The Best Events Happening in April
This month brings a variety of events, from Easter events to Earth Day runs to on-stage comedy shows
Easter at the Aviation Museum of NH, Londonderry, April 1
The Easter Bunny will make a pre-Easter appearance at the Aviation Museum, and kids will get to meet Peter Cottontail and receive chocolate goodies, courtesy of the Granite State Candy Shoppe. The most unique part of this event? Instead of hopping down the trail, the Easter Bunny will be arriving via a two-seater, student-build airplane!
Aviation Museum of New Hampshire, 27 Navigator Rd., Londonderry. facebook.com/nhahs
Brewing in New Hampshire: An Informal History of Beer in the Granite State from Colonial Times to the Present, Hudson, April 5
New Hampshire is home to nearly 100 breweries across all seven regions, but do you know the history of brewing beer in the Granite State? New Hampshire Humanities upcoming event will focus on the fascinating history of beer and ale brewing industry from Colonial days to today’s modern breweries and brewpubs. Unusual and rare photos and advertisements document this changing industry and the state’s earliest brewers, including the renowned Frank Jones. A number of lesser-known brewers and breweries that operated in the state are also discussed, including the only brewery owned and operated by a woman before the modern era.
Rodgers Memorial Library, 194 Derry Rd., Hudson. nhhumanities.org
Comedian Bob Marley, Manchester, April 6-8
Bob loves being a comedian. He’s wicked good at it! He lives in Maine, which is the (second) best state in the world, maybe even the universe (although New Hampshire is pretty awesome, too). He’s featured regularly on Sirius XM radio and he even won their Superbowl of Comedy. He has put out over 20 comedy CDs and DVDs. He was inducted into “The Guinness Book of World Records” for “the longest stand-up comedy show by an individual” at 40 hours of straight stand-up. He’s been on over 100 TV shows including “Leno,” “Letterman,” “Conan,” “Jimmy Fallon,” “Craig Ferguson” and “Comedy Central,” to name just a few. He co-starred in “Boondock Saints” and “All Saints Day” playing Detective Greenly. The Palace Theatre, 80 Hanover St., Manchester. (603) 668-5588; palacetheatre.org
Growing Mushrooms at Home, Laconia, April 8
Delicious and nutritious, mushrooms are a culinary treat and the varieties are endless. Have you ever wanted to grow mushrooms at home? You can do it! Learn how to grow shitake and wine cup mushrooms and go home with your own fully inoculated log so you can enjoy your own freshly harvested mushrooms later this year!
Prescott Farm Environmental Center, 928 White Oaks Rd., Laconia. (603) 366-5695 prescottfarm.org
Discover WILD New Hampshire Day, Concord, April 15
This annual educational event from the state Fish and Game Department is jam-packed with lectures and presentations, wild animal meet and greets and opportunities to try out archery and other sports. Best of all? It’s free and family friendly. Don’t miss the fun from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
New Hampshire Fish and Game Department, 11 Hazen Dr., Concord. (603) 721-3421; wildlife.state.nh.us
Stonyfield Organic Earth Day 5K and Fair, Londonderry, April 22
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. The Earth Day Fair features family-friendly entertainment, kids fun run (the Lil’ Calf Dash), beer garden and vendors.
Londonderry’s West Soccer Complex, 90 West Rd., Londonderry. milleniumrunning.com
Earth Day Celebration, Auburn, April 22
Join the staff and volunteers at New Hampshire Audubon’s Massabesic Center for a day full of a variety of family-friendly activities, while also learning how to conserve wildlife and natural resources. Activities include guided nature walks, bluebird nest-box building, animal ambassador presentations, master gardener demonstrations, children’s story time and crafts.
Audubon’s Massabesic Center, 26 Audubon Way, Auburn. nhaudubon.org
Baby Animals: Heritage Breeds at the Banke, Portsmouth, April 22-30
This event will showcase a variety of heirloom breeds of Barnyard Baby Animals (and their moms) that would have been familiar to earlier generations. It’s an opportunity for families to learn more about domestic livestock typical on coastal northern New England farms from the 17th century to the present day. Peter Cook curates the event, securing breeders from New Hampshire, Maine, Massachusetts and New York farms who are experts in heritage animals including lambs, kids, calves, piglets, bunnies, chicks and ducklings. The breeders will answer visitors’ questions, explaining the developmental needs of the babies, the various aspects of husbandry that are required to raise them, and why they have chosen to preserve these sometimes-endangered domestic animals for future generations. Many farms are family projects enthusiastically supported by multiple generations of caretakers.
Strawbery Banke Museum, 14 Hancock St., Portsmouth. (603) 433-1100; strawberybanke.org
Who’s Live Anyway, Portsmouth, April 23
The current cast members of the Emmy-nominated TV show “Whose Line Is It Anyway?” are proud to present their improv tour: WHOSE LIVE ANYWAY? This show is 90 minutes of hilarious improvised comedy and song all based on audience suggestions. Cast members Ryan Stiles, Greg Proops, Jeff B. Davis, and Joel Murray will leave guests gasping with the very witty scenes they invent before your eyes. The performances showcases some of the improv games made famous on the long-running TV show as well as some exciting new ones, featuring musical direction by Bob Derkach.
The Music Hall, 28 Chestnut St., Portsmouth. (603) 436-2400; themusichall.org
Motor Booty Affair, Rochester, April 29
Motor Booty Affair has been lighting up stages across America with their’70s extravaganza for several years, continually improving on the show that has been dubbed “The Ultimate Disco Party Band.” The show is spectacular — from the afros, bell-bottoms, platform shoes, polyester and dance moves, to
the highest quality sound and light show this side of 1975.
Rochester Opera House, 31 Wakefield St., Rochester. (603) 335-1992; rochesteroperahouse.com