Main Street Matters | June1, 2017
Rochester Main Street Mission
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Wine In The Gardens/Beer In The Woods, Wednesday, June 7
The Rochester Main Street PR/Events Committee Volunteers and outreach Committee volunteers are pleased to announce that tickets are now on sale for the 7th Annual Wine In the Gardens/Beer In The Woods at Studleys' Flower Gardens on Wednesday, June 7 from 6:00-8:30 pm. This event is sponsored by Federal Savings Bank and Studley's Flower Gardens and proceeds benefit downtown projects and events. Guests will sample wines from Hermit Woods Winery of Meredith, NH and craft brews form Out. Haus  Ales of Northwood, NH, paired with appetizers form local restaurants such as Lilac City Grille, Happy Pappy's Country Store, Revolution Taproom & Grill and Spaulding Steak & Ale. Entertainment will be provided by "Just By Chance" and there will also be a silent auction. This is a 21 and over event.

Tickets are available from any Main Street Board Member, the Main Street Office,  at Studleys Flower Gardens, or may be purchased online via PayPal at Parking for the event is available in the rear parking lot next door at The Governor's Inn. Capacity is limited, so purchase your tickets early for this delightful evening in downtown!     


June1, 2017
Thank you for taking the time to read this week’s Main Street Matters and learning about the events and news in downtown Rochester. Our weekly e-newsletter is brought to you through a generous donation by Albany International and Frisbie Memorial Hospital. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer and helping the downtown revitalization effort, or working at one of our many events, then please contact the Rochester Main Street Office at 603-330-3208 or email
Thank you for reading, and hope to see you soon downtown!

Rochester Main Street Events
Wednesday, June 7-Wine In The Gardens/Beer In The Woods, Studley's, 6:00-8:30 pm
Tuesday, June 13-Sidewalk Talk, Chamber Conference Room, 8:00 -9:00 am
Wednesday, June 21-Dinner On The Riverwalk, 6:00-8:00pm, North Main Street Riverwalk
Saturday, July 15-Rochester Main Street RiverFest, 2:00-7:30 pm, North Main Street
Rochester Writer's Night, Thursday, June 1, Mel Flanagans
Rochester Writers Night takes place this Thursday 6/1 at Mel Flanagan's Irish Pub and Cafe, 50 North Main St., Rochester NH at 6 PM. This will be our last formal evening for this season. We will meet informally over the summer, and our next season begins in October.

To close our season, our feature will be Derek "Mac" Kittredge. Mac is a regular at Writers Night. He writes in varied styles, with varied subjects, and his writing never fails to delight. His work is full of tenderness, humor, insight and self-exploration. Sometimes lyrical, sometimes free verse, always wonderful to hear!

We are on site at 6 PM. Our feature begins at 6:15, followed by a short break and an open mic. Participants are encouraged to perform their original poetry, prose or music for a listening audience. We usually end around 8 PM.Hope to see you there!

Rochester Public Library Seeks Ward 3 Trustee

The Trustees of the Rochester Public Library are seeking a candidate to represent Ward 3. The Library Board of Trustees is a volunteer board that meets 10 times a year on the third Tuesday of the month (except July and August) at 6 PM in the Rose Room at the Rochester Public Library. Trustees serve three year terms, with six Trustees representing each ward and one serving as the City Manager’s designee. The board of Trustees are responsible for setting Library policy, overseeing the implementation of Library projects and events, and providing guidance to the staff. The Trustees are also responsible for hiring the Library Director, who reports directly to the board.

Members of the board of Trustees are appointed by the City Council. To apply, visit to download a statement of interest and submit it to the City Clerk’s office. Candidates must reside in Ward 3.

The Rochester Public Library is located at 65 South Main Street in downtown Rochester. The sixth largest public library in New Hampshire, the Library building was built with funds donated to the city by Andrew Carnegie, and expanded and renovated to its current size. The Library sees an average of four hundred people visit each day, and checks out more than two hundred thousand items every year. The Library offers a full slate of programs and events for children and adults, streaming and downloadable content, databases, foreign language learning, on-site computer use and free wi-fi. For more information about the Library, visit

Coming Events at The Castle On Charles
  1. Greek Taverna at The Castle, on Saturday June 3, featuring The Carol Coronis Band performing traditional Aegean and Anatolian music kicked up with a Balkan-Mediterranean groove. The music will take guests on a journey through the Balkans, Greek, Turkey, and their Mediterranean Islands. Anatolian and exotic Middle Eastern modes and rhythms will also keep peoples' feet moving and their hearts dancing! Their energetic mix of cittern, electric guitar, bass, and drums with pulsating rhythms and exotic modes will transport you to the taverns of Athens and the nightclubs of Istanbul.

Greek food available from the Castle Tavern will include Dolmades (stuffed grape leaves), Moussaka (delicious Greek casserole) and Baklava for dessert. Dance and unleash your inner 'Tsifteteli' that night! Advance tickets are only $7 for the entertainment (wow!) and get premium seating.

Tickets for all Castle events are available at


Brain Injury Awareness Walk, June 4th, Tylers Team

On June 19th, of 2016 our family was rocked when we suffered a car accident. Our Son, suffered a traumatic brain injury. He has been working so hard at his recovery, we have decided to put together a team In honor of struggles, and to help bring attention to the struggles of everyone who struggles with a traumatic brain injury. If you would like to make a donation to the team follow the link here.

We will also be having a fundraiser at the store on Friday & Saturday, 20% of all our sales will be donated to the walk!

All You Can Eat Breakfast $9.50, June 3 and 4, Happy Pappy's Country Store
Saturday & Sunday 8am - 11am, How it Works: To keep costs down, the breakfast only includes one helping of Canadian Bacon, Bacon or Sausage. You can however eat as much Eggs, Home fries, Pancakes, French Toast & Toast as you like! Some stuff will be available in buffet style warmers others will be cooked to order. The breakfast comes with a bottomless coffee but juice or other drinks are extra.


Rochester  Economic Revitalization Zones for Business Redevelopment Opportunities

City Manager Daniel Fitzpatrick announces that Rochester has established several Economic Revitalization Zones to promote business redevelopment in the city.
The state of New Hampshire offers communities with designated Economic Revitalization Zones short-term business tax credits for projects that improve infrastructure and create jobs in designated areas of the community.
New Hampshire has designated $825,000 statewide, per year, to be made available for Economic Revitalization Zone tax credits.
An Economic Revitalization Zone is defined as:
1. An unused or underutilized industrial park, or
2. Vacant land or structures previously used for industrial, commercial, or retail purposes but currently not used due to demolition, relocation of the former occupant’s operations, age, obsolescence, deterioration, brownfields, or cessation of operation resulting from unfavorable economic conditions either generally or in a specific economic sector.
Rochester has established six Economic Revitalization Zones:
• Cocheco Zone (125 South and Old Dover Road area)
• Downtown
• Gonic
• Granite Ridge
• Granite State Business Park
• Milton Road

"We're always looking for new ways to stimulate economic growth in Rochester," City Manager Fitzpatrick said. "The six areas we identified are ones that we see have the most potential to benefit current and future businesses, as well as residents and the community as a whole."

For businesses to qualify for the tax credit, they must create at least one full-time job and make infrastructure improvements (equipment purchases meet eligibility requirements). Business owners who would like to check program eligibility or have questions, are encouraged to call Rochester's Office of Economic & Community Development at 603-335-7522 or visit them online at

Carrie Tarbox in June at the franklin Gallery at RiverStones
The Franklin Gallery at RiverStones Custom Framing, 33 N. Main Street in Rochester, will host an exhibit featuring works by high school senior Carrie Tazbir, for the month of June during regular business hours.
Carrie Tazbir was born in New Britain, Connecticut and raised in Farmington, New Hampshire. She attended St. Elizabeth Seton in Rochester for elementary and middle school and will be graduating from St. Thomas Aquinas High School in Dover this coming June. Next year, she plans to attend UNH to take up business and art. She has been interested in art for as long as she can remember and loves to do anything from quick cartoons to overly-detailed watercolor paintings and graphite portraits. She has created a coloring book for the Farmington Historical Society and helped create another, alongside several of her classmates, for the Woodman Institute in Dover. Just this past month, she won 2nd place in the nationals for the CCHD Multimedia Youth Contest.
“I believe that there are things that cannot be entirely expressed with words,” says Tazbir. “Someone can tell you about an amazing sunset that they saw but you won't be able to see exactly what they saw or feel exactly what they felt at that exact moment. Art gives a person the ability not only to express what they see but also what they feel.”
Tazbir is primarily inspired by two things: things that she sees and things that interest her. “There are things I see or pictures that I take that I can't help but paint or draw because I believe they are worthy of so much more than just a happy memory or simple photo,” explains Tazbir. The second thing that inspires her, her interests, usually create side projects: paintings or drawings of celebrities or characters from TV shows or just art inspired by books and movies. “This is the work that I just do for fun,” Tazbir says. “Although these two sources of inspiration are also the sources of two different types of art, both are equally important to me.”
RiverStones Custom Framing and the Franklin Gallery are open Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. and Saturday, 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. For information about Carrie Tazbir’s exhibit and other RiverStones events and services, call (603) 812-1488 or send e-mail to
Blueberry Pancake Breakfast at First Church Congregationl, Sat, June 17, 7:30-10:00 am
June 17, 7:30-10am, Blueberry Pancake BREAKFAST at First Church Congregational, 63 South Main Street, Rochester. A mere $6 for 1,2 or 3 pancakes, ham or bacon scrambled eggs, oj, coffee or tea. 603-332-1121 or,

The Rochester Public Library presents:Essential Oils 101

Join Healthy Lifestyle Coach Cindy Simon as she introduces you to essential oils! Learn about the healing properties of essential oils, make aromatherapy sprays for all sorts of uses, create facial moisturizers and bath soak salts to take home and use. This event is free but space is very limited. You can register at the Main Desk or by calling 332-1428 or you can email us at

Wednesday, June 21st at 6pm

Rochester Historical Society Seeking 1960's Memorobilia for Display
The Rochester Historical Society is looking for photographs, artifacts and memories of Rochester people and places in the 1960s for an upcoming display in the Museum. Examples would include pictures of people, businesses, buildings and events, such as weddings, parades, school children and people at work. We are especially interested in pictures of those who served in the military.
If you have any 1960s images or memories you would like to share with the Rochester Historical Society, you may bring them to the museum at 58 Hanson Street on Thursday afternoons between 1 and 4 PM and they can be copied or scanned and returned to you. You may also scan them and e-mail them to the Museum at For more information or to share memories, please e-mail or call the museum at 603 330-3099.
Friends of the Library to Meet at Revolution Taproom & Grill, Monday, June 5 at 6:00pm
Our next meeting will take place on Monday, June 5th at 6 pm. Instead of our usual meeting at the Library, we will be meeting at Revolution Taproom and Grille (located downtown at 61 North Main Street). Come for a drink, a snack, dinner, whatever you'd like! We will all pay for our own food and drink. This is an opportunity to socialize and get to know each other and we hope you'll join us. So that we can reserve a table (or tables!), please let us know by Wednesday, May 31st if you are able to join us.

Rochester Main Street Chosen For "Hannaford Helps" in July
We are pleased to announce that Rochester Main Street has been selected for the "Hannaford Helps" Re-usable bag campaign for the month of July for both Rochester Stores. For every bag sold, Main Street will receive $1.00! Remember, it is only the blue Hannaford Helps bag that qualify for the program. 

Let us remind you how the program works. 
During the month of July, for each Hannaford Helps reusable bag sold at the Hannaford stores located at:
290 North Main Street, Rochester NH
26 Lilac Mall #2, Rochester NH,
Rochester Main Street will receive $1.00! 

Independant Film Festival hosted by the Rochester Public Library and Rochester Museum of Fine Arts

The Rochester Public Library and the Rochester Museum of Fine Arts are coming together to host the first ever Rochester Independent Film Festival at the Rochester Opera House on the weekend of June 24 & 25.

The weekend long festival will feature award-winning independent films from around the globe. Featured films include: In the Heat of the Night, Raid on Rainbow Lounge, The Third Man, The Messenger, Gold, Broke, Sea Monsters, Road North, and T-Rex. There will also be a surprise midnight screening of a classic horror film on Saturday. The film will not be revealed to audiences until the midnight screening.

The films will be streamed from a service called IndieFlix, an online streaming video site offered to card holding patrons of the Rochester Public Library. The purpose of the event is to highlight the benefits of the program and to entice card-holders to utilize the free service.

The public is at liberty to view as many or as few films as they choose. Each attendee will be given a pass with voting instructions. A full schedule of events can be found on the museum’s website. There is no formal admission fee although there is a suggested donation of $10 to help offset event costs. Visit for more information
Rochester Main Street Announces Third Saturdays!
Rochester Main Street has applied for a City Permit to allow for downtown businesses to have Storefront Sidewalk Displays on the third Saturday of each month through November, form 8:00 am until 6:00 pm. Third Saturdays will encourage people to stroll the downtown, visiting local businesses and adding to the vibrancy of downtown.  

We hope to launch this event beginning on May 21. We ask that businesses make sure that their tables or merchandise touch the front of their building, are as tastefully arranged as their merchandise and the inside of their store, and not impair pedestrians using the sidewalk. This event is not just limited to retailers, but restaurants may also sample products or sell on the sidewalk that day during these times. We hope to see you all soon downtown!
​​​​​​​Public Invited to Preview Rochester Performing Arts Center, Thursday, June 8, 5-7 pm
The Rochester Opera House invites the community to another special preview party for the new Rochester Performance & Arts Center, with construction underway, in the former Carney Medical Supply location, in downtown Rochester.
Contractors have worked hard to uncover and restore some original features of the building. Brick walls and tin ceilings had been covered in various attempts to “modernize” the space over the years. Details of the ceilings and walls have been restored and will be on full display.
This Performance & Arts Center, slated to open in the summer of 2017, will combine versatile studio and performance spaces, art gallery and comprehensive arts and educational programming for adults, teens, and students, in a comfortable and uniquely supportive environment.
This new initiative will foster a safe community for performers and artists to develop confidence, character, and creativity. The Performance & Arts Center will offer a number of programs designed to suit particular interests, including, but not limited to, courses in the practices and processes of creating music, dance, art, theatre, and live performances.
The Rochester Opera House’s ‘arts for all’ mission continues to grow and thrive because of the support from individual contributors, naming opportunities, and corporate/business sponsorships. Financial contributions are crucial to the growth and success of the Performance & Arts Center. There are sponsorship's available at various donation levels. There will be representatives on site to answer any questions during the preview party.
The preview party/reception will take place at 32 North Main Street on Thursday, June 8th from 5-7pm. There will be complimentary refreshments served. The public is encouraged to attend. Visit for more information.

Rochester Farmer’s Market Returns Tuesday, June,  13, With Local Food and Entertainment

The Rochester Farmer's Market Committee are pleased to announce that the Rochester Farmer’s Market will return next month for its second summer season.

The market will take over the Rochester Common from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. every Tuesday, beginning June 13 and continuing through Sept. 26. It will feature fresh fruit, produce, meats, cheeses, fresh bread and flowers from a variety of vendors, as well as free entertainment and demonstrations.

“The Farmer’s Market is truly a community hub that enables friends, neighbors, adults and kids a chance to come together to enjoy time with one another while supporting local farmers and businesses,” Fitzpatrick said. “Last year was a great success, and I expect this year’s market to be even better.”

The Rochester Farmer’s Market serves as an opportunity for residents to shop for locally sourced foods and learn new and innovative ways to prepare them while developing a stronger sense of community.

“We wanted to make sure we not only succeeded in providing local, nutritious foods from local farmers, but also create a community gathering space where everyone could come together to enjoy some local entertainment and catch up,” Economic Development Specialist and market co-founder Jenn Marsh said. “We did just that in our first season, so we are eager to see the market return this summer."

To help make the market accessible to everyone, the Farmer's Market has partnered with Seacoast Eat Local and earned a grant from HEAL NH that will allow vendors to accept the SNAP/EBT card and offer a dollar for dollar match for the first $10 card users spend.

"We are extremely grateful to Rochester Main Street, the city and our sponsors for their enthusiastic support of the market since the beginning of this effort," Marsh said. "This would not have been possible without them."

June 13 Sidewalk Talk on Distrx, Cooperative Advertising, and Third Saturdays 

The Economic Restructuring Committee volunteers at Rochester Main Street will host their monthly “Sidewalk Talk” on Tuesday, June 13th at 8:00 am at The Chamber of Commerce Conference Room, 2nd Floor at 18 South Main Street. Along with a Main Street Update, the featured topic will be an informal discussion on Cooperative Advertising, Third saturdays, and a conference call and training session with Chris Cook of Distrx Downtown Mobile App.  

Sidewalk Talk is a monthly forum presented by Rochester Main Street to provide downtown businesses with an opportunity to network and to speak on issues that affect them. All interested Rochester businesses and individuals are welcome. There is no charge to participate, and refreshments are served. For more information on Sidewalk Talk or the Main Street Program please contact the Rochester Main Street Office at 603-330-3208 or email  


Dinner On The Riverwalk Tickets On Sale Now!
Rochester Main Street volunteers are offering "Dinner On The Riverwalk" on Wednesday, June 21 from 6:00-8:00 pm. Tickets are $5 per person and any net proceeds will benefit the Rochester Riverwalk . Join us at a communal table overllooking the Cocheco River for a special evening. Sponsored in part by Eastern Propane and Studley's Flower Gardens. 

Guests may pack their own picnic dinner or order from a special menu offering  form the participating restaurants. Ticket prices include seating, tables and linen, and entertainment by Harpist Regina Delaney. Guests may bring their own alcoholic beverage (as long as it is consumed while seated at the table) or purchase soda or water. For a listing of menu offerings, or to order tickets online via paypal,  visit . Tickets are also available for any PR/Events Committee Member or at the Main Street office at 18 South Main Street. Seating is limited , so purchase tickets early!  


Rochester Opera House Presents Comedian Dave Russo on Friday, June 23rd.

Dave Russo is a comedian like no other. He’s a diminutive guy with a big voice, whose high energy act never fails to leave audiences doubled over in laughter. Dave has yet to meet a crowd that he can’t win over with his charm and upbeat attitude. His quick wit and clever improvisation skills keep audiences on their toes, never sure where Dave’s mind will ricochet to next. His artful storytelling, combined with his flair for theatrics, and killer Robert DeNiro impression, has entertained audiences around the country.

Recently named “Best Male Comic” in the city by the Boston Examiner, Dave Russo has been a mainstay of Boston comedy for the last fifteen years. As co-host of NESN’s Dirty Water TV, he produces a regular comedy series, in addition to reporting on the best of Boston night life. He has appeared on The E! TV series “The Entertainer”, NBC’s “The Today Show,” FOX 25 with Gene Lavanchy, “The Phantom Gourmet,” and was hand selected by the producer of NBC’s “Last Comic Standing” to perform on NESN’s Comedy All-Stars. Dave was recently featured on’s “Boston, A Comedy Capital” panel, where he participated in a discussion of the history and future of Boston comedy. You can hear him every Friday on 980 WCAP.

Dave performs regularly for the troops, appearing with the U.S.O. at shows all over the country. He is also heavily involved and supports many local charities. Dave has performed on Denis Leary’s annual “Comics Come Home” to benefit The Neely House. He has played softball alongside Boston Bruin Milan Lucic at his annual Rock & Jock Celebrity Softball game raising money for the Celebrities for Charity Foundation. Dave’s other charity work includes appearing at New England Patriot Matt Light’s annual “Celebrity Shoot-Out,” golfing alongside Micky Ward at the legendary boxer’s charity golf tournament and competing in the Boston Bruins Alumni charity games. He has done similar work with the Genesis Fund and most notably the Mark Bavis Celebrity Golf scholarship Event.

After winning the first annual Boston Comedy Festival, “Best New Comic Award” Dave caught the attention of Mr. Las Vegas, Wayne Newton, who hand selected the young comic out of 5,000 hopefuls to appear on The E! TV show “The Entertainer,” earning Dave a headlining contract in Las Vegas. A regular in the Boston comedy scene, Dave has performed in some of the best comedy clubs in Las Vegas, New York and L.A.

The show starts at 8pm (doors open at 7pm) on Friday, June 23rd. Tickets start at $20. Reserve tickets online or call the box office (603) 335-1992, M/W/F from 10-5pm and 2-hours before the show.
The Rochester Opera House is sponsored by TD Bank North, Eastern Propane, Shaheen & Gordon P.A., and Norm Vetter Foundations. The Rochester Opera House is located in City Hall, 31 Wakefield Street, Rochester NH. Visit for more information.
Free Advertising/Listing Opportunities For Local Businesses
Did you know that if you are a local attraction, destination business or a restaurant that you can register with the NH Office of Travel and Tourism Development for free as an industry professional. It's fast, simple and easy as all you have to do is go to and set up your account. You can sign up to receive updates, insider tips, and take advantage of cooperative advertising opportunities. If you are hosting a free event, you can also list it on the statewide travel calendar. Take advantage of this opportunity to reach out to residents and visitors in New Hampshire. It only takes a few minutes to set up your account and then you are off and running!   
Rochester Community Photography Opens On Fridays, through June 9!
The Community is invited to an opening reception on May 24 at 7:00pm where the winners woill be announced and prizes awarded. refreshments and entertainment will follow. The panel of professional photographers will be on hand to discuss individual exhibitors work with those who wish to take advantage of this opportunity.

following the opening reception the show will be open on Sunday and Saturday afternoons form 1:00 to 3;00 pm, on Monday, Wednesday and Friday afternoons from 3:00-5:00 pm, and evenings from 6:00-8:00 pm. 

Winners will be announced and prizes awarded at a Public Opening Reception on May 24 at 7:00 pm. Judges will be on hand to discuss individual exhibitor's work with those ho wish to take advantage of this opportunity.

Following the summer tradition of lunch and entertainment at Music On The Square, on May 26 (Entertainment by Bill Cormier), June 2(Entertainment by Brian Munger) and June 9 (Entertainment By Bill Cormier)from 11:30-1:30 you can bring your lunch and listen to entertainment while viewing the photographs at the First United Methodist Church on South Main Street

Rochester Main Street is supported in part by a grant from the NH State Council On The Arts and national Endowment For The Arts. 

Rochester Opera House Presents “Annie Warbucks” May 4-21

The world's favorite orphan returns in this all-new family-friendly musical! All the ingredients that made Annie so popular are here once again, with an old-fashioned romance thrown in for good measure. Annie Warbucks is a show the entire family can enjoy together!

The action picks up right where Annie leaves off, when Child Welfare Commissioner Harriet Doyle arrives on the scene to inform Daddy Warbucks he must marry in sixty days so the newly adopted Annie can have a proper mother. In the end, Daddy Warbucks' whirlwind search for a fitting bride uncovers not only a plot by Doyle and her daughter to strip him of his fortune, but also his true feelings for Grace Farrell.

The show runs from May 4-21. Reserve tickets online or call the box office (603) 335-1992, M/W/F from 10-5pm and 2-hours before each show.

The Rochester Opera House is sponsored by TD Bank North, Eastern Propane, Shaheen & Gordon P.A., and Norm Vetter Foundations. This show is sponsored by United Insurance, The Lebanon Voice, and Rochester Rotary Club & Charities. The Rochester Opera House is located in City Hall, 31 Wakefield Street, Rochester NH. Visit for more information.

  • Thursday, May 4 - 7:30pm
  • Friday, May 5 - 7:30pm
  • Saturday, May 6 - 2pm & 7:30pm
  • Sunday, May 7 - 2pm
  • Friday, May 12 - 7:30
  • Saturday, May 13 - 2pm
  • Sunday, May 14 - 2pm
  • Saturday, May 20 - 2pm & 7:30pm
  • Sunday, May 21 - 2pm


Waste Management Hosts Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours on June 13

The Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce that on Tuesday, June 13, 2017, Waste Management will host a Business After Hours!  This event will be held at Waste Management located at 30 Rochester Neck Road from 5:30 to 7:00pm. 

This Business After Hours will provide guests with an opportunity to visit the facility in Rochester, meet the staff, and learn more about the services offered. The event will be catered by MLC Catering LLC who will provide attendees with hors d’oeuvres and beverages.  Bring plenty of business cards for networking with fellow chamber members and for raffles. 

For additional information or to register, contact the Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce at 603-332-5080, email or register online at
 ROCHESTER GAY PRIDE, Saturday, August 26
The Rochester Museum of Fine Arts invites the LGBT community (and those who love them) to Hanson Street and Central Square for a free public pride celebration on Saturday, August 26th, 2017 from 1-4pm, with a banner march occurring at 3pm. An informal "after party" gathering will take place around 4pm at The Garage at the Governor's Inn on Wakefield Street.

This is the second year the Rochester Museum of Fine Arts will host Gay Pride in downtown Rochester. The inaugural event attracted around 1,000 people and nearly every downtown business participated by prominently displaying pride flags in their establishments.

The mission is to promote unity, visibility, inclusivity, equality, and a positive image of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community. This event is made possible by Rochester Main Street (supported in part by a grant from the New Hampshire State Council On The Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts.)

Organizers are seeking vendors and banner march participants. Application forms and instructions can be found on the museum’s website. The museum is also looking for more downtown area business to display pride flags during the event. Visit for more information
The Rochester Opera House Gears Up for the 6th year of Summer Theatre Camp.
 Over the past five years, the Rochester Opera House has introduced hundreds of children of all ages to the wonders of the performing arts on the city’s historic stage.

Theatre Camp is a joyous hands-on experience offering lessons in acting, dancing, singing, production, costuming, and more. Students also have the opportunity to learn theatre techniques through fun games, improvisation, and enriching theatre-related arts & crafts, and more. Although no theatre experience is required, students will work to showcase their theatre skills for an evening performance on the final day of camp for family, friends, and the public.

The Rochester Opera House is now accepting registrations for April Vacation Camp as well as Summer Theatre Camp at the Box Office, in City Hall. Registration forms and camp dates and times can be found on the Opera House website.

The Rochester Opera House is sponsored by TD Bank North, Eastern Propane, Shaheen & Gordon P.A., and Norm Vetter Foundations. Theatre Camp is sponsored by Bank of NH, Liberty Mutual, and The Ridge. The Rochester Opera House is located in City Hall, 31 Wakefield Street, Rochester NH. Visit for more information.

Jack Nite Trivia at Revolution Taproom & Grill Every Wednesday!
JACK NITE TRIVIA returns to Revolution Wed, Sept 28th @ 6:30pm - Join us for The Greatest Trivia Game in History of the World ... Great prizes .... Great beer ... Great fun!
Downtown Rochester and Area Calendar of Events
May 24-June 13-​​​​​​​Rochester Community Photography Show, First United Methodist Church
Thursday, June 1-Rochester Writers Night at Mel Flanagan's, 6:00 pm 
Friday, June 2-Lunch at the Rochester Community Photography Show, entertainment by Brian Munger. Bring your lunch and view the show, 11:30-1:30
Saturday, June 3-​​​​​​​Greek Taverna at The Castle On Charles, 
Monday, June 5-Friends of the Library Meeting, Revolution Taproom & Grill, 6:00 pm
Wednesday, June 7-Wine In The Gardens/Beer In The Woods, Studley's, 6-8:30pm 
Thursday, June 8-Public preview at the Rochester Performing Arts Center, 5-7 pm
Friday, June 9-Lunch at the Rochester Community Photography Show, entertainment by Bill Cormier. Bring your lunch and view the show, 11:30-1:30
Tuesday, June 13-Rochester Farmer's Market, Opening Day, 3:00-6:00 pm 
Tuesday, June 13-Waste Management Business After Hours, 5:30-7:00 pm, RSVP at 332-5080
Saturday, June 17-​​​​​​​Breakfast at First United Congregational Church, 7:30-10:00 am​​​​​​​
Tuesday, June 20-Rochester Housing Forum, The Governor's Inn, 7:30 am, RSVP at Rochester Chamber of Commerce, 603-332-5080
Wednesday, June 21-Essential Oils 101 at Rochester Public Library, 6:00 pm
Wednesday, June 21-Dinner On The Riverwalk, North Main Street, 6:00-8:30 pm

If you have any questions regarding the content of this newsletter, local news (must be in regular text format-no flyers)or any upcoming events, please contact Michael Provost at (603) 330-3208 or

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