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You don't have to travel to the big city to see a show or hear a variety of music. There's also some old-fashioned, back-to-the-basics options like bingo and concerts on the town green. And if you are looking for a comprehensive list of individal local artists and art galleries, check out The Art & Gallery Guide at www.theartandgalleryguide.com
Arts at Proctor
63 North Street, Norris Family Theater
Tickets: (603) 735-6870
Performances at Proctor Academy are available throughout the year.
Appleseed Restaurant & Catering
63 High Street
It's open mic night on Thursday. Stop by to hear some great local talent.
Claremont Cinema Center 6
345 Washington Street
Locals remember this location as a grocery store, but the interior has been revamped into a neat and clean movie theater with six large screens.
Claremont Opera House
58 Opera House Square
Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. (evening hours vary by event)
The clock tower not only marks the home of city hall, but also the home of the historic Claremont Opera House. Entertainment ranges from local comedians to musicals to national musicians and recording artists.
154 Washington Street
Seven days a week, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Lounge: Sunday to Thursday, 5 to 11 p.m., Friday to Saturday, 5 p.m. to 1 a.m.
Enjoy a large Chinese food buffet along with American food for lunch or dinner, and finish your evening in the Lounge, attached to the restaurant. Live music on Friday nights, karaoke on Wednesday and Saturday nights
Maple Lanes Bowling
135 Maple Avenue
Open Sunday, 1 to 9 p.m.; Monday and Wednesday, 5 to 10 p.m.; Tuesday 1 to 10 p.m.; Thursday and Friday 5 to 10 p.m.; Sat at 1 to 11 p.m.
This family recreation center provides good fun with 10-pin bowling seven days a week.
West Claremont Center for Music and the Arts
133 Old Church Road
The Fells - Historic Estate and Gardens
456 Route 103A
Grounds open dawn to dusk year round
Main house open Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
A trip to the area isn't complete without a trip to The Fells. Even if you're not a gardener, you'll enjoy walking the historic grounds of the Hays Estate. See Web site for days and hours; The Fells is open many Monday holidays and during the week from June 18 to Labor Day.
Center for the Arts
The Center for the Arts celebrates and promotes the artistic and creative talents who live and visit our area. The Web site has events and activities for adults and kids of all ages.
Mugar Art Gallery
Colby-Sawyer College, 100 Main Street
The Marian Graves Mugar Art Gallery hosts seven major exhibitions each academic year.
New London Barn Playhouse
84 Main Street
June to August
(800) 633-2276 or (603) 526-6710
Talented performers have graced the New London Barn Playhouse stage since 1934. Children's shows are held on Thursdays at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m
New London Gallery
209 Main Street
Northern New England Repertory Theatre Company
June and July performances
NNERTC is the brainchild of John Goodlin, a resident of New London who has extensive experience in regional theatre in the United States. It is their mission to produce the vital and enriching works of such playwrights as Moliere, Ibsen, Shaw, Brecht, Chekhov, Hellman, Williams, Coward, O’Neill, Pinter, and, of course, Shakespeare.
Peter Christian's Tavern
195 Main Street
Sunday, 6 to 8 p.m.
Come to Peter Christian's Tavern on Sunday nights to listen to or jam with the Click Horning trio.
255 Newport Road
An eclectic offering of art, antiques, photography, glassware and gifts.
The Ice House Foundation
91 Pleasant Street
Want to see New London's first jail? An old blacksmith shop? Tools of all kinds? This is the place.
Library Arts Center Gallery & Studio
58 North Main Street
Tuesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
A historic Victorian carriage house hosts monthly exhibits of art and fine crafts, chamber music, and classes for children and adults. Annual events include a rug hooking competition and the apple pie craft fair in August.
Newport Opera House
20 Main Street
Monday through Friday, 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. (hours vary by event)
There's always something happening at the Newport Opera House â€” from community talent shows to local bands to musicals and theater. The opera house, rebuilt in 1886 after a fire, was once known for its finest acoustics and largest stage north of Boston.
Salt hill Pub
58 Main Street
Bar: Sunday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Salt hill has hosted such nationally acclaimed musical acts as Ten Mile Tide and ALO of San Francisco, Newport Folk Festival winner Rachel Garlin as well as local favorites Wherehouse and Dr. Burma.
Sunapee Community Coffee House
17 Lower Main Street, Sunapee Methodist Church
Mid-September to mid-June: Friday, 7 to 9 p.m.
Every Friday night, families can enjoy local music, storytelling and comedy in a nonsmoking, alcohol-free environment. Donations welcome.
Muster Field Farm Museum and Matthew Harvey Homestead
Harvey Road, North Sutton
Open daily, year-round
You can't take a bad picture on this 18th century historic homestead with restored farm buildings and bicentennial working farm. Families can enjoy 250 acres of fields and woods; fruit, flower and vegetable gardens; seasonal events; hiking, ski touring and snowshoeing. Special events are held throughout the year.
Little Bear Pottery
Feeling creative? Get your paint on at Little Bear Pottery. You can paint quite a few items, from plates to ornaments to mugs. Seasonal classes are also offered for kids of all ages.
Little Nature Museum
18 Highlawn Road
The Little Nature Museum is a unique hands-on nature center containing collections, exhibits and activities for families. Open May 24 to Oct. 31, weekends/holidays/by appointment.
Mount Kearsarge Indian Museum
18 Highlawn Road
May 1 to October 31: Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday, 12 to 5 p.m.
November: Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday, 12 to 5 p.m.
Mount Kearsarge Indian Museum is dedicated to connecting people of today with 20,000 years of ongoing Native American cultural expression. Sign up for the guided tour through the museum exhibits, and watch the Web site for special programs.
New Hampshire Telephone Museum
22 East Main Street
May 1 to October 31: Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
November 1 to April 30: Wednesday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Exhibits of antique telephones and equipment will take you back to the days when people talked to operators, strung phone lines on trees to their neighbors' houses, and listened to other peoples' conversations on party lines.