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Weekend Top 10 Planner: November 21-23, 2014

We are one week away from gobble-gobble day and all that follows. There is no shortage of craft fairs beginning this weekend since we have a short shopping season this year. But that's not all - from storytelling to theatre and music, you will be entertained! And the Thanksgiving and Christmas delights also begin this weekend with special farm and attraction events. Be sure to visit our "Holiday Happenings" page to find out when your town will light the tree or celebrate the holidays with a parade or other special event. See what's happening now with our list of the Top 10 Things to Do in New Hampshire this weekend!

An Old Fashioned Thanksgiving on the Farm

Saturday, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Come celebrate New Hampshire's special connection to Thanksgiving at the New Hampshire Farm Museum in Milton this weekend with their 'Old Fashioned Thanksgiving' event. It was our own Sarah Josepha Hale, born on a farm in Newport, NH, who after many years of letter writing, persuaded President Lincoln to declare the fourth Thursday in November a National Day of Thanksgiving in 1863, thereby establishing the National Holiday. Come for homemade pumpkin pie, horse-drawn wagon rides through the fields, visits with the farm animals, popcorn over the campfire and special living history farmhouse tours with costumed role-players. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for children. Please call for more information, 603-652-7840.

Christmas at the Castle

Friday-Sunday, 10 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Celebrate the season with Christmas at the Castle - the Castle in the Clouds, that is - in Moultonborough this weekend. Stroll through the estate known as Lucknow while it's decorated as it would have been with Thomas and Olive Plant residing there. You will feel like a guest to a holiday party when you arrive by trolley. After a tour of the estate, warm up by the fireplace in the Carriage House with hot cocoa, coffee, tea and cookies. Listen to live music, and browse through the wares of local artisans in the Carriage House to kick start your holiday shopping. Please call ahead if there is snow forecasted. Tickets are $10-$20.

Ani DiFranco

Sunday, 7:30 p.m.
Ani DiFranco will perform at the Capitol Center for the Arts in Concord this weekend. One of the most important artists of our time, DiFranco has always been a beacon of independence, starting her own record label at the age of 18. Ani's idiosyncratic style has developed through years of experimentation with Folk, Punk, and Jazz. Her playing, with it's staccato picking, and alternate tunings, is a rarity in the folk community, but then again so is Ani. There's no one quite like her. Tickets are $38-$43.

Walking the Tightrope

Friday, 9:30 a.m. & 11:30 a.m.
The play, Walking the Tightrope, will be performed this weekend at the Dana Center in Manchester. The show is set in 1959, when young Esme makes her annual seaside trip to visit her beloved grandparents. But this year only her grandfather is there to welcome her, and he spins a marvelous tale to explain her Grandmothers absence. She has joined the circus as a tightrope artist! How can this story be resolved. A single clown has the answer. Los Angeles' innovative 24th Street Theatre puts the pedal to the metal with this production, using lighting, stagecraft and exquisite acting to make it come alive for audiences. Tickets are $8.75.

John Butler Trio

Friday, 8 p.m.
The John Butler Trio will rock the Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom this weekend. The Australian roots and jam band is led by the award-winning vocalist and guitarist John Butler. Their most recent album, Flesh and Blood, was released in February of this year. Butler is one of the most successful recording artists in Australia and he's only begun to test the waters in Europe and now America. His musical career started when he was 'discovered' as a busker in 1996. From there he has picked up a talent for blending genres - from funk to reggae and rock to hip hop. He has a way of complementing them all. Come see for yourself! Tickets are $29 in advance, $34 the day of the show.

9 to 5, the Musical

Friday, 7:30 p.m.,
Saturday, 7:30 p.m.,
Sunday, 2 p.m.

See a performance of the Tony-nominated musical 9 to 5 by the Community Players of Concord this weekend. Kick off the season with the Broadway hit based on the Dolly Parton film. Violet Newstead, Judy Bernly, and Doralee Rhodes are three office workers who are fed up with their lecherous, womanizing department executive, Franklin Hart Jr. After a night of debauchery and fantasizing about how they would kill him, events transpire that begin to fulfill their fantasies! An accidental coffee poisoning, a nosy personal assistant, a kidnapping, a discovered embezzlement, and some philandering shenanigans converge to provide these three overlooked ladies with the comeuppance they crave. Tickets are $14-$18.

Livingston Taylor

Friday, 7 p.m.
Here's a real treat! The one and only Livingston Taylor will take the stage at Exeter High School this weekend. This is the school's Evening with the Arts Concert and Livingston will be performing acoustic guitar and piano, while joined on stage by the CMS choruses. Come listen to Taylor's gentle vocals. He'll make you feel like he is having a personal conversation with you. Livingston is the brother of musician James Taylor but he's had his own successes with his sweet rendition of "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" and "Carolina Day" from his first album. With the chorus accompanying him, this show is definitely one-of-a-kind. Tickets are $15 for adults, $7 for students and seniors.

Farm Fare

Friday, 4-7 p.m.,
Saturday, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

It's Farm Fare time at Stonewall Farm in Keene this weekend. Enjoy farm-fresh products from over 30 vendors including organic meats, vegetables, jams, cheeses, herbs, honey and much more. Decorate your Thanksgiving table and get a jump on the holiday season with work from local artisans. Find centerpieces, pottery, soap, wool and other fiber items, woodenware and wreaths. Use them for gift items or simply to deck your own halls for the holidays. Stonewall Farm has you covered! Admission is free.

Kashmir: Led Zeppelin Tribute

Saturday, 8 p.m.
Kashmir will transport Zeppelin fans to the days when the mighty British band ruled the stage this weekend at the Rochester Opera House. To re-create the experience of a 70's Zeppelin show, the band uses authentic vintage stage gear, costumes and special effects. Kashmir, the nation's number one Zeppelin Tribute Show features Jimmy Page's iconic double-neck guitar and John Bonham's unforgettable drum solos. Lead singer Jean Violet's dynamic vocal range and uncanny resemblance to Robert Plant wraps up the package with highlights, including Page's bow-neck guitar solo in Dazed and Confused and the hypnotic theremin during Whole Lotta Love. Tickets are $18-$20.

Crafts at the Capitol

Saturday-Sunday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
We told you the craft fairs are all over the place. But this one is a special "fair" with fine crafts on display at the Capitol Center for the Arts in Concord this weekend. Select artisans will be spotlighted during this unique showcase of locally made fine crafts. Glass, jewelry, fiber, felt and silk, wood, wrought iron, Americana, fragrances and many other one-of-a-kind gifts made by New Hampshire Artisans will be available for purchase. Admission is free.

Last weekend

Weekend Top 10 Planner: November 14-16, 2014

It's mid-November and the holidays are right around the corner. Before we talk turkey there are a...

Granite State on Tap Beer Festival

Saturday, 3-6 p.m.

Juston McKinney

Saturday, 8 p.m.

Folk Summit: Jonathan Edwards, Lucky Kaplansky and Don Campbell

Saturday, 7:30 p.m.

Comedian Bob Marley

Saturday, 7 p.m. and 9 p.m.

Christmas at the Fells: Deck the Halls

Saturday-Sunday, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Kiss It

Saturday, 8 p.m.

Warren Miller's No Turning Back

Sunday, 2 p.m.

Pat Metheny Unity Group

Saturday, 8 p.m.

19th Annual New England Craft and Specialty Food Fair

Friday-Sunday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.


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