Nov. 21, at 10 a.m. Ages 12 and older may sign up for this free basket making workshop with Carol Sanborn.

Seasoned aquarium owner Jeff Cote presents Aquariums for Beginners Tuesday, Nov. 26, at 6 p.m. for all ages.

Call 964-6326 or visit

Book talk

Join the Hampton Historical Society History Book Group on Sunday, Nov. 3, to delve into the 19th Amendment by discussing The Woman’s Hour by Elaine Weiss. In it, Weiss
details the great fight to win the vote for American women. The meeting will be at 4 p.m. at the Tuck Museum of Hampton History in Hampton. Barbara Tosiano will lead the discussion and is making banana pudding, a quintessential southern dessert, to serve at the meeting. All are welcome to attend.

WWII songs and stories

The Hampton Falls Free Library hosts singers and storytellers Curt Bessette and Jenn Kurtz for a program honoring WWII veterans and their generation on Thursday, Nov. 7, at 6:30
p.m. Curt and Jenn pay tribute to veterans of all wars through stories and Curt’s original songs.

The program is free and open to the public.

Visit or call the library at 926-3682.

Meet Queen Victoria

Join the Hampton Historical Society on Thursday, Oct. 10, at 6:30 p.m., when Queen Victoria will pay a visit. The Queen will speak following a short annual meeting, to be held at the Masonic Lodge, 77 Tide Mill Road, Hampton. Sally Mummey, using storytelling and a good dash of humor, will portray Queen Victoria, who ascended to the throne in 1837 and ruled for 63 years. Mummey’s program reveals personal details of a powerful yet humane woman, who took seriously her role as an English monarch. This is appropriate for all ages and free to the public.

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A Hampton Halloween: Town celebrates the spooky season

The search is over for families looking for a new way to get in the Halloween spirit. This year’s second annual Halloween Fest will be held on Saturday, Oct. 19, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Tuck Field in Hampton.

After a wildly successful first year, the two organizations that host the event — the Hampton PTA and Hampton’s Parks and Recreation Department — decided Round 2 was a must.

“It kind of blew our minds, not knowing what to expect, it being our first year. We were beyond impressed with the turnout and the support and the outcome that we had,” said Hampton PTA coordinator Jessica Svirsky.

Using last year’s fest as reference, the PTA has got the fun and games portion of the event down to a science. Svirsky said they’ve whittled down the number of activities to around 20, taking into account what was popular last year. The lineup includes face painting, pumpkin painting, spooky — and silly — storytelling, a photo booth, a haunted house and prizes. Guests who complete all 20 games and activities will take home a bag of trinkets filled with donated goodies from various sponsors and local businesses.

“[Local businesses] do an amazing job in sponsoring this event,” Svirsky said. “We do this event with 100 percent sponsorships. We [Hampton PTA and Hampton Parks and Recreation] just do the work of actually putting it on.”

Attendees can also enter the costume contest, which will be judged by this year’s Miss Seabrook and Little Miss Seabrook, or partake in an instructional lesson on how to do the “Thriller” dance, taught by local eighth-graders.

If last year’s numbers are any indication, partygoers can expect a full turnout. In 2018, the bash pulled a crowd of nearly 2,000, Svirsky said. She credits its popularity to the fact that the event is both free and family-friendly, and a great way to get the community together in a way that she says might not be so common anymore.

“Back in the day we used to have these types of events where your community came together and you were outside and the kids were running around and it’s just a simple fun,” she said. “[Now] it’s amazing to see how much they come and support us. … I like the excitement. Everybody’s having a great time. Like last year, I don’t think we got one complaint. That’s awesome.”

The party is open to all ages. Admission is free.

— Elyse Carmosino

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Fall for family fun: Applecrest celebrates season with weekend festivals

From now until the end of October, Applecrest Farm in Hampton is celebrating all things fall with festivals each weekend that feature apple and pumpkin picking, hayrides, barnyard animals, a beer garden and more.

The festival, now in its 45th year, is meant to be more than just a few fun weekends to draw crowds to the orchards. For the farm’s owners, the Wagners, it’s a chance to let families reconnect with the land, the community and each other.

“It’s where people’s memories are made,” said farmer Todd Wagner, whose grandfather, William Wagner, purchased the farm in 1954. “These days, there aren’t too many farms left as places become more crowded and built up and industrialized, commercialized. It’s hard to find something that’s sort of a blast from the past, something that brings you back and lets you connect with the place that your food is grown.”

Other events at each weekend festival include live music, pie-eating contests, food trucks, face painting, a farm-style barbecue, cornhole, a traditional New England corn roast and more.

Wagner said apple picking is one of the festival’s most popular activities. He said parents and grandparents often have fond memories of going to the orchard as children and are always excited to share the tradition with their own kids.

“Apple picking is a very unique New England tradition,” he said. “It’s a tradition that families live and die by. I can’t tell you the number of times [I hear], ‘I brought my kids here and now I bring my grandkids here.’ We have to have a multigenerational thing. As long as we’ve been throwing these festivals, the local community has been coming out and joining us. It’s a pretty unique, undeniably kind of awesome New England tradition.”

In addition to typical festival activities, Applecrest has several other fall-themed events planned. On Saturday, Oct. 5, and Sunday, Oct. 13, farm-goers can watch as a master carver transforms an 800-pound pumpkin into a surprise Halloween-themed shape.

For those looking for something more interactive, Storybook Hayrides will take place the weekends of Oct. 19 and Oct. 20 and Oct. 26 and Oct. 27, with classic storybook characters coming to life in the orchards as they perform lively vignettes from eight beloved children’s stories. Kids will have the opportunity to partake in the fun as they warn Little Red of an approaching wolf and help Dorothy along the yellow brick road. The performances are popular with the younger crowds, Wagner says, and also raise funds for Sanborn Regional High School’s drama club.

“It’s a really special thing we do,” Wagner said. “It’s a really neat thing that all the youngsters seem to really connect with.”

Finally, on Sunday, Oct. 27, Applecrest will close out the festivities by hosting NorEast Cycling for their 11th Annual Orchard Cross bike race. It will be accompanied by a mini version for the kids, as well as an all-ages costume rally.

“It’s a really neat way to get out there and really see what the farm is all about. It’s just … fun with a very family-friendly atmosphere,” Wagner said.

For him, it’s all about making sure families have a good time and create some memories together.

“[People will] come up to me and be like, ‘Hey, thanks. That was a really great day to pick. The staff was super friendly. what a great day on the farm,’ and that right there, you know, that’s pretty rewarding,” he said.

For a full list of events and activities, or for up-to-date event details, weather and picking conditions, call 926-3721 or visit Applecrest’s weekend festivals continue every Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. until the end of October. Parking and admission are free.

— Elyse Carmosino

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