A July 2017 Publication by
Looking for some fun, and a way to discover one of the best kept secrets in New Englnad? Welcome to the Discover Monadnock Newsletter! Its your guide to the latest in New Hampshire’s quiet cultural corner. Whether you’re a local looking for fun activities, or a visitor wanting to find somewhere new to fall in love with, the information you need is here. From scenic B&B's to contemporary art galleries to our beautiful mountain and its pristine surroundings, the Monadnock region has it all. Learn more on our Monadnock blog or just explore our site!
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Architect Olalekan Jeyifous in Eastman Studio in 2016 (Joanna Eldredge Morrissey photo)

Balloons Galore 

Check out the Hillsborough Balloon Festival & Fair
The Balloon Festival & Fair is a spectacular 4-day event that begins on Thursday, July 7, 2016 at 6:00 PM at Grimes Field in Hillsborough, NH. This weekend event offers a wide variety of activities, including a 5K road race, car show, hometown parade, fireworks, balloon rides, carnival rides, live entertainment, food and craft vendors and of course the incredible hot air balloons.
Join us again this year for the Hillsborough Balloon Festival & Fair, a spectacular four-day event!
4-day event beginning:
6:00pm Thursday, July 6
Grimes Field
29 Preston Street
Hillsborough, NH
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Cream of the Classical Music Crop
Electric Earth  & Monadnock Music

These two music organizations work tirelessly to increase access to classical music for residents and visitors to the Monadnock region. 
Electric Earth gives affordable public concerts in the Monadnock Region that are meant to inspire, educate, and entertain, often looking beyond music to its connections to the other arts. This month you can hear Brahms, Beethoven, Schubert and even some Jazz performed by world-class musicians.
Monadnock Music is devoted to promoting access to world-class live classical music performances in intimate and informal settings around the Monadnock region. Headquartered in beautiful and historic Peterborough, NH, they present remarkable musical talent from all over the world. Try one of their lovely Village Concerts, or be prepared to be blown away by the Town House feature concerts.
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The Circus Comes to Town!

Circus Smirkus performs annually
Every summer, a company of Smirkus Troupers, ages 10 to 18, takes to the road in traditional mud show fashion for a two-month performance tour of New England. Backed by professional coaches, cooks, musicians and crew, our Smirkos perform to sell-out crowds in Circus Smirkus’ very own 750-seat European-style one-ring big top tent. Proceeds benefit Monadnock Waldorf School.

1:00pm & 6:00pm July 17-18
Cheshire Fairgrounds
247 Monadnock Highway
Swanzey, NH
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Excellence in Monadnock Arts

Arts Alive! and the Keene Sentinel present 3rd Annual Ewing Arts Awards

Arts Alive! and the Keene Sentinel celebrate arts across the Monadnock region by recognizing excellent artists and arts presenters. The evening awards will feature performances and a gallery show by recipients, and a reception afterwards.

5:30pm-8:30pm Thursday, July 19
Redfern Arts Center
25 Wyman Way
Keene, NH
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Uplift Music Festival

Its about music, makers, community & having fun
This day is all about getting together for a good time with friends & family while helping out the community. Oak Park provides a great space for Uplift Music Festival. Two stages, plenty of room for local vendors, a playground & its right across from Greenfield State Park. 
Their mission is to “uplift” the community through a family oriented music and arts based event. Local farmers, artists and businesses will be at the festival to share their talents and products. By doing so, they help raise awareness of the importance of supporting our local economy. Each year Uplift organizers choose one small business or nonprofit organization as the beneficiary to receive all profits earned from the event.

Saturday July 29
791 Forest Road
Greenfield, NH

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What's Happening?

Looking for more to do in Keene, Peterborough, Hillsborough, Jaffrey, or any of the surrounding towns? Look no further! For fun activities, arts, performances, community events and more, the Arts Alive! Discover Monadnock Calendar is where you’ll find it!
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If you value the arts and would like to support our efforts please donate to Arts Alive! or become a member today. Members belong to the region's arts support organization and sustain an organization that advocates for and enriches the arts community.
Arts Alive! receives funding from the Putnam Foundation, C&S Wholesale Grocers, The Hoffman Family Foundation, New Hampshire Charitable Foundation, the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts, its board of directors, several individual and business donors and almost 100 artist and arts organization members.

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