NH Wines Wine Tasting with Carla Snow June 19th in Newmarket

New Hampshire Wines wine tasting and book signing will be held June 19th, Friday from 7 to 9pm, at Ampers& Studio/Gallery in downtown Newmarket across from the post office. Wine taster attendees will be surrounded by the paintings of local artist, Candace Stella, who will be exhibiting her reflections of Ireland. The cost is $28 per person and includes 6 tastings, cheese/crackers and two hours of informative and entertaining discussion. This event is sponsored by Lamprey Arts and Culture Alliance, Newmarket's non profit organization that brings arts, culture and the community together. Contact Lorelei or Kim at 659-6823 for reservations. Only 20 seats available.

One may be surprised to know that New Hampshire, a state with four seasons and dramatic weather changes, has its own wine country, but Carla Snow, the state’s first female Certified Specialist of Wine (CSW), can certainly attest to it. In Wine & Dine with New Hampshire, Snow offers an in depth look at New Hampshire’s award winning wines, ciders, and meads, and the pioneer companies who create them.

Carla Snow is the author of this first book on New Hampshire wineries. She has more than twenty years of restaurant experience. She studied at the prestigious Le Cordon Bleu in Australia, earning both Culinary and Sommeliers certificates. Snow moved to Bordeaux and then the Rhône, to apprentice with the world’s best winemakers. Upon returning to her home state, New Hampshire, Snow began selecting wines for the area’s finest restaurants and stores. Now the owner of A Grape Affair, she creates fun, entertaining, educational events, ensuring wines are approachable by removing the “intimidation factor” of wine selection. Snow lives in Portsmouth, New Hampshire with her husband.
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Poetry Reading Thursday, May 14th, in Newmarket

Join the poets and poet listeners in downtown Newmarket at Crackskull's Books & Cafe from 7 to 8:45 p.m. for the monthly open mic poetry reading. Sip coffee, peruse the used book selection, take a seat to listen, or sign up to read. Everyone is welcome. Email Arlon Chaffee for information.


Peg & Cheryl singing every 2nd Tuesday, open mic, at Crackskulls

Come to Crackskulls Coffee and Books on Main St. in Newmarket, NH every second Tuesday of the month from 6:30 - 8:45p.m. (They close at 9:00. Our bedtime is 10:00 :-) We will share our music for about 20 minutes then open the floor for other musicians to play. Crackskulls is a neat little coffee shop and bookstore with ice cream, hot chocolate, coffee and pastries within walking distance to taverns, restaurants and other fine establishments for those who don't have early bedtimes. We hope you will come and enjoy an early evening of music, laughter and support a great Newmarket establishment.


Mother's Day ArtWalk this Weekend - downtown Newmarket

This two-day event, sponsored jointly by the Lamprey Arts & Culture Alliance (LACA) and the Newmarket Business Association (NBA) brings together ten businesses in the downtown area, displaying art and offering specials and discounts for those who mention the ArtWalk.

According to LACA board member Lorelei Chernyshov, “This event reflects Newmarket's abundance of artistic depth and community spirit brought together for a Mother's Day weekend celebration. Main Street is a natural gathering space to park the car and walk about, stopping for lunch, popping into an art exhibit, browsing through books and listening to music.”


This year’s ArtWalk—our fourth annual—promises to be bigger and better than ever. It will be anchored by a LACA photography exhibit, featuring black & white photography by the Seacoast Camera Club, alongside colorful floral photos by Russ Simon, on display at the gallery at Ampers&® Studio. The exhibit, entitled Arrangements in Grey and Black, will be open from 12 to 3 PM on both Saturday & Sunday. Free Mimosas & Pastries will be offered (while they last) both days, beginning at noon on Saturday. As always, there will be a wide selection of hand-crafted jewelry and handbags for sale as well—and all offered at 10% off!

Additionally, “Mothers Day Specials” will be offered all weekend long by merchants up and down Main Street, who will each be displaying artwork created by Newmarket High School students. The student art display is being organized by Newmarket HS Art Teacher Annette Blake.

Visitors will also be treated to an outdoor serenade promenade with live music by the BrandyLeif Quartet on Saturday as they stroll through the downtown area.

And, weather permitting, plein air artists will set up their easels and paint along Main Street.

Admission is free (donations accepted) to all ArtWalk events.

“The Newmarket Business Association is proud to support the ArtWalk weekend by the Lamprey Arts & Culture Alliance. It is a great pleasure to work with our local community organizations for the benefit of Newmarket,” says NBA President Gerry O’Connell.

“This is just one of many community events the downtown businesses hope to sponsor this year, in an effort to bring vitality to the downtown,” adds Kimberly Foss, a LACA board member and owner of Ampers& Studio on Main Street. “We encourage folks to embrace the changes being made in the downtown area, and to come on out and discover everything this historic, riverside mill town has to offer.”

Mention the ArtWalk and Get Free Stuff!

Participating locations (with offers to those who mention the ArtWalk include:

Ampers& - 10% off all LACA art, jewelry, handbags and more;
Art To Art - register for a door prize raffle;
Between The Bread
- free salad bar for mothers and grandmothers;
Big Bean - free coffee with any purchase;
Crackskulls - small coffee or tea to mothers and grandmothers;
Flora Ventures (downstairs only) - free carnations for mothers and grandmothers;
Get The Scoop - free scoop of ice cream with purchase of crepe for mothers and grandmothers;
Mama Lena’s - free salads to mothers and grandmothers;
Panzanella’s - free dessert with meal purchase;
Riverworks - free dessert during Mothers Day Brunch for mothers and grandmothers.

Show Mom she’s appreciated—invite her downtown to enjoy some great artwork and terrific entertainment, grab a bite to eat and take advantage of specials all over town, and support your local downtown businesses.

About LACA

The Lamprey Arts & Culture Alliance is a private, member-supported, volunteer, non-profit organization, whose purpose is to support the arts, culture and heritage of Newmarket and its surrounding communities. (

About the NBA

The Newmarket Business Association is a non-partisan and non-sectarian organization, open to all businesses in the greater Newmarket Area. Our primary purpose is to promote the benefits of Newmarket by improving communication among members of the business community, facilitating relations between business and government, developing economic growth, and strengthening community relations. (

The painting above is by Candace Stella, local artist.

Weblog created and updated by Lorelei Chernyshov