The Best Events Happening in April

This month brings a variety of events, from art exhibitions to Earth Day marathons to virtual concerts
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Tomie dePaola, American, 1934–2020, “Quiet,” pages 24 and 25, 2018 acrylic on watercolor paper, 8 1/2 x 17in. (22 x 43 cm) Henry Melville Fuller Fund, 2018.24.12 © Whitebird, Inc.

1. Tomie dePaola at the Currier, Manchester, opening April 1

“A picture book is a small door to the enormous world of the visual arts, and they’re often the first art a young person sees.” – Tomie dePaola

Tomie dePaola (1934–2020) wrote and illustrated some 270 children’s books over his 50-year career, including picture books, folk tales, nursery rhymes and chapter books. dePaola had a masterful ability to express complicated emotions through accessible narratives and dynamic illustrations, filled with his warm and lively characters. A longtime resident of New Hampshire, he has received numerous awards and accolades. The Currier Museum of Art’s collection holds more than 100 works by dePaola. This exhibition celebrates the artist’s life and legacy through a selection of these illustrations.

2. Easter at the Aviation Museum of NH, Londonderry, April 3

The Easter Bunny will make a pre-Easter appearance at the Aviation Museum, and kids will get to meet Peter Cottontail and receive a special goody bag from the renowned rabbit’s magical wicker basket.

3. East Meets West, Virtual, April 9

Join Maestro Roger Kalia and Symphony NH musicians in an eclectic and exciting program juxtaposing American and Indian music side by side.

4. Firsts of the Year Songbird Search, Laconia, April 10

The first birds of the year return are back and spring migration is beginning. Join the team at Prescott Farm to see and hear these tough travelers, and walk away with knowledge of what species to look out for in the coming weeks.

5. NHTP’s 5th Annual Storytelling Festival, Portsmouth, April 10

New Hampshire Theatre Project brings the 5th Annual Storytelling Festival to The Music Hall’s Historic Theater in the heart of Portsmouth. Five captivating storytellers will take to the stage to tell traditional and personal tales inspired by NHTP’s 2020-21 MainStage theme “What Are You Waiting For?” Featured artists include traditional tellers Diane Edgecomb and Simon Brooks, monologists Sharon Jones Jenkins and Pat Spalding, and spoken word artist Maya Williams. With stories of personal trials, overcoming adversity, and finding joy in even the darkest of times, the evening will be woven together by host and master storyteller Genevieve Aichele, and the music of Randy Armstrong, a virtuoso musician with decades of experience in world fusion music.

6. Comedian Bob Marley, Plymouth, April 10

Marley’s brand of high-energy and off-beat observation of everyday life things has captured the minds of fans of all ages, from teenagers to grandparents. He has been featured in his own special and on “The Late Show” with David Letterman, “The Tonight Show” with Jay Leno, “Late Night” with Conan O’Brien and “The Late Late Show” with Craig Ferguson and Craig Kilborn. Marley, a Maine native and University of Maine at Farmington graduate, uses biographical and observational material for his high-energy routines. You don’t need to be a “Maine-iac” to laugh yourself silly at Bob’s wicked funny antics.

 7. Stonyfield Organic Earth Day 5K, Londonderry, April 17

The 3.1-mile course starts and finishes in Londonderry’s West Soccer Complex and runs a big loop through one of Londonderry’s finest neighborhoods.  The finish is back in the West Soccer Complex and is just steps away from the Stonyfield Earth Day Fair.

8. Earth Day Celebration, Auburn, April 24

Join the staff and volunteers at New Hampshire Audubon’s Massabesic Center for a day full of naturalist walks and nature activities. For COVID-19 safety, reservations are necessary to attend. Sign up for one of three time slots and participate in building a bird house, going on a scavenger hunt, planting seeds, going on a nature themed walk, or observing the live animals who live at the center.

9. Full Moon Forest Walk & Campfire, Hollis, April 24

The full moon is a time for connection, intention, and expansion — a time to plant new seeds. Immerse yourself in nature with forest bathing beneath the full moon. Forest bathing offers the opportunity to deepen our relationship with the natural world. It is a slow and mindful wander in the woods with a trained guide who shares invitations designed to open each of the senses and create space for connection and interactive experiences with the forest. You’ll begin with a slow and mindful wander, exploring your senses while bathing in moonlight and nature, and end with fireside tea.

10. Wit and Wisdom: Humor in 19th Century New England, Virtual, April 28

Whatever did New Englanders do on long winter evenings before cable, satellite and the internet? In the decades before and after the Civil War, our rural ancestors used to create neighborhood events to improve their minds. Community members male and female would compose and read aloud homegrown, handwritten literary “newspapers” full of keen verbal wit. Sometimes serious, sometimes sentimental but mostly very funny, these “newspapers” were common in villages across Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont and revealed the hopes, fears, humor and surprisingly daring behavior of our forebears. Jo Radner shares excerpts from her forthcoming book about hundreds of these “newspapers” and provides examples from villages in your region.

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