All about ospreys

The Seacoast Science Center at Odiorne State Park in Rye is hosting a program about ospreys along the Yellowstone River in Montana, presented by a wildlife biologist from Montana.

The program is free and open to the public.

Refreshments will be served starting at 7 p.m., and the program begins at 7:30 p.m.


Cold snap, crackle & hops: Winter Festival returns at Smuttynose




With eight beers to choose from and the Seacoast’s biggest bonfire of the season, Smuttynose Brewery’s second annual Crackle & Hops Winter Festival on Saturday, Jan. 25, is back and, according to the brewery, bigger and better than last year’s inaugural event.

“We have hundreds of Christmas trees in our field waiting to be ignited. We have eight beers available for your enjoyment [and] two will be new releases,” said Andy Hart, director of hospitality for Smuttynose. “The Town of Hampton drops off every Christmas tree to the brewery and we have the largest bonfire the New Hampshire Seacoast has ever seen.”

The event will also feature a food truck serving grilled cheese and soups, Winterfest competitions — including a snowman-making competition and cornhole — a DJ and sledding for all ages. There will be sleds available or you can bring your own.

A portion of the proceeds go directly to Hampton Fire Fighters Charitable Organization.

“We had the first annual last year in 2019,” Hart said. “We wanted to gather the community during the winter for a charitable cause. Bringing our community together is something we thoroughly enjoy doing here at Smuttynose Brewing Co.”

And after the success of last year’s event with over 700 attendees, over $1,000 raised for Hampton Fire Fighters and its being the No. 1 requested event to bring back for 2020, Smuttynose had little choice but to do it again and do it bigger.

The brewery has doubled the number of fire pits from 10 to 20, where attendees can hang out and stay warm between sledding runs (weather permitting) to make s’mores and enjoy all the beer, hot chocolate (spiked and virgin) and food there is to offer.

There will also be a tent set up where HFFCO members will answer any questions and take donations.

“[This event] means a lot. We feel we have an obligation to give back to the community that has been so supportive of us over the past 25 years. We feel a large part of the craft beer industry is to stay connected with your community and give back when you can,” Hart said.

The tickets are on pre-sale now at $10 a person; there’s free admission for those under 21. Tickets the day of the event are $15 a person.

The brewery and the Smuttynose Restaurant will be open as well during the event.

“Let’s get outside and have some fun,” Hart said

— Chad Ripley


Crackle & Hops Winter Festival
Where: Smuttynose Brewery, 105 Towle Farm Road, Hampton
When: Saturday, Jan. 25, 3 to 8 p.m.f Saturday, Feb. 8, 3 to 8 p.m.
Cost: $10 pre-sale, $15 at door; under 21 free admission
More info:, 436-4026,

“Due to impending rain and wind, we have postponed Winterfest to Feb. 8th. We hope everyone is able to attend on Feb. 8th.
Here are your options:
1. We will honor all tickets purchased! Come party with us!!
2. Email for a refund.
3. Donate your $10 ticket to the Hampton Fire Fighters Charitable Organization.
Sorry for any inconvenience and fingers crossed Feb. 8th is bluebird sky’s”

Beetles, borers and woolly adelgids

Speaking for Wildlife: NH Bugs,The Big Three will be held at the Lane Memorial Library in Hampton on Wednesday, Jan. 29, from 6 to 8 p.m.

NHBugs: The Big Three informs New Hampshire citizens and visitors about three invasive insects of greatest concern to our trees and forests: emerald ash borer, hemlock woolly adelgid and Asian longhorned beetle.

This presentation includes information about the life cycles, identifying signs and symptoms of infestations, and management techniques for each pest.


Take the plunge

The Penguin Plunge is back at Hampton Beach on Saturday, Feb. 1, for the high school plunge, which starts at noon, and Sunday, Feb. 2, the main event for all “plungers,” which also starts at noon.

Whether you plunge as an individual or gather a team together with co-workers, friends or family, this is a fun way to raise money for Special Olympics of New Hampshire.

Find more information and to register visit

Going places: Art exhibition features on-location watercolors

The Seacoast Artist Association’s featured artist for the month of January is Doris Rice, a painter and art instructor.

Rice lives on the Seacoast and will have her exhibition, titled “Oh The Places You’ll Go,” displayed at the Artist Association’s gallery in Exeter.

“As a young artist, my passion was drawing, which also involved me in printmaking and watercolor,” Rice said.

She attended the Moore College of Art in Philadelphia and earned her bachelor of fine arts, learning multiple ways of creating art.

After working as an illustrator in an advertising studio for several years, she moved to the Seacoast and started a family.

In 1986, Rice attended her first plein air watercolor workshop, which involves painting outdoors, and she has stuck with the technique since.

“It was with Judy Wagner, a noted watercolor artist and author of Painting with the Whites of your Paper. Judy and her friend Tony Van Hasselt introduced me to a new world of expression,” said Rice. “The rapid execution and intense on-location focus suits me well. From there, I have grown. I love being outdoors and I love watercolor. It’s a perfect blend for me.”

Besides creating art, Rice also teaches painting classes throughout North America and Europe.

She began teaching also in 1986, starting at Art East in North Hampton.

She has also taught at the Seacoast Artist Association and with youth programs, artistic residences at schools, and nursing homes. Local one-day workshops assist with watercolor skill development.

“I currently offer programs for a local nursing home in Rye and a retirement community with classes at three campuses, and [offer] adult education classes twice a year in Kittery, Maine,” she said.

Rice hosts weekly travel workshops once a month from March to October, calling them “field trips.”

“We travel to the location and settle in to paint. We stay in a centralized accommodation, often having meals and social time together as we consider the culture, wines, food, history, and of course we paint all of it,” Rice said. “We discover things about ourselves, our own painting styles, our opinions. … It’s an ever-evolving process. One experience leads to another, so the future is always an experience to look forward to.”

Some of the European countries Rice has traveled to are France, Italy, Greece, Spain and Portugal.

She has also been to various parts of Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, New Mexico and California.

While she may return to a location, the experience is never the same and always has a new component.

“As an artist as well as a teacher, I am delighted to see new places, be in new locations for new experiences, and to be able to share the world through paintings and bring other artists to a new adventure,” she said. “I find fulfillment in seeing the world around me, and reflecting on what it means to me.”

When Rice is not painting, she stays busy with culinary arts.

She said she can feel a sense of community around food and finds the creation of foods to be sensory, visual and savory.

Rice’s work will be exhibited at the gallery throughout January.

The gallery is located at 130 Water St. in Exeter.

“The featured artist wall offers the opportunity to find completion with those thoughts and those times. Preparing work for exhibition is a multi-step process, and I am happy to see how many have joined me to bring their art to this level,” she said.

While Rice’s work will only be at the gallery for January, she also has her work displayed and available to purchase at Kennedy Gallery at 41 Market St. in Portsmouth.

Lightship Editions and are both online galleries, where you can find her work as well.

Rice also paints on commission for individuals and organizations. She can be contacted at

— Danielle Roberts

Get To Know: Marcy Milne McCann

Marcy Milne McCann is the president of the board of directors of the Friends of Centennial Hall in North Hampton.

What is Friends of Centennial Hall?
FOCH is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to preserve, renovate and maintain historic Centennial Hall for joint use by both private citizens and the public. To meet the challenges of our most ambitious revitalization effort to date I also assumed the position of executive director. As such, I manage the building, the tenants and the nonprofit organization.

Tell us a little about its history.
In 1997, a group of citizens, many of them alumni of Centre School, joined forces to preserve the Hall. … Since FOCH assumed stewardship of Centennial Hall … there have been 11 separate improvement initiatives, all focused on enhancing the building’s appearance and functionality. … Each of these projects has been successfully funded and completed, overseen by an
all-volunteer board with no paid staff.

Any recent projects?
After conducting a complete building assessment funded in part by the New Hampshire Preservation Alliance, FOCH recently launched the most ambitious effort in our history, a revitalization proceeding along two tracks: rehabilitation and access improvement. The approach to rehabilitation and access improvement is designed in three phases to provide the best possible results at the most reasonable cost and will keep the building open for active use throughout construction.

Can you provide us with some details?
The priority need at the center of this project is to ‘Open the Ballroom’ and restore access to the grand second floor and its 225-person capacity. This will greatly expand current performing arts programming and provide the community at large with what is desperately needed — private/public assembly and function space for a myriad of activities. A fully functioning large event space will bring the benefits of the creative economy to North Hampton, drawing even more arts and culture consumers. Our Open the Ballroom Campaign received a Land and Community Heritage Investment Program [LCHIP] challenge grant of $200,000 last winter, one of the largest historic resource grants given. This was the largest grant award for a historic resource on the Seacoast, in a very competitive year. These funds were designated for Phase 1 of our revitalization and matched in three months with contributions from residents, businesses and foundations. Projects in Phase 1 have a completion target in early spring of 2020, well ahead of LCHIP specifications for grants to be awarded in full.

I understand you worked with other folks. Who else helped make this happen?
FOCH … has benefited greatly with the support and assistance provided by North Hampton’s Heritage Commission, Historical Society, town departments, neighbors and business community. … For example, the law firm Donahue, Tucker & Ciandella have provided legal support for many, many years with immeasurable value. There are two key players with expert skills, dedication, and work ethic center to the current revitalization project’s success. General Contractor and Project Manager Peter Goodrich and historic preservationist and restoration specialist Steve Bedard. It’s accurate to say that we would not be at this exciting stage in delivering a fully accessible and restored building without their steadfast and dogged determination to get things done and done to the highest standards at the best possible price and with the best attitude.

Are you from the area? If not, where from and what drew you here?
I grew up in southern Connecticut, moved around and across the states before spending a significant part of my life in the Bay Area. I have been fortunate to have traveled extensively domestically and internationally and always found myself drawn to the New England coastline. When you live without the ‘seasons,’ the holidays feel disingenuous and hollow to some extent. Living on this beautiful coastline with access to the mountains and airports within a reasonable drive — is there any other place better to live and raise a family? I don’t think so.

What is your favorite part about North Hampton?
Community. We have a tremendously loyal support base in town, as we do with our neighbors, all town departments and commissions and the North Hampton Business Association Community. The only way we have been so successful with our initiatives is because of the people here in town. The support and philanthropy of North Hampton residents is and has been so rewarding professionally and personally and has kept me enthusiastic about the potential for the Hall for many years.
— Rob Levey

All about Egypt

The Hampton Falls Free Library hosts a cultural enrichment program on the country of Egypt on Thursday, Jan. 9, at 6:30 p.m.

Hampton Falls resident Scott Faiia spent three years living and working in Cairo, Egypt.

Now retired, he has offered to share his experiences in Egypt through photographs and a presentation.

The program is designed for anyone interested in expanding their horizons and learning about a different part of the world from the perspective of an individual who has bridged cultures.

The program is free and open to the public.

Visit or call 926-3682.

Eat with Santa

Join Santa for North Hampton’s annual Breakfast with Santa on Saturday, Dec. 14, at the North Hampton Town Hall.

There will be three seatings, 8, 9:15 and 10:30 a.m.).

The cost is $8 per person.

Reservations are required; register at

Or enjoy a breakfast buffet and see Santa at Ashworth by the Sea in Hampton on Saturday, Dec. 14, from 8:30 to 11 a.m.

Take a selfie with Santa and enjoy a festive breakfast buffet, which includes traditional favorites at The Breakers.

The cost is $18.95 for adults and $12 for kids 5 to 12 (plus tax and gratuity); children 4 and under eat free.

Reservations are suggested: 926-6762 x610.