The Best of NH 2022: It’s Party Time

Annual fest shaking things up with an evening of music and magic
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Photo by Kendal J. Bush Photography

The 2022 edition of New Hampshire Magazine’s Best of NH Party will be the second year of shaking things up with an outdoor cocktail party format complete with great food, cocktails, history, live music and more.

“After a successful reimagining of the Best of NH party for our 20th anniversary last year, we’re thrilled to return to the lovely and historic Canterbury Shaker Village,” says New Hampshire Magazine Editor Rick Broussard. “We’ll once again pack it with remarkable cultural offerings, delicious food, signature cocktails and an amazing swag bag for everyone who attends,” he adds. “And during dinner, guests will enjoy a display of Best-of-NH entertainment designed to delight and fascinate.”

To start with, this year’s celebration will feature a performance by recently named New Hampshire Artist Laureate Theo Martey, then guests will enjoy the mind-bending prestidigitation of Andrew Pinard and the irresistible rhymes and bodacious beats of Fee the Evolutionist (back by popular demand!)

Broussard says the evening will honor the authentic spirit of the Granite State with lively entertainment, great food and drinks, history and culture: “It’s going to be a night to remember!”

Here’s a look at what to expect at this year’s Best of NH Party:

Beneficiary: With New Hampshire Magazine selecting the New Hampshire Food Bank as its 2022 Best of NH Party nonprofit partner, the evening will also benefit the organization. The New Hampshire Food Bank, a program of Catholic Charities New Hampshire, has been working to relieve hunger in the Granite State since 1984 by effectively distributing grocery products and perishable foods, and offering innovative programs through a statewide network of approved agencies in New Hampshire.

Magical Act by Andrew Pinard: Andrew Pinard has been a full-time performer and theatre artist for over twenty-five years. He has presented thousands of performances throughout the northeastern United States as well as internationally in Montreal, London, Switzerland, Germany and Italy. Andrew has been recognized by his peers as one of the finest close-up performers throughout the Northeast and took the top honors in the 18th Annual New England Magic Competition.

Music: The Best of NH Party will also feature live music performances by New Hampshire-based musicians, Fee the Evolutionists featuring Ruby and DJ Myth, who will spin the sounds of soul and classic hip hop with fresh, original material. Multi-talented drummer, dancer, songwriter and recording artist Theo Nii Martey will also delight the crowd.

Delicious Dinner: Celebrations Catering has come up with a food stations menu that includes items like a salad table featuring a field green salad as well as pasta salad caprese, a chef’s carving station featuring roast pork loin, caramelized rosemary red bliss potatoes, fresh seasonal vegetable mélange and artisan rolls, and a sensational seafood station with seafood imperial farfalle and New England clam chowder.

Cocktails: All guests 21 years and older will receive a complimentary signature cocktail from Hornitos, plus cocktail and beer samples from our sponsors Cutwater Spirits, Captain Morgan, Tito’s Handmade Vodka and Samuel Adams. Additionally, there will be a cash bar.

Prizes: One lucky event attendee will win a three-night stay in a one bedroom condo for four guests at the Grand Summit Hotel at Attitash. Located at the base of Attitash Mountain, the Grand Summit Hotel incorporates scenic views of the Mt. Washington Valley and alpine fun into every hotel experience.

Swag bags: All guests will take home a gift bag filled with more than 25 samplings, coupons and offers from some of this year’s Best of NH winners.

Tours: Along with great food, drinks and prizes, guests will have an opportunity to tour Canterbury Shaker Village, one of the state’s most beautiful historic sites, before the event kicks off.

Photos from the 2021 Best of NH Party at Canterbury Shaker Village.

Photos courtesy of Kendal J. Bush Photography and Karen Bachelder.

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