Talk about Irish immigrants March 20

Among the first Irish immigrants to New Hampshire were 16 Scots-Irish Presbyterian families who left County Londonderry, Ireland, in 1719, to seek religious, political, and cultural freedom in the New World. Three hundred years ago they settled Nutfield, later itself named Londonderry. In the early 1800s, the Welch family lived at Puddle Dock in Portsmouth, the “neighborhood of newcomers” that is now interpreted at Strawbery Banke Museum. According to the New Hampshire Historical Society, these were among an estimated 200,000 to 250,000 Scots-Irish who migrated to British North America and formed the largest ethnic group migration before the Revolutionary War. In a season when Irish heritage is celebrated, Dr. Lucy Salyer, Associate Professor of History at UNH with special interest in American immigration, presents an illustrated talk at Strawbery Banke on March 20, exploring her new book, "Under the Starry Flag: How a Band of Irish Americans Joined the Fenian Revolt and Sparked a Crisis over Citizenship." The free program takes place at 5:30 p.m. in the museum’s TYCO Visitors Center lecture hall (14 Hancock St.) and is open to the public. Light refreshments served.

Tim Janis in concert April 13

Having just released his first new album since 2010, Tim Janis will perform a concert on Saturday, April 13 in the new auditorium at York High School in York. This will be the first major concert in the venue and in part will benefit the YHS students' academic and educational experiences. He'll be joined by special guests Máiréad Nesbitt, the Celtic violinist from "Celtic Woman;" Lynn Hilary, a singer-songwriter also from "Celtic Woman" and "River Dance;" and Celtic flutist Eimear McGeown, harpists Camille and Kennerly Kitt (The Harp Twins) and singer Reilly Anspaugh. They'll perform two shows on April 13, one at 3 p.m. and the other at 7 p.m. Tickets range from $25 to $30, and are available at

Birding Bag available for loan

The days are getting longer now and the birds are starting to sing. Do you ever wonder which bird makes that particular call? Or what those pretty yellow birds are? Check out the Dover Public Library’s new Birding Bag and find out. The Birding Bag is a backpack that contains binoculars, a bird identification book, a bird checklist and pen to mark the birds you identify, bird flash cards, a book of bird songs with speakers so you can hear the songs, a bird call, and a booklet on “Birding the New Hampshire Seacoast.” The Birding Bag may be checked out for three weeks, just like a book. You can ask for it at the Adult Circulation Desk. For more information, call the Dover Public Library at 516-6050.

The Joy of Herbs talk March 19

On Tuesday, March 19 at 6:30 p.m., Rita Wollmering will give a presentation, "The Joy of Herbs," at the Tyco Visitors Center at Strawbery Banke Museum. Start thinking spring and all the possibilities that a new growing season brings with this fun and educational event that will cover everything from organic growing conditions (sunlight, soil, fertilizer, and water) to harvesting techniques and preserving the harvest. Admission is $7 ($5 for Strawbery Banke Museum members and Herb Society members not affiliated with the NorthEast Seacoast Unit).  Pre-registration is required.  To register, visit

Wayne Burton to speak at ARA March 18

The Active Retirement Association will hold a general meeting on Monday, March 18 at 1:30 p.m. at the Durham Evangelical Church (lower level), 114 Dover Road (Route 108), Durham. The program will feature Dr. Wayne Burton, nationally recognized educator and current Durham Town Council member, discussing his new book, "Wayne’s War," about his experiences in Vietnam. For additional information, visit or contact Membership Director Geoff McConnell at 603-743-4494 or  On Wednesday March 20, at 7:30 p.m., Generic Theater hosts the Active Retirement Association’s Stagecraft Group in a reading of a D. M. Larson play, "Nobody’s Famous," at the Players’ Ring, 105 Marcy St., Portsmouth. For information, call 603-436-8123 or visit This reading is free and open to the public.

'It's Criminal' to screen March 20

Arts in Reach and 3S Artspace will present a screening of "It’s Criminal"at 3S Artspace on Wednesday, March 20. The event is free and open to the public.The film highlights the economic and social inequities that divide the United States and offers a vision of how separated communities can learn to speak to each other. Poignant and personal, the 80-minute feature documentary shares the life-changing journeys of incarcerated women and Dartmouth College students working together to write and perform an original play that explores the often painful and troubled paths that landed the women behind bars and also shares some of their fragile visions for the future. "It’s Criminal" was directed by Signe Taylor, and has won many awards at film festivals. At the screening, the public will have a chance to ask questions from Signe as well as
panelists AIR Program Director Rebecca Romanoski, Dartmouth professor Pati Hernandez, and the courageous women who shared their stories to make this documentary. The screening is at 7 p.m.; doors open 6:30 p.m. Visit for more information.