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Prescott Park's Kids Fest Saturday 8/22

Prescott Park Arts Festival Presents Second KIDS Festivals this Saturday.

PORTSMOUTH, NH - Prescott Park Arts Festival is preparing its second KIDS Festivals this Saturday, August 22, at 11:00 am as part of the FairPoint Communications MainStage. Held in Prescott Park, the KIDS Festival is part of the arts festival's summer long season filled with music concerts, festivals, kids events, musical theatre, and dance offered to the public at no fixed admission. The KIDS Festival will feature Wayne from Maine, Julie & Brownie, and Tricky Dick's Magic Show.

The KIDS Festival will feature Wayne from Maine who has been performing and recording music for children for over a decade. The Wayne from Maine show is an adventure through various musical styles designed for the young and young at heart. Audience participation is always encouraged as volunteers are invited on stage to play various instruments or sing.

Julie & Brownie first teamed after a chance meeting in the summer of 1991 and have delighted family audiences for more than a decade. Their award winning mix of fun-filled songs and important educational messages for children has earned critical praise and launched them on tours throughout the eastern United States and Canada.

Tricky Dick's Magic Show involves great magic for the whole family; kids and adults will leave saying, "WOW, how did he do THAT?". Performing since 1986, Tricky Dick's Magic Show has performed through New England. In 1998, Dick was elected into the International Brotherhood of Magicians and the Society of American Magicians.

"The KIDS Festivals are an important part of our programming," says Prescott Park Arts Festival executive director Ben Anderson, "It involves not just entertainment for children, but also education, in a fun manner. It's a great place to spend the morning and afternoon with your kids."

The season also includes the presentation of Grease that will conclude for the season on Sunday, August 23.

Since 1996, the Arts Festival has consistently been named by Yankee magazine as a "must see" tourist attraction. Prescott Park Arts Festival is an independent non-profit organization with a mission of serving the community with a diverse array of quality arts events accessible to all.

For more information on the festival, or to see a full schedule of events, visit or call 603-436-2848.


Wolfeboro Folk presents Nouveaux Honkies in Wolfeboro Inn Tent Sunday 8/30


Concert to be held in Wolfeboro Inn tent.

WOLFEBORO, NEW HAMPSHIRE - Wolfeboro Folk is returning with a scheduled concert on Sunday, August 30, 2009, with the blues, swing, and rockabilly band, The Nouveaux Honkies. The concert will be held in the Wolfeboro Inn's tent and audience members will be offered an optional pre-concert dinner and full bar service.

The Nouveaux Honkies have a matchless sound and perform a blistering show with fluid guitar work, reverent vocals and a haunting violin.

"We've loved bringing in great new bands over the years, and this is no exception." said Wolfeboro Folk organizer Ben Anderson, "I hope everyone is ready for some Honkification."

Originating from a small commercial fishing town, the Honkies started playing in a tiny café on Saturday nights. Their combination of blues, swing and early country soon swallowed the local crowd and this quartet exploded out of the gate recording two albums and leaving a trail of old tonk-style shows from Florida to the Northwest. The Nouveaux Honkies have a matchless sound and perform a blistering show with fluid guitar work, reverent vocals and a haunting violin.

From intimate shows to major festivals, the Honkies consistently leave a trail of honkified public with their tight unique sound and blistering infectious show. The band can't be duplicated and brings a sound reminiscent of a time when rock was on its first date with roll. It's an authentic approach to historic music that doesn't replicate but is highly respectful, obviously thankful, and undeniably original.

Founded in 2003, the award-winning Wolfeboro Folk Concert Series has been on hiatus since last Fall. Since its inception, the series has introduced several acts including the Lost Bayou Ramblers and Carolina Chocolate Drops, presented acts like Odetta, Richie Havens, Richard Thompson, and Natalie MacMaster. Gold and Platinum album artist Bruce Cockburn recorded his 2008 Wolfeboro Folk concert at Moody Mountain Farm and released it worldwide as his most recent album, Slice O Life.

"The Honkies have been the discovery of the year for audiences across the country." said Anderson, "They've just hit the national festival scene and are making incredible waves."

Concert tickets are $25 in advance and available through, at the Wolfeboro Inn and Sandy Martin Art Gallery in Wolfeboro, and by phone (603) 522-8697.

Wolfeboro Folk is a smoke-free environment and handicap accessible. For more information, email, call (603) 522-8697 or visit


Grammy Nominated Lost Bayou Rambles to perform Prescott Park Thursday 8/27!

Grammy Award Nominated Cajun Band

PORTSMOUTH, N.H. -Prescott Park Arts Festival continues its River House Restaurant Concert Series in Prescott Park on Thursday, August 27 at 7pm with Grammy Award nominated Cajun Band, Lost Bayou Ramblers. With dynamic stage shows including near acrobatic feats, the Lost Bayou Ramblers possess an energy and spirit that is unparalleled among Cajun bands today.

Straight from Louisiana, the Lost Bayou Ramblers and their soulful, foot-stomping, deep swamp sound are a fine example of the Cajun music that has been percolating in Louisiana for the past 300 years. The resulting cultural distillate gave rise to both world famous cuisine and a musical concentrate that conveys the passions, tribulations, and elations of the Cajun people. This Grammy Award nominated group are keepers of the flame, champions of Cajun music's cultural past.

At the heart of the Lost Bayou Ramblers are brothers, Louis and Andre Michot, who have been immersed in the roots of Cajun music practically from birth. Sons of Tommy Michot, Louis and Andre trace their musical heritage back five generations to their grandfather's grandmother, Laura Normand, who played the French accordion in Avoyelles Parish, Louisiana.

Since their debut in 1999, the five-piece band has added dozens of original songs to compliment their vast Cajun repertoire of hundreds of early accordion dancehall tunes, pre-century fiddle tunes, and Cajun swing. It all mixes to form a definitive sound capturing the roots spirit of their culture's unique music while initiating a renewed cultural identity and pride among their generation.

"The Lost Bayou Ramblers put on a wild show," says the Festival's executive director, Ben Anderson, "It's Cajun music like you've never heard before."

Like all of Prescott Park Arts Festival's events, the concert is offered at no-fixed admission and no tickets are required. A donation of $8 is suggested. Audience members are permitted to bring chairs, or rent those offered by the festival.

Held in Prescott Park, the concert series experienced record attendance last summer, and once again features a wide array of International and Grammy Award winning artists. Other acts to be featured this summer include the Nouveaux Honkies on August 29.

The River House Restaurant Concert Series is part of the Prescott Park Arts Festival's 35th season that also features the musical Grease Thursday to Sunday closing on August 23, 2009.

Since 1996, the Arts Festival has consistently been named by Yankee magazine as a "must see" tourist attraction. Prescott Park Arts Festival is an independent non-profit organization with a mission of serving the community with a diverse array of quality arts events accessible to all.

For more information on the festival, or to see a full schedule of events, visit or call 603-436-2848.


Manchester Mayor Frank Guinta's public schedule (August 15-23, 2009)

Saturday, August 15, 2009

9:00 a.m. – Rolling Thunder Liberty House Run; Liberty House; 75 West Baker St.; Manchester


Tuesday, August 18, 2009

5:30 p.m. – Latinos on the Move Launch Party; Highlander Inn; 1 Highlander Way; Manchester

6:00 p.m. – Special meeting of the Board of Mayor and Aldermen (World War II veterans presentation); Aldermanic Chambers; One City Hall Plaza; Manchester

7:00 p.m. – Regular meeting of the Board of Mayor and Aldermen; Aldermanic Chambers; One City Hall Plaza; Manchester


Wednesday, August 19, 2009

9:00 a.m. – City Employee recognition celebration; Aldermanic Chambers; One City Hall Plaza; Manchester

6:00 p.m. – POW MIA/Military Appreciation Night at Fisher Cats Stadium; Stadium; 1 Line Drive; Manchester


Sunday; August 23, 2009

1:00 p.m. – Dedication of the Manchester World War II Veterans Memorial; Veterans Park; Elm Street; Manchester


Please contact Mark Laliberte at (603) 624-6500 or for more information about any of these events.



freekeenenews - Liberty Activists Walk Out of Live Free or Die Court Hearing


Keene area liberty activists turned out heavily to support Jean Coutu’s Live Free or Die Rally in the face of an assault from the Jaffrey gangsters in their “superior” court. There were so many liberty activists, it was standing room only in the meager just- over-20 seat 2nd courtroom. An angry-looking bailiff approached the standing activists and told them they had to sit or leave. As the seats were already filled with news reporters, liberty activists, and Coutu supporters, some activists offered to sit on the ground, as there would be no way to experience the trial on CCTV outside the court. Bailiffs returned and the activists chose to leave rather than be arrested.


First up was a woman accused of “Violation of Probation”. (The probation system is one of the sick ways they keep poor people poor, and in the system. It’s so easy to VOP.) The bailiffs enter and the “all rise” is uttered. Several activists on the right side of the room remain seated. A bailiff glares at us and utters “all rise” again. The situation doesn’t change, and the robed man comes in. After the trial, the robed man takes a “recess”, and “all rise” is uttered. Bailiffs again take issue with those staying seated, and Free Keene blogger Sam Dodson is sitting closest to the bailiff. Sam steadfastly refuses to rise, noting his Quaker religion. Bailiffs back down again.


Moments later, a white haired man seen earlier conversing with Coutu, approaches Sam and requests that we “behave”. This is confusing, as on the forum thread, in which Coutu participates, it seems clear that he doesn’t mind that people are planning to remain seated for the robed man. Perhaps Coutu’s associates were not aware that this was to occur. Regardless, activists prepared to leave the court rather than stand up for the robed man and inquired with Coutu as to whether we should go or stay. Coutu seemed confused and said he wanted us to stay, but on the other hand his associate most definitely didn’t want us there unless we’d obey. Rather than continue to be the possible source of strife between Coutu (who wanted us there) and his associate (who didn’t), we chose to leave the court. At least five liberty activists joined in the walkout.