Events at Dover NH Library, Black Heritage Trail of NH, Red’s Race


Connect with Poetry in the Library Workshop

DOVER – Dover Public Library will present “Strange Terrain: How not to get poem and let it get you place”, a virtual workshop, on Monday, April 11 at 6:30 p.m. Former New Hampshire Poet Laureate Alice Fogel walks you through seven simple, and one difficult, steps to understanding and appreciating more elements of poetry than you ever thought you could in this workshop, which is your quick self-help program to “get” poems. the program to or call 603-516-6050.

Black Heritage Trail resumes Good Friday in-person walk

PORTSMOUTH — New Hampshire’s Black Heritage Trail and St. John’s Episcopal Church will present their Good Friday Walk in person this year, after two years of virtual tours only.

This year, the Walk will take place in person on Wednesday, April 13. Participants will meet at 10:30 a.m. in Prescott Park at the Liberty Pole, visit 14 sites, and end at noon at the African Cemetery Memorial. Anyone interested is invited to join the Seacoast Community Lunch at Middle Street Baptist Church immediately following the tour. For those unable to attend in person, the Walk will be offered virtually on Friday, April 15 at 2 p.m. Virtual and in-person walks are free and open to the public. Registration is compulsory for both walks. For more information and links to register, visit

The Albacore Park lecture series continues

PORTSMOUTH – The Albacore Park Winter Lecture Series continues on Saturday April 16 with an in-person lecture at Portsmouth Public Library titled ‘Heroes and Homecomings: Norman Rockwell/WWII’ with Jane Oneail.

America’s most beloved illustrator has created dozens of WWII-related images. What happens when an artist known for his humor tackles the serious subject of war? This program explores how Norman Rockwell’s work departs from earlier artistic interpretations of American conflict and examines how and why he chose specific wartime themes to present to millions of Saturday Evening Post readers.

The conference is free. Zoom links will be provided to you when you RSVP to 603-436-3680 or [email protected] The Portsmouth Public Library’s Levenson Room is located at 175 Parrot Avenue, Portsmouth.

Red’s Race for a Better Community on Saturday

DOVER – The 39th annual Red’s Race for a Better Community will take place on Saturday April 16 in Dover city centre. The event is open to anyone who wishes to run or walk to raise funds for three local non-profit organizations that provide important services in Strafford County. These nonprofit organizations are the Community Action Partnership of Strafford County, the Seymour Osman Community Center, and the Woodman Park Parent Teacher Organization. The course is 5 miles for runners and 2.4 miles for walkers. Registration will begin at 8 a.m. on April 16 and the race will begin at 10 a.m.

Registration is available online at and will be open until April 13. There will also be opportunities for in-person registration on race day.

Bib pick-up will take place the day before the event at Red’s Shoe Barn, in addition to the day of. All runners will receive a 10% discount for the week following the event at Reds Shoe Barn when they bring their bib to the shop.

Remember the Titanic at the Rochester Library

ROCHESTER – Join the Rochester Public Library for their Titanic program on Saturday, April 16 at 2 p.m. in the Community Hall in honor of the 110th anniversary of the Titanic tragedy. This presentation is suitable for ages 8 and up. Presenter Dillon Guyer grew up in Rochester and was a patron here at the library for many years. The program will consist of a presentation sharing facts about the ship itself and its fateful night. He will also allow people to manipulate some of the Titanic artifacts he has collected. He will offer a relic of the ship to a lucky child present.

To register, go to the main office or call 603-332-1428 ext. of them. Questions? Email Abby at [email protected]

Deadline for Peeps Show competition at Dover Library

DOVER – Enter the Dover Public Library ‘Peeps Show’! Build a diorama based on a scene from a book using Peeps of any color or species in a standard size shoebox. Children ages 4 to adults are welcome to participate. Winners will be selected in four age categories. The first ten entries will receive a free plush Peep chick. Deadline: Sunday April 17.

Baby animals: Heritage Breeds returns to Strawbery Banke

PORTSMOUTH — Tickets are on sale now for the 5th annual Baby Animals: Heritage Breeds at the Banke, Strawbery Banke’s signature spring event featuring heritage-bred barnyard animals. At this family-friendly educational event, guests visit and learn about domesticated livestock typically found on coastal farms in northern New England from the 17th century to the present day. The event takes place every day, rain or shine, from Saturday April 23 to Sunday May 1, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., under a heated tent. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children ages 3-17. Admission for children under 3 years old is free. Museum members enjoy free or reduced admission.

Guest curator Peter Cook educates visitors about Gloucestershire Old Spot pigs at a previous Baby Animals: Heritage Breeds at the Banke event.

Strawbery Banke is also running a special program in conjunction with the event: Children’s Program with Baby Animals, 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. Presented for one hour before the event opens to the public, the children’s program is led by a heritage breeder and educator and is designed to give children ages 4-8 the opportunity to meet baby lambs, goat kids, chicks and other animals up close. Tickets are $20 per child (must be accompanied by a responsible adult, no additional charge) and include access to the main event Baby Animals: Heritage Breeds at the Banke. The program is limited to 12 children per day. For more information or tickets to either event, visit

Dover Library Poetry Competition deadline is April 20

DOVER – Submit an original poem to the 20th Annual Dover Public Library Poetry Competition. Prizes will be awarded in seven different categories ranging from ages 5 to adults. Poems will be judged on originality, style and creativity. The deadline is April 20. For more information, visit or call 603-516-6050.

Merrimack Civil War Roundtable to Meet

SALISBURY, Mass. – The Merrimack Civil War Roundtable will meet at 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, April 13 at the Hilton Senior Center, 43 Lafayette Road, Salisbury, Mass.

The April meeting will include a presentation by Christopher Gwynn entitled “Fall A Shadow: A Story of Murder and Heroism in Civil War New England”. Since 2014, Gwynn has served as Forestry Park Supervisor for the Interpretation and Education Division at Gettysburg National Military Park. All are welcome and admission is free. For more information, visit

Hike to learn about Vernal Pools in Tatnic Woods

WELLS, Maine – Saturday, April 16, 9-11 a.m., discover the rich life hidden in the high concentration of vernal pools nestled in this special landscape led by Wells Reserve naturalist Sue Bickford. This is a great hike for families with young children. Meet on the right-of-way at 2460 Tatnic Road in Wells, between Allen and Cheney Roads. No dogs please. Pre-registration required. Call 207-646-3604 or [email protected], outings limited to 25. Free for GWRLT members, suggested donation is $5 for non-members, $10 for families.


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