HISTORY

Celebrate American independence Saturday

There may be no better place in the entire nation to celebrate American history than Exeter, New Hampshire, a quaint, historic, nearly 400 year-old town that served as state capital during the Revolutionary War. Every July, the town celebrates this history with the American Independence Festival, which features militia encampments, battle re-enactments, costumed re-enactors, nationally-recognized traditional artisans, colonial inspired beer, music, children's activities, local craft and food vendors, and more. Hosted by the American Independence Museum, the event also takes place on adjoining Swasey Parkway, which serves as backdrop for an American and British troop encampment and battle portrayal that delights visitors. Items in the museum's collection include handwritten drafts of the U.S. Constitution and a Dunlap Broadside, the first official printing of the Declaration of Independence that was read to Exeter townspeople on July 16, 1776 (and read again to Festival-goers each year). The Festival is the one day every year when original copies of these documents are on view to the public.

What: American Independence Festival

When: Saturday, July 14, 10 a.m. to the fireworks at dusk; for a complete schedule of events see www.independencemuseum.org

Where: American Independence Museum and Swasey Parkway in downtown Exeter

Tickets: $10 for adults, $5 for ages 6 to 18, and free for children under 6 and museum members. All activities held on Water Street and Swasey Parkway are free and open to the public.

More info: Visit www.independencemuseum.org.

 

HISTORY and FUN

Salty The Pirate taking over the town

Graphic Details has rebooted its app-driven quest through downtown Portsmouth to feature Salty The Pirate, encouraging residents and visitors to learn about the city's history. Through a series of rhyming clues from its pirate host, participants can find answers on local landmarks and progress through a free guided tour of historical downtown Portsmouth all on their smart phones and tablets. Upon completion, they receive bonus offers from local businesses Canine Cupboard, Cup of Joe and the Seacoast Repertory Theatre.PortQuest is a free app from the Apple and Google app stores and is appropriate for all ages.

What: Salty The Pirate local history tour game

When: Anytime - great for a family activity, date night or group event

Where: Start at the information booth in Market Square in the center of Portsmouth and download the free app PortQuest

Admission: Free

More info: Visit www.graphicdet.com or find Salty on Instagram @PortQuest where there's also a coloring page and write-your-own Portsmouth limerick entry form

 

HISTORY

More than 20 Portsmouth portraits on exhibit

Twenty years before Samuel F.B. Morse changed the world with his electric telegraph, he was an itinerant painter in Portsmouth. Two of his paintings are part of a new exhibit at the Portsmouth Athenaeum, "Painting Portsmouth Notables: 1750-1850." On the back of Morse's circa-1816 portrait of John Langdon Storer are scrawled the words, "served in President Andrew Jackson's cabinet." It is one of 20 or so portraits that will be on display through Nov. 3.

What: 'Painting Portsmouth Notables: 1750-1850'

When: Opening Reception, 5 to 7 p.m., Friday, July 13; exhibit runs through Nov. 3, 1 to 4 p.m., Tuesdays through Saturdays

Where: Portsmouth Athenaeum's Randall Gallery, 9 Market Square, Portsmouth

Admission: Free

More info: Visit www.portsmouthathenaeum.org or call (603) 431-2538.

 

COMEDY and HORROR

The return of Horror Movie Trivia

The Horror Movie Trivia series hosted by the fan favorite duo of cinema slime Bunny Wonderland and Tim Fife. Terrifying teams of up to 4 players will be allowed to compete. At 11 p.m., there'll be a screening of the 1989 Brian Yuzna flick “Society.” This cult gem of a movie is not to be missed and is packed with memorable quotes like “You were right Billy, I am a butthead!” and “Just a little bit paranoid, Bill, within normal ranges.” Stega Clothing, Black Cloud Company and artist Lard Humungus will have apparel, prints and pins available for purchase, too.

What: Horror Movie Trivia with Bunny Wonderland and Tim Fife, and a screening of cult classic "Society"

When: 9:30 p.m., Friday, July 13

Where: 3S Artspace, 319 Vaughan St., Portsmouth

Tickets: $10, members; $13, general admission

More info: This is a 17-plus show. Visit www.3sarts.org


MUSIC

Truffle tops off Governors Inn weekend

The 15th Summer Music Series is in full swing at the Governors Inn in Rochester. Truffle will perform from 4 to 7 p.m. on Sunday, July 15 at the Garage stage. Earlier on Friday it's Conniption Fitts at 7 p.m.; and on Saturday, it's Rob and Judy at 7 p.m. The music is free and the food and beverages are plentiful for purchase.

What: Truffle performs in the Summer Music Concert Series

When: 4 to 7 p.m., Saturday, July 15

Where: Garage stage at the Governors Inn, 78 Wakefield St., Rochester

Admission: Free

More information: Visit www.governorsinn.com