Making Great Bay Greater talk Sept. 19

Since colonial settlement 400 years ago the unique environmental gem we know in the Seacoast as the Great Bay Estuary has come under increasing developmental pressure. Early on the ships carrying new settlers navigated through the mouth of the Piscataqua River in Portsmouth and landed at all the tidal rivers in the bay. Within decades commerce, mills, trade, population and agriculture all grew in this pristine area. All have presented various ecological impacts as they waxed and waned over the course of time. Today, the greatest threats to the estuary come from growth of our region’s population and the impacts of climate change. The Berwick Historical Society will host a talk with Great Bay-Piscataqua Waterkeeper Melissa Paly on Wednesday, Sept. 19 at 7 p.m. to discuss current issues and challenges confronting the Great Bay ecosystem at the House of Hope in Berwick, Maine. The meeting is free and open to the public. The House of Hope is the former Catholic Church located at 25 Saw Mill Hill. Refreshments will follow the presentation. For more information, contact the Berwick Historical Society at (207) 698-1155.

Omer Quartet to perform Sept. 23

Historic Portsmouth Chamber Music presents the Omer Quartet on Sunday, Sept. 23 at 3 p.m. at North Church of Portsmouth. Historic Portsmouth Chamber Music is a community program of the Portsmouth Athenaeum. There is a suggested $20 at-the-door donation for the concert. The Omer Quartet will perform Haydn’s String Quartet No. 2 in C Major, Op. 20 No. 2; Schumann’s lyrical and romantic Quartet No. 1 in A Minor, Op. 41 No.1; String Quartet No. 1 by young American composer Chris Rogerson; and Beethoven’s Grosse Fuge in B Flat Major, Op. 133. Omer Quartet is comprised of Mason Yu and Erica Tursi on violin, Jinsun Hong on viola and Alex Cox on cello. The quartet first came into prominence in 2013 when it received Grand Prize and gold medal at the Fischoff National Competition and this summer served as Chamber Ensemble in Residence at the Bravo! Vail Music Festival. Those interested in purchasing advance tickets can mail a check made out to The Portsmouth Athenaeum to P.O. Box 848, Portsmouth, NH 03802 with “HPCM” noted on the memo line. For more information on Historic Portsmouth Chamber Music or the Portsmouth Athenaeum, visit

Saturday Hook-Ins at South Berwick museum

Have you ever wanted to learn how to hook rugs? Meet members of the Seacoast Ruggers and learn about this traditional and popular craft first and third Saturdays of each month, now through Jan. 5, 2019 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Get tips from experienced rug hookers, and try your hand at rug hooking. Saturday Hook-Ins are presented as part of the exhibition, "Hand-Hooked Rugs: New Work by Members of the Seacoast Ruggers." Both the hook-ins and the exhibition are free admission and open to the public. Drop-ins are welcome. Please call 207-384-2454 for more information. The Sarah Orne Jewett House Museum and Visitor Center is located at 5 Portland St., South Berwick, Maine.