Originally posted at Monadnotes

The month of May finds us celebrating warm weather and moving our entertainment outdoors. Part of a growing tradition in the Monadnock Region is the Up In Smoke Festival that features BBQ, beer and lots of live music, held at the Cheshire Fair Grounds on May 29-31.

The Festival’s inaugural event was held in May 2013. Monadnock Up in Smoke was founded by Geordie Fifield – owner of Joe Peanuts Wing House and a barbecue competitor himself – with some help from David Devoid. For the first year the focus was the barbecue competition with some live music and a car show. Since then Geordie and David formed a partnership and have expanded the festival. This year you will find three days of music and entertainment, a Kids Zone, demonstrations, contests, craft beers, races, shopping, fireworks, and of course, world class barbecue!

The Festival runs from 4:00 – 10:00PM on Friday, 11:00 – 10:00 on Saturday, and 11:00 – 5:00 on Sunday. Admission is $3.00. For more information, visit the website.


Originally posted on The Monadnock Time Exchange:

bb0b7e_7edbac2d045f4fafa7f6813e5302cc99.jpg_srb_p_462_616_75_22_0.50_1.20_0.00_jpg_srbOn Thursday, June 4, the Monadnock Time Exchange (MTX) will host the documentary Time as Money 6-9pm in the auditorium of the Keene Public Library, Winter Street in Keene, NH.

Time banking began in this country in the 1980s while civil rights lawyer and former speechwriter for Robert Kennedy, Edgar Cahn, was lying in a hospital bed after a heart attack. This experience of feeling helpless, similar to the disenfranchised and unemployed, gave him the idea to adapt this system of money called ‘Time Dollars’ invented in post WWII Japan as a tool to connect people and neighbors.

“Time banking reinvents the means of getting what you need and want,” says MTX Membership Coordinator, Susan MacNeil.  “Becoming a time bank member creates an alternative avenue for reciprocal interaction with one another by removing the need for cash outlay, thus reinventing currency from dollars to hours, or time.  Need yard work…

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When the Ayala family opened La Mia Casa in Peterborough in October, 2012, they always had a music venue in mind.  And about two years later, that dream has now become a reality with shows being booked every weekend and lots of calls coming in from bands wanting to play.

La Mia Casa is located in the Monadnock Plaza on Route 202 just south of the center of town.  Run by siblings Cory and Charles Ayala and Christine Witham, along with their father Pancho, the restaurant features freshly prepared New York style pizza, along with salads, sandwiches and fried appetizers. I had a chance to visit with Christine and Charles to talk about the restaurant and the new venue.

When Opportunity Stops Knocking: NH’s Kids and the American Dream
Roundtable Discussions
Tuesday, May 12, 6pm-9pm (sign in start at 5:30pm)
Kay Fox Room, Keene Public Library
More info and registration
Free Event – Everyone Welcome

This May, New Hampshire Listens is hosting twelve local conversations across the state that will engage residents in an important conversation about the increasing barriers our state’s children face in achieving their dreams. Research from the Carsey School and other sources will help frame the discussion. Attendees will learn about what the gaps are between the opportunities children have today compared with those of previous generations in our state. We invite you to join one of these conversations to weigh in with your experience and your perception of the opportunities, barriers, and prospects for future generations.

NH Listens May 12

Originally posted at Monadnotes

Turismo in Hillsborough is located midway between Keene and Concord off Routes 202/9.  Owner Alyson Kelly picked this spot intentionally with the vision of creating a music hub for the surrounding neighborhoods. To that end she offers music every weekend, events such as Paint Nite and Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre monthly, and exceptionally prepared food every day from all corners of the world, inspired by her extensive travel experiences.

For Cinco de Mayo (Tuesday, May 5), for instance, she will be serving SoCal-style fish tacos, tamales and paella. “Mexican food has such high fat content, so I try to balance the menu with healthier dishes that are more seafood and vegetable ‘centric’, concentrating on seasonings for flavor.  But, everyone loves the fresh nachos and they are fried.”  Alyson adds “I will also have sangria and margarita specials.  I make one heck of a margarita!” Turismo boasts an extensive craft beer menu, including twelve drafts from around the world as well as locally brewed selections.

This month, in addition to Cinco de Mayo, there is Paint Nite on May 9 and a Mob Murder Mystery Dinner Theater on May 16.  Musical performances for the month include The Boogie Men on May 2 and Otis and the Elevators on May 8.

Looking ahead to the rest of the month:

On May 15, Concord’s Lazy Boy Rockers plays covers ranging from country, jazz, pop and classics from the Great American Songbook. Nashua progressive rockers Ghost Cats play on the 22nd. And Local Sound Development returns on the 23rd, bring their brand of classic rock.

Tursimo Tavern is located on 55 Henniker Street in Hillsborough. There is no cover for music events.  The restaurant is open for dinner Thursday – Monday with anticipated extended days/hours during the summer.  For more information, visit the website.

11178368_10153347715683169_8463279325933762443_nSee 40+ vendors all celebrating Farm, Food & Green-er Living!!
This Saturday * May 2, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Downtown Peterborough, NH

Kimberly Peck Photography invites you to come see her awesome booth featuring:
– My Farm. Food. Life. book!
– Handmade Wool Potholders!
– Farm + Food Fine Art Prints!
– And, my Famous Flourless (100% gluten-free!) Chocolate Cake!


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