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Keene First Friday Art Hop

Once a month, Keene First Friday Art Hop will turn our Main Street sidewalks and other public spaces into a celebration of art and culture. Enjoy indoor and outdoor cultural offerings and family activities.

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Peterborough First Friday

Every month, Downtown Peterborough will celebrate First Friday.  This month: First Friday in Downtown Peterborough is on February 1st, from 5PM - 7PM and later.

Celebrating the month with "heart felt" ART Exhibits, special shopping for your Sweetheart and tons of dining options all in the "heart" of Peterborough!

1) Newest shopping location on Main Street, CULTURAL COCOON is a nonprofit storefront that includes work from artisans hailing around the world, Kazakhstan, Nepal, Madagascar, Peru to name a few!  Silk rugs, textiles, jewelry, pottery, baskets, home decor, the inventory changes all the time.  "It is a place for artisans to sell their hand made unique items not found elsewhere in the region" says Francoise Bourdon, owner of Cocoon.  This is an international experience with separate world regions represented in each of the shops rooms.  You will want to leave enough time to see all the offerings and admire the craftsmanship!

2)  THREE OPENING ART EXHIBITS ----- Fry Fine Art, manager and curator, Mindy Taylor has two presentations, American Artist, Paul Bernard King (1867-1947), through March.  Versatility, artistic maturity and mastery of technique and medium are all hallmarks of acclaimed American Artist Paul Bernard King, known for his seascapes, portraits, landscapes and rural scenes.  Also, showing the MINIS!! with 100 works of art in miniature by 12 New Hampshire artists and featuring Gary Shepard in the Pelletier Studio, through March. 

Then The Gallery (third floor), Offices at Depot Square, The "6 Packs", featuring 6 Diverse and Dynamic Male New Hampshire Artists who have conquered the world and have brought that experience to their art and living in the Region.  Come and here the stories of Brian Cohen, Bob Marrone, Roger Goode, Michael Havey, Lee Dunholter and Kevin Whitfield……..  Complimentary Refreshments available.

Sharon Art Center Gallery is presenting the 72nd Annual Exhibition!  Continuing the tradition of the annual members' show, this year's exhibition, juried by Rachelle Beaudoin, has been opened to the broader regional community, celebrating the rich and diverse creative tradition that the Gallery Represents.  Both Upper and Lower Galleries will showcase the Regional Artists.  Opening Reception will take place from 5pm to 7pm with refreshments provided.

3)  New Business ------ PETborough Boutique and Bakery, Depot Square, NOW OPEN!!!  Meet owner, Dara Forleo (also owns Dara's Paw Spaw for all your pet grooming needs).  This has been a dream of Dara's for some time……. With four suites in the location, dog owners will have the opportunity to drop off their pooch for hourly daycare while they grab a quick bite to eat, get a massage or shop.  "We will baby sit them for a while, as long as their is space, it will be first come first serve".  There will also be a self-serve dog wash station for those who do not want to use their bathtub for cleaning their pets.  Take advantage of walk-in services for nail trimming, face clipping.   Dara is providing training classes, seminars and monthly events for pets and their owners.  So whether you come to drop off your pet, to use the wash facility or shop for your pet needs, PETborough has it all!  Special for February First Friday, jump into the VALENTINE KISSING BOOTH WITH WINNIE!!!
Here are some of the merchants who invite you to join them:

Ava Marie's Chocolates and Ice Cream, Grove Street, Perfect for locally, handcrafted chocolates and perfect for the Sweetheart in your life!

NEW BUSINESS ----- Cultural Cocoon Shop, Main Street,  Meander through the rooms for a World Shopping Experience, with one-of-a-kind handmade crafts from Asia, Africa and Latin America!   Along with textiles, jewelry, pottery, home decor and so much more……..

Flip by Silly Jilly Designs new location, Grove Street!  Take advantage of 20% off the entire shop!  Meet owner Jill Lazzaro and check out all the must have furniture, from repurposed pieces to custom farm tables, and much more! 

Fry Fine Art, Grove Street, Paul Bernard King, Gary Shepard and the MINIS are on exhibit.  Acclaimed American artist, Paul Bernard King (1867-1947), known for seascapes, portraits, landscapes and rural scenes. 

Gary Shepard, regional artist showing in the Pelletier Studio.  Also, over 100 works of art in miniature by 12 NH artists.
And if that was not enough……25% off Furniture and Decor items along with 15% off Antique Art and Tribal Rugs!

Gallery Walk, Offices at Depot Square (3rd Floor, elevator access, next to Hobbs) Open House for Exhibit, 6 PACKS, featuring 6 Diverse and Dynamic male artists from the Monadnock Region---- Brian Cohen, Lee Dunholter, Michael Havey, Roger Goode, Bob Marrone and Kevin Whitfield
 Complimentary Refreshments

Granite Block Art and Antiques, Main Street, Featuring Antiques, Contemporary Art Jewelry and much more!
 Easy to find a gift that your Sweetheart will LOVE!

Joseph's Coat, Grove Street, Always something new and tons of great finds!

NEW BUSINESS, Knitty Gritty Yarn Shop, Depot Square, Drop in for "sip n' stitch, discover the healthy benefits of knitting and crocheting
Beautiful locally made yarn with so many colors, you will have a hard time just choosing one! 

Monadnock Humane Society, 3rd floor, 20 Depot Square, Enter to WIN a plush toy Boston Terrier!  Free drawing for three lucky winners….. Be sure to pick up a free dog food sample, compliments of One-Stop Country Pet Supply.  Special thanks to Douglas Toys for donating the great plush toys.

NEW BUSINESS, PETborough Boutique & Bakery, Depot Square, Meet owner, Dara, jump into the Valentine Kissing Booth with Winnie!  Winter coats and sweaters at 15% off…...There is so much for your four legged family member, including freshly baked sweets for "your loving best friend". 
Do not forget to bring your PET!!!! 

Peterborough Community Theatre, School Street -- Now showing The Favorite -- PG13 running time 1hour 59 min.  Doors open at 6pm, Starts 7pm 

Sharon Art Center and Galleries, Depot Square, Presenting the 72nd Annual Exhibition!  Continuing the tradition of the annual members' show, this year's exhibition, juried by Rachelle Beaudoin, has been opened to the broader regional community, celebrating the rich, diverse creative tradition that the Gallery Represents.    Opening Reception will take place from 5pm to 7pm with refreshments provided.

Toadstool Bookshop, Depot Square, Independent book store with tons of awesome books!  Offering large selection of Romance books, and How to Find the Perfect Love…...

Underneath It All, Depot Square, Just in time for Valentine's, the Best Ever Bra Sale with prices starting at $10…… Selected Sleepwear, Clothing, Gifts and Panties at 50% Off.  You will be sure to find something for that special person!

First Friday Food & Drink In and Around The Square
After visiting the merchants, Enjoy a Bite!

Cooper's Hill Public House, School Street Open at 4pm until 1AM
Food is ALWAYS available, now featuring special First Friday Flatbread! “Now over 170 Whiskeys, Largest Whiskey Selection in NH!”

Harlow's Pub, Grove Street

Post & Beam Brewing, Grove Street

Thai Cafe, Grove Street

Twelve Pine, School Street, Depot Square

Waterhouse Restaurant and Bar, Depot Square

Ample free parking. For more information check www.shoppeterboroughnh.com.

Please contact Pelagia Vincent, pelagiavincent@earthlink.net.


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