Indonesian Festival, Albacore Navy History Day, Seafood Festival: Community events this week

Portsmouth Peace Treaty Day

PORTSMOUTH — On Monday, Sept. 5, the annual celebration of Portsmouth Peace Treaty Day will take place in Market Square in front of Piscataqua Savings Bank, 15 Pleasant St., starting at 3:30 p.m. There'll be a short ceremony and then at 3:47 p.m., Portsmouth Naval Shipyard will sound a memorial salute at the exact moment the treaty was signed in 1905 and, on that cue, the bells of Portsmouth will ring. The public is welcome to participate in the bell-ringing ceremony in front of the bank. All are welcome.

More: City to celebrate Portsmouth Peace Treaty Day on Sept. 5

Allen Stone closes Prescott Park Arts Festival

PORTSMOUTH —Allen Stone will perform the finale in the Prescott Park Arts Festival's summer concert series on Monday, Sept. 5 at 7 p.m. Lucy Wainwright Roche will open. All the PPAF tables and blankets have been reserved for this concert, but bring your own blanket or a chair. Suggested donation is $10 per person at the gate or online in advance at

10 to Watch contest kickoff party

PORTSMOUTH — Seacoast Media Group is hosting a party to kick off its annual 10 To Watch contest that celebrates young professionals on Thursday, Sept. 8 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Portsmouth Feed Company in downtown Portsmouth.

All are welcome to enjoy networking, appetizers and cash bar to mark the opening of the ninth annual contest. Please RSVP for the kickoff party at The Portsmouth Feed Company is located at 22 Market Square in Portsmouth.

Nominations are now open for this year's contest, which is sponsored by Bank of America, Eversource and Heritage Home Service. Go to to nominate yourself or someone you know. Deadline to enter is Oct. 9.

Meeting for those interested in the Peace Corps

DURHAM — There'll be a Peace Corps application workshop at Aroma Joe’s in Durham, NH, Sept. 9, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Stop in during this workshop to learn how to browse volunteer openings, find the right program, and strengthen your application. You will have an opportunity to ask questions about service, learn steps you can take to improve your chances, and gain valuable tips to guide you through the application process. Register here. For more information, email

The Peace Corps currently has a high need for applicants to fill volunteer programs departing by early 2023. Interested Americans can apply online by Oct. 1 for hundreds of available openings in nearly 48 countries worldwide. Volunteers receive a living stipend, extensive language and technical training, and financial benefits including student loan deferment and graduate school fellowships after service.

Hampton Beach Seafood Festival

HAMPTON — The Hampton Beach Seafood Festival returns for a 33rd year this weekend and will feature 38 food vendors, 70-plus arts and craft vendors, culinary demonstrations and three special events. 

Returning events include the Hampton Beach Pop-up Art Show on Friday, fireworks on Saturday night and the Lobster Roll Eating Contest on Sunday.

The Hampton Beach Seafood Festival takes place from Sept. 9-11, 2022.
The Hampton Beach Seafood Festival takes place from Sept. 9-11, 2022.

The festival begins Friday at noon (an hour earlier than in previous years) on Ocean Boulevard, which is closed to traffic from the N.H. Marine Memorial to H Street creating a pedestrian mall. The festival continues Saturday 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Admission is $10 each day, or $30 for all three days. You can get tickets the day of or for the first time online. There are also discounts available for local residents and veterans.

More information and schedule of events, visit

More: Hampton Beach Seafood Festival 2022: What you need to know before you go

Golden Paw Awards Gala Fundraiser

PORTSMOUTH — Golden Dog Adventure Co. is rolling out the red carpet for a black-tie event called the Golden Paw Awards Gala fundraiser, the first in a planned annual event.

The evening will feature dogs dressed in black-tie attire and refreshments at the Kimberly Sarah Photography Dog Art Gallery, 40 Pleasant St., in downtown Portsmouth on Friday, Sept. 9, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. and pup-arazzi are welcome.

The formal event will honor the top 10 Mary’s Dogs adoptive families chosen by our community, and all proceeds will be donated to charitable partner, Mary’s Dogs Rescue & Adoption in Northwood. People can vote for their favorite adoptive family for $1 per vote, and all proceeds go to Mary’s Dogs.

For tickets and more information, visit

Navy History Day at Albacore Park

PORTSMOUTH — Albacore Park will present its annual Navy History Day on Saturday, Sept. 10, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. This year’s theme is, “Brave Men in Iron Tubes: The Search for USS Albacore (SS-218).”

Navy History Day was inaugurated in 1922 by the Navy League of the United States and over the years has come to honor all branches of service within the Department of the Navy.

Albacore Park will host Navy History Day on Saturday, Sept. 10.
Albacore Park will host Navy History Day on Saturday, Sept. 10.

This year’s theme, “Brave Men in Iron Tubes: The Search for USS ALBACORE (SS-218),” will focus on the brave men who served on the 218 and subsequently perished in 1944 with all lives lost when she struck a Japanese mine. Executive Director Patricia Violette says, “The search for the USS Albacore (SS-218) has been ongoing since 1944. Navy History Day will highlight the career of this important submarine and discuss the current search efforts to find her and her crew.”

More: Albacore Park to celebrate annual Navy History Day Sept. 10

Attendees will also be able to engage in hands-on educational activities, experience virtual reality, talk to some of the Albacore crew who have served on the submarine, and have an opportunity to visit on board the Ghost. Reenactors who represent various theaters of war from 1812 through the Vietnam War era will also be on site.

Admission is $9 per adult, $4 per child (5-14), $8 seniors, and all veterans and active-military are free. There will be a special donation rate for those wishing to visit and learn about the GHOST.

For more information, call 603-436-3680, visit or visit the Albacore Park's Facebook page. The park is located at 569 Submarine Way in Portsmouth.

Dancers perform a traditional Indonesian dance during a ribbon cutting ceremony and grand opening of the Little Indonesia Cultural Center Saturday, May 15, 2021, in Somersworth.
Dancers perform a traditional Indonesian dance during a ribbon cutting ceremony and grand opening of the Little Indonesia Cultural Center Saturday, May 15, 2021, in Somersworth.

Indonesian Festival in Somersworth

SOMERSWORTH — The biggest Indonesian festival in New England will take place on Saturday, Sept. 10 from noon to 6 p.m. in downtown Somersworth.

This year features an array of cultural performances, traditional Indonesian cuisine and a parade that highlights Indonesia’s seven main islands. There will be a lot of traditional, authentic Indonesian street food that will highlight flavors from throughout Indonesia. Local businesses and restaurants will also be involved.

Visit for more information.

SOS Recovery Rally

DOVER — The SOS Recovery Rally will be held 10:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 10 in the lower section of Henry Law Park. The event traditionally features people sharing their stories and offers vendors, performances and resources. Information:

Center for Wildlife to hold Open House

YORK, Maine — The Center for Wildlife will hold its annual Open House on Sunday, Sept. 11 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the new facility and campus in the Cape Neddick area of York. The theme will be celebrating loons. Attendees will learn about important loon conservation work being conducted by regional state agencies and nonprofits including Maine Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, Maine Audubon, Maine Lakes and Tufts Veterinary School Emeritus Mark Pokras.Open House activities will include self-guided tours, demonstrations and environmental education programs, raffles, food and drink, and release of rehabilitated wild animals. Tickets are $10 per person, with proceeds going directly to help fund the Center for Wildlife’s work in treatment and rehabilitation. Visit to purchase tickets.

Art Center hosts book signing with Thom Hindle

DOVER — The Art Center is presenting the exhibit 'Images of the Past ... The Thom Hindle Collection” Sept. 3 to 30 and will host a special in-person book signing "An Evening with Thom Hindle," featuring his new book “Dover, N.H. Through Time Volume Two” on Saturday, Sept. 10 from 6 to 9 p.m.

This historical photo of a Dover trolley is part of the Thom Hindle Collection.
This historical photo of a Dover trolley is part of the Thom Hindle Collection.

Hindle, the curator of this collection, taught classes at UNH, is a past president of Dover’s historical society, and, at one point, was in the director of the Woodman Institute. However, he is best known as a local photographer, with a long-time photography business on Atkinson Street. His avid interest in history and photography inevitably merged as he discovered early photographers' work of the city and built the collection that now numbers over 100,000 objects.

The Art Center is located at 1 Washington St., Dover, Suite 1177.  Visit or call 603-978-6702 for more information.

Madbury Day church yard sale

MADBURY — Madbury United Church UCC will have a Yard Sale from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in its parking lot at 18 Town Hall Road during the annual Madbury Day 2022 festivities on Sept. 10. Featured will be furniture, antiques, books, tools, sporting goods, clothing and housewares. A church picnic barbecue will run simultaneously, with hamburgers, hot dogs, homemade ice cream and desserts for sale, as well as Indonesian food created by the Maranatha Indonesian UCC congregation. Each year, the town of Madbury displays its small-town charm with this day-long celebration of parades, music, games and food. The town library will hold a book sale; dedication of a new playspace and an acrobatic aerial show are also planned. To donate items for the yard sale or for information, call (603) 978-9548.

Annual Fall Merry Mac Regatta

DOVER — Great Bay Yacht Club of Dover will hold the annual MerryMac Fall Regatta on Sunday, Sept. 11, at Hilton State Park in Dover. Over the years, GBYC has been working with local sailors to keep the spirit of the historic sailboat alive in the Great Bay area. The regatta is also open to Oyster River Cats.

GBYC is located on Wentworth Terrace, Dover Point, a very short walk from Hilton Park. Registration officials will be at Hilton Park by 9 a.m. and the Skippers Meeting will be held there. The entry fee is $40 Register at

This article originally appeared on Portsmouth Herald: Indonesian Festival, Albacore Navy History Day, Hampton Beach Seafood